Brand Review: Rodial

I’m always looking to discover new beauty brands, and while Rodial has been around since 1999, it’s not something I’ve had the opportunity to try… Until now.

The main reason why I hadn’t tried Rodial yet is because it’s pretty hard to find here in Canada. I had seen beauty bloggers like Lydia Elise Millen rave about the brand, but aside from their skincare (which can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart) I had never come across any of their beauty products.

It turns out, the beauty products are actually available at Shoppers Drug Mart’s sister boutique Murale. I was generously gifted these products, but I put them to the test like I would anything I buy myself – because, that’s what you come here for right? My honest reviews. So here are all my thoughts…

Wearing a full-face of all the products I reviewed below

Diamond Concealer Shade 10: While there isn’t the best shade range available, this concealer is great for under your eyes. It has an almost pink undertone to it, which is perfect for counteracting dark circles. Even the lightest shade is still slightly too dark for me, but the formula is really nice. It’s creamy and illuminating, and kind of reminds me of the Nars Creamy Radiant concealer. My only pet peeve is that it settles in my under eye lines more than some of my favourite concealers, but it’s definitely still a contender.

Suede Lips: I received three different shades of Rodial’s Suede Lips (from L to R: After Hours, Boss Babe and Over Dressed). Out of the three shades, Over Dressed is hands down my favourite. When it comes to bright lips, I go pink or go home. The formula is super creamy but still looks matte and doesn’t feel drying. This is definitely going to become my go-to night out lip look.

Highlight and Eye Sculpt Brushes: Rodial brushes are no joke. They’re right up there with other luxury beauty brands like Bobbi Brown. Out of the two, the eye sculpt is my favourite. It’s like a more densely packed version of my favourite Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush, and while I wouldn’t use their Highlight brush for highlighting, I think it’s a perfect small foundation buffing brush for getting into tight corners like around your nose.

Eyeshadow Palette: The 6-pan eyeshadow palette is very reminiscent to Urban Decay’s Naked Basic Palettes in terms of packaging, and the formula is just as good. It’s super bendable and subtle, but can also be built up for a more dramatic look. It also combines beautiful mattes and stunning shimmers to help create a wide range of eye looks and make it easy to go from day to night.

Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder: The star of the show here is definitely the brand’s highlighter. This has quickly become a staple in my every day makeup routine. It’s packs an intense glow that’s not too white, but also not exactly champagne. It’s certainly for more fair skin tones, but it looks beautiful both on the cheek bones and as an added glow to any eye look.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the line. Some of the products come with a pretty hefty price tag, but I think they’re definitely worth checking out if you can afford luxury makeup. I’m super interested in trying out their contour and bronzing powders, so I might need to make a trip to Murale soon! Well done Rodial, that’s an A for you!

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