SEPHORA SALE FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND THOUGHTS

SEPHORA SALE FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND THOUGHTS

Finally putting up my Sephora sale first impressions and thoughts, about what I bought during the sale. I already knew going in that all the things I had my eye on were luxury, and that partly was why I was wary about whether I will be truly in love with any of the items. Let’s see how I got on !

So, the sale is still on at the time of me writing this post and most of the products I am talking about are available. Phew ! But, as I stated above, this post is majorly high end, luxury beauty haul. So, these prices are a serious stab in my heart. These are all my initial impressions and how I got on with the products, but if you want an in depth review, sometime in the future, let me know.

The sale runs through November 15th. Online shoppers can use the codes below, corresponding to your Beauty Insider tier, and in store, you will be required to say/present your email with the code, I believe.

  • Rouge Members get 20% off with code 20FORROUGE
  • VIB Members get 20% off with code 20FORVIB
  • Beauty Insider Members get 15% off with INSIDER15

Let’s start with the bits I picked up from Pat McGrath Labs. I got two of the recently released eyeshadow palettes, Mothership III Eyeshadow Palette Subversive and Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette Sublime. These are very pricey at 125$ a piece. Yes, that is the sound of my mother fainting in the back you hear ! Seriously, my parents would be flabbergasted if they knew the prices of these products !

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Beauty

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes and Luxe Trance Lipstick

From Sephora:

What it is:
A wardrobe of textures and dazzling hues come together in a couture color palette, presented in a luxe, lacquered case.

What it does:
Provoke creativity and heighten beauty with rich color opulence that allows you to use makeup as wearable art. This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments to achieve seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and true color radiance. Tailor-made beauty gives voice to your artistic impulses for luxury at your fingertips. Ten divinely decadent shades include vivid violets, mutational blues, sumptuous greens and iconic matte neutrals.

Subversive:

– 10 x Eyeshadows in Skinshow Fever (champagne gold pearl), Black Metal (gunmetal black with silver pearl), Lazarus (warm pinky brown), Deep Shade (dark warm brown), Night Creature (deep magenta), Xtreme Black (ultimate black), Gigabyte (antiqued green gold), Astral Ghost Orchid (white iridescent with pink flash), VR Pink (peachy pink with gold pearl), Blitz Amethyst (deep purple with blue pearl)

Sublime:

– 10 x Eyeshadows in Skinshow Glow (champagne pink pearl), Copper Toned (soft reddish brown), Iconic (neutral bronze gold), Rose Dusk (soft reddish mauve), Dark (rich warm brown), Xtreme Black (ultimate black), Bronze 005 (metallic warm brown), Astral Ghost Orchid (white iridescent with pink), VR Nectar (peachy pink with gold pearl), Blitz Emerald (blackened green with lilac pearl)

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes and Luxe Trance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes and Luxe Trance Lipstick

The palettes are quite heavy, and luxe. The mirror is bevelled inside, and quite big enough to actually use it while applying makeup. The names of each eyeshadow palette are not on the palettes, which is disappointing but a minor issue ultimately for me personally. There are two eyeshadows, Xtreme Black and Astral Ghost Orchid, repeated in all the palettes. The eyeshadows themselves, seem to be divided into four finishes : matte, satin pearl, shimmer sparkle and glitter. While the first three finishes (matte, satin pearl and shimmer sparkle) are in traditional pans, the duo chrome glitters have no visible pan, and are more round/domed shape. And they are placed to the right side of the palettes.

These palettes are visually stunning. Every working artist needs these, and I mean it. As for personal, everyday use ? I am not sure because most people I know would be intimidated by the amount of sparkle in these, and would not prefer to work with these, or simply wear that much sparkle on a day to day basis.

Please excuse my swatches, these are all indoor, and not under sunlight. These are not the best conditions to show how magnificent these eyeshadows are, but to be honest, pictures whether under sunlight or not, don’t do these palettes justice. There is a dimension to them that’s hard to capture.

Also, just wanted to add in that the images on all my posts are always clickable, which opens the gallery to the post, and you can scroll through them seamlessly and come back to post at any time.

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow II Sublime Palette

For myself, I find these exquisite. The duo chrome glitters, perform best with a tacky/wet base. Any cream eyeshadow will do. And they come to life, and are stunning. These are beyond any sparkle I have seen. Better than Natasha Denona in my opinion. They do have fall out if used without a tacky base, but the pigmentation is still just as good as when used with a cream base. The mattes are quite full pigment, no skipping or chalkiness here. The matte black in the palettes is the best I’ve used. They sheer out well, or can be pretty fully built up.

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow III Subversive Palette

The repetition of shades, also, is a non issue for me, because that means I can just take one palette if needed. I find a matte black eyeshadow (Xtreme Black) is just basic, as in, can be used for amping up a look fast. And the shade, Astral Ghost Orchid, is quite a multitasker. I watched Pat McGrath use this even as a light highlighter, on all skin tones, and it really does light up the face. These duo chrome glitters, can also be layered atop the black eyeshadow to “pop” – which they do spectacularly !

These palettes are quite the treat. I do understand that they may not be everyone’s cuppa tea. If you do love having some beautiful palettes which are unique yet wearable, and loving some luxury, you should check these out. I initially thought I would love Sublime much more, but surprisingly, I am obsessed with Subversive and the shades !

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance Lipstick Apricult

The Bling Factor - Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance Lipstick and Matte Trance Lipstick 1995, Omg and Obsessed

Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance Lipstick and Matte Trance Lipstick 1995, Omi and Obsessed

I also got a Pat McGrath Luxe Trance Lipstick. I already love her initial lipstick launch,  Matte Trance Lipstick and so wanted to try her new cream lipstick formula. I bought the Luxe Trance Lipstick in Apricult (38$). Its a bright medium peach orange. These lipsticks are really creamy and pigmented. Next to the Matte Trance Lipsticks, the Luxe Trance doesn’t look much different except it does not have as much of a suede finish. On the lips, it also “sets” down, just like the matte lipsticks. It does not budge at all. It stayed on though the day. But it is more comfortable than the Matte Lipsticks. 

The Bling Factor - Tom Ford Water Proof Foundation and Concealer in Bisque 5.5

Tom Ford Water Proof Foundation and Concealer in Bisque 5.5

I also splurged on a few Tom Ford products. I love everything Tom Ford I have tried so far, so let’s dive in. The first thing that I had my eye on for the longest time was the Tom Ford Water Proof Foundation and Concealer (85$/1 oz/ 30 ml). This is supposed to be a full coverage foundation + concealer. 

From Sephora:

Coverage:
✔ Full

Skin type:
✔ Sensitive
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Radiant

What it is:
A full-coverage, waterproof foundation that also functions as an effective concealer to hide noticeable imperfections.

What it does:
A flawless complexion is essential to the TOM FORD face. TOM FORD’s first full-coverage, waterproof formula conceals flaws as both a comfortable, breathable foundation with a naturally radiant finish and an effective concealer that hides noticeable imperfections—from darkness under the eyes to blemishes on the skin. This hybrid formula withstands harsh weather conditions such as heat, humidity, and water while maintaining an even complexion.

What else you need to know:
This foundation can also help minimize the appearance of tattoos and port stains.

I got this in the shade Bisque, 5.5, which is a perfect match, not too yellow or orange. This is a thin liquid, and on me full coverage, but can be sheered out. I do think it can be built up to cover tattoos as well, since it does reduce my very dark circles. It stays on pretty long, and doesn’t disappear or cake up, but I wear a thin layer, and don’t put too much on. I did hear that if you apply more then it does tend to get caked. So far, I really like it. It does not reduce my pores like the Dior Forever, but it does have a beautiful finish and staying power. 

The Bling Factor - Tom Ford Water Proof Foundation and Concealer in Bisque 5.5

Tom Ford Water Proof Foundation and Concealer in Bisque 5.5

Tom Ford also recently extended the shade range in his Lip Color and Lip Color Mattes. I got two of the matte lipsticks in Age of Consent and The Perfect Kiss. These also have an ouch inducing price tag of 54$. I love these ! The shades are just perfect. If you have light/medium skin and were struggling to find a peachy pink nude, then Age of Consent is gorgeous ! The Perfect Kiss is a neutral coral, that is great for evenings out.

For some reason the swatches all look like similar shades, I assure you on the lips they are very very different. Tom Ford Flamingo (hot pink) is part of his regular Lip Color line while Paradiso (warm coral) is a Lip Color Sheer. Compared to them, Age of Consent is a lighter warm peachy coral, while The Perfect Kiss is a deeper, neutral coral rose. Yes, I have a type, but believe me, they are all drastically different on the lips !  

The Bling Factor - Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Age of Consent and The Perfect Kiss

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Age of Consent and The Perfect Kiss

The Bling Factor - Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Age of Consent and The Perfect Kiss

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Age of Consent and The Perfect Kiss

I know there are a ton of sales happening at the moment, so it’s confusing. But are you eyeing any of these right now ? Or did you get anything else from the Sephora sale ? 

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