SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation [Review]

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation is one of the various goodies that I purchased while in Japan. My first impression was that it’s a very special foundation indeed – dozens of applications later and I can confirm that it is unlike anything I’ve tried.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation Review Swatches Ingredients

As the name suggests, SUQQU Frame Fix Cream has a creamy, dense consistency – somewhat similar to that of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer but far more pliable (and not as heavily pigmented, obviously). A pump would be useless and a waste of product, hence it is housed in a glass jar. Not my favourite packaging but the performance… totally worth it.

Token SPF emerges once again, 25 in this case. Either a pro or a con depending on your tastes, I couldn’t care less.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation Review Swatches Ingredients

Comprendo? Me either. If you have an ingredient list in English, be a sweet and let me know!

At a whopping 100USD for 30 grams, you’ll be wanting to scrape out every last drop of product. That figure is for those lucky enough to purchase in Japan, international buyers can purchase online at Ichibankao for 127USD. It’s a pretty penny…. and still worth it.

Let’s talk about shade range. Diagram courtesy of Ichibankao.

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Shades preceded with a 2 are considered to have a pinker undertone, 1 being a happy medium, while 0 depicts yellow shades. The final digit denotes depth, 1 being lightest and 3 being deepest. Pretty simple, no?

I was advised time and time again that I would match 102. I dotted my chest with shade 002 and whatayaknow, seamless match for my slightly olive, winter NC20 skin. I’m just contrary like that.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation Review Swatches Ingredients

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I have a little anecdote regarding application. I first trialled this foundation while in Japan, patting it on with my fingers because a) I wanted to get to know the foundation, make friends with it and b) my brushes were on the other side of the globe. I deduced that it was a full coverage foundation with a dewy texture that seemed to emphasise the pores on my nose. So once I was home, I did something I never do – I buffed that foundation into the skin. I have always been under the impression that buffing is poor practice, it kicks up flaky skin and the brush eats all the product anyway. Well, I backpedal with my tail between my legs because sweet baby cheeses, this is PERFECT.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation Review Swatches Ingredients

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation Review Swatches Ingredients

Look at that. No primer, powder or concealer. What you see there is less than half a pea sized amount of SUQQU Frame Fix Cream buffed into the skin with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The illusion of porelessness rivals my holy grail Armani Lasting Silk (the finish of which I described as angelic). Guise, I think this is my new favourite foundation.

I’m excessively excited and getting ahead of myself. Here’s what you need to know about SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation:

- It’s a high coverage foundation. I prefer a sheer coverage yet gravitate to high coverage bases. Why? Because I can thin the layers down to almost nothing, which is far less detectable than piling on the tinted moisturizer (nothing against those, FYI).

- It’s a dewy finish foundation. Luminous but never greasy. Greasy is bad.

- It’s bloody long wearing. If sky-high Japanese humidity isn’t the ultimate test of longevity, I don’t know what is. A dewy foundation that stays put? Mind blown.

Well that sounds wonderful, any cons?
As with all dewy foundations, I notice a minute amount of settling around the nose towards the end of the day, I view this as a testament to my fussiness as opposed to a downfall of the product. Oil control will always be an issue with luminous bases- I do have a bit of breakthrough shine on the nose after about 6 hours. Surprisingly, any oil seems to disperse elegantly with no caking or migration.

I took the liberty to explore an array of primers and powders to mitigate these two issues and address the concerns of my oilier ladies and gents. My findings are as follows.
Primer wise: Armani Fluid Master Primer and Hourglass No28 Primer Serum performed poorly, with no oil control benefits (no benefits at all, to be frank). Rouge Bunny Rouge Mattifying Primer is a godsend, keeping my nose matte all day and diminishing any settling.
Powder wise: MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural proved to be a powdery mess over SUQQU Frame Fix Cream. Guerlain Meteorites imparted the skin with beautiful luminosity but provided no oil control benefits. SUQQU Loose Powder in Natural topped the list as a match made in heaven – airbrush finish that kept nose oilies in check.

Overall
While the SUQQU Frame Fix Cream works well by itself, it stuns me when paired with a bit of primer on the nose and topped with a powder. A bit of extra effort and completely worth it.
I can’t adopt a lazy approach and use my fingers but again, worth it.
It’s a bit hard to find, pricy and not so travel friendly (don’t forget the qtips!) but for me, totally worth it.

I’m a fussy hoor when it comes to foundation but SUQQU Frame Fix Cream, you impress me.

xxkarima

 


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44 Comments

  1. Once again such a helpful review which is written oh so good. Thanks so much!
    Sara_BeauTime recently posted..Le Métier De Beauté The Galore Collection, Palette for the Face and Eye, Review & FOTD

  2. mq, cb

    It’s sold in the UK at Selfridges (in the bricks and mortar shop as well as online) and is £65.

  3. mementomori

    The first three ingredients are: water, cyclomethicone, and mineral oil. The rest is a mystery (katakata is a bitch…). : O

  4. Minimoo

    What colour would you recommend for someone who is currently nc25 in winter and nc25-30 in summer.
    I use lasting silk 5.5 in winter and have slight olive/yellow tones (Asian).
    Any advice will help as I will be ordering online unseen!

    • I *think* 003 would be about an NC30, but I’m not entirely sure. The undertone should fit your correctly and I don’t think Suqqu FFC caters very dark, so 003 would be my guess. x

  5. Michelle

    Holy Moly!!!!! My jaw actually dropped when I saw the after. GORGEOUS. Oh…but the price…
    AND the color match is the most perfect I’ve seen on you!!!!

  6. Sounds Amazing Karima- I’m 5,5 luminius silk – the shade you used looks a bit light- what is the next shade up?
    Thanks
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  7. Raelene K.

    Totally sold after reading you review, ready to throw my cash at SUQQU next mth when I travel to Japan. But then…. I realsied that it contains mineral oil. NUUUUUUUUUU!

  8. I love your foundation reviews! The finish looks great on your skin :D
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  9. Kristen

    Hi Karima…its beauuutiful on you! I was wondering how this compares in terms of coverage and finish to Laura Mercier Silk Creme? I am lemming this but don’t want to shell out the cash…

    • Hey Kristen :)
      Thank you! The SUQQU FFC is denser and more highly pigmented than the LM Silk Creme. They’re a similar type of foundation but I wouldn’t say they’re perfect alternatives. I have trouble getting a good match in LM Silk Creme (they run a bit peachy, or something). x

  10. Jen

    Wow! This looks amazeballs on you, even though your skin was already gorgeous to begin with.
    Do you like this one more or GA LaSF?

    • Awww that’s a hard question! I think day to day I prefer LaSF because it’s fuss free and satin. When I want to look a polished and more perfected, FFC. I didn’t answer your question, did I?! haha x

  11. Yukari

    Looks amazing and yes prob comparable to GA’s foundation umm.
    Did you try their previous version of foundation??
    I read on this blog a little while ago : http://www.frontrowbeauty.com/suqqu-foundation-review/
    Ummm if I get to visit Asia, I would go and try them…. (but prob not til next year thou…..sigh)

  12. This is 100USD well spent!!! A better version of KA SSE perhaps? I always enjoy reading your reviews Karima!!

    And just to point out I really read every word you type, you typo-ed holy grail and wrote ‘holy grain’ instead :) hihi. No worries! I can feel the excitement on this post regarding the product so it makes all the rave more felt!
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    • Well spent for me! It’s not like KA SSE (because FFC is a foundation and more emollient) but the consistency is somewhat similar. Haha, I fixed that typo! Thank you xx

  13. Patricia Montenegro

    Another fantastic review. You have beautiful, beautiful skin.

  14. Gorgeous!! :) Thank you for your review!
    Have you tried their new “N” version of this foundation? Do you know if they changed the formula in any way? Thanks!! :) Definitely considering purchasing after your review.

    -Kate
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  15. Thanks Karima! I ended up ordering 002. I think it’ll be a tad light for my ~NC25 skin tone. But will find a way to work, hopefully. Thanks!!!

    -Kate
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  16. I’m happy to report back that 002 is not too light for NC25. It is slightly light but it warms up with the skin! :) I referred to your post in my review, I hope that’s ok! :) Thanks for everything! I love it! :)

    -Kate
    Kate recently posted..Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation N Review

    • Hey Kate! That is great, I’m so glad it worked out for you (buying foundation online can be a bit tricky!). I love that you referred to me in your post :) Enjoy the foundation! x

  17. Marya

    Thank you for the review. I’ve been heavily researching this foundation, and it looks stunning on you:). I have to ask if you’ve tested this with flash photography and whether or not it causes a white cast? Thanks!

    • I have tested it and didn’t detect any flashback – keep in mind that this will vary on the flash (iphone cameras are notorious for flashback, for example). x

  18. Romina

    Thank you for this lovely review. You and Sonia from sweet make up temptation are for me ( and i think for many others), you two are very sweet, informative and full of passion blogger in the web. I dont know if this is the right place to post the following question, if it is not pleace remove the message. i am in these days in search of a good natural foundation. As i wrote some time ago i am new in the world of make up and i have only used the mac foundation Nw 20. In reality i think this is now a little dark for me. This is i think a pink undertone foundation but now i went to see the RMK line and they mached me with 101 shade, yellow undertone. This created in me a lot of confusion. I have green veins in the wrist that became purple in the palm of my hand and in the eye bag. I look weel wearing both gold and silver jewery, but the second color give a little more glow to my skin. My skin is easy to burn but it can take a good tan. Now my question is wath shade of Suqqu foundation or other you think is the most good for me? I like sheer to medium coverage and for the eye bag i plan take a corrector of the same shade and mark of the foundation. I writed a lot sorry.

    • Hey Romina! Thanks for your kind words, it’s always the right place for a question!
      Skin undertone isn’t always straight forward and it’s hard for me to determine if you have yellow/pink undertones without seeing you in person. I don’t find the vein tricks or the under eye circles to be an accurate measure of undertone. Your best bet would be to go to a department store, get a bunch of samples and try them out: apply all over the face, the shade that appears to match your body well is likely a good match.
      SUQQU Frame Fix is a pretty pricy foundation and I wouldn’t want you to buy the wrong shade! So perhaps when you get a decent match in store, I can advise you better.
      xx

  19. Romina

    Thank you Karima, i will follow yuor advice and take a lot of samples from varius brand.

  20. Serra

    Thanks for the great review. I was looking out for an review on this one. I am a huge Suqqu fan and sure enough, this is an incredible foundation. I’m NC30 and 003 is a perfect match on me. The ingredients are:

    Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Talc, Mica, Maltitol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Petrolatum, Tribehenin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrated Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Trifluoropropyldimethyl/trimethylsiloxysilicate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, BHT, Geranium Thunbergii Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

  21. Hi Karima! I also love Suqqu products and have been tempted to try their Fix Frame Foundation. My husband will be in London soon, so I was wondering whether you could help me with shade selection. I’m currently a 4.5 in Armani Lasting silk- which seems to be close to your Suqqu swatch above. Do you think 002 would be a good match for my skin tone, or would I need a paler shade, maybe 001?

    Thanks so much and I have to tell you how much I love your blog and videos. You have impeccable taste.

    • Hey Celena!
      I can actually answer this because I’m a 4.5 in Lasting Silk :) 002 in SUQQU Frame Fix is a touch lighter and has a stronger yellow undertone. I think it would be the best match in the range (given you have strong yellow undertones). Definitely not 001, you’ll be going too light.
      If you ever get darker than 4.5 in Lasting Silk, 002 might be too light for you. Personally, 4.5 is the darkest I ever am in Lasting Silk so 002 fits me well.
      Hope this makes sense! x

  22. Hi Karima! I also love Suqqu products and have been tempted to try their Fix Frame Foundation. My husband will be in London soon, so I was wondering whether you could help me with shade selection. I’m currently a 4.5 in Armani Lasting silk- which seems to be close to your Suqqu swatch above. Do you think 002 would be a good match for my skin tone, or would I need a paler shade, maybe 001?

    Thanks so much and I have to tell you how much I love your blog and videos. You have impeccable taste.
    Celena recently posted..Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad

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