I was never much of a mountain girl anyways | Vasanti Rockies Blush review, photos, swatches

Friday, April 6, 2012

The product: Vasanti Microionized Silky Blush in Rockies 

The shade: Rockies, despite the tangerine-coral look of the product on the Vasanti site and its description as a “beautiful coral that brightens and hilights all skintones,” is more of a bright, peachy pink than a straight-up coral in real life. It has quite a bit of gold shimmer worked into the shade, aligning it with products like NARS Orgasm in my head – because my head makes weird logic leaps like that; not actually because they’re dupes (or even close to being such).

If you ask me, Rockies is first and foremost a pink blush, and it just so happened to have been attacked by a bit of coral and a lot of shimmer before leaving the factory – not the other way around.

Vasanti Rockies swatches – lightly, then heavily.

The formula: I’m not, admittedly, the most strict tester when it comes to blushers – with fair, dry skin and reasonably small pores, a blush has to be pretty darn terrible in order to completely disappoint me.

That said, though, I did like the formula of this blush. It’s not too powdery in the pan, and goes on with just the right intensity: there’s no chalkiness whatsoever, but it’s also not so pigmented that it’s hard to work with. While I’m not personally a fan of shimmery blushers, Rockies does give a very pretty glow, blending out evenly and lasting all day.

Wearing Vasanti Rockies blush

(Rest of the face: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, Senna Sketch-A-Brow in Mink, and Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Charcoal.)

The verdict?

At $15 each, Vasanti’s blushers are a great drugstore find. If I compare Rockies to the other shimmery blushers in my collection, it can hold its own against products both in its price range (high end of the drugstore) as well as in the more expensive department-store/high-end bracket: I’d reach for this over my NARS Orgasm or 100% Pure Mimosa (both shimmery peaches) any day.

While Rockies isn’t a shade that I can see myself wearing on a frequent basis, I do think that (objectively), it’s a very solid formula at a price point that’s well worth it. Pair that with the fact that it’s a Canadian product free of animal testing, parabens, silicones, and fragrances, and I think we have a winner!

Ingredients, additional photos, and more swatches »

COMING UP | Vasanti Cosmetics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Just a bit of a teaser post this morning! One of my goals for this year is to feature more Canadian content on theNotice, and I figured that Vasanti Cosmetics would be a good place to start. (I have some Joe Fresh in my “to review” drawer as well, but all in due time!)

A bit about the brand

Founded by three Canadian women, the Vasanti line aims to encourage women to celebrate and enhance their natural beauty. Their products are made to be lightweight and easy-to use, fitting a wide range of skintones and suiting a large variety of skintypes – Vasanti’s skincare range is quite small (with just two products, if I’m not mistaken), but their colour range goes right from sheer neutrals to bold brights.

Vasanti products are all gluten-free and not tested on animals, and (due to increasing demand), they’re slowly including more and more paraben-free products in the line, too. You can find them in select Shoppers’, Rexalls, Lawtons, and Pharmasaves across Canada, or online.

(And before you ask – yes, they ship internationally!)

The three products in this post are the Mount Rushmore Silky Eyeshadow Duo, Sweden Ultra Luxe Lipstick, and Rockies Silky Blush. Reviews are on their way (admittedly quite slowly; I’m afraid my blogging mojo has been MIA for the last few months), and I hope to find time to include them in some makeup looks soon.

See anything you like? ;) 

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