So, we’re really starting to see the ‘Lauder’ effects on this brand. Rodin Olio Lusso was founded in 2007 by Linda Rodin, then just a single face oil blended from 11 essential oils. Lauder scooped the brand up in 2014 and slowly, slowly, we’ve been seeing new products emerging (the lipsticks are excellent) but this is the first that you could call a ‘collection’. The Mermaid Collection comprises a luxury body oil (tri-phase), a shimmering lip oil, a compact highlighter and brush and an illuminating liquid.
They’ve brought in contemporary artist, Donald Robertson, whose own story is fascinating (see Vanity Fair feature HERE), to bring the mermaid and sea concept to life on both the products and the packaging. This set is one of only two in the whole of the UK so I can’t give you swatches of the compact in case its needed for photography by others, but I can tell you its an interesting marbled mix of a silvery-pink iridescent shade and a pale gold.
Making the Sea Kelp and Sambac body oil a tri-phase is such a genius stroke because your eyes have bought it before you’ve even reached for your purse. It smells beautifully jasmine-y with nothing of the kelp that my nose could discern.
The Illuminating Fluid is very fluid and a little goes a long way. It looks much the same as many liquid illuminators but the base is oil and therefore it feels very soft on the skin. It blends beautifully, gives a shimmery glow to the skin wherever you want to put it. The Lip Oil – well, this is the one thing I find a bit odd. I don’t know if I want my lips the same shade as my illuminator. It’s beautiful in consistency, feeling almost weightless and serum like, nourishing of course, and gives a flash of pale gold.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
In the swatch, it’s the lip oil followed by the illuminator. Prices are: Illuminating Fluid, £38, Lip Oil £25, Illuminating Compact £38, Kabuki Brush £20, and the Body Oil £65.
The Mermaid Collection launches in July at Liberty.