Surratt beauty is a luxurious make up line created by A-list make up artist and visionary Troy Surratt. The Surratt website describes his collection being inspired by his experience in New York, the elegance of Paris and innovation of Tokyo. The products often have chic French names but are manufactured in his muse country, Japan. The latter made me very intrigued as we share the love for Japanese craftsmanship, beautiful products, brushes and textures.
Surratt Artistique Eyeshadows
I had seen a beautiful swatch of 14 Marron and it went to the top my wish list. I was hoping to get my hands on some of his taupe browns (we all love taupes don't we?), but them being sold out I settled for 7 Idealiste in the hopes of a great inner corner highlight. The shadows retail £16 for 1,7g/0.06oz, I purchased mine on Cult Beauty.
Surratt collection has a customisable approach: the shadows and blushes come individually in slim see-through cases, which you can depot in separately sold compact cases. I like the idea of making your own make up mosaic, but Surratt compacts are very expensive for what they are and the single shadows use a sticker attachment instead of magnetic. The bottom label of the peels off and reveals a light sticker. I'm afraid the whole eyeshadow Tetris would pop out on the floor if you travel with a custom compact. I already have this problem with my several Addiction palettes, which barely hold together with a light glue. I'm all for customisation, but not for DYI projects. Glues and stickers kind of defeat the purpose of customisable palette? Maybe one day I'll get magnetic stickers and stick my Surratt pans into a Z-palette, but for now they rest in their original cases.
Surratt eyeshadow 7 Idealiste
Idealiste is a sparkling champagne color. The base color is a light beige with ultra fine gold microshimmer. Perfect for highlighting inner corner, brow bone or the middle of the lid.
Surratt eyeshadow 14 Marron
I expected a chestnut brown with a hint of eggplant, but it's a wine purple with champagne microshimmer - also ultra fine, not glittery at all. Doesn't make your eyes look bruised.
Texture and finish
I was pleasantly surprised about the texture: it's very beautiful, finely milled and soft to touch. Surratt definitely has one of the nicest eyeshadow textures I've tried. Unlike many Japanese powders that are very sheer and glittery, the pigmentation is buildable and the colors meld into the skin. There's no excess powder or glitter fallout when I dip my brush into the pan. The shadows wore 8 hours without a primer before creasing or fading and far longer with a primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Chestnut-Napped Apalis in the crease, Surratt Marron on the mobile lid, Idealiste in the middle and in the inner corner as a highlight. Contour with Surratt blush Grisaille and Dior Diorsculpt duo 03 as my blush. Lipstick Surratt Perfectioniste (which is perfect, as the name suggests).
Surratt has performed beautifully exceeding my high expectations and I encourage you to try his powder formula. I only wish the eyeshadow singles had metallic pans instead of stickers to make them properly customisable and easy to re-arrange. If you can ignore this they're well worth the price. I can't wait to try more colors!