Anything by Suqqu is generally lush, right? Well…yes. As one of the more luxurious Japanese brands, it is consistent in quality whether it is the skincare or make up. You have to appreciate the style of make up of course; you may think their eyeshadows are quite sheer, but that is the natural but radiant style of the brand – yourself but glow-ier.
One of the new realises for Autumn in their new Gel Eyeliner pen. It is a retractable style gel pencil and comes in 3 colours, Black 01, Brown 02 (permanent shades) and Burgundy which is limited edition (indicated like with a lot of Japanese brands by the EX in the shade name). I have black and burgundy here.
Suqqu products come in slick back packaging. These gel liners are no exception. The actual pencils are slimline, but quite heavy weight (in a good quality kind of way). There is a sponge blender on one side (WHICH I DID NOT REALISE AT THE TIME OF TAKING PHOTOS – D’oh) and the pencil on the other.
Japanese eyeliners focus a lot on ‘thinness’ -why? Because the Asian eyeshadow like mine usually as a small crease, so the ability to draw a thin line on above the lashes really helps – an overly thick line is interesting but can make the eye look quite heavy and hooded. That is why many liners I buy from Japan are sold as 0.1mm etc. – seems like an odd thing to point out but there is a reason to it!
The Suqqu Pencil liner is thin too – 2mm to be exact with a squarish blunt end which again might seem odd that it’s not pointed but I believe this shape makes it quite good to work between the lashes.
The black is a nicely full bodied matte black.
The burgundy is not unwearable – it is a rich deep wine browny colour.
The retractable actions is quite smooth – it clicks as you turn it so you can control it a bit better.
Texture – I would describe this as a dry gel pencil. Compared to say, Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils, or Avon etc. it is no where near as creamy and melty. When I swatch it on to my hand it does not drag at all, it is very very smooth and pigmented but it is definitely drier than most gel pencils I have.
Is this a bad thing? No not necessarily. Because I am eyeliner obsessed I have ones for different uses – it takes me a bit longer to do my make up but it makes sense if you have a small crease like me, and very watery eyes.
On my waterline I need a creamy but tough wearing gel eyeliner (Such as Eye Scream, but I only apply this under the lashes because it feels too heavy on my waterline). I am very fussy about my super creamy gel liners because my eyes are so watery that nearly all of them will run somewhat, but, dry textured pencils do not transfer well on to my waterline. Another option is a pot gel liner which Suqqu also make, to use tight line.
I will use a drier textured gel eyeliner like this Suqqu pencil between the lashes or just to do a very thin line on top of the lashes and perhaps on the outer edge because it adheres well here, it won’t come off if my eyes start to run.
Then I might add a waterproof liquid pen liner to do a mini cat eye, but a very thin pen type.
Here I am wearing the two pencils – burgundy on my top line and black just underneath on the outside.
I am sorry about the Touche eclat by the way, I went racoon eye because it had been a tough night!
The Suqqu lasted extremely well with minimal smudging at the end of a 12 hour day. I would trust to wear it on my top lid and under actually knowing I won’t get panda eye. My husband never tells me when I get panda eye. It’s distressing. “I thought it was meant to look like that”.
So I recommend these gel liners to people who:
– Like a pigmented and smooth liner that isn’t too creamy because they have smudge issues like me
– Want a thin blunt tipped liner, and isn’t afraid of the fact it doesn’t have a pointy end
The Suqqu gel liners are a reasonable £20 each and you can buy them here.