Suqqu Limited Edition Hankyu/Selfridges Exclusive Palette – EX-08 Hanamari Swatches

 

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Geez my post titles are getting longer than Japanese mascara names (almost.).

So this Suqqu palette was originally exclusive to Hankyu department store in Umeda, Japan. A limited number of units went on sale in Selfridges on the 22nd of November, and I snapped one up as soon as I saw it. I haven’t had a chance to fully experiment with looks yet, but rest assured that this is most likely going to be the only eyeshadow palette I’ll be wearing this week.

For now, I give you pictures and swatches.

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hana – 花 – flower

mari – 毬 – ball

The Palette

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The palette is made up of 4 shades, and unlike most other Suqqu palettes, it is missing the white/off-white shade that is used as a base. Hanamari has a sheer sparkly shade at the top left that goes over the other shadows to jazz them up, a dark warm brown to act as an accent or liner shade, and then the pink and the green as versatile mid-tones.

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I mostly bought this palette because of the fantastic green, it’s a kind of khaki with gold undertones, but then it also has these grey silver overtones (is that a thing?) that make it very unique. I was wary about the pink, but it layers so fantastically with the other shades to produce another two shades that I’m completely in love with.

Swatches

Without Flash

From left to right:

Top left sparkle shade, green shade, brown, pink, layered green and pink, layered green and brown, layered pink and brown

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With Flash

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The layering is one of my favourite things about this palette, the pink mixed with the brown (far right) and the pink layered over the green (3rd from right) make such beautiful shades. When buying this palette I had a suspicion it might be a little limiting mostly because of the pink shade, but because of the way the colours play together it’s actually one of the most versatile quads I own.

Autumn Vampy Reds: Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy Review

Burberry Lipstick Deep Burgundy

While dark red lips are definitely an Autumn trend, I’ve been on the search for deep red/berry lipsticks for over a year now. Berry and Oxblood reds are my favourite colours to wear, but also very hard to find – my lips tend to pull things cool, so berry reds that have purple hints turn into full on plum shades on me, and berry reds with pinky tones end up as deep pinks on my lips. And that’s fine. But it’s not what I want.

So far I’ve found that only Suqqu Ichijiku and Guerlain Samsara satisfy my dark red craving, but now I can add another lipstick to the mix: Burberry Deep Burgundy Lip Cover.

Burberry Deep Burgundy

The shade

Deep Burgundy is a red wine (funnily enough) shade. It has very slightly pink undertones but otherwise reads as a deep neutral red-brown.

The formula

The Burberry Lip Cover formula is good. It’s not my favourite (Suqqu Creamy Glow, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge are some of my favourite lipstick formulas), but I’m not complaining.

  • It has a fair amount of slip – a little bit less than I’m used to – but it’s definitely on the creamy side so it glides on quite easily.
  • It’s moderately moisturising, which on my lips is fine, but it could be an issue for those prone to dryness.
  • Lasting power is good. In my mind it’s not fantastic, but I tend to favour very very stainy products, so take that with a pinch of salt. For a normal lipstick, lasting power is very good.Burberry Deep Burgundy Lipstick

I’m not 100% sold on the formula because I tend to feel it on my lips, even when I’ve just blotted it down to a stain. It’s difficult to explain, but with most of my lipsticks, especially when I’ve blotted them down, the only way that I can tell that I’m wearing lipstick is by looking in the mirror and seeing the colour. With the Burberry I’m very aware of the lipstick sitting on my lips and it makes me a bit uneasy. It’s an irrational uneasiness because when I touch my lips with my fingers, they don’t come away coated in lip product, and the lipstick doesn’t smudge all over my face etc. but it’s an uneasiness nonetheless.

The swatches

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Guerlain Rouge Automatique Samsara, Burberry Lip Cover no.21 Deep Burgundy, Suqqu Creamy Glow #17 Ichijiku (reviewed here).

And just to be annoying, the swatches are swapped around:

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Suqqu Ichijiku, Burberry Deep Burgundy, Guerlain Samsara

The swatches are deceptively similar on my arm. However, the tonal differences – while they register very faintly on my arm – are amplified when applied on lips, so these slight changes in nuance are important.

  • Ichijiku : Similar depth, but with a terracotta/brick base
  • Deep Burgundy : A deep wine red, slight pinkiness
  • Samsara : Similar depth, less opaque base, and leaning more pink

The application

Apologies in advance for lack of makeup, and slightly damp hair (I washed it the night before and apparently it takes about 16 hours to dry…)

Burberry Deep Burgundy Full Intensity

Here’s Deep Burgundy freshly applied, full intensity.

Burberry Deep Burgundy Blotted

Here it is blotted down

The verdict

I adore this lipstick shade, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for and it’s a great addition to my (tiny) collection of vampy dark red lipsticks. While the depth is the same, Deep Burgundy’s lack of prominent pink/purple/orange undertones makes it very different from other berry and oxblood lipsticks I’ve tried.

Burberry Deep Burgundy is great if you’re on the hunt for an autumnal berry red, but if your lips are prone to dryness, you may want to try before you buy.

 

What are your favourite vampy lip shades? As I mentioned, my vamp collection is tiny, so I need ideas to build it up!

 

Well Red: Red Lipstick Swatches

Since overcoming my fear of all things lipstick a few years ago, I’ve amassed quite a collection of lip products – mostly lipsticks, a few lip stains, and three very neglected lip glosses.

At the heart of my collection are the high-contrast reds which, apparently, I can’t get enough of, because my current wishlist is filled with them.

Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani 400, Beauté Liqui-Gel Stain in Fever (review here), Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Poppy, Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Samsara, Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick #17 Ichijiku (review here), Lipstick Queen Medieval, Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge in RD-2 (review here), MAC Viva Glam I.

Here I’ve added a swatch of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in #10 Rouge Philtre (review here) on the far right, because I left it out of the earlier shots (on purpose. obviously.) even though it counts as a red.

So, as a reminder, these swatches (and the paper swatches) are, from left to right:

  1. Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Samsara: a berry red
  2. Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick #17 Ichijiku: a dark, vampy, brick red
  3. MAC Viva Glam I: another dark brick red
  4. Lipstick Queen Medieval: a sheer but buildable cherry red
  5. Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge RD-2: a sheer red that’s slightly warmer.
  6. Armani Rouge d’Armani 400: a classic true red
  7. Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Poppy: a sheer tomato red
  8. Beauté Liqui-Gel Stain in Fever: a vivid red to sheer rose pink depending on how sheer it’s applied.
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain #10 Rouge Philtre: another vivid classic red, that can be sheered out to a rose stain.

Can’t get enough red?


What’s your favourite shade of red lipstick? And are there any you’re lusting after at the moment? I’m in love with Guerlain’s new Rouge G l’Extrait in Luxure, and I can’t wait to actually get it.

Luxure

(Mis)Adventures in Contouring: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious Review and Test Run

I start this post with a disclaimer: I am not good at contouring. I have contoured twice in my life, once yesterday (disaster), and once today (…meh). Usually I’d practise a bit more before posting my efforts, but it seems a LOT of people want to know how this product looks on skin sooner rather than later.

For a post where the Ombre Contrast is used by someone good at contouring, check out this post by the lovely Xiao of Messy wands.

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Being a newbie, I had no idea which brush to use (Xiao used the Hakuhodo 210) so I picked out the G5521, Small Pointed Yachiyo, B214BkSm Highlight brush, S111 and Kokutan Eyeshadow C brushes for my attempt. I ended up using the G5521 to do most of the work, and the Small Pointed Yachiyo to blend difficult areas.

Oh and here’s another swatch

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Heavy on the right, smudgy on the left.

Before

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I tried to create an even base using Shu Stage Performer, Bobbi Brown Corrector and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

Half and Half

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Contour on the right side of my face (the left side of the photo). I’ve contoured my cheekbone, my jawline, and the side of my nose.

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This is where skills come into play, the edges of my contouring are very blunt, which makes it look quite obvious. BUT, if you look at the shadow at the bottom of my neck, then look at the shadow on my jaw or on my cheek, you can see that they’re pretty much the same colour and that’s really what matters. The reason I haven’t even attempted contouring in the past is because the shade is nowhere near what a natural shadow on my face would look like. The Ombre Contraste makes a refreshing change.

Full

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Contouring on both sides of face on jaw, cheek and nose.

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Finished Face

Adding some lipstick (LQ Medieval), blush (Addiction Revenge), and highlighter (Becca SSP Pearl). (And letting my hair out finally!)

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Conclusions

  • I need to practice!
  • But I really love this Ombre Contraste
  • Because it actually looks like a shadow, and not like darker foundation/poorly-placed bronzer.
  • It’s pretty easy to work with and build-up
  • But use a light hand because it’s quite difficult to fix mistakes.

Further Reading

First Impressions: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious

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So Chanel has released a ‘sculpting veil for eyes and cheeks’ or, as I like to call it, a contour powder. As far as I know it’s limited edition and also on limited release in the UK (Selfridges London and Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square, Harrods, John Lewis Oxford Street, House of Fraser Glasgow and Fenwicks Newcastle according to this source). This powder was used on models at Chanel’s Fall 2012 show at Paris Fashion Week:

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This is a great post that sums up all the info available pre-release.

I haven’t had a chance to use this yet as I bought it this afternoon, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be quite a learning curve for me so it might take a while before I can show you face photos. For now, here are swatches and product photos.

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Paper Swatch

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Arm Swatch (this one is the most colour accurate as it was taken outside pre-rain)

The swatch in the middle is very heavy, and gives an idea of the colour and the tone of the powder. On either side I’ve applied it more lightly to give a better idea of what it would actually look like on.

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Overall I’m excited to test this out, I’m imagining lots of er…not so great attempts as I’ve never really got into the whole contouring thing, but I think it’ll be fun to use and if not I’ll just use it as an eyeshadow.