My signature look is the smoky eye and I have experimented and played around with many products and tools in the past that it would take an amazing product to “wow” me at this point. Well, never say never because I have discovered the smoky eye baton ($36) by celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt, the man who preaches that makeup should be all about “quality and innovation,” and it is only one of many great products in his newly launched makeup line at Barneys NY.
When I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Surratt, I asked him to name three products every women should own in his line and the smoky eye baton was quickly mentioned. Interestingly enough, I had already bought one a few days before I met him so I was not surprised by his answer. The smoky eye baton is a sleek black double ended product that is a creamy eye liner on one end and an eyeshadow that is inside a smudger that helps set and smudge the liner to create a bold but ombre effect. His inspiration was very logical..it came from years of working with women with a common complaint of “how can I achieve a smoky eye?” Let’s be honest, most of us one time or another, have been curious to see how it would look and feel to achieve the perfect smoky eye but not sure how to go about it. After all, it is intimidating and if not done properly, it can look more like a scary eye. Troy has taken all the guess work out of it and created five shades ranging from classic black and brown to navy and plum, solid classic colors that almost make it dummy proof.
I bought two shades, Fumee Brun and Vapeur Mauve. They look so similar side by side and even when I swatched them at Barneys they looked similar ,but once applied you can see the difference. The Brun is a gorgeous creamy coffee brown that is intense and has lots of pigment. The shadow on the other side is also a pure brown, no red or yellow undertones and suitable for everyone. The mauve is a plum brown that will make hazel or green eyes “pop”..absolutely stunning!
I applied the liner on the rim on upper eye and then did a thin line close to the lash line. I then smudged using the powder application and slightly brought it up to the crease. I also used the powder on the bottom lash line to really create a smokey look. The result was a perfect smoky eye in less then 2 minutes that didn’t last all day but it did fade away nicely and still looked soft and smoky. Of course you can play around with it and see what works for you but you really don’t have to be a makeup artist to use this, it is as easy as they come and as I stated earlier, the colors are so practical and suitable for a smoky eye. The images I am showing are done using a very light hand, I could have easily made it more dramatic and intense but for daytime, this is more appropriate.
Verdict? What is there not to like? Japanese quality, sleek packaging and gorgeous colors…simple but brilliant idea. I predict the smoky eye baton will be a favorite with beauty editors, makeup junkies (myself included) and the everyday women who wants to look “put together” and sophisticated. I plan on buying the navy and the black, these are great to have in a makeup kit or in the purse to freshen up your eye makeup during the day or redo the eye before going out at night. I have used it for all of the reasons above and I am thrilled! The only problem is it is only available at Barneys NY and Bevery Hills but that should not stop you from ordering on the phone or pre-ordering on line. I feel confident you will be pleased and just as excited as I am. I am currently experimenting with other products in the Troy Surratt line and loving everything (eye shadows are like butter..swoon!)