I have been swooning over a new palette that landed on my desk last Monday, and am excited to give you a peek at Surratt Beauty! The latest beauty brand to be launched, Surratt Beauty is conceived by celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt, and is touted to be Japanese-inspired. Many of the formulations used in the line are Japanese in origin, particularly the powder textures – much softer and more blendable than many Western-branded powders!
“I tried to create a line with no rules.
There are so many “ alwayses” and “nevers” in beauty, so I think if it works for you, do it.
Modern people and modern beauty vacillate.
Modern is about being able to step into different lifestyles and situations with ease and comfort.
I think it’s been a long time since there was newness in the beauty category.
Beauty and products are what I love so much and I imbued the line with my love and passion.”
– Troy Surratt
One of the unique features about Surratt Beauty is the element of customization, and a focus on reducing waste. There are no pre-set palettes at the moment, instead you get to choose from amongst 24 eyeshadow shades and 6 blushers. If you change your mind about any of the shades or hit pan, you can easily pop it out and replace it. Packaging is kept to a minimum – the eyeshadow and blushers come simply with a clear plastic cover that can be slid off and popped directly into the palette.
I set out to create a custom palette of 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush for myself, I wanted to curate a palette that felt me and one that I will be able to mix and match with my existing collection. It was quite a challenge picking out shades from the Internet, and I relied heavily on swatches and shade descriptions by Beauty Professor. It didn’t help that some of the shades were mislabeled both on Barneys and by Beauty Professor; but I persevered when Bellyhead told me these are pigmented.
Oh yes, I went for colors!!! I was in half a mind to get myself a neutral palette because there seemed to be so many lovely shades of gold-beige-browns, but I’m so glad I went with these instead.
Surratt Artistique Eyeshadows clockwise from top left:
Surratt Artistique Blush in Se Pomponner – bright, cool-toned pink (note, this shade is wrongly labeled on Barneys)
And a look at the swatches:
All the powders were created using the Japanese slurry technique, poured directly into the pan and gently pressed. Consequently, they all felt soft and creamy to the touch. At the risk of losing you, I’m going to compare Surratt against some popular Japanese brands because I know there are some ladies out there who will appreciate this:- In terms of texture it is almost as soft as SUQQU (not as silky as SUQQU’s matte shades), and is fairly dense like THREE but not as hard as Addiction. It is well pigmented, certainly far more pigmented than Addiction, quite close to SUQQU. The shimmers are very fine, just like SUQQU but not as complex and multi-dimensional. I won’t compare against THREE because that is more of a cream shadow, but I find the color palette to be quite similar.
And here is how it all looks on me:
A final word on longevity… Surratt Artistique Blush in Se Pomponner wore extremely well on me. It is soft and a dream to blend, and lasts throughout my day! As it is quite pigmented and the color is intense, you do need a soft and thin brush – perfect for my Koyudo red squirrel! The Surratt Artistique eyeshadows are equally easy to blend, and when applied along my lower lash line wet, they stayed on all day with very minimal fading. I did not experience any fallout with the shimmers, but I did wear them over Tom Ford primer. When worn on my tiny hidden double folds, there was some smudging and wearing off which is unfortunate (therefore pales in comparison with SUQQU).
Overall, I’m really excited by Surratt, and look forward to exploring more! Surratt is sold exclusively at Barneys and Barneys.com.