Makeup


There are two new launches from Rodial which I have been really enjoying since last few days. Rodial Collagen Lip Lacquers and the Soft Focus Glow Powder are the latest products from Rodial which are perfect for everyday makeup look giving a beautiful natural radiant finish on the face and nice everyday shades for lips.

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder, Collagen Lip Lacquers

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder is a luxurious, finely milled pressed powder for a soft natural glow. The embossing on the compact is beautiful, the different shades on the powder work together in harmony to give an illuminated glow while blurring the imperfections.

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder, Collagen Lip Lacquers

The universally flattering shade combines color correcting pigments with a subtle bronze toned highlight. The velvety, super fine powder can be used to perfect bare skin, set foundation or touch up makeup throughout the day for a polished look. It can be used on the bare skin, over the moisturizer, or over the makeup to set it. I love how it makes the skin look luminous all day and feels so lightweight.

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder, Collagen Lip Lacquers

Rodial Collagen Boost Lip Lacquer is a hydrating lip gloss which provides a high shine finish. The lips look and feel moisturized, supple, and youthful with these lip lacquers.

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder, Collagen Lip Lacquers

The gloss is not sticky or thick, stays on nicely on the lips without feeling tacky. The formula is creamy and comfortable to wear. It can be applied on its own on the lips or layered on other lip product depending on the shade. The shades I have swatched are Spice Baby(deep brown nude tone) and Intimate (warm rosy pink tone). Both the shades are suitable for most of the skin tones and the longevity is nice

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder, Collagen Lip Lacquers

I still love the Diamond Concealer from the brand which I reviewed in the past with some other products here. Rodial Makeup is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, and Beautyboutique.

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Flesh Beauty is a brand new to me and a brand launched last year in 2018 by Linda Wells, founding editor of Allure and current chief creative officer at Revlon. Flesh is said to have launched with products and foundation shades that are realistic with a diverse range, from frothy ivory to rich espresso. From the liquid lipsticks, the glosses, the blushes – everything is vibrant, bold, and flattering on fair skin tones, deep skin tones, and everything in between. The Flesh Beauty packaging and the logo are gloriously retro.  I have few products I have tried from the brand – Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick.

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact is a lipstick in a flat compact with a fingerprint in the product itself. The formula is creamy and glides on nicely on the lips. The finish is satin matte and is easily buildable. It applies perfectly with a finger or a lip brush and is also perfect for on the go lip tint and blush. The shade Jiggly is a dusty rose shade which is perfect for everyday use on most of the skin tones.

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Tender Flesh Blush is a soft, lush powder blush which is very pigmented. The formula is soft and velvety, blends nicely into the skin. Glaze is a shimmering brick shade with glimmer finish which looks very natural on the skin.

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm is a sheer, luminous highlighting stick which is very easy to apply and blends in nicely into the skin. The result is a beautiful glow which looks very natural on the skin. The formula is creamy and lightweight, glides on nicely on the skin. The shade startle works nicely as a highlighter on the high points of the face.

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops is a liquid highlighter to illuminate the skin. It can be used alone or can be mixed with foundation or moisturizer to get a beautiful glowy finish. The formula is smooth and blends in nicely into the skin. 210 Aura has a pinkish tone to it and helps brighten up the skin, would be more suitable for lighter skin tones.

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick is a sheer, soft lipstick, part of the 10 shades of carefully conceived nudes for every skin color. It gives a subtle hint of color and moisture to the lips. It is creamy yet lightweight and comfortable to wear. ‘The bullet has a cool tapered edge that works to define and contour lips; fill in with the full surface, starting at the center of the lips.’

Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip compact, Tender Flesh Blush, Touch Flesh Highlighting Balm, Ripe Flesh Glisten Drops, and Fleshy Lips Sheer Lipstick

Overall, the products and shades are easy to use and very practical. They are multi-use and have nice longevity. Flesh Beauty is available at FleshBeauty.com and Ulta.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty has its limited edition ‘Leopard Frost Collection’ with icy finishes, high impact pigment, and gorgeous packaging. Leopard Frost Collection features limited edition Eye-Conic Frost Eyeshadow Palette and Le Marc Lip Frost in brand new metallic finishes. The collection is an eye-catching mix of shimmering and metallics finishes, creamy mattes fronted by Lila Moss in her first beauty campaign.

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Frost Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Flamboyant is an eyeshadow palette in a leopard-print compact, featuring new metallic frost finishes—to layer and dress your eyes. The palette has seven high-impact shades with a mix of icy finishes and creamy mattes are sure to get you spotted.

‘The Eye-conic eyeshadows are inspired by textiles and layering, and come in multiple fashion finishes. This leopard-print palette features more metallic lamé shades than ever before. ‘

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

The eyeshadow shades include Hey Girl Hey, You Slay, On The Runway, Serving Up, Eleganza, Extravaganza, For Your Life

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

The eyeshadow formula is very easy to work with, is very smooth, and pigmented. It blends easily, even the matte shades. The shades are buildable to high intensity. I really like how all the shades give a vibe of frosty winter days. There is cool grey-blue shade and on the other hand, there is a pop of bright color, overall a beautiful curation. The shades are very rich, both in the palette as well as on the eyes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Frost Lip Creme is a rich, creamy lipstick a metallic frost finish. The color-rich, indulgently shimmering lipstick is housed in a sleek leopard-print case. Le Marc Lip Frost Lipstick delivers metallic shine which is not glittery. The color payoff is really nice and is long lasting, lasts for over 4 hours which I have tested. The formula is lightweight, does not dry the lips but is moisturizing despite the long-lasting color. It has a subtle vanilla taste and scent mimic a decadent dessert.

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

The lipstick is the perfect balance of pigment and translucency to give a subtle dose of frosting this winter. It is comfortable to wear.

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Leopard Frost Collection

It comes in five shades, all with metallic finish:

Sugar Sugar 500 – Pinky Nude Frost

Diva 502 – Pale Pink Frost

Just Peachy 504 – Peachy Copper Frost

Cherished 506 – Warm Bronze Frost

Detox 508 – Cool Taupe Frost

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Leopard Frost Collection is definitely an eye-catching mix of shimmering and metallics finishes, creamy mattes. Marc Jacobs Beauty is available at Sephora.ca, Sephora, NordstromNeiman Marcus.

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Laura Mercier does not need an introduction when it comes to makeup and makeup products, the brand has been loved and trusted for decades. I have three products from the brand which have been on rotation since last few weeks and glad to share with you – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a multi-tasking product which is lightweight, an essential for everyday use and for a no-makeup look. It has a sheer hint of color and the finish is natural dewy, no doubt why it is an award winner. The moisturizing formula provides a beautiful glow to the skin and is perfect for all skin types, it does not emphasize any dry areas or make my oily areas oilier. Skin looks like skin but a beautiful radiant version of it, more even toned. It can replace foundation if you are looking for a very lightweight sheer hint of color.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

The tinted moisturizer stays on well for over 8 hours. The main ingredient for hydration – ‘Sodium hyaluronate hydrates and softens fine lines, dry lines. Broad Spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen plus a power-blend of antioxidant vitamins C and E help protect skin from the damaging effects of the environment.’ I have shade medium and works well for me. It applies well with fingers, sponge, and even with a makeup brush. Definitely a keeper!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm is a 3-in-1 lip color which provides medium to full coverage, balm level comfort, and high shine lip gloss finish. The formula is very smooth and creamy, comfortable to wear, glides on beautifully, keep the lips moisturized plus with color and shine. The lips look and feel supple and natural. The staying power is nice too. I have swatched shade Amaretto Swirl which is a Pink Beige and suitable to most of the skin tones, it is a beautiful nude shade on my lips.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara – is a nice mascara, but I do feel it clumps after few hours of application. It gives a nice volume to the lashes. I do like the comb applicator which has a large, firm brush that coats the lashes well with just one swipe. I have this mascara in shade black.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Lip Parfait Creamy Colour Balm, and Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara

Laura Mercier products are available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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One of the best things of trying new products and writing about them is that as time passes, you naturally start looking at products with few of your top expectations from that product based on its category like face, lips, eyes. For me, base makeup is the most important step, similar to my other love of life, painting, where I have to create the perfect base on the canvas in order for the other products to sit and mix in well for the whole painting to look good and for that creation to stay longer. Similarly, for the makeup, the foundation is an important part of any makeup user as it can either make your day or break it. A foundation that looks cakey, emphasize your concerns on the face, not suitable to your needs of the finished look, does not feel comfortable – no one will like it. I have been using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation for the last few days.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

My expectation in regards to the finish of the foundation is always radiant and dewy, so from the name of the foundation – the word ‘glow’ did caught my eye the first. I was curious to try and see how the longevity, performance, and finish of it looks on me.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is described as a sheer, buildable foundation with a natural-looking finish. The foundation is very lightweight and glides on nicely onto the skin, blends easily and is buildable from sheer to medium coverage. The finish looks very natural and radiant without looking or feeling heavy or cakey. It did not emphasize my dry areas of the phase neither it made my oily areas oilier. The longevity is good, stayed on well for over 8 hours for which I tested. I did not do any touch-ups during the days I tested it. It did not emphasize the pores or my problem areas and acne. The good thing is that is available in a wide range – 40 shades for all skin types. Another thing I have noticed is that for me, it works great when my skin is behaving well or when I do not have many dark spots from previous pimples to conceal. This would also be not a concern as a concealer can be used specifically for the problem areas. Overall, a nice foundation.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

As mentioned here and on my Instagram a few times, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation has been on my top list for over a year and I still love it. If you ask me to compare between the two, Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation provides more coverage, looks more radiant, and longevity is amazing though it is not as lightweight as this sheer glow.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation

I have swatches both the foundations that match with my medium skin tone with golden undertones, Sheer Glow is a little less warmer than Radiant Longwear but I can make them both work for me (never stop experimenting and mixing products).

Nars Foundations are available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Hudson’s BayLookfantasticNordstrom, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

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