Rodial review, swatches: Instaglam Bronzer, Illuminator, and Powder Brush (plus a makeup look!)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

So, here’s something that I’m excited about: the launch of the new Rodial makeup line, which you can find exclusively at Murale (in Canada).

And here’s what I’m doing about that: two makeup looks. Two image-heavy sets of reviews. Two days of pure, unbridled awesoooome.

Today is day one, and it’s going to cover everything cheek-related.

Rodial makeup review

The lust object: Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder ($75 CAD)

I love a good highlighter, so I thought I’d start off this post with Rodial’s new Instaglam Deluxe Illuminating Powder. This one is weird, but good. Like, really good. 

The shimmer that Rodial uses is very finely milled, so this powder reads as a sheen instead of a glitterbomb, and it feels like butter. It melts seamlessly into the skin (even if you apply with fingers!!!), and sits in a slightly darker base colour than it glows — so it reads as a really natural sheen on my fair skintone, but looks absolutely lucent against deeper complexions.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder review swatches photos

The base sheen in this powder tends to wear away more quickly than the shimmer, which creates a sort of mid-day transformation: it starts off as a subtle sheen in the morning, then slowly wears down to a fairytale shimmer by the evening.

See? Both weird and good. If you like your illuminators creamy, then you definitely have to check this one out.

Rodial Instaglam Illuminating powder swatch review

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder swatches

Rodial Instaglam Illuminating Powder review swatches photos

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder

The you-could-skip-it: Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder ($75 CAD)

The Rodial makeup line is all about sculpting, so they do a contouring powder, a bronzer, and an illuminator. (Surprisingly, each one only comes in one shade!) I tested out the Illuminator with the line’s Bronzing Powder, which is really finely-milled and touts a light yellow undertone.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder review swatches photos

My favourite thing about the Instagram Deluxe Bronzing Powder is how easily it blend into the skin, but I find that it tends to kick up powder when I tap a brush to its surface — not even brush against; just tap.

This particular shade made me look a little sallow and gaunt, but to its credit, I do look very sculpted while wearing this. I say go for the Contouring Powder instead, or head straight for the Illuminating Powder.

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Lise Watier Expression swatches, reviews, photos | Spring 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lise Watier Palette Expression eyeshadow packaging

The products: Lise Watier Expression collection (Spring 2015)

This year, Lise Watier’s spring collection has been crafted around the idea of “creativity, spontaneity, and individuality” — and so, for today’s review, I’m going to try something ever so slightly different and just kind of… chat about these products. (Let me know if you prefer this format drastically more or something!)

The must-have product

Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner HD Vert review swatch Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner Vert review

liked a lot of the pieces from this collection, but I loved the Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert ($20 CAD; new shade). I am obsessed with this product — if you buy nothing else from Lise Watier all year, make sure you get this eyeliner.

The Féline Eyeliner HD formula wears really well (which surprised me, based on how easily the black version smudges on your hand), and the long, stiff felt tip makes it easy to get a steady, insanely saturated line. Plus, that green!!

Lise Watier Vert Eyeliner Feline HD

Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert (swatch/wearing)

The nice-to-haves

As always, I was a big fan of the Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême eyeshadow; this time in Fairy Pink ($24 CAD; new shade). The Ombre Soufflé Suprême formula is very bouncy and wet, with a very high-shine finish — this one glows cotton-candy pink in the light, but wears as a sheer, peachy gold straight-on.

Lise Watier Fairy Pink review swatches ombre souffle supreme

Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Fairy Pink

Lise Watier Palette Expression eyeshadow review swatches

Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows

I also really liked the Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows ($42 CAD), a palette that you can see worn here with Fairy Pink, Vert, and the grey Expression pencil. It’s not of breathtaking quality (the matte, pastel peach and mint need to be layered quite a bit), but it’s still very pretty — and the shades work together beautifully.

If you really like mint green, I’d say pick up the Palette Expression. Matte mint greens are a dime a dozen, but they’re usually terrible — and this one isn’t. Like, yeah, you have to layer it some, but unlike most, it actually shows up (and sticks around)!

Lise Watier Expression Eyeshadow Palette swatches review

Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows swatched on lightly primed skin

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Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution review, photos | A makeup remover to love (even more)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution paraben-free makeup remover

The product: Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

My love for the Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Water is long and well-documented one, and today, I am happy to share with you that this fan favourite has been re-packaged and re-named in the best way possible. 

I am a little late with this news (the changeover occurred during the fall), but cleansing water addicts across Canada can now easily get their hands on this awesome piece of innovation!

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution flip-top packaging

New Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution flip-top cap

As I mentioned in my original review, the Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Water (now called the Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, but I promise that it’s the same stuff) is gentle and super-effective, removing makeup easily without drying out your skin or leaving an oily residue behind. It uses little micelles–an actually legit science thing–which “trap” makeup in little micro-capsules of makeup remover.

I know, the whole thing sounds like a total hoax, but micellar solutions are a real, big thing in the skincare industry right now — and they work really, really well. I find that this one isn’t quite as effective as scrubbing down your whole face with cleansing oil, but it works better for me than any other oil-free makeup remover that I’ve tried.

(It’s more effective than a lot of the bi-phase ones that I’ve used over the years, too. Plus: no mess, and no stinging.)

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution review makeup remover

The verdict?

You need this. I mean, you needed it before, but the new Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution is actually cheaper per ounce than the original and features a very awesome blue flip-top cap, which makes it super easy to soak a cotton pad one-handed.

Also, the new packaging is super pretty, and we all know that that’s the real game, here.

Availability: $19.95 CAD/10 fl oz at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada (or online at Marcelle.com with shipping to the US & Canada).

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Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals “Greys” 8-Pan Palette swatches, review, photos | Super sleek + super affordable, with a side of extra-super-awesome

Friday, February 13, 2015

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys Palette review

The product: Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys

This palette, you guys, is everything.

“Pretty. Simple. Overstuffed makeup bags everywhere are rejoicing.

Life is complicated. With Clinique, pretty is easy. Mistake proof combinations exist within every palette. Go matte, go shimmery, and get creative. There are no wrong answers.”

-Clinique, preachin’ the truth

The shades: Clinique is always great at telling you which shadows are what, and this palette is no exception. In Wear Everywhere Greys, you’ll find Fawn Satin (Matte, from the Seashell Pink duo), a pinky satin-matte; High Tea (Matte, LE), a lovely purpley taupe; Mushroom (Super Shimmer LE), a gorgeous taupe that is not the same as the one in the Nutcracker Act I eyeshadow palette (see it worn here); and Grey Matters (Matte, LE), a dark grey-brown.

Clinique Nutcracker Mushroom swatch vs Wear Everywhere Greys Mushroom

Clinique The Nutcracker Suite’s Mushroom (L) vs. the Wear Everywhere Greys’ Mushroom (R). You could have used ANY OTHER NAME, Clinique. Why would you do this.

Fifth comes the bright, white Sugar Cane (Soft Shimmer, permanent), then the neutral Silver Lining (Super Shimmer, permanent; not too blue!), both from the regular line. The palette finishes off with two insanely buttery liner/crease shades: Stormy (Soft Shimmer, LE), a gorgeous neutral-warm brown, and Stroke of Midnight (Matte, permanent), your standard soft black.

The formula: Clinique has played around with a lot of different eyeshadow formulations over the past couple of years, and while this palette doesn’t represent the very, very best of them, it’s still really good. Some of the shades feel a little dry in the pan (keep that in mind if you look at these in-store), but when you actually use them, they work perfectly — zero fall-down, easy to blend, and really well-pigmented.

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys review swatches 8 pan

Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys swatches

Clinique Greys 8 pan Neutrals palette review

With primer, I get all-day wear out of these (which is really rare for me). The buttery, pigmented Mattes and Soft Shimmers are the best performers in the palette, while the few Super Shimmers remind me a lot of Clinique’s old Colour Surge eyeshadows — they feel drier and almost gritty when swatched, but still apply really gently and smoothly to the lid.

Overall, this Wear Everywhere Neutrals palette is of excellent quality, and there are no poor performers in Greys that drag the rest down.

Clinique 8 pan palette Greys review Wear Everywhere Neutrals

Just the right size! And shades!

The verdict?

Okay, okay, okay: here is the most exciting part of this post. I don’t care if you wear a lot of eyeshadow or only very little, you need one of the Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals palettes, because they’re foolproof and only freakin’ $40!!!

Are these palettes perfect perfect? Eh, not technically — but if you want a monochromatic palette, these are your very best bet. They’ll leave you crease- and fallout-free, and strike the perfect balance between variety & simplicity. (Plus: $40!! And just as well-thought-out as the Shu Uemura Prêt-à-Palettes, which are more than twice the price!)

Availability: $36 USD/$40 CAD at Clinique counters & online.

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Dreamy lids & blue-green liner with the Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 collection

Friday, February 6, 2015

Lise Watier Expression makeup look Spring 2015

I’ve been testing a lot of (rather excellent) all-natural skincare products for the blog recently, but this month, I had my first serious reaction to a product: a red, itchy, bumpy rash on my cheeks and jawline. I’m not sure what caused it (though I do have my suspicions), but while I wait for the reaction to go down, I’ll be focusing on testing new makeup products instead.

I don’t want to say that the rash was a good thing–because ouch–but maybe there’s a silver lining to it after all. I have so many pretty things I want to share with all of you this month!

(That rash, though. Take it back, universe. I don’t like it and I’m not having fun.)

Lise Watier Spring 2015 makeup look pastels

I haven’t used any Lise Watier in a while, so this look was a great opportunity to try out a bunch of new things — and I pretty much adored them all. I used an old Lise Watier Crayon Jumbo pencil in Moonlight (the prettiest silvery-white-purple) as my base so that the violet sheen would peek through the shadows, and then paired a few of the shades from the Lise Watier Palette Expression with their Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Fairy Pink, also from the Expression collection.

The two are a match made in heaven, I kid you not. The cool khaki and the peachy pink pair together to create just the prettiest, dreamiest “daybreak” lids, and over the white-violet base, they both pull perfectly grey/blue.

Lise Watier Expression Palette, Vert Feline Liner makeup look

Wearing/EOTD: Lise Watier Palette Expression, Féline Liner in Vert

I’m trying not to put anything on my cheeks until my skin calms down, so I finished the look with some heavy liner (Marcelle Double Precision through the lashes & Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert, which I swear usually looks greener than this; swatches below) and a nude lip. For the lip, I grabbed my Lise Watier Haute Couleur gloss in Rose Vintage, which was a big disappointment for me — I bought it a few months ago and only had the chance to try it today, but I didn’t like it at all.

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