Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SURRATT Artistique Eyeshadow in 18 Tyrian

I think it was inevitable that I would eventually try one of the Surratt powder products.  I've spent many a days at the counter getting to swipe, smudge and slather things, but I've been mostly enamored with the Lipsliques.  You can see my various SURRATT related posts here.  I really love those Lipsliques, so I am motivated to pick up more of those and less so other things in the line.  But there is always room for experimentation (if not crazy grabbing and overspending).  Shall I show you my new acquisition?  Say hello to Tyrian.  Tyrian is a the name of a red purple, also known as Royal Purple and  was derived from a really neat source: mollusks!  I thank my god Pan for his mighty tool Google, which allows for the learning of these ancient stuffs.

Yum yes.  I do like purples.  I like especially those that glint so appealingly in the sun with shimmers that flash like so:

I shall show you a swatch on my armies.  It swatches ok.  I use my finger to pick up pigment and then swipe on my arm.  <---Beauty blogging secrets, REVEALED!  It feels very smooth and slightly creamy.  Though it feels like a dream on my fingertips, it didn't swatch as beautifully as I thought.  As a matter of fact, you can see on the edges of this swatch on the bottom, how oddly patchy it is sitting.  Of course arm does not equal eyelid.

It's a medium to dark purple with a dose of red (like its namesake).  If you click on the picture, you can see the pretty shimmers, too.
Unfortunately, the slight patchiness also translated on my eye lids as well.  I always apply over a teeny tiny amount of Nars Pro Prime primer and while I was able to build up intensity pretty easily, had a bit of difficulty blending into soft edges.  It probably isn't my most flattering purple, looking a bit bruised on my skin.  Some other purples for you.  HMMMM!  Why don't I have more purples?!

Rouge Bunny Rouge is a complex purply taupe, so you can see all sorts of grey and brown in the shade, so it won't look very purple, but Shiseido's Parfait Amour in the holiday palette from last year really is purple and so very pretty.
Here they are lined up together.  Heh, focusing, I no have it.  :P  While Parfait Amour has a radiant clarity to the color, Tyrian is a bit murky looking.
SURRATT singles can be put into a separate palette which can house it along with your own selection of blush and eye shadows.  I only picked this one little single to give the formula a try.  The little plastic cover comes completely off and then pan can be placed into the customizable palette.  This is a nice feature if you decide to purchase several items from the range.  It is very Addiction-like, and in a very nice way.

The pan is also quite small if this is something you are concerned about.  I think diminutive seems to be a big factor in the products I've tried so far.  Though the individual price points seem reasonable, the product quantity seems a bit small.

Based on my experience so far, I'm probably not inclined to pick any more up at the moment.  I know several others have liked the quality quite a bit, so I may be more of the outlier in this assessment.  Gorgeous pan, very pretty color but doesn't look that great when on my skin.

It is currently exclusive here in the US at Barneys (in stores/online).  You can purchase on line here.  Also the brand is branching out into the UK marketplace (Liberty).
Have you branched out into the SURRATT line?  Which items have been your favorites that have impressed you.  Any experience with the eye shadows?  I wonder if there are other colors that have worked exceptionally well for you.  I wanna know!

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  1. I purchased a few of these eyeshadows. I was super excited to try them, but I'm not in love. Cuivre looked like such an amazing color, but all of the sparkles fell all over my face any time I applied it (even with primer, even using my finger...they just won't stick to my eye). It's sad because without the sparkles it's just a basic brown, and I plenty of those that won't create a mess on my undereye area.

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    1. Laura! Ah, that's a bummer for you! I am particularly drawn to the pretty shimmer in many of these shades, so good to know about your experience with Cuivre.

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  2. I SOO want to try Surratt, pls take me with you, Belly! I think I'd be at Surratt counter if I ever land in NYC anytime soon. I wish they would have branched to Barney's here in Seattle (a tiny one) before overseas.. So sad to hear this one does not work for you, have you swatched any of the matte shades maybe? I can understand that in some line different color can perform differently.

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    1. Claire, come visit and we can go swatch up a storm. I think for most brands, they can execute shimmer/satins better than mattes, which often can end up chalky. I'm thinking if this shimmery shade is kind of mediocre on me, likely the mattes will also perform poorly. I also think I am particularly unmotivated to brand out since I have some exceptional eye shadow formulas that I know work so well for me.
      Limited distribution makes me sad. :(

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  3. OOO gimme!!! I'm glad the brand is finally available in the UK, although I flat out refuse to pay 15 pounds just for shipping. Will have to wait till I'm in London next time!

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    1. It looks like Surratt is expansion minded, so hopefully it will expand more broadly into EU! DEN YOU CAN GO PLAY WITH ALL TEH THINGS.

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  4. This one screams my name! Such a pretty shade. Wish it would be round here, I would love to dip my fingers into these.

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    1. Sara, these purples are so very you! Maybe if you get to visit London in the near future you can see them in person. :) They are definitely worth checking out in person if you can.

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  5. Have you tried the Surratt lash curler? I've read that it's better than the Shu Uemura and Kevyn Aucoin O_O

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    1. That's high praise about the lash curler! I think it's primarily the curve of the curlers that make them the best "fit" for an individual, so for some folks, the Surratt must be excellent! I use the Suqqu one, which not the most ideal for me, but pinches the least & gives me the best lifted lashes.

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    2. If you ever try the Surratt curler, lemme know! I live in Canada and am too frugal to pay for shipping...heh.

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  6. I have eight of the shadows and I quite like them. I'm not as in love with Patine as everyone else seems to be as on me as well as with Tyrian for you, the complexity doesn't really translate to my lids. The other 7 are the neutral browns/golds/beiges, and I do like the texture and consistency. I haven't experienced any fall out with them. Also love the eye batons. Though I did notice that Pixi's are VERY similar for a fraction of the price...

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    1. ermegerd! your blog full of gorgeous jewelry! i can see how easy I can switch allegiance from makeup to glorious pretty jewelry! What were we talking about?

      Oh yes! Maybe just some shades don't translate well from pan to skin in the best way. If Tyrian looked as beautiful on my eyelids as it did in the pan, I would be crazy in love with it!. :((

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    2. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the compliment! I would love to have a makeup blog but if I bought any more .... argh! There is only so much hoarding a girl can have/do! And it's already beyond reason. With no reason? Whatever ... too too much.

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  7. Oh mannnn, I was totally about to throw caution into the wind and blind-haul a few of the shadows because I don't wanna drive into SF Barney's to swatch them. This post is a sign! Or not, because I am stubborn and greedy. XP

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    1. Lots of people love em, Shryh! But I would totally play with them in person first. Because... you know...would be smart... or somethin'.

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  8. Love the colour in the pan, but swatched, I can tell it wouldn't work for me either, a little too muddy, perhaps used wet as a liner maybe? So want to try out Surratt lippies, but for now, I'm content to hunger from afar. Love your multicolored nails :)

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    1. Great nails, right? My big kid tried out water marbling on me. She kept wanting to use my expensive Rescue Beauty Lounge ones and I'm like NOOOOOO, close the bottles!

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  9. I'm not sure if this would wind up looking muddy on me or not. Right now I'm still too stuck on "ooooooooo purple!" to think clearly about it. I think it's safe to say that I do not have the why-don't-I-have-more-purple problem. But there's always room for one more, right? :P

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    1. I'm serious, this pan is to die for! Just doesn't look as amazing on my FACE! D: STOOPID STOOPID FACE!
      I totally don't have enough purples. I should trade in some of my meeelion taupes for a few more purples.

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  10. Wow-Surrat reviews really seem to be a mixed bag!-I love the shade Cuivre and find it quite unique and overall find the eyeshadows textures quite smooth and buttery!-I think Tom Ford shadows elicited the same love hate debate-:)

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    1. I still say the original Tom Ford's are just ok. The newer releases have a much nicer formula than the original releases. :) I know you loved the Surratts; I'm so jealous they are working out so well for you!!!

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  11. Ohh you got Tyrian!! I wanted it when I was building my palette, but it wasn't available back then. Patchy on you?? What travesty and sadness!!! We need all good makeup to work fabulously on us all.... oh god why!

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    1. I cried a little bit, but I'm ok. :) Now on my quest to find a better parphal.

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    2. waiting with abated breath here

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  12. Aaahh Google is one of my best buds! Love that purple and I need to get me one! I haven't worn anything similar in the longest time!

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    1. I literally can not imagine life before the internet, though I really can! I remember going through a card catalog to research in the library. That sucked! This is so much better!!!

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  13. Hellooo Belly! I initially misread Tyrian as Tyrion Lannister from GoT and got excited. An eyeshadow named after a Lannister? What's next, a pearly eyeshadow for Jon Snow and a copper red for the Freys?

    I have amassed a small collection of Surratt eyeshadows, blush, and lipsliques. They are delicious, much like all things I have no self control over. Four Surratt eyeshadows composed of Dore Rose, Ravissante, Minuit, and Haute Chocolate replaced the pan-faced Suqqu eye palette in Kakitsubata. I adore the new quartet of colors, especially over a lighter concealer base that makes the colors pop. Longevity is superb and fall-out is rare. A basic look involves Dore rose on the mobile lid with Ravissante at the inner-v and Haute chocolate on the outer. Minuit anchors as a liner. Two key points to solving the pigmentation issue are (1) to swipe away the top layer until a creamier and softer center appears and (2) to pat on the colors with fingers rather than using an eyeshadow brush, especially with the more glittery Ravissante. These eyeshadows are like hardened city folks with gooey Cronut centers.You gotta poke away at the outercrust until they are willing to shout more creative expletives at you! $*%&!

    Whereas the Surratt shadows function as suitable replacements, Vreeland Rougeur actually ended my frustrating search for a dark red blush that leans more blue than brown. The heavenly texture, reminiscent of stiff whipping cream, translates into a vivid stain on the cheeks. You must try it if you haven't yet. The product is superior to Chanel Cream blush in pigmentation and longevity.

    And is there a need to say more about the lipsliques, since you are the original source of temptation for these lovely formulas? I acquired Gamine, Fee Soie, Pom Pon, and Rougeur, all of which are on current rotation following my spring transition out of By Terry lipsticks, which are more suitable for fall and winter.

    Basically, Surratt is ice cream. My heart says yes to more but my 18" x 14" tray knows better. :'(

    -Josie

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    1. You hit Kakitsubata pan??!! *mourns loudly* *rends undergarments* :((( I'm so glad you found a legit replacement for it. That is awesomeeee!!! I didn't note it in my post, but I had zero fading and it worn like iron, so in that aspect, it was excellent. I wonder if I got a color that is just a dud for me? I was really sad that the pretty shimmery complexity didn't show up on my skin. CRONUT!! There is a cronut inside this thing???!!! *starts frantic licking of pan* I will try this out again and see if I can get to the delectable insides. Thank you so much for this tip!

      I know Driveller Kate was very impressed with the blush, so I will look again. I think I tried a weird color (cant remember which) which was loaded up too heavily on my face so I had to wipe it off right away. I like to be clown in my secret hiding place, not so much walking down Madison Avenue. VR sounds nice. I'm looking for a great cool plum blush. Any recommendations?

      I KNOWS! Those lipsliques are SO awesome! I'm out of room in my MUJI which is the real reason I've not gone hog wild with more. :((( I hate space constraints!

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  14. Love any eggplant type colors....Tyrian (even the name is pretty) looks purpli-cious but Its a pity it turned out patchy

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    1. :) Such a gorgeous pan. I shall try to see if there is a sad layer on top and underneath it as Josie recommended. Maybe I can get some improved performance.

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  15. I just reviewed my shadows today! I want them all! Although, maybe not this one, since red-purples are not my friend. But overall, I adore the texture and quality of the shadows. I can't wait till he adds more, and I haven't even collected them all yet!

    Shani x

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    1. great review, Shani! (and a Narcissist score, too! yippeeee!)

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    2. I was pretty thrilled with that score. :) (As long as made sure I had selective amnesia about how much I paid for it!)

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  16. So pretty in the pan, it's a shame that it applies patchy and not flattering as you say. I think I stay away from purples with more red than blue because they either look bruisy or a taupe which I don't like anyway...yet to find a purple that I like.

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    1. Have you tried hanashoubu yet? Is that purple wearable for you? I think that is going to be my next splurge from Suqqu. Just waiting very impatiently for the selfridges site to restock it.

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  17. That's a lovely shade in the pan, disappointing to hear that it doesn't translate as well on the lid. I've been compiling a list since I saw the brand pop up on the Liberty website, there are not loads of reviews out there so its a bit tricky working out what to go with, I was going to try the concealer and saw swatches so assumed I was a shade #2 but then saw a shade #3 applied on someone who look fair like me so thats just confused my little mind now :)
    I think I'll try some of the lighter eye shadows and a blush, though am tempted by the eyebrow pencil and mascara as well, its just greed,greed,greed ;)
    xx

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