Makeup Lust List: My Rodial Beauty Recommendations

Given that I’m obsessed with makeup and beauty products, I like to try a lot of different brands. It’s very rare that I use the same thing over and over again, unless it’s something very special. 

Over the last month however, I realised that one brand was standing out and was regularly making an appearance in my makeup routine. 

So today’s blog is a little spotlight on my current beauty obsession. It’s all about Rodial for me at the moment. I don’t really pick favourites but my go-to contouring products are Rodial, my favourite eye colour is by Rodial and my must-have lip liner is also Rodial. Something’s gotta be good here!

The only thing is that it IS pricier than the average makeup brand so I’d want to be sure of my investment before I purchase right? 

Well good news, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s a sneak peek at my top Rodial recommendations, plus the ones that didn’t make the cut.

The Ones I’m Buying Again

I know the benefits that a good lip liner can bring. Check out my “How To Get Bigger Lips” tutorial as an example. 

Obvioulsy there are plenty of cheap lip liners that you can buy, many of which work well – many of which don’t. I’ve got about 10 different liners (all some sort of nude colour), but the one I reach for again and again and again, is the Rodial XXL Lip Liner in Baby.

It’s creamy and smooth, with plenty of long-lasting coverage. The colour is the ideal ‘your lips but better’ colour, with the tiniest hint of shimmer which makes your lips look bigger. The best part is the formula which contains a plumping complex with spheres and hyaluronic acid.

I love it, I used it for the wedding makeup I created a few weekends ago and it really works for all skintones.

Contouring doesn’t have to be a going-out-out thing. A subtle cheekbone is part of my daily makeup look but finding the right colour is key. Not too warm – it’s not a bronzer, not too shimmery. You basically want the colour of your skin whilst in shadow. 

I’ve only ever found 2 powders that ever met this requirement. First was the Burberry Fresh Glow in Earthy and the other is Rodial Instaglam Contouring Powder.

I’m not even going to pretend that it’s reasonably priced. It’s £50 for the compact, but I genuinely would treat myself again to this. The compact itself is super-luxe, with a crossgrain leather cover that’s meant to be a nod to the Hermes Birkin bag.

More importantly, the colour is just RIGHT for me. And that is worth several of these too-warm, too-muddy other bronzers and powders. Love it.

I wear eye makeup everyday but nothing too strong. A subtle wash of taupe over the eyelids, enough to add some darkness and definition to my eyes without looking too heavy or fake.

This Rodial Eye Sculpt ticks ALL the boxes for me. It’s RRP £34 but a definite re-buy for me. It’s a cream eyeshadow in a gorgeous “natural” taupe. Super easy to use, I just smudge it on all over the eyelid and then use a fluffy brush to blend upwards and outwards.

I’ve got hundreds of cheaper eyeshadows but this is the one I’ve used everyday for weeks now – and I’ve barely made a dent in the pot, so I’m happy to spend a bit more than I normally would.

This Rodial Airbrush Makeup is a thick foundation paste which has multiple uses. It’s basically like the cult Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (big amongst beauty bloggers.)

Used neat, it’s a high coverage concealer/foundation with a super HD-perfect finish. Personally, I like to mix it with a bit of liquid primer and buff it into problem areas only for a flawless but natural look. 

Best applied with a thick dense brush, or applied with fingers and then blended out with a sponge. I wear shade 02.

Finally, a bit of skincare. I love this Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask. I’ve not got dry skin – mainly oily, but boozing and blips in my skincare routine can lead to dehydration and dry patches.

This stuff is a hydrating gel which plumps and smooths skin. You don’t need to wash it off, it’s applied like a moisturiser but then left on the skin overnight or for a few hours. It’s not like the masks that you slather on generously, you actually only need a little bit.

I’m really looking forward to bringing it onboard my next flight in order to keep my skin hydrated and fresh! Especially since my next trip is a long-haul flight to AUSTRALIA. Definitely gonna be needing all the help I can get…

I also REALLY rate the Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask, a rub-off mask that really does brighten and boost tired skin. And the Stem Cell Glam Lip Balm – one of the only lip balms that can fix my crispy lips. Oh – AND the Instaglam Illuminating Powder, which is the most natural looking artificial highlighter ever. Gahhhh, products. I can’t get enough. I would and will buy all of these again but fortunately for my bank account, they all last ages.

Ones I Wouldn’t Buy Again

I tried the Instaglam Concealer, but once applied it became quite patchy – even under powder. 

I also didn’t really get on with the Banana Powder. Baking with banana powder is so popular with the Youtube beauty gurus but this powder wasn’t quite the right colour or texture for under the eye.

So there you go, my top Rodial picks for anyone looking to treat themselves and try one of my favourite brands..

How do you feel about investing in high-end makeup? Are you about quality or quantity?

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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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