After my meeting with Troy Surratt [story here], I was very inspired to take a fresh look at makeup, going back to basics instead of chasing trends. I want to look at makeup the way a normal woman would shop, find the products that make sense in a limited functioning wardrobe, instead of buying every single new thang like a mad beauty hoarder/addict/fanatic/crazy (take your pick). And what is more basic than a good lipstick?
Surratt Beauty offers a number of lip products, but there is no overlap – Moderniste Lip Pencils for lining the lips and filling in a base shade; Automatique Lip Crayons for a bold matte lip color; Lip Lustre for that pop of gloss; and Lipsliques do just about all 3 in 1 sleek tube. I love a bold matte lip when I’m out attending events, but for daily use, I prefer something with a bit more slip, more forgiving on my aging lips and much gentler so I don’t feel like I need to slather on lip balm after every touchup. And that is exactly what the Surratt Lipslique offers. The closest I can think of in terms of texture are the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, although I think the Lipsliques has greater color pigmentation.
Surratt Lipsliques come in a pen form, with a click-twist mechanism (similar to Dior Rouge Serums) that only goes up and doesn’t retract back down. It is extremely sleek and minimalist in design – matte body with the word SURRATT watermarked across, with a shiny holographic cap (although those details do not seem to photograph well).
I am taking my time to explore the entire range, but from what I’ve seen of the Lipsliques so far, they all feature semi-opaque buildable color and have a luscious sheen. I started with just 1, but now I have 3 Lipsliques which gives you a pretty good idea of the range of shades there is to choose from!
Hevyn was a must-have after hearing the backstory from Troy [read here], and it is a very pretty and wearable mauve rose shade that suits just about every skin tone
Peccadille was picked out for me when I met Troy as I was wearing Tom Ford Black Orchid at that time, and Troy thought Peccadille was the perfect match. Interestingly, burgundy is very on trend this season, and Peccadille is just that right shade of plum that makes it ideal for layering to get that rich luscious pout.
What I love about the Lipsliques is that they are pigmented enough to be worn on their own (although I do need 2-3 swipes to get full coverage), and they offer a nice glossy finish without the need for an additional gloss. The relatively skinny bullet allows me to get a nice clean shape without having to pull out a separate liner and saves me from potentially ending up with a ring around the lips after the lipstick wears off. And the best part, is I can wear these layered over any one of my existing matte / satin lipsticks for a richer color and sheen (crazy makeup addict peeking its head out ahead)!
I am far too lazy to swatch everything, and I have a sneaking suspicion I will be adding more of these to my collection over time. But Belly has the full swatches here in case you need some help deciding on a shade.
These Lipsliques were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed here are my own, and are unbiased in any way.