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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Soie Artistique Eyeshadow
Surratt Beauty Soie Artistique Eyeshadow

Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “wet or dry” powder formula that can “bring sheer washes of color and rich, vivid hues to lids.” The texture of the formula is very silky and finely-milled–these did kick up some excess powder when putting a brush to them–that seems to melt on the skin. The ones I bought were all shimmery, though the brand has some matte options in the range. They wear for seven to eight hours with semi-opaque to opaque coverage, depending on application method. The formula is blendable on the skin and fairly easy to use.

As a FYI, these are designed to be placed into the brand’s compacts, so the packaging they come with isn’t the sturdiest you’ll find. My experience shows that the packaging is sufficient for being kept in a vanity, but I wouldn’t travel with them. The plastic slides off, and it does tend to slide on its own, if tossed in a makeup bag. I keep mine in a Z Palette with magnets attached to them.

Surratt Beauty Soie Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “silky nude.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted finish and warm undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was fully opaque and brighter–it can be easily sheered out when you work with it dry. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Ingenue Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “glowing pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and a smattering of silver sparkle. It goes on sheer if you apply it dry and was buildable to semi-opaque coverage dry, while damp application yields more pigmentation. The texture is very smooth, but it is a bit softer and prone to powderiness than other shades in this review. It wore well for seven nours before creasing. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Cuivre Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “copper.” It’s a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, reddish-orange tones and golden shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked softer and less intense compared to the damp application, and the texture was less smooth. Applied damp, it was intensely pigmented and very easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Patine Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “patinated silver.” It’s a cool-toned, dark taupe brown with a soft frost finish and golden sparkle. It had sheer color payoff applied try, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque coverage. It tends to blend out and look more sparkly if you use it dry. When applied damp, it was mostly opaque and applied more evenly. It lasted for eight hours but has a bit of fall out over time. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky rose.” It’s a soft, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be an “alternative to lipstick” with a “sheer to medium finish.” (As a note, Sephora also has the following: “Surratt Li[p]slique goes on smooth, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing formula features high-coverage and goes on thick for lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish,” which is confusing and contradictory, and Barney’s, which was first to carry Surratt when it debuted, doesn’t have anything like that.) The texture is creamy with moderate slip that glides on easily and feels comfortable to wear without being too heavy or too thin. Perfectionniste has semi-sheer coverage that goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, while the color lasts for four hours and is hydrating over time. There was no scent or taste to the formula. Worth noting is that it comes in a twist-up, slim pencil, and it contains substantially less than your average lipstick (0.05 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.), though it’s not a real surprise, as the slimmer format typically results in this type of quantity (across brands).

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre
Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violette quartz.” It’s a nearly clear base with a moderate amount of of violet and teal-to-violet shimmer and sparkle suspended in the base. The Lip Lustre formula is described as “sheer,” “long-wearing,” and “moisturizing.” It is a light-medium thick, tacky gloss that feels very smooth going on and holds on well, even with a really sheer shade like this one. This gloss lasted for four hours and was somewhat hydrating while worn. There was no scent or taste that I could distinguish. The base looks more lavender in the tube, but it doesn’t seem to translate on the lips. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Soigne Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “elegant sparkling rose.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and lighter pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered evenly for the most part. Again, it had a tacky texture that helped it last for five hours, but it was still hydrating and very smooth and easy to apply. It isn’t incredibly thick, but it isn’t thin, so you can feel that you’re wearing a gloss on the lips. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (P, $28.00) is lighter. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015
NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015

London Fashion Week collaborators since 2012, Christopher Kane and NARS share a passion for vivid colors amplified by unconventional creativity. For Summer 2015, NARS introduces The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them.

The collection, which showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of Eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

Single Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Outer Limits Iridescent rose gold (Limited Edition)

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • Parallel Universe Iridescent pink lilac / soft iridescent violet (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Mezmer Sheer neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Nebulous Neon coral (Limited Edition)
  • Nucleus Seashell pink (Limited Edition)
  • Glow Pink Sheer fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Blush ($30.00)

  • Starscape Neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Silent Nude Soft beige (Limited Edition)

Illuminating Mulptiple ($39.00)

  • Violet Atom Sheer iridescent violet (Limited Edition)
  • Quantum Sheer iridescent magenta (Limited Edition) (Exclusive to NARS)

Availability: April 15th, 2015 at NARS, May 1st, 2015 at all other retailers

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