Saturday, 11 September 2010
Suqqu Autumn/Fall 2010 - my thoughts on the collection
I don't find the visual for this collection as interesting as past collections. There isn't really a strong theme for this collection, the description on the flyer for it states that it is about enhancing the bone structure and concentrating light in the middle of the face, applying shade in an inverted triangle from both temples down to the chin to sharpen the facial contour. In practice, this means concentrating darker shadows on the outer corners of the eyes, blush shade just on the cheekbones and then highlighting the inner corner of the eye, top of cheekbones, between the brows and chin.
Somewhat disappointingly, the Creamy Glow lipsticks that are shown as part of the collection on the Suqqu website aren't going to be released in the UK until next March. At the counter they have the Blend lipsticks in the spaces where the Creamy Glow lipsticks will go, so be warned they are not new - I accidentally bought a lipstick I already own because I thought they were the new ones, and had to go back to return it (I did think when the make-up artist was applying it that it felt remarkably similar to the Blend lipsticks, but when I asked if it was the new collection I was told it was - it wasn't until I checked after I left Selfridges that I saw it wasn't).
These are more pigmented than the quads from the last couple of collections, and are comparable to the pigmentation of the Autumn 2007 Moss Monochrome collection. Each quad is designed to be applied clockwise from the bottom right shade in the following order: (bottom right) base (matte), main colour (matte) applied close to lashes and in outer corner of mobile lid, highlighter shade (shimmer) applied to brow bone and inner corner of eye, blend shade (shimmer) applied to rest of mobile lid and blended into main shade.
The base and blend shades in each quad are neutral shades that tone with the main and highlight shades. The colour combinations of the main and highlight shades are as follows:
01 Kakitsubata main shade dark navy, highlight peach*.
02 Kokedama main shade mossy green, highlight pale mint.
03 Matsukasa main shade dark brown, highlight beige.
04 Keshizumi main shade cool dark purple, highlight silver.
05 Sakurakaba main shade chocolate brown, highlight warm pink.
06 Ginbudou main shade rich purple, highlight gold.
These don't seem very different to the Blend Cheeks, but they are nice colour combinations. The blush shade in each of them appeared to be a matte shade, but the highlights have a hidden shimmer; you can't see it obviously in the pan, but under certain lights you can see small sparkles on the skin once applied.
01 Momozoe clear pink
02 Mukuge dulled rose (brown undertones)
03 Hinageshi peach/soft coral*
04 Kinmokusei yellow-toned apricot*
*apricot and peach are often used interchangeably to describe cosmetic colours. When I use them, I use them according to the actual colour of the fruit; so to me peach is a pinked orange, and apricot is a yellowed orange shade.
I ended up buying the Blend Colour Eyeshadow 06 (purple and gold) and Balancing Cheeks 03 (peach/coral) and I will post pictures and swatches of these soon.