SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation, Treatment Primer & Foundation Brush
This post features products that were provided without charge for my consideration.
SUQQU foundations are sometimes hit or miss for me. For instance, liquid foundations from the brand didn't have the best finish on my skin, enhancing a dry look and clinging to dry patches (the older discontinued Frame Fix liquid one comes to mind). The new liquid foundation, Frame Fix Liquid Foundation Lightness (whew! Long name!) had a heavier coverage than I preferred, despite the name and seemed a bit more obviously like makeup on the skin. I seem to have the best results with the cream foundations that come in jars (SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N, a incredibly pigmented and satin-matte finish one, and then also the beautiful original Cream Foundation, which is a UK exclusive).
Extra Rich Cream Foundation (SPF30, PA++)
The new Extra Rich Cream Foundation is meant to create and enhance glow to the skin, while at the same time providing some oil control. First let me give you information gleaned in the press release. I'll provide some commentary afterwards as well as an extensive wear test review. You can decide for yourself if it does what it's supposed to do.
There's an interesting way SUQQU describes the way the foundation morphs throughout the day using language of fragrance: Top, Middle and Base (radiance) Notes.
The Top Radiance Note refers to the initial finish on the skin.
Something they call Reflexion Oil, made of Phenyl Trimethicone (a silicone based polymer) creates a silky glow on the skin. They mention specifically that it is suitable for dry skin.
The Middle Radiance Note refers to the transformation from the initial finish to a soft warm pearly finish as you wear the foundation.
The Reflexion Oil breaks down and dissipates, revealing the soft pearl glow that's present in the Glow Liquid. The glow liquid is the composition in the foundation of rose and champagne colored mica pigments. (By the way, I don't see any shimmer particles in my skin when I wear this. Many photos later in the post)
The Base Radiance Note is revealed as the pearly mica controls sebum and creates a soft final velvety glow.
There's also a whole host of botanical extracts (12 actually) for additional skincare benefits including: Cork bark tree, olive leaf, cherry tree leaf, coix seed, camellia seed, angelica, phyto hyaluronic acid, yuzu, apple, Japanese kelp, shell ginger leaf and angelica keiskei.
Treatment Primer (SPF20)
This new treatment primer is meant to create intense hydration with four botanical oils (safflower, apricot kernel, evening primrose and camellia seed oil) to keep skin moisturized throughout the day. It also contains a strong film forming agent (sorbitol) to keep retaining moisture in the skin and preventing moisture loss.
I like applying cream type foundations on moist surface, like on a freshly moisturized skin. But since I apply sunscreen after moisturizer and let it set, I like having an additional slightly moist surface (like a primer) to apply foundation on top of. I don't normally like additional layers on my skin over and above my many layers of my AM skincare, but for certain foundations, this seems to be the best way to get the smoothest application. The extra boost in hydration is certainly a plus.
The primer is surprisingly light for such a moisturizing product. It's not creamy and doesn't feel heavily silicon-y, rather it has a very light-weight and cooling texture. It's a light pink color that adds a slight bit of brightening on my skin. I didn't notice any enhancement of longevity to foundation when I used this, but liked that it eliminated dullness in my skin and prepared my skin into a slightly moist surface and ready for foundation.
SUQQU Foundation Brush
Now this one... I wish I can tell you how wonderful this brush is, but I just can't. First, I'm not big into foundation brushes. I usually like using my fingers to apply, because it helps me smooth any away streaks and control how much product is applied. I am a tactile person! I do use brushes from time to time, but for me, cream type foundation benefits from the warmth of my hands for working product into my skin for a seamless and smooth finish. And for light application, I also love a Beauty Blender to bounce and get a sheerer and more natural coverage.
In general SUQQU brushes are incredible things. Usually very pricey due to the price of the raw materials and the fact that they are hand crafted in Japan. The new foundation brush is made in China and the brush bristles are a synthetic material. The bristles are soft and fine and the head has a nice angle which is a nice shape for application, but the actual firmness of the bristles is just not very effective for applying foundation, especially a cream foundation.
Bristles here are very soft, I think too soft that foundation applies very streaky using the buff. I also find the density too low to buff into a flawless finish and even coverage. There is a sponge tip (a nice quality one) that is used to smooth foundation in those areas that tend to cake like around the nose and in laugh lines. For this purpose, it did a great job, but I don't think it makes the mediocre quality of this brush any more elevated. Just get a good sponge, a Beauty Blender in it's many sizes or some other soft sponge for the same function. While I appreciate the good price, I suggest you get a much better sense of the quality of SUQQU brushes by trying any of the grey squirrel ones.
Here's a closer look at the brush and the sponge tip. (click to advance the photos!)
Wear and Shade Comparisons
Should be pretty obvious on which side of my face I'm wearing the foundation! Your left I'm wearing one layer of shade 102 in the Extra Rich Cream Foundation. Aside from the wrong color match, it looks very much like my skin! It isn't obviously made up and with just one light layer covers up majority of redness (on my chin) and around my nose and also doesn't make the sebaceous filaments on my nose look obvious.
Here are some comparisons to some other foundations I have on hand. Depth wise, 102 is lighter than a MAC NC20 and C1 (and more neutral, too) and about the depth of SUQQU 002 and 15, with different undertones.
Can you see the texture of the new SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation, too? Despite being a cream, it has a very light texture. It is much less thick than FFCN and also less creamy than the TF Foundation Stick.
A closer look at shades 102 and 002. Different foundations, but you can see the undertone difference much more clearly here. 102 is more neutral and beige compared to the cool yellowness of 002. Majority of the year 002 is a great match for me, with MAC F&B C1 being a good summer shade.
I've been using the new Extra Rich Cream Foundation and the Treatment Primer for about a month now. I find that on really hot and humid days, I get a lot of breakthrough oil and "Glow" (not the good kind) pretty quickly. But when my dehydrated skin goes into even vaguely cooler weather, I become very dry and I find this combination beautiful hydrating with a glow that looks natural and not greasy.
The wear time is good, though not as long as the Frame Fix Cream N which wears like iron. With my skin being so hungry for moisture, I find that around 7-8 hours, I see some fading.
I'd like to show you a detailed comparison to the original Cream Foundation that is only available in the UK. I found the performance, and most importantly the finish and wear very similar. Eerily similar! They are so similar that I can use them interchangeably.
I'm wearing the new Extra Rich Cream Foundation on YOUR left and original Cream Foundation on YOUR right.
From bare face to checks along the way, you can see how one foundation vs. the other looks and wears during the day. I'm wearing this on a warm day and doing a brisk walk in the middle of it. I set it with SUQQU Nuancing Glow Loose Powder in Natural once I applied makeup, but then didn't touch it up otherwise.
Coverage wise, the new Extra Rich Cream Foundation is something that can be medium to medium-full, but I find the soft glow finish of each foundation the same. Also, one of the qualities of the original Cream Foundation I love the most is its ability to morph into an even more skin-like and soft glow finish, and the new one is designed to do just that.
Another benefit of the ERCF is that it is consistent with the current foundation shade range. 00* is the yellow range. 10* is the neutral range. 20* is the pink range. I will be splurging for the 002 as soon as it is available in the UK!
The new SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation is suitable for those with dry or dehydrated complexions prone to dryness. I think truly oily folks might have more glow of the super-sebum variety, so I wouldn't recommend it. It has some sebum control, but isn't truly enough for very oily skin. I love a natural looking and hydrated and glowing skin that the new Treatment Primer and foundation combination provides. Beautiful products! I'm very grateful to SUQQU for giving me the opportunity to give these beautiful base products a try.
SUQQU's new foundation, primer and brush will be available in the UK on September 22nd and already available in Japan.
Extra Rich Cream Foundation:
Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Mineral Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Maltitol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Petrolatum, Tribehenin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone, Mica, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Trifluoropropyldimethyl/Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Methicone, Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, BHT, Hydrolyzed Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Alpinia Speciosa Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, May Contain(+/-) : Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)
Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mineral Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol Stearate SE, Talc, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Phytosterols, Sodium Cetyl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrated Silica, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, BHT, Tocopherol, Isoceteth-25, Isoceteth-10, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)
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