I couldn't resist this. When friends offered to pick this up for me in Japan, I turned them down because the colours in the eye palette look similar the the previous year's. I honestly do not need another warm neutral palette. However when I was at the Suqqu counter swatching them, I can't help but fall in love with the gorgeous formula. The added bonus of the cleanser, cream makeup removal and mascara made it a better deal as opposed to buying just the regular eye shadow palettes.
If I am not mistaken this kit is selling for about THB 4500. Because of the 10% discount and 7% VAT I paid about SGD $150. If I am wrong please let me know. (I have been digging around for my receipt but I seem to have lost it.)
They don't seem to sell this at the Selfridges website so I am unable to compare prices. I did however pay about SGD$140 for last year's set.
The packaging of this kit is a pearly white casing with smattering of gold sparkles as opposed to the black casing of the 2011 kit.
I decided to chose Kit B because it was the warmer version and has a lovely golden champagne shade. Kit A is equally stunning and trust me I had a hard time choosing between the two.
The eye shadows are soft and very pigmented. They almost have a creamy texture that melts onto my eye lids. What I love most about these are the fact they they blend so well together. Coupled with my newly acquired Suqqu brush L, I just need to soft stroke my lids and viola a veil of colour on my lids. I am hopelessly in love.
|Left to right: 2012 EX 10 Hikarikonayuki and 2011 EX 06 Usuchaori|
|Left to right: 2012 palette and 2011 palette|
|Top left shade (golden champagne) all over the lids|
|Top right shade (silvery taupe) from outer corners of eyes blending in. Line bottom lash line with silvery lilac shade and tight line with black eye pencil.|
|Apply top right shade (silvery taupe) all over lids|
|Apply dark brown shade on lids up to crease. Use more silver taupe to blend and tight line with black eye pencil.|
I used mostly Suqqu products for this FOTD.
Suqqu Dual Effect Powder foundation
Suqqu Nuancing Cheeks EX 02 Akanemizu
Suqqu Ex 10 Hikarikonayuki
Suqqu Mascara Volume Long N
Suqqu Creamy Glow lipstick Asasuou
|Hikarikonayuki palette and Asasuou lipstick|
The Suqqu Makeup Kit is a worthy splurge. I have been using the Reset Cleansing Cream and Refining Foam that comes with this kit. The are gentle on the skin and generally a joy to use. The mascara is so so on my puny lashes. The gold pouch though a little gaudy for my taste is well made and I have replaced my old makeup pouch for this.
The eye shadow palette is obviously the star of the kit. Although the colours are safe, it is also very wearable and idiot proof. I can easily wear this everyday if not for the fact that I have so many palettes to use!
Ratings: 5+ lipsticks