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The search for the perfect red has led me on to Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon. I’ve been dying to try this for ages, so I’m pleased to share my findings!

If you’ll remember, I initially thought I wanted the Surratt Alluring Automatique Lip Crayon (described as “a perfect red”), but when I saw them in person, I decided on the Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon (described as “a blue red”). I still think they are the counterparts to Ruby Woo and Russian Red, so we’ll see about that…

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon
Here she is!
Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon
Right, this is why I usually do it in the backyard…I can’t see anything! Am I in the photo?

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon
You know it’s cold when I need to put a jacket on to take these photos. (It was 9 F/-13 C.)


Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon
Is this squinty or sexy? I can’t tell…

Mégalomane is definitely a more subdued red than a lot of my other ones, an everyday red. Which sounds weird and wrong, but it’s actually great. I can wear this and not worry about maintaining it through the day. I’m not always making sure this is wearing okay. And it’s also super easy to apply from the pencil.

It reminds me of trying on NARS Dragon Girl, which I just got, because I was surprised at how unsaturated it is. Not that this one is unsaturated—it’s a beautiful shade—but it is a bit less IN YOUR FACE RED. It’s soft and I felt so pretty wearing it. It rubs off into a cup looking pretty pink.

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon
Back to the backyard, where at least I can see!

It’s a matte finish, but doesn’t feel as thick or as heavy as other mattes. Consequently, I noticed that it also didn’t last as long. It did, however, unlike thicker mattes, wear off in a pretty uniform manner, and if I just rubbed my lips together a bit, I didn’t have to worry about the dreaded Ring Around the Mouth look. And it certainly was not drying, like other mattes.

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon

Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon Outfit details:
Leather jacket: Bod and Christensen from Nordstrom (old)
Vegan leather skirt: Tinley Road from Piperlime
Shirt: HD in Paris from Anthropologie (old)
Belt: Nat & Nin
Necklace: Les Néréides

To answer the question about how it compares with Ruby Woo, Russian Red, and even Box and Rouge Rock, I swatched them side by side by side.

Red lipstick comparisons
With flash
Red lipstick comparisons
Without flash

Strangely, in the swatches, it doesn’t look lighter or less saturated, but it goes on that way, as you can see in the photos above.

Overall, I’ve been impressed with the two Surratt items I’ve purchased, and I can’t wait to try more. And I really like that I’ve discovered my easy, breezy, beautiful red. Maybe I’ll achieve the French beauty ideal one day after all! (J’espère!)

What do you think of this color? Which one have you preferred so far? What is your favorite red?

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6 comments on “The Search for the Perfect Red: Surratt Mégalomane Automatique Lip Crayon”

  1. I think that you're very close (if not already there!) to finding the perfect red shade with this one! It's absolutely perfect for your skin tone, and it doesn't take any attention away from the rest of your face like some reds can do. It looked really nice with that shadow color that you had on as well.
    I'll have to go look up Surratt! I've never seen a red quite like that before.

    Love the leather, by the way!
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    • I feel like I'm learning along the way that there is no such thing as one perfect red. This is definitely a top choice, though. Like you said, it doesn't scream RED LIPS and draw attention to itself. Somehow it's an everyday red!

      I have the Surratt liquid eyeliner as well (reviewed here somewhere) and adore it. I have a date with destiny and the Barneys counter one of these days to try out more. I'm just bracing my bank account for the impact!

  2. Another beautiful color! It looks different in each photo. And each look suits you! The more I look at your color swatches though, the more everything is starting to look hot pink to me instead of red. I don't know. I probably have eye strain :/

    I can't believe you were able to brave the cold out there to take these photos! Seriously, no one would have held it against you if you were wearing a hat and scarf while showing off the lipstick. (Sorry for the mommy-nagging.)

    And I LOVE the belt, of course! Sadly, I have no idea where my blue belt is. It's somewhere, just packed away and I don't know where. Also, I haven't worn any real belts in a while since my acid reflux got bad. Maybe I can wear belts again now that my reflux is under better control.

    I have a confession to make. I have become unhappy with my Bite lipstick pencil. It's not the lip liner, it's the creme lip crayon. The perfect point has worn away and I don't know how to get it back (other than wasting the product and rubbing it back and forth against a piece of paper like we did with pencils in elementary school) and for whatever reason, the formula doesn't go on so well and doesn't have much staying power on my mouth, even when I used the lip primer. Actually, it was worse with the lip primer and diluted the color. I prefer the little two sided bullet with Pomegranate (the only true red I have right now) and Vidal on the other side (which is too Pepto Bismol pink for me so I combine it with other colors.) So I would like to try a full sized Bite bullet sometime in the near future.

    • I loved the belt so much I now have it in 4 colors. 🙂

      Hmm, that's weird. Maybe because they're all natural, the formula degrades after a while? I really prefer the lipsticks to the pencils, anyway.

    • I think it's really finding the right shade, and then it will. I used to think I couldn't wear it at all. But they have so many options, blue-based, orange-based, neutral, even pinker-based and wine-based. It's really a matter of finding the right one. I guess it's like finding the right partner. 😉

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