My my Suqqu is such a treat brand for me. I recently received products from their first ever UK exclusive collection inspired by summer sea and sand.
There are 5 products in total, 2 eyeshadow quads, 2 Creamy Glow lipsticks and a new Extra Volume mascara. These colours are far brighter than I expected from Suqqu, if anything they are my go to natural glow beauty brand so it was interesting to give these a try.
The Suqqu quads come in shiny black palettes that come in velvet pouches. They are well made and sleek. each palette has 3 mattes and a shimmer HOWEVER each colour has it’s own texture/pigmentation.
EX-30 Hekikai is bright lime/turquoise palette:
1. The white in both of the palettes looks stark, but it’s super super creamy and buttery and SHEER – the point is it makes a lovely all over base, prepping the eye for colour. You can barely feel it under your finger as it is so soft.
2. The turquoise is a shimmer and is pigmented and soft. It’s a very true turquoise and if you layer it, it translates in to a really pretty sea blue probably the nicest in my collection.
3. The lime is matte and sheer but build able. I always love the look of lime but then I don’t like it on me. To use it as part of this palette I used it in the crease to add a hint of colour and I think it worked despite it being a bright colour.
4. The dark navy is matte but it has a dry texture. If this wasn’t Suqqu I would think it was an accident, but this IS Suqqu so I think it is because it works better when wet as a liner (because it feels more like a cake liner) and also applies nicely on the lash line as a liner with a sponge because it’s dryness means it clings on (although I wouldn’t recommend it if you have sensitive eyes).
I have always loved blue and green on the eyes but in recently I don’t really do more than a pop of turquoise via eyeliner with brown shadow. It’s nice to play with some blue full on again. I tried using this palette in a more subtle way and it didn’t work. I think it looks much better if you just say, LOOK I AM WEARING TURQUOISE, SO WHAT!?
A plus is that blues make brown eyes pop.
EX-31 Gyuokou is a orange/brown palette.
This palette I suppose is safer than the blue but the orange in this palette is no shrinking violet. I think it’s an important component in this palette and like the turquoise, should be worn full throttle. Yes you can sheer these out and make them subtle palettes but then you’d probably buy a different palette entirely if what you want is natural, no?
I actually adore orange if it is on the coppery glittery side (along with pink). Pink and Orange tones feature frequently in Japanese and Korean cosmetics for example, and yet they’re not as popular on the Western market. Of course this could be a skin tone issue, but I do think pink when worn right is incredibly pretty, and orange is brightening to the face since it is in the same family as gold.
1. The white is the same as in the other palette – it is super creamy, is sheer and makes a good all over base without looking chalky.
2. The shimmer is a gold – a pale orange based gold and it is pretty and wearable without being too metallic.
3. The orange is a matte, it’s very pigmented and carrot toned.
4. The brown is a matte neutral toned brown. It is creamy and softer than the navy in the other palette.
On the eyes:
I wouldn’t call this a neutral it is a definite one for orange lovers.
Also, you get 2 brushes with 4 different tips. Squad brushes are one of the few that come with the palette that I think are good enough for general every day application.
Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist
If you asked me what one cosmetic item is worth trying from Suqqu, apart from their foundation which is amazing but I haven’t brought myself to spend £60 on a base yet – it would be their lipsticks. Japanese brands do watery shine lipstick like no one else. Western brands can do mattes and creamy best, but Japanese brands can do this lipstick that has a shine and depth that makes the lips look beautiful. I don’t have a massive Suqqu lipstick collection cos you know, it’s not super cheap, but I guard the ones i have carefully. No drawing on the carpet with these ones, kids.
After wearing endless mattes that make the lips quite frankly, look like shrivelled up prunes, it’s a joy to wear these.
The colours are EX-20 Hyaku Daidai (A shimmery orange coral) and EX-21 Sen Ka, a medium blue based true rose pink. They are both very pigmented, glossy, rich, feel almost like gloss, healthy feeling, comfortable etc. They are more pigmented than the other lipsticks in my Suqqu collection so far so actually require a bit of care to make sure you don’t go too over the edges!
Some lip swatches below.