More of what we love: new shades from Marcelle, Vasanti, and Clinique

More of the same, perhaps, but it’s the good kind of same — the kind that involves lines we already love & some great new shade additions to both of them.

This month, we’re seeing new shades in Marcelle’s BB Cream and Clinique’s Chubby Sticks (two of my favourite products), as well as Vasanti’s Wonders of the World, a concealer duo that I’ve heard some really good things about.

Marcelle BB Cream

Despite having (very, very) fair skin, I always get excited when I see darker shades being launched. I know how hard it can be to find “niche” base products (hello, silicone sensitivities), so it’s always great to see brands attending to a broader shade range. Not all humans are Crayola Peach, after all! The new Marcelle BB Cream shade will be sold just online, but it’s great to see brands catering to their consumer base – even if drugstores aren’t seeing the demand.

(This is only vaguely relevant, but there was a well-done article the other day on The Cut about Iman–the brand, not the woman, but I guess the woman too–on ethnic segregation and neglect at the drugstore. Well wroth a read!)

Clinique Chubby Sticks

My makeup staples change on a pretty regular basis, but Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are one product that have been in my handbag non-stop for… ages. They (re-)launched at the end of 2010, and while Super Strawberry is still my favourite, I kind of adore all of the ones I have – they’re comfortable, just-sheer-enough, and totally effortless.

The eight new Chubby Stick shades are (from left to right in the photo above) Bountiful Blush, Curvy Candy, Heaping Hazelnut, Mighty Mimosa, Oversized Orange, Pudgy Peony, Two Ton Tomato, and Voluptuous Violet.

Vasanti Wonders of the World 

The last launch I wanted to talk about is another base product, but it’s one that I haven’t tried. Vasanti’s Wonders of the World duo concealer (one side for the undereye area; the other for blemishes and lid priming) has launched in A2, for fair to medium-fair skintones. (It’s not widening the shade range to darker skintones, but they do already make a fairly dark shade – and it’s always nice to have more options in the light range, too!)

A2 joins Y2 (for fair to medium skintones) and O2 (for medium to deep skintones), but it’s not the only Spring launch by Vasanti. The Silky Eyeshadow Duos, Vitamin E Lipsthines, and Ultra Luxe Lipsticks are seeing new shades as well – Saint Basil’s (a matte peach + a pearl shimmer) for the eyeshadow, Kara Sea (a soft pink with gold shimmer) for the gloss, and Belarus (a bright, punchy coral pink) for the lipstick.

I’m not super-excited about any of the new launches, but I always feel rather obligated to tell you guys about Canadian stuff. Our home-grown brands never get enough press, if you ask me! ;) (Plus, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to love Belarus.)

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  • Don't dropkick me, but I have yet to get a Chubby Stick… What's up with that?! O_o
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    • Haha. I sold mine. I think I'm the only person who doesn't like them ._.
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      • I has a sad for the failed love story of Larie and the Chubby Sticks I literally can't go through a week without them anymore! >.<

    • Daniiiii. Why; how! D:

      (I'm not actually sure if you'd like Chubby Sticks, to be honest :p If I had lips like yours, I'd run around in opaque colours ALL the time!)

  • dany

    Hi, I'm a black woman and although I really love that they are introducing a darker shade (I bought the medium at Shoppers and use it as primer or mix it with a too dark foundation I have), I wish they'd introduce it in stores and not as an online exclusive. Lise Watier does the same thing with her concealer wheel (that i had to buy online as not even testers were available in stores) and her company will not be getting any more of my money.

    I want to be like any other Canadian woman, able to go into a store and find a product, without having to pay shipping on top which will make the product more expensive for me,when the other available shades are sold in stores.

    Thanks but no thanks. Lately, I've decided to vote with my wallet, and buy products from companies that respect us enough to provide service in stores. There are other BB creams.

    Love your blog!

    • Hi Dany! I totally get what you're saying, but a lot of the time, it's not up to the brands – it's the stores that won't give them the floorspace for wider shade ranges, which is why you'll sometimes see larger shade ranges online or in stand-alone shops.

      Anyhow; I don't have any inside info from Lise Watier or Marcelle, but I just wanted to add in my two cents in case you hadn't considered it before! I think stores really need to make an effort to carry darker shades, too (ironically, I'm often too pale for drugstore shade ranges, so I can sympathize in a way), but it turns out the stores' cosmetic buyers play a lot larger of a role than I had initially thought.

      Glad you're enjoying theNotice! Thank you :)

  • BooBooNinja

    Hi Rae, Thanks for doing your due diligence and posting on the good ol' Canadian brands. I look forward to them. Your last post on Vasanti Rushmore has got me interested. I just have to find a SDM that carries Vasanti now.

    • Glad I could get another Canadian brand on your radar, hon :) The Vasanti site has a store locator here, if that helps!

  • I don't know WHY I have yet to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks yet, seeing as how I shun full-coverage lipsticks in favor of glossy, tinted balms like this one. Better get on that asap–a few of the new shades are calling my name!
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    • Hope you like the line, hon! :) Let me know which shades you pick up, yeah?

  • Jilliterate

    I saw the posting on Marcelle's website the other day. I'm really glad they added a darker shade for the BB cream (I can't believed they launched without one) — now I hope they'll just add a "paper white" shade. The light-medium shade is unwearable on me, even under my foundation, which has been one of the biggest beauty disappointments for me in awhile. :/

    • Man, I know how you feel :( A paper-white shade would be fantastic – or a white-adjuster, even! (Something still lacking from the drugstore, unfortunately. Even if it was online-only, it would be awesome to see a mid-range or low-end brand come out with colour adjusters for us pale girls!)

  • toyarosie

    You know, I work for Clinique and was given a Chubby Stick in Graped Up, and totally disliked the color so I sort of wrote them off. But all the new shades (and Super Strawberry, which a client raved about the other night and turned me on to!) are all sorts of awesome and I think I need to give them another shot (boo to having to spend my own money though LOL). Also, HOO-frickin'-RAY that they're coming out with a darker shade of the Marcelle BB!!!! I'm not sure I'll take the time to go online at buy……but I'm really pleased they've got the option anyway – ever since you've raved about Rae it I've been bummed I couldn't try it out. I'm so pleased I can (potentially) get the chance now!
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    • No no no; never let the shade of a product turn you off the whole line! :o There are definitely some weaker shades of Chubby Sticks, I'm afraid, but Super Strawberry — it's kind of awesome.

      Anyhow. Let me know if you end up trying the Chubby Sticks again, or if you pick up the Marcelle BB! I'd love to hear your thoughts :)