28 November 2016

Shanghai Suzy 16/17 Cocktails at Sunset Collection: Review & Swatches

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you would be no stranger to Shanghai Suzy, a Melbourne based lipstick-only cosmetics brand with a bold and bright range of seasonal, limited edition lipsticks. This brand was founded back in 2013, and I have been loving many of their collections over that period. I have previous reviews of their Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection and Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection. Needless to say, I was super excited to try the Shanghai Suzy 16/17 Cocktails at Sunset Lipstick Collection* that is filled with pinks, oranges and bright shades, taking inspiration from a beautiful sunset!

The brand have definitely stepped up their game for this collection with a brand new click packaging that is ultra sleek and convenient. Previously, the other collections have had different finishes such as matte, nourish and shimmer but this collection contains all of their new whipped matte formula which is proudly made in Australia. I have to say that I personally love the formula of these lipsticks which is super opaque, yet still very creamy and comfortable to wear. The lighter shades were slightly less opaque, however overall the formula is very impressive!

The colour range from this collection is especially wearable, with a beautiful array of nudes, pinks, as well as orange and red shades. I think there are at least one or two shades from this collection that will catch your eye and suit your skintone.

Shanghai Suzy lipsticks are also ultra affordable at just $14.95 AUD each or 5 for $50 AUD. This is an amazing price point for such a high quality lipstick and I would highly recommend you try these if MAC or NARS lipsticks might be out of your price range. 

As you can see from the swatches above, each shade is very opaque and creamy. There is a great range of brights and neutrals as well as differing depths for light to medium to dark skintones. There is also a great mixture of cool and warm tones which gives the collection some great variety.

Miss Laura

Miss Laura Pink Lady is a gorgeous medium toned pink that leans a little on the cooler side but is very neutral. This shade is great for those of us who want to add a little colour to the lips and feel a little fancy without feeling like you are wearing a super bright lipstick. I love pink lipsticks and this will definitely be a go-to shade for me!

Miss Bianca

Miss Bianca Mango Sunset is a lovely nude shade that leans quite warm. This is pretty much the perfect effortless beach shade for the summer, that really compliments a bronzed glow. This nude shade suited my skintone perfectly, and I think would also work well for light skintones, but may not work if you are very tanned as it may not be dark enough for you.

Miss Chloe

Miss Chloe Toffee is one of the most universal, wearable shades from the collection. This is a great nude or my lips but better shade, especially for those with darker skin tones who would really suit this shade well. I personally really love this shade, and it sort of reminds me of MAC faux and velvet teddy mixed together. This is such a perfect everyday shade that would suit any occasion, from the office to a birthday party, to just running a few errands.

Miss Andrea 

Miss Andrea Tangerine is a stunning orange-based red shade that is gorgeous, and offers something a bit different from your traditional red lip. I personally think this shade looks beautiful on pretty much any skin tone, paired with some bronzer and a minimal eyeshadow look. I wasn't sure what to think of this shade in the tube, but I must admit it looks much nicer on and I was so happy with how it looks on me. I will definitely be rocking this one all summer!

Miss Louise 

Miss Louise Peachy Nude is a pastel peachy nude shade that would probably best suit paler girls. I found this nude to be just a little bit too light for me, but I could pull it off here. This shade is quite a neutral nude shade that will work for many. It would look stunning paired with a dark smokey eye or even as an everyday lip shade to keep the lips nourished and polish off any makeup look.

Miss Fiona

Miss Fiona Grapefruit Martini is a super flattering shade, that would again really suit those that may want a bright lip without it being too bright. This is the perfect shade to add some colour to the lips without feeling too bold and out there. The shade is actually quite unique and I don't have too much like this in my collection, a pinky-red hue that is perfectly described as grapefruit. 

Miss Jess

Miss Jess Cotton Candy is definitely a shade for those that love a bright, bold lip and something a little different. This shade is quite similar to MAC Saint Germaine, but slightly darker. This one can be worn on any skintone, but I think looks the best on light to medium tones. The shade is extremely cool and probably won't work for those that prefer warmer hues. I personally like this shade for a fancy night out to brighten up a look but it won't work for everyone.

Miss Claire

Finally, Miss Claire Fire Engine Red is pretty much exactly as described - a gorgeous orange-based red that is quite warm and flattering. I wore this recently to an event and it lasted quite well throughout the day and was also quite comfortable on my lips. This is great for anyone who finds the cooler red shades a little too harsh for them. This is a great statement lip shade and one of the creamiest, most opaque shades from the collection. 

Overall, I am super impressed with this new collection from Shanghai Suzy and there aren't many shades that I won't get great use out of! It's the perfect combination of colours for the spring and summer! My favourite shades are definitely Miss Bianca Mango Sunset, Miss Laura Pink Lady and Miss Claire Fire Engine Red.

Shop the collection here.

Have you tried Shanghai Suzy lipsticks?
What is your favourite shade from this collection?

*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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