I think it would be safe to say that the Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadows are for the beauty connoisseur – they’re some of the finest shadows that I’ve ever come across in terms of pigment and blendability. They’re described as lush velvets and that’s exactly right and they’re the kind of formula that you just want to dip your brush right in there!
I met with Troy Surratt a few months ago at his Liberty counter – everyone says he’s one of the nicest men in beauty and I think they’re right. He’s very, very close to his brand, so while it’s a relatively small range, each thing is painstakingly perfected.
All his products are made in Japan – the Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadows are made using the Japanese ‘slurry’ method for maximum pay off – I’ve just researched the patent for this but it’s too technical; I think it is a method of binding colour particles to particular filler components so that they are softer and more blendable.
As with all Surratt Beauty products, the shadows are made also for practicality – one of the things that Troy has in mind when he creates products is storage, and in a kind of Manhattan-Not-A-Lot-Of-Room-Loft way they do lend themselves to sitting neatly with each other. The palette you see above is a custom palette, so you pick out your four shades and they slip into the palette. The deep silver shade is Enchanteress, the pale peachy wash is Idealiste, the chestnut sheen is Patine and the smokey black is Noir Le Plus Noir. Take a breath, because these colours are £17 each (plus extra for the actual palette to hold them). Which is kind of why I say they’re for the connoisseur.
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One thing I find really strange about the Surratt Beauty range is that the entire range is made in Japan, and yet everything has French names. We love everything Japanese beauty so it just is a bit of an odd fit to slap some French on it. It’s stocked at Liberty, the only UK stockist so far, and it’s HERE.
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