Happy Canada Day!
In honour of Canada Day, today I’ll showcase some Canadian brands and a few items I own from each.
Lise Watier (Shoppers Drug Mart, online)
LW made her name firstly through her signature perfume, Neiges (which I don’t particularly care for) but has since branched out to colour cosmetics and skincare. I’ve grown fond of her lipsticks, eye shadows, and concealer.
Annabelle (drugstores, online)
A Montreal-based brand that offers high quality products at drugstore prices. I love their eye shadows and blushes – they’re very reminiscent of MAC. In terms of a comparable US brand, I would say this is similar to Revlon.
Marcelle (drugstores, online)
This is the sister brand of Annabelle – this line is geared toward a more mature audience (but not OLD, ykwim?) Their eye shadows and face products are amazing. I would say this is most similar to Almay, but way less sucky.
Cargo Cosmetics (Rexall, online)
My first Cargo product was their lipgloss in “Machu Picchu” (they name all their colours based on places around the world), housed in their iconic silver tin, and it contained 2 colours inside. I have since moved onto their glorious blushes – one of my top 3 blush formulas of all time. Their eye shadows are also fabulous, and their blue_ray pressed powder is HG for me. This is now a global brand; within Canada, the brand has been tossed around in terms of availability – it used to be sold at Sephora and Sears, but now it’s only at Rexall – or online.
Vasanti (drugstores, online)
This brand focuses on foundation colours that are geared toward all skin tone ranges. Their Eye Wonder under eye cream is a bestseller which is on my wish list. I absolutely love their tinted lipsticks, and their Brighten Up exfoliator is one of my favourites. This brand is becoming more readily available and I want to try more products from them.
Cake Beauty (Sephora, specialty stores, online)
This is a skincare company that’s primarily famous for their sweet smelling hand cream. Their loose dry shampoo is one of my favourites since there’s a tinted option for brunettes.
Quo (Shoppers Drug Mart, online)
This is the private label of our largest drugstore chain, and the early buzz on Quo was all about their buttery smooth powder eye shadows. It’s true, back then I’ve never felt any eye shadow as buttery as Quo’s. The quality has diminished somewhat over time (or have other brands improved their quality? Not sure) but I still do enjoy their products. Their brushes are quite good too.
Joe Fresh Beauty (Joe Fresh stores, Loblaws)
From the same founder of Club Monaco, Joe Fresh is an accessible, fun brand with chic clean simple look (I think of it as Canadian Gap). Currently sold at Loblaws grocery stores and some standalone Joe Fresh locations, but starting in 2016, it will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart (since Loblaws bought Shoppers). I haven’t bought too much from this brand yet since the displays are always picked over, but I look forward to when it will be available at Shoppers which has a much wider distribution.
BITE Beauty (Sephora)
This brand took the beauty brand by storm when they launched at Sephora, even though it’s a fairly niche Canadian brand. They only do one thing: lip products. But boy, do they do it well! They use food grade ingredients so when I invariably consume some of my lipstick, it’s not a concern. I only have a few BITE products but I want more.
MAC Cosmetics (MAC stores, The Bay, online)
Did you know that MAC started out as a Canadian brand? That’s right, it was started right here in Toronto! It was sold to Estée Lauder in 1998 and they haven’t looked back since. It’s now a global brand but I’m not sure if everyone knows about its humble beginnings. It’s so famous, I don’t even need to include a picture! 😛
Any Canadian brands I’ve missed? What are your favourite Canadian beauty brands?