One of the main reasons I love Japanese beauty products is because they always put in some extra thought into the concept, and you will always find some amazing products that you wished had existed long ago. Case in point is the relatively new Suqqu Face Designing Concealer palette that was released last year – it is a customizable palette that includes 3 types of concealers with different coverage and purpose such as highlighting, covering dark circles or blemishes. I thought it was a brilliant idea and I’ve been pretty much reaching out to this convenient palette every day.
There are 8 shades and 3 different finishes to choose from, and the below chart will give you a more clear idea. Basically any shade that starts with H is for highlight purposes, C is for high coverage ie blemishes, and N is for covering the under eyes. You need to buy the compact case separately, and it comes with a mini concealer brush and sponge applicator. As usual, Suqqu makes the best mini brushes which are very pleasant to use.
I picked H-01, C-01 and N-01.
H-01 is a sheer white shade, and is designed for lifting the color by 1 or 1 ½ tone without altering the skin color. When it is applied under the eyes, it brightens and reflects the light.
C-01 has a neutral undertone, that is more suitable for covering the imperfections on the face.
N-01 has a hint of peachy tone, so it counteracts and neutralizes the typical dark circle color.
Swatched on bare skin with 1 swipe each, once they are blended, they match my skintone (NC15/20) perfectly.
All 3 concealers have a silky and creamy texture but not overly emollient, rich and thick. They all apply nearly streak-free with a flat synthetic brush (still good to have the fingers pat it in as a final step), and it melds into the skin without much blending required.
For under eyes, I apply a layer of N-01 first (or more), then apply the highlight shade (H-01) to brighten it up. The texture is very lightweight, so it never looks cakey and heavy under the eyes regardless of how much coverage you want to build up. It dries down to a semi-velvet finish, and no extra powdering is required. It stays put the whole day without enhancing the dry lines and creasing.
C-01 has a tad more coverage than N-01. It covers mild imperfections such as small blemishes or the dark areas around the nose/mouth corners, and I personally like to use it for concealing the lip lines. However it is not a heavy-duty concealer that will cover big acne/scars etc.
Overall big thumbs up for this palette, particularly for under eye concealing. I have had a fair share of concealing and highlight products designed for under the eyes. I find the cream concealers (such as the Bobbi Brown Creamy concealer) are too creamy and emollient, so they tend to crease over time and makes my eye makeup smudge. Most highlighter pens I have used are a little drying (such as the iconic YSL Touche Eclat). The liquid concealers are not opaque enough for other uses. If you have the same issue as me, then I highly recommend you to give this palette a try, as they are probably the best all-purpose concealers I have ever used that covers, and brightens, and stays put beautifully on dry skin.