Saturday, June 6, 2015

SUQQU Foundation in Shade 15 and Comparisons

I remember spending some time trying to figure out what color match I would be in the original SUQQU Foundation.  This is the version that is only available in the UK (shade 15 currently available at Harrods.).  The newer version is the Frame Fix Cream N, which I already posted a while back about (here).  The FFCN is one gorgeous foundation that sets and keeps on looking beautiful all day long, but the application process tends to be finicky.  I was hoping that the original Foundation would be similar in skin perfection, but less hassle to apply.
Random photo of some nice roses.
Turns out I didn't have to keep on guessing, because wonderful and generous C. offered to mail me a plentiful sample to try it out.  Yesterday, I tried it out of my skin and because I was running late in the morning, I didn't apply my usual morning skincare routine.  I was surprised at how matte the finish was because I had it in my mind that it was more glowingly luminous.  And I had felt uncomfortably dry all day and even more equally surprised not to have any oil break through on my nose.  Now that's a feat.  The color match seemed good, but slightly off.

I took time today to re-try the foundation, but this time after heaps of moisturizing stuff I normally wear plus my sun block.  It definitely doesn't have a dewy finish, but has a satin to soft matte finish.
It looks great even when first applied on the skin and gets better and more skin-like as the day progresses.  However, color-wise, it looks a little off.  So here's my handy dandy comparison swatches of similar shades which helped me figure out what went weird:
My current best color matches are the Tom Ford and the MAC F&B in C1 (here).  The SUQQU FFCN in 002 is also very close, but slightly paler than I am currently.

It seems that SUQQU Foundation in shade 15 is more neutral peach and less yellow than the FFCN, the Pale Dune of the C1.  It is in fact very close in depth and tone to MAC F&B in N1.

Major bummer because on moisturized skin, the foundation glides over skin to create a really gorgeous finish.  My nose above all tends to be what makes a lot of foundation unworkable for me.  Many products will pool into the pores there and form fabulous foundation-colored blops.  Seriously, I put this foundation and went, what pores?  I have pores on my nose?
So I put on a heap of bronzer, which I normally don't wear and took on a nice bronzed glow.  
SUQQU Akanezora, Chanel JC Rose Ecrin, Chantecaille Lip Chic in Amour
For my short wear and experience, it seems like this is a good foundation for people without significant dryness.  And I also recommend (as for all foundation really), a well moisturized skin to prep the skin before applying the foundation.

I hope these swatches were helpful if you were trying to select a shade.  I can see why this would be a highly desirable foundation for many people.  Thanks so much to C., for making it possible to give this a try!  :-)

Friday, May 29, 2015

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Awafujisukashi 19

SUQQU's SS 2015 collection offered another permanent addition to its eye shadow line up: Awafujisukashi.  (I've already posted about Sakuraori 18 here, and the limited edition Haruhinata EX25 here from the SS15 Chiffon collection)

Ok, I admit.  After nearly three years of blogging, and a few years years of loving SUQQU, my brain has 100% maxed out on syllables that have no meaning for me.  I have no Japanese language skills, so stringing together all these nonsensical (to me) syllables have completely cooked my brain.  I think with Awafujisukashi my brain rebelled and said, "No!  I refuse to memorize these palette names any longer!"  Now I have to look it up on line to make sure I am not butchering the name.  Butchering it would be a shame, because it is a true and unusual beauty.
It is sooooo good looking. :)  I like anticipating the interesting color the shades created when you layer the unusual color combinations from SUQQU.  I love the green sparkles in the brown shade!  I love that the white pan glints a flash of pink along the edges.  And periwinkle!  And a pale tangerine!  
Here are swatches of this quad, clockwise from the upper left.
  • That "white" is not really white.  It is white but has a very strong shift to a cool violet pink.  It's magical actually.  In addition to that shifty power, it also has bright white shimmer that also contributes to its flashy nature.
  • Pale periwinkle satin shade.  This is a kind of a shade that can turn relatively grey on some skintones.  I tend to wear this placed in a layer so everything turns into a purple taupe (layered swatches a little bit further down in the post)
  • golden tangerine with lime, pale gold and sparse pale pink shimmers.
  • cool brown with a lot of multi colored micro shimmers.  This is a gorgeous shimmery brown. 
The general pigmentation on all these colors are on the light side, though not sheer.  I realized over time that applicator really makes a difference.  The brand's own grey squirrel eye shadow brushes give the most sheer effect in application.  That makes a subtle application very easy to achieve.  Lately I've been loving flat brushes with firm hair (like my SURRATT Classic M and L brushes) that I can use to pat on the shadows.  This gives me intensity in application that I've been liking.  
Layering the various shades seem to bring out the purple tones very strongly on my skin.  I think it's the white-pink shade flashing very strongly when interacting with the periwinkle.  There's all sorts of interesting layered combinations one can make with this palette.

A little eye-of-some-day wearing SUQQU Awafujisukashi.  
Like every other SUQQU palette I tout about, the shades are infinitely easy to blend and so flattering as they sit on my skin.  

I see the question often posed: "Is such and such worth it?"  Or "is it worth the money?"  Frankly, it's a weird way of looking at a consumer product.  Immediately upon purchase, an item loses its value.  (Boy, don't I know it with every blog sale I do!)  
The way we look at products and determine its worth are forever colored by our preferences and biases.  I feel like I've been pondering on my personal likes and dislikes long enough to know that many luxury items, just like this palette, is "worth it" to me.  
While I can't justify exactly the grossly large amount of money I've spent over time on SUQQU, Tom Ford, or whatever luxury makeup goods, I feel confident I can justify how well I know my preferences.  In that way, when you ask me if this is worth the money, I can definitely say: "Personally, it is worth it to me."
I feel like I know my preferences at this moment so well that I can be very focused on my purchases.  I anticipate my tastes will change.  At some point I had what I thought was an enduring love for designer high-heeled shoes, but that changed, too.  Maybe at some point I will no longer even be all that interested in one brand particularly, or even makeup at all.  I'll fire up the blog and report back when I get there!
Have you also sprung for Awafujisukashi?  What did you think about these colors and what placements are working for you?  I'd love to know!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Multi-Purpose Glow Enhancers Featuring CHANEL, SUQQU and Rouge Bunny Rouge

>> this post features one item that was provided without charge by the brand / pr for consideration<<

While I love the bright highlight of Guerlain Cruel Gardenia (here), there is only one way to use powder highlighters.  After I do my makeup, use a brush to apply the product where I want to catch the light.  As gorgeous as Cruel Gardenia is (and it really, really is!), it's a tiny bit one note in terms of use.

These days I am drawn to a few liquid products that can do what Cruel Gardenia does, but also a few other things as well!  I have three products that I'd like to show you.

Today we will look at Rouge Bunny Rouge's Seas of Illumination Liquid Highlighter in Sea of Clouds*, SUQQU's limited edition Lighting Liquid and CHANEL's Le Blanc de Chanel.  None of these are one trick ponies, and each provide varying levels of shimmer and brightness that one of these would likely fit your preferences.
What do these illuminators do really? 
  • Like a powder highlighter, these liquids can also deliver targeted glow when applied on top of your base products.  I use my finger tips to tap on and then lightly blend on the tops of my cheek bones, on the bridge of my nose and cupid's bow of my lips.  Basically, where you want to let the light catch a bit more strongly, you can apply.
  • Overall enhancement and glow to your whole face can also be achieved by mixing directly into your foundation or tinted moisturizer and then applied all over the face.  Depending on how pearly or metallic or shimmery, that effect can be subtly created all over your face.
  • Give the barest hint of glow to the skin by applying under your foundation.  You can apply your liquid illuminator all over, or one certain points of your face and then apply your foundation on top as usual.
  • Use alone as a sole base product.  On a low-makeup kind of a day use this as a brightening base for the skin.
:)  Of course, depending on your sparkle-sauce preference you can do several of these options all at the same time, Edward.  Now on to the products we are highlighting (hur hur hur) today:

First up is the Rouge Bunny Rouge one in Sea of Clouds.  They offer two other colors at this time.  They used to offer another deepest shade which seems to be discontinued.  This one, Sea of Clouds is their lightest one.  This is a high pearl and fairly shimmery liquid.  It has a light cucumber scent and small amount packs a wallop.
The pump mechanism dispenses with abandon.  A single glob tends to be more than I would want to use in one application!  It is white with a pearly cool look to it that can be intensified to a high shimmer.  Layering copiously would give a metallic effect.  This one is a slightly thickened liquid and applies easily and blends well with fingers or brush.

This has a pinky beige color and lacks any of the overt shimmer of the Rouge Bunny Rouge.  It looks pearlized as a blob on the skin and when blended out, also has a lovely subtle pearl effect.  I'm going to tell you now that as a limited edition item, if you are dying to try this out, you should make sure you place your order.  Though I am struggling to stop making flippity floppity purchases all over the place, I am DYING to place a backup order of this Lighting Liquid.  SAVE ME!
Despite being loaded with a good deal of alcohol (it is v. high on the ingredient list), I don't have issues with it drying my skin or causing any weird light reflection on the dry patches of my skin.  I am totally loving the subtle pearly tone this one gives.  I've worn this simultaneously under my foundation and also to highlight specific areas and the effect is completely refined and subtle.  Beautiful!

CHANEL Le Blanc de Chanel
You might have noticed that this eventually made it into my blog sale.  And actually, if you like very subtle effect with no noticeable pearl, metal or shimmer, this is a great option.  Applied heavily, it gives a white-toned pale effect on the skin.
What made me chuck this out the door (or wrapped lovingly into a blog sale box), was that it refused to play nice with my regular skincare and sun blocks.  I'm not really sure what did it, but when applied on the skin, it rolled up into weird little balls and that's not the kind of balls-illuminated effect I was going for.
I've swatched each of the three liquid illuminators really heavily for you.  This is way more than I would apply on my face, but it does show the finish well.

I'm very fond of the Rouge Bunny Rouge ones as well.  The Sea of Tranquility (a pink toned one) and Sea of Showers (a warm golden one) have been in my collection of highlighters for a very long time.  Rouge Bunny Rouge provided me with a beautiful bottle of Sea of Clouds recently, allowing me to complete my set.
I find there are differences in finish, as well as the obvious color differences among the three shades.  Sea of Clouds has a pretty stark white base.  I find when applied with drunken abandon produces a big contrast against the strong yellow tones on my face that it appears a bit odd.  This is probably a skin tone incompatibility to this color and the stronger shimmer finish of Sea of Clouds is actually very pretty.
Sea of Tranquility is my most used one because it has a nice harmony with my face most of the year.  It is less shimmery than Sea of Tranquilty as well.  Sea of Showers I tend to save until I am tanner and my skin warmer in the warm weather months.  It makes a glorious summer-time highlighter.

Do you make regular use of illuminating products?  Have you tried any one of the above ones?

By the way, a special discount at the Rouge Bunny Rouge web shop (all regions) is available for the readers of my blog!  For a 20% discount, good to the end of August, use RBR-WONDEGONDIGO20 at the web shop (here).

Hope you are all having a great week!  I am finally getting over my horrible cold and let me tell you, these illuminators are giving me all the help I need for the sad state of my pallid, lifeless skin!

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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Make Me a Makeup Muggle Special Offer in Blog Sale

You can do it!  You can help me clear out my goodies!  I've just lowered prices on all remaining items and offering you a special deal for the US.  Click here to go directly to the blog sale page.

Buy one of my nail polishes and receive free priority mail shipping in the US!  Just make sure to meet the $25 purchase minimum.

Still many lovely things in there!
Thanks to everyone that's already bought from my sale! :)  Everything in boxes and being taken to the post office today.
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