I won’t deny it – half the reason I wanted to start a blog in the first place was to share things like this Sephora VIB Sale haul, to try new things and talk beauty.
I’m sure you all know this, but Sephora has different tiers of membership – Beauty Insider is the first level, and then once you spend $250 in a calendar year you become a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider I think? Wouldn’t that be VIBI?), and then spend even more and you become VIB Rouge. Twice a year, Sephora does a big sale – this one was 20% off all items for VIB and VIB Rouge members.
Yes, the Sephora VIB sale is done. I wanted to share my haul while the sale was still going on, to be a part of all the hubbub – but I had to place my order online, because there were a couple things I really wanted, but couldn’t get in stores. So here is my after-the-fact haul. I haven’t even opened the box yet, since I wanted to do this all in real time (or as real time as things can get on a blog).
Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette
This limited edition palette is available online for VIB and VIB Rouge members. It will be a Sephora exclusive until 2016.
From the website:
Featuring an array of 15 shades from Urban Decay’s iconic Eyeshadow, it features bestselling and never-before-seen hues. This palette has five just-released shades, four top-selling shades from their current collection, and six returning favorites from past palettes (including the original Book of Shadows, The Vice Palette, and Vice 2).
See Temptalia’s full review and swatches.
My very first thought is that this palette has some heft to it. That’s probably because its lid is a giant mirror that is pretty enough to double as a jewelry holder when you are finally finished with this palette (no small task there).
This is not a travel-friendly palette, or at least I’d be nervous to take it anywhere. The lid does close magnetically, but not tightly. It won’t fall open if you hold it upside down, but I wouldn’t trust it rustling around with my other things.
The packaging of the shadows themselves is beautiful – I’m staring at this with love, wishing I could spend all day coming up with colorful eye makeup looks.
Kevin Aucoin: The Sculpting Powder
From the website:
Achieve a sculpted, well-contoured face with this ultra-sheer powder. This easy-to-use formula combines perfect pigments that work together to recreate natural shading on the face, allowing you to create more dramatic effects or soft definition while leaving a sheer finish. Packaged in a slim, mirrored compact with an application sponge, this microsphere powder allows for simple sculpting to easily enhance features and to create definition at the hollows of the cheeks, under the chin and down the neck, and on the tip of and the sides of the nose. This powder is waterproof and crease-proof, and it mimics the look of naturally flawless skin, leaving behind a healthy-looking glow that lasts.
I have never owned a contour powder before, so this is diving into new territory for me. I didn’t want a palette with a bunch of different contour shades, most of which I would never use, so I decided to get a single pan instead.
I was a little surprised with how small this pan is, given how expensive it is. At the same time, I doubt I’ll ever get through a pan of this size, let alone a larger one, so maybe it’s for the best. The color seems fantastic – it’s got enough gray that it should be shadow-like on my fair skin, without looking like dirt.
Tarte: Swirl Powder Contour and Bronzer Brush
From the website:
This innovative, pro-quality brush features a flat and versatile, kabuki-inspired design to easily sweep on allover cheek color. The easy-grip handle can be tilted down at an angle to sculpt and slim the contours of the face. Use it to sweep on your go-to blush shades, holding it as you would using a standard blush brush, and tilt the handle down at an angle for a thinner, more precise surface. It’s perfect for applying your favorite bronzing or contouring shades so you can define and flaunt your best facial features.
I figured if I was getting a brand new contour powder, might as well get a brush to use it with. I chose this particular one because it has great reviews, looks neat and is made of 100% synthetic bristles.
And oooh, the bristles feel like kitten fur. So soft! I’m not exactly sure where I’m going to put this on my vanity, as it’s obviously not going to fit in my brush jar, but oh well. It’s really lightweight, and the bristles are nice and dense.
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30
From the website:
With an advanced, lightweight formula, this color-correcting cream is a game changer with the proven ability to visibly lessen the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks instantly and over time. It neutralizes and brightens skin for a more even complexion and primes, perfects, protects with SPF 30, adding moisture without creating excess oil.
I’ve been using lighter things on my face lately (tinted moisturizer with a bit of foundation) because of how dry it gets at this time of year, so I decided to try this out. I color-matched at a Sephora store, so I know this is a good fit. The texture of the product is quite thick (possibly because of the SPF), and since I’ve tried it a few times (this wasn’t part of my online order), I know it looks great on my skin and gives light coverage, though since it’s such a stiff formula it takes a little bit of working into the skin.
Nars Basic Face Set
What it is:
A set of Nars products, including a mini duo of Orgasm (blush) and Laguna (bronzer), powder, and primer. I’m glad I snatched this up, because it’s already sold out at Sephora.
I needed a new primer. I love Nars. I’ve been curious about Orgasm and Laguna since I started getting into makeup. This set was a no-brainer for me – a bunch of fun things to try from a brand I love, it’s hard to go wrong with that.
The blush/bronzer pan is teeny-tiny, but again, given how slowly I go through powder products, I suspect it’ll last quite a while.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I picked up the color ‘vanilla’ in travel size, because travel sizes are awesome. Not only are they super convenient, but I like trying new things out without the commitment of a full size – because what if I hate it? Though I’m anticipating the opposite reaction with this!
I don’t think this travel size is good value compared to the full size – it’s tiny – barely bigger than my index finger. Still, it’s a good way to test something out.
And that concludes my Sephora VIB Sale haul! I’m really excited to bust these open and play around with them – I’ll let you know in a future post what worked and what didn’t (hopefully it all works!).