An elegant four-in-one eyeshadow palette that contains innovative silicon-coated powders and amino acid-coated pigments developed to promote healthy skin and for long-lasting finish. It spreads smoothly, giving depth and beautiful gradation onto the lids to bring out your eyes.
Suqqu is a Japanese luxury makeup brand. Their Blend Color Eyeshadow quads come in over a dozen color-combinations. This review is for the #13 Akanezora (meaning “red sky”) palette, which contains shades of pink and a brown cream liner.
This palette comes in a flat, rectangular compact made of very reflective black plastic. The friend who picked up this palette for me said that the ladies in the store handled the palettes while wearing gloves, which makes sense because the plastic attracts fingerprints like a magnet. The palette is extremely light-weight, yet durable. It has a snap-shut lid that folds open and contains a full-sized mirror inside. The palette contains two (2) mini, duo-ended brushes/applicators.
This palette contains a very pale, frosty pink, a shimmery, soft, rose-brown, and a creamy, matte white with a whisper of pink in it. The palette also contains a milk chocolate eye liner that contains very subtle pink pearlized particles in it.
The formula for the shadows is just slightly on the dry side. In my experience with eyeshadows from Asian makeup brands, I’ve found that the colors are less pigmented and dramatic. Generally speaking, I think this is consistent with Korea’s greater emphasis on natural beauty, as opposed to bold, bright, opaque eye colors. The shades in this palette are not opaque and have good but soft pigmentation. They achieve a much more under-stated look than you would find in, say, an Urban Decay palette.
Despite the slightly stiffer formula, I found that the rose-brown shade, which I use for the crease, blends out evenly. The shimmery, light pink shade takes a little more pressure to pick up from the pan than I’m used to. And the matte white shade is best suited for under the brow bone: it’s extremely subtle and doesn’t really do anything when I apply it on my lower lash-line or in the inner corners of the eyes.
The shadows last about the same time before creasing regardless of whether I apply a primer first–around five (5) hours.
The cream eye liner is also a little on the stiff side. It is a pretty brown color, though the shimmer is difficult to see and the color is not opaque unless you layer it. I personally like using this shade just the way it is because of the more natural effect it achieves, but it won’t appeal to those who want a more opaque line.
Overall, I think this is a good palette. The formula and colors achieve a more under-stated look. But the shadows aren’t as versatile as other brands’ shadows in allowing you to achieve both a subtle and strong look.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
Because the shadows are more dry, the light shades take more layering. This is especially true if you want the matte white color to be noticeable. The rose-brown shade blends very nicely.