Saturday, August 30, 2014

SUQQU Eye Color Palette (Trio) in 01 Toutouseki

>>The item featured in this post was sent free of charge by the brand/PR.<<
Of the items SUQQU sent me was one of their new eye shadow palette format, the trio in 01 Toutouseki.  The original press release stated that these trios would bring a "wet look" to the eyes.  I tend to have the preconceived notion that the wet look finish is 1) not work appropriate 2) glitter mess and fall out 3) not flattering on mature eyes.  Before you slap me around, by "mature," I mean it in a shorthand way for anything less than perfect smooth lids generally found in younger women.

While I myself am not averse to shimmer, I tend to shy away from true metallics and chunky glitter.  SUQQU itself is well known for beautiful and complex shimmer shades, but with the trio's stated mission to give the "wet look" sounded a little... shall we say frightening? intimidating?

Since the trios are a new finish for me, I took a fair time comparing it to other SUQQU shades and another brand to dissect it into bits.  Get comfortable, and read on!
First, of course, this is a three-pan palette format with square pans.  You can see it compared to my Hanashoubu 16 here.  It is slightly longer in length than the quads and less than half the width.  Not shown, but the SUQQU lettering in the front is white instead of the usual black embossing.
There is no actual base shade in my opinion like the lower right side of the quads, but the shades can be layered in a variety of ways of achieve specific but subtle effects.
The colors (heh, in opposite order of the picture of course!):

  •  The top side of the palette (closest to the mirror) is a glitter shade of super fine pale pink and silvery pink.  The base shade is clear.  The texture reminds me of the glitter topcoat in Tom Ford quads, but the shimmer particles are much smaller and refined.  It adheres exceptionally well to my skin when I use my finger to pat on the shade.  This is my normal technique for applying glitters.  Patpatpatpatpat.
  • The middle shade is a warm peach.  It looks pinker in the pan, but on my skin I see the color applied into a peach shade.  It's hard for me to categorize this as a metallic but it does lend a sheen to the skin.  It does contain variously colored micro shimmer.
  • The bottom shade is a warm brown that is similarly satiny in texture as the peach, and much less sheeny and metallic than the peach.  The shimmer is warmly golden along with various other pink, green, and brighter golden ones.
Definitely click on the pictures of get a closer look at the textures and the shimmers as it sits on my skin.  Yup, not a matte or satin among the bunch of them as promised.  The pigmentation isn't particularly rich.  As a matter of fact, I feel it lends more sheen and suggested nuances in shading when layered and applied on my skin than actual depth in color and pigmentation.

Here's a few pictures of how the shades layer one on top of the other.  The top row shows the brown as the base with all its alterations with the different layering and then the bottom has the peach as the base. I think it's remarkable that Brown + Peach looks different than Peach + Brown!
 Here again in more direct natural light, you can see all the shade variations with the layering are very nuanced and subtle.  But of course, I don't expect to wear all the seven variations on my lids at once!  But where one shade might blend into another, I can see all the subtle shades.
I will show some pictures of how it looks on me, but I wanted to also compare 01 Toutouseki to some other palettes and shades that shared some similarities.

First I compared a Japanese drugstore product, Visée Smokey Rich Eyes in PK-1  with the SUQQU.  The pinky peachy cast of the PK-1 seems to share a lot of similarities with SUQQU.
And indeed, color wise, I think I can reasonably match up the SUQQU peach to some approximating closeness to the two pinky peaches in the Visee.  The Visee does not has a glitter shade, but the pale highlighting shade is quite frosty in its own right.  The two Visée browns are more satin in finish than the golden brown in Toutouseki.
 The really big difference is in the way light shines off the two different palettes.  See below, with my arm angled differently to catch the light, the upper swatches of Toutouseki positively gleams.
Not finding an exact match, I dug into through my SUQQU quads to see if any of those shades were similar to the Toutouseki trio.  Among the big pile, I liked how the peach of Himesango, the darker brown of Mitsucha and the pale lavender of Yomogiiro looked.
(Dudes!  Look how awesome these depotted eye shadows are!)
 From what I can discern from comparing, the shades of the other palettes were all each more significantly pigmented and ended up darker when compared to Toutouseki.  And the finishes were much less sheen and sparkle than Toutouseki.
Of course analytical swatching is really one thing and wearing it is another.  And while wearing it I was so pleased with just how lovely and wearable Toutouseki was.  Was it full of shimmer and gleam that caught the light with surprising KAPOW?  Yes!  But the very fact that the colors were so low key and translucent allowed me to wear it confidently.  After playing around with a few placements, I found I liked it most worn in a lighter-color dominant placement using the peach as the main lid shade and using the brown just in the outer corner and slightly into the crease and also in the outer third of my lower lash line.  (oops edited to add that I'm wearing the glitter patted with my finger on to the center of the upper lid)
 Other products used in this look:
Chantecaille Future Skin foundation, SUQQU Nuancing Loose Powder in Natural, Ellis Faas concealer.
SUQQU Brown Pen in Moss Green, Hourglass 1.5mm pencil, Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash wp mascara.
SUQQU blush in Momoshuiro, and SUQQU Bright Up Lipstick in Akaanzu.

While I do think this is a sophisticated and nuanced palette, I think it would be ideal for those that love the glitter, love the sheer layerability of SUQQU and very basic neutral shades.  Have you tried any of these new permanent SUQQU trios?  What did you think of them?

Disclosure: this post features a product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own!  Yes indeed!  Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Did You See Me? Nosy Beauty Feature on Softly Sometimes

Carina, of Softly Sometimes runs a regular feature on her blog called Nosy Beauty which is one of my favorite features across all beauty blogs!  Be nosy and dig around someone's makeup bag?  Why, thank you!  Why, thank you and don't mind if I do.
She asked me to participate recently and you can see me and my makeup bag on her blog here.
One thing I noticed is that other people's makeup bag is pretty much their WHOLE ENTIRE makeup collection.  For makeup-crazed people like me, of course it is just a wee tiny selection of products that I rotate.

:)  Well go and check Carina out now!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Belly Linting

I haven't done one of these introspective posts in a while.  I think I've come to uneasy terms with spending and being of the uber-consumer mindset for makeup.  Let's pivot on our heels and talk about blogging.  How 'bout that?

I am pretty much amazed that Wondegondigo is actually still chugging along and I am enjoying the more leisurely pace of posting.  Have to admit that I am slightly sad that statistical pageviews are lower since I've stopped the frenetic (for me) pace of posting, but this pace fits a bit more closely into the time and energy constraints I have.

Here are some thoughts I have been wrestling with related to blogging.  I like being transparent about things like that on this blog.

"I don't belong here."

Lately, I've been feeling this more strongly.  My part in the beauty blogosphere is relatively short & very small, but even in the little time I've been in it, there has been a bigger and bigger shift in the nature of beauty blogs out there.  I'm not even talking about the shift to video as the preferred medium for having a beauty media presence.  I am amazed at the savvy and slickness (sleekness?) of the blogs out there.  I am equally dazzled and simultaneously dismayed.  Dazzled because of how incredibly polished they are but I feel dismayed that I feel more out of place with the sleek blogs.

I do think there is room and reason for a dinky, personal and niche blogs like mine.  Dinky beauty bloggers of the world, UNITE! :)

I actually think it's my own ego and relentless striving that wants my blog to be the most specialeriest blog ever.  I'm trying to reconcile my happiness in having a dinky blog operation with the opposing desire to have a more amazing blog.  I want to take over the world, but I don't think I have that capability frankly.

"Maybe I should shoehorn myself into there?"

I've been doing lots of small things over time to increase the quality of this lemonaide stand: upgraded camera, research into lighting and general photography equipment, downloading a trial version of Lightroom.  I am pondering a new template for the blog to snazz it up, new lens, et cetera.  I am winded just thinking about all this stuff.

Consider products a bit less niche to get teh moar bigger stats?

Start a Youtube channel?  <----bwhahahahahah!

"What the hell do I know about makeup to have a blog?"

Anyone can have a beauty blog.  Anyone.  This is a truth and often cited.

I came by my "expertise" <-----bwhahahahahah by paying for it.  I don't work in the industry.  I don't apply makeup better than anyone else.  I have what I have by paying ooooodles of money for it.

...not to say that my love of beauty is not authentic.  It seems like a weird way to have and maintain a blog by just paying loads of money for it.  Why?  WHY CAN'T GOOD THINGS BE FREE?!

"Am I going to be a 50 year-old woman putting selfies on a blog?!"

This is not a dis on all the great blogs for older women out there. 

But because of all my vanity, which I have tons of by the way, just like I have tons of forehead, I feel like it would be weird (?  right word?) to put my face out there and documenting aging.

And for some reason, it seems unseemly (again, wrong word?) for me to be putting selfies out as I age.  This feels like a very controversial statement to me.  Taking self portraits to post on some social media seems to be very much a younger person's activity and I really don't feel part of that generation.  I lived in a world before internet!  (I used to go to the library to research topics.  Now I just say, "Siri, what is the name of that Tim Curry character in that movie?"  All this new technology... so weird.  I digress, but I mean nothing wrong is with aging.  Maybe something wrong with aging while posting selfies on a beauty blog.  I'm not sure.  I need to work through this thought noodle even further.

"Why do my favorite blogs disappear?"

This one makes me sad.  There's been blogs I've loved and been fans of that have POOFed!  Many of those were by bloggers closer to my demographic and with a personal sensibility I admired and related closely with.

Why do these blogs disappear?  Makes it seem inevitable that mine will one day poof as well.  The song of my peoples... it is a song of POOF!

Til next time, faithful or occasional readers of this dinky operation!

We now return to our regular scheduled, makeup-fueled but not all that frequent posting...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Look Featuring SUQQU Eyeliner Creamy in EX-03 Ruby Navy

This post features products (*) provided by the brand/PR.
It's hard to find enough pockets of time to do mega posts with multiple looks, so I hope these little posts suffice.  I've been using the new limited edition color of the SUQQU eyeliner and trying to see all the different variations I can achieve using this product.

I mentioned on the detailed product post that this product sets.  I mean it really really sets to the point where a simple wipe with micellar water will not budge it.  Due to this really tenacious nature of the liner formula, there's some limitations in usage for more than a simple clean line for me.  For instance, while it would be possible to use the product as the most complex and beautiful navy shade upon which to build additional product onto, it would be very difficult to blend and shape as it pretty much sets immediately upon application.

I thought I would show you my attempt at a graphic, but softened line featuring Ruby Navy.  One eye at a time is key, as would be super speediness!  The underside of the wing is sharp and clean, while I attempted to soften and smudge the upper part with my Shu Uemura 5R brush.  The stiff kolinsky hairs are handy for working with non-powdered products.
It is really humid and hot and I am sweating into ladylike glow in these pictures.  :)  No highlighting luminizers needed!  I glow naturally!

Products used:
Base: Ladylike sweat de Belly, Chantecaille Future Skin foundation in Chamomile to match my recent beach tan, SUQQU Nuancing Loose Powder in Natural.
Eyes: SUQQU Eyeliner Creamy in EX-03 Ruby Navy*, the shimmery hot pink in the split pan of SUQQU Benichagasane palette (EX-16), the pale yellow in SUQQU Sumiredama palette (EX-11), SUQQU Brow pen in Moss Green, Guerlain Cils D'enfer WP mascara.
Cheeks: Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Bed of Roses.
Lips: SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist in EX-15 Benikiseki*
Drawing that Navy Line:
I drew a very thick line extended into a wing using Ruby Navy with my Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1 brush.  I needed precision of a small brush head, but with enough surface area to quickly apply product in a larger area than a fine line.  I then immediately used my Shu Uemura 5R brush to blend on the upper portion of that graphic line in an attempt to soften the upper contours of that line.  Not so successfully, I think.

Adding some contrasting fun color:
I used my SUQQU eye shadow brush M to apply the pink shade while blending it slightly into the blue line.

A little brightness:
I used my Chikuhodo Artist Z-10 to apply the pale yellow on my lower lash line and then finished the whole thing off with mascara.
Everything in context on my face:
Happy to report ~11 hours into application, my eye makeup is completely intact despite my sweating all over it.

What goodies from SUQQU's new collection do you have coming in?  Have you tried these SUQQU liners before?  Are you also getting similar performance from it as I do?

>>disclosure: this post contains product (*) that has been provided without charge by the brand/PR.  My opinions are my own.  Do check out my full disclosure statement here<<

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SUQQU Eyeliner Creamy in EX-03 Ruby Navy

Disclosure: This post contains product provided by the brand/PR.
SUQQU was kind to offer several items from the new releases from AW 2014.  Today I will be featuring the new limited edition Eyeliner Creamy in EX-03 Ruby Navy, but will be showcasing one of the trios as well as the new limited edition Creamy Glow Moist over the next few days.  

And look, how nice of the sun to cooperate for a scant few moments to allow for some good photo taking.

These potted eyeliners come with a small brush included, which is great because my very old Bobbi Brown Ultrafine Eyeliner brush is looking frayed and chewed up for any good use.
By placing the cap on the bottom of the brush extends the brush head into a miniature, but perfectly usable eyeliner brush with a fine tip.
I prefer pencil eyeliners on most days, but some while back, I was very much a Bobbi Brown and Shu Uemura addict for gel liners.  I was keen on trying out the SUQQU version in the limited edition color offering.

As I mentioned from the press release, this AW collection is inspired by the luminous and glowing tones of jewelry.  EX-03 Ruby Navy is a deep rich navy blue that is full of very fine multi colored shimmer.
The liner is very soft, much softer in texture than my Shu Uemura and Bobbi Brown liners and easy to pick up product with a brush.  While a cream product certainly, it has a certain powder feel when applied while retaining the precision of a cream liner.  It feels smooth and not at all gritty despite the shimmer and lovely being applied.
While it can be layered on into the full intensity of pigmentation you see in the swatch below, the initial swipe of the brush on the skin is soft.  I can create both the precise lined look that a good gel liner can achieve or apply softly and blend quickly to achieve a softer look.  
It sets quickly and becomes cemented on to my skin.  I was crazy surprised that a normal swabbing of my Bioderma barely dented the swipe while a Bobbi Brown swatch I had originally applied next to it easily wiped off.  I had to really rub and rub hard after a few seconds of a cotton pad soaked in the micellar water applied over the line.  Ack!  Look how I've rubbed my skin red to finally clean the swatch off my arm.
Wear time is excellent remaining precise and sharp!  I've only applied over my normal Nars Pro Prime, and with only minimal fading in my inner corner, the line stayed completely intact.  It did clean off well with cleansing oil.

I will be showing the new liner in a few looks in upcoming posts, along with posts on the lipstick and the new trio.  I hope the sun feels cooperative and allow me to take some pictures while I get my indoor lighting situation figured out.
Utterly gorgeous color and could definitely get me into potted eyeliners again.

SUQQU is available at Fenwick London Bond Street and Selfridges London, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK.  Outside of the UK, you can order by reaching the counters directly or online through the Selfridges website (here).  For pieces of the AW collection, I recommend calling the counters directly as inventory on line is notoriously spotty.  You can read my post on where to buy SUQQU here for telephone numbers.  International shipping prices are very expensive.

What are some of your favorite products and colors for eyeliners?

>> This post contains product provided by the brand/PR.  My opinions are my own.  Do check out my full disclosure statement here<<
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