Showing posts with label sephora. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sephora. Show all posts

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Sephora + NARS Birthday Gift: Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil & Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil


Ah, Sephora, why haven't you come back to our shores?!  A recent (okay, not so recent, but hey) trip to the States saw me being presented with this adorable little set - two mini versions of Nars' popular lip pencils, in popular shades Cruella (Velvet Matte) and Rikugien (Satin).  I love that the box says 'One Year Bolder'.  So uncompromising.

Anyway - I've long lusted after Cruella from afar, and it is indeed exactly My Kinda Thing, being blood red, matte as anything, and very long wearing.  I was more surprised by how much I like Rikugien - it's a lovely beigey pink with the slightest shimmer to the finish, and it's a lovely neutral for people who hate beige lips.  Texture wise, Rikugien is much silkier than Cruella, and unsurprisingly doesn't last quite as long either.

Once I hit the end of Rikugien, I may well purchase a full size - now, if only there were a Sephora I could purchase from in London....

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Monday, 29 September 2014

BUY THIS NOW: Sephora Give Me More Lip Ultimate Lip Sampler

As you may remember, I'm currently in the USA on an extended work trip.  Which means, obviously, lots of browsing at Sephora.  I spotted this lip sampler last weekend (it's part of the Sephora Christmas set lineup), and despite owning a million lip products already, had to give in and buy it.  It costs a teeny tiny $59 (or £38ish, if you want it shipped to the UK), and inside are seventeen (SEVENTEEN!) lip products - sixteen mini ones, and one full size.  Oh, and a mini lip brush.

You'll have to excuse the smartphone photos, and the attractive background that is the carpet of my rental apartment, because there was no way in hell I would be waiting til I get home to crack this open and start playing with it.  Sorry (not sorry).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

NOTD: Formula X for Sephora in Legend

I picked up this rather lovely polish in the States recently.  I don't know much about Formula X, but their stand of polishes at Sephora was gigantic - literally hundreds of shades.  Being a magpie, I chose one of the Shifter shades, a set of 5 duochrome finish polishes.  This one, Legend, is described as maroon and rainbow metallic, which I'm not entirely convinced captures it.  The base colour flashes from navy to purple to deep red, and it's brought alive by pink, purple, red and blue glass flecks.  It's dazzling, but very, very difficult to describe!

Not only is it dazzling, it also wears like iron.  Three coats gives solid, multi-dimensional colour, and with a slick of Seche Vite I've had this manicure wear for six days straight with no chips at all.  After that, it's chips a plenty, but by then I'm ready for a change anyway.  At $12.50, the Formula X polishes aren't cheap, but they are rather lovely - next time I'm back in the US I'm definitely taking a look at the metallics.

Disclosure: Bought by me in Sephora, where I showed a remarkable amount of restraint by only buying one nail polish.

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Friday, 9 November 2012

NOTD: Sephora Purple Jewelry

This is another Paris pick-up from Sephora. It's a flaky topcoat strongly reminiscent of GOSH Rainbow. In the bottle it seems to have blue and purple shift as well as red/orange/green. However, when worn it's mainly an orange/green shift. Still very pretty though.

The consistency is quite gloopy but it goes on smoothly and has a good density of flakes. This manicure is 2 coats. The base colour is an old Bourjois So Lacque shade called Cerise Noire.

Purple Jewelry cost 4.90 euro for 5ml at Sephora. (I'm not linking because I can't see it on the site, but it was in plentiful supply at the Champs Elysee branch of Sephora in late October 2012.)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Swatched - Sephora Tangerine Tango lipgloss collection

Quite a while back I mentioned that I'd gotten hold of some of Sephora's Tangerine Tango Pantone collection when over in the States. The time finally came to give the orangey glosses a road test this weekend, and here is photographic evidence...

The lipgloss set contains 4 full sized (5ml) glosses and costs a very reasonable $14 (about £9). They range from a the lightest sheerest hint of tangerine to a full on, opaque Tango colour that saturates lips in one stroke.

Left to right below: Glaze, Opal, Luminous, Vivid.

And here is Vivid on the lips:

I was happy to find out that all four glosses are smooth and non-sticky, even Vivid. The formula is just tacky enough to adhere well to the lips, rather than slide around like balm, but it doesn't feel uncomfortably "there" on the lips. The pigment is well contained in the formula and doesn't stain the skin. The applicator is a flat-sided flocked wand thing, and the packaging is both sturdy and sleek.

US readers may still be able to find these sets in branches of Sephora, although the website seems to have sold out. For orange-loving Brits, head to for swaps or eBay to track these down.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pantone Universe + Sephora Tangerine Tango collection

I had one overriding cosmetic mission on my recent trip to New York - namely to witness this stridently orange collection that Sephora have developed in conjunction with Pantone. It's an homage to Pantone's official "colour of the year", Tangerine Tango - a vivid red-orange. Orange is one of my great loves in the realm of makeup, and I can rarely pass up a product of this hue, especially when it's a lipstick or gloss.

I couldn't find the products out on counters or fixtures, but the assistants at Sephora Soho were good enough to dig around out the back and find them for me (I think they were yet to be put out on display).

The showstopper is the Color of the Year collector's edition, aka "The Box" (as the girls in the store called it), a compendium of orangeness that includes an eyeshadow palette, blush palette, eyeliner, lipstick, eyeliner, gloss and single blush.

Here are a few swatches:

Single blush + gloss (and a little bit of the gel eyeliner pencil off-shot to the left)

Blush duo

Eyeshadow palette.

I was really impressed by the quality of the packaging, especially on the palettes, which have translucent frosted lids which close via 4 magnets in the corners - like one of the square-type Inglot palettes. The pans are really generously sized. I also adored the white creme lipstick, which has a gorgeously expensive weightiness.

I was swatching away at The Box and soon found myself joined by 3 or 4 different Sephora assistants asking what it was and admiring it - drawn by the orange awesomeness from around the store. They all agreed that the collection a step up for the Sephora makeup line. They were especially keen on the blush.

Here's the lovely Gina from the store - by her you can see some of the other packaging from the collection, including a very tempting brush set with orange-tinted fibres.

Finally, here are the items that came home with me to the UK. A trio of lomg-wear gel eyeliners (with twist-up "leads") and a set of 4 orange glosses with various finishes - sparkly, colour-heavy, shimmery and sheer. I'll be getting stuck into these properly in time, but at the moment I can't quite bear to break into them and am keeping them pristine.

The eyeliners were $22 (USD), and the glosses were $20 (USD). I haven't tested them yet, but based on the swatching I did in store, this seems like great value for the quality of the products.

See the full Pantone Universe + Sephora range online at Sephora

Thursday, 1 March 2012

NOTD: Sephora by OPI Already Famous

On my recent trip to the US, I was pretty restrained in Sephora - I chose to only pick up one nail polish.  And this is it - Already Famous, from the Sephora by OPI collection.  A sheer but buildable silvered taupe, it has champagne and silver sparkles in a foil-y finish, whih makes it look either silver or gold depending on the light.  It's beautiful - a pretty, wearable neutral which is totally inoffensive and not at all boring with it.

It's a reasonably sheer colour, so it did require 3 coats for full opacity.  The polish itself is reasonably thin, and spreads easily - although the brush is a little on the skinny side for my liking, particularly if you have reasonably wide nails like I do.  It dried quickly and was very glossy even without a topcoat.  Lovely.

If only Sephora were still in this country!  If you're lucky enough to have a willing American friend, an upcoming trip, or some other means of getting hold of this little beauty, you'll find it at Sephora stores and online, where it will cost you a very reasonable $9.50.
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