I’m taking a short vacation to Chicago this week and I’ve been making lists like crazy trying to figure out what I must check out while I’m in the States! I definitely plan on hitting up a Sephora so I can save on tax and on USA pricing (needless to say I’m a bitter Canadian).
Here’s a few things I’ll be looking for….
MAC may have come out with 50 summer collections this year, but the one collection that has caught my eye for summer 2013 is from a different brand. Yves Rocher France is a brand that carries makeup, bath products, skincare – the whole shebang. I used to use their products much more often but have forgotten about them for other brands but I was really excited when I saw promo pics for Retropical – a paradise-themed set of products! I opted for three things: their Kohl Duo eye liner in Seagreen/Deep Blue, the (jumbo) Eye Pencil in Pink Orchid and the Blue Lagoon Mascara.
I’ve played with the products for about two weeks, and I’m really impressed with them! The jumbo pencil is a gorgeous rose-copper colour. Depending the light it looks almost bronze with a hint of deep pink. I like applying this in the crease, paired with a lighter white or champagne on the inner corner. Like I mentioned in my June Favourites post, I have tried this on the waterline and while it stays nicely, I don’t like the look. Red-tinted colours tend to make you look more tired, or sick – and I’m usually trying to cancel out redness on the waterline! So I stick to using it on the lid.
I picked up the mascara because I have wanted a blue mascara for AGES. I first used Maybelline’s Teal Appeal, but I haven’t been able to find that one for two years now. Since, then I’ve used a few coloured mascaras (Inglot, another Yves Rocher) and I find that the colour just doesn’t show up once the mascara dries. Unfortunately, I gotta say it’s about the same result with this one (unless you’re in direct sunlight) BUT in terms of just the mascara, I really like it! This is an awesome lengthening mascara (how many times can I write “mascara”). It does an awesome job of separating the lashes, mine are practically touching my eyebrows by the time I’m done applying just one coat. The tube is pretty small, but at $4.95 it’s cheaper than even a drugstore mascara.
The duo-kohl is the product that I wasn’t sure about when I bought it. I was in a rush, so I tried the tester in the store and meh, so-so pigmentation, but I bought it anyway. I’ve been on the hunt for a seafoam-minty eyeliner ever since I laid eyes on the NARS Spring 2013 Larger Than Life eyeliner in Barrow Street which is an absolutely gorgeous green colour. The NARS one is $29 in Canada, the Yves Rocher was $5 so needless to say, the choice was pretty obvious. The shimmery seafoam side of this pencil has semi-sheer pigmentation, and it doesn’t really “stick” to the waterline. However, it looks AWESOME smudged into the lower lash line. The blue side has opaque, deep pigmentation, no shimmer, glides onto the waterline like a dream and looks great paired with the seafoam colour, on the outer part of the eye. When I tried washing the swatches off the back of my hand, I had problems getting them off so I might even go as far as to say they are semi-waterproof, which isn’t advertised on the package (hidden bonus?).
Overall, I’m super happy with the products I’ve tried from Retropical. Have you tried anything awesome recently?
Shop the collection at Yves-Rocher.com.
Jumbo eye pencil – $5.95 // Duo kohl – $4.95 // Mascara – $4.95
Yves Rocher Eyeshadow Pencil in Pink Orchid (Rose Orchidée) – CAD$5.95 (LE)
This is part of Yves Rocher’s limited edition Retropical collection, which features several summery colours and shades in a wide variety of products such as eyeshadow pencils, mascara, eyeliners etc. I bought this with a blue mascara and duo eyeliner pencil, and this is my favourite from the collection, definitely! It’s a gorgeous rose-coppery colour that looks good blended out all over the lid or just in the crease. I’ve used this on my lower lash line and I find it makes me look a little tired because it’s red toned, and since I’m usually trying to get rid of any redness it has an opposite effect of what I’m going for. See my post on the collection here. For a swatch, there’s a picture near the bottom of this post.
Fresh Supernova Mascara – USD$25
I received a sample of this in a Fresh gift set and I gotta say I’m really pleasantly surprised by it! It gives a really nice curl to the lashes and just makes them look great overall. I find the formula to be wet, which I like. The brush is kind of rectangle shaped with slight curves. This might be my favourite higher-end mascara to date!
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights – USD$30/ CAD$36
This is an awesome muti-use product from Smashbox, that, admittedly, I had overlooked for about a year after buying it (in a gift set). One day I pulled it out and haven’t put it back since. I apply this all over the face as a setting powder to add some sheen (not glitter) and have a dewey-er complexion which works great for summer. More than that, I use it for eyeshadow. The colours aren’t super pigmented, but I like that because it makes for a nice neutral eye look. I’ve been using the lighter white and pink colours all over the lid, with the darker brown colours in the crease. I especially love the orange-brown colour. I usually pair that look with a orange coral lip colour, which brings me to…
I gotta say, after I purchased this back a few months ago, I had a bit of buyer’s remorse. I got it on sale for $3.99, but still after trying it at home I had no plans of ever wearing it out of the house. Enter Summer 2013 with the huge orange trends and I just can’t get this off my lips! I rarely choose the same lippy two days in a row but I have used this one more than any of my other ones in ages. If you don’t know how to embrace the orange trend, I’d totally recommend this as a starting point. The colour is semi-sheer, but it definitely shows up on the lips without fail! Depending on your natural lip colour, this could look a bit more red or more orange. On me I’d say it comes out more orange-coral. Love!!!
I love this for the waterline. Some might think that it looks a bit unnatural, but since I’m a fan over having white on the waterline, opting for blue in the summer months is a bit of a no-brainer for me. I bought this in lieu of the Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Barrow Street, which is a light seafoam green. I find Light Blue is very similar but a blue version (obviously). I still want the Nars one, but at more than $25 a pop, I think I’ll stick to Rimmel for now.
Sephora Collection Matte Primer – USD$15/CAD$20
I’ve been using a sample for about a month now, and I think I prefer it to my Tarte and Smashbox ones. Silicone is supposed to make dry skin even drier so I like this one for a slightly more moisturizing alternative. I might consider buying the full size of this once I’m done all my primer samples.
Real Techniques Core Collection – $19.99
I love the whole collection, but my two favourites are the buffing brush for applying foundation or cream blush and the pointed foundation brush, which I use for under eye concealer. After hearing much hype about these guys, I was thrillllled to hear that we would be getting them at Walmart in Canada. I gotta say, the hype is justified because these are great brushes. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever applied foundation or concealer with a brush (before I was using a damp sponge, which I still like). I don’t think the buffing brush is sold separately, but I’ve heard great things about the expert face brush which might be my next brush-buy!
I would love to hear your June favourites!
To make the cropped images in this post, I followed an awesome tutorial from here.