It’s been ages and ages and ages since I wrote about my desire to try out Troy Surratt’s beauty line, but shortly before I went away, the day finally came for me to head to Barneys and experience the works. I had tried a couple of the products in the line here and there, but I really wanted to immerse myself in the full Surratt Beauty experience. And oh, did I ever.
The always amazing and lovely Ashley agreed to accompany me and be my photographer and companion for the day. We arrived at Barneys and met Miguel, who, much to my relief, did actually work for the Surratt brand. (He is a freelance makeup artist, but he was there for that specific brand.) I keep coming across “floaters” at Barneys who are at different counters every time I’m there, and I really wanted someone who had a deep familiarity with and was adept at using this specific brand. As a friend of Troy himself, I was in good hands with Miguel.
My other beef about shopping at Barneys is that this was the second time I asked if I could take some photos for the blog, and met the response of, “Actually, I don’t know, I’m not sure. I’d rather not ask.” At least this time, Miguel said he’d look the other way if we snapped some photos with my phone, so alas, the “Making Of” pictures aren’t that great quality. My apologies!
Off the bat, two things I love about the line. The first is that so many of the products are designed to be refillable, so you’re spending less money after the initial purchase. Secondly, the names. They’re all French or French-inspired. It’s like the line was made for me. (Not to mention all the Japanese advancements in cosmetics at play in the products.)
Since I really had used so little of the line before, it was a fun opportunity for us both to start from scratch. Apparently there is a tinted moisturizer that is coming out, but it hasn’t yet, so Miguel had to fish around for some foundation. He tried the new Chanel that everyone is talking about, and ultimately wasn’t too impressed with it. (I was quite oily by the end of the day, so neither was I.)
Next up was the Surréaliste Skin Concealer. He told me about how everyone in the industry loves the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up Concealer because of it’s glossy finish, but that it creases like a mother. He said that the Surratt one has a glossy finish, but doesn’t crease. I will take his word for it. I wore shade 3, and so far I have really liked it. I’ll review the individual products in the future and let you know my longer-term thoughts.
This was all then set with the Diaphane Loose Powder, which actually comes in a refillable compact. Yes, that’s right. Loose powder in a compact. It’s actually a kind of brilliant idea. We all know how pressed powder can get too layered on when you keep using it. This way you’re using what you originally use to set your makeup, only in an easy to travel with compact. There are two powder choices for it. One, a luminous loose powder, and the other, a matte loose powder. Unsurprisingly, we went with the matte for me. (The powder refills don’t appear to be on the site at the moment.)
I don’t know how he knew, but Miguel suggested and began a look on me that, while not outside of my comfort zone, since I’ll try and do almost anything, was different from my usual. So I didn’t wind up with colors that I have duplicates of in 3 other brands. So, thank you, Miguel. 🙂 He began what he called a “neutral smoky eye.”
He started out with the Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in 15 Coffee on the upper lash line, and then smudged it. Then he took Artistique Eyeshadow in 22 Brun Noir, which looks muddy brown in the untouched pan, but once in use gets a gorgeous shimmer to it and looks a bit lighter, and worked it over the liner and up a bit. Next came 14 Marron (called “Burgundy Brown” on the site), which was blended into the outer corner, as well as under the lash line.
13 Cuivre, a copper, was applied to the crease. And then 6 Doré Rose, a rose gold, was applied as a wash over the entire lid and brow bone. I’ll go into more detail when I review them, but I just need to say, MY GOD, the texture on these eyeshadows!!! It’s love. <3
He then took the Autographique Liner in Chat Noir and lined the upper lashline over everything and made a small flick, and took the Brun Noir to blend into the flick to soften. (A trick he says he does often.) Then came Relevee Mascara, which is the Surratt version of the Japanese tube mascara.
I greatly lamented the fact that I would never ever be able to recreate this look as well, but Miguel made me a face chart, which came with me on vacation, and I think I did a decent job recreating it. I hope. And Ashley marveled over how he spent about 30 minutes just blending the shadows. She thinks she’s found the holy grail to makeup application!
I did really like the way the Relevée Lash Curler felt, but I’m still in love with my Shu Uemura S Curler for now, so that was a no-purchase.
Artistique Blush in 3 La Vie En Rose (I told you!!) graced my cheeks, while he used Moderniste Lip Pencil in 2 Tendre Basier. And then, THEN, dear readers, he used a NUDE lipstick. Yes, you read that correctly. I allowed a nude lipstick to go on my lips, and I actually purchased it! Lipslique 14 in Hevyn is actually described as a “glistening rose,” but let’s face it, that means nude. (And it’s actually named after Kevyn Aucoin, under whom Troy trained and learned.)
And, voilà, the finished look, with the Plaza Hotel in the background.
I actually really loved it. A lot. I’m trying to figure out if I can get away with wearing it to work, or if it’s too dramatic.
Ashley got to try on the Automatique Lip Crayon in 2 Alluring (which I mentioned here), as well as a gorgeous gunmetal silver eyeshadow (I forget which one!).
And if you’ve made it this far, I took some photos of Central Park, as long as we were right there anyway.
Back to the line. Because I’m a sucker for anything lavender for my eyes, I also walked out with Artistique Eyeshadow in 8 Ravissante, a lilac, and also 12 Doré, a “patinated gold,” to go with it. (Putting me in mind of NARS Kauai, though I plan on wearing them in reverse). And 2 Se Pomponner blush, a) for the name, and b) for the gorgeous bright pink color. (The photo on the site is mixed up with 1 Guimauve. Yes. It’s really that pink.)
And for research’s sake (YES, RESEARCH), I also walked out with one of the Smokey Eye Batons, a key product in the line, since it can produce a gorgeous eye look in one product—eyeliner on one end, shimmery shadow on the other. I went with 3 Cendres, a gorgeous ashy taupe. It was really hard picking a color, but this taupe is something really spectacular. Another research item was Lip Lustre 12 in Améthyste. It’s becoming ever more increasingly obvious to me as the years progress that I don’t like gloss (too sticky, almost always, and my hair is always getting into it), but I couldn’t pass this up because LOOK HOW GORGEOUS THAT IS.
And here is all the damage in its beautiful glory:
I think you can tell that I pretty much adore this line beyond measure. I jokingly said that I will wind up owning the whole thing eventually, but I’m not sure it’s actually a joke! And, excitingly, I heard that he might be coming out with other colors of the Autographique Liner, which makes me beyond happy.
One thing about the line that I don’t like, sadly, is that the refillable shadow and blush compacts are not magnetized. They give you double-sided stickers to put on the backs of the refills, and the older ones don’t even say the names on them, so you have to remember yourself. They give you extra stickers when you leave, because they know that when you take them out and put them back in to rearrange the palette for different purposes, they’re going to stop being sticky. Hopefully they can figure something better out in the future, because such gorgeous products should have equivalent housing.
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