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.
I’m not sure if you know this, but I’m a little bit of a red lipstick aficionado. So with the day of hearts and flowers and red lips (gag gag gag, sorry) upcoming, I thought I would share my top red lipstick picks at every budget level (and in every formula)!
I was fascinated by the description of how it was inspired by calligraphy pens and contains a similar capillary system. An important point to me was the point, which is fine and made of nylon, not felt. I really do love the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, but the felt tip does tend to lose its sharp tip and get fuzzy, which causes the straight line you’re trying to draw to have a ragged top edge.
Also, the Autographique Liner is refillable. So your initial purchase may be $42, which is a little high, but when you use it up, you’re only buying an $18-dollar refill.
I have a sort-of dysfunction when doing a cat eye/flick because of my downward-turning eyes (the same reason I am loving my new eyelash curler). I have followed all the tutorials for how to know when and where to do the flick, and every time, my liner comes out differently. I just can’t judge the same.
So having my eyeliner tip get fuzzy and ruin my line adds an extra challenge that I don’t need. I was hoping the Autographique Liner would solve at least that problem, and boy has it.
I took another photo of the tip so that you could get some sense of how fine-tipped it is. The nylon tip is not a single piece, the way the felt-tip pens are, but instead made up of individual nylon fibers that thin out. But they also hold their shape, so the tip of the pen is never going to go wonky on you.
The first stroke of the liner isn’t thick and dark, so you do have to go over it again, but my god is it thin. Paper thin. It really allows for more precision when lining. I still have trouble because of my eye shape, but I’m also able to work in much smaller increments, more precisely, so my flicks still wind up nice and sharp and thin. (Even if they never look the same from day to day.)
I took some comparison photos for you to see the lines that each make with 1, 2, and 3 strokes.
As you can see, the Surratt liner wins by far in the first stroke. It’s amazing how thin a line you can draw.
The Autoraphique Liner is a touch more matte than the Stila, which is strangely reflective, though not shiny or shimmery. It just stays looking a little wet. The ink in the Surratt liner also stays more contained where you put it, and doesn’t bleed out as much when first applied, as you can see below.
The only thing about the Surratt liner that I think can be improved is that it does tend to migrate down/bleed over the day. I have to do periodic checks and wipe off black that has accumulated underneath the flick. The Stila liner stays where you put it a lot better.
Still, for the luxury of being able to work so precisely with my liner, with a tip that is so beautiful it almost makes you cry (seriously, the nylon tip WILL NEVER GET FUZZY AND ALWAYS STAYS IN A SHARP POINT), I have reached for this liner over the Stila liner every day since I’ve had it. And that’s saying a LOT.
Have you tried either of these? What’s your go-to liner? Do you have any suggestions for me for how to line my eyes like a normal person (with eyes that turn down at the ends)?
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Things on the homefront lately have been a bit frustrating and less than thrilling in the personal and job-hunting departments. So yesterday I decided that instead of wallowing at home in my sad, unemployed, broke state (and, worse, looking online and finding more things I want!), I would take a field trip to Barneys so that I could at least play with some of the items I’ve been coveting in person. The next best thing to retail therapy is window shopping (and I’ve spoken of my love for the French term for it, faire du lèche-vitrine), and window shopping doesn’t hurt, right? (Until you fall in love with something and have to walk away…)
Naturally, my first stop was at the Surratt counter to see the goodies I’ve been lusting after firsthand. I had a demonstration of the Autographique liner, and the calligraphy-like mechanism, and I have to say, it looks so amazing, it almost did break my heart to walk away from it. The eyeshadows felt buttery soft on my fingers, but I didn’t actually try any of them on. Yet. I’ll save something for a different day.
Unlike Ruby Woo, though, and even MAC’s other matte lipsticks, these felt sublime on. The application and feel and wear is truly extraordinary. They go on completely matte, but you don’t feel a thing on your lips. They are not dry, they do not tug on your lips. I did not get a chance to see how long they wear, but I am in love enough to know that I need both in my life. (I actually did an experiment to try and help me pick just one: I put one on half my mouth and one the other half, and kept moving my hand from side to side to try and figure out which color I like better. But I’m not picking. You can’t make me.)
I would really love to try more of the line at some point, so a return visit is entirely necessary.
My next and last stop (I can only tempt myself so much!) was at the MAKE counter. A friend had told me that she heard their Silk Cream Lipstick in Scarlet was the holy grail red, and I had to find out. Despite just trying on 2 red lipsticks. (You have to be dedicated to the mission!) Buying in person, MAKE donates 10% of retail sales to the nonprofit organization We See Beauty Foundation (even more when you buy from them directly), which benefits women-run, worker-owned cooperative businesses.
At the MAKE counter, I was helped by the gorgeous and adorable Kimberly who also has a blog and who also has my Rebecca Minkoff Colin Camera Bag! I hope to come back a different time and have her do my face, because her makeup looked amazing.
The Scarlet is a lot more orange leaning than I was expecting, but it really brightened up my face. I used to be certain I could only wear orange-leaning reds, and then suddenly I realized I have pink in my face and blue-toned ones look good as well. Besides for the shade, I’m always on the fence about whether I like my red lipstick to be creamy or matte, and this was definitely on the creamier side (although it seems they have a matte version as well). I’m wearing it in the photos below. Let me know what you think!
Hello, again, and welcome to another edition of Things Shani Wants But Can’t Afford (Right Now) Because She’s Unemployed. Today changes things up a bit, in that I’m not just going to write about a single item that I’m lusting after, but an entire new makeup line.
I think we all love perusing Japanese stores such as Muji for their interesting and ingenious products . Surratt took all that innovation and injected it into his line, and some of the items inspire unnatural amounts of lust in me.
Surratt describes his Autographique liner (liquid liner) pen as being inspired by calligraphy pens, and contains a similar capillary system. The point is fine and made of nylon, not felt. And—get this!—the tip is refillable! So instead of throwing out another whole pen, you can just replace the tip. I think this is a brilliant idea, and I really want to try it. (I have liquid eyeliner dysfunction, so anything that may help me with my eyeliner applying skills…)
Another Japanese influence Surratt drew on for his line was the difference in brow pencils, making his harder and more powdery. This gives the pencil more of a graphite pencil feel, and allows it to fill in between the hairs of the eyebrows more naturally. I’ve been trying to find a good one, and this sounds pretty excellent. (And it’s also refillable!)
The article says that his line has a look-good-on-everyone red, and of course, I, in my search for the perfect red, NEED to try it. It’s the Automatique Lip Crayon in Alluring. The product description says that it has a non-drying, suede-like, matte finish, which sounds just right for a red. And it looks pretty stunning to me!
Another great feature of the line is customizable palettes, which, if you’ve ever had a pre-made palette with colors you just don’t use, you know is a godsend.
In general, the line looks amazing (see here, here, and here). And it doesn’t hurt that the man himself replied to my tweet! 🙂 As soon as I have some money, I am hightailing it to Barneys to try all of these out for myself!
Do any of these tempt you? What are you wishing for this week?