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I will preface this post by saying that I'm not a huge fan of cream eye shadows. I think blending multiple shades is much more easily done with powder products, in my opinion. I use cream shadows generally for a wipe of a simple wash of color, some smudgy liner plus mascara for a simple look. The other way would be to intensify other powder shades by using it as a base.
All that said, I was super game to try these SUQQU ones because I adore their eye shadows. Half of my eye shadows are from this brand. And if there were good swipe and go simple eye shadows from SUQQU, well that would be pretty awesome.
The ones I received from the SUQQU AW 2016 collection are EX-01 Hikarizoe and EX-05 Yakou, very reasonably described by the brand as a shimmering pink and a shimmering grey. That they are. The press release describes this new limited edition formulation as such:
New Deep Nuance Eyes are soufflé-like creamy eyeshadows that reflect natural light to create definition and subtle depth. SUQQU have achieved this soft, airy texture with a delicate balance of light oil and spherical powder. Coating powders in oil helps keep the skin moisturised, allowing pigment and coverage to remain as full as when it has first been applied. The Deep Nuance Eyes also contain silicone gel that has a cushion-like texture, this forms a flexible veil over the eyelids that moves with skin rather than sitting on top and settling in fine lines.For me, it's actually much less souffle like than the Tom Ford creams, which are soft and easily dented with a finger poke. The SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes feel solid, though creamy enough to pick up with a brush or finger.
|EX-01 Hikarizoe (L); EX-05 Yakou (R)|
SUQQU Limited Edition Deep Nuance Eyes
They are straight up, magically gorgeous in their pristine state, no?
Product ships with a small rounded brush. I've found it a little flimsy for actual application uses. The fibers were a little soft for picking up product, applying and blending. I tried to use the brush for my swatches (below), but gave up and used my fingers. I don't think these were super handy for application on the lids either. These synthetic fibers are very smooth and do not pick up product well and were not great for evenly depositing it on the lids. I had much better luck using finger tips (for the easy breezy method) and by using a stiffer natural hair brush (like kolinsky, other weasels, goat, etc).
- I had super high hoped for EX-01 Hikarizoe, the shimmering pink one. The slightly warm pink looks like a great brightening wash, but to show this level of opacity, I had to go back and apply multiple layers.
- The grey EX-05 Yakou is a bit more sheer. Again, these deep shades are usually great bases for smoky eyes or easy washes, but similar to its pink sister, I had to apply several layers to show this level of depth.
And since I had another dark cream shadow to compare it with, here's Shiseido's version in the color Caviar (reviewed here). My Shiseido is several years old now and I've only made a small dent. It is intensely pigmented.
|Shiseido in the foreground|
|SUQQU left, Shiseido Right|
Now all this blah blah aside, the bottom line is that I wasn't impressed with the SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes.
- The sheerness is ok, but I found that evenly building up the color on my eyes was not very easy.
- The performance was not strong either. While Shiseido lasts an age when applied over my normal Nars Pro Prime eye shadow primer, the SUQQU Deep Nuance Eyes faded away very quickly and I had creasing.
- When worn (with only the cream shadows themselves), I had fading and glitter fall out.
- It did work well as a base for powder eye shadows. It intensified the color and texture of eye shadows and I didn't experience the creasing or fading.
Two-point-five ways worn:
One - both colors worn over Nars primer. The Hikarizoe as a wash over the whole mobile lid and past the crease and the Yakou grey in the outer corner.
Two - Yakou worn over the whole mobile lid and on the lower lash line. Can you see how patchy it looks? I used fingers and brushes to apply and try to blend evenly.
And Two Point Five - I used Yakou as a base and applied two powder eye shadows over it. It greatly intensified the effect. That's Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird and Fire-tailed Sunbird.
These are now available in the the UK at Selfridges along with the balance of the AW2016 collection!
Have you checked out SUQQU's new limited edition eye shadows? What are some of your favorite ways of using cream shadows?
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