So here's my order all laid out and pretty! When I initially opened my box, I was happily surprised to see that they included an extra fourth sample! I had picked the Algenist, Ole Henriksen, and the benefit samples, but they threw in a Clarins sample as well. I gave it to my mom (along with the other one I got previously) since it's for more mature skin, but it was nice to see another sample. My main goal was to try the Fake-Up concealer by benefit. As I said in the last post, I've been trying to find a really good under eye concealer that was also hydrating and wouldn't settle into my creases, and Fake-Up sounded like it was made with me in mind. Unfortunately, it didn't have the best reviews on Sephora's website, so I wanted to try it out before I committed to buying it. I know Sephora is really good about letting you return products if you don't like them, but I don't like the hassle of returning things so I try to avoid it if possible. They also included one of those big perfume sample/advertisements for Miss Dior. One thing I noticed is that my samples didn't get their own little baggie like they did in my last two orders; they were just thrown on the top, which I thought was a strange step-back.
I'll start with the things I was happy with.
champagne" one I think. Or maybe it was the "petal" one...hmmm. Either way, it was too dark and too yellow for me, but I was so excited to be using such fancy make-up that I kept wearing it. They did expand their color choices, and they do have an "ivory" one now, but I haven't tried it to see if it matches me better. Another thing I didn't really like about Fake-Up was that it never really felt like it dried down. It felt very wet all day and I was very aware that I was wearing it. It didn't settle into my creases as much as my previous concealers, but it did settle more than my new MAC concealer (which I am still in love with!). The MAC one is just as hydrating, but it feels like it sinks into my skin better and I don't feel it sitting there all day. With Fake-Up, my eyes felt almost dewy and gummy; it was a little unpleasant. I like the idea of Fake-Up, but maybe if the formulation was a little different.
Here's the other item I was completely happy with:
Since I've been on an "all the make-up steps!" kick, I decided to get myself some face and eyelid primer. I'm not sure how long this phase is going to last, I didn't want to invest in any full sizes right away. I'm a big fan of Too Faced products, and I've heard a lot of good things about their primers, so I bought this little kit of deluxe samples of some of their products. You get a 0.13 fl. oz. size of their LashGasm mascra, a 0.17 oz. tube of Shadow Insurance, a 0.1 fl. oz. tube of Glamour Gloss in the color "Sex Pot", a 0.12 oz. tube of Lip Insurance, and a 0.17 oz. tube of Primed and Poreless for $20 (which is about the price of the full sized Shadow Insurance). I have used all these products in the past, with the exception of the lip primer, and I was generally pleased with their performance. Now that I am a little more "serious time" with my make-up, it will be nice to revisit them and see how they stand up. My only issue is that I don't like the Glamour Glosses for the sole reason that they have plumping properties; I'm just not a big fan of lip plumping products. Otherwise, they're good glosses.
So moving along, we'll go from "things I am totally happy with" to "things could have been a little better". So on the website, Sephora was (they might still, actually) having a "spring sale" where they added a bunch of stuff to their sale section. A lot of things from the brand Tarte got added, which is exciting because I like Tarte! They do a lot of natural, "good for you" products that don't have a lot of extra chemicals like parabens. Still on my blush/bronzer kick, I really wanted to pick up this little travel sized duo of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the color "Dollface":
Now let's go from "things that could have been a little better" to "things that had some flaws". As you know if you've read my previous Sephora post, I've been collecting the Sephora Hello Kitty nail polishes like a woman on a mission (which was to get all the polishes, heh.). I thought I had achieved this, but as you will see a bit farther down, I did not (foreshadowing! Actually, not really.). Here are the HK polishes in Banana Cream and Blueberry.
Now for why I was a little disappointed in these polishes. I know they were sale items, but they seemed to be a little flawed. At $5, they're not the most expensive polishes, but they were originally $10, which is more than O.P.I. runs (though not as much as actual high-end polishes. I love nail polish, but I don't know if I could ever justify spending $24 on a bottle of Dior polish. Though maybe I haven't tried it yet. Julep polishes are on the more expensive side and you can really tell the different between them and O.P.I.). If I had paid full price for these two with the issues they had, I would have been a little miffed. I'll start with Banana Cream.
I don't have a picture of my issue with the Blueberry bottle, so you'll have to imagine it. The brush for my Blueberry polish was kind of messed up; when I first opened it, there was one SUPER long fiber that curled up and kind of tucked itself inside the cap. It was really weird; but I was able to cut it off. Now there's just this one weird fiber that sticks out where the bristles meet the shaft. The bottom of the brush also had issues, too; the bristles were all ragged and there were some that where quite a bit longer than the others. It made application of the polish hard to do neatly, so I had to trim those, too. It's not the biggest deal ever, and I was able to reasonably fix it, but again, that's not something I expect to have to do with $10 (or even $5) nail polish.
And here we go from "things that had some flaw" to the outright "disappointments". I'll continue with the nail polish roll we have going with what I thought would be the final polish in my quest to obtain all the HK polishes.
And now finally, the item that really made me question Sephora's quality control. This was the item in the "brown bag of mystery" from my group shot:
There you have it; my first ever disappointed order from Sephora. Will this stop me from ordering from them again? No, but it makes me much more cautious about, especially regarding anything in their sale section. I was able to return the polish and the lip sheers to my physical Sephora store without any hassle which is nice, so I'm not really out anything (except my purple polish...I hope it comes back in stock), but it's just the idea that my confidence in Sephora as a "beauty expert" has been shaken a little by this experience. I'll likely order from them again, soon, and I'll let you guys know how it goes!
Thanks for reading! <3