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making faces :: women's rites

the magic of the internet, specifically the magic of instagram, recently brought me in contact with rituelle de fille, a new brand [launched in 2014] and completely new to me, although some of their products have apparently received plaudits from the media. their branding reminds me very much of the early years of illamasqua: a well-edited collection of colour products [there are no base or complexion products as of yet, except blush] with an emphasis on including shades that are daring and unexpected. 

i picked up three products, which are offered individually or as a set, as the "fleur sauvage" collection, inspired by "lush overgrowth, the deadly allure of carnivorous plants, and the strange chromatic language whispered between flowers and pollinators". there is no price difference between buying the items separately or individually, it's just a matter of selected partnering [and i believe all three products were launched together in spring 2015]. there are two lipstick shades in two different formulas and a cream blush, which do evoke the shades of a subtropical rainforest in unexpected ways. 

first up, we have the enchanted lip sheer lipstick in "blood root". according to the brand, the enchanted lip sheers are "highly moisturizing" and deliver "translucent yet vibrant color". they're designed to go from a softer, semi-sheer shade on a single swipe to something bolder, but not completely opaque if built up. i'd say that's a reasonable description, but the colour payoff at first swipe is still pretty pigmented, so if you're looking for something that's truly sheer, and gives more of that "whisper of colour" effect, these probably aren't for you. i'd say that the pigment goes from semi-opaque to nearly opaque with just a hint of translucency. 

the formula reminds me a little of my beloved armani rouge ecstasy lipsticks, but a bit stiffer/ firmer. it can "snag" on imperfections in the lips, which is more obviously when you're working with a formula that's not fully opaque, so you'll want to make sure that you exfoliate a little before wearing them. i did find it to be a nicely moisturizing formula, even on days when my lips were really fussy. the finish is a satin-matte. it has a slight sheen, but it's subtle. in this case, the firmer texture worked in the product's favour, because i experienced no feathering and as it faded, it left a nice stain. 


the colour is described as going from a "vibrant amber" with a light application to a "powerful blood orange" when built up. i found that it was a warm orange with yellow-brown undertones, and that adding a second [or third] pass made it simply a more opaque version of the shade. the swatch on the rituel de fille web site looks quite red, but there's minimal red to the colour on my skin and lips. 

bloodroot
armani's rouge ecstasy "sultan" [which is still definitely in the orange range] is redder and brighter. 

l to r :: bloodroot, armani sultan [l.e.]
next up, we have the "exotic" element of the collection: "chrysalis" forbidden lipstick. the forbidden lipstick formula is supposed to offer fuller coverage in a near-matte formula, which is exactly what it does. being matte, it feels drier than the enchanted lip sheer, but it's not drying. i'd rate it as neither hydrating nor drying after several hours of wear. it's extremely light for such an opaque colour and feels almost powdery on the lips [although it doesn't look powdery]. there's a lustre to this particular colour, but no real shine. 

i found the colour glided on easily and very evenly for such a dark colour. it took very little work to get perfectly even coverage [despite what it looks like in the swatch photo]. the colour lasted well on its own, but eating or drinking tended to make a real mess- it came off in patches, so i would count on having to remove it entirely and reapply during the course of a normal day. 

the shade is a blackened forest green with an understated shimmer, like darkest leaves at the height of the blooming season. if you want to try a colour that's a little "out there", this makes a great option, since darker colours don't necessarily call attention to the fact that they're that different and since it operates "outside the rules", it'll work equally well on a lot of different skin tones. in low light, it'll look like a vampy colour, but when you look closely, you can definitely see the green. 

chrysalis
it probably won't surprise anyone that i couldn't think of a dupe for this one. illamasqua "violate" was a similar shade, but it was a gloss, so it looked totally different in use. 

finally, we have the inner glow cream blush in "delirium". this product was named "best cream blush" by nylon magazine in 2015 and i can absolutely see why. i'm not a huge fan of cream blushes as a rule, but this one is fantastic. it

has a very firm texture that can be applied with a brush or fingers. once applied, it's almost like a cream-to-powder formula, in that it blends out with the ease of a powder, but retains the coveted glow of a cream product. it packs a lot of pigment, which is always nice, so i'd recommend starting light and building up to the desired colour [it layers extremely well, without looking uneven]. the formula is a most similar to the chanel creme de blush, but i'd rate it as superior.

what really blew me away with this blush, though, was the lasting power. the reason that i don't always get along with cream blushes is that my face tends to swallow them within a few hours. this one showed barely any fading, even after a full day of wear, meaning that it performs more like a stain. applause all around.

l to r :: deliurim swatched and blended

the shade is almost like a blush version of "bloodroot", but a bit redder. it's described as "ripened nectarine with golden highlights", which is pretty accurate, although i'd say it's warmer than your average nectarine. and if you needed another reason to love it, it gives true-to-pan colour, with minimal adjustment to individual skin tone. i always appreciate that, because blushes that adapt too much to one's skin can end up looking different from one day to another. the magic of chemistry.

i was a little surprised that i didn't have a good comparison for this one, but everything in my collection leaned much redder or much pinker.

here's a look incorporating "bloodroot" and "delirium":




the eye shadows in this look are from the yves st. laurent "indie jasper" palette, which i'll be reviewing shortly. i think the combination of the rdf products with this palette may achieve epic spring [which, shockingly, seems to have arrived in montreal].

and of course, i couldn't resist a couple of photos of "chrysalis" in use. happily, i find these images to be a very accurate depiction of how it looks on the lips, keeping in mind that they're clearly taken in daylight [albeit with overcast skies]. please excuse the flabby eyes in these photos. i seem to have developed an allergy either to nars eyeshadow primer or to my own hair. [i've trimmed my bangs to see if that helps.]



the bottom line? i'm tremendously impressed with this brand, their blush in particular, and am absolutely planning to go back for seconds and thirds from their beauty buffet.

all products were purchased by me from the rituel de fille website. the image at the top of the page is a promo for the "fleur sauvage" collection and is copyrighted to rituel de fille. 

Comments

I've wanted to try Rituel de Fille since I first heard about them in 2014! I've held off, though, because of the high price point coupled with the lack of reliable reviews online and the difficulty of finding the brand in brick-and-mortar stores (are they online-only, actually?). I agree, there's an obvious similarity to Illamasqua, though with a more witchy/gothy focus.

Chrysalis is GORGEOUS on you. It reads more elegant than a lighter or brighter green would. I'm very tempted by the Forbidden Lipsticks in Hex and Prey, but I wish I could try them in person first!

By the way, have you tried any of the new Bite lipsticks yet? I'm going to Sephora on Tuesday and I can't wait to play with them.
Kate MacDonald said…
I'm kind of shocked that more people in the beauty blogging community haven't caught on to this brand yet, but it doesn't seem like they've done much outreach. In fact, it wasn't even through a beauty "source" that I found out about them, but through a musician I like praising their products.

If you can believe it, I have not actually tried the Bite lipsticks yet, although clearly I must. I'm experiencing the same problem as I did with the Nars Audacious Lipsticks- I have to choose a first one and I'm stressed about which one it will be. (OK, I could maybe get two, but it should really be one until I determine how much I like the formula.) So instead of buying I just look at swatches and stress about it. I'm looking forward to reading your thoguhts about them!

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