Surratt is a new line by makeup artist Troy Surratt. It was launched late last year at Barneys, and I've been ogling several of the items right away because I'm always intrigued by brands from makeup artists. They tend to be both creative and practical, with less emphasis on Lauderesque packaging and more about having fun with color. Surratt definitely seems to work along these lines. The problem is Barneys. I've kvetched about the changes at the NYC flagship store before and I'll continue to do so until someone there finally gets it. Pushy and aggressive SAs have no chance selling me anything. Invading my personal space, telling me to use more concealer under my eyes, lying about what's new, grabbing my arm-- it doesn't work. I glare at them, use my mean teacher voice, then go home and shop online (preferably not at Barneys.com). Unfortunately, Surratt is not only a Barneys exclusive (Dear Troy, please build your own e-commerce site), but the photos on Barney's website are even more atrocious than average.
But my curiosity and love of new makeup got the best of me and I ordered several items (all are made in Japan, by the way). Artistique Blush - 3: La Vie En Rose is the first one I want to show you. While the plastic packaging looks cheap and particularly unappealing (they want you to stick the pans in a larger palette), the actual blush? It's made of awesome.
The texture of Surratt Artistique Blush is a unicorn: a powder that feels like a cream. It's soft, smooth, and despite my extensive experimenting and sticking all kinds of blush brushes (as well as my fingers) in the pan there's no powdery mess. There's no shimmer, glimmer, or any sheen, but the texture stops this Surratt blush from looking dull or too matte. It simly looks like skin.
The color I chose, 3: La Vie En Rose, was probably the safest in the line. since I was ordering based on (bad) online photos, I went wit a muted dusty rose that doesn't trigger my fear of over-blushing. It was a great choice, though, because it's an effortless everyday blush that looks natural. It can be built, of course, and quite seamlessly because the texture is so refined, but I swatched above at the lightest level, with a fluffy Rouge Bunny Rouge Blusher Blush, just as I would use it on my face. A Hakuhodo 201 picks a lot more product and would give you more punch, as does the smallest Yachiyo, but for a dip, blend, and go, a soft brush works best (the Hakuhodo S103 in the first photo is too soft for this blush, even though it's made of goat hair and not squirrel).
I already have my eye on some of the bolder colors, but I have to tell you that 20 or 25 years ago when I only had one blush for everyday use, Surratt La Vie En Rose would have probably been my one and only.
Bottom Line: even a Barneys shopping experience can't ruin this beauty.
Surratt- Artistique Blush - 3: La Vie En Rose ($32) is available from Barneys, online and in store.