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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Enduring Loves: Sonia Rykiel Quatre Eyeshadow 09 and 10 Swatches

It's been a while since I've posted about this brand, but Sonia Rykiel Beauté is still one of my underrated favourites of Japanese makeup. In particular, two of the core eyeshadow quads, 09 and 10, have survived so many stash clear-outs that they now qualify as core items in my wardrobe too and introduce a new series of posts highlighting some of my older favourites: Enduring Loves.

....which I tend not to post about paradoxically because I wear them so frequently, my brain somehow assumes everyone is as familiar with them as I am.... yeah, good job, brain. And with all the sugar I feed you, too. Thanks to a lovely reader email (hi Kathy :D And sorry!) I present Sonia Rykiel 09 and 10 quad swatches! (And if you want me to write about / take pictures of other stuff I've mentioned in passing, please do feel free to administer a gentle kick up the arse.)


09
Clockwise from top left: (colour/finish; texture)
v. pigmented dark brown satin with lime, ruby and sparse cornflower microshimmer; creamy
pigmented taupe satin with sparse silver microshimmer; v. creamy
moderately pigmented metallic rust with lime duochrome; silky
sheer icy blue sparkle with silver and very sparse palest lime notes; silky
natural light, sunny
flash pic to try and pick up some duochrome at bottom right
Swatches are one-swipe with a sponge applicator onto bare arm:
natural light, sunny
different angle, attempt to capture duochrome
slightly fuzzy flash pic to show textural variation


10
Clockwise from top left: (colour/finish; texture)
v. pigmented blackened green satin with lighter green and sparse white gold sparkle; creamy
pigmented warm metallic bronze with subtle cool silvery taupe flash; v. creamy
sheer icy lilac satin; silky
moderately pigmented cool candy pink shimmer with iridescent and white gold sparkle; silky

natural light, sunny
Swatches: one-swipe with sponge applicator onto bare arm
natural light, cloudy
angled
sorry -- yellow bathroom light / flash pic to show texture

It should be obvious why I love these: each shade is complex and in a quad add up to nuanced and inspiring combinations of textures, tones, temperatures and colours. The pigments (especially evident with the pastels) sit on a clear, not white base -- a distinction which Grace London crystallised for me only recently -- which makes them both inherently more flattering on my skin, and perfectly suited to layering for even more intricate effects.

15 comments:

  1. One of the lesser known brands, but my fave all the same! I think I have 11? The neutral quad, can't think of it off the top of my head...

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  2. Thank you, thank you for posting these swatches! Squeee! I hate to pay the inflated prices at ichibankao for them, but I guess it's cheaper than a trip there, right? Your lovely pictures pushed me over the brink into the rabbit hole of Asian cosmetics, and I am having fun with it. Now to resist the siren call of Suqqu...Thank you again for posting these swatches!

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    1. I'm so glad you saw <3

      I recently heard Sonia Rykiel pulled out of Hong Kong :( So that's an end to lovely mid-range prices and swatch-before-I-buy for me too.

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  3. What else should we check out from this brand?

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    1. Cream eyeshadows and base makeup!

      I adored the lipsticks but they have just been reformulated for this spring... Japanese makeup is so tricksy to keep up with like that.

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    2. Hmm... I don't think I need their mousse eyeshadows, given that I'm pretty satisfied with my Chanel Illusions d'Ombre shadows. However, I'm always interested in base makeup and foundations. I'll try to see if I can find their counter when I go to Japan in March. Man, I have a feeling I'll go cosmetics crazy when I get there. :P

      Thanks.

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  4. I did not even know that the brand had a cosmetic line. The pigmentation looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this :).

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    1. One of those sneaky French brands pulling the made-in-Japan-for-Asian-markets-only thing! ;)

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  5. And "Enduring Loves" sounds like a great category, and I look forward to reading them.

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  6. ohh, I once got one of their palettes thanks to a blogsale (Lotuspalace, where has she been?) and loved most of the texture of the palette. I'm in love with everything that hints to peach lately, so both palettes have one hue I'm eyeing...although curious for their Spring 2013 too

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  7. I remeber your first posts about SR! I got a palette as well and really like it. The lipsticks are also very nice <3 / Claire

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  8. As if you need to try.. you can make EVERYTHING look good w/ you pics of swatches, FOTDs, etc. These look lovely, such a shame that we can't get it here in the U.S.

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  9. I love it when people review their favorites, it really says something about a product when the love doesn't wear off.

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  10. Wow no 10 looks so gorgeous on your arm swatch. That green screams to me. Looking at your post makes me want to try Sonia Rykiel soon :)

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