Introduction to the Beautiful World of Surratt

February 5, 2014

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.

Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow and Blush

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.

My customized Surratt palette

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 palette close up

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:

Surratt swatches of Ravissante, Minuit, Dore, Enchanteresse, Se Pomponner

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:

Surratt lotd


Surratt EOTD

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

xo Linda

0 responses to “Introduction to the Beautiful World of Surratt”

  1. pearlessence says:

    I love that it can be customized – wish more brands did this!

  2. lunalunaface says:

    Wow yet another brand going on my wishlist! I am in love with that blush!! For sure my palette would have been neutrals.. haha

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for this! I find the texture comparisons so helpful and wtf @ Barney’s inept mislabelling?
    You also look stunning, of course 😀 Especially the blush and soft Minuit wing.

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you, Kate! Well, not so much mislabelling as switching around product photos – e.g. Se Pomponner displays Guimauve’s photo and vv. Another thing to note, Fee Dragee (one of the Artistique eyeshadows) is a plum as shown in Barneys, but swatched inaccurately by Beauty Prof. It’s always a leap when ordering sight unseen, but i think it’s worth a first try anyway!

  4. shani says:

    So absolutely need to try more of this line. I am saving up for a palette of my own. 🙂

    That blush is so beautiful, I just want to stare at it. Do you have any idea how it compares with NARS Coeur Battant?

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

    • silverkis says:

      the first thing i thought of when i saw the blush was Coeur Battant! Unfortunately I don’t own that so I can’t compare… but my initial reaction is Coeur Battant has a stronger blue base and is cooler, whereas Se Pomponner is more red. However, on the skin, i think the difference is marginal. Texture wise, I prefer Surratt over NARS. 🙂

  5. mjacqueline says:

    Very pretty colours and they translate well on your eye lids. I think that blush is so gorgeous.

  6. Sunny says:

    Hey girly, wow you picked such cool shades! I know very little about Japanese cosmetics (ironic since I come from Taiwan), but from what I can see, they do the best shimmer! That blush looks amazing as well. So pigmented!

    • silverkis says:

      hey Sunny girl! yes, Japanese make the best shimmer and powder textures! But of course i’m quite partial to the dazzling glitters of Tom Ford & Charlotte Tilbury too… yup, gotta bling it up sometimes!

  7. bellyhead says:

    oh mu goodness! Totally beautiful color choices. I especially love the blush color. 🙂 looks beautiful on you.

  8. Lovely!
    I am yet to try this line out but rather hard to decide sight unseen. You did a great job though, loving the ones you picked up.

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you Sara! It took alot of brain juice to decide! Another of my gf took a bunch of neutrals, and i’m loving them too… so i figure you can’t go too far wrong!

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