I apologize for the brief silence on the blog. I have a few new makeup and skincare items I'm dying to write about (more Rouge Bunny Rouge, Surratt, green skincare such as NUORI, Mahalo and my favorite cleansing balms), updates on my no buy and brush care guide. September was a crazy month and I mean it: I had a horrible cold for two weeks, followed by cough that never seems to end. After my cough got better, I got another flu! I also kept extremely busy switching jobs and my personal life. Thank you for your patience!
When I lived in Japan, koyo (紅葉) or Autumn leaves changing color was one of the most memorable seasons. Here in Finland we're enjoying the same beautiful time with reddish trees and crisp air, but personally I'm not mentally prepared for the dark, gloomy and rainy weather that follows. To make the matters worse I've already used the "C-word" for a couple of times. So early! But what keeps my spirits up is the upcoming SUQQU UK's Exclusive Collection designed by the talented Jorge Balzaretti. Jorge's work has always made me ooh and aah, so I knew this collection would be a must-have!
SUQQU UK Exclusive Holiday Collection 2017
This year the UK exclusive collection will consist of 3 Designing Color Eyes palettes, 1 blush and 3 Extra Glow Lipsticks. All items are limited editions with strictly limited quantities. The collection will launch in Selfridges on 5th of October and in Harrods and Fenwick Bond Street stores on 19th October. Please take a look at SUQQU UK Atelier's Tumblr page for more information and mail order inquiries. I was generously sent one of the palettes and lipsticks, but I'm doing my best to get more from the collection!
This year SUQQU's inspiration for the UK exclusive collection are urban landscape and cities: there's both playfulness of neon lights as well sophisticated earthy tones combined with classic burgundies and alluring shimmers. 113 Hikarisango's inspiration was especially colorful neon lights in the cold nights in the city. I find this collection and its special shimmery white packaging very luxurious and "expensive" looking. There's a creative twist on the classic holiday palette while ditching the straightforward (and dated) red, green or gold. This is just the kind of SUQQU that I love; a beautiful marriage of innovative chic with a breath of timeless style.
Designing Color Eyes in Hikarisango 113
To my knowledge, Hikarisango translates as 'light coral' (can't be 100% sure as the packaging has no kanji). I love the limited edition packaging, the white case with rose gold rim is just stunning. When you look closely, the white case has fine multi-colored shimmers. The shadows swatch beautifully, they're smooth and pigmented. Not "in your face" kapow! pigmented, but the color payoff is very good and beautiful. Like with all SUQQU shadows, the wear-time is decent; they do not fade on the eyes, but on my hooded lids there is some creasing after ~6-7 hours of wear. This happens to me with 80% of shadows, and Japanese shadows tend to be a bit on the softer side. If your lids are hooded as well or perhaps oily I highly recommend using an eyeshadow primer.
With Hikarisango 113 the shadows are very blendable, maybe even prone to over blending as I've noticed them fading a little bit when applying. Although the finger swatches are opaque, applying with a natural hair brush gives you a more diffused look, needing a couple more layers for more coverage and intensity. I was afraid my blending technique would swipe away most of the color, but in the end the looks I've done have been very pretty with a nice balance of distinguishable color and wearability. Exactly what I wished for, but with some extra work. I didn't get much eyeshadow fallout while applying, only one or two specks of glitter (what is expected working with high-shine shimmers). However, the purple shade has a tendency to be a bit more crumbly in the pan, so I recommend tapping your brush before applying. The other shadows feel more 'buttery' and have no such problem. Do I like this shadows? Yes, but I feel some of the older textures perform a bit more effortlessly.
Hikarisango 113 Swatches
White - shimmery champagne white that packs a punch, but looks very wearable on the lids
Coral - satin-matte texture coral with peachy pink undertones
Burgundy brown - warm copper brown with burgundy hues (looks lighter in pictures)
Purple - deep smokey purple-prussian with silver shimmer. The eyeshadow "cake" is on the softer side and may crumble or have some fallout, but the eyeshadow itself performs nicely.
SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick 108 Amasoubi
Amasoubi translates as "Sweet rose" (again, not 100% sure as there's no kanji in UK packaging), which would be an accurate name. The color is very pretty mixture of burgundy hues with dusty rose. In my swatch it pulls quite cool, but on the lips much more neutral. I think on medium to darker skin tones the lipstick would pull more beige. On me, it's an easy-to-wear kind of shade as it's not a dark statement color like many classic Autumn colors, but still adds some drama and glam to any look.
What I find difficult with SUQQU lipsticks is that they're not very long wearing and the bullet is round, which makes them trickier to apply. I can't shake the fear of lipstick transferring or messing up when I reapply on the go. Fortunately, the Extra Glow Lipsticks don't bleed in my lip line, so a quick applying and fixing with a tissue or a Q-tip is no issue. They are comfortable and moisturising lipsticks to wear, which makes me reach for them pretty often - I just prefer the lighter colors that fade less notably. But Amasoubi 108 is such a gorgeous color I'm ready to reapply when needed.
Makeup of the day
If I didn't have an awful flu, this is what I call my "SUQQU look" or Japanese inspired makeup: very simple, no contouring the crease, deepest color near the lash line. This would look amazing on Asian eyes or if your eyes are less hooded - to show more of the lid color. Now I'm just battling to look alive in this motd-shot.
I applied the coral shade just above my crease, blending it upwards. For the brown shade I took a flatter, more densely packed brush and dabbed the color on my mobile lid to avoid over blending. Very softly I blend it with the coral color. I take a purple eyeliner and draw it between and just above my lashes. I won't do a kitten flick, just smudge the lash line with the deep purple shade. I don't mind if the eyeliner fades a little bit as I want to keep the look soft and diffused - just as long as there's no naked spot between my lashes it's all good. Lastly, I take the shimmery white and pop it in my inner corners and use my ring finger to dab it on the center on my mobile lid. And the eyes are done!
Foundation: ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer no. 01
Skin: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) and RBR Diaphanous powder (review)
Concealer: Dior Skinflash 001 and NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Vanilla
Brows: Viseart Structure palette and Rouge Bunny Rouge brow gel
Eyes: Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow primer and SUQQU Hikarisango 112, RBR eye kohl in Delilah 087
Lips: SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick 108 Amasoubi
Blush: Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracilis (review) layered with Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel in 10 Tweed pink
Despite giving both products a couple of critiques I've been reaching for them a lot - especially the palette, as it transforms beautifully for many occasions: work, school, date night or just doing groceries. I would like it even better if the colors had more complexity in shimmers, making them more unique, but I find the color combination creative yet easy-to-wear. Something in Hikarisango 113 interests me, despite having similar browns and whites in my collection already. The lipstick shade is simply beautiful, something I've been missing. It's Autumn appropriate vibes, without being cliché. I think I've found my new favorites from the SUQQU line. Curious to see how these items wear on other people!
Are you eyeing anything from the new SUQQU UK exclusive collection?
Eyeshadow palette and lipstick were kindly sent to me by SUQQU UK. Thoughts my own.