Does it seem like this year is flying by exceptionally fast? No joke, it’s already April, and I hope we are all well on our way to achieving our goals for the year. Yesterday marked a major milestone for me at work, so I hadn’t had much time to prepare for today’s post. But I wanted to introduce you to some of my favorite blushes from Surratt, a topic that has been a long time in the making. The longer I wait, the more I accumulate, the harder it is to get started. So, instead of procrastinating, I’m going to just grab the bull by the horns, and give you a quick run-down on the shades!
I had given an introduction to the philosophy behind Surratt Beauty here, where I had also very briefly shown you my very first Surratt Artistique Blush in Se Pomponner. What I did not get to do at that time, was to view the entire collection holistically, and merely picked based on what struck me as the most unique shade. Since then, Surratt has also released a couple more shades, to present this impressive collection.
The collection is impressive because it not only contains the regular sweet pinks, popular summery corals and classic neutral rose… it also contains exciting bold red, orange and fuchsia! I really wished I could get one of this display set for my home, and be assured there will be a blush for any occasion or need. But beyond the well-planned range of shades, as you can see from the display itself, everything about Surratt is meticulously thoughtful, there is an inherent balance almost like yin and yang, for every pink-toned shade there is a peach/coral equivalent, and there are equal number of darker shades as lighter shades. How can one resist from falling in love?!
Counter-clockwise from top left:
I don’t know why, but I never got around to just stand properly and swatch the entire collection. Most likely I’m just completely dumbstruck by how gorgeous the display looks, but really… i’m just nonsensical sometimes. But whatever swatches I have, I’m sharing now. I’m just missing Duchesse here, if you are desperate to find out more about, please feel free to poke me in the comments section below, and I’ll make a trip out specially for you!
As you can see from the swatches above, most of the shades are actually fairly soft, and they go on with a satin finish. Every one of the shades that I’ve tried are a dream to blend, to be honest, they blend themselves. Se Pomponner and Rougeur are the most pigmented of the lot, but I have Se Pomponner and I know for a fact it is extremely easy to apply and wear! I must apologize for the state of the Rougeur swatch, it really should not be patchy nor crease, I just have extremely dry skin on my arms!
Before you think I forgot about the 2 shades at the bottom of the display, I would like to focus your attention on them here. Even though they are technically named Artistique Blushes, Aureole is actually a highlighter, and Grisaille a contour shade! They are included with the blushes and so-termed because Surratt makes use of a modular system, and so you can build your own highlight & contour palette, or throw in a blush for the full cheek works… or even just pack them with a couple of eyeshadows! The possibilities really are endless!
Here I have assembled Aureole and Grisaille together, and this is my most reached-for highlight and contour palette ever!
Aureole is a light champagne with a subtle frosty finish to bring out the features. I don’t usually favor frosty highlighters for daily use, but Aureole is so soft, it really is idiot-proof! Grisaille is one of my favorite contour shades because it is so soft it blends itself as I apply and gives the most natural invisible contouring effect free from any harsh lines! It has just the right level of pigmentation that is impossible to overdo and is buildable. I also appreciate the fact that it is a very usable neutral shade that will not pull overly orange nor too ashy on different skin tones.
Have you tried any Surratt blushes yet?
This post features some products that were kindly provided to me for my consideration by Surratt Beauty. However, it also featured equal number of products that I had willingly purchased with my own money. Therefore rest assured that all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.