If you know me, I can rarely resist a good sale and every year I end up purchasing a bunch of makeup around this time of year thanks to VIB and other holiday sales. Some of the items I bought last year I still haven't even opened! I'm pretty good at resisting clothes sales around now because I have the excuse of waiting for Christmas money or just putting it on my Christmas list for others to buy, but for whatever reason, makeup seems more personal and I feel like only I can buy it for myself, so I should while the sales are on. At least that's what I tell myself after clicking "checkout" and feeling that rush of giddiness and guilt!
One such example of my retail guilt was the recent 20% off sale at Rocia. Based in Canada, Rocia is an all-natural skincare and makeup line. Available in select shops and online, Rocia's makeup is primarily mineral based, contains no synthetic ingredients and are gluten-free, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. I had previously reviewed a couple Rocia eye shadows before and absolutely adored them, so when I got the email about this sale, I pounced!
After much internal debate, I ended up purchasing three loose mineral eye shadows:
- Gold Lame, a peachy gold
- Afterglow, a warm coppery orange with red undertones
- Safari, a khaki green
Safari and Afterglow are classified as pearl minerals, while Gold Lame is a luminous mineral, but personally I couldn't tell much difference in the finishes as they all had the same level of shimmer to me.
|Rocia eye shadow in Safari|
Each shadow comes in a 1 g plastic tub with an interior sifter. The packaging of the Rocia shadows is cute and has that handmade feel as each is made in small batches. The one complaint I do have about their packaging, is I wish the sifter was a little more fine and that you could slide the holes shut because if you tip these containers upside down or even just sideways, then you'll get loose pigment falling out everywhere. Basically, these eye shadows are NOT travel friendly!
Although the containers look really puny, especially since each one costs $12.50 normally, these are actually great value. Each shadow is incredibly pigmented and true to pan. I prefer to use a somewhat looser bristle brush, like a MAC 217, to apply these and you only need to lightly tap your brush into the shadow, and then generously tap off the excess, to get a brilliant wash of color.
Each of these shadows are a dream to work with; buttery smooth, easily blendable, and gorgeously shimmery. I've stayed away from loose powders all my life because I hate the mess, but for the Rocia eye shadows I make an exception because they're just that good. You could also apply these with your fingers and they're just as easy to work with, but because of the jar's small size, it's a little trickier to dip your finger in.
|Left to right: Safari, Afterglow and Gold Lame - this is just one swipe!|
Many Rocia eye shadows also double as blushes. Antique Rose, which I reviewed previously, works great at double-duty and if you have darker skin, Tyrian (my favourite shade!) could also work well as a blush.
Here's a quick look I did with my Rocia collection, using my new shadows on the eyes, Antique Rose as a blush and Gold Lame as a highlight on my cheekbones. This look is inspired by the colors of fall, with the contrasting colors of orange-red and green reminding me of leaves lying on rain-soaked grass.
|On eyes: Gold lame all over lid, Afterglow from lashline to crease and under eye and Safari on outer corners and under eye|
Rest of face: Antique Rose on cheeks and Gold Lame on top of cheekbones
So, if I haven't made my point clear enough yet, I am in love with the Rocia eye shadows. Made up of good ingredients, sustainable practices and excellent quality, it's really a no-brainer to love these!