Sunday, August 18, 2019

The SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection, Sisley-Paris Ultra Eclat Foundation and my Sephora Summer Sale Recommendations

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
Elements of the SUQQU AW 2019 Collection
Today's post is dedicated to newness involving three beauty brands that are near and dear to my heart that all, incidentally, begin with the letter S.  SUQQU has just released its A/W 2019 Collection (limited edition and selling out fast), Sisley-Paris has launched an updated version of a classic with its  new *Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation (oh my, it's good, my friendsand Sephora is having a Summer Sale for Rouge and VIB members that begins today and runs through 8/27. 

Consequently, I am excited to share thoughts and swatches on the above, plus a streamlined list of 12 recommendations for the Sephora sale

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line...
SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
The *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadow, SUQQU is a veritable expert so my expectations for the new *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow (also to be available at Harrods) were quite pronounced. I am happy to state that they do not disappoint

The singles--housed in a mirrored compact--come in both matte and satin finishes and possess the same finely-milled and intense color payoff that every SUQQU enthusiast has come to expect. 

Buildable, bendable and crease-resistant, they are adeptly executed individual washes of color and I am beyond taken by their beauty and performance. Ever a satin-finish devotee, I have placed asterisks by my favorite hues below:
  • 01 Kageiro: Matte warm brown
  • 02 Amaitoge: Matte deep rose-meets-cranberry
  • 03 Hiyatsuki: Matte cloud gray 
  • 04 Sukesumi: Matte army green
  • 05 Yawatsumugi: Glowing medium flesh beige tan **
  • 06 Suzukinu: Medium dove gray with a satin finish
  • 07 Sakiiroka: Pinky nude beige with a satin finish **
  • 08 Suzuaoi: Rich indigo blue with a satin finish
  • 09 Kifuu: Glowing light emerald green (capturing the beauty of a Japanese beetle) **
  • 10 Ryouka: Vibrant pinky red with a satin finish **
  • 11 Touyou: Coral orange with a stain finish
  • 12 Akihotaru: Intensely sparkling platinum with a wet look **
  • 13 Koushi: Lilac pink with a satin finish **
  • 14 Enka: Radiant gilded persimmon **
  • 15 Aboreboshi: Glimmring smoky blue

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches

SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches
I am wearing a mix of #5, #12 and #14 on my eyes. 
SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes Eyeshadow swatches

More from the SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection.
Additionally, the SUQQU A/W 2019 Collection includes:
  • *SUQQU Designing Color Eyes Eyeshadow 126 Aoryuusei: This breathtakingly beautiful quad features an array of cooler toned hues that are refreshingly novel on eyes while still being wearable on a day-to-day basis. It includes a creamy ivory beige, a lush charcoal gray, a vibrant peacock blue and an alluring eggplant purple, all of which flattering brown, blue, green. and gray eyes alike! I can't wait to continue to play with this in the coming days. 
  • *SUQQU Colour Ink Liquid Eyeliner #104: I am already very fond of this new SUQQU eyeliner formula (reviewed in detail HERE) and find this new shade--a luminous rusty copper--to be innovative and lovely. I prefer to sweep it along my upper lash line (as done HERE) for a warm impact that doesn't budge. 
  • *SUQQU Moisture Rich Lipstick in 11 Rinku and 111 Fusubeiro: I received two of the five new lipsticks in this collection--the mauve pink Rinku is a "my-lips-but-better" wonder with a shiny and creamy finish and the sophisticated Fusubeiro is a luminous sheer chocolate that beckons the fall with attitude. 
  • *SUQQU Water Colour Lip Ink Lip Tint 102 Jyumitsu: A friendly suggestion for my fellow gloss, don't walk, to pick up this gorgeous formula! Sheer, plush, hydrating and long lasting, this translucent gem has a refreshing cooling effect upon contact and imparts just enough color to masterfully brighten the face. I've been wearing this peachy tone daily since receiving!

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*SUQQU Designing Color Eyes Eyeshadow 126 Aoryuusei
*SUQQU Moisture Rich Lipstick in 111 Fusubeiro 11 Rinku

SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu swatches
*SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu
Rounding out the latest in A/W 2019 Collection is the *SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu. This is by far my most favorite bronze-toned blush from SUQQU yet as the gradient is extremely flattering and easy to wear

Housed in an extremely svelte compact, the brown side is a true tan with olive undertones that allows one to gently sculpt the face while simultaneously adding warmth and dimension and the coral peach-meets rose on the far right delivers a fresh pop of color for the apples of one's cheeks. The powder is velvety soft and blends like a dream, adding depth to one's complexion without overpowering.

 It's seriously one of the best bronzers I've tried this year and I am earnestly contemplating purchasing a back up.

SUQQU Pure Colour Blush Blusher #11 Hanasusu swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
The new *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation
Next, I am over the moon to show you a first look at the glorious *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation (soon to be available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus). I was able to preview this formula last month in Los Angeles and am thrilled to now have three shades to share with you in this post. 

Boasting buildable light to medium coverage brimming with pronounced skincare benefits and significant lasting power, this foundation works well on all skin types and ages. It's a formula that has devotees in every decade because it looks incredibly natural and doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles, even after a long day out and about. Hydrating and comfortable, skin looks radiant and healthy for hours on end. 

To apply, I  prime my skin with my beloved *Sisley-Paris Double Tenseur (I am on my second bottle!) and then distribute two pumps of the #2 Sand (a perfect match) in the center of my face and blend out with a damp Beauty Blender. The foundation neither oxidizes nor budges and, though lightly fragrance (it dissipates in a few minutes), seems to play very well with sensitive skin. I love how bouncy and fresh my skin looks over the course of truly remains radiant yet touch up-free for 8+ hours, even in humidity! 

When compared with the beloved original version (same moniker minus the word "ultra"), I find the the *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation has subtle but worthy improvements. The coverage is a touch more robust (while still looking completely natural), the shades range has increased to include even more skin tones, the lasting power (if this is even possible as the original was quite long lasting) is better and the price is now $95 (vs. the $122 of the previous formula). 

After nearly a week of consistent testing, I can confirm that I am completely smitten with this new formula and know it will be a regular part of my foundation rotation...if you seek buildable and extremely natural looking coverage with stellar wear time, I cannot recommend it enough! 

Shade include:
  • 0 Porcelaine
  • 0+ Vanilla
  • 1 Ivory
  • 2 Soft Beige
  • 2+ Sand: **My absolute spot-on match (worn at the end of this post) 
  • 3 Natural
  • 3+ Apricot
  • 4 Honey
  • 4+ Cinnamon
  • 5 Golden 
  • 5+ Toffee
  • 6 Amber
  • 6+ Chestnut
  • 7 Moka
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
*Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches in direct sunlight. 
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation swatches
From L-R: *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation in Soft Beige, Sand and Natural. 
Additional details, courtesy of Sisley-Paris:

Phyto-Teint Ultra Éclat, light diffusing oil-free fluid foundation. Reveal skin that looks instantly radiant and flawless, with imperfections minimized and a blurred effect on the skin texture. 

Day after day, a mineral complex acts to enhance the complexion’s natural radiance. Buckwheat seed extract acts as an anti-pollution shield.* Extracts of Mallow and Gardenia flower provide hydration and comfort for fresh-feeling skin. 

The long-lasting, lightweight and blendable texture offers a very natural velvety finish and a medium buildable coverage. Oil-free. 

A range of 14 natural and ultra-luminous shades fit multiple skin tones and undertones. 

*ex vivo test

Immediately the complexion looks more even, illuminated and smoothed, for a perfect skin effect. Day after day, the complexion’s natural radiance is visibly improved, the skin is better protected against pollution and moisturized all day long.

Shake the bottle. Apply the foundation with light strokes using the fingertips or a foundation brush. Start applying from the center of the face, moving outwards.

The rest of the face. 
// THE REST of the FACE // For a warm day out (as shown in the images at the end of this post), I added these gems into the mix. 
  • *Rodin Olio Lusso Aurora Luxury Illuminating Powder (also available at Neiman Marcus): I received this highlighter right before we moved and didn't get a proper chance to try it until recently...I am so glad that I did! The opulent powder is finely milled and imparts the most flattering golden champagne tone that lights up the high points of the face without obvious texture. Try this LE wonder while it's still won't regret it. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Almond (also available at CdPB with swatches of all shades HERE): This cult-classic is such a potent multitasker. Just a touch in my under eye region and my dark circles are banished without any later-in-the-day creasing. 
  • *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nectar and Cream Crush (all shades swatched and reviewed HERE): I am currently in love with this combination...Nectar is a soft coral pink with plenty of color payoff. When I add a touch of the rosy nude Cream Crush, I get the perfect not too nude neutral and the comfort and lasting power are beyond. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
*Rodin Olio Lusso Aurora Luxury Illuminating Powder
The following images reflect all products in action on location at the Beverly Hills Hotel...

Style notes 
// STYLE NOTES // Jeans and a tee with a twist.

Excited to shop the SEPHORA SUMMER SALE!
// SEPHORA SUMMER SALE RECOMMENDATIONS // Here are the details on the shopping event as well as a list of my top 12 product picks:
  • The Sephora Summer Sale for VIB Rouge members runs from August 19th-August 27th...get 20% off your order with code SUMMERSAVE 
  • VIB members will also enjoy savings from August 20th-August 27th! Get 15% off with code SUMMERSAVE 
(1) Laura Mercier Natural Skin Perfector Tinted Moisturizer (swatches of every shade and a full review HERE)
(4) Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach (reviewed HERE). While you're at it, I implore you to try the Tom Ford Fiber Brow is a daily staple in my life. 
(7) Roen Beauty Eyeshadow Palette in Warm: I don't yet have this so I cannot provide a review, but it's en route to my house this week...details soon! 
(10) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks in In Love with Olivia etc. (review featuring my neutral favorites in this formula HERE
(11) Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow (swatched and reviewed HERE

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Last look. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the resplendent *SUQQU AW 2019 Collection and first look at the absolutely sublime *Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat Oil-Free Long Lasting Foundation as well as my recommendations for the Sephora Summer Sale for Rouge and VIB members and would love to know what caught your tell!

Good things ahead, including a fresh video tutorial, a house tour and a host of new product procurements including foundations from Flesh, RMS and Surratt. Stay tuned! 

xx and cannot wait to share more soon,

--The Beauty Professor

 **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Beauty Central: The Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm and Fresh Launches from Sisley, The Nue Co. and IT Cosmetics

Introducing the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora):
The end of summer always tends to bring am exciting excess of foundation launches and this month is exception! Today's post is focused on the hotly anticipated Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora) as well as gorgeous new pieces from *Sisley-Paris, The Nue Co, *IT Cosmetics  and more along with a style look that transcends the seasons with ease. 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line..

The Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in Medium 07 and Medium 7.5.
In the very early days of Beauty Professor, I, like many other beauty enthusiasts, was beyond smitten by the intense coverage and versatility of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. Fast forward nearly eight years later and I am finding myself equally entranced by the latest complexion incarnation, the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora). 

This lightweight cream glides onto skin, building to full coverage in a single pass while feeling like nothing! Even better, it is fragrance-free (one of the reasons I couldn't always use SSE was due to its scent) and doesn't have quite the learning curve that the SSE tends to present for most users. 

Housed in a sturdy jar and accompanied by a super quality blending brush, this formula has an initially matte finish that adeptly blurs pores and fine lines while still looking remarkably natural on the skin. Over time, I find that the finish morphs from matte to nearly satin (in the best possible way), creating a multidimensional look that is extremely flattering. 

In terms of lasting power, I get 6-7 hours of touch-up free wear and the coverage is so robust that I don't even dream of setting my foundation application with powder. Over the course of wear, my skin feels hydrated, balanced and comfortable and I love how potent this particular base is without the need for excessive blending. It's simply sublime!

Much like my original beauty blogging days, I was able to head in-store and swatch most of the shades in the lineup (there are 20 in total) and then shot said swatches in natural sunlight and outdoor shade for reference. My best matches are Medium 07 (a seamless shade for my NC 25-27 skin...worn in the images at the end of the post) and 7.5 (which is a hair warmer/more golden in case I get a little bit of sun). hope the following images help you to find your match. 

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is: A full-coverage foundation with an innovative silky balm texture, fortified with hyaluronic acid for a flawless finish in an extended shade range. 

Coverage: Full 

Finish: Matte 

Formulation: Cream 

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily 

Highlighted Ingredients: 
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates skin. 
- Antioxidant Vitamin E: Protects and conditions skin. 
- Avocado Oil: Supports the skin barrier and protects against external damage.  

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: The innovative Beauty Foundation Balm comes with a specially-designed brush for effortless application. This foundation matches the Etherealist Foundation shades, and includes four additional shades to find the perfect color. This formula also contains bonus antioxidants, such as vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, to protect the skin.
Kevyn aucoin foundation balm swatches
Swatches of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in direct sunlight. 
Kevyn aucoin foundation balm swatches
Swatches of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in direct sunlight. 

Kevyn aucoin foundation balm swatches
Swatches of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in outdoor shade.  
Kevyn aucoin foundation balm swatches
Swatches of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in outdoor shade. 
Kevyn aucoin foundation balm swatches
From left to right: swatches of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm in 07 and 7.5. 
Skincare etc.
// SKINCARE ETC. // Like most months, my current routine has been a blend of new launches (I love my job!) and tried and tested favorites. Here are some of the formulas that made the cut: 
  • *Odacite Bioactive Rose Gommage Pineapple and Hyaluronic Acid Baby Soft Peel: Effective yet gentle, this peeling mask exfoliates while hydrating to lend a fresh and invigorating bounce to dull skin. Often sold out, I suggest snapping it up when you find it! 
  • *Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion (also available at Revolve): Brimming with and a slightly radiant finish, this stunning gel moisturizer lifts, tightens, brightens and expertly primes skin for the makeup to come, all while imparting a subtle glow. I have a feeling this may become a daily go-to...gratefully, the price point is refreshingly accessible. 
  • *African Botanics Regenerating Body Hydro Serum: I don't know why it took me so long to try this energizing body lotion but now that I have, I cannot imagine life without it. This lightweight gel is infused with essential oils--including peppermint--to moisturize while injecting skin with a cooling effect that has quickly become an addictive addition to my post-shower routine. I have loved the superb African Botanics brand for years on end and this radiance-inducing formula is yet another reason why. 
  • *The Nue Co, Functional Fragrance: A breathtaking fusion of science and beauty, this fragrance is a veritable antidote to daily stressors...oh, and it smells really good. Ever a MFK Baccarat Rouge 540 devotee, it is rare for me to smell something that I immediately want to spray on myself but such was case with Functional Fragrance. It is an intoxicating blend of woods and musks with a distinct freshness that lifts one's spirits (both mentally and physically) in a single spritz...truly, it must be tried to be believed and I cannot wait to witness it catch on with the beauty community as the brand receives more exposure. Read more about the science behind the scent in the paragraphs that follow...
Additional details, courtesy of The Nue Co.:

A fragrance with a function, designed to help you reset at times of high stress. Developed using data insight and research into the connection between cognitive function and the olfactory system. This is an anti-stress supplement delivered in the form of a unisex fragrance. 

Clean, woody, spicy and smoky. Green cardamom, Iris, Palo Santo + Cilantro
Cognitive function and the olfactory system are closely linked, smells can trigger both emotional and physiological responses. Put simply, scent is one of the fastest ways to alter your emotional state.
Working with global fragrance house, Firmenich and legendary perfumer, Frank Voelkl, we have utilized research from the Brain & Behavior Laboratory at the University of Geneva. The research focused on mapping the neurological reactions to certain scent groups. Essentially, showing us how certain scents make you feel. 
93% of people would recommend Functional Fragrance as an anti-stress aid
96% of people felt instantly calmer after using Functional Fragrance
89% of people felt calmer, more composed and less stressed with thirty minutes of use* 
*Research conducted by The Nue Co. October, 2018. 
  • GrandeBROW Serum: I have gone through countless tubes of this brow-fortifying elixir (am almost finished with yet another!) and love the way it nourishes my arches each night (I apply after washing my face), making them fuller and more feathery naturally...highly recommended. 
  • *Sisley-Paris Velvet Sleeping Mask: This latest launch from one of my favorite brands of life just may be my most adored night masking formula. Plush and fortifying, this mask takes my distressed and exhausted skin and bathes it in moisture and repair for a brighter and more refreshed face upon waking. The tender scent of saffron is soothing to the senses and I simply cannot get enough. 
*The Nue Company Functional Fragrance
From bottom to top: swatches of the *Embryolise Smooth Radiant Complexion (also available at Revolve) and 
*African Botanics Regenerating Body Hydro Serum in direct sunlight
The full look. 
// THE FULL LOOK // To complement the foundation, I blended warm bronzy tones with a pop of peachy color for the lips. 
  • Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm #7 (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora): Upon moisturizing and priming, I blended this with the included stippling brush and then used a dampened sponge to seamlessly blend everything to oblivion. 
  • Sisley-Paris Concealer #3: Just a sweep along my lower orbital region brightens without the very best conflation of skincare and color for one's under eyes. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Medium/Dark: I used the lush brown tan shade to contour and warm up my canvas, focusing application on the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face. 
  • *Natasha Denona Mini Bronze and Glow (reviewed HERE): I blended a touch of bronzy blush side on the apples of my cheeks for additional flush and dimension. 
  • *Lawless Lucid Skin Highlighter (reviewed HERE): I used a fluffy brush to apply this champagne-toned powder (which feels much more like a decadent cream) along the high points of my face including the center of my forehead, upper cheek bones, bridge of nose and chin. 
  • *Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow (reviewed HERE): For the rosy neutral eye at the end of this post, I applied the burgundy-wine Farenheit all over my upper lid and along my lower lash line. Then I took a touch of the baby blue Waterfall (and unexpected but exciting move) and tapped it on to the centers of my lids and lower lash line for a soft, slightly pastel effect. 
  • *Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel: My brows' constant companion...the full and feathery effect it imparts makes this formula the one to pursue.
  • MAC Prolongwear Eyeliner in Devotion (reviewed HERE): Still a staple on my waterline, this black-meets-dark green makes eyes pop without overwhelming a more understated look.
  • *IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara: Brand new and infinitely stellar, this mascara--which is the product of a partnership between IT and Drybar--is like a blowout for one's lashes. In two coats, my lashes quadrupled in density and length and the formula lasts through even the most humid day without smudging or flaking. 
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Famous: I recently picked up this creamy peachy nude lipstick on a whim and love the wash of hydrating and opaque color that it imparts in a single coat. It's all (no liner! no gloss!) that I'm wearing on my lips in the images that follow. 
  • Slip Silk Hair Tie: Just as perennial on my wrist as my jewelry and watch, these opulent scrunchies hold hair without breakage. 
Swatches of the full look in direct sunlight. 
Closeup: *IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara

The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight....

Eye look via *Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow (reviewed HERE), *Tom Ford Fiber Brow GelMAC Prolongwear Eyeliner in Devotion (reviewed HERE) and *IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara.

Style notes. 

Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you found this swatch-heavy overview of the new Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm (also available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora) helpful and would love to know what caught your tell. From a brilliant mask and genius fragrance to the easiest eyeshadow in town and lashes for days, there's new beauty for everyone! 

Good things ahead, including even more fresh foundation, the very latest from SUQQU and a host of new product procurements...cannot wait to share. 

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 

**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-19 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission