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Parlez-vous Votre Vu? Oui!
There’s something elegant and charming about French things. The language. The food. The wine. The fashion. The architecture. It’s all just so beautiful, but in a way that isn’t trying too hard. It’s as if it’s saying, “But of course it’s beautiful, mon cherie! As if it should be any other way!” Votre Vu cosmetics could be described in the same way – exquisite and chic, without being gaudy or ostentatious.
Votre Vu products are hand-crafted in small batches near Paris, and are enhanced with carefully selected botanicals, such as jojoba oil, vitamin E, and kaolin clay. The result is a simple but gorgeous selection of products that help you to “Be well! Feel beautiful!” Even the understated but refined logo is very classic, as is the simple brushed silver packaging. The contents inside similarly work to take natural beauty and let it shine, without fuss.
Recently I tested three Votre Vu products including the Palette Play Eye Shadow Quad ($42) in Copper, which contains four lovely hues:
Linen – matte cream
Copper Suede – shimmery light brown
Indigo – matte navy
Gilt – shimmery brick brown
This elegant silver compact drew my attention first. The palette is perfectly sized and the four shades are complemented with a large mirror. The fact that there are shimmery and matte shades, and cool and warm shades is fantastic.
These eye shadows are finely milled and contains minerals, kaolin clay, vitamin E, and jojoba oil. And refill pans are also available! The color combination is a bit difficult to work with, and I did feel that I had to put extra effort into blending. But in the end I was pretty pleased with the results.
I also tested out two pretty in pink lip products including Lip Lustre Vitamin E Lip Gloss ($22) in Charming, a medium rosey pink.
This gloss has just the right amount of pigmentation to give your lips a bit of color while still being glossy. This is a great color for every day wear. Vitamin E and green tea extract have been added to nourish your lips. While I wouldn’t consider it drying, it’s not quite moisturizing either.
I also gave French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick ($23) in LouLou, a medium pink, a test drive. This is a very subtle, my lips but better sort of shade. There is a slight minty scent to it.
This lipstick pairs nicely with the Lip Lustre in Charming (I’ve layered the two in my photo). Plant waxes, vitamin E, and SPF 8 are added take care to pamper your pout. However, like the Lip Lustre, I didn’t find this to be especially hydrating, but I didn’t experience any dryness either.
• Pretty, better than neutral colors
• Nice packaging
• 45 day satisfaction guarantee
• No animal testing
• Not sold in stores
• Prices can be a bit high, although Brand Ambassadors get a substantial discount
For those of you who enjoy a subtle but beautiful makeup look, these products work well for that purpose, but you might want to give it a pass if you’re craving bold shades and intense pigmentation.
we heartsters – Are any of these French finds tickling your fancy? What sort of beauty products do you think of when you envision French beauty?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: oily, acne-prone
favorite beauty product: eyeshadow
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