From the category archives:

2010 Fall

SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow 06 Ginbudou Fall 2010 Makeup 1

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SUQQU‘s Blend Color Eyeshadow debuted in fall 2010 as part of the brand’s product renewal. As more variations have been added to the range over the last few seasons, four of the original six have been discontinued in Japan (including the beautiful 01 Kakitsubata, replaced by 12 Konruri). 04 Keshizumi and 06 Ginbudou are the only two original variations still available in Japan, and today I am reviewing 06 Ginbudou. I am also featuring Creamy Glow Lipstick in 01 Saebana, also launched in fall 2010.

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SUQQU Reset Cleansing Oil Reset Cleansing Cream 1

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As I mentioned, SUQQU went through a major revamp in Japan last year and many products were discontinued and replaced. Earlier I reviewed Blend Color Eyeshadow in 01 Kakitsubata and Creamy Glow Lipsticks in 07 Asasuou, 09 Hanarenga, and 18 Karakurenai, and today I am focusing on two of the new skincare items.

Reset Cleansing Oil and Reset Cleansing Cream were released in Japan last September (as were the new makeup items from SUQQU). Along with Eye Makeup Remover R, they are the new makeup removing products from the brand. (Extra Off Cleansing Gel, Extra Off Cleansing Milk, Extra Off Cleansing Cream, and Eye Makeup Remover are no longer available in Japan.)

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SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks Fall 2010 Makeup 1(SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipsticks in (from left to right)
09 Hanarenga, 18 Karakurenai & 07 Asasuou)

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Lusciously creamy and comfortably nourishing, SUQQU‘s Creamy Lipstick and Blend Lipstick (also see here) are some of the best lipsticks I have ever come across. When SUQQU went through a revamp last September, both lipsticks were discontinued and replaced by Creamy Glow Lipstick. (I think some shades of the two previous lipsticks are still available in the UK.)

I was quite certain that it would be as good as the previous two, but I was wondering how different it would be. Launched in Japan last September with all the other revamped products, it was finally here in the UK in February. Today I am sharing my thoughts with you.

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SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick Spring 2011 1(image from www.suqqu.com)

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- All of SUQQU’s new base makeup products that were released in Japan in September 2010 (after the brand revamp) are now available in the UK.

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Each year, Japanese beauty magazine Biteki publishes results of its annual survey of its readers’ favorite beauty products in various categories. I am usually particularly interested in all the makeup categories, and, this year, I noticed that three of the eye palettes that I bought in 2010 are among the top 10 eye palettes. (This is surprising to me, as the eye palettes I tend to go for are not usually the most popular ones.)

Here are some brief thoughts on the three palettes (the numbers indicate their rankings in the top 10, and see links for my reviews):

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1st: Lunasol Aurorize Eyes in 02 Light Variation

Kanebo Lunasol Aurorized Eyes 02 Light Variation Fall 2010 Makeup 1

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I know that top finishers in the eyeshadow categories (singles/palettes) are usually neutral-toned and I expected a Lunasol palette (possibly from the Aurorize Eyes series) to top the chart (again), but I didn’t expect that it would be this one. (I thought it would be between (the more airy) 01 Nuance Variation and (the more intense) 05 Contrast Variation.) It seems that the combination of ultra-wearable light warm-toned neutrals and the beautifully dimensional shimmer Lunasol is known for has captured the hearts of many makeup fans in Japan.

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Shiseido Integrate Rainbow Grade Eyes BE303 Fall 2010 Makeup 1

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Shiseido Integrate‘s Rainbow Grade Eyes in BE303, from the line’s fall 2010 makeup collection, is actually not the first item from the line that I tried. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine kindly gave me her Diamond Eyes in VI226 to help increase my collection of lilac-toned eyeshadow palettes. I do like the palette. The powder is very smooth and almost creamy, and the colors are beautiful. Then, when I saw Rainbow Grade Eyes on-line, I thought it was time to try another eyeshadow palette from the line.

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SUQQU Fall 2010 Makeup Blend Color Eyeshadow 01 Kakitsubata 1

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On September 3rd, SUQQU went through a major brand renewal in Japan and its fall 2010 makeup collection includes many new point and base makeup products. (There are also new skincare items.) Blend Color Eyeshadow, available in 6 variations, is one of the new products, and today I am reviewing 01 Kakitsubata.

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RMK Face Powder EX 1

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Launched in September in the UK, RMK‘s new loose powder, Face Powder EX, combines the soft and delicate loose powder and the ease of use and the potability of pressed powder. Four shades are available, and today I am highlighting the shade in P-00.

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Shiseido Integrate Fall 2010 Makeup 4(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/ie)

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I received Integrate’s Rainbow Grade Eyes in BE303 and Coffret D’Or’s spring/summer 2010 powder foundation case. A short post on the case will be up later this week, and the review of the palette will be up in a couple of weeks’ time.

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(continued from Part 1 and Part 2)

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3rd: Integrate

Shiseido Integrate Fall 2010 Makeup 1(image from www.nikkei.com)

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Integrate has been slowly changing its brand image. (Remember the TV ads starring Angelina Jolie when the brand was first launched several years ago?) Integrate is now a cuter and more girlie line, and the new Rainbow Grade Eyes series from Integrate’s fall 2010 makeup collection makes a clear statement regarding how the line wants to be perceived. The message is clear.

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