Sephora Favorites Luxe at Sephora

You know I love me some mini make-up item and I’m a huge fan of the Sephora Favorites set. I knew I had to have the Luxe at Sephora set when I saw which brands and what products were featured. Let’s have a look!

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Isn’t this the greatest set to give or receive as a present?

Some people were not happy with how small the products are, considering a lot of these you can get as a freebie with your purchase at Sephora or other stores. I get where they are coming from, but these products are hard to find in the Netherlands and the only product I ever even saw as a freebie in the Netherlands, is the Diorshow mascara. Luckily for me, I actually love that mascara!

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These are cute and indeed, very tiny, but it works for me! Because I’ll always prefer trying multiple tiny products over just sticking to one lipstick or mascara. I do always have my favorites though, and I already know that one of these products will be purchased in full size, soon.

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The first two products are the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer. Both are very popular products that I have not tried before.

The Touche Éclat Blur Primer has gold specs in it and is supposed to give you a glowy base for the foundation and other complexion products. This primer leaves a silicone feeling film on the skin so I can see why people would love it under their foundation: it does really smooth the skin. However, for me this primer does not do much, since I don’t wear foundation.
The gold specs are just pieces of tiny glitter, so it doesn’t give the whole complexion a glowy boost and the primer doesn’t do much visibly wise. Yeah, this primer does not work for me. For blurring, I’d rather grab the Benefit Porefessional primer.

The Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder however is a match made in heaven. I absolutely love how this powder makes my skin look! It’s a finely milled powder with a not visible, but definitely there, sheen. The shade is translucent, leaning a tiny bit yellow. Usually I prefer powders that are pink for my cool toned skin, but this yellow is so subtle that it just helps brightening my under eyes. It’s maybe only 1/4th of the yellow shade in the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

It’s very easy to apply, both with a Beautyblender and with a brush. It makes my face matte by taking the oily look away, but without covering the natural (well, or produced with make-up) glow of the complexion. I usually pack quite some powder under the eyes and this powder is perfect for that, without making the area look cakey or powdery what so ever.
I sets my concealer well and does a great job staying in place + mattifying my chin and forehead during the day as well.

I’ll be purchasing this powder full size soon, because I didn’t stop using it and I’m almost out of it already! Even though this jar is tiny, it still goes quite a long way.

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This is the Diorshow mascara by Dior. I didn’t use it for the look I made with this set because I want to save it for later, since I already know that I love this mascara and I’ve got quite some other mascaras that I’m currently trying out. Would be a waste to only use this one a couple of times before it’s too old.

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The Hourglass powder and these lipsticks are the reason why I picked up the set. Even though I would’ve liked so see a mini blush/highlighter/eyeshadow single instead of three lipsticks, I do love all three of them.

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First up on the left is Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 501 Casual Pink. It’s a gorgeous mousse liquid lipstick.
In the middle is the Tom Ford (! love me some Tom Ford) Lip Color in Casablanca, in a gorgeous reddened plum (that’s what they call it, I just think it’s a special pink haha).
On the right is a cute small Pat McGrath Labs Matte Trance Lipstick in Flesh 3, a warm brown (with some purple in it).

The Giorgio Armani liquid lipstick (on the left) has a creamy, non drying finish. It glides around a bit but nothing extreme. I love how comfortable it feels on the lips.

The Tom Ford lipstick (in the middle) is a creamy lipstick as well, but just from the bullet. It’s very easy the apply and it feels nice on the lips. It does transfer but it has enough staying powder to last for a couple of hours.

The Pat McGrath Labs lipsticks has a satin finish and feels very special on the lips. It feels very matte and pretty drying on the lips, yet it still transfers a bit as well. The Pat McGrath formula is something you really have to enjoy, it’s not for everyone. I’m not the biggest fan of it (when I first used a Pat McGrath lipstick I loved the formula but now I know I prefer others that are less drying).

For all the three lipsticks I can see that they truly are ‘luxe’ (and happen to have a luxe price tag as well, haha): they apply so easily and smooth, the pigmentation is insanely good and the coverage is great as well. No patchiness and wonderful staying power because of the pigmentation, even though they do transfer.

In the pictures I am also wearing the YSL Touche Èclat primer and the Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder from the Sephora Favorites Luxe at Sephora set. Besides that I am wearing the Chanel Camélia de Chanel highlighter of which I totally forgot how gorgeous it is. The mascara I’m wearing is my current favorite (I’m working on a review for Weeks of Beauty), being the Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash mascara.

What do you think of this Luxe at Sephora set? Which lipstick do you like the most?

 

 

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