I have always been a little afraid of contouring and unsure of what products to use and where. So, when Harvey Nichols got in touch and kindly invited me to a 30 minute sculpting masterclass with Rodial’s lead makeup artist, I jumped at the chance. I am a big fan of Rodial’s skincare range (their Dragon’s Blood Moisturiser is to die for) but until now I did not know that they also have a makeup range.
As soon as I arrived I was greeted by the lovely makeup artist, Paul and invited to jump in the makeover chair and sip on a chilled glass of Harvey Nichols Prosecco. Not wanting to set foot in Harvey Nichols without a full face of makeup, we started out the class by removing my makeup, whilst chatting about the type of foundation coverage I usually go for. Now, whenever I am asked this I always say straight away that I prefer full coverage and this seemed to surprise Paul and he was keen to show me what their tinted moisturiser could do. I have to admit I was skeptical, I have tried tinted mosturisers before and haven’t really been impressed, but if you are ever going to give it a shot, it might as well be with a professional makeup artist. What I like most about using this tinted moisturiser is that you don’t have to bother applying a moisturiser beforehand and to give you an idea on the shades, I’m 02 with a little 03 mixed in. I could get away with the 02 on it’s own, but a hint of 03 mixed in is a perfect match for me.
After sorting out the base, we moved on to their Instaglam highlighter and quite a bit of time was spent stippling this into my cheeks. Pushing the highlighter into my skin is not something that had occurred to me before the class, but I will give it a try at home and see if it makes a difference. If you are doing this at home, you would brush the pen across the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, on the cupids bow and in the inner corners of your eyes. The next step was to sweep their Instaglam Delux Illuminating Powder across my face and again we paid attention to those highlighting areas. I loved how light weight this powder was on my face and the candle lit glow it gave my skin. To gently contour we used the Instaglam Compact Delux Contouring Powder in the hollows of my cheeks.
By this point I was a little confused. I thought I would be getting the full Kardashian makeover, complete with lines all over my face, but that isn’t the only way to sculpt your face and I was so pleased to discover that it isn’t as complicated as I always feared and you don’t need to use loads of products.
Back to the makeover and we moved on to brows. To shape and define my brows, we used the Glambrow pencil in Ash Brown. A little darker than I usually prefer, but a gentler application should solve that. The next product we used on my eyes and for me the star of the makeup line, was the eye sculpt. This was gently worked across my eye lids and brushed through the crease to add more depth to the socket and make my eyes stand out. To finish the eyes off, we used the Black Smoky Eye Pen to line my lash line and added a coat of Glamolash Mascara. All that was left was to sweep a little Instaglam Compact Delux Bronzing Powder across my cheeks to add a little colour and apply a coat of Glamstick lipstick in the shade Lust to my lips.
What do you think? I have to say I love the finished look and I honestly can’t believe the coverage that the tinted moisturizer can give. After checking myself out in the mirror a few times and taking more than a few selfies, I was impressed with how radiant my skin looked and I had to restrain myself from buying all the products used on my face. When trying a new foundation or in this case a tinted moisturiser, I like to try it out for a while and check how it lasts and looks in different lighting. I really liked the products I got to try and I couldn’t resist buying the eye sculpt on this visit to harvey Nichols. They also had 15% off beauty for their Christmas party event, so it felt like it was fate.
Eye Sculpt Review
I’m so glad that I bought this product and I have used it nearly every day since the masterclass. It’s not just for your eyes, you can also use it as a brow powder, and to contour areas like down the side of your nose and in the hollows of your cheeks. If I remember correctly, this was used on my face during the makeover. A little really does go a long way and I think it will be quite some time before it runs out. At first glance it loos like a mousse, but as you apply it, it turns into a very easy to blend powder. I am in love with how great it makes my brows look and I don’t think I have ever had such a good brow day. The colour is perfect and can be used lightly where needed or you can build on it if more definition is required.
This picture was taken at the end of the day and as you can see, my brows stayed perfect all day. I admit they look a little darker in this picture, but they looked much more natural off film.
I think if you are going to try anything from the range, it should be the eye sculpt. You can get Rodial’s Sculpting Starter Kit from Harvey Nichols for £135.00 and before you dismiss it based on the price, you do get the following products in the kit:
Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder
Instaglam Glow (highlighter)
Eye Sculpt Brush
So, that is three sculpting products and two brilliant brushes – everything you need to sculpt your face.
After my masterclass and trying the eye sculpt at home, I am really keen to try the rest of the makeup line. Next on my list is the tinted moisturiser and Instaglam Illuminating powder. Who am I kidding – I want it all!
Have you tried any makeup from Rodial?