SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush Swatches and Review

SUQQU is known and loved for their excellent powder formulas, including their Pure Color Blushes, which have a lovely gradient for dimensional, layered blush color. For Spring 2019 SUQQU released a new product type for the brand: Shimmering Liquid Blush. Today I’m reviewing the formula and three colors I have purchased. Enjoy!

*Products mentioned with asterisk(*) are gifted for consideration.

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About SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

In the initial launch there were 3 permanent shades and two Limited Editions. For Summer 2019 SUQQU has released a highlighter in this formula, which I’m excited to try. The three permanent shades are a light peachy pink (judging by online pictures), an orchid pink and a juicy orange. The limited edition shades were purple and baby pink. The Shimmering Liquid Blush is advertised as giving a healthy, natural flush on the cheeks with moisturizing jojoba seed, olive fruit, macadamia seed and sunflower seed oils. 7.5ml for £26 on Selfridges. Made in Japan.

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Using SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

These blushes come in a convenient pump packaging, but large the cap can be deceiving as the amount of blush is quite little (7.5ml). For reference, lip balms are often 10-15ml. It can be just me, but judging by the online images I expected to have 1/2-2/3 more blush liquid. You do need only little product, which is nice if you are considered how long one bottle is going to last. I doubt I will ever use up one.

I need about half a pump of the liquid blush for both cheeks, but this does depend on the color and your skin tone. I’ve noticed some pigmentation differences in the three shades I’ve purchased, but they do swatch in a similar way. Logically: the fairest shade doesn’t show much on my pale skin while the deepest color is very intense. The pale pink (LE) I need to layer for a noticeable blush, the orchid pink looks very saturated on me and the orange “just right”. I dab a couple of dots of the color on the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the ears.

Finger application is not my favorite technique as these don’t melt into your skin or diffuse when I try to swipe or tap with my middle and ring finger. Sometimes I reach for a duo fibre brush, but I think a wet beauty sponge is key for seamless application. I like to use a Beauty Blender* and bounce the blush on my cheeks, building up the intensity.

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The formula does feel lightly moisturizing, but doesn’t leave an oily film or feeling tacky. SUQQU’s style is to create nourishing formulas with nuanced colors that compliment even mature and super dry skin. Although it’s not suggested, I’ve tried the excess blush on my lips and it felt OK. For more longevity I set my face gently with a finishing powder such as Hourglass Diffused Light, Cosme Decorte or Lily Lolo* one. With this method the SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blushes last +8 hours on my cheeks, which is pretty impressive.

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Swatches

02 TSUBAIMOMO - a raspberry orchid pink

03 MITSUKOUJI - a vibrant hot orange

102 TSUYASHISO (LE) - a pale baby pink

As I said these blushes do change their appearance on other skin tones, check out Beauty Professor’s swatches for example. We have pretty different lighting and skin tone, I recommend checking her blog if you enjoy SUQQU. 102 is doesn’t seem very opaque but if shows on medium (and up) skin tones, I think it’d be amazing. My favorite shade has been 102 Tsuyashiso and 02 Tsubaimomo mixed or 03 Mitsukouji on its own. The name does say ‘Shimmering’ but I don’t see any visible glitter, I think it means the veil-like finish of the blushes.

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Overall thoughts

I had a bit mixed feelings of these products as it took me trial and error to find the best application method. With fingers I disliked the result, but using a Beauty Blender made me enjoy these products. I was hoping the colors were more unique or wearable for every day (like rose and nude shades). Longevity is definitely the best aspect of these blushes, I like it how the colors are still distinguishable after several hours without looking like “clown cheeks”. Not my favorite product from SUQQU, but still a good one. I think ADDICTION (review here) still has my favorite liquid blush formula.

Have you tried SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blushes or other liquid blushes?

Mega Empties Post (Spring 2019): Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance

I’ve been accumulating empties in my closet since last Fall I think.. Sorting and photographing them seemed such a drag and I kept putting off the tedious peace of work - which I found quite fun in the end! Cara was helping me out, curating and sniffing the piles. I decided to do these empties in more discussing style vs listing products and their good/bad points. I hope you like this format, feel free to leave any product specific questions in the comments!

Gifted items are marked with *.
Contains affiliate links.

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Skincare EmptieS: Products I Enjoyed

By the way, I tried to affiliate link most of the products - if you decide to click and purchase, thank you for your support! I love Ben&Anna Deodorant Sticks*. I have one in my bathroom, in my partner’s closet, travel pouch.. Still loving the product and how you can recycle the cardboard packaging. I run out of these too quickly though, so I might purchase a similar deodorant in a jar form next.

My other favorites are pretty clear: anything from January Labs, Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care sunscreen and Mádara’s SPF30 for face and body*. Innisfree and Mádara I’ve already repurchased because I run out of sunscreen so quickly and I always need a couple of them on hand. The January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic and Revitalizing Day Cream I’m going to repurchase asap, but in the meantime I’m testing a couple of other toners and creams for review. January Labs creams, toner and cleanser are still my die-hard, holy grail, best of the best favorites. The Restorative Tonic Mist* was an older one, I have a small backup and I hope the mister is better. I could live without this, but if you’re a mist fanatic I recommend keeping and eye on the mist.

I also loved the THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil, my beloved Kypris Antioxidant Dew and Esse R6 serum*. The Esse R6 is one of the very few serums I’ve enjoyed as much as I’ve liked Kypris - except the price per/ml is pretty high with Esse. Nuxe Rêve de miel lip balm is something I always have on hand. I’m already 2/3 done with my next pot. The de Mamiel lip balm was also lovely, but it started to smell odd before I had finished it. The texture is more oily than balmy and for my chapped lips I think I prefer the cheaper Nuxe Rêve de miel.

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Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a classic and I’ve gone through several bottles. I’m now testing the V10+ version of this peeling gel and it’s just as nice, more pricey but in a convenient small tube. NUORI mist went off too soon, but otherwise I’d love to get another one. May Lindstrom the Honey Mud, Exuviance Eye Cream, ATOCLASSIC Real Tonic Essence* I might get another one if I’m in the mood. BYBI’s Supercharge Serum* is a product I still recommend (full review here), but personally I prefer more luxury, complex facial oils. CCS Foot cream hasn’t heard of any luxury, but is excellent for chapped feet. I’ve seen my Mother using this for years and my foot therapist has recommended me to use a foot cream regularly, so this has been my go-to. Lush Fairly Traded Honey shampoo smells awful to my nose, but I’ve noticed it makes my hair silky soft, so.. might repurchase for travel or my bf’s apartment.

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Skincare And Hair The “Mehh” Pile

These products were not bad, but disappointing in a way that I wouldn’t run/jog/walk to repurchase. I had especially high hopes for the African Botanics Cell Recovery serum, but despite using the whole bottle I found little to no effect on my skin. The ingredients list is very lovely and some of my Instagram friends swear by African Botanics, but if the bottle is £132 for 30ml (I did get it cheaper by subscribing to the Boxwalla) I expect more results or even something.

I do think most of you who don’t need a heavy moisturizer might enjoy the Whamisa Organic Flowers Nourishing Cream* (review here) - I did too, but in the end I just wanted to use it up. The same happened with the NUORI oil*, but overall I enjoy the brand. Patyka* or Clarins didn’t do anything to me and as per usual I couldn’t stand the smell of the Aurelia cream. Bravura London is a brand that offers simple skincare solutions and affordable chemical exfoliants. I felt this toner was going bad, I never touched it since discovering the Biologique Recherche P50 toner.

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Finally, the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream which was the biggest disappointment for me.. I love Josh’s skincare philosophy and his line, Vital Balm Cream sounds divine but in the end it was a more solid cream with an odd smell. I find that his oilier Advanced Hydration Mask works better for me as an overnight treatment - and is cheaper too!

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Empty Makeup and Fragrance: What I loved

I’m partly proud and partly sad I finished my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume. Proud: a perfume takes some time to finish (and it was on the older side), yet sad: it’s a gorgeous scent, especially for Summer and the last days I wore it I kept getting compliments. Sigh, might need to repurchase.

ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer and Skin Care Foundation - I did a full review about the renewed version of the foundation, which I sadly disliked. While I loved the original Tinted Moisturizer I think ADDICTION has also repackaged and possibly re-formulated this as well, so not repurchasing for now. My THREE Shimmering Glow Duo was going strong but searching my archives I found out it was 3 years old. That’s too long for a cream product - I decluttered this and purchased a new one. The Shimmering Glow Duo is still my favorite cream highlighter (talk about dedication!).

SUQQU Brow Mascara in Khaki I already repurchased, the Clinique brow pencil* lacked a spoolie but I will restock on this as well as the Lily Lolo Mascara*. Love, love love. As well as the Rouge Bunny Rouge Genesis Original Skin primer (great if you struggle with pores) and Rouge Bunny Rouge Pristine Light Light Corrective Eye Primer (tacky, heavy, but very good). I’m waiting for my bank account to allow me and restock on some Rouge Bunny Rouge items (this primer, eye primer, Diaphanous powder)… I know I have a lot of makeup to use up, but these items are irreplaceable!

Also: this Maybelline nailpolish remover (Acetone Free formula) is the bomb. Cheap, easily available in Finland, takes what it says on the tin: takes off nail polish gently and quickly. Doesn’t damage my nails. Will repurchase again and again.

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Empties: Mascaras

I think with mascaras were going the old fashioned way and giving them some number ratings, which I’ve checked from my spread sheets. Left to right:

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara – Worth all the hype, very nicely separating and curl keeping mascara that doesn’t smudge on me. Easy to remove with hot water. 4.5/5

Heroine Make Volume and Curl mascara – My cheap and chic Japanese version for MAC Extended Play, except that Heroine Make’s non-waterproof formula is still more waterproof than many Western competitors. The wand is my liking, easy to apply, but not much volume. 5/5

dejavu Lash Knockout Mascara – This brush was humongous which made mascara hard to apply. No much volume, an okay “no makeup” makeup style mascara. 3/5

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara – I purchased this mascara after enjoying the Multi Effects by EL, but again the large wand was not for my liking. The formula was also very wet, which made the mascara smudge easily. 3.5/5

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects mascara* – Excellent mascara for building up some volume or length depending which side of the wand are you use. Lasts well, but easy to take off. 4/5

Lily Lolo Mascara* – My surprise love from the green beauty scene! Nice wand, formula medium dryness, good for building up some volume. Will get a new one. 4.5/5

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Makeup Empties. The ‘Mehh’ Pile and Dislikes

A couple of these items were a purge. That Lancome Juicy Shaker was simply old, grimy and I think the Gressa lip balm had expired as I purchased it from a sale (this shop no longer carried the brand). Too bad, Lavish was a beautiful metallic pink and I would’ve loved to wear it more. The RMS Buriti Bronzer was also getting funky - I rarely wear a shimmery bronzer so this didn’t get the love it deserved.

Then a couple of concealers: YSL Touche Éclat.. yeah I dunno, I guess the shade 2 was too dark for me highlighting. Rouge Bunny Rouge Luminous Skin Wand was a good, light and hydrating under eye concealer, but the clicker kept dispensing too much. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2 never really worked for me, I kept mixing the two colors without ever getting the shades just right. I love the concept, but not a product for me as I can pinpoint conceal quicker with other products.

And finally the setting spray and makeup mist I both disliked. Urban Decay All Nighter did nothing for me and the MAC Fix+ bottle leaked on me again and again. Wouldn’t repurchase these two, I far prefer my KICKS Matte Setting Spray* and Beauty Blender Makeup Mist*.

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Final Word and What Would I Repurchase First

What I would repurchase right away would be the Kypris Antioxidant Dew (again), January Labs Toner and Cream, Esse Serum R6, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Primer, Lily Lolo Mascara, CCS Foot Cream and Jo Malone Perfume. Other must-haves such as NUXE Rêve de Miel, THREE highlighter duo and THREE Cleansing Oil plus both sunscreens (Innisfree and Mádara) I already have repurchased and in my stash. Oh, and same with Ben&Anna deodorants!

Total count of used up products: 50. Fifty! And as I’m typing this I’ve already added 5 new products to my empties paper bag… more about those next time! What have you last used up?

Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge

Can you do your makeup routine using only 5 products? I was tagged by the lovely Erika from NUDE blog to do this challenge. The timing was perfect as I had tested this look a week earlier when I had a sudden appointment (aka a friend in need texted me haha) and I needed to rush out within 5-10 minutes. So I’m recreating you this look which I find light, chic and modern - plus perfect for any age or skin tone to wear! (PS: Say hi to my new maine coon kitten, Haku!)

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Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

one: Base with Chanel Les Beiges Gel Touch Cushion

I chose this Chanel cushion as it’s very lightweight, natural and glowing foundation that’s also quick to apply. I designed this look to be easily done in a rush and cushions are perfect for that. Chanel Les Beiges Gel Touch Foundation glides on smoothly with my pink Beauty Blender*, but you can also use a cushion puff. I dab the foundation all over my face using the Beauty Blenders long side. I usually don’t need to touch up this foundation, but if you’re on the oilier side you might grab the compact with you for reapplications. For carrying and storing my Beauty Blender I love the Defender case*.

TWO: Conceal with NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla

This NARS pot concealer is my go-to when I’m layering my concealers or need to get out of the door asap. Usually I apply a liquid concealer, set with a powder and dab Soft Matte Concealer to the darkest areas to build some coverage. Today I’m using it alone with my IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Brush #7*, which is their bestseller. I can see why, it’s a very nice brush although the double end drives me nuts. I make sure to add concealer on darkest area near inner corner of the eye.

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Three & Four: Dior Diorshow Brow Pen and SUQQU Brow Mascara

The only brow pencil I had at hand was this Dior one, which I’m trying to use it up. I wish the formula was more waxy and it had a better spoolie. I make sure the tails of my brows are filled, same with any possible gaps. Then I brush my brows upwards with my favorite SUQQU Brow Mascara in Khaki. The hold is good, but my brows don’t feel “crunchy”. This is my second tube and still I’m love!

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Five: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Ruby

I was going to do a bright red lip, such as the Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura, but I find that dark or bright reds need a lip pencil. Of course you can skip the lipstick and just use a pencil, but I find applying from the lipstick bullet much faster. My choice was the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in the shade Ruby, which leaves a beautiful matte stain on the lips.

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Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Finished Look with Only 5 Products!

I hope you liked this challenge. Today I didn’t use my lipstick as a blush, mascara as a brow gel, lip balm as a highlighter or other “tricks” if you’re in a pinch. I love the fresh look of red lipstick, brushed up brows, glowing skin and no mascara. I know mascara may be “must” item to most of you, but I highly recommend you’ll give this look a try. Just select a complimentary red, orange or a red-pink shade that has blue undertones - your teeth will look whiter and complexion fresher. Make sure to check out Erika’s blog! I’m tagging Charlotta, Shireen, Jenny and Lily.

Which 5 products would YOU use?