Sephora VIB Sale Mini Haul | 2017
Hello, fellow beauty lovers! I'm back in the States and will try to be regular with my posts. This post is in continuation of the haul post that I finally managed to complete and publish last month! Yay! I am discussing three products today - two lip products and one face product. I purchased these in the second window of the Beauty Insider event back in November. I was away in December/January so I didn't really have time to blog as much as I'd have liked to. I intend to be regular! Without further ado, let's get started:
Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette - I bought this the second time around and not with my first order because it was pricey and I was not convinced that the shades would work on my skin tone. Kathleen Lights mentioned that this palette is better suited for women with lighter skin tones and I agreed with her to a certain extent so I decided to skip it. However, when a beauty influencer who has a similar skin tone reviewed the palette and raved about it, I decided to purchase it. To be honest, I've worn each shade by itself and none of them looked odd on an NC 40/42 skin tone. You can also mix the shades to create one that looks stunning on medium to dark skin tones. Absolute Strobe Light is a soft pink metallic shade, Pure Strobe Light is a pale gold metallic shade and Lucent strobe light is a rose gold metallic shade. I usually wear Lucent by itself and mix Absolute and Pure together. I have also tried to mixed all three shades for a blinding glow effect and it worked!
I love how finely milled these highlighters are and even though I have issues with pores, these don't seem to accentuate them as much. If you have pores, you generally have to be careful with highlighters, especially, if they are glittery which these highlighters are not. These are not chunky and can be used with a wet sponge or a dry highlighter brush. I really love this palette and I am happy I picked it up during the sale! It's supposed to be limited edition but it's still available on the Sephora website for $62.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment - I fell in love with London Calling instantly. It's such a pretty purple shade. The website describes it as lilac pink but I don't think that's the right description. See the swatch at the end of the post and you will know what I'm talking about. This is my first liquid lipstick from the NARS line. I found the packaging quite unique. The wand is not your typical doe foot applicator. It has a different shape which I found surprisingly very good when it came to application. I have mixed feelings about the quality of the liquid lipstick itself. This one, in particular, was a bit streaky and I had to apply it twice to receive the desired opacity. It's not a bad thing necessarily as I understand some dark shades such as purple are difficult to create. I like that it is matte but not too drying and has a lasting wear.
It is a pigmented liquid lipstick and I have not had issues with gunks forming on the inner rim of the mouth which tends to happen with a lot of sticky liquid lipsticks. I'd definitely like to try the lighter shades to get a better understanding of the formula. For now, I am a fan of the wand applicator. It's so unique and perfect that I wish other brands switched to this style! The liquid lipstick retails for $26 which I think is a bit too much for a liquid lipstick considering there are other brands such as Huda Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills that sell liquid lipsticks for $20 apiece. Do I believe they're worth $26? The answer is no.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick - I love this one! I am a fan of creamy liquid lipsticks as they are ultra moisturizing and the ones by Bite Beauty also have a beautiful satin finish. I bought it in the shade Chutney and I love it so much. It's a perfect nude shade for brown skin. Yes, it did require touch-up but I honestly don't mind it as you'd need to do that for most if not all liquid lipsticks after a meal.
This liquid lipstick provides a beautiful satin sheen and the formula is perfect. Between the two liquid lipsticks I purchased during this mini haul, I prefer the Bite Beauty one because I found it extremely comfortable on the lips. It reminds me of the mousse formula of Ofra Cosmetics. The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks retail for $24 which is justifiable as they are made with natural ingredients. I intend on picking up Chai and Supreme from this line.
Here's a swatch of both the liquid lipsticks
I hope you enjoyed both my haul posts and I will be back soon to discuss a face palette that I am currently head over heels in love with. Stay tuned!