Suqqu’s fall 2012 collection seems interesting to me but I only got one item so far, you know, too many tempting brushes were recently released and I had to control myself 🙂
Here is the Limited Edition EX-07 Tsukiakari, I thought this one was the most beautiful of the three released and I suspected it would be quickly sold out :
There are two little eyeshadow applicators in the quad, one is a sponge applicator and the other is a nice cute little brush. Small but nicely made with Suqqu hair quality.
The main highlights in this collection are the cream shadows, one in each quad, dark blue in this case.
The cream shadow
The cream shadow is a beautiful dark blue with micro blue sparkles. It feels somehow dry when you apply it but I can blend without too many problems, just keep in mind that you may need a firmer or denser brush to work with it.
I like to use the tiny Hakuhodo J242G, I apply the cream close to the lashes and take it slightly above the crease, or not so high if it’s for a more subtle application.
If I need to blend, I do it with the Hakuhodo J122R but any dense goat or synthetic would do the trick.
If I am applying the cream shadow as a liner, I will use the Hakuhodo G5531, either for the top or the bottom lash line. I was not using this brush before since I find it too thick for a liner application but it’s just the most amazing brush for this, the perfect flexibility and width. So happy I get finally a great use of this one.
I am concerned about two things, the cream pan is very small in quantity, I see myself hitting pan on it and since this was the only reason why I got the quad, well, that’s just a bit sad. The other thing is that I am not sure about the cream texture when it comes to keeping it’s nice blendable properties, but I hope I am wrong. If you open the quad, just close it as soon as possible and avoid contact with air as much as you can.
The lasting power of this cream shadow is good. It lasted all day but it did fade, it did not crease but if the application on both lids is not exactly the same (same amount, same blending), you will see that the fading will not be even on both eyes through the day. You better be awake and have good lighting when you apply it 😉
The pink shadow
I am not that blown away by this pan, easily dupeable in my opinion. I don’t like this kind of pinks on my lids but I use it as a cheek highlighter.
The taupe shadow
It’s a plumish shade, quite dark, I don’t like it as much as the taupes in the other two compacts below, not that flattering on my lids I must say.
I use it either in the crease or on top of the blue cream shadow as a smokey application but the finish is really very dramatic and not office-appropriate in my case. One day I used it as a not-so-dramatic-smoky look and it was fine but not my favorite for the office.
The base shadow
The base color is similar to the other quads, but with a less powdery finish, not that the difference is that obvious actually…
I wanted to show you the difference of the pink and the taupe shades of these 3 quads :
The taupes :
The pinks :
The blues :
On the left of the picture, I applied the same cream shadow with two different brushes, on the very left with the Hakuhodo J242G, the second swatch has been done with the brush that comes with the quad, the one pictured above.
The third swatch is a thin application of the cream shadow.
The fourth swatch is the dark blue powder shadow/liner in Konruri.
Below, I applied the pink shade of EX-07 on top of the first swatch, and the plum EX-07 on the second.
This quad is a must-have if you love all of the colors. I clearly did not need this one because the only shade that really interests me is the cream shadow, and it’s tiny…
If you want to see the application of this EX-07 quad on the eyes, please check out Drivelaboutfrivol review, the did such a great job on her review.
The funny thing about it is that together with Konruri, which is a must-have for me, it makes a nice combination. I use the blue shades in Konruri with this EX-07 and I love them. On their own, I very much prefer the Konruri !