Monday, January 28, 2013

Suqqu Blend Color Eye Shadow in Himesango 11

I thought I'd start my reviews of the Suqqu eye shadow palettes with Himesango.  Suqqu has discontinued their original line up of eye shadow quads (numbers 1 through 8).   Himesango is one of the relatively newer releases from last year and features a slightly different format than those quads.  Because I can count ... uh up to 5, you can see that Himesango has five colors in a four-pan format.
Whee minuscule sponge and brush applicators
Today, I am also going to play a little bit of the comparison game with Tom Ford Enchanted because the color story is similar and because, what the heck, why not compare one thing that is Limited Edition and one thing that is really a pain to buy?

I had a long and thoughtful application of Himesango this morning and thought about the qualities I really like about this particular palette.  There is an extra oomph in pigmentation for Himesango, that I don't experience in the older palettes.  As a matter of fact, I think I can make a valid comparison between the pigment-rich creamy feel of most Rouge Bunny Rouge's powder eye shadows and Suqqu's Himesango's formula.  They both have that feel on the fingertips that is uber smooth and rich feeling, you know, like buttah.

Setting formula aside, let me show you my pictures of this quint.  Most of the 4-pan Suqqu format contains a matte base shade that is used to even out the lids as well as make you go "ahhhh!" as you brush on that shade.  Himesango's base is a matte soft white tinged delicately with a peachy pink on the lower right pan.  Also there is a pale, peached pink shade with delicate silvery cool shimmers.  Next up is one killer taupe on the upper right side.  This is Suqqu's version of frost, if it can be considered frost. But much like the base shade, feels creamy and applies smoothly.  This taupe has some more prominent multi-colored shimmery bits.  This shade is a cool plum-leaning, mauve taupe.  Finally, the split pan has the dark shades that can be used to either line or add depth to whatever eye bit you like.  One is a warmer brown and the other a darker, cool plummy brown shade.


Delicate shimmer and texture
Suqqu does a few things really excellently, which is the balancing of textures and effect to produce an overall harmony.  I mean seriously!  LOOKIT!?  Himesango is also less esoteric than some of the limited edition palettes and is just a lovely neutral look.  If not accessible in terms of purchasing, it is accessible in terms of makeup ease of use.
How lovely is THAT?!
So now, let's veer into our Tom Ford Enchanted which produces a similar color story, but executed much differently (and I think less perfectly) than Himesango.  My ownership of both palette just speaks to the fact that I want to buy the same thing over and over and over again.  It think this is why I am drawn like a moth to a flame to Chanel's new quad Raffinement.  The color effect is similar and definitely shimmery on both.  But Himesango has a more balanced approach of warmth (peachy) and cool (mauve) versus the cooler Enchanted and Himesango also brings on a more delicate shimmer.  Enchanted glitter topcoat is like a big punch in the eyes while the Himesango shimmer is infinitely more delicate.


Well, what does it matter if both are too darn hard to find?  I recommend going to the Chanel counter and trying out Raffinement.  I think it's actually more brown than Enchanted and didn't seem as pigmented and soft as the Suqqu, but it may be a good, more easily available palette with a similar effect.  As for me, I shall be walking on by the Raffinement because I really don't want a third variation of more of the same.

Are you a Suqqu fan?  What do you think of the newer quads versus the old ones.

10 comments :

  1. I really really want to try out Suqqu some time. I actually have a sneaking suspicion that (although it's lovely), the eyeshadow won't be revelatory to me, so I'm hesitant to just buy it sight-unseen.

    The brushes on the other hand, I know I would adore.

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    1. I suspect a lot of people would be disappointed especially with the high expectations and the high price. These newer ones are different formula wise and I think "heavier" in feel and pigmentation than the older ones. The older 1-8 I find beautiful, but there are some shade that don't really show up on my skin. Himesango I think is much for pigmented compared to my experience with the original quads.
      I'm anxious to hear about the new Spring Summer ones.

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  2. I just bought Raffinement!! Yay!! Wanted it because it's beautiful, but also because I received the Prelude quad for xmas and have been a little disappointed by it. Prelude just doesn't seem to do much for my eyes and is a lot softer in color in person than I expected. Anyway...if Raffinement colors are similar to the TF & Suqqu palettes then even bettter - I won't have to lust so much!! LOL!!

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    1. Gummy! I haven't seen them all lined up, but Raffinement! drool! Can't wait to see your review of it. I haven't bought a Chanel quad in ages. This is the only thing that had tempted me in ages.

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  3. If you hadn't shown it against the Tom Ford it would have been on my want list, but the taupe in the Tom Ford is calling my name, such a shame it was LE! DARN YOU TOM FORD!

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    1. TF is cruel; Bellyhead is benevolent! You should enter the Enchanted giveaway! nudge nudge!

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  4. Hi Bellyhead,
    I love Suqqu eyeshadows. They are so buttery and finely milled. Although the pigmentation is not the best out there, but I have to say that the texture is so soft that there's almost no fallout. I have Himesango too and I love the taupe shade so much, it blends very well with me.

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    1. I saw Himesango on your blog before. I agree, the texture is really something special and the overall look on your eyes is so refined. I really love this one.

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  5. this is a beautiful palette. so sad I never even came close to owning it.

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    1. Hi Anda!
      Himesango is a perm item though buying it is a pain. Enchanted is mostly gone but you can enter to win one in my giveaway! :)

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