Thursday, 26 January 2012

Suqqu Blend Colour Eyeshadow Quads: 04 Keshizumi

Over the next few days, I'll be showing the three permanent purple-based quads in Suqqu's current lineup: 04 Keshizumi, 06 Ginbudou and 08 Mizuaoi. This series has been gestating for quite a while because I wanted to show at least three different looks with each quad; these Suqqus are the core of my eyeshadow collection (I always take one or several travelling) and I find them extremely versatile.

...well, I learned that using the same palette (however lovely) more than twice a week is highly distressing to my distractable self. So you only get two looks from each for now. ('Now' probably won't turn into 'later' for a long while, because at the moment I don't fancy ever looking at these again.)

On the plus side, there will be less prolixity than usual because I no longer want to write about them either. :P

As a general note, Suqqu make my favourite eyeshadow textures ever. I won't repeat this for each shade, but please mentally add "incredibly finely-milled, refined, elegant, smoother-than-silk, comfortable and flattering to wear on dry lids and non-creasing on oily" etc. to all shade descriptions. And pigmented -- all swatches are a single swipe with a sponge applicator.

First up, 04 Keshizumi 滅墨 faded/ruined ink (as translated by Elizabeth, and I can't fault it, even though she does... kidz these days. Picky picky picky....)
with flash

This is actually barely purple at all, more of a taupe quad with dusty plum tones. True to its name, the shades are on the sooty and worn side, consisting of:
Bottom right: Suqqu's powder primer, included in every quad, this time in a matte white
Top right: pigmented warm taupe, somewhere between a satin and refined shimmer
Top left: moderately pigmented cloudy silver, delicate shimmer
Bottom left: very pigmented dark browny plum, matte
Swatched in the same order:
natural light

artificial light + flash

Layered swatches: of course, all eyeshadows can be layered but being so finely milled, and featuring different textures carefully chosen to be worn together, these Suqqu quads layer exceptionally beautifully in my opinion.

From left to right
  1. all shades
  2. silver + plum
  3. taupe + plum
  4. taupe + silver
natural light

artificial light + flash

See what I mean by barely purple? My favourite way to wear this is as a smokey eye, using the white as a base with all three shades layered together and faded out from the lashline up, using a mixture of the taupe+silver to blend out the edges. A little of the silver on its own to highlight the inner corner, and a little of the plum on its own to darken the lashline further.
It looks like I added a highlight to the centre of of the lid but I didn't -- this is just an effect of the complex shimmer working on my natural eye shape to catch the light.
natural light, sunny
I went for a flawless base with Suqqu Makeup Base Creamy (pink), Frame Fix Cream Foundation 001 mixed with white, set with Nuancing Powder Loose Natural. Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick 01 Saebana, Balancing Cheeks 01 Momozoe and KATE gel eyeliner BU-1, Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Fatal Blacks waterproof mascara.
Other products: usual Ellis Faas / Kevyn Aucoin concealers, KATE brow gel BR-3.

The second look is subtler and more *shudders* work-appropriate. White as base again. Silver and taupe mixed together on the lid and lower lashline, with more of the taupe to add definition at the outer V. The plum to line.
RBR Sea of Clouds highlighter and Gracilis blush, Hourglass Femme Rouge Fresco, Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Blacks waterproof mascara.
And the usual again: Shu Stage Performer, EF/KA concealers, KATE brow gel.


  1. Keshizumi is stunning, and the colors are so harmonious with your skin tone. But now I want to cry because while I was making up my mind if I wanted this last week (the warm taupe pan was the color that was dragging me away), it sold out on Dolly Leo! Fiends.

  2. This looks amazing on you!! I love my Suqqu Eye Quads - I have 7!

  3. Lovely! It's so interesting to see how different the pigments look in our swatches: they're so vibrant on your arm, and so subdued on mine (maybe I should ask Dain about her colour desaturating theory...).


  4. You got suqqu??? I'm so jelly! Love your beautiful face as usual! WARNING: If I ever see you in public for some random and awesome reason--I'm gonna lick it. Just, don't act surprised cause I am warning you.

  5. Zuzu: CURSES! Uh... who may be due to restock soon?

    Jamilla: I know! *stalks you*

    Lizzie: I always mean to ask how you make your swatches. I think both kinds are useful, the more the merrier.

    Sonia: No warning necessary. I shall spot those lips coming and be groping you first :P

  6. You look beautiful in these photos - so ethereal!


  7. Hello Gorgeous Kate! :) Mom got me the KATE brow gel together with the brush , but it seems useless :( mind if i ask how you use this brow gel and what brush you use? thank you so much. i love the color, it'd be a waste not to use this. have a nice day! :)

  8. Hi Anon! I hate that KATE brush too. I always use the Shu Uemura 6OB badger or in a pinch the MAC 263/266 would do nicely (they're a bit big for my clumsiness personally, but sometimes the only ones that are clean...)