SUQQU UK Holiday Collection 2019
I love SUQQU UK exclusive collections, they are always designed with care and finesse. The theme of this Holiday season called ‘Candle Night’ and designed to capture the warm essence of the festive season. Today I’m swatching and reviewing the Eyeshadow Compact 102 and Pure Color Blush 117 Kagayakizoe. Enjoy!
*Products gifted for review purposes. Thoughts are my own and honest.
SUQQU UK Holiday Candle Night Collection 2019
Inspired by the flickering candle light to bring warm, dreamy and glowing aura to makeup looks. This collection consists of one big Eyeshadow Compact with 8 shades, 1 palette of Designing Color Eyes, 1 Pure Color Blush and two Velvet Lipsticks (a new formula). All limited edition. Available on Selfridges, Harrods and Fenwick Bond Street, check the locations here.
Pure Color Blush 117 Kagayakizoe
Made in Japan. 7.5g for £34
This blush is inspired by the warmth of candle light combined with sparkling champagne. The color is described as a soft pink (deeper shade, left side) with champagne (right side, highlight color) for a wet look finish. Of course this wet look is more in the elegant SUQQU style, which doesn’t look frosty or exaggerate skin texture.
I do love this peachy x champagne color combination for the Holiday season. Reds are very prominent in festive outfits, decorations and of course - flushed cheeks when you’re happy or excited. I’m glad 117 Kagayakizoe doesn’t lean towards red but more peachy terracotta tone. If you decide to combine this blush with a red lip, the look won’t be over the top.
I start the application of my Pure Color Blushes by buffing some of the deeper shade (left) on the apples of the cheeks, then blending the edges softly with the middle/right shade. This technique gives a lovely dimension to the cheeks and works especially well with 117 Kagayakizoe. The formula is excellent, I have not developed a hardpan like with some previous limited editions. 117 Kagayakizoe has light/light-medium pigmentation, soft but not powdery and perfect for subtle, buildable application. I’m loving this blush a lot!
Eyeshadow Compact 102
Made in Japan. 12.4g for £59
SUQQU has done an eight-pan size palette last Summer in the Urban Prism Collection (review), but if my memory serves me right there has been at least one more large 6- or 8-pan holiday palette. Oddly, the numbering for ‘Eyeshadow Compact’ palettes starts with Urban Prism (101), making Candle Night compact second (102) in the series. Triple-digit in the numbering indicates this palette is a limited edition.
Eyeshadow Compact 102 contains four mattes, two pearlescent shimmers and two metallic shades. I’ve read several comments requesting SUQQU to add more matte shades in their palettes, I’m glad the UK team has listened customer feedback. The texture of the matte shadows is smooth and ‘buttery’, even softer than in many previous SUQQU Designing Color Eyes quads. There is only little powder kickback and the pigmentation is good, but buildable (VS Natasha Denona for example). Due to the softness of these shadows over-blending is pretty easy, which can create a muddy looking mess. Although I enjoy the lovely feel of these shadows I might prefer the firmer SUQQU formula.
The metallic shadows are not very intense or in-your-face, but apply gracefully with firmer eyeshadow brushes. Here the soft shadow formula performs in an excellent way, maybe because the shades are more distinguishable from each other. The icy cool and purple shimmer shade are very pretty, but not very complex, but I do get some EX-29 Koukiori vibes. I do recommend paying attention when applying shimmer shades as the glitter particles are very fine and ‘stick’ to the brush you use. A simple wipe down with a tissue won’t remove them all; it’s best to use a new clean brush for blending the mattes afterwards.
SUQQU Eyeshadow Compact 102 Swatches
Brick red: a matte brick shade with warm undertones
White: a matte vanilla with neutral undertones
Brown: a rusty brick shade, matte
Dark brown: a medium dark chocolate brown
Pale blue glitter: a pale blue silver with silver glitters
Purple: a shimmery plum with silver glitters
Rosegold: a metallic rose shade with a pale gold sheen
Brown: a light metallic brown with gold sheen
I only did a light application of the blush, it’s almost impossible to see because of the exposure. Finnish Autumn is dark and grey, I hope I can take better makeup of today pictures with these items. I did a completely matte eye and contoured the socket, then lightly dusted the purple glitter on the top.
My hair color is done by Sumi at Hair Dandy (collab), one of the best hair salons in Helsinki!
The Pure Color Blush is a winner for me, I think pictures online are lackluster to its beauty and gorgeous wet-look finish. 117 Kagayakizoe looks like in promo pictures any other pinky peach blusher, but it’s divine on the cheeks – I wouldn’t skip this one! While I think the quality of Eyeshadow Compact 102 is excellent, I wish there was more variety. Perhaps one of the mattes or metallics switched could be a cooler tone? 102 works nicely as a warm eyeshadow palette with a hint of glitter, but doesn’t get me as excited as the Urban Prism palette does; I reach for 101 all the time. If you’re drawn to these tones you won’t be disappointed, it’s just a personal preference I don’t care for these colors.
Are you excited for Holiday releases? #Beauty #MakeUp