Thursday, March 27, 2014

Surratt Lipsliques in Fee Soie and Chuchoter Review & Swatches

 Purchased by me (Affiliate Links)

Surratt, an extraordinarily innovative and luxuriously conceived and executed line, is niche beauty at its finest. Troy Surratt spares no expense in his chosen ingredients, or in his decision to have all of his luxury products masterfully crafted in Japan.
Surratt Lipsliques boast a unique formula that has a fantastic hydrating effect, the perfect amount of cushion, and they feel fantastic on the lips. One might expect that the more moisturizing formula would lend itself to reduced wear-time, but these buildable coverage beauties are longer-wearing than one might expect (particularly true of the darker shades that have all of the coverage of a stain without the tendency to dry out the lips). 

According to Surratt, Lipsliques are:

An alternative to lipstick. Versatile and beautiful. Luscious texture, buildable color. Sheer to medium finish. 
I chose two of the lightest colors: Fee Soie and Chuchoter, therefore I have not experienced the stain-like tendencies of the darker shades, but these two beauties do boast buildable coverage with comfort, longevity and hydration.

Fee Soie, which is described as a "glistening sugar pink," is a stunning pale pink with gorgeous shimmering and glimmering pearl that might be described as a modern fashion forward frost. It has buildable coverage, and is one of those "it shades" that will make pink-lovers squeal with joy because it is truly pink perfection.

Chuchoter, on the other hand, is the ultimate pinky nude. This is the color that Troy picked for me, and  as soon as he put it on my lips he exclaimed that it was just perfect for me-- so I naturally bought it! Unlike Fee Soie, Chuchoter does not possess shimmering and glimmering pearl. Instead, this is the nude pink shade that I have sought for years. It resides somewhere in the lipstick lip balm hybrid realm, and while the coverage is buildable it always allows your lips to shine through. It is that perfect my lips but better shade that you can put on without a mirror, and look perfect every time.
Troy Surratt at The Beauty Event featuring Surratt and TATCHA at Barneys New York at The Grove. See event details here.
The only thing that takes any getting used to is the fact that the applicator is of the propel-only kind, and therefore it does not retract. This means that you only want to twist it up enough for each use so that you don't needlessly smash excess product into the cap. What makes this not too hard to remember is the fact that while twisting an internal mechanism only allows you to twist up small increments at a time courtesy of a ratchet system that clicks as you twist. As I result, I have neither over-twisted, nor lost any product to the cap.
As you can see from the swatches, Fee Soie is more of an opaque blue-based pink with shimmer, whereas there is an inherent transparency to Chuchoter. Both are stunning, and the effects are more varied after several passes than one might expect.
The minimalist, and unpretentious, packaging is eco-friendly while simultaneously being elegant, and should be commended for its disavowal of excess. Where so many cosmetic companies use excessive packaging (from the boxes to the vessels themselves), Troy does not. Instead he employs economy and elegance in every choice made, and the result is an elegant and chic minimalist aesthetic for his packaging which contains breathtakingly high quality products-- the likes of which are hard to find at any price point.
You will note that at the top of the list of ingredients is Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil which is one of the reasons that this lovely formula is so moisturizing and comfortable to wear. 
Overall assessment: I need to buy Hevyn next (touchingly named as an homage to Troy's mentor and friend, the late Kevyn Aucoin). Once you try Surratt Lispsliques you will be unable to resist their charms. One will turn into two, then three, then four, and then before you know it you will have collected them all. When  you find yourself Tweeting the company in the middle of the night asking for more shades-- then you know that there's no turning back! Wait until you try the Surratt blushes!

Fee Soie and Chuchoter are $34.00 each from Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).
Purchased by me. All views expressed are categorically my own.

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21 comments:

  1. These are definitely like candy-just got chuchoter -and another two so have 5 in total!!

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    1. Exactly! Aren't they just divine?!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED MORE TOO!!! <3

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  2. I really, really, really wanted to try these. Gaia at The Non-blonde also likes them. Alas, seeing the ingredient list makes me realize I cannot use these as I'm allergic to macadamia nuts. :(

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    1. Hi Tatiana, Yes, I also saw Gaia's fabulous review! I'm so glad that I posted the ingredients-- because it would have been a shame if you had to learn that it contained macadamia the hard way! :-)

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    2. I do appreciate ingredient lists whenever they are posted. So thank you!

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    3. My pleasure, Tatiana! I do too-- so I always try to post them since I know that many people are like us and want to know what ingredients are being used!

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  3. I would love to try these! Any suggestion for darker/deeper colors for cool skin? Thanks- Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! They are definitely well worth trying! For darker/deeper colors for cool skin there are a number of shades that you would probably love. First if you want an everyday mid-tone color, then Hevyn is simply gorgeous. It is a mid-tone blue based mauve/rose. However, if you are looking for something darker, then Églantine is a deep wild rose with a touch of eggplant, and Peccadille is a GORGEOUS plum. All three of those are on my list to get!

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  4. I would love to try these! What suggestion(s) would you have for a darker/deeper color that leans cool? Thanks-

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  5. I really like these - am up to four now: Hevyn, Eglantine, Bandy and Perfectionniste. (Not to mention many of the eyeshadows and blushes...) Really like the line and wish they would expand outside Barneys (and outside the US!)

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    1. Hi Evelyn!! I was just thinking about you the other day-- I hope that you are doing well! Your Lipslique choices are GORGEOUS! The eyeshadows and blushes are just extraordinary as well! Hopefully Surratt will become far more widely available before too long. Those exclusivity contract to distribute through a single retailer seem to generally run from 6 months to a year-- so my guess is that once that period expires that other luxury retailers will be scrambling for their piece of the pie. Hopefully they distribute well beyond the US so that it is easier to get (and without exorbitant shipping costs). Have a lovely weekend! :-)

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    2. Thanks for the good wishes! It's probably best for my wallet if they don't extend outside Barneys just yet. I have to say I've been very happy with my choices so far, though, so I will probably beeline for the Surratt counter the next time I'm near a Barneys!

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    3. My pleasure! I know just what you mean-- my wallet seems to be in trouble with this line! I agree with you-- I am thoroughly happy with my choices as well! It's a dangerously tempting line! :-)

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  6. Thanks! I ordered all 3 - and the amethyst lip Lustre! I am so excited to try this brand.

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    1. Ooooooh, I am so excited for you! I can't wait to hear what you think about what you purchased! Keep me posted! Have a lovely weekend! :D

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  7. I love Fie Soie and want one just a little darker and still pink. What should I buy Ms Lola??

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    1. I love Fee Soie as well! If you want to go a bit darker than Fee Soie, which really is quite light, then you might want to try any of the following:

      Pom Pon- which is a gorgeous cool-toned dolly pink. It definitely pulls cool, but it's delightful!
      Bon Bon- is a sheer baby pink, but definitely darker than Fee Soie-- it still leans cook and is lighter than Pom Pon.
      Ritzy- is a sheer coral pink, and has the same level of saturation as Pom Pon, but it is a bit warmer because of the presence of coral. It's really really pretty!
      Gamine- is another pink coral shade, but it's warmer than Ritzy, and may be moving a little further away from pink than you want. It may also be more sheer than you are looking for-- since it is closer in color value to Chuchoter, but a warmer peachier variant.
      If you want to move into the realm of a mauve rose- then Hevyn is a real stunner, but this is much more of a rose than a true pink. It is one of those fabulous MLBB colors though.

      I definitely want Hevyn, but I suspect that I will end up with several more!! <3

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  8. OMG!!! they are so pretty. I wanna try both of them and I wanna try darker shades too. Hope to see swatches of dark shades.

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    1. Hi Jules, They are truly delightful to use! There are numerous darker shades on my list, but the next one that I am getting is Hevyn- because it is such a gorgeous mauve rose! I will definitely plan on swatching more!

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  9. These are so so pretty!! I want to try!! Also, that comment about Tweeting in the middle of the night made me LOL! I have been there. Alisia|Some Writers

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    1. Hi Alisia, They really are amazing, and so worth trying! I'm glad that you got a laugh out of my Tweeting in the middle of the night comment! LOL!

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