During Sephora’s Spring Savings Event, I purchased a new blush from Surratt Beauty. I was immediately intrigued by the shade La Vie en Rose, which is described as a taupe rose shade (I would characterize it as a neutral pink-y/mauve). It was a $32 purchase, which is a bit on the high end for a single blush, but I decided to go for it because I am supportive of Troy Surratt’s line. Click more for swatches and my full review.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush – $32 The Artistique blushes are described as a range of powders that bring an “aura of vitality” to the cheeks and sweep on a natural-looking glow. According to the Surratt Beauty website they are “available in an array of shades and textures,” and their “exclusive Japanese slurry formula leaves a gorgeous, satiny finish on your skin.”
The blush itself is quite lovely on the cheeks. It gives a lovely flush of color and La Vie En Rose, is in general, a really pretty shade. It’s a true pink that really brightens up the cheeks and is the perfect complement with any smokey (or non-smokey) neutral look.
Seriously… tiny. Here’s how it compares to other blushes in my collection (all which belong in the same color family if you’re interested in dupes or similar blushes).
My first reaction was to return it because of how dinky it looked. However, I decided to research exactly how much product comes with the Surratt Beauty blush and how it compares to the other blushes I have in my collection. Take a look:
|Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush||0.14 oz||$32|
|NARS Blush||0.16 oz||$30|
|Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush||.28 oz||$40|
|HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Mini Blush||0.04 oz||$24|
|LORAC Colour Source Buildable Blush||0.17 oz||$23|
|Tarte 9 Ways Cheek to Chic Blush||0.077 Oz. x 9||9 blushes for $35|
I was surprised to see that it wasn’t that much smaller than the NARS blush, which is 0.2 oz bigger. Unfortunately, the Surratt Beauty Blush is $2 more. Additionally, the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush (a luxury product in its own right) is $40. For just $8 more, you get twice the product. The LORAC Colour Source Buildable Blush and the Tarte 9 Ways Cheek to Chic blushes are for sure the best value for money. I love the LORAC blush, and will do a review on it soon.
All in all, I decided to keep the Surratt Beauty blush and add it to my blush collection. $32 is not unheard of for a blush, and I do like how it looks. It enhances my makeup and fits that preferred color family I have.
Here’s what I wish was improved:
- Packaging: The packaging is very flimsy. It’s literally just a plastic deck and the pan slides in and out. I understand their brand is “dedicated to the Japanese tradition of minimal elegance; the space-saving packaging is designed to be lightweight and secure, and it is recyclable” but this just doesn’t give off the polish or presentation you would expect from a high-end product.
- Size: It’s really small y’all. It just is.
Ironically, I decided to keep it because of how slim and portable it is. If you’re into makeup artistry (as I am) and have a fascination with icons like Kevyn Aucoin, you will be blown away by Troy Surratt, who was Kevyn Aucoin’s protege. Watch this guest video he did on makeup artist Lisa Eldrige’s YouTube channel and you will be spellbound by his wit, humor, and craft.
Thanks so much for tuning in! Let me know your thoughts on the blush. Would you buy it?