I promise I will try to be objective, but it’s Suqqu we are talking here, a great love of mine, not sure I can even manage to be rational.
I don’t even know how or where to start, I feel like my brain is falling apart, *breathless*, ok… so it’s just make up right ?
The first thing that came to my mind is a movie, “The Island”, if you watched it you may see what I mean, these lipsticks look like perfect utopian clones. The packaging is one of the main reasons why I was so excited about this collection, matte white with a green-pink iridescence. These lipsticks look from another world far far away in the future.
Recently I was mentioning in a post that Suqqu was often including the same base color in each palette, which gets a bit redundant when you own a few palettes, I am happy that this time it’s different.
When I saw Rosy’s pictures in Allmadeupnowheretogo blog, I knew I had to pick the face palette, the quads and the lipsticks. Please also refer to Rosy’s description of the shades, she describes all the palettes wonderfully.
Not that I didn’t want the rest of the collection but I just couldn’t, Suqqu is really expensive and it’s already a luxury to be able to get that many items.
The eyeshadow palettes
It’s probably going to be the most successful palette, the shades are complex, duo-chrome for the two darkest.
The dark purple shade on the Ex-11 appeared quite similar to the one on Ex-13 but it’s not as dramatic. The Ex-13 is more charcoal/purple with green and blue duo-chrome. The duo-chrome effect is still visible on the eyes but not metallic as it appears here on the pictures. These pictures have been taken with flash in order to see the effect a bit better.
If you want the color without the duo-chrome effet, the Suqqu 08 Mizuaoi palette has it.
I have also swatched the yellow shade in 09 Usumoegi to compare the intensity of the two, the Usumoegi is more opaque.
This palette reminded me of the Ex-08 Hanamari, that’s why I hesitated. Glad I took it because I actually prefer it. I don’t usually wear green shades but the Ex-12 is absolutely wearable for me and this is probably my favorite palette of this collection. I have tried it today, the look was soft and fresh, I paired it with the face palette and the coral lipstick from this collection, I went from sick-looking to fresh and healthy in 10 minutes !
What I like about the white shade here is that it’s pigmented enough to deliver a beautiful luminous base with micro sparkles, elegant, it opens the eye area and it’s absolutely not over the top. The dark shade on the other hand is very strong, long-lasting, don’t be afraid by the dramatic duo-chrome look on the picture, when applied it’s not as metallic and scary, complex but very wearable.
Ex-02 face palette
I love this pink-coral blush, it won’t show on darker skin tones but it’s the most flattering shade on my skin. It’s not powdery at all, just glowy, my favorite texture for blushes. When I applied it today and then I applied the coral lipstick, it reminded me of Charlize Theron looks, so incredibly light and fresh, and so insanely sexy. Not that I look anything like her 🙂 it’s just the final tones of the makeup that are very similar.
Although it comes with two little brushes, I applied it with the Hakuhodo J5543, I think it’s the best brush to use with it, it’s dense and narrow and has a flat surface.
Once I applied the blush, I applied the powder as highlighter with the same brush, just on top of the cheekbones.
The sheer swatch of the highlighter has been done with Suqqu cheek brush. I prefer to apply it very softly and build it if necessary.
I am going to be fully irrational here, for me, the packaging is a good enough reason to buy them. It’s such an insane packaging, it’s like you have been to the future, grabbed a lipstick and came back with it to prove it… 😀
I love the Ex-08, it’s doesn’t provide a lot of coverage, just coats your lips with the sexiest hint of coral. Dior is very similar actually.
They don’t have an insane long-lasting power and I haven’t been wearing the other two yet, just quickly tried them but I love the Ex-08 so much that I’ll probably leave the other two for later…
If you are wondering how the packaging compares to the Christmas collection, the current collection is more matte with an iridescence (pink, green) and the Christmas is more sparkly and shiny :
Some more reviews and pictures :
Please don’t forget to check out Karima’s video and tutorial with the Ex-11 !
I was able to get these items thanks to Tiziana from Suqqu (Selfridges London) she went above and beyond to help me with my order. But then thanks to Haru (RougeDeluxe) I was able to get them lightning fast !! I cannot thank both enough for all their help ! Haru may also probably post on Suqqu soon so stay tuned !
Suqqu is very hard to find, you can either contact Selfridges London, find them on some websites or have a friend (or a purchasing company) get them for you in Japan. I love Suqqu so much that I am ready to go through whatever it takes to get their items but I have a profound love affair with this brand that pushes me to the extreme 😉