Brand Focus: Rodial

Friday, 6 May 2016

I thought it was about time I started doing more 'Brand Focus' blog posts - ages ago I remember posting a 'Brand I'm Loving' post about Benefit, and after discovering lots of amazing brands recently, it got me thinking that I should probably make posts focusing on certain brands a bit of a regular thing. So, today I'm bringing you a little Rodial round-up!

Rodial is a brand I hadn't really heard much about up until a year or so ago, and since then I've been dabbling in trying out some of their products. Now, it's worth mentioning that Rodial is definitely on the higher-end scale when it comes to price point, but considering just how luxe these products are, it makes sense. The brand describes itself as 'Luxury and Innovative Skincare' and I think this sums up Rodial perfectly - they seem to have mastered the perfect combination of ultra luxurious products whilst keeping them modern, innovative and fresh.

I've been trying a trio of skincare products from Rodial recently - the SUPER ACIDS X-treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser*, Glamoxy Snake Mask* and Superfit Tummy Tuck*. Three very different products, but all of which have honestly been giving me amazing results. The SUPER ACIDS X-treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser is ideal for my type of skin - I suffer with acne-prone, oily skin that is uneven in texture with enlarged pores and lots of blackheads (aren't I lucky!?) and this worked incredibly well at controlling those skin concerns. Containing glycolic acid (my favourite skincare ingredient), it smoothed out my skin, helped control oil production and made my pores look smaller, as well as brightening my skin - all of the things it claims to do. Whilst it's pricey at £29, considering it does everything it claims to I think it's completely worth it.

The Glamoxy Snake Mask might look (and sound) a little bit scary at first, but it has quickly become one of my all-time favourite face masks. Ideal for de-congesting the skin whilst brightening it and fading scars/pigmentation, it contains innovative ingredients to give your skin an almost-instant boost. It helps reduce large pores, firms the skin and basically is a wonder mask that leaves your skin looking and feeling great. It's jet black in appearance, which is unlike any other face mask I've tried and a bit scary at first, but it's honestly a fantastic product - and it's a peel-off mask, which makes it even more fun. The only negative? It's not cheap, at a whopping £68. However, if Jourdan Dunn swears by it, what's not to love?

A product I'd heard a lot about is the Superfit Tummy Tuck - I'm sure the likes of Elle or Vogue have touted it the ultimate wonder product at one point or another, so I was keen to see how I'd get on. I think I might have built this product up a bit too much in my head, as I was a bit disappointed I didn't wake up with washboard abs the morning after applying it (I'm joking, ish). It definitely helps to firm the skin, but I think I might have to revisit this product in the future once I've got a bit more use out of it.

Whilst Rodial is renowned for its skincare, the brand recently expanded into the world of makeup, much to my delight. I've been testing out a couple of Rodial's makeup products and I have to say, I'm just as impressed with them as I am their skincare. The Glamsticks* are ultra buttery tinted lip balms that nourish the lips whilst plumping them, and they even have a coconut flavour! These come in a range of different shades and are a total treat for the lips. My all-time favourite Rodial product, however, is the Instaglam Deluxe Translucent HD Powder*, which has become my number one powder since trying it. This translucent pressed powder mattifies the skin to perfection and has a built-in sebum regulator to keep shine at bay. It also helps to blur any imperfections and honestly I wouldn't be without it now. It also comes in the most amazing luxe packaging - I'm just dreading the day it runs out as at £52 it's really not cheap!

Overall, I am really impressed with Rodial - their products might be pricey, but they ooze luxury and deliver the results they promise. For that, I can't fault them really!