I’m a sucker for a promo, so when I saw Sephora was offering 4x points for VIB Rouge, I went right to the website and started adding things to my cart. I figured it was a great time to try some things I have been looking at for a while. Here are my first impressions!
I haven’t tried this yet since I’m still finishing up the Supercleanse (review coming soon), but I love the idea of an oil and cleanser in one. As you know, I love my cleansing oils! I’m psyched to try this one.
I had a sample of the Aqua Bomb, the lighter gel-like version of this. I liked it, but needed more moisture so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’m just finishing up my current moisturizing, so I’m looking forward to putting this one into the rotation.
I love my compact Becca highlighter, but being Twilight-pale makes it hard to get a true highlight since nothing is really lighter than my skin. So I thought I’d try the liquid version of the Becca in Pearl. True to the description, this gives a nice white-pearl finish.
I also tried one of the new Becca Mineral blush in Flowerchild.
They are very soft for a powder blush, very finely milled. The color payoff is pretty good, even with one of the lighter shades like the one I have, and it builds very easily. It’s not the longest wearing, but I like it. The color looks like a less shimmery Nars Orgasm.
Next up, the new Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer.
This has one of the most precise applicators I’ve ever seen in a concealer. This tells me you need very little, which is true. A small dot really spreads out. I haven’t put it to the length of wear test yet, but I like the texture and coverage. I feel like the quantity is so little compared to other liquid concealers, like the Urban Decay Naked; I worried it would run out quickly if you do a lot of spot concealing, but maybe not since you use less.
The Stila Got Inked Cushion eyeliner intrigued me.
I’ve heard of cushion foundations, but this is very unique. The pot has a sponge-like contraption it in that you press your brush into to dispense the color. The result it the right amount of color, unlike with many gel liners where you dip straight in and can easily overdo it. The color is beautiful with a metallic finish (I got the Sapphire), and does no budge when dry.
Now to the lips. I went on a bit of a lipstick binge. I don’t wear a lip color all that often, despite having a drawer full, but I convince myself that’s just because I haven’t found the right one.
The first one I grabbed was the Urban Decay Revolution Matte Lipstick in After Dark.
This is a super creamy matte, not a dry matte, so major points there! The color payoff is great and it really holds. This color is a very nice fuchsia-wine shade. Definitely bold, but great for this fall’s berry lip trend.
Next up, the new Buxom Big and Sexy Bold Gel lipsticks.
There are so many colors in this formula! I had a hard time deciding, but narrowed it down to two: Forbidden Berry and Coral Confession.
The first thing you notice is that these definitely are big! The bullet is huge. I’m not a fan of this as it’s a recipe for sloppy application. The cover of the packaging is magnetic though, which I like. There’s nothing worse than opening your purse to find lipstick smeared all over the inside. They apply smoothly and give very full color. The finish is very shiny, almost glossy. The Coral was a little pastel for me. The Berry is an almost red, hot pink. The texture was great. I loved the way they looked, but they bled like crazy! I don’t normally have this problem with lip color, but the berry color very quickly migrated into the little nooks and crannies around my mouth, even with concealer used around the edges. This one definitely needs lips liner and probably primer!
Next, the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer. I also got two of these, since I can’t make decisions: Plum Pop and Bare Pop.
The primer and color in one appealed to me since I usually wear primer with my lipstick. The colors are pretty, fairly neutral, and not as full color as I expected from the primer infused formula. However, they are super soft and creamy and feel very moisturizing on. Plum Pop is a very pretty cream color. Bare Pop has a little shimmer to it.
Finally, I tried one of the NudeStix products. They get mixed reviews, but I love their spokesmodels and the company philosophy of no fuss beauty. I got a lip and cheek dual pencil in Soul/Flesh, but I’ve only worn both colors on my lips so far. I do love the multitasking potential, though. The colors I chose are a little nude for my taste, but pretty. I was pleasantly surprised to get such a creamy formula from a pencil! I don’t know how they do it. The color went on nicely, but didn’t stay put that long.