Sephora Bulls Eye Lash Applicator review, photos | Finally, innovation!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sephora Bulls Eye Lash Applicator review

The product: Sephora Collection Bulls Eye Lash applicator

Today I have a cool little tool to share with you — Sephora’s Bulls Eye Lash Applicator. I’ve had it for ages but have only just gotten around to trying it this month (I very rarely wear false lashes!), but I’m kind of bummed that it took me this long to give it a go…

Because it’s a little bit awesome.

How to apply false lashes trick

The lash applicator is pretty simple: it has a set of soft, silicone-covered grips on one end to grab and place your lashes without pinching them into a new shape, and a flexible point-tip at the other end to allow you to easily re-glue a lash that’s beginning to come off at the corner.

The instruction manual that comes with the applicator (“tweezers”) has directions on how to use the clamps to set and remove your false lashes, as well as how to use the tip (“spatula”) to apply glue. And it promises something that I think hits the nail right on the head: not that these will help you apply lashes more safely or precisely than normal tweezers, but that you’ll feel safer using them.

False Lash glue applicator review

And you know what? I do feel a lot safer with these near my eyeball than my super-sharp Tweezermans. I think it’s easier for me to use traditional tweezers to apply my false lashes, but these hit the great middle ground of “easier than fingers” and “less permanently scarring than tweezers” — which makes them a hit in my books.

False lash applicator review

The verdict?

If you’re new to false lashes, or you’re just scared of stabbing yourself with your tweezers and ending up as That Girl with the Eyepatch, then this is an awesome tool to have on hand — honestly, I don’t know why no one thought of it before now!

Availability: $12 USD/$14 CAD at Sephora.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow Custom Palette Case: review, photos | (Colorful Eyeshadows Part 1/3)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow key

The product: SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Eyeshadow Custom Palette Case

As you may have guessed from Twitter, Instagram, or even this New This Week post, I’m having a bit of a Sephora Collection “moment” right now. They put out a new eyeshadow range recently, complete with a brilliant key-and-pan palette system, and I could not be more impressed by it.

I’m most excited about the eyeshadows in this range (coming up next week), but I thought I’d start off with a post on the system itself, just to acquaint you with it.

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows

The Colorful System & Palette

The concept behind the Colorful Eyeshadow range is pretty simple, but I have to give the execution props. The palettes are sturdy, easy to open/close, and each slot is magnetised (including the one for the key, which is cleverly levered out by pushing down on the non-magnetized end.)

I think the key is what really makes the Sephora system stand out for me; the simple, sleek too makes it hard to gouge out your eyeshadows by accident without really adding any weight or size.

(Also worth noting is that unlike somebody, Sephora hasn’t chosen to annoyingly suspend their pans in half their packaging when in palettes!)

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow palette review

Worth noting is that the palettes are a little heavy, what with the large mirrors, but you could always just throw the singles into your makeup bag for something lighter — each shadow is sold in a case, which I think is brilliant! (Think more MUFE, less MAC: you won’t have to choose between singles and pans.)

The Sizing

Sephora Collection vs MAC, NARS, MUFE Eyeshadow

Sephora Collection pan size vs. MAC, NARS, MUFE eyeshadow singles

The Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows are 33mm pans, smaller than Make Up For Ever but larger than MAC. I can see why each brand wants to use its own pan size, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t have liked them to fit in with one of the other brands!

I think, optimally, I’d have liked to see smaller pans and slightly lower prices — who really needs that much eyeshadow all at once, you know?

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow size comparison

The Pricing

The Colorful system is priced as follows:

  • Colorful Eyeshadows: $13 USD/$16 CAD
    • Just to note, this is $186 USD per ounce; MAC’s singles are $300, Urban Decay’s are $360, NARS’ are $343, and MUFE’s are $250 (all USD per oz).
  • Colorful Eyeshadow Custom Palette Case, 3-shade palette: $12 USD/$14 CAD
  • Colorful Eyeshadow Custom Palette Case, 6-shade palette: $14 USD/$17 CAD

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow custom palette + pans

The verdict?

I know this post doesn’t get into the nitty-gritty of the shadows (reviews and swatches of these six coming up next week), butlove the Colorful Eyeshadow system. The shadows I’ve tried so far have been really impressive, especially from a house brand, and I’m smitten with the pan-or-palette options.

In a word? I am reluctant to use just one, but if I had to: awesome.

Availability: Sephora, of course!

For the launch, the 3-pans are free with the purchase of 2 eyeshadows, and the 6-pans are free with the purchase of 4 — it’s a USA-only offer, but I thought I’d give it a mention! (No word on if/when the deal will be over, sorry

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Sephora Collection Pastel Pop Color Adapt Blush | On Our Radar

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sephora Pastel Pop Color Adapt Blush

How cute is this? Sephora Collection Pastel Pop Color Adapt Blush, $14 USD/$17 CAD. pH-adjusting products are always such a gimmick, and yet, they always manage to hook me.

This one’s a sheer pink for the lips and cheeks, with açaí oil, cherry extract, and safflower seed oil, and (more importantly) without parabens or silicones.

The packaging is pretty fun, right? Either that or my judgement is being seriously impaired by my recent dearth of sleep.

A brush set that’s blowing my mind (and a great Shiseido Perfect Fundation Brush substitute!) | Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set review

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sephora Luxe Face Brush set

The product: SEPHORA COLLECTION Luxe Face Brush Set

I haven’t written a review on a Sunday (to go up on a Monday) in ages, but this week, I just had to. We’re quickly running out of time before Christmas, for starters, but more importantly — I bloody love this brush set, you guys.

Sephora Collection Luxe Face Brush set

This is the third brush set I’ve reviewed since the summer, but the Luxe Face Brush Set is by far my favourite. While the Sephora + Pantone Universe Luminous Brush Set was a great buy for the price, and the Enchanting Brush Set was a definite “nice to have,” this one is an absolute “you need this” — praise that I honestly don’t even give to all of the Chubby Sticks.

(And I love me a Clinique Chubby Stick.)

Sephora Luxe face brush set - flat top foundation brush favourite

At $48 USD/$58 CAD, five brushes and a clutch isn’t a bad deal — particularly when you take into consideration how ridiculously chic each piece is. Unlike a gift with purchase bag, or even a lot of other brush set bags, this one is actually wearable for a night out, which is a really nice deviation from the norm.

(Do you even say “wear” when it comes to bags? Carryable? Holdable? Acceptable?)

Despite having more brushes than I know what to do with, I’ve used the concealer & flat top foundation brushes in this set every single (makeup) day since first trying them out. I have honestly applied concealer just for the sheer joy of using the flat-top brush to buff it in, and I regret absolutely nothing.

Sephora Collection Luxe Brush Set(face)

Oh, and I guess the other brushes are lovely, too. (You probably wanted to hear that, right?)

The powder brush is fine; it’s a little small & loose, and despite not being rough, it’s not particularly soft, either. I could definitely live without it, but at the same time, it doesn’t pain me terribly to use it. The eye brushes more than make up for it, at least — small blending brushes and all-over eye brushes are two of my go-to eye brush staples, and it’s fantastic to see something other than a flimsy placement brush & lash comb in a set.

(The rounded eye brush is actually a “precision crease brush,” but my fellow monolidded lovelies will know how useful they can be for fine-detail blending, too!)

Shiseido perfect foundation brush dupe

The verdict?

I very rarely lose it over makeup tools, but the flat-top brush in this set is so excellent — I’ve been meaning to pick up the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30 USD) for months, but at just $8 ($48 over 6 pieces), this more than suffices. Sephora’s version is densely packed, incredibly soft, and does a phenomenal job of blending in both foundation and concealer to a picture-perfect finish.

Honestly, I’d happily fork over $48 just for the concealer and foundation brushes in this set. The fact that they’re paired with a cute clutch, a decent powder brush, and two great eye brushes makes the Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set a can’t-miss.

Availability: Find it here at Sephora before it sells out!

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Thinking outside of the bottle | Sephora Collection Creamy Body Wash Caps photos, review

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The product: SEPHORA COLLECTION Creamy Body Wash Caps

One of the coolest new products in travel beauty are the Sephora Collection Creamy Body Wash Caps — little single-serving shower gels. They’re quite novel, and perfect for things like weekend trips: a few caps will fit easily into your carry-on without breaking the 100 mL limit.

You don’t have to leave the city to have an excuse to try out the caps, though! Sephora has put them out in 14 different scents, from Blueberry, to Green Tea, to Lemon Verbena or Chocolate. There’s actually more scents available in the caps than in the full-size Creamy Body Wash, but they’re a great way to try out the full-size versions without the 140 ml commitment, too.

Better still is that they’re perfectly scent-sealed — meaning you can throw a handful (of different scents, even) into your luggage without having to worry that everything else is going to end up smelling like some sort of chocolatey-floral tropical-fruit-punch monster.

I had first mentioned these on theNotice here, when I went over some of the products available at Sephora France. It’s great to see that they’ve finally landed in North America, though their Cube Effervescents (fizzing bath cubes) have yet to show up in stores!

The verdict?

Okay, so these clearly aren’t suited for daily use — but I think they’re a bit brilliant, really. At just $1 each, they’re perfect for trying out a new scent, throwing into your luggage, or adding to a goodie bag.

I go scent-free in the shower almost all of the time, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up with a bit of fragrance, you know? I’d never go through an entire bottle of scented body wash (I’ve tried; it never works) so these are perfect for those rare times when I want something with a tasty, lingering scent.

(I’m not kidding about the tasty: that really is the best way to describe some of these!)

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A smokey eye in under ten seconds? | Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey: review, swatches, photos

Friday, July 6, 2012

The product: Sephora Collection Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey

Like the kajals from The Body Shop’s gorgeous 2010 Smoke & Fire collection (yes, I still think about that one from time to time; what can I say, I was really fond of the aesthetic!), this Smoky Kohl liner is great in theory — but not on my lids.

Marketed as “rich, highly pigmented [and] smooth-gliding,” these kohls are perfect if you want a buttery liner that’ll blend out without any tugging. The texture that’s so perfect for smoking out isn’t so great in the long term, though: the formula never really sets, so after an hour or two (even with primer underneath and powder overtop,) you end up with major product migration & creasing. 

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, unblended swatches

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, blended swatches

The product page for the Smoky Kohl Eyeliners suggests that you can use them to “create a bold line at the base of lashes, use as a dramatic eye shadow applied to the entire eyelid, or apply as a conventional kohl liner for creating a smoky eye,” but I’m not so sure. I think that this kohl does okay as a smokey eyeliner (and that shade, ahh!), but it slides off my waterline in a matter of minutes.

For a slept-in smokey eye, though, I think this could be an option. It does blend out really easily, which is great if you want a super-fast smokey eye, but just keep in mind that it comes off quite fast, as well — you save a few minutes in the application, but you lose a few hours in the wear time.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Iron Oxides, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oryzanol, Carmine.

(Paraben and silicone-free!)

The verdict?

For a no-fuss messy smokey eye, this is worth a look — but if your eyeshadow tends to crease on your lids (even just a little bit!) and/or you like a clean, polished lid, I’d give it a pass.

Just to note: these liners are on sale for a mere $7 CAD at the moment, and 01 Black is the only shade left online. You might have more luck tracking these down in-store, though, so call your local Sephora if you’re looking for these liners!

(Um, sorry about that. I’ve had this one since last fall, but… well, no, mainly I’m just bad at doing things promptly if they don’t excite me.)


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