Surreal Makeup Eyeshadow Collection: Duochromes to Die For

Surreal Makeup Eyeshadow Collection: Duochromes to Die For

Surreal Makeup is another Indie company I discovered on Instagram. Established in 2011, the company produces cruelty free mineral pigments in a rainbow of vibrant colors.

I combed through Surreal’s website to pick a selection of duochrome pigments, most of which fell under Surreal’s Dragon Scales collection.

The Dragon Scales collection is described on the company’s website as:

Intense duo chrome eyeshadow, lip colors and highlighters specially formulated for the most  illustrious metallic color shifting effects imaginable.

You can imagine why I made a beeline right for the dragon scales, despite the fact that the company doesn’t offer mini sizes and the full size 5g jars were US$15.00 each.

Below are descriptions and swatches of the pigments I ordered:

 

Hydra Dragon:

Company’s Description:

Intense duochrome eyeshadow with maroon, purple, teal, and blue color shifting properties.

I covered this pigment in my March favorites duochrome blog post: March Favorite Duochromes

Here are my swatches.

The first photo is in indoor vanity lighting and the second is near a natural light source (taken near my open windows).

 

Lava Dragon:

Company’s Description:

Duochrome eyeshadow with intense bright orange, copper to gold color shifting properties.

This was also one of my March favorite duochromes; please refer back to the blog post.

Here are my swatches.

The first photo is in indoor vanity lighting and the second is near a natural light source (taken near my open windows).

 

Copper Dragon:

Company’s Description:

Intense copper, pink, and orange, duochrome color shifting eyeshadow.

Here are my swatches.

The first photo is in indoor vanity lighting and the second is near a natural light source (taken near my open windows).

I have to share one more photo of this one that shows the orange better, however, I had to play with my color filters for this one. In real life, you can definitely see the orange shift; it’s just not translating as well as I’d like on camera!

 

Basilisk:

Company’s Description:

Duochrome eyeshadow with a copper, green, and gold color shift.

Here are my swatches. All of these are taken at different angles of indoor lighting.

 

Blood Dragon:

Company’s Description:

Smashing duochrome eyeshadow with copper, pink, and purple color shifting effects.

Here are my swatches.

The first photo is in indoor vanity lighting and the second is near a natural light source (taken near my open windows).

 

Needless to say, all the pigments I purchased from the Dragon Scales collection are showstoppers.

They are a little more difficult to work with as they are very powdery with a very fine granulated formulation. The granules do not stick together as easily as in some other duochrome formulations (e.g. Fyrinnae’s). There is more fallout, particularly when I am working with regular primer (instead of a sticky base). When using a sticky base, patting on with a flat brush works best.

When swatched over a sticky base (I use Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy), this shadow is almost grandstanding and showy in its brilliance. It screams glamour and is too flamboyant for work (but a perfect showstopper for an evening appearance). When I want a more toned down look for work, I dust the very fine, granular powder over regular primer with a small fluffy brush. These colors have incredible dimension and the duochrome shift is obvious, very prominent, and buildable to an intense luminosity.

In addition to Dragon Scales, I purchased one more pigment from Surreal’s regular duochrome collection.

 

Halo is described as: pink to copper color shifting duochrome eyeshadow that looks great with all eye color types.

This pigment was US$10.00 for a 5g jar.

The first photo is in indoor vanity lighting and the second is near a natural light source (taken near my open windows).

 

The formulation of this pigment was different – less powdery, more cohesive, creamier, and consequently, easier to work with. The pigment is a little more dense which means it adheres to the eye better. The color shift was intense still but with less of a glitter / shimmer effect. It was a lot more opaque on the eyelid. Due to the opacity, I think this would work best as a lid shade accompanied by a darker crease color.

For on-the-go looks, e.g. for work when I have limited time to get ready, I think I would go with a regular duochrome eyeshadow versus a dragon scale.

Overall, I enjoyed discovering the joys of Surreal Makeup eyeshadows; I am sure I will purchase more colors in the future.

 

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