I walked into Sephora the other day with the innocent intention of “just taking a look around.” Clearly I was only fooling myself because I walked away with a few new products (and a considerably lighter wallet). Oops.
Hello, my name is Rebekah, and I am a lipstick hoarder. You may or may not have been able to deduce that since this haul is 75% lip products. I don’t know what it is, but I always am drawn to the lip products more than anything else in a makeup store. I have more than I’d like to admit, but I always come up with a reason to justify another in my collection.
The first one I picked up is the Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose lipstick in Damask, which is described as a “Rosy Pink.” In reality, it’s a bit more of a brighter, yellowed pink that’s a perfect everyday kind of color for spring and summer. It also applies on the sheerer side.
Bite Beauty is an interesting brand because their products are made with food grade ingredients. Even though it’s gross to think about, you really do end up eating your lipstick throughout the day as it wears off, which means you are ingesting a lot of chemicals that probably weren’t made for consumption. They are also certified gluten-free.
The packaging of this lipstick is absolutely stunning, which is why I was drawn to this particular lipstick in the first place (I actually kept the box – no shame). However, the lipstick itself has a wonderful formulation. It goes on smooth and it’s very hydrating. The downside is that the wear is only about three hours or so, but that doesn’t bother me since I tend to reapply often throughout the day anyways. There’s a gorgeous red in this collection (that features four colors in total; the actual line has over 30 shades to choose from) called Grandifolia that I’m debating about going back for. These lipsticks are $28.00 each for 0.15 oz of product.
The next lip product I picked up was the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Chablis, which is described as a “soft coral rose.” It’s a darker coral with red undertones to it. This color is nice for summer, but I also see it being a staple lip color for fall when I want something lighter.
Bite Beauty did a gift set over Christmas that contained four mini-sizes of the pencils, which I received from my aunt. The formula of these are extremely pigmented, as the name suggests. They are full-coverage, go on smooth, and last for about five hours before they need reapplied. These are also great because they twist up at the bottom, so no need for messy sharpening (looking at you, Nars Lip Pencils). I already knew I loved the formula, but I chose this particular shade upon recommendation from Christine at Temptalia, which is my personal favorite beauty blog. The color did not disappoint.
These lip pencils are $24.00 for 0.09 oz of product.
This last lipstick is the Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in #209 Rose Perfecto, which is described as an “electric bright pink.” I would say that is a pretty accurate description. This color is a bright, hot pink that is definitely made a lot easier to wear by the fact that it is sheerer. You can build it up to a bold, intense color, but you can also just swipe it on once for a day-friendly look. This color looks similar to Damask in the picture, but upon comparing them side-by-side, Rose Perfecto is much more blue-toned.
This lipstick was actually a gift from my parents. My mom, dad, and sister took a trip down to Washington D.C. for a long weekend while I stayed home to puppysit Daisy. They called me from the Georgetown Sephora, asking if I wanted anything as a thank-you present. Seeing as no sane makeup junkie would ever say no, I blindly picked this shade out from the website and had my sister swatch it in the store. I was a little worried that it would be different from what I expected, but I could not be happier. The formula is rich and luxurious, just as you would expect from a high-end brand. It wears for about five hours, which I think is on the longer side for a sheer lipstick. The color is also more unique than I thought it would be. I have multiple hot pinks in my collection (MAC Girl About Town, Chanel L’Eclatante, MAC Party Parrot, Nars Mexican Rose), but none of them are similar. Despite the price tag ($36.00 for 0.12 oz) I definitely want to check out other shades. I’ll probably wait until Sephora has their annual VIB sale later in the year to get 20% off.
The last product in this haul (I promise) is one of the coolest, most innovative eyeshadows I’ve ever come across. This is the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold, which is described as a “shimmering pink gold.” If you are obsessed with anything rose gold, then you need this color. It’s the most stunning, metallic golden pink I have ever seen.
This product is kind of strange in an awesome way. These eyeshadows are made with coconut water to aid in hydrating the eyelids, which are delicate and can easily become dry. The color pigment is mixed in with the coconut water, so the product itself is pure liquid. You need to make sure that you shake the product each time before you use it, because the two will separate into layers. It mixes back up easily, though, with a few shakes.
I was wary about how pigmented these shadows would be because they are liquid, but do not have any doubts. These are CRAZY AMAZING. That is one swipe of the product in the picture where I swatched it on my hand. It is full coverage, metallic, and absolutely gorgeous. The product comes with an applicator that has an eyedropper top an a doe-foot bottom. The product soaks into the doe-foot applicator, so I find the best way to apply it is to dab it three or so times on the eyelid, and then use my fingers to blend it in. I’m not sure how easy these are to travel with, given that they are liquid and may be prone to spillage, but I’ll be testing that out when I go to Florida at the end of the month.
All in all, these are a total love. I was also expecting these to be more expensive considering they are a more innovative formula, but they are only $18.00 for 0.16 oz of product (the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadows are a similar concept and, for comparison, are $32.00 a pop. Yikes).
Let me know some of your favorite products from Sephora. Hope you are having a great week!