Suqqu Christmas Kit B, Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow Quad EX-19 Toryokuzora, Review & Story

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?

18 comments

  1. Woah! The swatches are so beautiful! I love this look you did, Sara and you hunt like a tigress after a particularly delicious morsel of a prey. I'm glad you ended up getting one as it is truly beautiful on you. SMOOOCH!

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    1. *SMOOCH* back. Thanks to you I didn't let it go ;-)

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  2. OMG lucky you!!! This is a very very interesting quad indeed, and it looks great on ya! I love Illusion on you. I wore it today, too!

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    1. Thanks :-* I loved your look with Illusion too. It is a very versatile gorgeous lippie.

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  3. Oh this is a lovely combination! Love the look you did. I loooove the coral. The last time I went for something sold out was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette but I was lucky because I happened to go to my local Sephora as they had just recieved a shipment. I guess a few hours later they were out but I had mine! :)

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    1. Isn't moments like that wonderful. You think it is sold out then you find it and you become so happy. To me it happened while searching for Guerlain powder compact from last year's collection. I was at a shop, asked for it, they said it is sold out. Then the SA ran after me saying they have one on display! :-))

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  4. This is very beautiful on you. I have the same eye color as you, but I've been after shades of blue lately. I just happened to be at the Suqqu counter on Nov 1st and I did not buy this. After I returned home to the USA, I saw beautiful swatches and decided to buy at very inflated ebay price-3x what I would have paid at Selfridges!

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    1. Ugh, sounds like my story lol. I haven't paid 3x though, next time you may want to contact me ;-)

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  5. Beautiful colors and wonderful look! :)

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  6. I'm shaking my head and laughing as I read this - I immediately tweeted when I saw these come available on Ichibankao, but foolishly went back online the following morning - drat! they were long gone and I am now forever destined to be only able to drool over your gorgeous swatches!! Enjoy it looks beautiful on you!

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    1. Next time you should only PM and after we all buy it, you can tweet ;-))

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  7. The hunt was worth it! You look absolutely divine and paired with the orange sweater!! *_*
    And LOL that it's all ultimately belly's fault, right? :D
    I MUST try to layer a+c as you did now!

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    1. After reading your post about it, I am convinced that a+c is made for you! I am happy that we found out this together ;-)
      And yes! Belly is guilty as charged!

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  8. wow, congratulation on finding this gorgeous 'really-hard-to-find' palette. These colours really flatter the hazel in your eyes.

    In my 20s I went to Paris for Sephora only! I really wanted to buy Armani Cosmetics & NARS: now these are available online. And most of my London trips were based on makeup: eg Tom Ford.

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    1. Oh, driving to Paris for cosmetics, sound so much fun!
      I like driving to Strasbourg for cosmetics too. I have to find some other excuse to cover my addiction though ;-)

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