SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation Review + MOTD

Today in my Japanese foundation review series I have the new-ish SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid, which I would describe as a light-weight and moisturizing serum foundation. I was quite excited for this launch as anything dewy, skin-like and light is right up my alley! You’ll find more Japanese makeup reviews by clicking the link or the tag cloud on the right.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This serum texture foundation is meant to be extremely light and comfortable, creating a natural dewy finish. Has an SPF19. Available in 7 shades (light-medium to medium skin tones). Packaged in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a pipette dropper. 30ml retails for £46 / $60.77.

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APplying SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This foundation is very liquid, I imagine it has a mix of oil with the pigments as they seem to separate ever so slightly. I usually give the bottle a good shake just in case, but I haven’t had any problems if I forgot to do so. The coverage is sheer to light, not very buildable. While using this foundation you may need pinpoint concealing for any blemishes and under eye darkness.

The easiest application method for me has been dropping the foundation straight on my cheeks and forehead (you know, the “Instagram method”), then blend with a dense goat hair brush. I feel a paddle brush could be optimal for such a lightweight formula, but at this moment I don’t have the perfect brush at hand. If I’ve used a greasy SPF underneath I find the foundation moves a little bit and wants to settle into my fine lines; in this case I blot my SPF or use a Beauty Blender to press in the foundation after the brush step.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Wear

The finish of this foundation is very natural, light and silky. I haven’t noticed any color change or oxidization while wearing it. The look is luminous but non-greasy or tacky, I think normal to combo skins can wear this foundation without feeling “too dewy” as the day progress if you use a powder to set critical areas. For my dry skin I don’t feel the need to set the foundation as I don’t get an oily T-zone, but for added glow and easier powder blush application I like to gently swipe my face with a finishing powder by Hourglass. I don’t find the foundation transferring, which is sometimes an issue with oilier/dewier formulations.

I’ve noticed that some foundations break on me during the day. While some people might struggle with an oily T-zone, my dry skin wants to “eat up” the moisture out of a foundation, leaving it a patchy mess or gathers to the crevices of my nose. Luckily I haven’t find this an issue with SUQQU! SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid gets a bit more dewy during the day, but wears otherwise beautifully +8 hours. No significant problems.

Swatches

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog

I chose 101 as my shade online, usually the lightest shade of Japanese foundations are a good match for my NC15/NW13 skin. The Nude Wear Liquid in 101 pulls very yellow, but I can pretty much get away with it once I blend the product. Not a huge fan of the very yellow undertone, but at least it’s not grey or “zombie”-like on me. If you are fair with strong cool undertones this shade might look strange on you. You might give a try to 20X shades, but to me they looked darker. Every English shade description has the word ‘Ocher’, which puzzles me, so if you order online perhaps email or ring the counter for a good match?

Complete list of the concealers in second swatch:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101
THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum in 100
ADDICTION Skincare Foundation in Porcelain 001
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude in 1N2

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MOTD

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation 101
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
MAC Prep+Rime Loose Powder*

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara
Viseart Structure eyebrow palette
SUQQU Eyebrow Gel in Khaki
SUQQU Eyeliner Liquid Pen Duo 01* (discontinued)
SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-36 Fuyusumire (discontinued)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-Lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow 097 Birdwing Beauteous*

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand 017 Vermeer*
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 06 Harusumire
SUQQU Illuminating Highlight Stick 101 (LE)
THREE Shimmering Lip Jam 15 Dreamers Awaken

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Overall thoughts

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid is a very lovely light foundation, especially for dry to normal skins. If you lean more combo you might get away by applying a mattifying primer, setting the foundation or just skip applying on the T-zone. If you have significant fine lines you may want to really press in the foundation and set with a powder. What annoys me is the very limited and strange shade range, which is very hard to figure out online and doesn’t cater to POC. If you find a matching shade and enjoy more “no makeup” makeup look with natural, sheer foundation I’m sure you’d love SUQQU.

Have you tried SUQQU Foundations? I’m kinda tempted by the newest Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation, but I’d like to get a sample before paying the high price.

PSA

I apologize for the lack of content, but if you happened to see my IG updates, my fur baby Kiko passed away last week. She often made an appearance on the blog, sniffing and checking beauty products or just laying on the top of my flatlays.. I miss her tremendously, but trying to focus on the good memories now. xx

*Products marked with an asterisk were kindly offered for consideration.

My New Haircut: From Bob to Pixie! + MOTD

In my mid-twenties I settled to a classic short bob cut, which I've been rocking for years. I love a good bob cut - it's for me it's feminine yet playful, artsy and rebellious. In today's post I'm showing you my 'drastic' change and the inspirations behind it! Enjoy!

Natalie Portman in Leon The Professional

Natalie Portman in Leon The Professional

Mia Farrow (source: Time)

Mia Farrow (source: Time)

Background & Inspirations

When I was younger I always had long, thick hair, but I fancied a shorter style. When I entered high school I was fed up with people telling me "never cut your hair" as if they had anything to say how to live my life.  So I chopped my hair and started dying it (mostly black) and cut it to odd short forms, inspired by Japanese J-rockers. Looking back, those looks were awful, but it was my way to express myself haha. I've always loved bangs and finally tried a short and sleek bob, which became my signature look.

After I moved back from Japan I was obsessed with Japanese actress/model Kiko Mizuhara. Not only she's fun and gorgeous, but rocked the most perfect long bob - so I decided to stop dying my hair and grow out my bangs. I've had bangs most of my adult life so it didn't take me long to cut them back, which I haven't regretted. 

When it comes to hair, I have a couple of style icons that haven't changed in years. Many have described my hair is like Audrey Tautou's in Amélie, but honestly my inspiration has always been young Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional (one of my favorite movies to date). Short bob cut with super short bangs, sometimes nape of the neck shaved to an angle. My other style idol is 60s model Twiggy, but her hair style wouldn't suit me in my opinion. After late-night reference photo browsing on Pinterest, I found a lovely image of young Mia Farrow, which made my jaw drop.

I've seen Rosemary's Baby when I was young, but had completely "forgotten" about her short pixie look. Soon I found other actresses and models with a similar cut and became obsessed with the look (and I use the word 'obsessed' very carefully). Over 70% on my Instagram poll voted for the pixie cut, so here we are.. From the dirty post-summer cottage, post-swimming bob cut to a much shorter style:

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What do you think? I got comments that my hair looks darker after the sun-bleached ends were cut off. I kinda like it. It took me a couple of days to recognize myself in the mirror and I'm positive the hair will look more natural in a week or two once the bangs won't be as even and the back of my head won't point in every direction. I have new hair styling skills to master! I had just learned how to do curls with a straightener, now I need to practise styling with round brush and blow-dryer.

MOTD:

Eyeshadow: Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow base*, matte brown SURRATT singles (Truffle etc)
Eyeliner: SUQQU liquid eyeliner duo* (discontinued)
Brows: Viseart 'Structure' palette
Base: SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101 (review coming soon!)
Cheeks: JLo for Inglot (J139 Cocoa5*) for contour, Rouge Bunny Rouge Habanera blush
Highlight: Burberry Fresh Glow in White
Powders: Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous (review here) and Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder
Lips: ADDICTION by Ayako matte lip crayon in 'Paprika'

*items PR gifted for consideration

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I can't wait to wear lots of lipstick and feminine dresses to balance this look! 'Mickey' t-shirt is byy R/H (a lovely Finnish brand) and skull&bones earrings Vivienne Westwood (lol I'm not a style blogger, but if you were curious).

Which hair style do you prefer on me?Have you ever done a pixie cut or a "drastic" change?

Venetian Red Spring MOTD feat Rouge Bunny Rouge

You know, I have a firm love for Japanese makeup, eco skincare and the one and only - Rouge Bunny Rouge. Their Neo-Victorian whimsy and style always remains beautiful and captivating, while the product performance is among the very best. This Spring RBR has come up with new interesting launch of foundation Color Matching Concentrate and a new look called 'Venetian Red': inspired by poets, painters, art and their creativity, beauty and passion (I'm all about it!!).

Now, I'm nowhere as stunning as their model in the Create Look guide, but here I am - still trying to recreate the Venetian Red look while rocking my R/H jumper. If you fancy taking a peek at my older RBR inspired creation, see the Rebel Princess Rhapsody here. RBR kindly sent me some of the products and sample sizes to try from this look, but in all honesty I had already bought most of them with my own money. I took a couple of 'creative liberties' here and there while creating the look after their instructions. I'll talk you through! 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Venetian Red MOTD
Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup flatlay
Rouge Bunny Rouge Tinted Luxe Balm

Preparation

As the instructions suggest, I'll add a generous layer of the Tinted Luxe Balm in Pinch of Nude to condition my chapped lips. I really enjoy this balm as it feels very light and plumping on the lips without being too slippery or oily. Perfect for prepping the lips or underneath a lipstick to sheer out the color. Full review & swatches here.

The Complexion

I love the RBR Milk Aquarelle foundation (review here) and I'm on my second bottle. If you repurchase a foundation it does say something about it! The Milk Aquarelle has a light to medium buildable coverage, I usually buff just one layer mixed with the Serene Light Skin Perfector for a luminous, even finish. The coverage hides most of my acne scaring, but lets some imperfections shine through so the end result is very second skin-like. You can use Serene Light as a primer, but personally I mix it with my foundation. It does something magical to the end result, I can't quite put my finger on it (which is why I haven't written a full review yet), but using this makes my skin look even, bright and refreshed. I can't live without it!

Sadly, the Milk Aquarelle foundation's shade range is very limited - but RBR brought out a novelty product this Spring: the Colour-Matching Concentrate in Sonnet, which is essentially a foundation mixer. It comes in a convenient small pump bottle, but don't let the size deceive you - this stuff is VERY pigmented! Only a smallest drop is needed for adjusting your foundation. Perfect if you're a makeup artist, a medium-tan and need to adjust a foundation shade, or your skin significantly deepens in the summer time. I'm too fair to get much use out of this Concentrate as a foundation mixer, so I've used the tinies drop as a bronzer to add some healthy definition to the outer perimeter of my face. I add this on the top of my temples and cheek bones, after contouring with my Natural Defining and Contouring Liquid in Dusk (review here).

I cover my dark circles with the Luminous Skin Wand in Orionis. I imagine this product is supposed to be RBR's counterpart to YSL's Touche Éclat, but there is enough coverage so I can use it to conceal my dark circles. The formula is very light both in texture and coverage, but amazingly it banishes the tiredness from my face. Just to make sure there is no creasing, I set the concealer with my beloved Diaphanous loose powder and Chikuhodo Z-2 brush (reviewed both here).

Highlighting and Blush

The instructions on RBR website suggest to add the Highlighting Liquid before your blush, so I'll try it.. for science. Sea of Showers was a new shade for me. I always feared that a nude, champagne-like highlighter would be too tan for me but I was wrong! It suits perfectly with my slightly bronzed base. Sea of Clouds (pure white) still remains my favorite shade for my pale complexion, but I'll definitely use up the sample of Sea of Showers. I'll dab the highlighter on my cheek bones, temples, nose bridge and cupid's bow with my fingers.

Next, with a clean finger I'll dab the color of blush wand in Rubens on the apples of my cheeks and blend towards my ears. I used to sketch streaks on my cheeks with the actual blush wand, but I've learned that finger application works is the nicest for me. It can be used as a lipstick or an eyeshadow as well! I did my friend's makeup the other weekend using the shade Manet and she looked stunning. Last but not least, I'll take a squirrel hair highlighter brush and apply some highlighting powder in Goddess (I didn't have the suggested Sweet to Touch) to the high points of my face with a Sonia G fan brush.

Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup flatlay
Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup mess

Eyes and lashes

This look is inspired by classic art, the name 'Venetian Red' borrowed from the earthy red of Renaissance paintings. This theme speaks to me, as I used to sell fine art supplies as my part-time job for almost a decade! Although my own paintings are mainly digital, I have firm love for traditional materials (oils, aquarelles, pastels), classic painters and their muses. RBR knows how to draw inspiration and make it their own. 

I was out of my RBR brow liners, so I used my Dior Brow Styler in Dark Brown instead and sketched my brows with feathery strokes. I only fill-in where needed and keep the look straight and natural. The Dior brow liner was super hyped up on YouTube and I like it, but it hasn't blown my mind. After finishing the Dior I think I'll got back to RBR as it's less expensive and the color is equally good. Lately I've been enjoying semi-brushed up brow and the SUQQU Brow Mascara gives me the hold I need (review here).

I start the eye look by applying the Brightening Liner Duo in Glacier Flower to my lower waterline. Using the Duo Cream Shadow in Gossamer Wing (which is one of my staples and I'm almost out of it) I create the kind of "no-eyeshadow" eyeshadow. Instead of mixing the two shades together I feel my hooded lids need more definition: using the doe-foot applicator I apply the lighter shade on my mobile lid and darker shade to the crease and blend with my finger. Then I sharpen my lip pencil in Marco and line my upper and lower lash line, keeping the inner corners bare. As the lip pencil is very soft, it's easy to massage the red color between the lashes without actually tight lining. I curl my lashes using the Surratt curlers (review here) and apply generous coats of Modelling Mascara in Red Nightfall. I think Magnitude Mascara in Ruby was a similar limited edition shade from last year, so I swatched it for comparison. RBR site suggests using the liquid highlighter to line the eyeliner for a metallic effect, but I use it to brighten my inner corners instead. Usually I would do this with the Brightening Liner Duo, but the liquid highlighter gives more "oomph" to the look.

(I mistakenly wrote 'Aura' in the highlighter picture, it's actually 'Goddess'!)

Rouge Bunny Rouge Venetian Red MOTD

Finishing touches

I wipe off the Tinted Luxe balm with a tissue and sketch my lips with the lip pencil in Marco (same I used for the eyes). I feel I wanted to emphasis the lips a bit more and decided to use one of my favorite lipsticks: the Color Burst Lipstick in Word of Mouth on the top. The match is excellent, Word of Mouth just gives a bit more brightness and healthy gloss to my lips. You could also use a touch of the Blush Wand applied as a stain - depends on the look you're going for! Finally, I give myself two spritzes of the RBR Chatoyant fragrance. This isn't a perfume I would wear daily, as on me the musk and vanilla base notes are quite heavy. I still enjoy it when I'm feeling "fancy" haha. Instead of disappearing into thin air this fragrance lasts on me for the whole day, which is excellent. Read more about the scent & notes here.

Thank you for reading! This post was pretty chatty, but I'm contemplating if I should post my everyday motd looks + simple product list more often? I would love to hear your thoughts! Also, if you desire to purchase any RBR items you can get 20% off by using my code RBR-lauraloukola20 (non-affiliate!!).

This post is not sponsored, but does feature some pr samples kindly sent by Rouge Bunny Rouge. My thoughts remain my own & honest. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.