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This summer I wore nearly no makeup, in fact I don't generally wear a lot to begin with. When I was a teenager my unbelievably chic French cousin wore her makeup with such sophistication and simplicity– she always looked stunning and she wore very little makeup, and it absolutely never wore her. She was, and still is, the embodiment of French girl chic. Her techniques for application were done with such a deft and nimble hand. She basically wore some eye liner, some blush and a wash of lipstick. I took my makeup wearing cues from her, and have tried to follow her lead ever since. Therefore, this summer, during the sweltering heat, I thought back to those early lessons, and her minimalist approach to makeup. My go-to-products this summer were lip gloss or lip balm, eyeliner and a light and natural-looking pink blush. The blush that got the most use, whether I was at-home or traveling was, without question, Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve.
Surratt, an extraordinary line that burst onto the scene when Troy launched his line at Barneys New York in 2013, was quickly recognized as one of the most innovative luxury brands to have hit the marketplace in years. A favorite among makeup artists, beauty bloggers, and the beauty-obsessed alike, this line boasts the most remarkable finely milled textures, rich color saturation, and overall exemplary quality. Troy, who is among the most celebrated and coveted celebrity makeup artists, is a true visionary whose beautifully edited makeup line was the result of many years of intensive research, and inspired by his deep and abiding love of high quality Japanese beauty products. In fact, his painstakingly crafted line is made in Japan with the most exacting standards. No cost was spared in his use of the finest ingredients coupled with the most innovative technologies, and the end result is a line of consistently superior quality.
According to Surratt,
Founder Troy Surratt believes that 'All good design eliminates excess waste and is responsible.' With minimal and recyclable materials, his Artistique Blushes reflect that philosophy.
Flushed cheeks with an aura of vitality. Naturally glowing finish. Shades range from demure to provocative.
Blushes are held in a custom-tooled case, with no aluminum separating the makeup from its holder. When your shade is finished, the plastic container can be recycled. Build your own palette by mixing blushes and eyeshadows. Simply click and lock shades in place. A delicate adhesive will keep your individual shades from moving. Shades are easily replaceable.
Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve is described by Surratt as a "marshmallow pink" definitely is on the demure end of the Surratt color spectrum, but as such this stunning light blue-based pink is one that can be used on a daily basis. Guimauve is soft, smooth, creamy and glides across the skin effortlessly, evenly and blends out seamlessly. While it is a powder it feels like a cream to the touch as a result of the slurry technology employed in its making. It is this very textural difference that makes the formula unique and indescribably luxurious to the touch. The finish is best described as a natural and luminous glow from within that approximates naturally flushed cheeks-- particularly so when applied with a light hand. That said, this extraordinary blush can likewise be built up for maximum color saturation and opacity. Guimauve is a true thing of beauty, and if you love beautiful natural looking pink blushes then this beauty simply is not to be missed.
Ingredients: Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Boron Nitride, Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Petrolatum, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Aluminum Distearate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Tocopherol (+/-) Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).
The swatch on top is applied more heavily, and below it is blended out for a barely-there natural glow.
Overall Assessment: I just love this blush!
$32.00 for 0.14 oz. from Barneys New York, Space NK, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter and Sephora (Affiliate Links).
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