Last year I was lucky enough to try out some beauty products from Canadian brand Maison Jacynthe. Everything I tried impressed me, so when they contacted me again to ask if I’d be interested in trying out some new products they’ve added to their line, I happily accepted.
About Maison Jacynthe
This Canadian brand was founded in September 2014, by Jacynthe Rene, an actress and producer. Maison Jacynthe offers everything from makeup to skincare, essential oils to soaps and more. What’s commendable is the commitment Jacynthe has made to her product line; they are made with 100% natural and active ingredients and are free of chemicals (including petroleum byproducts, artificial fragrances and preservatives). In addition, her products are cruelty-free and in 2015, Maison Jacynthe joined PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program.
Here’s what I’ve been testing out over the last month:
Fluid Foundation (01 Porecelaine) – $46 CAD (30 mL / 1.01 fl. oz)
This liquid foundation is easy to apply. Provides a perfect camouflage with an ultra natural finish. Its light texture gives you a more even tone and its formula, made with borage oil and coffee extracts, will keep your skin moisturized and protected. Soft texture and delicate perfume from argan. This fluid cream is a staple for daily makeup. Available in 5 colors. Cruelty-free. Vegan. Made in Italy.
This is a very lightweight water-based foundation. I will admit that I was a little cautious using this, given my recent experience with MUFE’s Water Blend Foundation. However, I had better experience with this one. While it’s lightweight, it offers more coverage and builds easily from a sheer wash to a light coverage. If I’m having a good skin day, I can definitely get away with wearing this sans concealer which is nice.
I took a chance when selecting my shade and went with the lightest of the bunch – 01 Porecelain. It definitely has a noticeable yellow tint to it, which worried me at first, but it actually is a pretty good match for my skin and blends nicely (I preferred using a synthetic foundation brush to apply it). One thing to note is the limited shade range – there are only 5 in the collection so there’s definitely some room for improvement there.
While there are some things I like about this foundation, there are some things I don’t really care for either. It does have a noticeable scent that I’m not too fond of – it’s kind of earthy but thankfully it fades shortly after application. I also find it never really sets and stays tacky almost all day, even when I attempt to set it with powder. It lasts about 5 hours on me before it starts to fade away, which is consistent with other lightweight foundations I’ve tried.
Overall I don’t mind this product but on a daily basis I just prefer to wear a medium to full coverage foundation or none at all – it’s all or nothing for me. I think this product would work well for those who have a normal to oily skin type, with little to no blemishes to cover and who like a more natural looking foundation.
Highlighter (02 Lune Rose) – $33 CAD (8 g / 0.28 oz)
This natural highlighter has an excellent hold and gives you a sublime and structured look. Its formula, made with coffee extracts, corn, macadamia oil and apricot, brightens and hydrates the skin. You will love its texture and fine pigments. Available in 2 shades: 01 Soleil Pétillant is shimmery with a slight golden tint; 02 Lune Rose is also shimmery with a golden pink finish. Our highlighters catch the light and give you an immediate healthy looking skin. Made in Italy.
I was super impressed by the eyeshadow and blush that I received last time, so I was pretty excited to try out one of their new highlighters. Thankfully this didn’t disappoint! It has the same silky smooth texture as the other two powder products, blends with ease and has the perfect amount of pigmentation. I also really like that it can be built up to my desired level of highlight – one application gives me a more subtle glow, while another layer gives me more of an enhanced highlight. I absolutely love the shade too – sometimes gold highlights can be too warm on my skin but the touch of pink in this one balances it out nicely and makes it look very natural. Love this!
Nail Polish (Taorima) – $14 CAD (8 mL / 0.28 fl oz)
This unique nail polish (available in 10 colors) is free of 9-10 of the most toxic ingredients usually found in nail polish. 75.5%-80% of natural origin. Enriched with organic silicon with fortifying and protective properties. Certified by PETA, cruelty-free. Gluten-free, nickel-free (to avoid risks of allergies). FREE OF: formalin – formaldehyde – toluene – dibutyl phthalate – paraben – xylene – camphor – styrene – benzophenone – rosin (except color #9). Cruelty-free. Vegan. Made in France.
I’m always up for adding a new polish to my collection but to be honest, after going through my polish declutter earlier this year, if it’s going to stay there, it’s got to meet certain criteria. This checks all the boxes! It applies smoothly and is fully opague in 2 coats; the shade is beautiful and perfect for Fall or any time of year really – it’s a mauve with hints of taupe and purple (very similar to Essie’s Merino Cool but the formula here is much better!). It lasted on my nails for around 5 days before I saw any noticeable wear and small chips. I also really like the brush – it’s thick and a little wide which makes it really easily to apply even coats. No complaints with this whatsoever!
If I had to pick a favourite product out of the three, I’d definitely choose the highlighter – I really think that powder products is where Maison Jacynthe shines. As always, I’m super grateful to be given the chance to try out these products – so thank you to Maison Jacynthe for this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what products they expand their line with next!
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me from Maison Jacynthe but all opinions are my own.