Sephora - even writing the word brings out the makeup fiend in me. Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved anything from America - my sister and I used to buy the U.S. Teen magazines all the time and read about Mandy Moore and N*Sync. We were lucky enough to have some family friends over there who would regularly send over little treats that we treasured - so when I heard that Sephora would finally deliver to Ireland via Parcel Motel, I was overjoyed.
I waited for months but finally decided to take the plunge upon the release of the Jaclyn Hill/Becca highlighter (and after watching Orla's videos). I know that some people have had issues ordering to Ireland but I had none - I used an Irish debit card and my Parcel Motel UK address and it went through fine.
If you're not sure how to use Parcel Motel, I did a post here that should explain it. Basically it's a delivery service, if you want to order from a site that doesn't post to Ireland, you can sign up at www.parcelmotel.com and for a fee, they will receive your package in Belfast and courier it down to your nearest locker so you can retrieve it with a code.
I ordered four items from Sephora, because they offered £6 postage on orders over £75. Spend money to save money, yes? Makeup junkie logic at its finest. There are some brands that won't ship to the UK - Bobbi Brown and Hourglass being two - but there's still a huge range to choose from. There were no customs charges.
Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip: $25 | BITE Agave Lip Mask: $26
Becca/Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector: $38 | Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette: $36
I also received some samples:
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye Cream, Living Proof Style Lab Hair Serum, and Philosophy My Philosophy layering fragrances in 'Grateful' (watery floral) and 'Compassionate' (creamy vanilla). I don't remember clicking a button for the fragrances so they must have been an additional sample.
The palette and highlighter will get their own posts, but I wanted to talk about the lip set today. If you want to see a review of the BITE Agave lip mask, head over to Karen's post here (that's why I bought it).
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss - 'Pout'
| Full Size |Other Shades Available Here | Price £16|
This is okay, it's not overly pigmented but it does give a small wash of colour to my lips. It's a little pale for me, a bit sixties, but it isn't sticky or tingly.
BITE High Pigment Lip Pencil - 'Meritage'
| Deluxe Sample | Available Here | Price $24 for Full Size|
This looked scary in the crayon and I was sure it'd be like the Lord & Berry one from the Iconic Hollywood Glossybox - but it's actually more of a brownish brick red. It's very wearable and very nineties. It's really pigmented and lasts ages, feels lovely on my lips. These are described as matte on the Sephora website but this one definitely isn't, maybe other shades in the range are.
Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer - 'Kissability'
| Mini Sample | Other Shades Available Here | Price for Full Size: $28|
I don't like this at all. It's sticky and really tingly - not a pleasant sensation, it's reminiscent of the Too Faced lip injection, and I wasn't expecting that from Marc Jacobs. I thought it'd be a nice luxury gloss, not a sticky lip plumper.
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream - 'White Russian'
| Mini Sample | Available Here | Price for Full Size: $19|
This is a pale nude pink lip gloss. I think the word 'cream' is a little misleading in the name, but it's a nice gloss. Again, this has tingling - not as bad as the Marc Jacobs, but it's there. It applied a little unevenly, but it wasn't a huge issue. It's not very pigmented at all.
NARS Lip Gloss - Orgasm
| Deluxe Sample | Available Here | Price for Full Size $26|
I've never tried a gloss from NARS so I was excited to try this, especially as it's such an iconic shade in the range. It's very similar to the Orgasm blush, peach with gold shimmer. The shimmer is fairly strong, but it's more flattering on the lips than I would have expected. It was glossy, not sticky, not tingly.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick - 'Naked'
| Mini Sample | Available Here | Price for Full Size: £15.50 |
This is tiny, it reminds me of those little pretend play lipsticks from the late 80s! As tiny as it is, it packs a punch - it's really pigmented and it's exactly the same quality as the other full size lipstick I own from the Revolution range. I think that this might be the first ever lipstick I actually finish.
Overall I'm really happy with the set - it's lovely to be able to try so many new (to me) brands at the one time and I definitely will get use out of everything apart from the Marc Jacobs.
Please do let me know what you'd like to see next - the Too Faced palette or the Becca highighter.