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

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.

Rodial Instaglam Bronzing Powder review swatches photos

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder

Rodial Instaglam Illuminating, Bronzing powder swatches reviews

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating & Bronzing Powder swatches

The absolute must-buy: Rodial The Powder Brush ($64 CAD)

Ladies and gents, if you’re going to save your pennies for just one luxury item in the Rodial makeup line… let it be this one. This brush is a dream

Synthetic-bristled and firm, Rodial’s brushes are insanely soft — but they’ve got a really good bounce to them, too. I’m actually not crazy about this one for finishing powders (it doesn’t have a lot of give), but for applying bronzers and contouring powders, it’s really, really good.

This brush even does a good job of blending the Instaglam Illuminating Powder out just the right amount, though I wouldn’t recommend placing it with something this large! If you find that most bronzing or contouring brushes are too scratchy for you, you absolutely need to give this one a try.

Rodial The Powder Brush review

Rodial The Powder Brush

Rodial Powder Brush review synthetic

Rodial The Powder Brush

Get the look

I couldn’t very well show you this much of a makeup collection without creating a makeup look to pair with it, so here it is! In today’s post, I’m wearing Rodial’s Instaglam Bronzing Powder (to sculpt) and Illuminating Powder (along the tops of my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose), plus the line’s Glamolash XXL Mascara ($29 CAD).

I’m also wearing Marcelle Translucent Face Powder ($14.95 CAD) and The Body Shop’s Universal Shade Lip & Cheek Velvet Pencil ($15 CAD). In my brows, I have Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in Medium ($21 USD/$27 CAD).

Rodial, TBS Universal, CoLab FOTD review

Rodial bronzer makeup look

Rodial cosmetics packaging review

Rodial packaging — very reminiscent of Rock & Republic!

Rodial Powder Brush bronzer contour review

Rodial The Powder Brush (held for size comparison)

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe 01 Illuminating Powder ingredients:

Talc, Mica, Corn Starch, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythriyl Tetraisostearate, Nylon-12, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate. +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe 02 Bronzing Powder Powder ingredients:

Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Polyester-4, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecyl Staroyl Stearate, Pentaerythriyl Tetraisostearate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. +/- Iron Oxides.

Have you tried anything from the Rodial makeup line yet? Are you planning to?

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