As SUQQU didn’t release a full color makeup collection for spring/summer 2011, I am sure many SUQQU fans were eagerly waiting for the brand’s fall 2011 makeup collection. The waiting is over, but are the new items worth the anticipation? Today I am reviewing Blend Color Eyeshadow in 08 Mizuaoi and Face Color Palette in EX-01.
Blend Color Eyeshadow in 08 Mizuaoi is one of the three new Blend Color Eyeshadow palettes for fall 2011. Unlike the variations from fall 2010, the two main shades of these palettes (aside from the base and eyelining shades) are both quite light and shimmery. (See my review of Blend Color Eyeshadow in 01 Kakitsubata from fall 2010.)
The four shades in 08 Mizuaoi are (anti-clockwise from bottom right):
- ivory white, softly pigmented, velvety matte with no shimmer
- light blue with a lilac undertone, moderately pigmented, with pearly shimmer
- light warm pink, moderately pigmented, with high-toned pearly shimmer
- dark blue with a hint of violet, well-pigmented, glowy matte with a hint of shimmer
The shimmer in the pink, the light blue and the dark blue is multi-hued. The texture of the powder is very smooth and silky, and the pink and the light blue feel particularly creamy. The blendability is superb and the staying power is very good.
I was slightly worried that the light pink would be similar to the pale pink in Coffret d’Or’s 3D Glossy Eyes in 04 Pink Violet and that it would turn out to be too pale and pastel-y, but, not only is it not pastel-y but it actually adds a little bit of depth to the eyes. It goes on slightly warmer than it looks in the pan as it has a very soft cinnamon tone to it. It should be a very flattering pink to wear, especially for those with warm-toned complexions.
The light blue doesn’t particularly look lilac-y in the pan but it does have a lilac tone when worn. (Unlike the pink, it doesn’t create depth.) The dark blue is cool-toned and complements the light blue well.
The velvety matte ivory white is a good base shade, as it naturally brightens the eye areas without the use of (sometimes distracting) shimmer.
This palette is used for SUQQU’s fall 2011 ad visual (below). The model is wearing the pink all over the eyelids, the light blue along the lower lashlines, and the dark blue along the upper lashlines. This is a great way to wear this palette, as it adds a touch of freshness and brightness to the eyes. This is more or less how I wear this palette as well. (I almost never line my lower lashlines with a dark color. If I do want to wear color around the lower lashlines, I go for a light color to bright up my eyes.)
Also used for the ad visual is Face Color Palette in EX-01 (limited edition). It contains three shades of face powder and a blusher with two shades and two distinctive finishes. The texture of the powder is very silky across the five sections.
The face powder side contains a contourer, an all-over finishing powder, and a highlighter. The finishing powder and the contourer have a velvety matte finish (with the contourer being marginally more matte), while the highlighter has a glowy finish with a hint of shimmer. The contourer is very subtle and it is unlikely to show up on darker skin tones.
The blusher side has two sections, a velvety matte warm rose pink on the right and a softly shimmery light-to-medium pink on the left. (It is lighter, cooler, and more pinkish than the rose pink.) The velvety rose pink is between sheer and moderately pigmented, while the shimmery pink is fairly well-pigmented. They are meant to be mixed together but I use them separately. I use the rose pink as the main blusher shade and the shimmery pink very sparingly on the cheekbones to add shimmer and more color.
There is only one variation of Face Color Palette, and I think what SUQQU is trying to do with the tone of the blushers is to make sure it flatters most people. Color-wise, they do resemble a natural rosy glow (which is neither too pinkish nor too peachy/orangy) and I do think they will suit most people.
The palette comes with two brush applicators, which are stored in the upper level of the compact. One is a round brush and the other is an angled brush.
Overall, I really like these two items, and I think they should be generally wearable for most people. The quality of SUQQU’s eyeshadows remains unparalleled, and I have a feeling that Face Color Palette, with the powder-blusher combination and two SUQQU-quality brushes, will be very popular.
SUQQU’s fall 2011 makeup collection is available in the UK now.
(The products featured in this article are provided by SUQQU.)