Cosmétique is an online cosmetics boutique that sells some of the best brands in the industry including Murad and Too Faced.
What you may not know is that they also produce 9 brands of their own, including: Arabella Stuart, Cadette, Diandra, Energie Vitale, Jean-Michelle, Madeleine Mono, Princess Livia, Sara St. James and Sistina.
I had the chance to try a few products from Cosmétique this week and I was not a fan. Keep reading to find out the ugly and the pretty of their Madeleine Mono line.
Cosmétique was founded in 1974 by June Giugni, and is headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL. Their story is quite simple; an entrepreneurial dream come to fruition. The brand's success is attributed to Ms. Giugni's personal style and business sense. Their vision is to provide quality products, savings, convenience, and personalized service to their customers.
Cosmétique's motto is "It’s really quite simple — if a product isn’t good enough for us, it’s not good enough for our customers!"
Cosmétique says on their website, in a 2009 press release, that they manufacture all 9 of their own brands. I decided to inquire further after noticing "Made in China" and "Made in Taiwan" stickers on the products I received. A company representative told me that Cosmétique does in fact contract companies in other parts of the world to manufacture the products using their formulas and specifications.
About the products:
Before trying Madeleine Mono, I had the privilege of speaking with Cosmétique's beauty editor. She generously offered to send me a few products from one of their best lines to try out and share with you. The cosmetics were described as 'high quality', and the packaging was even compared to the legendary Chanel Beauty. I was incredibly excited!
Unfortunately the products did not meet my expectations or standards...
Special Effects Face Powder 0.2 Ounces / 5 Grams
Ingredients: Talc, Mineral Oil, Lanolin Oil, Lanolin
Alcohol, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines.
This is intended to be a luminizing finishing powder. It has 5 colors from top to bottom: a bronze, a tan, a light chocolate, and a baby pink.
I was hesitant about the selection at first, fearing that the face powder would have an intense bronzer effect. When applied with the included brush, I found that it had almost no pigment what-so-ever. I could not see where the product had been applied at all.
I really wanted to see the colors, so I tried applying each one individually using my fingers. I still could not see where the product had been applied, however upon investigation from a few inches away in outdoor lighting I could see a very slight color from the darkest bronze and pink shades. It also seemed to have a light pearl effect to the colors that was visible.
The included applicator is a brush that is approximately 1 1/2" with contoured synthetic bristles. I would compare the quality of the bristles to the brushes that come in kids' watercolor sets.
The packaging is 3 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches tall. The product area is 2 1/4" around. It is made from a hinged hard plastic shell. The top lifts, and underneath there is a storage area for the included brush with a mesh bottom.
Double-Take Lipshine in Very Berry .29 oz
Ingredients: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-
2, Beeswax, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Titanium
Dioxide, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Iron Oxides, Flavors.
May Contain: Tin Oxide, Red #27 Lake, Red #6, Red #7 Lake, Blue #1 Lake
The Lipshine is intended to be a sheer lip gloss. The Very Berry color seemed to me to be closer to a warm burgundy/mauve than a berry color. It has a very slight golden shimmer when swatched that is not noticeable when applied. The color is quite bold when you first apply it, but quickly dies down.
The lipshine went on smoothly and wasn't sticky at all. It did have a very slight gritty texture, but nothing crazy. I was pleasantly surprised by the nice fruity smell.
The downside for me was how quickly the lip gloss wore off. I found that it came off easily just by lightly touching it. It did not last through eating or drinking, and wore off completely after a few minutes of normal wear.
The applicator is promoted as 'specially designed', however I compared it to my other gloss wands, and saw no obvious difference. It appears to be a standard plastic doe-foot style gloss applicator.
There's a small mirror on one side of the gloss that's about as thick as a piece of construction paper. I'm not sure the mirror would be useful as it is very distorted. I ended up accidentally pulling the entire mirror off of the tube entirely too easily. I was trying to get what I thought was packing tape off, but it actually ended up being part of the adhesive that was sticking out.
Lip Crayon in Very Berry .009 oz.
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Iron Oxides, Petrolatum, Ozokerite, Lanolin,
Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,
May Contain: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide,
Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Red #7 Lake
The Lip Crayon is a retractable lip liner. I received the Very Berry color of this product as well, and although it is the same color name, it's a dramatically different shade. It's much less red, and more of a true burgundy.
The crayon is very soft and similar to the texture of a normal lipstick. It glided on easily and felt smooth. Because of the soft texture, a lot of product goes on at a time leaving a defined line but was quickly used up. There is not much product included at all, so you should take care to use it sparingly.
I was honestly shocked at how easily this product came off. Even when applied heavily and as an all over color it wore off within a few minutes, and was easily removed with nearly no effort.
I was not pleased with the quality of any of the Madeleine Mono products I tried. I would have preferred for them to have better ingredients, more pigmentation, longer lasting results, and more product.
I personally will not be purchasing from Cosmetique because in this case, despite their motto, what was good enough for them was not in fact good enough for me this time.
Have you tried one of Cosmetique's lines before? What did you think? Which brands just aren't meeting your standards? Let me know!