Monday, October 21, 2013

Suqqu Frame Fix N Cream Foundation Review + Video Tutorial

Above: The simple, streamlined box is consistent with the Suqqu aesthetic.
After a couple of weeks of eager anticipation, I finally received the Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation (N version) in shades 002 and 003.  Prior to placing my order, I had read a couple of compelling reviews on this formula, including that of Shameless Fripperies as well as a mention from another favorite beauty blogger, Rae, of The RAEviewer.

Above: Yes, I'm afraid that all of the ingredients as well as directions for use are in Japanese...any help in the translation department would be greatly appreciated!
Since my adoration of foundation knows no bounds, I tenaciously tracked it down on my preferred Asian skincare and cosmetics website, Bobo Dave, which, to my utter glee and delight had both shades available for immediate shipment.  To be abundantly clear, this foundation is pricy...a single one ounce jar shipped from Hong Kong to Los Angeles ran about $137...fortuitously, Bobo Dave was running a Suqqu promotion that waived the shipping cost when two Suqqu products were ordered.  Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation can also be ordered effortlessly online through Selfridges, which now boasts international shipping! 

Above: 002 and 003 resplendent in the sunshine.
As the result of hours of research, I surmised that shades 002 and 003 would be the best options for my NC 25 skin tone (that morphs to as light as NC 23 in the depths of winter and as dark as NC 30 by the tail end of summer).  
  • Shade 002 is a light neutral to yellow beige suitable for N 20 and NC 20 skin tones
  • Shade 003 is a light golden beige suitable for NC 27-30 skin tones
  • I currently combine equal parts of both 002 and 003 to create the quintessential NC 25 shade
Housed in a one ounce frosted glass jar, the foundation is protected by a stopper lid (shown in the video review later in this post) but I prefer to decant a bit of both shades and put it into a foundation sample jar so that the foundation is not constantly exposed to the air with each application. 


Above: Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation in shades 002 and 003 respectively.
Texturally-speaking, this foundation certainly lives up to its "cream" moniker.  It is lush and cushiony, but lacks the typical "silicone slip" of many current cream formulas, which is a refreshing quality in my opinion.  It is densely pigmented (though, not as concentrated as the Ardency Inn Custom Coverage Concentrate or Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer) and a little goes a long way in achieving a buildable medium to full coverage effect.  

There is no perceptible fragrance (thankfully!) and, upon application (which is also demonstrated in the video later in this post), my skin feels healthy, comfortable and able to breathe.  

The finish is a radiant, skin-like matte that doesn't need to be set with powder; I only need to touch up after four or five hours and the lasting power overall boasts a significant eight to nine hours, dependent on one's skin type (mine is normal to slightly combination).

Below is a quick video showcasing the foundation jars "in the flesh!"

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Above: A diagram of how the Frame Fix shades corollate with rosy and yellow undertones and lightness and depth of color.
It is essential to note that the Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation shade offerings currently do not cater to dark skin tones.  In fact, 003 is one of the darkest shades available (with 203 being a slightly darker, pinker option).  As aforementioned, shades 002 and 003 are perfect for my NC 23-NC 30 skin tone variations over the course of the entire year. 

Below is a quick video showcasing the foundation swatches "in the flesh!"  Kindly scroll on for swatches in various lighting situations, a comprehensive video review and tutorial, still  images of the foundation on my face and the Bottom Line...


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Above: Heavy and blended swatches of 002 and 003 in direct sunlight.
Above: Heavy and blended swatches of 002 and 003 in direct sunlight.
VIDEO Review and Tutorial:


Above and below: Images of a combination of shades 002 and 003 in the Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation...in both cases, I did not use any powder to set the foundation (which I applied with a dampened Beauty Blender)




Bottom Line: The Suqqu Frame Fix N Cream Foundation truly lives up to its revered reputation.  For certain, this luxe and costly formula is an investment, but for those who are able to go the distance and procure it, the payoff is immense.  The buildable medium-to-full coverage is so refined and skin like in nature that it is easy to forget that it has been applied!  It is highly pigmented, glides on effortlessly, maintains a matte yet slightly dewy finish and doesn't contain added fragrance.  While those in the NC 25 range may, like me, find themselves needing two shades to establish a perfect match, I am confident that 002 and 003, both combined and separately, will take me through the entire year of typical skin tone changes.  The Suqqu Frame Fix N Cream Foundation is a must for foundation lovers who seek a perfected visage...highly recommended!

**To those who are as in love with the general pursuit of foundation as much as I am: Before you order this, please note I will also be featuring initial impressions and swatches of all shades of the freshly released Densiliss Serum Foundation from the venerable By Terry line.  This formula is in a similar price range as the Suqqu and, although a liquid rather than a cream, is infinitely easier to obtain in Europe and the US.  More soon...

35 comments:

  1. You look absolutely stunning! I was writing my review on this foundation as well!! I refer to your review on my post, I hope that's ok :) I can't wait to hear about Densiliss Serum Foundation! Which color did you get?

    -Kate

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    1. Thank you so much, Kate! I look forward to reading your review as well and appreciate you mentioning me in your post! I ended up with the #7 in the Desiliss...tough call but overall the right choice, it seems!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Oh wow! I have been waiting with so much anticipation, and am not disappointed. The foundation looks wonderful on you! There is little question that I need these in my life! Posted on your youtube that Selfridges now ships to the U.S., but that the shipping seems high, but there is a VAT reduction which is good!! I made a mock cart with two foundations, and it looks like it comes to about $207 if I am calculating things correctly. Hopefully this will be a new, and more affordable, way to get some of these new products. I am eying some of Charlotte Tillbury's items.....it never ends. Yay!! :D

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    1. Hello Shoshana!

      Thank you...I am happy this review lived up to your expectations! Being the foundation lover that you are, you definitely need this formula in your rotation. Yes, the Charlotte Tillbury items are alluring to say the least...true, indeed...it never ends ; )

      Hope your week is going well...xoxo and talk soon!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Thank you for another gorgeous foundation review! Can never get enough :)

    The side of the package that you photographed doesn't show the ingredients, but basically says "In case of an adverse reaction to this product, please refrain from using immediately.. etc".

    But I saw the Japanese ingredients on ShamelessFripperies' site and was able to translate them into English below:

    Ingredients:
    water, cyclomethicone, mineral oil, dipropylene glycol, malitol, ethyl hexyl methoxycinnamate, sorbitan isostearate, tribehenin, vaseline petroleum jelly, polymethyl silsesquioxane, barium sulfate, (dimethicone/ vinyl dimethicone) crosspolymer, hydrogenated lecithin, dimethicone, polypropyl silsesquioxane, trifluoropropyldimethyl/ trimethysilocysilicate, ethanol, prune concentrate, lauroyl-l-lysine, glycyrrhetic acid stearyl, tocopherol nicotinate, 1,3 - butanediol, hydrogenated polyisobutane, geranium extract, butylated hydroxytoluene, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, sodium dehydroacetate, +/- titanium dioxide, talc, iron oxide, mica.

    Hope that helps someone!

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    1. Hello Christine,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! How absolutely wonderful that you were able to translate the ingredients list (impressive to say the very least). Many thanks for doing so and sharing...fantastic!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Thanks so much for your extremely helpful review--including the video version. I was going to ask you to compare the Suqqu with the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation--but you already did! Brilliant. It sounds as tho the Kanebo would be better suited to dry skin, so perhaps preferable for me. Would you mind commenting on color for a moment? Based on your review and swatches, it looks as tho the Suqqu 002 might match my N 20 skin better than Kanebo's Warm Beige (which looks like it might be very slightly orange for me). Would you agree? Or is the Warm Beige not too peachy/orange? Thanks for sharing your insights on this--and for your helpful reviews in general.

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    1. Hello SoSuSam,

      My pleasure...thanks for the positive feedback! You are correct...I find that the Kanebo is perfect for dry skin (or "dry skin days") and the Suqqu is better for combination skin since it has a slightly drier (though still creamy!) texture. Yes, I agree that the Suqqu 002 is a spot on N/NC 20 shade and that KS CP Warm Beige definitely leans a bit peachy orange, especially if you are truly neutral.

      Hope that helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks! That's very helpful. Now I just need a combination of the 2 products: the emollience and lasting power of the KS, the color of the Suqqu... ;)

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    3. Glad that was helpful! I wish you the best in finding that perfect combination ; )

      xoxo and do keep me posted,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. Hi Rachel. I've been lurking on your blog for quite some time; this is my first comment. Girl! After reading this post I really, really realized you do have a serious commitment to foundation! I am impressed by what you went through to get your hands on this. I'm using and enjoying your foundation tutorials. I have the WORST skin for foundation. It's dry and I have large pores and trying to get a perfect application is my quest. My skin is in great shape for my age; no acne, no discoloration, very few wrinkles, just those pesky large pores that visibly suck in foundation even with primer. Many, many times I've sworn that I will never try any other foundation again other than powder. For some odd reason (considering my dry skin) powder works best on me. I think it's because I always use primer and powder doesn't settle in my pores. But now I'm going through your foundation tutorials and reviews and I was inspired to try again. I want that semi-matte, semi-dewy, skin like appearance which you just can't get from powder. Thanks to you, I just received my Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm and so far so good! Thank you for the review on that; it made me decide to try again with something other than powder. Keep up the good work and keep those foundation tutorials coming! Pretty please :)

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    1. Hello Deb,

      Wow...I am honored to be your first blog comment ever...thank you! I do indeed have a serious commitment (I much prefer that word to "obsession!") to foundation...perhaps to a major fault at times ; ) I am beyond glad that you have found a great formula for your skin in the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm...that is fantastic!

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback...I will do my best to keep the reviews coming!

      xoxo and hope to hear from you again soon ; )

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Hello B.P! Have'nt been able to chat/comment in such a long time. Just busy at work/home ect. LOVE this foundation as it reminds me of our beloved Kanebo sensai. When people hear what I went thru to get that int the perfect shade, they think I'm a bit crazy! But not everyone gets our obsession with finding the H.G. I'm begining to suspect that even when we find 1 like Kanebo that surpasses our expectations, we still are on the hunt for new ones! I ordered the G.A compact in 2 colors but it seemed both washed me out a bit even with bronzer. I'm afraid any darker won't be a match. :( It's ok cuz I have my eye on the new By Terry after you review it. Hope all is well with you, your husband and Jethro & your beautiful family. talk soon xoxo

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    1. Hello Lynn,

      How lovely to hear from you! I totally understand how busy life can be, especially in the fall! You are absolutely right, even when you find something exceptional in terms of foundation, the thrill of the hunt and discovery still persist...such is life ; ) Sorry to hear that the GA compact wasn't a win, but I am thrilled that you are still loving the Kanebo! I have a feeling you will also love the By Terry...matte-glowy goodness, indeed!

      I hope all is well with you and your family as well...thank you for your friendship and support!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. I hate to be a nuisance and post yet again, but I just had to share! I ordered the foundation from Selfridges in an a foundation induced stupor on Tuesday night, and it arrived today, Thursday Morning!!! I am surprised it wasn't delivered by a Queen's Guard!! You definitely get what you pay for; their service is clearly fantastic!! Off to play!

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    1. Never a nuisance, Shoshana!! Thank you so much for sharing the good news...I absolutely cannot believe that it arrived so quickly! Long shipping waits are generally another deterrent for ordering from overseas, but now I have no excuse...Suqqu, eyebrow pencil, come to me now ; )

      Enjoy your playtime...xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. hi strongestore i couldnt help it but ask you how in the world u got the foundation in teo days you mean?
      what service you asked for as far as shipping? i cant beleive it if that is the case i can order from selfreidge but from london it takes like at least 10 days ? and one more question what color u ended up picking ?thanks again , did u get any discounts like one person commented on my post once thta u do get deiscount for tax discount or something like that

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  8. Hello Dear friend, now that Halloween is over & the holiday season is begining, things get even busier! So glad to see your new discoveries today. Boy I needed to get caught up! :) Anyway I have a question as usual. As I viewed the Suqqa video again, I was intrigued by the Omorovicza bb cream & ordered it. I am finally almost out of my 1st bottle of peau vierge & liked the finish of the O bb cream. You did say u ordered medium right? I know we are both #2 in LmdB. Although I adore the Peau vierge and it lasted me such a long time, The thrill of trying something new was to great to pass on. Plus I can take it back to Nordstrom if not pleased. What are your thoughts on it as a primer? Sometimes I use my jouer tinted moisturizer like that & thought the skincare benefits would be better in the Omorovicza b.b What about the finish?? Glow??? Greatly appreciated. xoxo

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    1. Hello Lynn!

      How wonderful to hear from you dear friend! I know what you mean...this month or so has been hectic that I go to bed each night wishing for more hours in the day! In response to your question...the Omorovicza BB is a fascinating formula. It is almost gel like in texture and, once it is warmed up in the hands, blends into the face like a second skin. I have the medium shade and I think you would be that as well as I am told that the light shade is very pale. I like using it as a primer or a light foundation and find that it gives a believable skin finish. It is not as radiant as the Peau Vierge (which i tend to use much more often overall)...more like a natural canvas rather than a glowy, luminous one...but the skincare benefits are pronounced. I will say...it does have a rather strong scent (very botanical in nature, rather than "perfumy") but it dissipates fairly quickly and isn't bothersome to me personally. That is fantastic that you bought it at Nordstrom so in case it doesn't work out for you, it will be easy to return or exchange!

      I hope those details help and that you have a marvelous week...xoxo and talk very soon!

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thankyou so much for your timely response, as always. Yes I read about the scent & again, hopefully it won't be too bothersome. Sounds like a great base & as far as luminosity goes, I will be putting Kanebo cp over it & I apply a becca cream luminizer to the cheekbones & nose so that should cover the glow aspect. Also I forgot to mention I ordered something I've been thinking about on & off for a while. It's the IT cosmetics Bye bye pores illuminating h.d powder that comes with an amazing brush. I have the IT bronzer & her brushes are to dye for. Cut with thousands of hairs, amazing quality. The powder is made w/out talc & parabens & has hydrolized collagen & silk. It gets great reviews on qvc & was on special so I finally took the plunge. Have a great week. xoxo

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    3. Hello Lynn!

      My pleasure : ) I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the Omorovicza when you receive it! The combination of products sounds like it will be perfect. Thanks for mentioning the IT powder..this sounds divine and you'll have to tell me how you like it. You know my weakness for powder ; )

      I hope your week is going well...xoxo dear friend!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. So curious about this cream foundation....having difficulty deciding on shade....I'm NC15-20, using armani lasting silk 2 or 4 depending on winter/summer, Maestro #2 (winter mainly), Burberry sheer liquid foundation #2, RBR liquid foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait....
    Should I pick 101, 102 or 002....So hard to decide when I'm in Melbourne, nowhere to eye the actual shade!

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    1. Hello Yukari,

      I wish I could give you an exact answer but unfortunately I only have 002 and 003 in my possession. If it helps, 002 is exactly NC20 (like Lasting Silk #4) and, by the chart, 101 is a hair lighter (but still yellow in undertone...more like Maestro #2/NC 15).

      I hope that clarification helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. I got the 002 as the 2013 x'mas set, and indeed 002 is a bit darker than my current skin color (but matched my mother perfectly lol), so I am thinking of getting the 101 as well so I can use 101 , or mix with 002 to tailer the color during summer.

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    3. Got it...hope you are able to get 101, then ; ) I think having both 101 and 002 should definitely take you through the whole year!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Hello dear Beauty Professor I hope all is well with you!
    I wanted to ask you if you thought that the Suqqu foundations 002 and 003 have more of a yellow tone then the Kanebo CF22 and Kanebo colors from that foundation line in general? I just got a sample of the CF22 and its not yellow enough for me though i love the formula.. Could you give me a quick comparison please. Is the CF22 exactly like the 003 because on my screen they look very similar (as far as color)? And/or is the 002 just lighter but not more yellow than the 003 and CF22? I am having a really difficult time finding a foundation to match my skin. I have light skin with alot of yellow tones and the CF22 swatched on my neck looked peach/pinky on me , like i could clearly see the foundation. I am pretty bummed out about that :-(. I am hoping the Suqqu has more yellow...
    Thanks so much,
    xoxo Sam
    p.s I am a social ecology major at UCI :)

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    1. Hello Sam,

      Good to hear from you! In response to your question, yes, in my experience, the Suqqu 002 and 003 have a more yellow undertone in comparison to the KS CF22's neutral beige tones. I find that the 002 is a NC 20 (light with yellow undertones) and the 003 is about a NC 27 (a touch darker and more yellow than the KS CF22) which is why I mix the two shades. If you are looking for yellow, I suspect you'll be pleased with the undertones of the two Suqqu shades in question!

      Hope that helps and Social Ecology...how wonderful!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. Hi Beauty Professor,
    First of all, I wanna thank yo for helping me out in Hourglass Immaculate Foundation shade suggestion.
    I am debating to get 003 but just wondering whether it would be too yellow...
    I am currently using Le Metier de Beaute #7 ( a hair darker) and the finish is amazing.
    Do you think SUQQU 003 will be a good match from your experiences on the foundations?

    Once again, thank you!

    Rochie
    from Canada.

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    1. Hello Rochie,

      My pleasure ; ) In response to your question, I would say that the Suqqu #3 is a close match for the LMdB #7...perhaps just a tad lighter than the #7 overall.

      Both shades/formulas are some of my favorites ; )

      Hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hi Beauty Professor,
      Perfect! I am actually thinking of buying LMdB #3 to mix #7. So, SUQQU #03 may work. BTW, for Japanese products it is better to shop at www.ichibankao.com
      It is cheaper and more selections, the price you see on the web is shipping included and still cheaper than bobodave.com

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    3. Sounds good! I appreciate the Ichibankao tip...at the time that I ordered, bobodave was less expensive but I'll check into the other as well. So many wonderful Japanese brands to try ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. Hey Rachel!
    I want to ask you which foundation do you prefere, suqqu's Frame Fix N Cream ir Kanebo Sensai celular performace. Do you recomend to buy them both?
    I love your foundations reviews and since I read your posts of these beautys I'm eager to get them lol
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Best regards

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    1. Hello Ilka,

      Thanks for the question...I love both but will likely repurchase the Frame Fix first because the Kanebo Sensai line is being discontinued in the United States : (

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. Hey BP, I'm looking at a bunch of your older reviews as I just put my little 23 month old daughter to bed a little while ago and I love reading your reviews to relax and have a little makeup fun. I have to say every picture you take is beautiful. I love how in depth your reviews are and how many foundations you try out; I cannot imagine that you need them though! Yours is a truly lovely face! My little girl has the same big gorgeous eyes. Anyways, thank you for all the reviews. I have a great list of dying to tries from your blog!

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    1. Hello Amanda!

      Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! I am honored by your kind compliments and appreciate you taking the time to let me know that you enjoy the blog.

      Please continue to keep in touch...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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