The Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquers + My Beachside Beauty Essentials

The beachside shores of Lake Couer d’Alene. 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I’ve spent the last few days in Couer d’Alene,  Idaho with my husband. From stunning nature and wild weather to a touch of down time and business dinners aplenty, it’s been a fun departure from the ordinary thus far. 
Our hotel is surrounded by Lake Couer d’Alene, which inspired me to carefully consider what my beachside essentials are…each piece of clothing and makeup that gets tossed into my tote possesses a tried and true purpose for being there and I can’t wait to show you what and why. 
But before I get to exactly what’s in my beach bag, I am excited to share the resplendence that is the new *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK). I have received a host of messages and emails asking when I would be reviewing this launch and the time is now! 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line…
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
The *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer
Inspired by the exquisite art of lacquer in Japanese culture, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) features a lightweight and glowing cream formula that glides over eyes for a wash of color and subtly glossy finish that is as editorial as it is wearable.  Housed in black lacquered mini compacts emblazoned with red writing the Lid Lacquer takes the eye to the next level while still remaining remarkably effortless to apply and execute. 
Non-sticky and impressively hydrating, the eight shades can be worn individually or blended together for a custom hue that delivers a precise dose of impact to the windows of the soul. Although the thought of an eye gloss could be daunting, think of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer as a reflective cream shadow (a more accessible conceptualization, no?) and then apply with carefree creativity. 
As should not be a surprise, I am most drawn to the lighter and more neutral shades (the top row in the image below) in the lineup and love how easy it is to apply with one’s fingers, favorite eye brush or the new Surratt Beauty eye sponges (designed specifically for the Lid Lacquers). My suggestion is to start with the tiniest amount of the lacquer and blend outward for an initial base. Then, continue to add more until the desired opacity is reached. The result is a luminous orbital region that glistens with  intriguing (and flattering) color. 
Due to its texture, shades and finish, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) are completely unique in my collection and I highly recommend it as a refreshing departure from conventional eyeshadow…tutorial forthcoming! 

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
Official details, courtesy of Sephora:
What it is:
A unique eye gloss which creates a lustrous glow for eyelids and beyond.

What it does:
Inspired by a Japanese lacquer technique called urushi, this non-sticky formula features rich pigments suspended in a moisturizing, dewy base. The finish can be either sheer or vinyl-like, and can have either a wash of color or a deep opacity. The high-gloss effect provides a modern alternative to traditional shadow.

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
As aforementioned, the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) comes in eight shades that range from a twinkling gossamer veil to dramatic onyx opacity:
  • Kira Kira: An incandescent diamond-meets-pearl…this particular shade also works well as a highlighter on the high points of the face. 
  • Hadaka: The star shade in the lineup for this neutral-loving girl, Hadaka (worn later in this post) is a peachy beige with  a satin finish. 
  • Komuji: A translucent yet buildable taupe with no obvious shimmer. 
  • Kogecha: A gilded chocolate-meets-bronze with a radiant finish. 
  • Iro: Pure red cream with absolutely no shimmer. 
  • Satou Ume: A deep purple plum with lots of radiance. 
  • Pika Pika: A charcoal black cream with with extra luminosity. 
  • Skikoku: Intense and deepest black cream. 
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
Swatches of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) in outdoor sunlight. 
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
Swatches of the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) in direct sunlight.
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches
surratt beauty lid lacquer swatches

Beachside beauty. 
// BEACHSIDE BEAUTY // Packing for an afternoon by the water requires just enough products to put one’s best face forward while still looking fresh and uncomplicated.
  • Sensai Highlighting Concealer (reviewed HERE): This opaque yet radiant complexion perfector brightens and evens the skin while looking nearly invisible and lasting all day. Just a few strokes blended out from the center of my face provide me with enough initial coverage for a day outdoors.   
  • *Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder #4 (also available at Sephora): I use my *Surratt Beauty Artistique Cheek Brush to adeptly swept this stunning brown bronzer along the hollows of my cheeks and perimeters of my face for a believable tan that looks multi-dimensional and entirely natural. This formula has crazy good reviews and now I know why…if it isn’t already, it needs to be on your radar now. 
  • Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude Foundation Powder #5.5 (reviewed HERE): I am on my second compact of this weightless powder…the glowing pigment evens out the skin without the slightest bit of texture or “made up-ness” and it adds just enough illumination to replace my usual highlighter for a super low maintenance face. 
  • Sisley-Paris Phyto Lip Twist in #10 Sugar (reviewed HERE): Moisturizing like a balm with a cellophane dose of baby pink color, I never want to be without this particular lip stick and the sheer number of times I’ve included it in past blog posts should further validate this claim. 
  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in A La Rosee (reviewed HERE): So good in every way–color, hydration, portability and lasting power–this peachy rose tone is a recent non-negotiable in my routine. 
  • Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge #11 Lingerie (reviewed HERE): My makeup bag is never without this peachy nude shine…it’s beautiful on its own or over a darker color for that quintessential 1960s beige look without washing out one’s complexion. 
  • Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Bel Air (reviewed HERE): Fast becoming one of my favorite lipsticks of life, this vivid peachy pink cream instantly gives life to the face. 
  • BY TERRY Lash Expert Twist Mascara (not pictured but reviewed HERE): Even though it doesn’t purport to be waterproof, I get stalwart performance from this particular mascara…two coats and my lashes are good to go. 
Swatches direct sunlight. 

Beach bag and company, including the Coclico Clidro Slide Sandal in Brandy.
  • *Burberry Medium Giant Reversible Tote (reviewed HERE): On heavy rotation since last fall, I toss items into this multiple times a week. It’s a worthy splurge that will be useful for a lifetime. 
  • Vintage Gucci Scarf (reviewed HERE): I use this particular scarf to protect my hair (when windy or damp), as an accessory around my neck or waist or even as an impromptu covering for my forehead (if the sun is feeling extra intense. Get yourself a vintage silk scarf…you won’t regret it!
  • Cutoff denim shorts: Once you find the pair, you’ll find yourself wanting to wear them any time the temperature rises. Levi’s makes some of the best on the planet, by the way. 
  • Mint blue mens button down shirt: In my experience, a mens button down (in lightweight cotton) is the perfect coverup over a bathing suit. It’s, truly, all I ever wear. 
  • Bandeau bikini top: The absolute best for avoiding unwanted tan lines, I am super smitten with this version from Abercrombie. It’s well-constructed and fits true to size. 
  • Coclico Clidro Slide Sandal in Brandy (reviewed HERE): I bought these exactly a year ago and still wear them frequently…the super soft suede upper requires no breaking in and the leather bottom holds up like a champ on city streets and beach sand alike. I am seriously considering purchasing them in the reddish “Natural” shade next. 
  • *Oribe the Geometric Gold Plated Hair Stick (reviewed HERE): As soon as the temperatures rise, my hair goes into a high (or low) bun and this hair pin guarantees that it will be held in place without obvious denting. So good. 
  • Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses: Clean and classic with a polarized lens finish, this lightweight pair is always in my purse. 
  • Mason Pearson Pocket Boar Bristle Brush (reviewed HERE): This has been my purse brush for a couple of years…it detangles, smooths and fights static, making it a haircare must, especially on a windy beach. 
  • *Oribe The Nude Nail Lacquer (reviewed HERE): On my toes nearly 100% of the year, this creamy pale nude looks good on all skin tones. 
  • Seth Wegter Bags Black clutch (to hold small items): The latest handmade creation of my brother, this clever clutch folds over to become more compact and holds everything one might need for a day or night out. 
Beach clothing must-haves. 
*Oribe The Nude Nail Lacquer (reviewed HEREthrough a water lens.
The following images reflect all products in action in afternoon sunlight…

The eye look, featuring and *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer in Hadaka (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK). 

With the Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude Foundation Powder #5.5 (reviewed HERE)
Last Look…clean, simple and serene. 
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of the magnificently singular *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer (also available at Barney’s NY and Space NK) as well as a breakdown of my beachside essentials and would love to know what may have caught your eye. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including a video tutorial with the *Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer, a look at some of my current favorites from Sephora and a host of new product procurements. 
xx and more soon,
–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.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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  • Anonymous Reply

    Lovely nature surrounding yo u and great beach essentials. I ordered the Via Spiga slides from Nordstrom based on your review and love them. Thank you! Tanja

    June 13, 2018 at 5:17 am

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