I was in Sydney for a short stay at the beginning of the month, and at the very top of my ‘to-do’ list was to visit Sephora. I hadn’t bought any new makeup for almost two months, so needless to say I was feeling VERY spendy! I picked up a couple of essential re-purchases, and a couple of new things.
As soon as I walked in I spotted the Marc Jacobs counter and I wasted no time. I was after a couple of the lip liners and another Sheer Lip Gel lipstick but the shades I wanted were all out of stock. I settled for the Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in 320 Love Dunk ($42). It’s a brown-rose with golden shimmer, and its colour pay-off is semi-opaque. Recently I’ve been getting into lip glosses more and more and I was curious on this formula. It really lives up to the ‘lacquer’ part of its name… this is the glossiest lip product I own! I’ve worn it a few times and it’s super comfortable and not very tacky or sticky at all.
As soon as I saw the Marc Jacobs #InstaMarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage Filter ($72) I couldn’t put it down… I had my eye on it for the longest time but every time I went to purchase it from the Sephora US website it was sold out. I ended up settling for the Kat Von D highlight and contour palette instead which I love, but for whatever reason no matter how many other contour products I own I still wanted this! I had it in my basket the entire time but then went to put it back because the rational side of me said “come on, you don’t need it”, but my amazing mum offered to gift it to me as an early birthday present, so it came home with me – yay! I will have a review up on it soon.
Next up I picked up a product that was actually on my list – the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara ($27). I previously owned a sample size and absolutely loved it, so I really wanted to get a full sized tube. Bold statement alert: This Tarte mascara is probably one of my favourite mascaras I’ve ever tried. The packaging is uniquely gorgeous, it separates and lengthens my lashes like no other. It holds a curl decently and there are no flakes throughout the day. I’m on an open tube of another mascara at the moment, and I can’t wait to crack this one open!
I am a fan of the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser ($22) and I had just finished my second tub a week before my Sephora visit, so I had to pick another one up. I love how easily it removes all makeup and stains from both brushes and beauty sponges. It’s a fantastic product that I will probably keep repurchasing! A tub will typically last me a couple of months.
In a secluded corner I spotted a small selection of Antonym Cosmetics, an eco-luxe brand I hadn’t heard of before. I was instantly attracted by the beautiful packaging and two stunning marbled blush testers and I couldn’t bring myself to walk away without one. I picked up the Organic Certified Baked Blush in Peach ($49) – a swirl of light peach, pink and champagne colours. It offers such a natural, youthful flush! I really want to try more from this brand.
I want to quickly talk about my Sephora experience – the store size was okay, I went in during a weekday and it wasn’t too hard to have a look around comfortably. For the most part, the testers were available and well looked after. Staff was a little bit hit and miss – a couple were very friendly and happy to engage in conversation and even share some of their favourites with me, while a couple of the girls were clearly avoiding making eye contact. When at the check out, I tried to get my purchase points added to my account, but this wasn’t possible – the staff didn’t really know how to do it (the system had just been put into place the day before) so they told me to call Sephora for assistance. The most disappointing thing was probably the fact that most things on my list were out of stock, which I sort of expected as I heard a lot of people say the same thing.
Have you shopped from Sephora lately? What have you picked up?