SUQQU FLOWER BOUQUET COLLECTION
Two coffrets, each containing a limited edition Blend Eyeshadow palette, a Mascara Volume Long N 01 (black, 4g) and travel sizes of Reset Cleansing Cream and Refining Foam. They are released on November 2nd in the UK and will retail for £58.
Makeup Kit A comes with a blingy silver pouch and a pinky-brown palette, EX-09 Momoawayuki 桃淡雪.
Makeup Kit B has a gold-toned pouch and palette, EX-10 Hikarikonayuki 光粉雪.
Both palettes are warm brown variations, and include five powder shadows:very pigmented satin liner (bottom left)
pigmented metallic (top left)
very pigmented shimmery metallic (top right)
split pan with a lavender satin and an ivory matte (bottom right)
Overall they felt more opaque than Suqqu's usual shadows -- while imbued with the brand's signature ultrafine iridescent sparkle, these powders seemed to have a denser, heavier base. The rich, almost-creamy textures would appeal to fans of the newer Suqqu textures (showcased in quads 09-11).
Swatches with EX-09 on top and EX-10 on the bottom row. Each swatch was patted on with sponge applicators as usual onto bare skin, and I skipped the right sides of the split pans.
The first (natural light) picture is most colour-accurate -- there is a really interesting cool plum note in the deepest shade of EX-10 contrasting with the lush golds. The brighter pictures are to give a better idea of the textures.
SHU UEMURA PRESTIGIOUS BORDEAUX AND GUERLAIN TURANDOT / LIU
While playing with the various Holiday collections today, I noticed a predominance of reddish, rusty brown tones and denser, heavier textures. One element on its own I can usually swing, in what is hopefully fetchingly consumptive fashion (ahem), but the two in combination tend to wear me.
A makeupalley pal wondered whether Shu Uemura's Prestigious Bordeaux palette stood out enough from the velvet crowd, and my considered answer is, "Yes, yes, a million times yes".
TOP: Prestigious Bordeaux, with the blush pan swatched above the shadows
MIDDLE: Guerlain Turandot quad
BOTTOM: Guelain Liu palette shadows
SHU UEMURA X KARL LAGERFELD SMOKEY VELVET
SHU UEMURA X KARL LAGERFELD LIPSTICKS
These were very sheer and balmy -- my swatches are 3 layers each. They never 'set' and retained a glossy translucency even after a few hours on my hand.
|Parisienne Pink, Celebrity Beige, Mon Shu Red, Luxe Burgundy|
SHU UEMURA X KARL LAGERFELD PAINTING LINER
Aptly named Black Purple Satin, this felt creamier and more pigmented than the usual Shu Painting Liners. A rich neutral purple resting on a more reddened purple base, this has very fine warm red and copper microshimmer which is only visible with flash. Used to draw a fine line, this read as a dark purple (rather than black) satin on me.