Surratt recently opened a counter here in Singapore *jumping for joy* *wolf-whistling*, and I found myself lurking around *drooling* the small but thoughtfully curated collection on more than one random lunchtime stroll.
Since I’ve already acquired some eyeshadows and a blush previously (reviewed here), I picked up one of the newly released Smokey Eye Baton on a whim, and fell in love!
To be honest, I was deeply skeptical when I first held it in my hand as it was reminiscent of the Stila Convertible Eye Color (now discontinued) which I had used in my youth but never developed any fondness for.
The Smokey Eye Baton is a dual-ended pen that consists of an eyeliner crayon with a twist-up mechanism on one side, and a matching powder eyeshadow with a sponge smudger on the other side. The powder eyeshadow is housed within the cap and the sponge smudger is kept dipped in it until you pull it out to use. The entire product is super sleek and I found it perfect for carrying around in my purse, so that I can touch up or do a costume change after work to attend an evening function.
The moment I swatched the Surratt Smokey Eye Baton, I couldn’t stop. The eyeliner is soft and glides easily without tugging and skipping. It is also well pigmented so you don’t have to put much pressure to get the color to show. In fact, it may be a little scary the first time you use it if you’re not used to very bold dark eye looks. But this is exactly the sort of pigmentation you need to get a good smokey eye look. Simply twist open the smudger end, and blend out the liner. The sponge tip with the matching eyeshadow makes it super easy to blend out the liner. I simply go at it without putting much thought into it, and it “magically” blends out to a flawless smokey eye!
There are currently 5 shades available, swatched here with both the eyeshadow powder and liner layered on top of each other:
From top to bottom:
Throughout the recent Digital Fashion Week (read my interview with Lead Makeup Artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis here), I’ve had to dart from the office to the shows with minutes to spare. That was when the convenience and ease of use of the Surratt Smokey Eye Baton made it a purse essential for me. Even when touching up in a moving car, the outcome is still beautiful. And there is no need to grope around for brushes, juggle palettes, blend shades (sometimes to disastrous results), etc. I would strongly recommend every woman who has ever struggled with perfecting the smokey eye look to get one of these. The only drawback is, this does tend to crease and fade somewhat. It is almost understandable given how creamy the liner is. However, I found the use of a primer helps eliminate that problem. Also, I did not experience any fallout from the eyeshadow shade, which is a huge point in its favor.
The folks at TFI Trading who are the franchisee for Surratt Beauty in Singapore were kind enough to oblige me by providing the Smokey Eye Baton in Vapeur Mauve for my consideration. However, I had already fallen hard for it on my own, so my opinions are in no way biased.