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?

ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polish Review and Swatches

“It’s not a nail polish, it’s a blush.”

Ayako is one of my favorite makeup Creative Directors. She has lived over 20 years in New York, working with celebrities and makeup artists like Francois Nars (another favorite of mine). I love it how Ayako thinks outside the box, creating high quality product to highlight one’s individual style. She is cool, edgy and awfully chic - not afraid of colors or texture variations. Today I’m writing about on of my favorite products from ADDICTION: the Cheek Polishes!

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ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION’s Cheek polishes come in a nail polish -like bottle with a similar brush applicator. There are two available textures: non-pearl matte colors and with pearls of silver or/and gold. The cheek polishes retail 12ml for 3024 yen (including tax). As I’m typing this there are 8 permanent shades (including two highlighters) and seasonal limited edition colors.

How To Wear ADDICTION Cheek Polishes

Using a liquid blush is relatively easy. You shake the bottle with cap closed, then adjust the amount of color on the brush (similarly as you adjust the amount of nail polish). You could use the back of your hand as a palette and apply with a brush or a sponge, but I find it easiest to add about ~3 dots of the color on my cheeks and blending with my fingers. I use my middle finger to spread the color, then my index finger to blend. The Cheek Polishes set relatively quickly. If I feel there’s too much product or harsh edges I do a couple dabs with my Beauty Blender or Shaquda foundation brush.

ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Addiction Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION is one of my favorite makeup brands, I feel Ayako can do no wrong (except reformulating my favorite foundation *grudge*). I think last year she reformulated the brand’s powder blushes and created 30 permanent shades with sensible color categories, but unfortunately her Cheek Polish range remained untouched. They have discontinued some older individual shades, which makes the range in my eyes a bit incomplete looking.. as I’m typing this there are only 6 blushers and 2 highlighters available. I wish they’d tweak and expand the current range. Meanwhile, they do bring out Limited Edition shades every now and then. I haven’t tried the highlighter shades (13 Reflection and 13 Moon Dance), but 12 Emotional has very little base color and is mostly very sheer with loads of golden glitter.

What I love about this formula is how weightless it feels on the skin. I personally like to wear a decent amount of makeup every day, but I don’t want to look or feel as if I’ve piled on a ton. The ADDICTION Cheek Polishes look and feel seamless on the skin with no tacky or greasy residue. I rarely blend makeup with my fingers, but with liquid blush and highlighter I make an exception. I’ve noticed that blush - especially cream blush - doesn’t last well on my cheeks, but with ADDICTION Cheek Polishes I can get at least 5 hour of decent wear-time without touching up or setting with a powder.

I actually like the packaging, but perhaps the caps should be a different color so they wouldn’t be confused with ADDICTION’s nail polishes? The mini bottle 09 Sensually was a gift with purchase and I don’t think I can even go through this small size during one life-time. You only need a couple dots or two small swipes of color per each cheek from the applicator. I wouldn’t mind if they reduced the product size and price ~1000 yen. Luckily the product seems to last well; I’ve had my 04 Revenge shade for a few years, but hasn’t gone bad or separated.

Swatches

04 Revenge - Matte bright red with a slight yellow undertone; “sunburn red”.

09 Sensually - Soft matte muted pink rose. (My favorite!)

12 Emotional - Sheer orange coral with gold pearl (with NARS Orgasm vibes)

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Final Thoughts

While I’m in love with this product type, I do think there is some improvement in the shade range. 04 Revenge used to look a bit too much like sunburn on my face, but I’ve learned to pair it with my other makeup. I do regret getting 12 Emotional a little as it’s very shimmery with little base color - I’d prefer it to be more coral, like in the bottle. I wonder if it would suit better a deeper skin tone than mine? In order to get some use out of it I like to layer this Cheek Polish with other blushers, apply generously and skip the highlighter. Overall, I love the Cheek Polishes but I definitely prefer the matte shades. If you love easy-to-apply, quick and natural blush, these are worth checking out! xx

Products I Changed My Mind About

I don't mind being 'wrong' or changing my mind about things. Especially with beauty products you can fall in and out of love with something as your skills develop, skin or style changes from season to season, or maybe you find something more worthwhile. Today I'm taking a look at some products I initially wasn't toon keen about, but I have changed my mind!

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Mahalo the Petal mask

Original review here. This mask is so expensive it makes me shake - $95/€95! You do get a generous amount of product 3.4 fl.oz/100 ml in a sturdy packaging while the mask itself is carefully hand-made in Hawaii. I still consider this an investment purchase - a splurge if you may. Although I love high end skincare I thought no mask can make such a big difference in my skin to justify the Petal's hefty price tag.

Then I had the pleasure to meet Mahalo's founder, Maryna, in person at Naturelle’s event. Maryna is such a super cool person, vibrant, fun and full of knowledge. She corrected me that the Petal isn't a plain moisturizing mask, but more to balance and promote even, hydrated and glowing looking skin. I decided to give the Petal another go, "just to get rid of it" and soon I started noticing a difference in my skin. It was healthier, plumper, balanced and overall tone more evened out. I simply had good skin days after reaching for the Petal on a regular basis. I also started to appreciate the scent, feel and pampering aspect of the mask more and more. I’m now on my second jar!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wands

Original review here. Although I gave overall a positive review, I wasn't blown away. The blush wands are good, but my expectations are sky high when it comes to RBR products. After the review I made myself to use these blushes despite not being totally in love - to use them up I suppose? But the more I tested, played and swatched the more I wanted to reach for them. Suddenly they have become my go-to blush formula.

They do sheer out during the day, but the wand is easy to carry in your clutch, dab on your cheeks, eyelids or swipe on the lips if you're in a pinch! I did the most gorgeous "no makeup" makeup look to my friend, Anna, with these blushes and used the shade Rubens in my Venetian Red Spring Look. I think the trick is to not swipe the product directly on your cheeks but instead use with your fingers to gently warm the product and pat on the skin for a natural, smooth, tint. Love!

Natasha Denona Eyeshadows

When I got my Beautylish Lucky Bag in 2017 (original post here) I was delighted to receive a Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette. I mean, c’mon, it’s Natasha Denona. Soon I noticed the shimmer/metalic shades were quite average and I wasn't blown away with the color combination either. Pretty, but I prefer my Viseart, SUQQU and Surratt shadows for example. In March I wrote about the eyeshadow palettes I had purged (post here) and had mixed feelings about parting with Natasha Denona. First of all, the shades look bomb on my friend whom I sold the palette. Secondly, I read Sweet Makeup Temptation's post (here) how the shadows are her favorite and how well her Builder One (my review here) works with the glitters. I’m weak when it comes to product + brush pairings.

The only problem is the price. These shadows are not cheap and while you do get a ton of product, great quality and whatnot, I cannot justify purchasing a larger palette. But when I saw there's a Mini Sunset palette available in Sephora, I asked an Instagram friend from the US shop it for me. I’ve heard some reviews the Mini Sunset isn’t as good as the full-size palettes, but I got to say I'm liking it. The shadows don't last as long on me as SUQQU or Viseart, but I’m happy with the Mini Sunset. So if you don’t have the funds and absolutely love a look of ND palettes.. give a smaller one a go? I’ve heard the new Mini Lila is very good.

Products I Changed My Mind About | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

The Beauty Blender

Who wouldn't love the bouncy pink egg-shaped sponge? Well, me. I adore brushes and there was no way a puff or a sponge would be added to my routine. Until I gave a go to a triangle shaped powder puff (by KICKS) that was gifted to me. It was nice for precise powdering and really pressing in product, which gave me the idea to dig out my old Beauty Blender. Especially during the sweaty, hot Summer months the Beauty Blender was wonderful for really pressing in loose powder, smooth the under eye area and make sure there were no foundation streaks. My quickly drying THREE Angelic Synthesis foundation (review here) that I didn't initially love applied much nicer with this damp sponge. Is it worth the hype? I guess. Price tag? Mmh.. maybe only on sale. Available on Cult Beauty* (international), Eleven.fi* (Finland).

Have you changed your mind about any products lately? Hits or misses?

*The Beauty Blender in the images above was kindly PR gifted to me.
(My original one is too battered for photos).