Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes Prismatique Eyes
The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.
Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.
The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went.
Scandal Eyes (Cream) is described as a “deep black.” It’s a very dark, inky black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented–the most pigmented of the three–and had the least slip, so it also applied the best out of the ones I purchased. The color was only slightly streaky but remained mostly opaque on the lid. The color didn’t take as long to dry down, but I still had to be careful about keeping the product out of creases while it was drying down. Once it set, the color was crease-resistant for eight and a half hours. When I patted the glitter eyeshadow on top, the wear was over nine hours with minimal fall out. The edges were difficult to diffuse; I tried fingertips, synthetic flat and fluffy brushes, as well as natural brushes. Laura Mercier Tuxedo (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Filbuste (P, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less glossy (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Scandal Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “sparkly bewitching black duo-chrome.” It’s a multi-colored shimmered dark charcoal gray with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a fair amount of glitter. The texture felt smooth in the pan, but it was so soft that it was also a little crumbly to work with, so it was harder to blend out the eyeshadow over the base and was better only patted on with a firm, flat synthetic brush with only very subtle blending on the edges to keep it from getting everywhere. Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Let's Boogie (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Dark Matter (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #5 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.