Suqqu Color Foundation Sticks

suqqu_foundation_sticks01My favourite Japanese brand will launch new base products in the UK at the end of this month, but there was a preview event this weekend and I couldn’t resist sneaking a peek. Among the new ranges are the Suqqu Color Foundation Sticks, three cream stick products meant to “give a very natural, perfect structure to the face” according to the PR text.

Having tested them, I can confirm the formula is dry to creamy – similar to that of Addiction’s Cheek Sticks, for those familiar with another of my preferred Japanese makeup brands – and according to Tomoko, Suqqu National Makeup Artist in the UK, the Color Foundation sticks use the same formulation as Suqqu’s Frame Fix Moist Pact foundation, which means they blend nicely with your base.

Two of the three products are blushes, one pink and one orange, and the last is a contour shade that seems quite neutral to me, so not leaning particularly warm or cool. Both blushes lean warm, at least under the horrid store lighting at Harrods. All three would probably suit most skintones.

Now for the swatches: in order, they are 02 Natural Pink, 01 Natural Orange and 03 Dark Beige. All pictures were taken with my phone under store lighting, so I tried to find different spots and angles to show the colours as best as I could.

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02 Natural Pink is a pretty blush shade that blends out to give pale skin like mine a nice, healthy flush.

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02 Natural Orange is brighter on the heavy swatch, but blended out it becomes a very wearable peachy shade.

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Finally, 03 Dark Beige is the contour shade – Tomoko used it along my jawline to create a slimmer profile. I’m not a big contourer so wouldn’t know what else to do with it!

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Conclusion: These are a welcome addition to the range by a brand that (to me) keeps improving and upping its game. The texture is nice and very blendable, and yet has good lasting power – the blush was still looking fresh four or five hours after application. The contour shade seems wearable and useful for people who do that sort of thing – I wouldn’t be able to judge as I cannot compare it to anything else. :-)

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