SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Murasakisuishou EX-21

Updated: as of 9/21/14, it appears Ichibankao currently has this quad in stock.

The ire of disgruntled SUQQU fans regarding the accessibility of this particular palette is not something to ignore.  When I saw the initial images of the eight-color palette, I knew it would have enough novelty appeal for many people so I made sure to secure one.  I was really fortunate that Liz from So Lonely in Gorgeous was generous with her time to snag one for me from Japan.  I saw it appear on Ichibankao for about half a day before selling out, and then heard unsubstantiated rumors that it appeared for a scant moment on the Selfridges website.

It's a true shame that I'm showing a palette that has only been out a few short weeks but has already become such an impossibility to get a hold of.  Though I try to think of this blog as a vanity object for sole purpose of personal fulfillment (!), I know at times my posts and swatches can be helpful for those trying to make a purchase for things.  Sure, I could have gotten this post up much earlier, but #1) I lazy #2) takes me a long time to get my thoughts in order.
 Yes, much pretty here, but hopefully at the end of the post you will feel either glad you own one already, or feel ok for letting it slip by.  Either way, it's all good.

Shall we take a look at the shades?

 The swatches below correlate to the numbers on the pans above.

  1.  light bright pinky purple with intense multi colored shimmer
  2. yellow warm golden shimmer, again loaded with multi colored shimmer
  3. warm brown bronze shimmer shade
  4. cool plummy brown with predominantly silvery shimmer (among other multi colored bits)
  5. opaque cool white satin; the pan shows pink but not so much on my skin
  6.  opaque cream satin; both the whites 5 & 6 are pigmented.  
  7. dark khaki brown with intense shimmer.
  8. dark cool plummy grey

 Textural variety this palette ain't got it, but what it lacks in mattes and satins, it sure makes up for in crazy complex shimmer.  All the colors coordinate easily and beautifully together and layer well, but the color composition in this palette is not particularly as inspiring as say...something like Ginbudou with its moody grey, purple and gold.

That quibble aside, the colors are very beautiful and easy to use.

In addition to being able to use each shade according to mood and whim, Murasakisuishou is almost an embarrassment of layering options.  I've done some of the easier to compose layering one might initially use.  As the individual pans are split and colors on the skinny size, it would be easy to layer and mix up and two colors in each pan.  Here they are:

 Pan #1:

 To my eye, the layering intensifies the effect of the bright shimmer and multiplies it by a factor of ten.  (can you also glimpse a little bit of the crazy shimmer way on the right of this photo?!  I mean, come on!)

Pan #2:

Pan #3:

Pan #4:
This is a collection inspired by jewels.  Instead of what one might think of in typical jewel tones and saturated colors, SUQQU has brought to life the inspiration of jewels in all the complexity of light and light reflection.

A little more layering, because really, SUQQU layers are just so ridiculously gorgeous:
Then one more combination, layering the above shades with the respective "whites:"
I find the quality, the texture, and the complexity very much what I would expect from SUQQU.  The thing is, for a mature SUQQU collector with a sizable stash of eye shadow palettes, this is kind of a redundant addition.  I have other palettes that have some beautiful color combinations or textural variations that make them much more desirable to me.

However, for the new fans of the brand, Murasakisuishou would be the epitome of SUQQU shimmer!  And with so many shade options and outrageous glow, I can think of how this would really please many people.

The cruel irony would be that this palette is so darn freaking impossible for many fans (new and old) to get a hold of.  Woe!  Cruel twist of fate! 

Look 1: Heavy on the Pan #2, with the combined shade of pan #4 to define and smoke around the eyes.
 Other products used: Edward Bess Blush Extraordinare in Secret Affair.  (Can't remember the lipstick. oops)

Look 2:  Basically layered all the shades like a mad person and really packed on the purple in pan #1.
Other products used: SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N foundation, Serge Luten lip palette (the blue red), THREE shimmering glow duo.  THREE Divine Radiance blush.
Look 3: Trying to place the shade more individually.  Purple as main lid shade, the other shades for specific crease and outer lid placement.

 Other products used: SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact foundation, THREE Divine Radiance Blush, YSL Gloss Voluptée (I think this is sample of #47).
SUQQU is available in Japan, Bangkok and UK.  In the UK it is available in Selfridges & Fenwick.  International customers can call the Selfridges counters, or order on their website.  Various other website retailers (I use Ichibankao) also carry this brand.

Were you able to snag one of these limited edition palettes?  What do you think about these hard to find items.  Do they make it more covetable or does it turn you off completely?

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