The unfortunate event of the flue hit me last week so hard; I had to cancel my Florida trip as I was too frail to get out of bed and walk down the stairs, let a lone get on an airplane. Yes I’ve been a bit miserable and ended up taking a bit of a social media break – and being offline for a while was way more relaxing than I thought. Since I was unable to be boosting the American economy with purchases of Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs, let’s cheer a Canadian beauty brand, Maison Jacynthe.
Maison Jacynthe is found by Jacynthe René, who also runs the online lifestyle magazine, jmagazine. All the products are cruelty free (Beauty Without Bunnies certified!) and their skincare line is 100% natural. From their collection, I received three things to try: Body Oil ($37.80 CAD,) Lipstick ($33 CAD,) and the Compact Powder ($29 CAD.)
The packaging of the lipstick is truly unique compared to the other lipsticks I own (which is in the 100s by now, I really got to purge!!) It has a metal tube (with a brushed metal surface,) and a wooden cap. I chose shade 02; I’d describe it as a brick red- hints of browns, reds, and oranges make this different. It’s a not a true red or a bright red; it’s on the more wearable side of the spectrum. It is formulated with candelilla wax for a smooth application and doesn’t dry out the lips. Abyssinian oil (crambe seed oil) helps with colour enhancement. The website states there is a natural scent of goji but it still smells like a lipstick to me, if you don’t mind it.
Application and colour payoff for the lipstick is so good. I was impressed by how much I liked wearing this shade of red out and I feel more comfortable than a red lip! And no dry lips with this!
I really wish the Compact Powder came with a case, luckily you can stick it in your Z-palette if you have one. I got the shade 01, which is the perfect colour for my winter skin (might need something darker for summer.) It looked a little bit less impressive when I took out the square pan; but when I swirled my brush and patted my face, it felt just like second skin and my face was instantly smoothed out! The texture is buttery and it smells like a fresh bakery. It won’t cover more obvious imperfections but it creates a wonderful canvas on your face. The compact powder is formulated with coffee extract, babassu butter, macadamia oil, and apricot oils. Again, I wish it came with a compact case so I can carry it around, that would be the only thing preventing me from purchasing the product as $29 is a bit pricey for a standalone compact refill.
Lastly, the Huile de Corps (Body Oil) has a fresh citrusy scent of Neroli, Petitgrain, Mandarin and Wild Orange. It uses a blend of avocado and macadamia oils for nourishment, sesame oil for improving elasticity, rose hip and seabuckthorn oils for supporting regenerative abilities, shea and abyssinian oil for supporting healing, and apricot and avocado phytoesterols for improving tone and softness.
The oil is thick and I prefer to use one to two drops mixed in with lotion to maximize spread (and the cost per use!) I think the price is very comparable, when other body oils such as Caudalie’s Divine Oil retails for $57 CAD/100mL. The Divine Oil is one of my favourite body oils to date, and while I still enjoy it more, Maison Jacynthe’s oil makes a nice second place in terms of effectiveness and cost. I like how it leaves a sheen on my skin but doesn’t feel or look greasy!
Maison Jacynthe has certainly left a good first impression on me! 🙂 Here I am wearing the Compact Powder and Lipstick 02.
You can purchase Maison Jacynthe products online.
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