|Above: The Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder Compact...style meets substance.|
Ever since swatching nearly every product in the gorgeous Surratt Beauty line late last year (swatches can be found HERE and HERE), I have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the Diaphane Loose Powder Compact. Sold exclusively at Barney's NY, this loose powder-meets-secure compact has been sold out company wide and only recently arrived back in stock about a week ago (the Compact and Powder are sold separately but retail, in sum, for $40). Once notified, I promptly ordered both the matte and luminous versions and excitedly awaited their delivery. Now, after having used it diligently for the past week and a half, I am thrilled to officially review this makeup wonder!
Kindly scroll on for images, swatches, my video review + demonstration as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: The compact comes with a fluffy puff that perfectly grabs and applies the powder.|
|Above: To avoid cross-contamination, the powder puff resides on a tray that separates it from the actual powder.|
Here's what Barney's NY has to say about this powder:
Exclusively Ours! Founder Troy Surratt believes that “All good design eliminates excess waste and is responsible.” With minimal and recyclable materials, his Diaphane Loose Powders reflect that philosophy. Sets makeup, mattefies, and minimizes the appearance of pores. Loose powder made portable. Rechargeable. No mess case keeps your powder in place. Hold on to your charger and refill it with your favorite shade. Simply click and lock shade in place. Shades are easily replaceable.
|Above: When the tray is lifted, its airtight side (the white part) is revealed and the powder is released once the initial sticker is removed.|
|Above: The powder is dispensed through a mesh net layer and gently pressing the puff on it will release more powder. This is a closeup image of the luminous formula.|
Ingredients: Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Lauroyllsyne, Boron Nitride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Squalane, Silica, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tocopherol, Hydrogen Dimethicone. May containe (+/-): Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
|Above: Taken in natural daylight...yikes, sometimes my skin is quite translucent...vein alert ; )|
The powder is so finely-milled that it was nearly impossible for me to adequately capture the its appearance in swatches. Light as air and essentially translucent, it immediately melds with the skin upon application...the Radiant version is just slightly more yellow in tone than the Matte (which is a pure translucent white), though it might be difficult to perceive that in the images above and below.
There is no fragrance, the formula plays well with sensitive skin and it does not "flashback" in flash photography. I find that it effectively keeps my oil at bay and doesn't build up or look the slightest bit cakey, even after a couple of touch ups during the day. The powder is perfect for refining pores and adding subtle mattification to the skin, erstwhile remaining completely undetectable on the skin!
|Above: Taken with a flash...no flashback whatsoever!|
Below: Wearing the Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder Compact in Luminous.
Bottom Line: The Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder Compact was definitely worth the wait! Coupling the seamless benefits of loose powder with the portability of a compact, this is truly a revolutionary product. If you are interested in procuring your own compact and want to order from Barney's over the phone, I suggest working with one of the incredible West Coast Surratt Beauty specialists: Satya Linak at Barney's Beverly Hills (310/276-4400) and Shayla at Barney's Union Square San Francisco (415/268-3547). Highly recommended!
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