Worth the Wait: The Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation + Swatches of ALL Shades

I’ll never forget when I found out that a Surratt Beauty foundation formula was in development.  As a massive proponent of this innovative brand (reviews HEREHERE and HERE) and an unapologetic foundation-phile, I was over the moon at the prospect, earnest in my confidence that whatever base Troy Surratt created would be as phenomenal as the rest of the products in his eponymous line.  Flash forward nearly two years and the foundation, which I have had the privilege of previewing, is now available online at Sephora, just in time for the VIB sale! 
Consequently, I am thrilled to be able to offer a first look at this revolutionary release for which I have been constantly reaching…flawless medium coverage and one of the most stalwart, touch up-free formulas I have experienced to date, this is a foundation that indeed was worth the wait. 
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade and images of the foundation in action…

surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Housed in a streamlined, airtight tube for portability and ease of application, the *Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation is dispensed with the click of a button through an extremely efficient duo-fiber brush.  As a rule, I am generally skeptical of foundations with attached brushes but am deeply delighted by how quickly and smoothly this brush blends the formula onto the face; it is an asset rather than a novelty.

Formula: The foundation is fragrance-free and does not contain any SPF (I will update with a full ingredients list as soon as I have it). I find this to be a rare combination in today’s base releases and, as one who has sensitive skin, appreciate these ommissions.  Texturally-speaking it feels creamy and has a bit of a bounce.  It glides across the skin in a way that feels smooth and nourishing (rather than excessively silicon-y) and feels relatively weightless, even over the course of wear.  

Coverage: Buildable from sheer, all the way to nearly full coverage, this foundation works for practically every desired outcome and layers like a dream.  I prefer to distribute a couple of pumps all over my face for beautiful medium coverage and love how it blurs imperfections, minimizes pores and banishes dark spots and shadows while still looking entirely natural.  Countless times during my testing period, I’ve been complimented on my skin (while wearing Surreal Skin Foundation)…it’s that undectectable.  

Finish: This foundation has a truly natural skin finish.  Neither overly matte nor excessively dewy, it is nearly imperceptible once applied…it simply looks like really good skin. I have also found that it continues to look even better–perhaps just a touch glowier–as the hours pass.  Magnifique.

Longevity: Remarkably, this foundation is completely self-setting; that is, one does not need to follow with a powder unless that is part of a desired aesthetic.  Once it sets, it stays in place for an interminable amount of time; I have worn this foundation for 14-hour teaching days and marvel at how well it holds up.  There is no migrating, pooling or obvious color transfer and my skin stays looking shockingly fresh over the course of wear.  It may not be touted as long-wearing, but I can personally attest to the fact that its wear-time is noteworthy, even in heat and humidity…it’s practically waterproof (an errant rainstorm helped me to make this assertion).  

All in all, the Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation earns extraordinary marks in all of the categories by which I use to assess foundations.  It is easy to apply, has versatile, buildable coverage and a flattering natural finish, is kind to sensitive skin and possesses tremendous lasting power.  To say that I am smitten would be a serious understatement!

Official details, courtesy of Sephora + Surratt Beauty

  • Innovative new component dispenses the foundation through an angled brush for effortless application and quick touch-ups
  • Oil-free, self-setting formula gives optimal skin-perfecting coverage with a longwearing, natural finish that is virtually undetectable
  • Surreally perfect skin instantaneously appears with the push of a button and the wave of a wand…skin tone evens and pores and fine lines mysteriously disappear 

 What it is:

A skin-perfecting foundation wand that’s a foundation and a brush in one.

What it does:

The Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand leaves your skin looking
flawless. Its innovative design makes application easy, and it instantly
melts into skin, reducing the look of pores and fine lines. With a
number of shades to choose from, it’s perfect for every skintone. This
foundation features a surreal, self-setting, oil-free formula that
provides an invisible, medium-to-full coverage and a long-wearing
finish. It dispenses foundation through an antibacterial brush for
effortless application and quick touch ups.

What else you need to know:

Surratt Beauty is dedicated to the Japanese tradition of minimal
elegance. The space-saving packaging is designed to be lightweight and
secure, and it is recyclable. 

Suggested Usage:

-Remove cap.

-Prime the foundation wand by clicking the button until you see foundation appear in the brush.

-Beginning at the center of the face, where discoloration most often
occurs, blend onto forehead, nose, and chin. Brush outwardly with
short, feathery strokes.

-Layer on this buildable formula in areas that may need additional coverage.

-Replace the cap carefully to keep brush from splaying.

-For lasting wear, set the foundation with the Surratt’s
award-winning Diaphane Loose Powder in Matte or Éclatant (sold
separately and REVIEWED HERE

To keep the brush tip from splaying, replace the cap carefully:

-Align the long side of the brush tip with the inside bottom wall of
the cap, then carefully scoop the hairs into the cap before snapping

-For top performance, shampoo the brush with gentle soap once a month.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclope-Ntasiloxane, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,
Triethy-Lhexanoin, Peg-9 Polydimeth-Ylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, B-utylene
Glycol, Pentylene G-Lycol, Disteardimonium Hect-Orite, Cetyl Peg /
Ppg-10 / 1 Dim-Ethicone, Sodium Chloride, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone
Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Glycerin,
Phenoxyethanol, P-Hytosteryl / Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Synthetic
Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,
Tocopherol, Hydrogen Dimethicone. May Contain (+/) Titanium Dioxide (Ci
77891), Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492),
Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), StearIc Acid.

surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Onto the swatches…
surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
The Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation comes in an impressive spectrum of 15 shades ensuring that most will find their ideal match. With a diversity of undertones and levels of depth, I appreciate how inclusive this formula is!

Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • 01: Very fair with a balance of pink and yellow undertones…leans yellow (@N/NC 10-15)
  • 02: Very fair with a balance of pink and yellow undertones…leans peachy(@N/NW 15)
  • 03: Fair to light beige with neutral to peach undertones (@N/NC/NW 20-23) 
  • 04: Light beige with peachy and golden undertones (@N/NC 23-23)
  • 05: Light-medium beige with yellow undertones (@N/NC 23-25) **My current match
  • 06: Medium beige with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 27–30) 
  • 07: Medium beige with warm peachy undertones (@N/NC 33-35))
  • 08: Medium beige with golden yellow undertones (@N/NC 30-33)
  • 09: Tan beige with warm golden undertones (@N/NC 35)
  • 10: Tan beige with yellow golden undertones (@N/NC/NW 35)
  • 11: Caramel beige with golden ochre undertones (@N/NC/NW 40)
  • 12: Honey beige with golden ochre undertones (@N/NW 45-50)
  • 13: Amber beige with golden undertones (@N/NC 42-45)
  • 14: Bronze light brown beige with golden undertones (N/NC 50)
  • 15: Bronze medium brown beige with neutral to rosy undertones (N/NW 52-55)

**Click images to enlarge swatches!

surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash. 
surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Swatches in outdoor shade.

surratt surreal skin foundation swatches

To showcase Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation, I combined it with the following products:
Swatches in direct sunlight.

The following images reflect all products in action in outdoor shade (jumpsuit from ASOS)…
We also shot the foundation again a couple of days later in direct afternoon sunlight to offer additional perspective.  All makeup details are the same as above except I used Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes in Neutral Eyes (reviewed HERE) on the eyes and Surratt Beauty Lipslique in Fee Soie (reviewed HERE) on the lips.  Shirt by Equipment France

surratt surreal skin foundation swatches
Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you found this Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation feature immensely useful; once I had the chance to experience the efficacy of this formula, I couldn’t wait to share my experience and create swatches of every shade for my lovely and loyal Beauty Professor readers!  
The Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation is every bit as magnificent as I had dreamed it would be…buildable and long-wearing with a gorgeous skin finish, it is beyond exciting to see this formula come to fruition. 
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new foundation and welcome your questions…please leave them in the comments section so we can discuss!
Good things ahead including a travel beauty story, a Decorte Beauty feature and a host of new product procurements!
–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.

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Comments (28)

  • jessigreer Reply

    The product is on the Sephora website now, I just ordered can't wait to try it!

    April 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Indeed…so excited for its debut today…thanks so much, Jessi!

      I hope you get to try this incredible formula…XO,

      –The Beauty Professor

      April 13, 2016 at 12:36 am
    • Anonymous Reply

      Will this be sold in Barneys as well?

      April 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      It will indeed! It is on the site now!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:10 am
  • A_N Reply

    So glad the formula is fragrance and alcohol-free. I've tried to cross-reference shades using your encyclopedic foundation swatches, but no luck so far. Kevyn Aucoin's SSE in SX 10 is a great color match for my neutral/yellow skin tone (SX 11 is too golden). Do you've any suggestions for a corresponding Surreal Skin shade? Thanks for any help.

    April 13, 2016 at 2:02 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Indeed! With regards to your question, I would suggest either #6 (which is a classic neutral medium beige) or #8 (which is a great medium beige but it definitely leans warmer). I truly hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      April 13, 2016 at 2:28 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    i wasn't planning on getting anymore from the Sephora sale but then I saw your review and had to place another order! So excited to try it! I ended up ordering two shades because I wasn't sure what shade I would be. How do you recommend on applying it? The brush that it comes with or beauty blender?

    April 13, 2016 at 2:13 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I am so excited that you ordered this, Anon!! To apply, I use the brush that comes with it to distribute and buff and then follow with a damp Beauty Blender for extra refinement. Planning on doing a demonstration video later on this week!!


      –The Beauty Professor

      April 13, 2016 at 2:30 am
  • Robyn Reply

    Curious how you would compare this to the By Terry click brush foundation? Both seem intriguing and travel-friendly. Thank you as ever for the fantastic swatching and shade descriptions!

    April 13, 2016 at 4:29 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Robyn,

      I would say that it feels similar in terms of packaging (though the brushes are vastly different) but that is where the comparisons end. The Surratt version is unscented and has a creamier (rather than By Terry's velvet) texture and completely invisible finish. Even though the By Terry formula is quite long lasting, the Surratt version is has even more superb longevity!

      The post was my pleasure…hope you get a chance to try the formula!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:12 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Thank you for the extensive review of this beautiful foundation! I wear the shade Fawn in all of Tom Ford's foundations. What shade would you recommend in the Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation? Thank you for your time!

    April 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure, Anon! I would suggest #5 in the Surratt formula as it is similar to TF Fawn!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:13 am
  • abeautifulzen Reply

    i love that line "it is an asset, not a novelty' it so succinctly captured your experience and convinced me that i had to try this brush. also, i love that you always have some many comparison swatches when posting about foundations. it really helps! its tough that this doesn't have something close to NC15-20 though 🙁

    i love the look of the tube. the sparkles are so pretty!

    April 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jenn!

      Thank you for noticing! I thought long and hard about how to express that sentiment ; ) I think you'll find that #3 falls nicely into the NC 15-20 range!


      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:45 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi Rachel!
    So Sephora describes #4 as "light with yellow undertone". But looking at your swatches, I agree with you that it seems to lean peachy and #5 is the fairest yellow there is! I am around NC20, yellow-olive tone, Koh Gen Do Aqua 213 being my perfect match. Do you think #5 would look too dark on my skin? Thanks a lot xx

    April 27, 2016 at 2:40 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Anon,

      I do indeed think you'll find #5 to be very close to NC 20 and KGD #213!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:32 am
  • JessL Reply

    How does this compare to the Natasha Denona glow or Becca Aqua luminous foundation? Thank you

    May 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jess,

      This has a more invisible finish and better lasting power than both of the formulas you mention. It is also unscented (the gorgeous Natasha Denona Glow Foundation is has a fragrance) and provides better coverage than the Becca Aqua Luminous!

      I hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:51 am
  • Jodi K Gordon Reply

    Help needed-I'm shade 30 in Chanel les beiges-what would my best match be in the Surrat -much appreciated!

    May 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Jo,

      Thanks for the question! I would recommend #9!

      I hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      May 15, 2016 at 5:13 am
  • Lisa Reply

    Hi! Not sure my earlier post got to you-think it was deleted? Re-sending with this message. Thank you beautiful makeup goddess for you posts! Love your style and appreciate your insights and reviews. So, I need help! What shade in the Surratt do you think will math me?…Closest matches I have to date are: YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Awakening Foundation in B40 and Estee Double Wear in 2N1-Desert Beige. Depending on the angle of the planets and moon phase I have been told I am an NW20, and I have been told I am a NC20. Not sure which I am if either. I have tried the Le Metier in Shade #3 (a tad light yet possible) Can wear the Le Metier in #5 (slightly dark yet possible.) Have tried ALL the Koh Gen Do Aqua shades! NONE match my skin. All are too yellow. Only one shade in the Koh Gen was not yellow and it was too dark-can't remember the shade yet believe it was a new shade in OC something?? Do you think I can match any of these shades? Thanks BP. Love your posts!

    May 19, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your super kind words! with regards to your question, I would recommend #4 as it is similar to the other shade matches you mention. I hope that helps!!!

      Keep me posted…XO,

      –The Beauty Professor

      June 7, 2016 at 5:24 am
  • sasha Reply

    Hello, I'm trying to find my match to TF Fawn in stick foundation formula and the perfection formula…. I currently have samples of the Surratt's formula in # 3 #4 and #5…can you give me any suggestions? should i try mixing #4 and #5?
    Thank you in advance,

    June 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I suggest #5…it's very close to TF Fawn and doesn't oxidize darker on my skin. Hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      June 20, 2016 at 1:10 am
  • sasha Reply

    Thank you so very much!!!! You are always so helpful and attentive to all your readers:) Have a great week!

    June 20, 2016 at 2:36 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My absolute pleasure, Sasha!


      –The Beauty Professor

      February 19, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi! Long time reader, first comment 🙂 Want to thank you for all your VERY detailed reviews, they are SO helpful while trying to navigate the vast world of beauty products. I just bought this foundation and LOVE it. Goes on perfectly and looks like I am not wearing anything, just beautiful healthy skin.

    Question – I bought this in shade #3 and it matches perfect, what shade do you think would be best in By Terry Cover Expert, debating between #2, #3 or even #4….


    February 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for (1) being a long time reader and (2) commenting! I truly appreciate your kind words and am always encouraged to hear that my reviews are helpful! I am also thrilled that you are loving the Surratt Foundation!

      If #3 is a good match in Surratt, I would suggest #3 (on the lighter side) or #7 (on the slightly darker side).

      Hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      February 19, 2017 at 6:56 am

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