I’m glad more people on the internet have started to talk about the fact that 15% off at Sephora really doesn’t go that far. However, I still partake and enjoy. I try not to go crazy, but I’m definitely kind of hooked on the twice-yearly sale endorphins. During the sales, I typically buy just a little more than the normal routine stuff and take the chance to try new products. This time around I came away with makeup and skincare from Fenty Beauty, DR. JART+, Becca, Laura Mercier, Farmacy, Herbivore, and Sephora Collection.
Right off the bat, I like to prioritize routine products that I’m guaranteed to need over the next few months, and I also sometimes take the opportunity to buy versions that are a little more expensive than I might otherwise indulge in. Cleansers and moisturizers are go-tos for me during a sale because I’m constantly going through them. I decided to try the Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm ($34) and Herbivore Pink Cloud cream ($48). This is the first Farmacy product I’ve ever tried, and the second one from Herbivore, as I’m currently using their Orchid facial oil.
I’ve also had DR. JART+ on my mind since trying (and reviewing) the Ceramidin cream, which is stellar. So I’m going to also try the Ceramidin body cream ($28) and two of these alluring (but kind of ridiculous) single-use Shake & Shot rubber masks ($12/ea). I bought the Firming and Brightening versions of the masks. These are all kind of expensive, but the body cream bottle is huge and the masks are just super fun. I justify the purchase as if the piddly discount somehow makes it all more reasonable.
I don’t typically buy a lot of high-end complexion products, but the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion concealer ($28) is relatively new and highly rated, and I wanted to try it. I think I did well selecting a shade on the website, thankfully. I picked out the shade 1N.
I’ve eyed the Fenty Beauty lipgloss ($18) because I really enjoy reaching for easy, sheer makeup for everyday. It’s more brown than I realized, but it’s definitely pretty and I don’t have anything quite like it. Also, I haven’t heard anyone rave about the shape of this tube, but it’s the best. It’s kind of short and squat so it’s stable standing straight up, but it’s also hexagonal and doesn’t roll around on it’s side. It’s beautiful and the most practical lip color packaging I think I’ve seen.
Working from the same idea as the previous gloss, I also liked the more vibrant color selection of the Becca Glow Lip Gloss ($22) and bought the shade Snapdragon. This one has a thinner consistency but punchy pigment, and the color is lovely. Snapdragon is described as a rosy pink with soft gold pearl
A small part of this order actually took place right after the sale ended and I redeemed this mini lip gloss from Tarte’s H2O line from the Rainforest of the Sea collection along with it. It’s in the shade Room Service, which is a mauve. I thought I’d include it here as a point of comparison with the other two glosses. The full size costs $19.
From left to right: The Tarte gloss in Room Service is quite thick and opaque, and I was surprised to find on first impression that it seemed to lack slip on the lips and feels kind of stiff. The Fenty Gloss Bomb is more sheer, has a softer texture, and has lots of fine sparkle in it. The Becca Gloss Glow has the thinnest texture and high color payoff, and it’s luminous while looking less plush and juicy than the other two. Finally on the end you can see the Laura Mercier concealer in 1N, which is described as “fair with neutral undertones.”
Lastly, I also picked up a little Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Brow Pencil in Rich Chestnut ($12). The color looks a teensy bit warm on me so I might take a look at other shades the next time I’m in Sephora, but the pencil itself seems really nice so far. The cost is comparable to products from, say, L’Oreal, but it has a pretty good array of ten shade options.
Have you tried any of these yet? Did you get anything from the recent sale? I’d love to hear!