Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Couleur Caramel Make Up Review





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Couleur Caramel cosmetics

How are you all doing? Are you seeing any real summer yet? Here in Ireland we are experiencing oddest summer to date, I have not seeing anything like this in my nearly forty years (gasp!). Let me explain - we did had three days of really nice weather that European heatwave brought us, but other than that it is raining nearly all the time! And on those days that are sunny, the wind is so cold that it goes through your bones - to me it resembles winter wind, and that is what exactly what puzzles me. It is not supposed to be this way, I have never experienced being hot and cold at the same time (not on the same day) - when the sun is shining, you are truly roasting, at the risk of getting sun stroke, but at the same time if the wind blows, you are left shivering! All at bloody once! Oddest thing ever. Even my husband had to pack away his principles and take out the jacket again, until then he was like "it is summer, I ain't wearing no jacket"! Yep. Please let me know what's the weather like where you live?

The weather ramble aside, let's get into today's post, shall we?

Couleur Caramel is the natural, mineral and certified organic make-up brand that has arrived to our shores a couple of years back, fresh from the world’s beauty capital, Paris. It is an ethical, responsible and respectful brand, providing high-quality, trendy and healing make-up.

This French cosmetics brand, unique for its professional quality, is stirring a revolution across Europe. It has been praised by make-up professionals in the motion pictures industry as “the most sought after by both female and male actors”. It has been used by the likes of Eva Longoria and was featured in Grazia and Hello magazines. It has also been used on Strictly Come Dancing France set, which I found very interesting, it make up can hold in the studio under the harsh lights and not melt, then surely it must be good?

Couleur Caramel’s first and most important value is respect. They respect customers’ health and beauty, as well as their time and money. Respect nature and the animal world. They embrace innovation while upholding tradition.

Couleur Caramel products are all-in-one natural, organic and mineral. They use mineral raw material from trusted sources and organically grown plant-based active ingredients. The plants in Couleur Caramel make-up are cultivated under strict control on lands free from chemical fertilizers, and are harvested with utmost care. The formulas are free from synthetic or petroleum-derived ingredients. They do not use parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances.

Couleur Caramel cosmetics are made to a professional standard, which means that they offer a large make-up range with bright, long-lasting colours. Furthermore, the process of micronisation (with particles several times thinner than in ordinary powders) provides an exceptionally smooth and homogeneous texture. The result is a user-friendly product of the highest quality: silky application, flawless finish, buildable coverage, perfect hold; all this without any need for extra materials or professional equipment. Brand's aim is beauty combined with comfort and ease.

Couleur Caramel gives great consideration to the environment and animal welfare. All products are tested on volunteers and never on animals. Couleur Caramel is a member of the OneVoice association internationally known for its defence of animal rights. They use recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials for our packaging and displays.

Couleur Caramel products hold the “Cosmebio” label by the certification body Ecocert, which develops standards for natural and organic cosmetics.The Cosmebio BIO label basically means that a minimum of 95% of the specific item is of natural origin and that 95% of the certifiable ingredients are in fact organic. Couleur Caramel products are suitable for all skin types, including post-treatment skin, and all lifestyles, including vegetarian. Many of Couleur Caramel’s products are suitable for strictly vegans. They use only trusted sources and support Fair Trade, whilst ensuring product quality and traceability.

So why Couleur Caramel?

  • Natural effect
  • Comfort
  • Easy application
  • Silky texture
  • Perfect hold
  • High concentration in pigments
  • Easy correction
  • Professional quality

I have two products from the line to review, but I will surely be back for more!



Couleur Caramel blush in Peach

Blush in Peach


Blush is my happy place when it comes to the cosmetics, so naturally I opted for this when given the chance to pick what I wanted from the brand. This was easy! And I have to say I really like it, really pigmented blush in true peach colour. You definitely need a light hand with this - and this comes from someone who looves blush! I can see this lasting for a really long time, so I think it is well worth the money. The finish is matte, so I often add a bit of highlighter on top, and it is up to you if you want to do that or not. I personally love my blushes to resemble Nars Orgasm one - as in peachy shade with a bit of golden sheen to it (I even dedicated a whole blog post finding and listing more than 20 natural alternatives to it, and I am about to update it with a couple of more options too. Yes, I work hard on my blog, and I like it that way! Find the post here). By the way, I ran a toxicity report on EWG and it came back with a very impressive score of 1! Sweet or what? I am definitely impressed.


Ingredients:
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
 MICA; ZEA MAYS STARCH; ZINC STEARATE; SQUALANE; GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE; TOCOPHEROL; PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL; PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL; PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL; MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL; SILICA; BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER; CI 77491 (Red iron oxide); CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide); CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide); CI 77742 (Manganese violet); CI 77499 (Black iron oxide); CI 77007 (Ultramarine)

NGREDIENTS : MICA – ZEA MAYS STARCH - ZINC STEARATE – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – TOCOPHEROL - PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL – PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL - PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL – MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL – SILICA – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, [+/– MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491 (Red iron oxide) – CI 77492 (Yellow iron oxide) – CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) – CI 77742 (Manganese violet) – CI 77499 (Black iron oxide) – CI 77007 (Ultramarine)
My second pick was stick foundation, as I am always interested in them too, but this was a bit trickier as they were a bit apprehensive to send it to me unless I got a professional color match first, which proved a bit trickier than I anticipated, I sent messages to official couleur caramel and couleur caramel deutchland pages on IG (there are more, but those two seemed most active) asking for a colour match, so it turned out their German page is ran by the PR company and not the brand, and I didn't get any response from the official page. Couleur Caramel is thankfully available in Ireland, but the two places I visited in person either didn't have samples or the stick foundation itself, so I am yet to find out my match. I might be either 11 or 12 - girls at Nourish Liffey were really helpful, they dug out the actual products and opened them up so I could take a look, and this is where our opinions mismatched, I wanted to go for 12, as to me it seemed like somewhat perfect match, but the sales lady was keen to push 11 on me, while I thought it is too light and too yellow based for my liking. So I left without a foundation that day, but I really regret not getting the anti redness green concealer there and then. That particular shop had a few testers, so I swatched the eye liner, the stick foundation and the green concealer on my hand, and the green concealer was still there by the end of the day. All products seemed very pigmented, which I was really impressed about, and the shop staff had only good words about the products and the brand.
Couleur Caramel liquid eyeliner

Liquid Eyeliner in Black



I am really impressed by this! Previously I only tried Pure Anada liquid eyeliner when it comes to the green beauty ones, and let's just say this is million times better! As someone who uses liquid eyeliners so infrequently, I am more likely to find it dried out on me than truly finish it, even back in the day when I wasn't into green beauty. And I must admit I am really struggling when it comes to the liquid eyeliner, I suck at it, but I keep trying. Just like eyebrows, my flicked lines are more often friends, not sisters if you know what I mean, but I keep trying. This is one thing I am yet to master in make up. EWG report came up at 3 for this product, very impressive considering in mind this goes near eyes and this is exactly the product green beauty is struggling with, I hear lots of people, bloggers and youtubers saying they are yet to find a green beauty product that would work for their liking. Well, I like this product for sure, it is jet black, you only need one coat, not three like with some other brands products, it stays well, pretty much all day, for me it only crumbles away at the very end on the line, but in a minor way. The tip is very thin and flexible and if you are not a fan of those type of applicators, you can use a separate brush, I prefer small, stiff angled brush myself as I feel it gives me the most control. I am yet to see how long it will last me in the bottle, but I will update you guys either on Instagram or in my empties post here later on.


Let's look at the ingredients, shall we?
AQUA (WATER); ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER; GLYCERIN; ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE;  SUCROSE PALMITATE; XANTHAN GUM; BENZYL ALCOHOL; DEHYDROACETIC ACID; SODIUM BENZOATE; POTASSIUM SORBATE; CITRIC ACID; LACTIC ACID; SODIUM HYDROXIDE;  CI 77007 (Ultramarine); SILICA; CI 77499 (Black iron oxide)

Couleur Caramel swatches

So what are my thoughts and verdict? Impressed, in love, want more! How about that? I can really see why the brand is popular with the celebrities. I am in love with the cardboard packaging too (doesn't that blush packaging resemble cutest little handbag?) as it it the ultimate recyclable material, and we don't need any more plastic if you ask me. My products were sent to me by vclaire.ie team, who are distributors for Couleur Caramel and a few other natural brands here in Ireland. They have their in house beauty centre in Dublin 6, which I am yet to visit, but is frequented by local celebs. They are as passionate about educating consumers on benefits of using natural products as I am!

My wishlist:


💕 Green anti redness concealer in 16
💕 Correcting concealer in 08 (seems the closest to salmon colour, which works the best for me)
💕 Beauty Essential palette
💕 Perles sublimatrices - this product seems to be only on their official website, and if I ever order from them, I will make sure to include them in my order - those multi coloured pearls is one thing I miss from my pre-green beauty days. And I didn't see them anywhere else. Lust item for sure!
💕 Palette Eye Essentials nr1 - someday down the line. I really like the look of it, and if the eye shadows are as much pigmented as the blushes, I am sure I would enjoy it.
This palette seems like the close natural dupe to those Naked palettes from Urban Decay I never had. So if you have one of those and want to switch to a clean option, this is the ones to check out. Did you know that Urban Decay use teflon in their eye shadows? Yes, that one as in pans! Nice, isn't it? Doesn't that make you want to switch to natural beauty like immediately?


Ok, I am done now. Have you tried this brand and what is your favourite product?


Lots of Love,
Renata.

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Disclaimer. Because I have to. After some recent events I have to state that no one is allowed to use my photos (or my blog text for that matter) without my permission. Bloggers photos belong to the blogger and if you want to use them you have to ask me first and include a photo credit too. Not asking me before and not crediting the blogger for all the hard work = not cool. 

Disclaimer II. The products were sent to my for my consideration, but my thoughts are always my own. The link is not an affiliate link, nor I am paid to talk about this. Thanks for reading the small print. 

2 comments:

  1. Hmmmmmm interesting. I wonder if it's available in the US? Always looking for green beauty from France, my family lineage dictates it !! LOL

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    1. Thanks for reading Linda! Great lineage :) And yes, the brand is available in the US via natureofbeauty.com Hope it helps xo

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