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Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder + I Woke Up Like This Palette

Almost a year ago to the day (tomorrow to be exact) I wrote about Rodial on my blog. Although it isn’t one of those brands we hear about regularly, it’s one we definitely should. Brands like Rodial are bridging the gap between professional cosmeceuticals and the mass market by offering a carefully curated range of high performance skincare and cosmetics. Hailed from the U.K. this brand screams luxury.


I Woke Up Like This Palette ($55) ::: This really is the perfect palette for traveling or keeping in your purse/makeup bag if you’re someone who barely has enough time to get themselves dressed in the morning let alone apply a full face of makeup (this used to be me before I started working from home). It’s super small and compact and contains the best shades of products that look so natural & sophisticated, these really are “must-haves” in my opinion. This limited edition palette contains six complexion powders: Contour, Bronze-Tour, Blushers Soho & Lust and Highlighters 01 & 02. If you’re working with a small enough brush you can individually apply each product, but I find that it just seems easiest to swirl your brush around in each pan and mix the shades.


The Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder is one of my most used bronzers and I noticed that when mixing the Contour & Bronze-Tour powders, the color payoff is similar in tone. Not too warm or bronzy, but not overly cool-toned either, just good shade for someone who wants a powder that will add subtle definition (in place of a contour) and a bit of warmth. I appreciate that they added new blush shades and didn’t reuse their existing colors. These also look really pretty applied and add a natural flush of color that blends out seamlessly. Lust is a lighter pink while Soho is more of a coral/peach tone. What’s unique about this is that it has the ability to help contain & absorb excess oil while still keeping the color locked in place. With oily-prone skin this is definitely something I can appreciate.


I have the highlighting powder in 02 and am happy to have tried another shade. The highlighting powder in 01 is better suited for my skin tone. It’s a universal champagne tone and adds a lightweight “natural glow” type of finish. I don’t reach for highlighter all too often these days, but when I do, it’s a subtle natural glowy shade such as this. It’s not too often I find a face palette that I enjoy using this much and that I’m able to use every shade included.


Soft Focus Glow Powder ($57) ::: The pretty pastel colors and fun design pulled me in before I even knew what this compact even was! Rodial describes this as “A luxurious, multi-dimensional baked powder that delivers an illuminated glow. The universally flattering shade combines colour correcting pigments with a subtle bronze toned highlight. The velvety, super fine powder can be used to perfect bare skin, set foundation or touch up makeup throughout the day for a polished look.”


If you’re in need of an oil-absorbing setting powder to lock everything in place, this probably isn’t it. While this doesn’t have the exact same finish as an Hourglass finishing powder, it offers that same soft focus, healthy glow kind of vibe. If you layer it up on your cheekbones you can use it in place of a highlight, or if you add a light dusting over your entire face it’ll add a natural looking soft luminosity.


Disclaimer ::: As always, my reviews are not paid and are based on my own opinion, personal use and results.


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