I’ve gotten to a point in my makeup journey where I don’t get phased by big brands or new releases. Instead, I’m always searching for new contemporary brands that can provide me with what the mainstream brands cannot – non-commercial luxury, uniqueness and superior quality.
I had been itching to try the Surratt Beauty line for a while and I was over the moon when I found out that Robinsons, Dubai’s most recently opened department store, carries the brand. They also carry Edward Bess, but I will leave that for a later post…
To be honest, I had to go back and forth several times to pick up some products that I’ve been wanting to try – everything was always out of stock! I finally managed to procure some basics: the Surreal Skin Foundation Wand in #10, the Surreal Skin Concealer in #6, the Diaphane Loose Powder in Matte, the Artistique Blush in Parfait, the Expressioniste Brow Pencil in Brunette and the Relevee Lash Curler.
First things first – how sleek is the packaging? I love it! It beautifully combines aesthetics and functionality. I can finally take a loose powder out of the house without having to worry about how to use it without wasting half of the product. Similarly, I can also take out a foundation without worrying about a brush or beauty blender to apply it – the built-in brush head is great for that! It can also be washed so I don’t have to worry about bacterial build up.
Here’s a summary of my thoughts on each product I bought:
Surreal Skin Foundation Wand
The foundation has a light consistency that, when layered, provides more coverage without feeling or looking like a mask. It is claimed to be medium to full-coverage, but I would say it’s more light to medium. I’m really not exaggerating when I say it makes my skin look amazing. It is beyond me how something so sheer can transform my skin to look like an extremely upgraded version of itself! Although it is not claimed to be so, a lot of people find this foundation to be long-lasting. I didn’t. Perhaps it’s because I tried it during Dubai summer, but a good primer and setting spray will help with longevity.
Surreal Skin Concealer
Although the concealer is in stick format, it has a light texture that does not feel thick or cause creasing. I wouldn’t classify it as full-coverage though; I need to layer a liquid concealer for days when I need to look more put together, but it works amazing as a daily concealer.
Diaphane Loose Powder
Truth be told, I really did not need another loose powder, but I was drawn to this one because of its packaging. It is engineered to hold product while minimizing wastage. The packaging is similar to that of a compact powder, but instead of foundation there’s a mesh barrier that aids in allowing only a small quantity of product to come out. Genius, I know! To top things off, I have never seen a loose powder so finely milled!
The Artistique Blush is a finely milled blusher powder that gives just the right amount of opacity on the skin. I have it in the shade Parfait, a coral, that can be easily worn on a daily basis. The blush is packaged in a way to be used alone (how I use it) or as part of the brand’s customizable palettes, which I plan to purchase and build soon!
Expressioniste Brow Pencil
The Expressioniste Brow Pencil is the fanciest brow pencil I have laid eyes on. Seriously. It has a thin applicator on one side and a spoolie brush on the other, which sounds quite standard, but unlike other similar brow pencils on the market, this is actually refillable. Brunette is a good shade for me now, but if I decide to change my hair color and need to update my brow shade then all I would need is a refill cartridge of the new color, instead of a new brow pencil.
Relevee Lash Curler
Finally, the lash curler has quickly become a favorite of mine. Although I had been using the Kevyn Aucoin curler religiously before, I had to put it aside after just one use of this. It is the only curler I’ve tried that actually fits the curve of my lashes, so to speak…and it doesn’t pinch my lids in the process.
The Surratt Beauty products initially don’t come cheap, especially the refillable ones. On the upside, that means you save on later purchases when you only need to buy the refill. Makes sense. From the foundation to the powders, all the products I tried feel light and airy when worn. Say good bye to cakey products – these make your skin feel like it’s veiled in the thinnest sheath of ethereal luminosity. I will definitely be purchasing more products with time, and will probably start with a customizable Grande or Petite Palette or a couple of the brand’s lip products…
Have you tried anything from Surratt Beauty?