I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. I am regretting a bit that I took the wonderful weather yesterday for granted and didn't really enjoy it as I should. Today it is so rainy and dark, boo! The weather was going so good, I thought it would go on like that forever, too optimistic huh? Anyway the mood somehow fits to what I have to do, prepare lectures! I will start with that right after enjoying some good japanese food we are about to order. I can't wait. Matching to the yummy Nigiri menu, I have the finest cosmetics from Japan for you today.
Suqqu recently extended their complexion line and added a concealer/highlighter palette called Face Designer Concealer which can be customized to match the different complexion and needs. There are also three Color Foundations, which are blush/contour sticks with Suqqu's foundation formula. I was very curious to find out about the interpretation of flawless complexion by one of my favorite brands. After using these over three weeks now, here are my thoughts about the products.
|Suqqu Face Designer Concealer H-01, N-01, C-01 and Color Foundation 02 & 03|
The idea of creating a palette from selected colors is not new but I keep on wondering why not more brands offer this. It seems pre prepared monster palettes are en vogue which is a concept I can never understand. Unless you are a make-up artist, the chances are slim that you will be using all tones of beige on your face. These also take lots of space and they are difficult to travel with. These are the reasons why I am welcoming Suqqu Face Designer Concealer Palette with open arms to my life and used it every single day since I got it. The packaging is sleek, can be tossed into the hand bag easily and the shades can be suited to your needs. There are 8 shades to select from.
H shades are thought be for highlighting the high points of the face. There are three shades of highlighters: H-01 Clear White, H-02 Pearl Beige, H-03 Pearl Pink. I went for the white shade which blends beautifully over my foundation and brings in light without having any shimmer. I think H-01 is best for lighter skin tones and combination skin since there is no shine but still the effect of highlight. H-03 is definitely on my wish list since I like a bit of shine with my dry to normal skin as well.
H-01 might remind you of the illuminate shade of Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette (reviewed here). Although I like the deeper shade in that palette, I was not happy with the consistency of the lighter shade which felt sticky after application. H-01 on the other hand is creamy during application and right after it magically sets and doesn't move. In the FOTD below I even applied it on my eyes to test and it worked. I don't know what kind of a japanese voodoo Suqqu is bringing here but if I were in charge of one of other luxury brands, I would totally send this one to the laboratory to find out how they did that. Very exciting stuff!
N shades are said to be best for under area. You can understand why immediately after the swatch. They are very hydrating and they don't look heavy. There are three shades to select from: N-01 Natural Ochre, N-02 Dark Ochre, N-03 Orange Beige. I went for N-01 which is the lightest of the shades and it matches nicely on my NC-20 complexion. Without a doubt I can say that the formula of this one is out of this world. It is very hydrating, blends into nothing while covering really well. It also sets like H-01 in a magical voodoo-ish way. As for under eyes though, I need a bit more "peach" to cancel out my under eye darkness so I need a corrector under this one. I am hoping Suqqu extends their range and offer some correctors for face acne and under eye darkness in the future.
C-Shades have a thicker formula and are thought to be full coverage for face concealing. There are two shades, C-01 Natural Ochre and C-02 Dark Ochre. C-01 which I have is a little deeper than my skin tone but once blended it doesn't look very dark. This shade is not drying as some other full coverage concealers I tried, such as Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. I usually don't have many spots to conceal with high coverage concealer so I am thinking to replace this pan with the pink highlighter or the orangy under eye concealer in the future.
|Swatch: Suqqu Face Designer Concealer H-01, N-01, C-01|
Now on to the blush sticks called Suqqu Color Foundation. These are so soft and lovely. I believe especially fair and light complexions will be all over these. These come in three shades. #01 is a orangy blush shade, #02 is a soft pink and #03 is a ashy tan to mimic the shades of the face. They can be applied directly from the wand onto the face and blended with fingers. I love the packaging, safe in the purse with a very chic and sleek design. Each blush stick contains in a 5.4 g of product and costs £24. Here you can see swatches of #02 and #03.
|Swatch: Suqqu Color Foundation 02 & 03|
Here is to demonstrate how to emphasize your bone structure with Suqqu Color Foundation 02 & 03. In the first photo I am wearing nothing but foundation (Bobbi Brown Skin Serum Foundation reviewed here) and N-01 from my Suqqu Face Designer Concealer Palette under my eyes. In the second photo you can see that I used Color Foundation Stick #03 to introduce some shadow under my cheek bone. It is very soft and perfect for a fast contouring in the morning when all you can see is where you face is. With this one it is impossible to go overboard but the effect is visible too. On my complexion this is a great product but starting from medium complexions you might want to wait for Suqqu extend their color range. In the third photo you can see that I added Color Foundation Stick #02 on the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush. This also emphasizes the cheek bone more because of the contrast between the pink and the ashy tan shade. I usually go ahead and add H-01 on the top of my cheek bones as well but the effect is hard to capture with the camera. You can see in the following FOTD though...
|Suqqu Face Designer Concealer N-01 and Color Foundation 02 & 03 in action|
Here is a super minimal makeup which shows once you get the base right, the rest is not so important after all. I am wearing the base as I explained above, Color Foundation 02 & 03 on the cheeks, Suqqu Face Designer Concealer Palette H-01 on the cheek bones and high points of the face, N-01 under the eyes and C-01 for a few blemishes. On my lips I am wearing Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick #13 Akanebara (reviewed here) which is my go-to Fall lipstick right now which I wore like 3 times last week. Talking about records, Suqqu Gel Eyeliner Pencil #02 in Dark Brown (review) is being used everyday as well. Below I am wearing it all around the eyes smudges with the sponge which comes at the back and other than that I don't wear anything on the eyes. Very unusual for me but I was smitten by how good it looked after all. I added just a touch of H-01 on the lids for some light, that was all. No crease work, nothing, voila, minimal make-up for strolling at the park yesterday. Oh and my face needs a bit more blusher so I added some from my By Terry Duo (reviewed here).
|FOTD: Suqqu Face Designer Concealer N-01, H-01 and Color Foundation 02 & 03|
Here is a one last look, what do you think? Aren't they pretty?
|Suqqu Face Designer Concealer H-01, N-01, C-01 and Color Foundation 02 & 03|
Final thoughts: Suqqu's take on perfecting the complexion is spot on with light weight, moisturizing products which set nicely without feeling sticky nor heavy. Sculpting stick is great for daily contouring which looks good in all angles. Thumbs up for the under eye concealer as well, great formula.
New Suqqu base products are now available in Selfridges, Selfridges online, at Fenwick of Bond Street and Harrods.
Do you like using palettes for concealing highlighting?
Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.