Introduction to Surratt Beauty

Introduction to Surratt Beauty

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | If you like softer, slightly sheerer eyeshadows, Surratt’s are good–you can definitely see the Japanese influence over the range with respect to texture and payoff. They sit well on the skin, but they aren’t all intensely pigmented out of the gate and tend to work best sheered out as a wash or layered for more opaque coverage. I’m a big fan of the Lip Lustres (lipgloss) formula, as they combine shine and sparkle in a way that’s easy to wear and still dimensional. The Prismatique Lips (lipstick) hasn’t been reviewed officially on the blog yet, but for someone who likes a lot of sparkle in their lipstick and doesn’t mind re-applying, they can be fun. The Lipslique (lipstick) formula is comfortable to wear and has good coverage, generally, though I have only tried three or four shades for actual wear. I haven’t tried the brushes by the brand, but I have heard only raves, so they seem to be comparable to the very high-end side of the spectrum (Chikuhodo, SUQQU, etc.).

What would you recommend to someone just trying Surratt Beauty for the first time?

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12 Blushes for Spring I’ve Been Loving

These are twelve blushes that I’ve been really gravitating towards for the last couple of months and keep in reach. I’m sure you can see a trend–corals and browns! (These are only permanent picks, though! There are a few limited edition ones I’ll use before they’re totally old news!)

12 Blushes for Spring

What have been your go-tos lately?

6 Shades of Cotton Candy Pink Lipglosses

If bright lipstick isn’t your thing, perhaps a gloss version could be! What’s nice is that they can also be layered over other, darker products to brighten them up.

6 Shades of Cotton Candy Pink

What are your favorites?

Introduction to Marc Jacobs Beauty

Introduction to Marc Jacobs Beauty

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | Highliners: It’s one of the longer-wearing formulas, and I’d say one of the interesting things about the range is that they also manage to have more unique shades (relative to what you see from most brands, and then even more so for a higher-end range). They are often raved about for the longer-wear on waterline as well. Eyeshadows: The brand doesn’t offer singles, only trios and seven-shade palettes (and last holiday, they did a 20-pan palette) for their powder formula, and then they have cream-based large pencils that are available individually.

Lipgloss: Their lipgloss range is average; a big reason they did not score high was that they said “maximum color” and what I’ve tried has, in general, been sheer, but they are easy to wear. Lipstick: Their Le Marc Lip Creme is fairly popular with readers from what I can tell; my experience was that they were longer-wearing at four to six hours but not the full ten (so the ratings suffered a good deal from missing the mark there) and aren’t hydrating, but they are pigmented.

Blushes: I’m not a fan of their powder formula; it seemed unnecessarily stiff/firm in the pan and really hard to get color out of them, but I have not tried any since the brand originally launched.

Base products: There is a lot of love for the newer Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation, which is a foundation that does offer a lot of coverage, but I’ve struggled to find a decent shade match (I have three shades, and the shade range itself is quite large!) and have had trouble applying it (sometimes it looks good, sometimes it makes my skin look dry). I like the Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer for adding some slip and light hydration to the skin.

Brushes: If you’re looking for a higher-end, synthetic range of brushes, particularly face/cheek brushes, these are nice. They are well-made, wash easily, retain their shape after washing, feel nice against the skin, and perform well overall.

What would you recommend to someone just trying Marc Jacobs Beauty for the first time?

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10 Shades of Cotton Candy Pink Lipsticks

Those bright, blue-based pinks always make me think of cotton candy (though I think lipstick variations can get quite a bit brighter than any cotton candy I’ve seen in person). Here are some high-performing shades from across price points 🙂

10 Shades of Cotton Candy Pink

What are your favorites?

10 Warm, Metallic Eyeliners to Try

One of my favorite finishes for eyeliner is when they have a nice sheen, whether more pearlized or true metallic. Here are some of my personal favorites that I’ve tried!

10 Warm, Metallic Eyeliners to Try

What are your favorite more metallic eyeliners?