I’m a sucker for promotional emails. Free gifts, discount codes; you’ve got me. So last week, I received a Sephora email announcing a new 500 point gift. I spend a good amount at Sephora. I’m on year two of VIB Rouge, so I have quite a few points in the bank, and for the most part, they stay there because I never really like the gifts. All the more reason to be excited when I saw a special Clarisonic set! I quickly headed over to Sephora.com and took a look at the items I had hanging out in my cart. I poked around on the New Arrivals section, added a couple more things, and checked out. Two-day lightning shipping, and my box was here. Here’s the breakdown:
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey
The color really drew me to this mascara. The thought of the classic Black Honey deep burgundy shade in a mascara was intriguing. The color was very pretty, but had the effect of a brown. The brush was okay, but it left my lashes pretty “skinny.” Unfortunately, after a day of wear my eyelids were red and irritated along the lash line. This one was returned.
Sadly, one of the two shades was crushed and crumbled. I returned it to Sephora only to find they didn’t carry that shade! Boo hoo. The one color that remained in tact, Synergy (“a metallic bronze”). I was hoping for a foiled, high shine finish, given the name and some swatches I’d seen, but no such luck. It’s a pretty bronze shade, but its not very metallic! It had a subtle sheen, but wasn’t as bold as I’d hoped. I feel like the finish would come out more on a deeper skin tone.
This concealer comes in an easy to apply crayon form and is packed with natural acne fighting ingredients. Fortunately, I don’t have to deal with acne very much anymore, but I still get the occasional blemish here and there. I found this to be a pretty light coverage and was so creamy, it didn’t really stick, but moved around. Overall, I don’t think it covered very well. I didn’t use it long enough to speak to the acne benefits because I wasn’t happy with the short term results. Returned.
I’m not normally a liquid foundation wearer. I have a long term love affair with mineral foundation and couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. I like that it’s lightweight and looks natural. So, when a liquid foundation claimed to do the same, I had to check it out. I was pleasently surprised it lived up to these claims! It applies easily, covers well with one layer, and wears well throughout the day, but still manages to look very natural. I don’t feel heavy, like a mask, or get cakey as you wear it. I also don’t find that it oxidizes and gets darker, which is excellent. The only problem that I have with it is it’s a bit yellow. Even the “Porcelain” shade I got is a little warm-toned. I’ve heard this criticisim in a lot of other reviews as well, but I’ve also heard there are more shades coming in a couple months!