I tried Sephora’s Own Brand | Makeup and Skincare

This post may appear completely normal, but the behind the scenes and the way I’ve put it all together is slightly different. Let me explain.

I got a whole box full of Sephora goodies, not long before moving to Edinburgh. I did my best to try them all before leaving, even if I didn’t manage to use them more than a few times each.

When the time to leave had come, we realised that all the things we wanted to take with us would never fit in the car. So I had to quickly sort through everything again and decide what I was going to leave behind. It had to be quick and efficient so there was no time for sentimentality. And as you may well imagine, a lot of my stuff was cosmetics so that’s where I was the most ruthless. No one really needs 5 different makeup removers.

So I sorted everything out and left half (half !) of what I had initially intended on taking with me. Even if in the end, I’ll take a few things with me every time I go home and my friends and family will probably bring me things when they come and visit.

But that also means that when faced with the fact that I could only take half of my collection with me, I only took the half that I liked the most. And almost none of the products from this post made it to Scotland.

So for each product, I’ll tell you about my experience with it and then I’ll tell you why it didn’t make it into my suitcase.

Micellar Water with Charcoal*

It’s the first product I tried from the box because I found it the most intriguing. A black water that’s supposed to clean the skin. Oh the cool irony.

Unfortunately I’ve been addicted to make up removing oils and balms because of how soft they feel on the skin, and I really don’ t like using micellar water to remove my makeup anymore. I feel like it isn’t as gentle on the skin and eyes, and that I have to ‘rub’ more to get all my makeup off.

It’s not a bad micellar water, I did manage to get all of my makeup off, on my face and eyes, but I’d much rather use one of my oils and balms.

So why didn’t I take it with me ?

Quite simply because I don’t use micellar water, so I’m not going to use it.

Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes*

This is going to sound very similar to what you just heard as I have the same problem with wipes as I have with micellar water. I don’t find them nearly as comfortable as my oils and balms to remove my makeup.

I was never into wipes. Either I remove my makeup properly, either I don’t do it all all. I never was an in-between kind of girl.

I still tried these wines, because you never know what you might discover. But like every other wipe I’ve ever tried, I find them not to be wet enough and they irritate my skin. I’ve tried most of the wipes that everybody recommends, but no matter how much everybody else is saying how soft they are, I never find them gente enough on my skin. And these ones stung my eyes when I was removing my mascara. So all in all they’re really not for me.

I still always keep a pack of wipes on my vanity to remove swatches and makeup stains from the back of my hand that I use like a palette.

Do you still need me to tell you why I didn’t take them with me ?

It’s probably obvious by now, not only do I not like and not use wipes, these stung my eyes. And I already had a pack for my vanity so I gave these away to someone who uses wipes.

Pomegranate Cleansing Cream*

Well here the story’s completely different. I looove this cleansing cream. The fruity smell is very nice and it feels very soft on the skin. You can massage it onto the skin and eyes until your makeup is completely dissolved and it’ll feel nice all along. It dissolves mascara, foundation and everything else very well, waterproof or not. It didn’t sting my eyes and it rinses off easily.

It’s pretty much perfect.

So why oh why didn’t I take it with me ?!

Well, like I mentioned at the beginning, a girl doesn’t need 5 different cleansers and that’s exactly why I didn’t take it with me. This time. I have more than enough makeup remover here to last me until the next time I go home, and this one will do the trip next time.

It’s good to know too that these three makeup removers/cleanser are available in 6 different fragrances : charcoal, pomegranate, rose, coconut water, green tea and yuzu. My guess is that no matter the fragrance they’ll perform the same.

Almond Lip Balm*

If you like the scent of almonds you’ll love this balm. It doesn’t get much more almondy than this.

As for being efficient as a lip balm, I’d say that it’s pretty standard. It’s a good one but it’s not amazing-incredible-I’m-never-using-anything-else.

If you don’t get really chapped lips and you like almond, it’ll be great for you. If on the other hand, like me, you get really dry, chapped lips, it probably won’t do the trick. In this case I would suggest using the amazing Nuxe Rêve de Miel, or the Carmex balms that are surprisingly good.

Why didn’t I take it with me ?

It’s a product that used to live on my nightstand back in Switzerland and I’m pretty sure that I left it there. In any case I only brought two lip balms with me, the two mentioned just above.

Green Tea Face Mask*

So technically I haven’t used this mask yet. However, I tried the avocado version of the same mask and even if I didn’t feel like it did much for my skin, I was impressed by the shape of it.

Indeed, it could be the best fitting sheet mask I’ve ever tried. It sat on my skin really nicely and felt very secure. All in all it was very comfortable to wear.

And with my oily, prone to breakouts skin, I’m obviously excited to try this version.

And as you may have guessed, I brought it with me.

It’s what I was telling you in my last post about my order on eBeauty and Care, sheet masks really don’t take up any room at all, do they ?

Almond Foot Mask

This one wasn’t in the box that I got, it was a gift from Charlotte who recommended it to me.

I mean, if she says it’s good, that’s good enough for me. And if you want to know more about it, you can read her post here.

 

So yep that one came with me too.

For one thing it’s a gift, but it’s also a recommandation from Charlotte. And it’s a sheet mask too, so you know the drill, it doesn’t take up any room.

Beauty Amplifier Perfecting Glow Primer*

So I tried this product on the back of my hand to take my pictures and I knew immediately that it wasn’t going to work for me. What a shame.

As you can see on the pictures below, when you squeeze it out of the tube the product is white, then as you rub it into the skin, it changes colour and starts looking like a foundation. And as you may be able to tell, it’s way to dark for my skin. Even on the back of my hand which is probably the most tan part of my body.

So I gave it to my mother because I didn’t get my fair complexion from her. My mom doesn’t use a lot of cosmetics (even if she gets a lot of products from my aunt and me) and when it comes to makeup she usually only wears a little bit of foundation, a hint of blusher/bronzer and mascara. And that’s about it.

When it comes to foundation, she doesn’t need a lot of coverage at all and she doesn’t like products that are too thick or obvious on the skin.

So when she uses that product it’s usually not as a primer, but pretty much as foundation. She quite likes it even if she says that it tends to settle into the pores and little dry patches around the nose.

Why didn’t I take it with me ?

Like I said, my mom’s using it.

Sun Disk – limited edition*

*drool*

I loooove those giant bronzers. And this looks really nice ! What’s more is that you also get a giant mirror which is always a good thing.

However, this is another product that the ghost that I am can’t use. The shade is way too dark and a little too orange for my skin. It’s very obvious on the picture below.

So this is another product that I gave to my mom as it’s one of the product that she may use on a daily basis. However I haven’t had any feedback on it yet.

So why didn’t it come with me ?

Like I said, it now has a spot in my mom’s collection.

Brow Kit*

Here’s a pretty little brow kit like a lot of brand do now. In this one you get two shades of brow powder, a wax, a pair of tweezers, and a double-ended brush that allows you to both comb through your brows and fill them in. So you basically get everything you need in one little box.

The kit is a tad too dark for my brows, but if I want to, I can use a light hand and get away with it. The shades do look very nice and not orange-y at all.

However I must admit that I never know what to do with the wax. I always thought that you had to use it afterwards to set everything and I just recently read somewhere that it was to be used as a primer. So I don’t really know what to think anymore.

Why didn’t I take this nifty little kit with me ?

It’s not that it’s a bad product at all, but personally I much prefer using a regular sized pair of tweezers and most of the time I use a brow pencil (my favourite at the moment being the Benefit Goof Proof) because it’s quicker. And if I really want to use a powder (because it often looks better and more natural) I usually use my MAC Omega shadow that I bought a few years back.

What I’m trying to say is that I already have quite a few brow products, and this one, despite being good, wasn’t so good that I wanted to give up and old favourite for it.

Retractable Brow Pencil Waterproof*

I was immediately impressed with how thin and precise this pencil is. It allows you to fill your brows in with very fine strokes that’ll look just like hairs. However I’m not quite sure about the little comb-thing on the other hand. It allows you to brush through the hair like a spoolie but doesn’t work nearly as well.

I could use this pencil in my brows but it’s just a tad too dark and a little too warm. But it is a really nice product to use.

I didn’t put the waterproof claim to the test. I didn’t have any swimming lesson planned when I tried it.

Why didn’t I take it with me ?

Even if this brow pencil is pretty good (mainly due to how thin it is) it didn’t wow me enough to make me forget about the other pencils in my collection. Like I said my absolute favourite at the moment is the Benefit Goof Proof pencil, and I also really like the pencils in the Archery collection from Soap&Glory.

Easy Smoky Eye Mat*

Sadly this is a product that I will never, ever, use. I think that smoky eyes look awful on me (I look like the bald uncle Fester in the Addams family, you see ?) and it’s even worse if I do a black smoky eye. It makes me look almost angry and it makes my eyes look really small.

That being said, a lot of people look great in a smoky eye and it can be hard to do, especially when you’re not used to it. So I think that in this regard this pencil-crayon-shadow-stick-brush-thing could be very useful to do a smoky eye in a rush of for someone who’s a beginner.

Indeed, as you can see on the picture below, the black shadow looks very intense and pigmented, and the brush on the other hand allows you to blend it easily, without any harsh line.

Sadly I can’t tell you more about it, because as I don’t like to look like uncle Fester, I gave it to a friend of mine without ever wearing it.

Why didn’t I take it with me ?

As good as it may look on the back of my hand, I know that it won’t suit me on my eyelids and it’s a product that I’ll never use. So I found a better home for it.

Cream Lip Stain*

First thing first, my apologies for being such bad blogger that I forgot to write down the name of the shades before leaving them behind. I tried to guess by looking on the website but there are way too many.

I heard a lot of good things about these liquid lipsticks. I usually steer clear of that kind of products because my lips are always too chapped but I must admit that I was really excited to try these.

However, sadly, the two shades that I got look pretty bad on me. I thought the nude would be a great one, but on me it looks like I’m really sick and the darker one could look nice but I so rarely wear a bold lip that I knew there was no point in my taking it with me.

I’m linking this post of Charlotte’s, where she reviews 5 shades, as it’ll be more useful to you than anything I could say.

So yeah, I didn’t take them with me…

I could have taken them to wear them at home and report back on the longevity and feel of them, but as I didn’t have that much room to bring stuff with me, I chose to take things that I would really use rather than two liquid lipsticks that I know I’ll never wear.

Rouge Lip Tint*

Once more, I apologise for being a bad blogger, as again I can’t tell you the name of this shade. And –spoiler alert– I didn’t take it with me.

One of my little dreams in life is to find a lip tint that’s really great. Because is theory, lip tints are ideal. They’re so light that they feel like nothing on the lips and at the same time they give you long lasting colour. And if you want to layer a balm, a gloss or a lipstick on top, that’s no problem at all.

But the problem with lip tints is that you kind of have to have perfect lips. I know I talk a lot about my dry, chapped, lips, but it really is a problem of mine and coincidentally the reason why I don’t use this lip tint.

If you have little bits of dry skin, or drier patches on your lips, this product won’t work. Indeed, the tint will come out much stronger on any dry area, which will highlight them. Not the prettiest look.

That being said, I tried it on the back of my hand and the swatch stayed there for 48 hours ! On the first picture below, it’s one swipe, on the second one I had blotted the excess off, and on the third one I had tried to remove it with all three makeup removers mentioned above.

So as you can see, it’s really long lasting. But this could also be a bad thing, as it means that once applied, you won’t be able to change your mind. And if by mistake you apply it a little outside of your lip line you probably won’t be able to get rid of it. But it also means that if you apply it perfectly on your perfect lips you’ll be good to go.

So I guess it’s pretty obvious why I didn’t take it ? 

You may have worked out that I rarely ever had perfect lips and I’m not too keen on a product that’ll make my dry lips stand out.

I also tried the Cinescope Mascara*, which I stupidly forgot to photograph, but that you can see on the first picture. I know very quickly if I’m going to like a mascara or not, and this one, I knew I didn’t like from the first use. It give the lashes great definition, but I also like my lashes to look very intense and this it didn’t do. But the biggest problem with that mascara is that it smudges. It’s not a problem that I have very often with mascaras, but it happens every time I used this one. I don’t wear mascara on my bottom lash line, but with this cinescope mascara I would end up with black all under my brows where my lashes touch my eyelids. So that’s why I left it in Switzerland, no regrets.

Have you tried any Sephora product ? What’s your favourite one ?

x
Macha

*press samples