SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review and Swatches

I think this is the second time SUQQU UK releases a limited edition 8-pan palette. The colors of the previous one from holidays 1 or 2 years ago didn’t speak to me, but my jaw dropped when I saw the teaser pictures of the new UK exclusive Urban Prism compact. The looks SUQQU’s makeup artists Jorge Balzaretti and Paul Holmberg have created using this are stunning, blended, chic and airy yet packed some punch with color choices. I was so excited for the reds and pinks so I marked my calendar with the release date.

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About SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

The inspiration for this collection was a kaleidoscope, contrasting textures and colors to create wearable looks: natural and elegant, chic and smoky, trendy and edgy. The other items from this collection were a powder highlighter, bronzer, highlighting crayon and two lip crayons. As I’m typing this the SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact is still available on Selfridges and Harrods. It sold out quickly during the first launch, but I’ve noticed Selfridges tends to restock their site from time to time. £59 for 12.4g of product, 8 pans of eyeshadow and two small applicators. Made in Japan.

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Wearing SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

I refer to this palette as the Urban Prism although the packaging says ‘Eyeshadow Compact 101’. I think this is one of the most fun, unique yet wearable palettes SUQQU has come out with since they revamped to Designing Color Eyes formula. This palette doesn’t have holes on the backside, so it’s not meant to be depotted. I hope the glue is strong enough to hold the shadows, it felt little loose when finger swatching.

I’ve been looking for a palette to do more colorful looks: either a has-it-all palette with neutrals for contouring the eyes or a full blown colorful palette. Sadly, these types palettes are difficult to put together shade range and formula-wise, which is the reason I have been putting off purchasing a Natasha Denona palette for example. They are often very cool or warm, not enough color variety (just 1 pop of color) or just hideously expensive. Not that £59 is cheap by any means, but SUQQU combines warms with more neutral shades of brown, cool pink, blue and yellow. Thanks to the careful color selection and mattes I can wear this palette on its own without reaching for brown neutrals.

I’m really happy to report that SUQQU is consistent with their quality. Only one or two quads have had a more chalky black, but overall you can feel safe when getting a SUQQU palette online. The shadows are smooth, buildable, finely milled and silky texture. The colors don’t skip on the eyelids and blend evenly. There’s some variety in textures with more mattes to satins and shimmers, but they all perform very well.

I’d like to call these SUQQU shadows nicely pigmented, but they’re certainly more on the buildable side vs many US based brands that put an emphasis on high pigmentatiod when swatches. SUQQU shadows give a nice veil of color without being sheer or see-thorough, you can layer and mix them as you wish without the result turning muddy. With my NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow primer these shadows wear ~8h on my hooded lids.

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SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Swatches

Orange leaning peach with golden shimmer

Red tomato matte

Dark khaki with slightly greenish undertone

Champagne shimmer with glitter bits

Purple leaning pink shimmer

Orange tomato matte

Dark navy blue with black undertones

Matte yellow with a greenish hue

Look with SUQQU Urban Prism

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I was inspired by this look by Jorge Balzaretti. I had a lighter hand compared to the editorial pictures, but in real life the pinks and reds still popped out beautifully. I love the yellow in the inner corner, makes the look more interesting and playful in my opinion. I used MILK makeup’s gel liner in CEO on my waterline to get similar intensity to the look, but it’s not too visible as I’m looking down.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final thoughts

If you’re very color-shy I think you’re better off with 01 Yuushakuyaku (review) or other more muted SUQQU quad, but if you like to experiment - even with 1-2 shades at the time, I think Urban Prism is an excellent choice. I personally love this palette and have reached for it a ton. I think it’s going to be my go-to palette this summer thanks to the elegant vibrancy and wearing possibilities. Big recommendation!

SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes Swatches (01, 06, 101, 102, 104)

I really like SUQQU’s Glow Touch Eyes liquid shadows. I can’t believe they launched already in October last year, how time flies! I’m on the same lines with my original review, which you can check out here. This post short and sweet is mostly just sharing swatches of the shades I’ve accumulated recently. Enjoy!

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SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes

A quick recap if you missed the first post: SUQQU Glow Touch Eyes is a liquid or creamy liquid eyeshadow that comes with a lipgloss like packaging and a doe-foot applicator. The lasting power of these shadows (with an eyeshadow base) is very good, much better than SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes (review). These shadows are available in 6 permanent shades and retail for £24 for 7.5g on Selfridges (my shopping place of choice).

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Sadly some of these shadows were discontinued/not permanent, but they might pop on the Selfridges site.. Isetan and Umeda Hankyu sometimes have their own limited editions and they usually aren’t promoted in the UK very loudly, but do appear (late) on the online store. Anyway, I wanted to share them if you find something comparable from your collection or in the future releases. These shadows don’t tend to have multi-colored glitter or very deep nuances to them, but appear very pretty on the lid.

01 Ginzora: a white shimmery silver

06 Kiramomo: glowing peach with golden glitter

101 Teriaka (LE): Brown with burgundy undertones and golden glitter

102 Yukimurasaki (LE, Hankyu Umeda exclusive): Shimmery lilac lavender (more violet irl)

104 Kibudou (LE)*: Plum with slightly burgundy/purple undertones and light shimmer (this shade does not look like you are tired or have a black eye, in fact it’s very pretty!)

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Have you tried SUQQU’s Glow Touch Eye formula? I’m currently obsessed with liquid eyeshadows, more reviews will be coming! Do you have a favorite formula or a color?

*Shade 104 Kibudou was kindly gifted for consideration.

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 12 GENKOUAKANE & 124 TOUKIYOU Review and Swatches

I was thinking are the Spring makeup launches rolling in too early (while it’s snow and icy in Helsinki)? But then again I’m done with Winter, the longest season in Finland, which does affect our mood negatively.. I’m all prepared for increasing daylight, sunshine and tulips! These new SUQQU palettes are a splash of Spring, combining exciting and fresh colors with the classic SUQQU formula and shimmers. One palette was PR gifted to me, the other my friend Iris kindly bought for me in Kyoto. Enjoy the swatches and review!

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SUQQU Desgigning Color Eyes Spring 2019

SUQQU Spring Color Collection 2019 came out with two new eyeshadow palettes: one permanent (12 GENKOUAKANE*) and one limited edition (124 TOUKIYOU). In the spirit of bright Spring, these palettes feature pastel hues of pink, mint green, icy blue and yellow. In a classic SUQQU manner these palettes symbolize both femininity and strength. Prized £46/¥7344 for 5.6g, available in the UK in Selfridges, Harrods and Fenwick Bond Street.

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12 GENKOUAKANE

The promotional pictures of 12 幻光茜 GENKOUAKANE (“dreamy light of red”) don’t do justice for this palette, IRL it’s a true stunner. Pigmented, fresh, packed with shimmers that adhere on the lid. This palette reminds me of blooming sakura and plum trees in Tokyo. The combination of green and pink is playful, sweet and refreshing. They go together seamlessly, complimented by the brown.

The performance of this palette is excellent. The green has a certain iridescence to it, making it beautiful to layer with other shades or use as a creative pop of color, like I did in my Valentine’s Makeup Look. In the pan I can see some multi-colored shimmers (yellow, pink), but on the skin the main color is minty green. While the top right pink shade is also a shimmery one, I’d consider the darker red a satin and the brown a satin-matte. All of them have great pigmentation and blendability. SUQQU is one of those brands that wear max ~8 hours on my hooded lids (with primer)upå+, after that minor creasing may happen. No fallout.

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124 TOUKIYOU

This palette has a splash of icy pink with yellow-orange and fresh looking browns. I think making 124 透葵陽 TOUKIYOU (“transparent hollyhock sunshine”) the permanent palette would have made more sense to the conservative customers, but then again SUQQU already has a good amounts of palettes with a splashes of blue (05 Aoshizuku, 07 Hisuikou, 09 Ryogetsu and 10 Yuuakane), although nothing as fresh and Spring-like as this. The light brown is like glistening sand and the red-based medium brown makes a nice crease or lash line color.

Just like 12 Genkouakane this palette stole my heart. While the icy blue is also iridescent, I feel the multicolored shimmers are more visible compared to the mint green. This icy blue is not exactly a duo-chrome shadow, but does switch a little pink when the light hits it. The orange shade packs a punch, I’d say the base color is on the orange side but there is golden yellow shimmers. Just like 12 Genkouakane, 124 Toukiyou’s bottom right brown is a satin-matte. Again, no fallout.

Swatches

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 12 Genkouakane Swatches

12 幻光茜 GENKOUAKANE

Iridescent, shimmery fresh mint green
Pale sweet pink
Satin rose red with pink undertones
Matte medium chocolate brown

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 124 Toukiyou Swatches

124 透葵陽 TOUKIYOU

Iridescent pale baby blue
Light nude with golden shimmer
Yellow-based orange
Light brown with red undertones

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Overall thoughts

These palettes are true winners, I’m so happy with both in formula and color combinations. If there was a small con, I think the glue in my palettes is a bit soft (note: these palettes CAN be easily depotted by sticking a pin to a hole on the backside), but fortunately not too soft that the pans would pop out by themselves.

These palettes reminded me how SUQQU shadows have an unique softness and glide that make the shimmery textures so complimentary (even on mature lids, I’ve read). This unique soft texture could be what decreases the lasting power on my hooded lids a little bit, but I do prefer Japanese powder formulas. Speaking of powder, SUQQU is coming out with new pressed powders… I’m so excited!

Have you tried SUQQU makeup? Which palette is your favorite?

*Palette 12 Genkouakane was kindly sent for consideration.
My thoughts are my honest and my own.