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Swatches: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives (2018)

Still have a couple of kits from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that I wasn’t able to swatch this session, but click the links below to view swatches of the sets I did!

Swatches of Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives:

Plus, bonus swatches (non-Nordstrom sets!):

Also, some brief thoughts on things I personally hauled from the sale (non-beauty), in case anyone was curious! 🙂


  • Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flats — I ordered 10 and 10.5 and kept the 10.5, as the toebox is a little more pointed than I prefer, though 10 felt perfect in length.  The Seashell Pink color is dusty, so if you wanted a brighter/more saturated pink, not the right choice.  Comfortable, wore them for six hours around the house yesterday, and I wore them running errands this morning.
  • Leith Ribbed Shawn Cocoon Sweater — preferred the rounded edge over the Boxy version (returning that one), same dusty pink that appears to be a trend this fall.  Super cozy and soft, runs a little large.
  • CeCe Tipped Bow Neck Sweater — super cute on, fitted without being too clingy, but I wish that the bow detail was sewn in place so that it didn’t flop around.
  • Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater — great fit, fits true-to-size, fitted without being clingy. I’d say it is a bit shorter in length than I normally opt for.
  • Nordstrom Moonlight Short Pajamas — SO, SO silky and soft! (No wonder, it’s 95% modal, which is my favorite material to wear.)  Wore these last night and wanted all my pajamas to be these!  Fit true to size–roomy (perfect for lounging) but not overly baggy.  I liked that the top has buttons but I had no trouble just slipping it over my head.
  • Thermal Henley Top — soft and cozy in feel, but it was thinner and unlikely to be nearly as warm as a true thermal (not a surprise); for me, this is a fall/winter sleep shirt (I’m cold 24/7).
  • BlankNYC Cloud Nine Drape Jacket — very soft and has the look and feel of suede (but is faux).  It’s more fitted through the arms than anticipated (seemed to run a little smaller; I’m debating sizing up and seeing how that works out).
  • Halogen Shirred Detail Sleeveless Blouse — if you like peplum tops or want all the attention drawn to the waist, I felt like this top nailed it.


I’m returning other items not mentioned below, but they’re returns that are more due to personal taste than issue with the product!  I only had one item I tried that I was disappointed in.

  • Ted Baker Yizelda Lace Shoulder Sweater — this was my big “splurge” item, but the flower detail on the shoulders is just placed in such a way that they don’t lie flat along the side of the body (around the armpit area).  It also felt tighter around my shoulders (which, admittedly, are a little broader than the rest of me), but I very rarely encounter that issue in fit.

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It’s the other formula than Nude Dip, so not the gelee. It’s certainly a workhorse in terms of color, but Nude Dip still rules for me as the ideal quad!

I grabbed the Tom Ford set, the Dr Dennis Gross Peel Pads set, Cle de Peau Eye Brights, the Beauty Blender and Sara Happ sets and Paige jeans in black. I also picked up some individual items that weren’t sale related but needed/wanted. I got the new CdP Lip Glow, Chantecaille Luminescent Shadow in Sol and Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream, Tom Ford lip liner in Devour, Sisley Lip Delight in Cool and Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence.

I wanted the Hourglass blush palette but 2 of the colors were too light. Ended up getting the Becca Parisian Glow set. Loved how soft those Rails shirts felt so I brought a purple/blue plaid one.

I actually felt like my Hourglass palette was even lighter than the shades have been in the past, like more of the lighter shades swirled in 🙁

That TF Irish Bronze set looks super nice! But only if the lipstick is not the size of my pinky, though.

But, it’s clothing that is drawing me in, because I tend to spend a lot on makeup, skincare, supplements and…food. Clothing, not so much. Even then, it’s just 2 items on their site.

Okay, just to let you know, Christine (maybe you know already), the Dupes pages and Reviews pages (and the user recommendations pages too, I think) aren’t working. I get a “page isn’t working” message.

Hey Mariella,

Could you be more specific – like what area or send me a link? If you can send a screenshot [christine[at]temptalia.com), that would be useful, too. Thank you!

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