Tool Thursday: Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette Review

This week I am changing the name of the series from Brush Thursday to Tool Thursday because I wanted to expand the review to cover other makeup tools, too, and not just the brushes. I'll start off with the new product from Beautyblender called Sur.face Pro today.

Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (upside down; lid does not fall off)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (upside down; lid does not fall off)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (thumbhole)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (thumb hole)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette (dual-ended spatula)
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette
Beautyblender Sur.face Pro Mixing Palette

Measurement

  • Diameter: 15.5 cm (6.1 in)
  • Depth: 1.7 cm (0.7 in)

Review & Usage

The idea of the Sur.face Pro is that it serves as a workspace for you to mix and match your makeup colors with the option to save the unused mixes for next use. You can practically mix anything, be it foundation, BB cream, CC cream, concealer, cream blush/bronzer, lipstick, or lipgloss as long as the texture is cream or thick liquid.

Unit components

  1. a plastic protection case
  2. a transparent mixing palette (pink-rimmed flat piece with thumb hole)
  3. a transparent numbered plastic film that you can write on with a marker pen
  4. a storage tray with 5 round indentations (wells) and a long slot for the spatula
  5. a dual-ended spatula (soft and flexible on both ends)

To use

  1. Hold the mixing palette securely in your hand by putting your thumb through the thumb hole.
  2. Put the products that you want to mix together on the mixing palette, then use a spatula to mix them together.
  3. If you are mixing foundations, you can place the transparent palette next to your face and look in the mirror to determine whether your customized mix matches your skin.
  4. Once you have the desired match, use your makeup tool (brush/sponge/Beautyblender) to apply it to your face.
  5. Use the spatula to scoop out the unused customized blends from the mixing palette and transfer them to the wells for next use.
  6. Cover the wells with the transparent film and label. The film keeps the blends safe and protected.
  7. Place the mixing palette on top of the film to close the unit. The mixing palette snaps shut tightly and does not come off even when the unit is held upside down.
  8. Place the closed unit in the plastic case for extra protection during travel.

Tips

  1. The thumb hole can double as a resting place for the Beautyblender, too.
  2. To prevent the blends from drying out, make sure you always cover the wells with the transparent film before closing with the mixing palette.
  3. Always use the thumb hold for grip.

In a nutshell, this is simply an overpriced custom mixing palette. It's not a necessary tool by any means and you can probably buy something similar for much cheaper price at a local art store. However, if you are feeling fancy or wanting something better constructed than a plain artist mixing palette — something more durable and portable — then here is something you can look into.

I purchased it because I seem to spend way too much time each morning trying to mix my foundations to match my summer skin tone. I used to blend on the back of my hand but a lot of time it just got messy and I ended up wasting so much products trying to get the right color. I find the Sur.face Pro superior than individual sample jars because my blends are always fresh and never dried out. Additionally, I can keep up to 5 different blends in the palette making it convenient to put all my makeup colors in one place.

Purchase

US$40 at SephoraAmazon

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22 Comments

    • I wish I had more self-control when it comes to makeup tools. I seem to always willing to spend crazy amount of money so that I could play with them. :(

  • Thanks for such a thorough review, Jaa! I think I’ll just stick to mixing on my hand as $40 seems steep for this, but I enjoyed reading your review anyway!

    • $40 is ridiculous, Carolyn! And yes, I bought it! I am ridiculous!!! I have no self-control whatsoever. :((

      I need to go to a meeting. I need help. LOL.

  • Hey Jaa, this is so pro! I seldom mix anything because I am flat out lazy. To fit my summer skin tone, I just add a bit of bronzer :p For people who actually mix, this looks like a great tool to have!

    • It is a total rip-off, just like everything else by Beautyblender! :(

      And here I am, still buying their products, one after another…. le sigh…

      And oh Melissa, I don’t know if you saw my reply to your question about what camera and lens I use (my reply to you appeared as a reply to Erin’s comment on multiple tries! Weird!). I use a Canon 7D and 100mm macro lens. :D

  • lol, $40. NOT HAPPENING. Paw Palette is $20 and has an adorable cat shape and it’s turquoise. I’d rather get that. Hell, you could get anything from Michael’s for more than likely cheaper than any of that.

  • I personally have no need for a fancy mixing palette, but I’m going to go against the grain and say that it seems well designed enough that the price isn’t completely offensive. I finally got my hands on a beauty blender sponge – and despite feeling that it wasn’t all that at first, my opinion is slowly changing.

    • Oh I love the Beautyblender sponge!! I don’t use it very often, though (either because I’m always in a rush or too lazy to wash it after). But when I want my foundation to look as natural and flawless as possible, it’s the one tool I reach for. :)

  • Hehe, the Beauty Blender sponge itself is $40 here, I believe (or something silly like that). I think that if you find it really useful, there’s nothing wrong with buying one that you like! I’m surprised that that’s the price they gave it in the US though (seems more like the NZ price would be!).

    I love the idea of mixing foundations (especially for my difficult skintone), but basicalyl what I’d need would be any foundation plus some of that white base that MAC sells. I think the only place that sells something like that is MAC, anyway, which kind of rules it out for me! Plus, I’m sure I’d make an absolute mess anyway LOL!

    • You are right, Syl! If you use it often, $40 doesn’t seem too steep at all. This thing will probably last a lifetime, too! I’ve heard about MAC white base — can you mix anything with it or is it only for foundation?

  • Cute…i dont think I mix enough products ever to get much use out of this, but it is cute and functional! I just use the back of an old CD the one or two times a year I want to mix stuff lol

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