[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] The thing that never fails to surprise me – even though I know it already – is how silky Suqqu formulas are. They’re really just a whisper on the skin and if you ever smell your colours, they smell clean and powdery. Some formulas with a lot of oil can actually smell greasy – there’s no need to ever smell your eye-shadow by the way – I just have got in the habit of it as a sort of product immersion. The obvious danger is getting eye-shadow on the tip of your nose – which I have just done.
The palette is the seasonal star of the collection – eight beautiful colours with a lustred finish (two mattes).
It’s limited edition, of course, and Suqqu always disappears in a flash because I don’t think we keep high levels of stock in the UK. The colours are Pale Pink (satin), Silver Pearl (jewel), Yellow Bronze (jewel), Metallic Red (satin), Orchid Purple (jewel), Night Grey (satin), Burnt Orange (velvet), Deep Brown (velvet). I can see this working throughout the year (luckily – you’d be hard pressed to make a dent in it over the festive period) – especially the more earthy tones which are talking summer to me. The inspiration is Ryourakinshu, which, roughly translated means exquisite clothing and a reference to adding silken embellishments.
The lustre is so present – in the smoothest possible way. You could consider the palette as 8 mono shades, none are dependent upon another so it works really well in that respect. The first three are my favourites, but I can see myself dipping into all of the others at some point or another. It’s priced at £65 but I’ve found it at Selfridges for £58.50 HERE, non-affiliate HERE.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
There are two dual coloured blush compacts, Ayatsumugi and Kazariami, both of which have lustre in the lighter half so you add glow or not. I find the first shade, Ayatsumugi, very wearable but not so much Kazariami. These go onto the skin so lightly that you will probably need to build up a bit unless your tone is ultra light(and I’m not sure they’re right for deep tones). You can also actually use the included brush which is deliciously soft and does the job very well. Weirdly, the only Suqqu Holiday item that Selfridges has is the palette, and Cult has only one of the blushes – Ayatsumugi for £34 HERE. The same applies for the lipstick (£30) – one shade in stock.
So, here are the two new lipstick shades – 111 Shuukou and 110 Yunishiki. They’re both in a matte finish which makes me less enthusiastic about them than I otherwise would – 111 Shuukou is in stock but 110 isn’t. It might be – in all the chaos – that deliveries have been split or delayed.
You can see the blush is a light touch, colour-wise. I’ve used a sponge applicator to show you the colours accurately but they’re not nearly this strong when you use a blush brush.
The red shade, Shuukou, is really lovely – a proper tomato red but my top pick would still be the palette which is rather special.
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