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



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.


hana – 花 – flower

mari – 毬 – ball

The Palette


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.


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.


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



With Flash



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 Look with Shu Uemura, Addiction and Lunasol

L'oreal InfallibleAs you may know, right now I’m trying to pare down my stash. I started with taupes, and now I’m moving on to my other eyeshadows to see which ones make the cut. This week, I decided to try some rusty red browns – I tend to avoid them like the plague usually because I find hints of red just bring out the surface redness in my skin and around my eyes and I look a little…sickly. (Don’t ask why I have so many if I’m apparently so terrified of them – put it down to fits of madness)

So I fully went into this look expecting to look…sick chic. (pronounced ‘sick sheek’ or ‘sick chick’? – You decide!)

But actually I was pleasantly surprised. Although it did strike me as a little odd that I’d matched my eyeshadow to my hair.


For my face and brows I used:

Face and Brow Products

  • Brushes: Hakuhodo B505BkSl, Hakuhodo G5521, and Laura Mercier Concealer brush (not pictured)
  • Brows: Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Walnut Brown, Clarins Double Fix Mascara
  • Base: Maybelline Pure BB Mineral 8 in 1 BB Base (Jp version), Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC1
  • Colour: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pearl, Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Antigua

For eyes and lips:

Eyes and lips

  • Brushes: All Hakuhodo: 235, Kokutan Eyeshadow SL, G5515BkSl, S142 (black handle)
  • Mascara (not pictured): Tiffa Volume Mascara
  • Eyeshadow: L’oreal Infallible Bronze Divine, Addiction Fudge (on the lid), Shu Uemura ME Medium Brown 885 (outer corner, crease, liner), Shu Uemura P Pink 125 (inner corner highlight)
  • Lips: Lunasol Full Glam Liquid Lips 06 Bright Pink



So, while I started out this look fully intending to purge my red-browns, I actually ended up loving them and I’ll definitely be reaching for them more often.

Are there any products that have surprised you recently? Any new colours you’ve found that suit you better than you expected?

Adventures in Minimalism: Purging the Taupes a.k.a. insert taupe pun here

Taupe on a rope? Taupal eclipse? The audacity of taupe? Please submit your taupe puns in the comments section – we will have a pun-off.

Ok so some of you may have seen my stash photo on twitter:

Stash full

(Incidentally Adobe Photoshop’s panorama stitching is wizardry – apart from a dodgy Shu eyeshadow, you’d never tell this was two photos stitched together)

Now by some people’s standards this is just a little pygmy stash, but the size doesn’t bother me too much, it’s more the huge waste – there are so many products here that I just don’t use!

So now I’m embarking on a minimalist adventure, purging anything that, in the words of William Morris, I ‘do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ (smart man, also do you know you can get William Morris tablecloths – what did this guy NOT do?).

To start with, let’s have a look at all my taupes.

And with labels:

A LOT of Asian eyeshadows here, and almost half are drugstore, which is nice. Most brands you will have heard of before, Dodo may be new to some folks – I don’t know a whole lot about the brand actually, I think it’s Korean and I know it’s quite reasonably priced; I bought this eyeshadow in a Japanese drugstore for about £4.

First we have: Visee Glam Nude Eyes N-5 (reviewed here), Suqqu Keshizumi, Addiction Flashback, Sonia Rykiel Quatre Eyeshadow Collection 09, Dodo P20, Lancôme Erika F.

It seems in my absence I’ve forgotten how to take good photos of swatches, so bear with me.

Lancôme Erika F (far right) pushes the definition of taupe, and as you can see, my skin pulls out the grey and green in it. In reviews of it by other bloggers, it often looks like a much closer relative to the taupe family than it does on me.

My favourites from this group are the Sonia Rykiel (3rd from the right) and the Suqqu (2nd from the left). I love how purple and cool the Sonia Rykiel is, and the coolness of the Suqqu makes it so wearable. Both textures are amazing. My least favourite is the Dodo (2nd from right), the texture of the eyeshadow isn’t great – a little hard – and it’s a little too warm. Flashback and Visee are…ok. I like them a lot on their own, but when I compare them to my other taupes, I see others that I prefer.

Next we have: Kate Wide Edge Eyes PU-1, Maquillage Eyeshadow N in GY835, Bobbi Brown Stone, Too Faced Like a Virgin, Suqqu Ginbudou.

Don’t you LOVE that Maquillage (2nd from left) eyeshadow? I really haven’t used this eyeshadow enough; I bought it just as I arrived in Japan, and never really got acquainted with it because then I bought about…100 other things in a fit of shopping that experts are calling: WHEEE JAPAN! (I am the expert. It is me calling it that. You can call it that too if you like.)

Anyway, mmm yummy to that Maquillage. Its texture is lovely as well. The Kate (far left) is also rather nice, not too red. The palette itself is stellar, I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed it yet. The Suqqu (far right), like Erika F, pushes the boundaries of taupe so it’s a bit strange to compare it to the rest. I love it though, regardless of taupicity.

While the Too Faced (the matte, 2nd from right) doesn’t exactly excite me, I do see it as a very useful shade; it’s my only matte taupe, and it’s very versatile. The only loser in this bunch is the Bobbi Brown. It’s a little warm, and if I wasn’t so overwhelmed with taupes I’d probably keep it, but this eyeshadow is middle-of-the-road in terms of both texture and shade, so it’s not really necessary for me to keep it.


  • Sonia Rykiel 09
  • Suqqu Keshizumi
  • Maquillage GY835
  • Kate PU-1
  • Too Faced Like A Virgin


  • Visee N-5 (but probably keep because the palette is really solid and versatile)
  • Addiction Flashback


  • Dodo P20
  • Bobbi Brown Stone

Taupe Imposters (Intertaupers!)

  • Lancôme Erika F
  • Suqqu Ginbudou

Are any of you reading-people mid-purge? Or planning one? Are you shocked by the amount of stuff I have – or laughing at my piddly collection? Which taupe is your favourite? Do you like questions? What did you have for lunch? I had pasta and homemade pesto? Because I’m cool like that? My basil plant has grown really big, how do I stop it? Maybe I’ll buy a sheep to graze on it? Do sheep eat basil? Italian sheep maybe?



Visee Glam Glow Eyes Gr-4: My Ultimate Green Palette

Visee is a cheap, widely-available Japanese drugstore brand.
these palettes retail for 1680 yen (£13.87/$21.61).


I’ve already established my love for Visee in a previous post, and this lovely green palette only strengthens Visee’s position as one of my favourite brands.


P1000895Like the Glam Nude Eyes, this palette’s quality is fantastic. In fact, the textures in the Glam Glow Eyes Palettes are even more buttery than those of the Glam Nude Eyes.

The palette is pretty light, but it doesn’t feel flimsy. It’s been travelling with me a lot recently and is still completely intact.


For a non-neutral palette, it’s very wearable.

The two lighter green shades are, in my opinion, more versatile alternatives to the spring greens on trend in 2012 (like in Dior’s Garden Party Collection).


A while ago, because I’m a palette junkie, I decided I couldn’t buy palettes with shades I wouldn’t use. The palest green shade (second from the left) isn’t one I would wear on its own.


Here it is layered over the medium green shade (below, far left), and then the darker green (below, centre):


This creates a gorgeous antique gold and a bronzey green – colours that I would use frequently. (And in fact, I use those layered shades the most).



The Bottom Line

Another great quality palette from Visee. Layering the colours creates a multitude of looks, and I’ve hardly been reaching for my single green eyeshadows since I bought it.


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Suqqu Blend Colour Eyeshadow 04 Keshizumi

keshizumi – 滅墨 – faded/ruined ink*


This is one of my most recent purchases, but I’ve been testing it thoroughly over the past couple of weeks, and I feel like I’m qualified to review it now.

In terms of eyeshadow quality and texture, I’ll direct you to my post about another palette in the series.

The Shades


(The colour on the far left is the silver shade (top left of the palette) layered over the taupe shade (top right of the palette))

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Suqqu has, once again, succeeded in creating a very usable palette – no eyeshadow left behind etc.. The darkest shade (the greyed purple/blue) is very flattering: it doesn’t have a strong red undertone – like many purples – and so it doesn’t accentuate any redness in my eyes but it still brings out the green in them. The mid-tone shade is not as dark as other shades typically designed to be a wash of eyelid colour, so it doesn’t overpower my eyes and make them look smaller (while most conventional mid-tones do). The silver is good to use in the middle of the lid to give dimension to the eyes, and I like to layer it over the mid-tone taupe to cool it down a bit more.

Ginbudou vs. Keshizumi

The shades of Keshizumi are much less intense than those in Ginbudou and even though I prefer the drama of the latter, I think Keshizumi suits me a lot more because of the differences in shade that I mentioned above.

I get the impression that when Suqqu creates palettes, they really put a lot of thought not only into the colours, but also the mood of each palette. Ginbudou is filled with rich, sumptuous shades. It would probably be worn best by some dramatic aristocratic daughter – used to the finer things in life, probably in love with two people, and she has a horse. Keshizumi is similar in terms of drama, but it’s much moodier and troubled. Its fictional wearer would be more typical of a Gormenghast kind of aristocracy: melancholy, passionate, and a little unhinged.

Anyway, here are a few looks I did with Keshizumi. I’m not very happy with any of the photos as they tend to wash the eyeshadow out, but I’ve been trying to capture it properly every day for a week, and for now I’m going to settle for these.


Dark shade as liner and then smudged all over lid, and in the outer bottom corner of eye. Silver highlight below brow.


Dark shade in outer corner and as liner (upper and lower outer corner), mid-tone in crease and as under-eye liner, white on lid, silver highlight in inner corner.


Mid-tone all over lid, dark shade as liner, silver highlight in the centre of lid, white as base. Mid-tone as liner under-eye. (Click for big).

Rest of face: Colour make-up: Addiction blush in Revenge, Lavshuca Dramatic Memory Rouge lipstick in RD-2

Other: Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Foundation (375), Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque, Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder, Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow pencil in Walnut Brown, Clinique Lash Power Mascara

*My translation for Keshizumi is not as neat as for Ginbudou; I don’t want to bog down the post with how I came to my conclusion, but if you’re curious, please email me. If anyone wants to submit a better one, please please do!