I wish there were a word in the English language for when something is so exquisite, so spellbindingly lovely that it makes you overcome with emotion. (I checked with Byrdie’s resident linguist, Amanda Montell, and the closest thing is the Yiddish word verklempt, which describes a person who is too emotional to speak).
I experienced this in Paris when I had the most delicious lamb tagliatelle at the restaurant Frenchie. I took a bite and literally felt tears welling up in my eyes because the umami flavor and the perfectly al dente pasta were just that good. Call me overemotional, but I swear my taste buds may never recover.
It might sound silly to non-beauty people, but there’s a certain makeup line that makes me feel the same way: It’s called Rituel de Fille, and it’s the witchy, nontoxic makeup line of my dreams. There’s something about the way the creamy, light-reflecting pigments that melt so seamlessly into your skin, and the unexpected-yet-flattering shades—not to mention the sleek packaging and high-quality ingredients—that makes me want to scream about it from the mountaintops in a lovesick haze, like someone in a new relationship (oh, just me?).
Rituel de Fille
Founded: Sisters Katherine, Caroline, and Michelle Ramos in 2014
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Best Known For: Small batch, all-natural makeup products in vibrant, bold shades
Most Popular Product: Enchanted Lip Sheer, Eye Soot, Rare Light Crème Luminizer
Fun Fact: Rituel de Fille products are all made by hand, in house, and are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
Other Brands You’ll Love: Storybook Cosmetics, Necromancy Cosmetica
Rituel de Fille was founded in L.A. by three makeup artist sisters with a penchant for makeup and all things mystical. The three things about the line that have secured my undying devotion are the following: The ingredients (every product is made with 99 percent natural ingredients), the shades (they're incredibly rich and pigmented), and the velvety, creamy textures. I've pretty much given up on using brushes at all in my beauty routine, and I love that every product from this line can be applied with your fingers. When asked what inspired the sisters to start Rituel de Fille, they told me, "The three of us were all fascinated by the inherent beauty of natural ingredients, and were inspired by the strength of color and simplicity of composition in historical cosmetics—such as Cleopatra's signature red lipstick, which she made from beeswax, carmine and crushed ants. At the same time, we wanted to create something that felt special and beautiful while maintaining high standards of modern color performance."
"Looking out into the market, we didn't see any other lines approaching formulation with the kind of bold minimalism that we wanted to achieve. And for us, natural also brought a feeling of significance and a sense of magic—more like creating chromatic potions. As our products and palette evolved, we maintained an eye to bold colors that would feel satisfying and powerful to use, keeping the emphasis on cream products that could be applied with your fingertips."
But not only that—the colors and shades themselves are so, so special. "Our colors invite individuality and experimentation. All of our products are multi-use, and can be worn in different ways on different parts of the face," they say. You’ll find your typical shimmery golden highlighters and watermelon-pink lip sheers, yes; but there’s also Strange Creature, a lavender-gray lipstick that’s weirdly flattering and miraculously doesn’t make you look like a corpse, and Eclipse, a black “anti-highlighter” that leaves a cool-toned, half-dewy, half-matte sheen wherever you swipe it. Every new launch from Rituel de Fille is so unexpected and unique, which probably explains why I’m like a giddy kid on the first day of school every time I receive a new product.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Ritual de Fille and my favorite products in the line.
These skinny mini lip sheers have a drier, more matte texture than most lip balms, which makes for a really pretty stained effect. They don’t feel balmy or glossy in the slightest, but they never dry your lips out. Rather, they just make your lips feel comfortably conditioned. I wore Whitethorn, a “fleshy pink,” every single day during a holiday vacation. Plus, they smell flowery and nice.
Who knew the words “eye” and “soot” could sound so good together? These eye shadow pots come in the most mesmerizing shades, and you can apply them with your finger or a brush. The word “smoldering” describes their finish perfectly. They’re all wax-free, which means you aren’t left with any creasing or melting—just a powdery-smooth, light-reflecting finish you can build in intensity.
If you're into a more bold lip, the Forbidden Lipstick is a great option. It's more matte and pigmented than the Enchanted Lip Sheer, but doesn't feel dry on the lips in the slightest. You can go for a color rich look by applying the lipstick straight from the tube, or if you just want a subtle wash of color, tap on using your fingers.
The Color Nectar Pigment Balm is the multi-use product of my dreams. Available in five go-with-anything shades, these little compacts of magic are dewy, translucent balms can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips, or anywhere else you'd like a wash of color. And the application process is pretty seamless too—apply with your fingers, brush or a damp sponge and build up the color as much as you want. It has a jelly-like texture that leans more lightweight than your traditional balm, making it a breeze to apply (and remove).
Ask anyone on the Byrdie team which product I talk about the most/shove incessantly into people’s hands and faces, and they’ll undoubtedly say these highlighters from Rituel de Fille. As a closet lover of all things holographic, I favor more subtle iterations of the trend—less unicorn, more cosmic baby angel fairy (feel free to credit me once that term is coined). These creamy, velvety highlighters are so good I actually can’t shut up about them.
The solid cream formula melts instantly when you swirl your finger in it, and then it becomes one with your skin wherever you tap it. I alternate between Lunaris, Anthelion, Ghost Light, and Phosphene (which also doubles as a rosy blush) on a daily basis. Try these; I promise you’ll be as obsessed as I am.
Does your highlight need a highlight? Of course it does, and that's where the Alchemist Highlight Intensifier comes in. Think of it as the toppings to your ice cream sundae—it's added on top but doesn't mess up the integrity of the sundae (or, in this case, your highlight) itself. It's available in two shades: Arum, a glistening gold hue and The Alchemist Highlight Intensifier, a gorgeous, holographic lavender. It has a creamy texture and is best applied with your fingers. All you need to do is swirl a bit on the tips, and gently tap it over your highlight or anywhere else you need a dose of high-impact shine.