Have you heard of all the new “fad” skin care lines that are out now? The products with snake, bee venom, and dragon’s blood. I had heard of them and have wanted to look more into them to see exactly what this was so when I had the opportunity to try out the Rodial Snake Skin Care, Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette, and the Rodial the Smokey Eye Brush I jumped at the chance. Today I’m going to tell you about each of these products and if they are worth the price tag or just a “fad” that should be skipped.
Rodial Snake Serum 02
Size: 30 mL
Claims: Boost Complexion Glow | Smooth Skin | Freeze Appearance of Lines / Wrinkles | Hyaluronic Acid to Give Skin a 3D Plumping Effect | Oxygen Carrier & Syn-ake Dipeptide
The first thing that I want to say about the Rodial Snake Serum 02 is that there is not actual snake venom or anything like that in the products. Instead Rodial uses a patented syn-ake dipeptide which is inspired by the Temple Viper Venom. This was actually both reassuring and a bit upsetting. While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the thought of putting something with venom on my face I feel that part of why Rodial charges $162 for this product is because of that very ingredient. Now that I got that out of the way let’s talk about what I thought about this product.
I will say that my skin had a nice glow to it, a slight plumpness, and that a lot of the fine lines were smoothed. However, I felt that for this specific product that Rodial was cashing in on the gimmick of the name “Snake Serum” and it just did not do $162 worth to my skin.
Rodial Snake Mask
Size: 50 mL
Claims: Brightening Mask | Peel-Off Formula | Improves Radiance and Texture | Deeply Cleanses and Purifies Pores | Syn-ake Dipeptide, French Clay, & Liquorice Extract
As I mentioned before, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the thought of putting items that contained snake venom on my face and I actually tested this product out before I researched more into the products (dumb I know). So I was even more horrified when the product came out as a black liquid to put on the face, I’ve seen those Facebook videos running around and had images running through my mind of what this was going to turn into. I lucked out on both sides that the Rodial Snake Mask didn’t have snake venom in it and that it wasn’t one of those painful masks to pull off.
The Rodial Snake Mask is a brightening mask that not only uses the “snake venom” gimmick but the black face mask gimmick as well. That being said this mask pulls off the face perfectly fine. It actually reminds me a lot of the Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off mask just with less mess and a better scent (in my opinion ha!). I was also pleasantly surprised to find out how well this mask works. As I said it’s a brightening mask but it also claims to improves skin radiance, texture, and cleanse / purify the pores. The Snake Mask did leave my skin bright and radiant and the texture and pores were minimized. Is this mask worth $83? That depends on how much you like masks and how much you want to brighten your complexion. Would I spend $83 on it? Probably not right now as we are in a tight spot due to unexpected bills popping up. However, down the line when I have a bit more spendable money I could totally see myself picking this up as a splurge luxury item.
Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette
Size: 6.96 grams
Claims: Complementary Nude Shades | Highly Pigmented | Travel Friendly | Mix of Matte and Pearl Formulas | Easily Blended
When I first saw the Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette in the box I was for sure it was going to have snake venom in it as well. Due to this going near my eyes I checked out it’s claims before even swatching and found that they don’t claim that it does. From there I was ready to dig into these gorgeous looking shadows.
As you can see, the shadows are as gorgeous on the skin as they are in the palette. Except for the lightest shade which is on the top left of the swatches. It’s very light for my skin tone and I’d probably only be able to get away with using it to set my eye primer. As for the quality, they do blend very well and have a decent amount of lasting power. My only real complaint with this palette is that you can purchase the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes for $11 cheaper and they have very similar shades. That being said, you really can’t go wrong if you decide to pick up this eyeshadow palette.
Rodial Smokey Eye Brush
Size: 1 brush
Claims: Short Densely Packed Bristles | Precision Brush | Provides More Intense Look | Can Be Used to Smudge and Blend | 1 of 8 Brushes Currently Offered
Now you know when I saw a makeup brush in the box I was super excited. In my opinion you can never have enough makeup brushes, it’s why I own like 3 of the Real Techniques Setting Brushes. I thought it was pretty genius of them to include a brush with the palette to try out and especially one that claims to be able to provide a more intense look.
The Rodial Smokey Eye Brush has a great feel to it and is the perfect size and shape for getting an intense look in the crease and the outer V of the eye. To go along with that, the rest of the brush felt like really great quality and was easy to clean with some Cinema Secrets!
Rodial Snake Skin Care Final Thoughts
My final thoughts for the Rodial Snake Skin Care, Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette, and Smokey Eye Brush are that while the skin care products are a bit gimmicky they achieve what they are advertised to achieve. It is completely up to the individual if they want to spend the prices on them. Same with the eyeshadow palette. However, if I were going to recommend to you if you should or shouldn’t my advice would be to skip the Serum, try the mask, and try the eyeshadow palette. As for the brush, it’s amazing quality and does exactly what it needs to.
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