On the 6th of October, Suqqu UK will release their 2 new Limited Edition palettes EX-35 Yuki Tsubaki and EX-36 Fuyu Sumire. This is part of the first collection designed by Jorge, make-up artist and creative consultant for Suqqu. I had the chance to meet him twice and he is a very talented make-up artist but above all a very kind and funny person.
I have the EX-36 to show you, Fuyu Sumire is a winter violet “growing in well-lit areas across hills and fields. Its small petals have a delicate charm and beauty that is translated into a soft yet sophisticated glamour on the eyes.” This palette has 3 matte shades, a very dark burgundy brown, a vibrant lilac, and a light blue which is actually the primer. The only shiny shade is a pink with a micro sparkle effect but it actually looks more beige or peach than pink.
Suqqu team says the light blue is the primer, I have also used it to mattify and fine-tune other shadows from other palettes that were too shiny on my eyes. This light blue changes the final color of the other shadows, it doesn’t only mattify or prime, it’s a bit like adding an icing coating on top, it tones down and adds a velvet finish to them. In this case I think it’s a shame to use it paired with this lilac, this lilac is gorgeous on its own, it’s a matte but feels more like a satin, not super pigmented but somehow it was effortless to apply and shows up beautifully, it’s a lilac for adults, if you are scared of lilacs (like I am…) this is a very elegant shade, imho a great achievement.
The pink/beige/peachy shade is my second favorite after the lilac, it doesn’t add an opaque layer but brightens and enhances the rest of the look, seriously it’s like a magic wand, I think the look is not achieved without it or at least a touch of it.
I digged up two of the Suqqu permanent palettes for comparison with some shades. Mizuaoi and Awafujisukahi seemed appropriate for the case.
Fuyusumire is like a different version of Mizuaoi, so if you miss the EX-36, the 08 or 19 are the closest in the Suqqu collection.
Regarding the dark burgundy/brown shade, the texture is pigmented, applies and blends well, it pairs nicely with the others shades in the palette, it’s the type of shade that I have to use with moderation or my eyes will look bruised but as long as it’s placed with precision it works perfectly well.
I also have the lilac/lavender palette #2 from Serge Lutens but in comparison Serge Lutens are grey variations of lilac/lavender.
This is how I usually wear this palette, the lilac in the crease, the dark in the outer v and the pink in the inner corner. On the bottom lash line: the dark in the outside and the lilac in the inside.
It’s very wearable and that lilac is stunning, the pigment doesn’t show a lot on the picture but it’s so pretty in real life, I love when the light hits, it reveals a silky slightly pearly finish on the skin that is intriguing, the kind of shadow that you see on others and you want to ask what it is. It’s one of my favorite palettes from Suqqu but recently they are being really interesting, they already had my devotion but now more than ever capture all my attention at each release.
If you know me, you know how much I love Suqqu, I have been collecting all the palettes I could for many years, giving them my money even when I had to make big sacrifices in order to afford it. I have received this palette from them but I know how tough getting hold of their collection has become. Today, even if I love Suqqu more than ever, I have to admit that being a fan when it’s so painful to get hold of their collection is upsetting and frustrating, even if it’s only makeup. I don’t know what their production or logistics process is, if it’s a marketing thing, could they produce more or at least make some of these palettes permanent ? I don’t think it’s the same as brushes, they probably don’t need to hire 20 additional artisans to handcraft the palettes, as far as I know these are not handmade and as far as I know materials are not limited, so please I beg you Suqqu, make the process of reserving/purchasing your products easier. Every time I write about a Suqqu LE item I feel like I am torturing your Suqqu fans and this makes me sad. Maybe producing more would make the whole reservation or purchasing a lot more smoother, customers would be happier and sales assistants less in pain! 🙂
Please hop to Belly’s website if you are interested in ordering or reserving the new collection, she made a fantastic job describing the reservation process and she is insanely helpful. I heard they will receive more batches for reservation so hopefully, all the fans who are interested will be able to get one and this would be fantastic news 🙂
The SUQQU UK Exclusive Christmas Colour Collection will (should) be available in-store at Fenwick of Bond Street, Harrods and Selfridges. Online through Harrods Online and Selfridges online. This palette retails at £45.
For reference, here are the ingredients:
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The Suqqu 19 is one of my fav palettes, these are such beautiful shades! I love that the white is iridescent and the brown’s texture is like pure silk, not opaque, not quite see-through either.