Friday, March 20, 2015

SUQQU Balancing Cheeks in Yawakohaku 03

>>the product featured in this post was provided free of charge by the brand/pr for my consideration<<

As I write this post, the snow is falling thickly on this first day of Spring.  It is a rather dubious start to the season.  *silent seething*  It IS very spring-like however, when I get to play with the colorful oranges and pinks of the Chiffon inspired SUQQU SS15 collection.  Special thanks to the brand for allowing me some feeble hopes that Spring might actually arrive.  (will it?)

I particularly loved the fresh juicy looks of this blush Yawakohaku 03, which is a permanent addition to the SUQQU blush line up along with a second shade Mizuhanamoya 04.  (I'm still playing with 04)  This blush with two pans, a pale pink paired with a sheen-rich orange is what I will feature today.
I love this very unusual combination of shades, which has the option of wearing each side alone, or combined.

  • The left side pan is a pale warm, satin pink.  As with my experience with most SUQQU products, the texture and feel on the skin is wonderful.  It is however, very lightly pigmented and I think people expecting rich color payoff would be disappointed.
  • The right side is a pale orange.  Reminds me of ripe apricot in color.  It has a very strong golden sheen on the skin which I find intensify the more I buff and blend.  And because it's a rather pale color, while it imparts color on the skin, it also acts like a soft orange highlighter.  
  • The blended shade (the swatch on the very right) is a more subdued version of that apricot shade.  Again, the sheen in this one is still pretty strong.

You've seen me wear this blush a few times, but I had worn it in my post on the SUQQU quad 18 Sakuraori.  I don't think you can see much of the sheen on my face, but it is readily apparent in strong lighting.  It is not glittery by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a definite glow to it.  And if you are trying to get some building of color for intensity by applying a lot of the orange shade, you will get the sheeny highlighter effect.
Orange highlighter?  My skin is probably at its palest for the year coming out of a cold grey winter.  While I find it shows up on my skin just fine (and will for those among you on the paler side of things), if you are significantly darker than me (I am NC15-20-ish), you may see more of the sheen and less of the color.
Yawakohaku is a really delicate compliment to the SS15 collection, enhancing the soft oranges and pinks in the eye shadows from the collection.  I would have liked to have seen more pigmentation in this case and a tick down lower on the sheen on the apricot shade.  The strength of the sheen limits the everyday versatility to me.
I think in general, the formula of the Balancing Cheeks N (the official product name) has some of the prettiest skin-loving texture, but doesn't have strong pigmentation.  You can see my post on the other two earlier color release from the range here.  Particularly with blushes, I think strong pigmentation can always be moderated with the brush and application while it is more difficult to build up color to more intensity.  Unlike the THREE blushes that I own, which I do find easy enough to layer for more color, I don't find it as easy to do so with these SUQQUs.    You can also see it on Sara from Color Me Loud here.

The quality and texture are top notch, as usual.  And it is wonderful to see this unusual and gorgeous color combination in Yawakohaku.  I think it would be even more beautiful with more intensity and maybe a bit less sheen for versatility for more skin tones.

SUQQU is available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Harrods, Selfridges and Selfridges on line.   It is currently available on line at Selfridges (here) and Ichibankao (here).

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.

13 comments :

  1. Can't catch up with too many reviews too soon. Need to savor each one of your post more slowly.

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    1. That's funny. :) I feel a great burden to post and catch up on all my purchases. Realistically, I can't possibly sustain this pace so you can read slowly and by the time you catch up, we will be back in sync.

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  2. This duo is delicate and pretty! And that texture is like..everything. Love that pink doesn't not look chalky at all. :)
    We have countless peachy pink blushes in the U.S. market, but I don't see many with clear orange hues. For that, this little duo seems quite special to me. Prim and quiet it may be, but it complements your eye makeup very nicely.

    I'm glad the snow didn't stick too much. Wish you a great weekend!

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    1. I have tons of PEACH and CORAL variations and definitely don't have clear bright oranges. It really is very unique.

      It's mostly all melted now! I am SO ready for Spring, Lena! Hope you had a great weekend.

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  3. Pretty! I was just checking these online after taking the brow palette off from my wish list Lol good that they are permanent so I can take my time :D I don't use orange toned blushes often but this organge looks so nice....

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    1. Hi Dust! It is very unusual and wearable at the same time! Thank goodness for permanent releases so that we can take our time and be choosy! :D

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  4. I was thinking this would be a no go for me due to the orange but the colours combined are just wondrous, this is going on my so very long wish list :)

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    1. Orange is kind of a weird blush shade, but SUQQU makes it very wearable! THe combined shade is very sweet and pretty.

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  5. I bet the orange shade is also lovely as a topper for eye shadow, just maybe patted on the movable lids with taupe/rosy base. It has a nice gleam to it. Hope Punxsutawney Phil is right and you'll have spring in two-weeks time, or sooner!

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    1. The orange does have the most delicate gleam! I actual like some real sparkle on the eyes (and play it a bit more sedate on the cheeks), but that does sound like a wonderful multi-purpose idea, Claire!
      How is it in your part of the country? Stupid Phil, whatever he does, we get more snow. I do see some of the early bulb flowers trying to poke through the leftover snow. I hope it turns a bit warm soon. This has been a really long and tough winter!

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  6. Oh that golden glow from the orange colour is gorgeous!! Haven't yet tried any blushers from Suqqu yet, but from how lovely it looks on you, I should track one of them down!

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    1. This one definitely the most unusual out of all the new released blushes out there. The texture is gorgeous, you should check it out and let us know who you like it!

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  7. Orange could be werd but this looks like such a balanced blush. Suqqu does it again. Sometime in my life I need to go to Japan for a cosmetic haul. XO :)

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