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 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?

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?