The sun has come out (both literally and metaphorically) so here are the SUQQU EX-11 Sumiredama swatches!
To view the original haul and first impressions, head over to my Ichibankao Haul Post.
Quick recap, here is the quad…
And the swatches! Unfortunately, my photography skills are lacking and I couldn’t quite capture the duochromey goodness that was jaw-droppingly visible in person.
And in partial sunlight, to accurately depict the smokey nature of the purple and taupe shades…
In the interests of being ultra thorough, a final picture to demonstrate that both the Plum and Taupe shades are equally duochromey
Some added analysis
ramble of each shadow….
Plummy shadow (bottom left)
A deep purple plum base with blue reflection. As said in my previous post, this chameleon shade is either pewter, plum or blue toned depending on angle. The magenta lean that was discussed earlier is not so pronounced in swatches but lends a plummy characteristic (as opposed to a cool toned purple). This shadow exhibits A+ pigmentation, smooth application and superior complexity than visible above.
Taupe shadow (top right)
Initially, I was under the impression that this shadow had a warm fawn base with a cool shimmer overlay. I stand corrected, this is full on duochrome. It leans blue, it leans purple, I’m not even sure that I can classify it as a taupe. Regardless, it’s beautiful and I’m highly impressed. Mirroring the plum shade in pigmentation and formula…it’s divine, okay?
Iridescent Pink shadow (top left)
Confirming my initial impressions, this is a iridescent, light pink that leans warm. Noticeably sheerer, it is aligned with the majority of SUQQU quads that contain a layering shade (to enhance complexity and highlight sans frost). A perfect example of grown-up/tasteful shimmer yet not all that impressive to my bold tastes.
Pale Yellow Iridescent shadow (bottom right)
Another supporting act to the two show-stopping shades. Applies sheer, with a more refined shimmer than the pink counterpart. While pale yellow in the pan, it appears more cream toned on my medium toned skin (sadly…I was hoping for yellow because I’m tacky like that). A subtle inner corner highlight (perhaps?) that is well coordinated with the other shades.
SUQQU doesn’t always captivate me with their quads (but when they do…), they make for great subtle looks. I’m either bare faced or in-your-face.
However, this is a winner. Bordering on bold, undeniably smokey and great textures to boot.
Be the voice of reason and demand that I not purchase EX-13 Ginusudama? All the damas are calling me.
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Wow the first two shadows are soo beautyful
They are! x
That deep plum is the bizzzzness! – might make buying the whole quad worth it!
Looks almost like a cream texture!
Also my favourite shade in the quad 😉 xxkarima
Wow! I love this so much! If only I could get my hands on it. I have never figured out the best way to get Suqqu to Canada.
Unfortunately, only readily available in UK and Japan. If you’re crazy (like me), you can buy it from ichibankao at a crazy markup 🙁
This is looking absolutely yummilicious. But why do they always have to put a pink in every quad, grrr, pinks aren’t that great on me, I don’t want to own a million of them.
Good point, Mariella! WHY so many pinks?! Grumble.
Your photography skills are certainly NOT lacking!
Thanks so much for the brilliant swatches.
So excited to get hold of these & haha….there’s no way I’m going to be your voice of reason. I can’t even manage to be my own voice of reason 😉
Must get Ex-13 too!!
If you saw it in person, you’d also wonder why it was muted in picture! Much better in real life. Must…get….EX13….
eeehh, you have photograph skillz! I love your pictures. Now I can’t wait even more for my package, omg, I am so happy now 😀 can’t wait for your look with this palette. I agree with you, not every palette from suqqu catches my eye either but they have some must haves in their line.
Confirmation that I was smart to order it! I love every colour, and it will actually be a unique palette in my stash! Yay!
I vote for a FOTD or tutorial featuring this palate! 🙂
Hi Elizabeth! Let me know your thoughts when it arrives 😉
A FOTD (or perhaps tutorial) coming soon! xxkarima
Mostly Suqqu quads are too subtle for me, but I think I might actually be drooling here.
(also, your blog seems to have default-checked boxes for subscribing me to comments and posts via email; I’m not sure if that’s by design or not, but I keep forgetting to uncheck them! Luckily WordPress sends “Are you sure? emails rather than just signing me up. I do adore your blog, but I prefer to read by RSS feed rather than email).
Definitely bolder than most SUQQU Quads I’ve seen!
And thanks for letting me know, I’m going to address the box-check issue! xx
Gasp! I need this! I could use a new taupe in my pro kit, and the pink shade would be good for bridal work.
It’s a very classy palette, I’m sure you could also find uses for it on yourself 😉 😉
so PRETTY!! AHHHHHHH WHY?!?
lol. one day i’ll have to get my hands on some suqqu 🙂
WHY are pretty things so hard to track down?! Haha.
OOOOHHHH I am so interested in this palette! I hope that I would be able to get this palette soon.
Suqqu never disappoints me so far, I have few of their palettes and I am totally in love with it 🙂
Seriously that duochrome thingy is so gorgeous!
Hey Meryl! Where do you purchase your SUQQU products? And yes, Suqqu + duochrome= love. xxkarima
I’m sure this is a really stupid question, but what does duochrome mean? Love your blog!
Not at all 🙂 It’s a term to describe a shadow that shifts colour- depending on what angle you look at it, it can flash two different shades. Lends a more complex look 🙂