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

Burberry Deep Burgundy Suqqu Ichijiku Guerlain Samsara

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:

Ichijiku Deep Burgundy Samsara

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

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.

Keep

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

Ponder

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

Purge

  • 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?

POST YOUR TAUPE PUNS. ESPECIALLY YOU, KATE.

Blog Updates and Suqqu Ichijiku + RBR Bronzer FOTD

Hi everyone, you may have noticed that I revamped the blog! I’m still a little iffy about the header + background combo – I don’t think they really match but Iike them both individually, any advice? – but I love the little featured posts section under the header.

I have a few other updates planned, like adding pictures to the Hakuhodo Buying Guide because I feel it’s a bit too wall-of-texty right now, don’t you? Also sorting out the Hakuhodo Pictures Page to make it more digestible, and more like a starter page.

I also thought I’d share some (very poor quality) photos from a dinner recently. In my Suqqu Ichijiku Review I mentioned that with my usual, medium-coverage, application Ichijiku was more of a true red on me. I think these photos show that in-between shade quite well.

I was also wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzer at the time, I’m still quite timid with my application of it (which is why you can’t see it much here) but I love how natural and not-orange it looks.

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RBR Bronzer and Ichijiku