Thursday, 9 February 2017

Suqqu Summer 2017

Suqqu will release its marine-themed Summer 2017 collection on 1 May in Japan. The collection includes two limited edition (sigh) Designing Color Eyes (6800yen), a blush/bronzer palette, two lip shades and their revamped Nail Polish line (2500yen, 10 shades). Pics by Maquia.

Pic below by & Rosy.

The ever brilliant Wondegondigo has an excellent post on the current Spring 2017 collection and Suqqu's reformulation of its beloved eyeshadow range. The brand continues to be a main staple of my collection but my love affair with it has faded greatly following their recent distribution issues in the UK, most notoriously with the UK-exclusive Summer 2016 collection which descended into complete chaos to the frustration of many longtime fans. The recent release of the Spring 2017 collection was also marred by instant sell-outs on, although the brand continues to insist that customers can place orders by emailing them directly. My Suqqu collection is massive enough that I no longer feel the need to chase down their new releases, especially when they can't seem to sort out their distribution issues even months after the fiasco of last summer. It's a brand that I still love but not enough to jump through these crazy hoops. For anyone still trying to get their hands on Suqqu's latest releases, you are probably better off trying a personal shopper service based in Japan, for example through or (which come with their own fees but are at least more reliable).

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 15th Anniversary Collection

Paul & Joe goes for more kooky feline madness in its upcoming 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection (9500yen) launching on 7 April in Japan. The set includes six cat-shaped face and eye colours, a lipstick and a metal tin that can house three of the face colours plus the lipstick. Pics by Osadanna.

The set is a pass for me as I just don't see myself having the luxury of time to faff around with those dinky little cats. The recycled cat and chrysanthemum prints are also a bit of a bore.

There will also be a new Sun Protection Gel Milk SPF50+ PA++++ and Sun Cream SPF10 PA+ (2800yen, 75g) launching on the same date.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree Summer 2017

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree will release its Summer 2017 collection on 28 April in Japan. It includes a cheek color palette housed in a jewelry box. Laduree is also revamping their eyeshadow singles, and housing them in cases like this wonderfully bizarre hat-shaped one. Pic below by Tomoichi.

Pics below by Osadanna. Edited to add: see more of the collection on Instagram.

Anna Sui Summer 2017

Anna Sui will release its magical aquarium-themed Summer 2017 collection on 16 April in Japan. It includes Makeup Palette 3 (1500yen) and Lip & Face Color W (3 shades, 1300yen). Pics by Osadanna.

The Lip & Face Color comes in a magnetic pan. The palette case can fit up to six pans.

Show below are the Brightening Face Powder (5500yen) and Brightening Hand Cream which dispenses the pastel mint hand cream in a floral shape.

Ettusais BB Mineral Cushion

Ettusais will launch its first ever BB Mineral Cushion SPF 30 PA++ (2500yen, 2 shades) on 2 March in Japan. It is composed of 62% skincare ingredients with sebum-absorbing 'foggy powder' for a poreless, baby skin-like finish. Pic by Maquia.

There will also be a new limited edition CC Loose Mineral Compact (2000yen) in PK (baby pink) and BE (sheer beige). These are designed to help colour correct and provide an even-toned, natural finish.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree 5th Anniversary Collection

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree is celebrating its 5th anniversary with this trio of Face Color Rose Laduree (Mini) (3200yen) in chiffon pink, red rose and lavender pink launching on 22 March in Japan.

These will also be available in the regular pink packaging below.

Launching slightly earlier on 5 March is this limited edition rose and iris-scented Merveilleuses Face & Body Powder (12000yen) and Limited Edition Rouge (3500yen, 3 shades).

Jill Stuart Aqua Chiffon Protector EW

Jill Stuart will launch this limited edition Aqua Chiffon Protector EW SPF50+ PA++++ (2800yen) with a floral print packaging (right in pic below) on 3 March in Japan. The gel-based sunblock has sebum-absorbing powder for a non-greasy finish and rooibos extract.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Maquillage Sailor Moon Collection

Maquillage shakes up its staid image with this upcoming Sailor Moon collaboration launching on 21 April in Japan. There will be a Dramatic Powder UV & Collaboration Compact Case S Set (3500yen, 2 variations) and a Dramatic Skin Sensor Base UV Collaboration S Set (2600yen, 25ml, 2 variations) that also includes a sample of the powder foundation. This rainbow-hued case must be the prettiest case ever released by Maquillage!

Esprique New Base Makeup

Esprique will release its new base makeup range on 16 February in Japan. It includes:

1. Pure Skin Pact UV SPF26 PA++ (7 shades, 2900yen for 9.3g refill, 1000yen for case)

2. CC Base Natural SPF50+ PA++++: Lasts up to 13 hours with moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, squalene, trehalose and Vitamin C derivative. (30g, 2800yen)

3. CC Base Cover SPF50+ PA++++: Lasts up to 13 hours with moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, squalene and trehalose. (30g, 2800yen)

4. Fit Up Concealer UV SPF30 PA+++ : Contains squalene, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E (2.8g, 3 shades, 2300yen)

5. Make Refresh Mist (900yen)

Limited edition kits with the foundation and CC Bases will also go on sale starting 16 February.

Majolica Majorca Spring 2017 and New Spokesmodel

Majolica Majorca has announced model/actress Tamashiro Tina as its new spokesmodel starting from 21 February. Previously ViVi magazine's youngest exclusive model at the age of 14, Tamashiro starred in the short video clip released by Majolica in November 2016. It racked up over 1.2 million views within 3 days. What's odd is that there does not appear to be any new products for Spring 2017 and the campaign will merely re-promote the Lash Expander Long Long Long mascara. It befuddles the mind why the brand continues to spend more on fancy marketing instead of actual product development to satisfy its massive fan base.

Jill Stuart Crystal Polish Foundation

Jill Stuart will debut its new base makeup collection on 3 March in Japan.

It includes:

1. Crystal Perfection Foundation SPF25 PA++(5 shades, 3500yen for 10g refill): Formulated with 'crystal powder' for a soft focus finish with a natural glow while covering up skin imperfections, the foundation bears the brand's signature crystal floral scent. The compact is designed like a clutch purse with a Swarovski crystal on the clasp.

2. Powder Foundation Compact C (1500yen)

3. Lasting Tone-Up Base SPF35 PA+++: 3 shades 01 Pure, 02 Translucent and 03 Fresh (3000yen, 30ml)

4. Crystal Lucent Face Powder 09 Fairy (5000yen)

For this launch, there will be a limited edition Crystal Polish Foundation Kit (4000yen) that is essentially the new foundation and case with a sponge, which is 1000yen cheaper than the regular retail price of the foundation refill and case.

There will also be a Crystal Polish Foundation Brush Kit (5500yen) that includes an extra limited edition brush that helps to provide a more translucent, glowy finish. The ad visual shows a white brush but this is not listed for sale at the moment, while the brush in the kit has a black handle and ferrule.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Voce x Paul & Joe Gift with Apr 2017 Issue

Voce has a deluxe Paul & Joe Beauty freebie set lined up for its April 2017 issue (on sale on 23 February in Japan). It includes a metal accessory tin, samples of its upcoming new Eclat Teint Gel Foundation N #102, Protecting Foundation Primer S 01, Oil (2 sachets), Herbal Lotion (2 sachets) and Facial Cotton (2 pads). Online retailers such as Amazon Japan have already started taking reservations.