For 2013 Holiday season, Suqqu released two make-up sets to celebrate their 10th anniversary. As it is stated by their website, the collection is designed to replicate a beautiful winter's night sky upon your eyes. Each kit consists of a limited edition eye shadow compact, a trial size mascara with deep navy, face wash and cleanser as well as a pouch and mirror. The difference between Set A & B is only the eye shadow quad. Kit A has Ex-18 Aoboshi (see beautiful swatches here and here) and which offers pinks and blue combination. Kit B includes Ex-19 Toryokuzora, which I would like to show you today.
|Suqqu Christmas Kit B|
Now this post is going to be a little different than the rest. As you are enjoying some photos, I would like to tell you how I laid my hands on this set because it is a fun story and I feel like writing about it.
After the photos of the collection were revealed, I kind of noted down Set B on my wish list, since I am not big on blues. It was supposed to be released on the 1st of November. Noted that down in my calender and wrote an e-mail to the customer service of Selridges to ask if those will be available online. I received an e-mail saying "Sorry but those will only be available at Suqqu counter".
To my surprise at the end of October Set A and Set B appeared on Selfridge's website but as always with some errors. Only some of the items could be delivered Internationally, so there was a choice between Set A and nothing. Set B was only for UK-delivery. When I was in Berlin for a few days, I have briefly seen set B becoming available for international delivery and disappearing within hours, and forever.
|Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
A few days later, lovely Jo from Makeup Remastered gave us heads-up about the availability of Suqqu Christmas Sets in Ichibankao. I was trying to find some swatches since I was not that sure about green being really green or maybe pulling undesirably in khaki direction (which is not my favorite shade as the readers might know by now). As I was slow and Suqqu fans were fast Suqqu Christmas Kit B once again slipped from my hands and it was sold out within hours.
|Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
I accepted my destiny and convinced myself that it was not meant to be. Maybe the make-up gods were trying to protect me from acquiring another "Khaki-disaster". I was ready to forget about this until I have seen this post from Kate, oh Kate, why, why?!!? Then this post, once again looking gorgeous in Toryokuzora, and this! I was cursing myself not to get it while I could and trying to stay calm but Belly's post pulled the trigger. I had to do something. Something, but what?
These were sold out almost everywhere online and there were only a few astronomic offers in eBay. My regret would turn out to be really expensive. Before I went to sleep that night, I decided to contact one of the sellers to ask if there was another way to get this quad, maybe a little discount?
|Close-up: Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
In the morning I woke up to find out that they contacted me. I wrote them back, waiting for an answer, one day long, didn't receive anything. I was started to get frustrated and check again the e-mail I have written just to find out that it was directed to a wrong address! Then checked the item in eBay. It was sold! Lost it third time in a raw, what was going on with me?!?!
At this part of the story you can hear me cry!
Before I go on with it, let me introduce you the shades:
a: A lovely light peach with shimmery finish.
b: Mid-toned warm bronze taupe with satin finish.
c: The most gorgeous deep forest green with multi dimensional sparkle, The star of this palette.
d: Matte white
Interesting thing about Suqqu Palettes is that you can layer them and they don't turn out to be muddy. Look how beautifully the shades a and c layer to give out another gorgeous taupe, a little cooler and more shimmery than shade b.
|Swatch: Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
So let me go on with my story. The seller behind the sold item turned out to be a lovely lady, Natalia, living in Japan. Another make-up enthusiast like myself. She had no other Holiday Sets but woke up in the morning and rushed to the closest Suqqu counter to grab one for me. She told me in Japan Set A was sold out since the dark blue shade looks especially gorgeous on dark brown eyes but there were a few Set B left. She sent me that the next day and I got it in less than a week!
Happy ending with special thanks and hugs to Natalia!!
Moral of the story?Nnothing can stop a make-up addict! ;-)
|In-action: Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
I can't wait to have the green shade all over the eye lids, I am sure that will be pleasantly shiny. Below I went for something more wearable during the day. I applied the peach shade all over and defined it with taupe and green on the crease. I used the white shade to highlight below brow bone and on the inner corner. Below I am wearing Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora combined with Guerlain Rouge Automatique #660 Illusion on the lips and Chanel Joues Contraste #87 Emotion on the cheeks.
|FOTD: Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora|
Final thoughts: Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora is great for any occasion, day or night, party or work. Another lovely versatile quad from Suqqu. Thumbs up.
How far did you go to find a sold-out limited edition or a hard-to-find item?