Sunday, April 6, 2014

Frankenstein's Palettes

When I was a small child, and I used to read actual books and stuff, I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Wonderful read of course.  I was touched by the Gothic atmosphere, and the tragic sadness of the monster who just wanted to be loved.  I was also struck by the madness and the sheer arrogance of Dr. Frankenstein who think himself capable and worthy of giving life to man!  What blasphemy.
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Belly who think herself capable and worthy of putting a palette together!  What blasphemy.

A few weeks back a recent conversation on makeupalley got my sludgy brain juices going.  We spoke a bit about how in a palette, there is always one shade that is so beautiful that it is near impossible to get rid of the whole palette.  Shiseido Pink Sands trio has the cool pink tones that makes me look like a malarial patient, but the center silver taupe is spectacular.  (bye bye, taupe)  Older generation Suqqu palettes come with the matte white base shade which never seems to do much for me.  Recently posted about palette Mitsucha could use a deep, matte shade to ground it down some for me.

So today, I bring you, Franken-SUQQU.

All the depotted SUQQU!
(L to R: EX-12 Hisuidama, EX-11 Sumiredama, EX-16 Benigachasane, EX-19 Touryokuzora, 01 Kakitusubata, 03 Matsukasa, 04 Keshizumi, 06 Ginbudou, 11 Himesango, 15 Mitsucha, 17 Yomogiiro)
All the mad Frankstein Belly!

The Matte:
(from the following palettes L to R: Himesango, Matsukasa, Matsukasa, Kakitsubata, Ginbudou, Keshizumi)

The Useless:
(from the following palettes clockwise from top left: Ginbudou, Kakitsubaba, Matsukasa, Keshizumi)

A Brown palette:
(from the following palettes L to R: Mitsucha, Touryokuzora, Katkitubata, Matsukasa, Matsukasa, Himesango, Mitsucha, Mitsucha)

A texturally VARIED palette:
(from following palettes from L to R: Sumiredama, Himesango, Sumiredama, Yomogiiro, Yomogiiro, Ginbudou, Kakitsubata)

Now I have to put them all back together.  >:(  Hmm, that is daunting.

Do you have a palette that is just short of perfection?  How would you put together your favorite combination of shades and textures.

35 comments :

  1. I know that if I tried depotting, it would turn into a Frankenstein-esque disaster and, like the mad doctor, I'd probably end up burning my place down in the process. I'm jealous of your magic.

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    1. I'm a little more wary these days about fire and candles. So I can understand your fear! Luckily for a lot of these Japanese palettes, they are the poke or pry variety not needing fire... thank goodness.

      Now on to construct the Bride.

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  2. Ahhh...I remember being so into depotting back in the days; for years, I was so excited about creating my own customized palettes. Within the past ten months or so, though, I suddenly fell out of love and gave them all away. Nowadays, I buy pre-made palettes, and I can honestly say that I don't have one that falls short of perfection, mostly because I wouldn't have bought it if I felt that it was perfect in the first place. :-)

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    1. :) You know what's funny? Though this post was about constructing my own franken-suqqu, I almost never mix & match all that much. I don't really have the creativity or sense of color/texture to put together my own. This is why I almost always prefer palettes to singles. And funny enough, though I have Z palettes full of pans, I use them still in their Quad or Duo configurations of the original palettes.

      And you are so so so lucky to not have a dud! I purge palettes on the regular, because if one shade doesn't work, I need to get rid of it. I can't justify owning it, when I have so much others that work better in total.

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  3. Unleash those monsters onto the world!

    By which I mean, please post your Frankenpalletes. Unless they require a bolt of fire to activate them. No more fire.

    I have never depotted a thing, partly due to laziness, partly due to being a noob and not having enough things to bother! But by the looks of these Suqqus, you are truly industrious.





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    1. Oh goodness. No more fire OR lightning. I scare myself now. And Jasmine smell! D: D:

      Industry & Belly are known foes. :)

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  4. Oh, what fun! This is Anonymous Nutcase who commented on your Niche post. Aside from the fire incident, I was excited to see that you depotted all your Suqqu and thought it was interesting that you did not line up all the base shades, etc. like Kate does.

    I keep the 4 palette shades together because they tend to complement each other but moving them around so they are not next to the same neighbors is fun and inspires new combinations. I like groupings of two or three palettes rather than all palettes smushed together as it is easier to see potential combinations. Your second Z palette has extra space so that is perfect for assembling a number of groupings that can change at whim. Kinda like a make-your-own Shiseido Color Bar? How about a grey/lavender grouping or grey/pink. gold/peach, blue/lavender?

    I'm beginning to think that grouping them by different criteria, all mattes, etc. like you propose may also yield fun possibilities. May try that at some point! But I do love my depotted Suqqu as I'm making much better use of them and having way more fun!

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    1. Hello! Hello, Anonymous Nutcase! <-- said with affection.

      As I mentioned to chic & alluring, I actually never use the palette pans like the post. :) I'm hoping to be more inspired to try them in new combination so I LOVE all your suggestions!

      The empty space in my second Z is for new palette acquisitions, of which there will be some more! I actually own a small Z palette specifically for travel (where I put in blush and some e/s,

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  5. I was wondering when you were going to write about your depotted suqqus!! I can't stop drooling...! I recently tore apart a few shu Uemura palettes and got it down to 2 handy sized palettes of shades I would actually use, getting rid of duplicate matte browns and pale whites. It was fun!!! And I use them so much more now!!

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    1. I love observing the depot/no-depot camps. I do keep stuff in palettes, especially things a bit iffy looking for my depotting skills (like Tom Fords). It's fun just playing Legos with depot pans.

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    2. i can't depot at all... something is bound to go wrong. Even just assembling my Surratt palette, i nicked 1 of the brand new eyeshadow! But Shu Uemura palettes are so easy, they just snap open and all the eyeshadows slide off the rail! Even then, yes i nicked 'em. *roll eyes at self*

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  6. Even though I have a few of those Suqqu palettes, I'd totally rebuy them in your rearrangements! XP I actually LOVE the so-called useless shades--use them to even out the skin tone on my eyelids, and even the undereye area. I'm actually mildly annoyed that Suqqu doesn't seem to include them in newer palettes. A fourth useable eyeshadow just means I have to wrack my brains harder for more colour combinations and I so lazeeee and unimaginative!

    Also, ZOMG, these pictures are spectacular, belly! Blogger Level UP! <3

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    1. I theeeenk, I would like the useless shades if I only owned 1 or 2. But because I own so many versions of them, I think it's kind of a waste. The newer bases from the 15,16,17 quads have some color which I like.

      It's amazing how OUTSIDE + SUNSHINE seems to be a biggest keys to nice looking pictures. :D I was excited to see them on the computer monitor. THank you thank youuuuuu

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  7. Neverrr! I usually base my palette-buying on how much I love the palette as a whole! Usually~ I don't think I've bought a palette (at least up to quads; can't have a perfect palette with over 5 colors, I think) that had a useless shade in there for me.

    UGH SO PRETTY THE SUQQU, THOUGH. Sadly, I didn't find any to my liking when I visited a counter recently.

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    1. My problem is I probably like a whole sensibility of the palette and end up with duds in the mix. I had lots of quads like that. :(

      The quad range in the current line must be very limited based on all the discontinuation and the small amount of new perm releases.

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  8. frankenbelly -u bring the Suqqu palettes to life!- I had sworn off palettes as agreed there is always a shades that is just Ugh!- however My Tom Ford and C Tilbury seem to have made palettes with all useable shades!-I once attempted depoting -wow -after ruined a few pans I decided against such adventure!

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    1. Jo, I think we're supposed to do some practice depotting on inexpensive things that we don't mind breaking, but I started with Rouge Bunny Rouge (which are tough) and killed some singles. :D

      You've had some amazing success with the CTs! I've heard they are making Stateside in a few months, which is exciting. I hope there will be an opportunity to check them out in person.

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  9. BEST PICTURES EVAR. LIVE, FRANKENPALETTE, LIIIIIIIIVE!

    My tastes change too much for making 'perfect' frankenpalettes tbh. I'm quite happy just keeping them in Z-palettes for entirely practical space-saving reasons :) I change things up and mix things anyway.

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    1. apropos of Frankensteins, I would love to watch the Young Frankenstein over and over. One of the funniest movies ever made. Livvve liiiiiiiive. *snort*

      I use the Zs for space conservation purposes too.

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  10. lol all teh combos you could make with these. i actually thinkg the 'useless' ones would be great for highlighting! or even all over the lid to even out color and then put on some bold liner and you're ready to go. easy for 5 min days.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. The useless ones are pretty sheer, just slightly brightening. And they are nice to have! Just not the half dozen or so that I hoard. :)

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  11. But I love those useless shades :p I'm in love with the grey from 06 and brown from ex12 and add some three liner in the mix.

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    1. Great combination! Ginbudou is just achingly elegant all around and that Hisuidama brown is gorgeous indeed.

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  12. DROOLZ!!! It's like a jigsaw puzzel and lego hybrid, I would never want to stop playing and adding to the collection!

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    1. Seriously, I don't even want to put them on, I just want to play with the pans. :)

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  13. Like puzzle pieces for adults! I love that these are square and fit so nicely together in every which formation. I hate the idea of depotting but yours is the first post that makes me think it's truly worth the hassle.

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    1. There is some nice symmetry to these little pans that make them very enjoyable to play with. Even though depotting these Japanese ones is easy, the cleaning off the glooey glue off the back is a pain still.

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  14. I agree w/ Liz above, that is the ultimate adult puzzle pieces.. such PORN!! If only every single palette out there is as depot-friendly as Suqqu (Burberry, do you hear that???)

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    1. Man, I killed some Burberry prying those suckers out. Totally beat up Midnight Brown.

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  15. As I told you before, I'm too afraid of depoting -especially since I like my mu packages. I admit that if I see too many colors together I have a hard time choosing, so I really prefer to keep them the way they come -and avoid super big palettes, all teh Naked palettes are the limit almost crossing to a no-no lol

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    1. For some reason, one giant palette (like those Nakeds) freak me out. I would also be seized with complete indecision!!!
      I like these Suqqu depots, becasue I keep the actual quads together, so at least I know how to coordinate the colors without thinking about it.

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  16. Such beautiful photos, Belly!

    But but, the useless, they're my favourites! I was sad at the thought of hitting pan on them but I think I'll be ok now that I have a gazillion SUQQU palettes. Well, only around 6 or so. But that's enough for me. Once I get my hands on Keshizumi that is...

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    1. They are only useless in the multitude! I agree, one or two seems great! 6 or so, not so great!

      Keshizumi is soooo sultry! :) *enable mode switched ON*

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  17. You have elevated depotting eyeshadow to an art form! I can't help but think that the first picture looks like frameable art!

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    1. Thank you Rosie! I did nothing more than lay them out in the sun to twinkle on!

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