Everythings’ Coming Up Roses: Frankie Rose Cosmetics helps you have flawless skin, even if yours is “challenged”
If you’re a woman who has eczema, psoriasis, or any kind of sensitive skin issues, Los Angeles makeup artist Sarah Udnick understands how challenging it can be to get a flawless makeup look without making your skin even more irritated. She started her own line of makeup, Frankie Rose Cosmetics, in 2013 because even professionals can’t always find what they’re looking for. The makeup line doesn’t claim to be organic or all natural, but it helps make skin look flawless without making skin conditions like the eczema Sarah suffers from, worse.
Although the makeup line has products for eye, lips, and face, it’s the foundations that are star performers. There are two basic types: a Matte Perfection Foundation
($32.00) which offers full coverage, blend-able, creamy liquid in a pump coverage, and a Powder Foundation ($30.00) in a compact with a sponge applicator in the bottom, also offering surprisingly creamy but and slightly more layer-able, coverage. The Matte Perfection foundation is long lasting without any breakthrough shine and it looks “moistly” matte, available in 10 shades (mostly on the light to medium side, with a few deeper tones). The Powder Foundation is available in a dozen shades offering a bit more choice on the deeper end. Although I personally have worn the powder foundation mostly dry, I’ve taken it with me on several trips and it has performed flawlessly. It’s now one of my favorite “go-to” foundations.
The foundations really do offer a flawless look, but like any product, you’ve got to find the right color and tone for your skin. This can be a challenge when you’re purchasing any makeup online. You can see color swatches on the Frankie Rose Website and that is helpful, although they’re not grouped by tone. The good news is that at least with the powder foundation, you can blend it so well that if you are off a tone, you’ll still find it very wearable.
I loved the Single Shade Blush ($17.00). My sample was “Peachy Pink” a sheer soft peach with just enough pink to keep it from being too orange. This color looks natural but adds enough color to warm up Winter wearing skin now, even out a fading tan in the Fall, and work in the Spring with pastels. The blush blends beautifully and stays true to color. There are 12 shades, some quite bright, but all can be layered.
Although the face products are where Frankie Rose really excels, I give two thumbs up to the eye shadows, especially the 5 Shade Eye Shadow . There are four different palettes, I tried the “Down to Earth” Palette, a lovely collection of shimmery earth tones: Rust, Pout, Vine, and Sparkle (and a one soft, milk chocolate brown matte called “Java”). The other three palettes flatter brown eyes, a smokey eye, and a brightly color eye. Although I didn’t try it, you’ll find eye primer to help keep color true and longer lasting. Add one of the nice eye liner pencils or the Limitless Waterproof Gel Liner ($24.00) which comes with its own brush (there are 4 colors: black, green, blue and the one I tried, a brown called “Bombshell.”). I didn’t try the Lush Lengthening Mascara ($20.00) but based on my experience with the other products, I’m sure it’s good.
No makeup collection is complete with lipsticks, and Frankie Rose has plenty of them. In two words, they’re: “very nice.” The Frankie Rose Lipsticks ($16.00) are nice, creamy, reasonably long lasting and there are 17 colors in a wide range from nude to bold. The Lip Gloss ($16.00) also comes in a nice range of colors from sheer and shimmery nude, to bold and bright. The shine is reflective, but not sticky. the wanded tube has a slightly rubberized cap so you can grip it securely.
The Bottom Line: Frankie Rose Cosmetics is a nice line with lots of good products that perform well and offer a wide range of color choices, and at a reasonable prices. I’m in love with the powder foundation, truly I am, If your skin is less than lovely, the full coverage foundations and powder blushes are particularly nice – offering high performance and a range of colors. The products are also formulated for all skin types, non-comedogenic, gluten free and animal cruelty free. This is all great. I didn’t try the beauty tools (brushes) but they look good as well. If I have an issues with the products, it’s the website, which has been nicely updated but could use more information, For example, all the ingredients are listed on the boxes, but not on the website where consumer order the products. Since the creator had skin issues herself (supposedly why she founded Frankie Rose Cosmetics), I’m surprised she didn’t over-do the product information. That said, the products are really good.
For more information visit the Frankie Rose Website