For the better part of the Fall and Winter season last year, bloggers were raving about Maison Jacynthe (formerly Les Soins de Jacynthe), a 100% natural green beauty Quebec-based brand created by Jacynthe Rene. I first reviewed their skincare almost a year ago (here) and now that they are newly re-branded and have beautiful makeup as well! The website is still en francais, but the ingredient listings are in English. Even if you don't speak French, the pretty pictures are all you need to help you find what you need!
Green beauty does skincare REALLY well, but makeup can often be a disappointment because all of the qualities most people look for such as longevity and pigmentation can't be done with natural ingredients. I think natural "technology" is getting better because I have been fairly impressed with a number of green makeup products with these Maison Jacynthe products falling right into that category!
Ingredients: RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), SILICA, HYDROXYSTEARIC/LINOLENIC/OLEIC POLYGLYCERIDES, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL EXTRACT (PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL (APRICOT) EXTRACT, CI15850 (RED 6), CI45410 (RED 27), CRAMBE ABYSSINICA SEED OIL PHYTOSTEROL ESTERS, CI15850 (RED 7), COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL (ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA (BABASSU) SEED OIL, AQUA (WATER), COFFEA ARABICA SEED EXTRACT (COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) LEAF/SEED EXTRACT), ALCOHOL
In keeping with being eco-friendly, all powder products from Maison Jacynthe have two forms of packaging - with a compact and without in order to reduce waste. The pans fit perfectly into my Z Palette and I am all for reducing packaging!
Ingredients: MICA, ZEA MAYS STARCH (ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH), CI77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI15850 (RED 7), ZINC STEARATE, SQUALANE, CI77499 (IRON OXIDES), TOCOPHEROL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, OCTYLDODECANOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), LAUROYL LYSINE, ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL (ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA (BABASSU) SEED OIL, COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) SEED OIL, SILICA, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER (BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL (PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, PONGAMIA GLABRA SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL (PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL (APRICOT) OIL, AQUA (WATER), COFFEA ARABICA SEED EXTRACT (COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) LEAF/SEED EXTRACT), ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, EUGENOL, LIMONENE
The Eyeshadow in 09 Affogato* ($22.00 CDN) was probably the product I liked the least and not because the formulation was bad, but because I thought the colour would be more purple instead of grey. This just goes to show that swatches really are the most helpful. This was a matte shadow that was soft, pigmented and blended easily. On my eyes, this shade looked more like a taupe which made me feel more comfortable wearing to work.
Since Maison Jacynthe is all about healthy makeup, all of the products I have used on my face (except for one) for today's look are from brands that pledge to have only the healthiest of ingredients in their products! You will definitely see more of these brands in April for Earth Day!
Sappho Liquid Foundation in Lisa* (old formulation)
None. Brows are microbladed.
Apply Evelyn Iona Organic Perfecting Primer.
Apply Maison Jacynthe Eye Shadow in 09 - Affogato* all over the lid with a more intense concentration on the outer V and smoke it all out!
Apply Affogato along lower lash line.
Line lower waterline with black eyeliner.
Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes like Zorah's Pure Argan Volumizing Mascara*.
Apply natural looking false lashes.
Maison Jacynthe Blush in 01-Romeo*
Lips:Maison Jacynthe Lipstick in Rouge Mate*
Find Maison Jacynthe at www.jmagazine.ca