First of all, I want to say thanks again to Sarah from Vintage Tea Rose! Without her, this post wouldn’t have happened. There is an online store for Sephora, but they don’t have nearly as much stuff as the US store. When I first saw this kit, I was all set to buy it, till I realized that I was looking at the US site, and not NZ. I really wanted it and so my solution was to ask Sarah to be my go between. I ordered it online and shipped it to Sarah’s place in the UK, who then shipped it to me. Fun fact, after I placed the order, my bank called me to clarify it was me who placed the order on my credit card and not someone else, which had never happened before. So all in all, it took a lot to get this kit, and I’m so glad I finally have it!
So this kit is advertised as “A multibranded sampler set of essentials to help achieve your best selfie.” It comes with one full size, and five deluxe sized products, and in my little bit of research, all the brands are cruelty free! The kit costs $28USD, but all the stuff you get apparently is worth $100USD. I viewed it like a subscription box full of goodies, which is what I got.
Here’s what it comes with:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Ashton
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir
- Milk Makeup Blur Stick
- Stellar Cosmic Face Powder Glow 02
- Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Black
I’ve had a play around with it all this past weekend, so I thought I’d share my first impressions on these products with you guys!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Ashton
I really like the packaging for this. The little gold band with the pattern just looks really cute. On swatching this, the colour was really vibrant and pigmented. Ashton is a midton yellow brown colour. On me, it was quite a dark brown/red shade. When I applied it on my lips, it felt a little drying after a while. I often have lip balm on underneath, but even with that, my lips kept feeling dry. The colour stayed bright though. However, I didn’t wear it for long so I don’t really know how transfer proof or long lasting it is. That being said, even though I only had it on for half an hour, it took forever to come off. So I’m guessing, it may be pretty long lasting.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal
So this is a product I’d been wanting to try for a while. As far as highlighters go, this one was hyped up a lot and best described as a cult favourite. The packaging is in a cute little compact, with a mirror. I love when things come with a mirror, as a random sidenote. Anyway, I swatched it with just one swipe, and I love how it came out. It’s pigmented, creamy, shimmery and goes really well with my skin tone. I’m so happy I finally get to try this highlighter!
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir
I already actually have this mascara. I received a full size in a previous subscription box. This has been showing up everywhere lately though. I still like this mascara, it does offer a lot of volume. But to be honest, so do a lot of other mascaras. I still prefer my Tarte and Too Faced Mascaras, it just comes down to preference.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick
So this little tube confuses me. I had no idea what it was or what to do with it, so I looked it up. It’s meant to act like a primer. You apply it all over your face before foundation and it’s supposed to make it last longer and give you a smoother application. Well I used it before applying foundation, but I couldn’t tell if it did anything. I looked up general reviews of this on Sephora, and no-one seems to really like it. I’m not quite sure why it’s included, but I probably will stick with my regular primer.
Stellar Cosmic Face Powder in Glow 02
I have a Tarte and Rimmel finishing powder, but I don’t use them that often. I’m still not really sure what it’s meant to do. But powders are fun to play with, so I had a play. My previous powders are translucent, but this one is in Glow. I did note that it was quite a warm colour, so I don’t think it’d work too well on pale skin. With me, I made sure to use a light hand and it looked quite nice.
Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner in Black
I am a huge fan of Tarte in general. I have many of their products already, including a creamy eye pencil, the Sex Kitten Eyeliner, but I’d been wanting to try a liquid liner from them. This eyeliner is double-sided. It has a liquid liner on one end, and a pencil on the other. The liquid liner goes on so smoothly and once it’s fully dried, it’s not going anywhere. The pencil also glides on smoothly, and is pretty much the same as the Sex Kitten one. I’m really happy with both of them, and will continue to use them in my quest to try figure out better my eyeliner skills.
In these photos, I’ve tried on all the products. I did the teensiest wing with my liquid liner, as I was terrified of messing it up. I also did a purple/brown mix for my eyeshadow to try match the lipstick. I’m pretty happy with how it all came together. I took off the lipstick after a while cause like I said, my lips felt dry. I changed it for more of a neutral colour and that was my makeup for the rest of the day!
All in all, I’m really happy with this little kit. I’ve been eyeing up some of the other Sephora kits, but I also need to focus on saving, so I may save them for a later date!
Have you guys tried any of these products?
As always, I like to celebrate every milestone my blog hits! I hope it’s not getting annoying each time I mention it, but as someone who started with no intentions of her blog being seen or read at all, I’m still so proud of how my blog continues to grow! You guys are all amazing!!
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