Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sephora Contoured Eyelash Comb
Sephora Contoured Eyelash Comb

Sephora Contoured Eyelash Comb ($14.00) looked so interesting, I had to buy one as soon as I saw it on Sephora. It’s shaped a bit like an eyelash curler, but it’s an eyelash comb. The teeth are fine with good separation to really get between the lashes to separate for a really defined, fluttery lash without catching or pulling on individual lashes. I’ve used mine mostly after mascara to minimize clumping and to ensure a good, even coat of mascara throughout the lashes. Sephora says it can be used to brush product through the eyelashes, but as you might expect, it can become quite the clean-up job to remove mascara from all of the teeth. I don’t find it as effective at applying a more mascara-like product to the eye as a mascara fan brush, but it does work. I just think it does better (and really does it well) at separating lashes and removing any clumps from mascara.

It comes with a plastic cap to protect the metal teeth, and it folds in half for easy travel, if desired. I also found that you can bend the handle to get a better grip/fit, depending on your needs. The handle is made out of plastic, and it seemed lightweight and durable enough to travel with.

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Contoured Eyelash Comb

The teeth are fine with good separation to really get between the lashes to separate for a really defined, fluttery lash without catching or pulling on individual lashes. I don't find it as effective at applying a more mascara-like product to the eye as a mascara fan brush, but it does work. I just think it does better (and really does it well) at separating lashes and removing any clumps from mascara.
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows
Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) popped up online a week or so ago, and three shades are already out of stock (count me surprised!). I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking these, but hopefully they will for those of you who had this on your radar! They’re interesting in concept, but I wouldn’t consider the majority of them duochromes at all (only one had a subtle duochrome). They’re more frosted to metallic in finish with some shades having noticeable sparkle (both in the finish as well as some fall out). I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), but they don’t need to be used damp at all, and I didn’t think it really transformed the color much more than intensifying and smoothing out the finish slightly.

Sephora Hidden Treasures (114) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, golden shimmer and sparkle and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the texture was denser but a little dry in feel. I felt like the formula with these wasn’t as smooth as the regular Colorful range. The eyeshadow wore well for nine hours but had some sparkle fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Mermaid Tail (112) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a purpled brown with a blue metallic sheen. This had the strongest duochrome out of the six, where it shifted from bluish-brown to brown. The texture was soft but a little dry, though blendable and applied without a lot of work. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours with very minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Seahorse (115) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. The consistency was dry and less easily blended on the skin as a result, as the edges tended to reflect the drier texture. It had decent pigmentation dry, but it was easier to work with when I used a damp brush, as it was more pigmented and the dryness had less of an impact. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear, and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Siren’s Charm (111) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, burgundy brown with gold and mauve sparkle. The texture was soft but dry, and it tended to kick up an excessive amount of powder when used it. The pigmentation was good whether applied dry or damp, but it was prone to sheering out when used dry on the lid. There was significant fall out throughout the time I wore it, and it only lasted for six and a half hours before fading noticeably. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened silver with a metallic finish. Again, there was a dryness present in the texture that made it harder to use as it was a little powdery and not as readily blended along the edges. It had good color payoff, but damp application helped to minimize some of the issues I had with the texture. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Stormy Seas (113) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt somewhat dry but was still blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but it was smoother and adhered better to the skin when applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me, and as it wasn’t as sparkly, it had minor fall out towards the end of the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hidden Treasure (114)

B+

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Mermaid Tail (112)

B+

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9/10

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Seahorse (115)

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7/10

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Sephora FLASH 2-Day Shippig Subscription is now available to everyone. Those who are Rouge members can enroll for free. Those who are not, unlimited 2-day shipping can be had for $10 per year.  The link doesn’t seem to work via mobile (even if you search for it as a product, the page gives an error), so you’ll probably have to jump on your desktop for this one!

I’ve been a member since Sephora rolled out beta (though I paid $25 at the time–$10 makes it more accessible), and it’s been good overall, but I haven’t had the best experiences with overnight shipping at the special rate of $5.95; too often it has resulted in the packaging taking longer than 2-day would have.  I think it’s worth it if you order online often and don’t live near a distribution point (I used to never order from Sephora, because it would take 5-7 days to get to me on the west coast) or don’t have a store nearby.  The best part about it is really that processing time seems to be greatly reduced, so packages get into transit faster (generally).

What You Get

  • Unlimited, FREE 2-Day Shipping
  • No minimum purchase required
  • Applies to EVERY order for an entire year
  • Need it even faster? Special overnight rate of $5.95.
  • VIB Rouge members can enroll in FLASH for FREE (valid for the duration of VIB Rouge status). Sign into your Beauty Insider account before you enroll.

Some restrictions apply:

  • Only available in the Continental US and Puerto Rico.
  • Excludes Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, P.O. Boxes, APO/FPO addresses.
  • Hazmat items, including aerosols and alcohol-based products, will ship by Ground.
Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Le Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection
Le Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection

This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of decadent beauty with the limited-edition La Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection Gift Set. La Maison du Chocolat, the brand of reference for luxury chocolate, known for its exceptional savoir-faire and craftsmanship the world over, makes the perfect alliance with Sephora Collection’s most covetable lipstick – Luster Matte – to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Complete with an ultra lightweight, saturated matte lip color from Sephora Collection and four signature pralines from La Maison du Chocolat, this special set is sure to bring a sweet smile to anyone’s lips.

La Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection Gift Set ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Mulberry – a modern matte lip color with a subtle sheen and featherweight formula featuring nourishing Rose Hip Seed Oil. Plus, it boasts a custom-contoured tip that precisely paints on saturated color so that lips are always looking kissable.
  • La Maison du Chocolat Pralines – a delicious assortment of four tantalizing chocolates that will melt your heart.

Availability: January 2015 at Sephora stores

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Sephora Favorites for Spring 2015
Sephora Favorites for Spring 2015

Beauty Closet ($99.00) ($298.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Get a wardrobe of beauty essentials with our SEPHORA FAVORITES Beauty Closet. Loaded with our go-to skin-perfecting powders, lipsticks, nail polishes, fragrance, primers, oil, highly-pigmented eyeliners, hair primers, eye shadow, bronzers, moisturizers, and other must-haves, this collection is a gift set that’s perfect for the beauty lover—or yourself. With coveted brands, from Formula X to Bite Beauty to Josie Maran, this set will keep you prepared for every beauty look. This set contains:

  • 0.23 oz Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
  • 0.085 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Clear Brow Gel
  • 0.04 oz Full-size Ardency Inn MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged eyeliner in Gold
  • 0.15 oz bareMinerals Mini READY™ Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent
  • Full-size Beautyblender® micro.mini sponge applicator
  • 0.34 oz Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector™ in Opal
  • 0.04 oz Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Flush
  • 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black eau de parfum rollerball
  • 0.4 oz Full-size Formula X Nail Color in Fahrenheit
  • 0.33 oz Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  • 0.16 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.12 oz Julep Freedom™ Polymer Top Coat
  • 0.10 oz Lancôme Paris Lip Lover in 355 Framboise Etoile
  • 1 oz Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Nude
  • 1 oz Living Proof Prime Style Extender
  • 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen® truth serum® collagen booster
  • 0.07 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Mono eye shadow in #32 Pop Idol
  • 0.25 oz Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light/Medium
  • 0.07 oz Stila Convertible Color in Peony
  • 0.11 oz Tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in Park Ave Princess™
  • 0.17 oz Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

The Great Cleanse ($46.00) ($126.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Grab ahold of the first step in beauty—cleasning. The Great Cleanse was created to let you try all the newness and innovation in cleansing by offering some of the very best products. Featuring makeup removing cleansers, cleansing water formulas, cleansing oils and powders, and an exfoliating Konjac Cleansing Sponge, this set includes all your essentials to perfectly clean, refreshed, and hydrated skin. This set contains:

  • 1.69 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • 3.38 oz Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
  • 0.5 oz Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil
  • 1.7 oz Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
  • 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
  • 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
  • 2 oz Philosophy Purity Made Simple
  • 1.5 fl. oz Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
  • 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW POWERMU™ Dualcleanse Treatment
  • 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
  • 0.36 oz Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder
  • Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge

Perfume Sampler ($55.00) ($95.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Inside this box, you’ll find 11 samples of some of our most sought-after women’s perfumes. Choose your favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store* to redeem for a full-size bottle of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost (redeem in-store only, excludes online and Sephora inside JCPenney). This set contains:

  • 0.05 oz Bulgari Omnia Crystalline spray (scent certificate redeems for 2.2 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.03 oz CLEAN Skin spray (scent certificate redeems for 2.14 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.05 oz Armani Sí spray (scent certificate redeems for 1 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.06 oz Gucci Flora By Gucci-Glorious Mandarin spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.6 oz eau de toilette)
  • 0.05 oz Juicy Couture Juicy Couture spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.03 oz Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez For Her spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de toilette)
  • 0.05 oz Prada Candy Florale spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de toilette)
  • 0.06 oz Stella Mccartney Stella spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.05 oz Tocca Simone spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.7 oz eau de parfum)
  • 0.05 oz Tory Burch Tory Burch spray (scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz eau de parfum)

Skin Cleanse to Go ($18.00) ($52.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Expand the way you cleanse with these deluxe sample size wonders featuring innovative originals and bestselling brand favorites. Grease Relief™ Cleansing Cloths Deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and renew pores in one easy step with a trio of purifying acids on a textured cloth. Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay draws out the skin’s toxins and reduces sebum production to control outbreaks for a more balanced complexion while removing makeup and grime. Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask utilizes a four-fruit acid complex to create a gentle, yet potent exfoliating action that leaves skin glowing and healthy. THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies to provide deep moisture and an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. This set contains:

  • 10 x Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths: Oil-Free Pore Refining
  • 1 oz First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay
  • 0.34 oz REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
  • 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Cooling Multi-Stick
Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Cooling Multi-Stick

Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Cooling Multi-Stick ($25.00 for 0.63 oz.) is a muted, coppery brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a golden sheen. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is brighter, warmer, powder. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer, richer. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is darker, redder. MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is browner, powder. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude (LE, $26.00) is slightly less red. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (LE, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is powder. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be “slightly pigmented to add a hint of Marsala to cheeks for highlighting or contouring.” It’s a semi-sheer product that I still found to be buildable when patted on in layers. Despite the more metallic finish, it doesn’t look metallic at all applied to the cheeks–it had a luminous sheen but nothing over-the-top at all. It is formulated to also provide “light moisturizing for dry or irritated skin.” My skin is normal around my cheeks area, so I don’t feel like I’m able to really tell you that it was or wasn’t hydrating since my regular moisturizers continued to do the same fine job at keeping my skin hydrating. It didn’t feel oily applied, so it seemed just fine to wear on normal skin types (like what I have right now). The consistency was emollient enough to glide over the skin, but it was thinner and had a light tackiness to it initially so it stayed in place and didn’t slide around easily. On me, the color wore well for almost seven hours (which was its biggest downside).

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Marsala

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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