Generally, whenever I want to try out a new makeup look, I don’t have to look much farther than my own collection. I mean how many shades of red and nude lipstick can there be? Take strobing (ahem, highlighting); let’s just say some of my favorite highlighters were purchased, er, more than a few years ago (note to self–check expiry dates).
Needless to say, it’s hard to be surprised by a new makeup product, let alone brand. Voila, Rituel de Fille! Whilst perusing Goop (don’t judge) I stumbled upon this amazing looking violet-toned pink lipstick called Hex. Of course it was sold out. A little bit of Google led me here, to the site for this incredibly addictive natural beauty brand.
They have grey lipstick! Now, this isn’t all that unique, I’m sure Mac has one (or five), too, but this is a natural beauty brand! I didn’t own a grey lipstick so into the cart it went, along with a few other goodies, including some very impressive highlighters.
Now, I didn’t go too crazy, but I must admit this is more makeup than I’ve purchased in a really long time! Instagram, I blame you! Search Rituel de Fille on Instagram (hashtag or the brand’s account), I dare you.
When my products arrived, I was not disappointed. The colors, while in no way average, were pleasantly wearable; even the grey lipstick, (called “Strange Creature”). Especially impressive were the highlighters, I purchased Ghostlight and Lunaris. They, like every product from the brand I’ve tried so far, were incredibly pigmented yet quite easy to blend.
How Rituel de Fille Rates:
Price: upper-mid-level, the most expensive is the Ash and Ember at $38 a pop. The lipsticks were more reasonable, but still a bit steep at $24.
Color: I found it to be pretty close in person to what’s pictured online. All of the products I tried were highly pigmented but buildable–great qualities for a non-expert makeup artist like myself.
Quantity/Packaging: The packaging is gorgeous, especially the compacts! As for quantity, the lipsticks and Eye Soots are on the small side. I believe quality outweighs quantity in this case (then again, a little goes a long way when you’re dealing with a highly pigmented product). A side note on packaging: it would be absolutely lovely if some of these green brands offered a service (similar to Lush) where empty containers could be returned for re-use!
Long-wear Test: Being new to the product, I haven’t had a chance to test out all of these, but so far so good. I haven’t needed to reapply the lipsheers more than once a day, the highlighters stay visible, and the Eye Soot only minimally creased (with an eyelid primer). The Forbidden Lipsticks needed more frequent application, but that’s mostly because I chose mostly cool-toned colors.
Cruelty Free: No animal testing, but the brand uses carmine in their reds. That means crushed up beetles. As a vegetarian, I’m not really on board with this. While carmine is an ingredient in many products, and one I don’t always screen for (unlike gelatin), killing any creature for beauty is cruel and unnecessary. Yes, I still purchased products with this ingredient, but had I read the descriptions more closely, I likely would have had second thoughts.
Ingredients: The brand included the following statement on their webpage: “All Rituel de Fille products are 99% natural, and handcrafted without parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances.” Okay, I like that, but with any all natural product it’s important to keep in mind that there are many harmful things in nature. Taking a closer look at their ingredients list for Strange Creature, I noticed links for each ingredient. I appreciate a brand willing to decipher all of those scientific names to enlighten its consumers! Rituel de Fille also states their products are gentle enough for use on any part of the face (i.e. lipstick as eyeshadow and vice-versa, etc.). Instagram has embraced this concept in a big way with amazing results!
Brand: The brand itself is pretty cool. It has a fresh, ethereal, edgy vibe and the fact that it’s owned and operated by women (the Ramos sisters) is definitely a plus in my book! I’m also all for handcrafted products. This brand statement really nails it:
We approach our formulation like potion-making: we carefully select each pigment, oil and wax for a clear purpose, and develop each color from the ground up to contain the fewest possible ingredients. We use nothing extraneous, and avoid fillers. This attention to detail creates intense color while maintaining velvety textures.
Overall, I’d rate Rituel de Fille 5.5/7, losing 1 point for carmine and .5 for price to size. If you appreciate a makeup brand mindful of its ingredients–or decide to dare to express your inner goth–this is for you. On the other hand, vegans (and better vegetarians than I), beware. Sadly, this brand is not completely cruelty free. I understand their committment to superior pigments in the products, but personally, would rather use a synthetic than a dye made from crushed insects.
Although I plan to wear all of my purchases, the standouts for me were: Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Nightshade (sent to me as a sample); Rare Light Luminizer in Lunaris (this one is a limited edition–gone after Labor Day but still available from a few other retailers as of now–Google and you will find); Enchanted Lip Sheers in Whitethorn and Bloodroot; and Forbidden Lipstick in Prey.
Note: I purchased all of these products, except for a few complementary samples (one per order, seems to be randomly selected). This review was not sponsored.