|Above: Looking ahead to this new year with inquisitive anticipation.|
Happy New Year, lovelies; I hope your first day of 2016 was a marvelous one! To get the next 366 days of the year started, I am excited to share a look at three new beauty products--two of which launched mere days ago--for next-level eyes, complexion and lips.
Kindly scroll on for more details, images and swatches as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: Troy Surratt in his element.|
The first product has a backstory; my love for all things Surratt Beauty is no secret here at Beauty Professor (reviews HERE, HERE and HERE, to start) and when I was in NYC in November, I had the sublime opportunity to visit Surratt Beauty headquarters.
|Above: Troy Surratt and BP in beauty heaven.|
This auspicious experience allowed me to preview a few key future Surratt Beauty launches, one of which, is now available! During our visit, I was able to take some informal shots of the Prismatique Eye prototypes and it took every fiber of my being to successfully refrain from swatching the completely pristine samples. That being said, I am hoping to be able to share a spectrum of swatches and beauty looks with this formula in the very near future!
|Above: Arranging the Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes for an impromptu shoot.|
|Above: Meet the formidable Prismatique Eyes.|
The cream is pigmented and waterproof, enabling it to serve as a primer, smoothing eye shadow base, opaque veil of color and even, when applied with a brush, as an eyeliner. Intended to be a top coat of epic proportions, the powder shadow is smooth and shimmering for a multi-dimensional effect that makes eyes glow.
Although all eight shades are as gorgeous, I cannot help but be drawn to the warm taupe and brown options (Real Eyes and Neutral Eyes) for an everyday look while the adventurer in me wants to give the rich purple Glamour Eyes and uniquely khaki Mesmer Eyes a try!
|Above (from L-R): Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes in Real Eyes, Neutral Eyes, Mesmer Eyes, Crystal Eyes, Glamour Eyes, Style Eyes, Scandal Eyes and Visual Eyes.|
- Real Eyes: Universal taupe cream with gleaming golden duo-chrome
- Neutral Eyes: Rich brown cream with rose gold duo-chrome
- Mesmer Eyes: Khaki green cream with glistening green-gold duo-chrome
- Crystal Eyes: Clear gloss with twinkling diamantee duo-chrome
- Glamour Eyes: Royal plum cream with brilliant blue-violet duo-chrome
- Style Eyes: Ambiguous heather cream with scintillating silver duo-chrome
- Scandal Eyes: Deep black cream with sparkly bewitching black duo-chrome
- Visual Eyes (not pictured): Inky blue cream with blue steel duo-chrome
|Above: Real Eyes, Neutral Eyes and Mesmer Eyes.|
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:
What it does:
Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes eye shadow sets feature cream shadow that can be blended onto lids and then dusted with a prismatic shimmering top coat for a multidimensional, glittering eye look. The top tier contains a water-proof shadow base that can be blended onto lids or used as liner. The lower deck swings out to reveal a prismatic top coat that can be swept on and blended to give eyes a celestial look.
This set contains:
- 0.07 oz Cream Shadow
- 0.05 oz Powder Shadow
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
|Above: Glamour Eyes, Style Eyes and Scandal Eyes.|
|Above: Real Eyes and Neutral Eyes.|
|Above: Neutral Eyes and Mesmer Eyes.|
|Above: A breathtaking view from Surratt Beauty HQ.|
|Above: BP and Troy Surratt...kindred spirits, indeed.|
|Above: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation.|
The formula comes in an impressive 24 shades--from the lightest alabaster to the richest chocolate--and Honey, which is my match, is a warm light-medium beige suitable for NC 25 skin.
I need two to three pumps to provide my skin with light-medium coverage; smooth, liquid and rather weightless in texture, this foundation feels like velvet and blends easily. Although it is not an oil-free formula, it seems to play well with sensitive, combination skin like mine and the lasting power is remarkably decent, especially for a "dewy" blend. I get 5-6 hours of comfortable, touch up free wear.
In terms of luminosity, the finish is glowing but not overly shimmery. In fact, it's difficult to see obvious signs of radiance in a swatch and, once applied, it transforms one's canvas into a "healthy skin" look that is neither too matte or too dewy.
I am completely smitten with the finish but must stress that this formula does not offer as much coverage as other Laura Mercier foundations--specifically the medium coverage Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (reviewed HERE) and full coverage Silk Creme Foundation (reviewed HERE). If you seek immense coverage, then I recommend one of those two formulas to achieve your goals. This foundation, however, is a great option for those who prefer lighter coverage and an ultra-flattering finish that highlights the best qualities of skin. If a lightweight, translucent veil is sought, then this foundation is a super lovely candidate.
Please note that this post is designed to be an introduction, rather than an in-depth review of this formula...I will be sharing comparison swatches and additional images of it in action on the face soon!
|Above: Golden (swatched above) is suitable for NC 25 skin tones.|
What it is:
An ultra-lightweight, medium-coverage foundation that creates a soft candlelit glow on skin, day or night.
What it does:
Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation spotlights your skin with a soft glow. Its calibrated blend of radiant-pearl mica, embedded in an ultra-lightweight formula, mimics the reflective glow of just lit candles. This mica fusion is blended with purified water to hydrate skin and allow foundation to glide onto skin for lasting smoothness and natural luminosity. Its blend of lightweight oils locks in this moisture to leave skin balanced, soft, and beautifully radiant, while micro-fine, color-true pigments provide a natural, skin-flattering finish.
What else you need to know:
Laura Mercier always dreamed of inventing a foundation that recreated the atmosphere of a candlelit room. This product is dermatologist tested and noncomedogenic.
-Calibrated Blend of Radiant-Pearl Mica: Blurs imperfections and helps to even skintone; mimics the reflective glow of just-lit candles.
-Refreshing Purified Water: Gives skin a burst of hydration and helps foundation glide onto skin for lasting smoothness and a natural-looking glow.
-Blend of Lightweight, Emollient Oils: Lock in moisture, leaving skin balanced and soft.
-Vitamin C and E Derivatives: 0ffer anti-oxidant protection and antiaging properties.
Ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Hexyl Laurate, Mica, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain/Peut Contenir/ (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).
|Above: Wearing Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation in Golden. Lips are Le Metier de Beaute Moisture Matte Lip Color in Smoke (reviewed HERE).|
(3) Tom Ford Lips & Boys (also available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman): A new round of Lips & Boys shades--25 to be exact--were released right after Thanksgiving and I finally got around to procuring a few to add to my collection (other shades reviewed HERE and HERE).
- Austin: A light neutral salmon nude pink with a creamy finish. This shade is slightly darker than my beloved Flynn (reviewed HERE) and is shinier and lighter than the matte First Time (reviewed HERE)...a total no-brainer in my book.
- Jude: A cool and creamy baby pink with lilac leanings. This shade is similar in depth to Flynn but possesses a indisputably cooler undertone that makes it unique yet entirely wearable.
- Rocco: A bright medium pink with duo-chrome glitter. Despite my best attempts, I don't feel like I adequately captured the glittery aspect of this shade when swatching, however, I assure you that this is a luminous gem for those who prefer a cheerful, deeper pink that borderlines of fuchsia.
|Above (L-R): Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Jude and Rocco.|
|Above: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin.|
|Above: A swatch of Austin in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Jude.|
|Above: A swatch of Jude in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Rocco.|
|Above: A swatch of Rocco in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches of all three shades in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Last look. The lighting was so insane when I took this...although this eye shadow duo is undeniably stunning, the prism is not included ; )|
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this eyes, complexion and lips new beauty feature and would love to know what you think of the products--namely, the Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation and Tom Ford Lips & Boys--discussed.
Good things ahead, including my 2015 Favorites video, an accessories spotlight and a foundation-focused story!
xx and have a beautiful weekend,
--The Beauty Professor
** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.