Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror
Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror ($42.00) is a medium-sized, heft 24 karat gold-plated compact mirror with Swarovski crystals. It has a very interesting, unique shape, and it is incredibly heavy, which makes it feel higher quality in the hand as it feels solid, but it’s not something I’d want to keep in a bag to use for touch-ups on-the-go. It might be a nice item to keep on a desk (or a vanity) for touch-ups at the office or the like, or if you normally carry a big purse, you might not mind the additional weight.

Given the metallic finish of it, fingerprints are easily seen, so ultimately, this is more like a paperweight or collector’s item. The quality of the mirrors seems exceptionally good; just really crisp and made me take mental note that it seemed like a higher quality compact overall. One mirror is normal, and the other side has a 2x magnification. It comes with a velvet, drawstring bag, so you can keep it in there for storage. The box itself is numbered, but the compact is not (wish it was engraved somewhere on it).

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a light, bluish-gray with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it could have applied slightly more evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me (out of the twelve claimed). I really like how unique it is (relative to what I’ve come across). MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) was the only remotely similar shade I could think of, but it is purpler. It did remind me a lot of Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Sailor Suit Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue over a blackened base with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to fully opaque color with two layers. This shade stayed on well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is similar. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Suede Shoes Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a hint of green–it’s not enough to be teal, but it’s a “warmer” blue–and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque, smooth color in two passes. This shade wore well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is greener. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble
Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes ten of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. I really like Sephora’s eyeliner formula here, because they come in such a wide array of colors, have just enough creaminess/waxiness to glide on without tugging, fairly good color payoff, and wear for eight to ten hours. The only caveat is that they’re listed as having a 12-hour wear time, which I don’t quite get to. All but one of the shades in this set are part of the permanent range, and they’re all full-sized, so the set is a value of $100.

Diamonds are Forever is described as a “silver.” It’s a medium silver with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girl Talk is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with a hint of gold sparkle over a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. I wish this one was more pigmented. Applied, the color started to thin after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girls Night Out is described as a “gold.” It’s a medium-dark gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it had a nice, creamy consistency that applied evenly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Welcome to My Loft is a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearly sheen. This shade seemed softer than most others in the formula, and it had decent to good color payoff. On me, it wore well for just over eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This had really good color payoff in one pass, and it applied beautifully. It lasted for almost ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clubbing Stilettos is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with subtle, silver sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was really creamy and smooth on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a deepened black with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff in two layers. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Good Mood is described as a “jade.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff with two strokes. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Stilettos is described as a “purple.” It’s a brightened, medium purple with fuchsia undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, and it was closer to opaque color after two passes. It showed signs of fading after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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All Occasion Eye Ensemble

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Girl Talk

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sephora x Alexis Bittar Collection
Sephora x Alexis Bittar Collection

Introducing Alexis Bittar for Sephora Collection: a limited-edition collaboration that fuses the jewelry designer’s luxurious, sculptural aesthetic with our coveted beauty essentials. Exclusively at Sephora.

For more than 20 years, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar has revolutionized fashion with his striking designs and signature techniques. Renowned for his avant-garde craftsmanship, the award-winning artisan now brings his expertise to beauty.

Availability: Now online at Sephora for VIB Rouge & VIBs

Beauty Brush Set + Stand ($175.00) (Limited Edition)

This must-have limited-edition brush set features intricate 24 karat gold-plated ferrules, Swarovski crystals and lucite acrylic handles inspired by Alexis Bittar’s jewelry. The custom multifaceted onyx stand creates a beautiful display for your brushes on your vanity. This five-piece collection blends the best in luxury: both natural and Satine—a revolutionary synthetic hair that creates excellent pickup and luxuriously soft and precise application.

Beauty Brush + Travel Wrap ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

This exquisite pointed powder brush comes in a travel-friendly size and features satine, a revolutionary synthetic hair that creates excellent pickup and luxuriously soft application. The lucite handle is embellished with Swarovski crystals and plated with 24 karat gold for unparalleled luxury. The brush is housed in a jewelry-inspired pouch, which has enough room for all your makeup essentials.

Compact Mirror ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Sephora Collection and Alexis Bittar are proud to present the world’s most luxurious compact mirror. This dual mirror features a 1x and 2x magnification, but it’s true value is its elegant and beautiful design. Crafted with Swarovski crystals, plated with 24 karat gold and featuring a silk tassel, this compact is sure to be the centerpiece of any vanity.

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