INSIDE THE TREATMENT: AN AFTERNOON WITH RODIAL AT HARVEY NICHOLS
Carla Valois Lobo
MORNING BEAUTY’S EDITOR VISITED RODIAL AT HARVEY NICHOLS. HERE SHE DETAILS EVERY STEP OF THE BRAND’S SO-CALLED “BAKING EXPERIENCE”.
Dragon’s blood. Bee Venom. Pink Diamond. Kim Kardashian. Ellie Goulding. Thanks to celebrity following and high-performance, rather odd-sounding ingredients, Rodial has managed to grow exponencially within the last few of years. The brand, founded in 1999 by Maria Hatzistefanis, first started by launching skincare products, always with cutting-edge components, and later introduced its make-up line, especially known by the contouring and finishing powders.
Even though I have used the SUPER ACIDS Daily Azelaic Acid Serum and the Stem Cell Magic Gel, I have never properly tried Rodial’s make-up range. Almost a month ago, the brand invited Morning Beauty to discover the recently launched Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder and Instaglam Deluxe Contouring Powder Dark at Harvey Nichols. The “Baking Experience”, as it was called, included a skincare consultation, as well as a Kardashian-inspired, beautifully sculpted look.
As soon as I arrived, just after a cold glass of cranberry juice and a yummy cookie, I was helped by Ramona, who deeply cleansed my skin and used the Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic to hydrate and tone it. She then applied the Bee Venon Eye, which is formulated with stem cell technology, vitamin C and melittin (apitoxin, or honey bee venom) peptide, and continued with the lightweight Skin Tint + SPF 20 in Hamptons. One thing that I easily noticed and that I shall point up is the soft, pleasant touch of Rodial’s brushes, especially the AirBrush Foundation and the Highlight Brushes.
Complexion nearly done, Ramona corrected my yellow undertones and neutralised my blue dark circles with the mattifying, sand-coloured Banana Powder. According to Rodial, besides helping to set the foundation, tinted moisturiser or BB/CC Cream, it keeps the skin shine-free for longer and acts as a highlighter without leaving it “cakey”. The next step consisted in sculpting and defining my face with the Contouring Powder Dark, which works amazingly well for both warm and neutral undertones. My cheekbones and jaw line were sharply contoured, something I constantly try to do myself, yet, unfortunately, with much less effectiveness. I must admit I am slightly obsessed with these products and brought the two home with me.
Afterwards, mainly using the Eye Sculpt, the Eye Sculpt Brush and the Glamolash Mascara Skinny in Black, she created a ravishing smokey eye. The Eye Sculpt, it is worth mentioning, is a clever multi-purpose product that might act as an eye shadow, eye liner and brow tint, blending smoothly and, most importantly, providing buildable coverage. Then, Ramona applied the Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder, the Highlighter Pink and followed by adding a flush of colour to my cheeks with the Blusher in peachy Copacabana. Rodial’s Glamstick in Bite, a velvety, sophisticated nude pink, finished the look.
Well, when I finally looked at the mirror, I swear I even felt slender – and with Kardashian-looking features! As soon as I left Harvey Nichols, I went to a dinner with my family, and I noticed myself slightly more confident than before; also, the make-up lasted flawlessly throughout the night. Conclusion: Rodial has indeed an exquisite, impeccably designed make-up collection (thumbs up, particularly, to the tasteful packaging).
*Rodial is also available at Space NK, Harrods, Selfridges and Marks & Spencer.