Counter Intelligence at Surratt

Friday.  Why isn't every day Friday?

I'm rather conveniently located near Barney's New York and they've recently re-opened their newly renovated beauty floor.  I think they call it Foundation.  Or something?  Remember getting old?  I can barely remember what I saw 1/2 hour ago.

The floor, which you can descend down a gleaming curved staircase leads to a beautifully open and bright floor.  The lighting is bright and you can get a good look at the color (although nothing beats regular light, eh?).  They've added some new ranges into the store.  First is a brand called MAKE, which I couldn't locate as I was wandering around, but I did see the new Surratt line, which is another makeup artist line.  In this case, I was particularly inspired since the line is inspired by Japanese cosmetics.  (New York Magazine write up here)

First of all, it was impossible to grab a surreptitious picture at the small counter.  It was mobbed.  The attentive SA's were so happy to help that every swatch I smeared was immediately offered a cotton pad doused with Bioderma.  Were you onto me, Surratt counter?

My very first impressions are that it's a very tight line, with only color products (no skin care).  The SA mentioned that brushes were in the works.  Please, make them sourced in Kumano like a real deal!  The feel reminds me very much of Addiction (and Nars without the rubberized sex cases).

Refillable!
The blushes and eye shadow singles can be housed in a refillable case, exactly a la Addiction.  Four eye shadow pans can fit the smaller case (or 2 blush, or 2 e/s + 1 blush) or a six eye shadows in the larger case (or 3 blushes, or 2 blushes + 2 e/s , or or or ).

Eye Things
The eye shadows feel very dense.  (more so than Addiction, I think) The one matte shade I played with spread on like butter.  There are a nice glitter and shimmer assortment of colors, but it wasn't a giant myriad of color offering.  They are $20 each.

There was a nice looking eye brow pencil in all the right cool tones. I was excited to play with the eye liner, but I only saw black. Maybe there are others out there. I thought this might be a nice alternative to the THREE ones, but I will need to go back and play.

I saw a shiny black eye lash curler as well as a mascara.  I don't know about you, but it seems the Japanese drugstore mascaras perform better than the high end Japanese ones, so I'm not particularly keen on trying these.

Lip Things
There is a lipstick which is in a tube like the Cle de Peau ones (long skinny tubes), as well as a lip crayon (like THREE or Addiction).  The lip crayon feels very similar to the one Addiction I have but very limited in range.  I think 3 reds and 3 plum/vamp tones.

There's also a tight grouping of lip glosses, including lip transforming super dark (like black) looking one as well as a pale one radianting blue iridescence.

Also lip liners, too.  But I never am into lip liners.

Blush/Cheek
Blushes also feel very dense.  Not nearly as silky as THREE, and significantly denser than my Addiction Revenge powder blush.  There are highlighting, contouring shades along with your normal blush colors.  Nothing particularly grabbed me, but looked nice.

Base/Foundation
I did see a compact something.  Not sure if that's a foundation.  I don't recall seeing a liquid foundation, but again, I couldn't get very close to the counter.

Here's the one sad picture of what I have.  The three dark lip shades are of the lip crayon, the two brown stripes on the top are two of the eye brow pencil, the one pink is a lipstick and the two black stripes are my attempt at playing with the eye liner.
I know!  I'm a horrible blogging person!  These are the worst swatches EVER.  Yeah, but look at the cute charm bracelet my big Belly kid made me with her Rainbow Loom. 

Have you seen these in person yet?  What do you think?  Are you interested in having me go back for better pictures?  I hope they let me back in and stop offering me makeup wipes. :)

OH!  Also, I bought nothing!  How amazing am I?  Poor blogging entity, tight with the purse strings.  This week I did repurchase my concealer and lip balm as under the rules of my no buy.

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