Lip love: New lip products from Sephora Collection for spring 2017

I’ll be the first to admit it, I have a lot of lip products. If you were to open my lipstick drawer, it literally looks like something exploded in there. I can’t help it, I love trying out new lip items, whether it’s a new formula, new colour, or a new brand. Really, you can never have enough.

So that brings me to today’s post. Recently I got to try out a few different Sephora Collection lip products for spring as the French retailer has come out with some amazing formulas to rival their other luxury brand counterparts, and the best part is the price.

Although there are a few different formulas here, my absolute favourite you-need-this-formula are the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains. Available in 40 different shades, these matte liquid lipsticks retail for C$18, which is a total steal compared to other matte liquid lips out there.

The term “stain” in the name of the product totally threw me off because to me this isn’t a true stain (we’ll get to one of those shortly), it’s your run-of-the-mill matte liquid lip, but an amazing one at that.

I have a few different brands that offer this formula, like Kylie Cosmetics, Kat Von D, Lime Crime, etc. and the Sephora Collection ones is just as good, if not better than a few of them. As you know, the colour (applied with a doe-foot applicator) goes on like a liquid and then sets to a matte that won’t budge. The colour is high-coverage and is infused with avocado oil so it’s super comfy as well.

I received two of the colours, #42 Rose Wood, a burnt red, and #33 Pink Peony, a pink taupe nude. Pink Peony is my favourite of the two, however, I was quite impressed with how Rose Wood ended up looking on my lips. Also, with darker colours you typically need to apply these more often, however, Rose Wood held its own of the majority of the day. I did some touchups here and there (mostly on the inner lip area), but for the most part, the colour stayed put as the day went on.

If you are living for lip liners, give the Sephora Collection Contour & Color Liner and Lipstick Duo a shot. This double-ended product has a liner on one end and a complementary lipstick on the other. Available in eight shades, these retail for C$20 each and also offer a matte finish but are definitely more creamy on the lips than the Cream Lip Stains. Also, with its double end, it makes the application of the product super simple.

I have uneven lips so I’m constantly having to wipe away and reapply product. This double-ended product made the application super simple, plus who doesn’t love a two-in-one product?

Now, back to talking about stains, Sephora has also released a true stain lipstick with their Rouge Lip Tints. Available in eight shades from reds to pinks to oranges and purples, these are a staining pigmented gloss that provides weightless saturated colour.

I got the shade 01 Rose, and upon swatching this on my hand, I noticed how staining it really was. Seriously, that swatch was on my hand for two days, which is great if you like colour that lasts, but not good for removal. These retail for $15 each and I definitely recommend going slow with the application on these since it will stain your skin if you mess it up.

Finally, if you are more of a balm girl (who doesn’t need a lip balm in their collection?), Sephora Collection has two moisturizing lip balms that offer some nice colour payoff as well.

The Sephora Collection Lip Balm & Scrub is a range of six lip balms, each featuring a different ingredient to nurture lips. Although five of the products in the line are a balm (coconut, rose, goji, tangerine, and almond), the honey one is the lone scrub of the collection. Depending on the star ingredient, your lips will benefit, whether that be nurturing and soothing (coconut), nurturing and shine (rose), nurturing and protection (goji), nurturing and tone (tangerine) or nurturing and moisturizing (almond).

I got the goji formula, which also gives your lips a radish-pink tinge. This one also has a sweet candy scent (not sure if they all smell this way) and each of the balms and scrub retail for C$8 each. Wear is comfortable, and really, who doesn’t need a lip balm in their collection? Especially when they come housed in the cutest cardboard tube.

Sephora Collection Goji Lip Balm & Scrub Sephora Collection Sweet Balm in Violet

Speaking of cute packaging, Sephora also has a similar lip balm that also offers a slight wash of colour as well. The Sephora Collection Sweet Balm, available in three shades (pink, coral, and violet), also retail for C$8 and are a moisturizing tinted lip balm that has the coolest container. Just slide up the handle and the product appears, making it super simple for travel (no mess here!).

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m kinda obsessed with all these new Sephora lip goodies. I’ll be honest, I often find the Sephora Collection aisle in the store to be a bit overwhelming since there’s so much colour and loads of things to play with. If you are in store though, you definitely need to check out some of these products, especially the Cream Lip Stains!

What lip product are you digging this season from Sephora?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Quick & easy: Sephora Collection Colour Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner

When you have as many brushes as I do it starts to become a tedious process to clean them all. Although I have probably around 50 of these things laying around, I have my set few which I use pretty much everyday but because of so much use, they often get a lot of buildup of product in their bristles, and in the case of eyeshadow, can become quite dirty if I’m using a certain colour.

Ever do a smoky eye on the weekend and then reach for that same brush for Monday to use with a light eyeshadow? Whoops, there’s still black on there that will get transferred to your lids if you reuse it without washing. Brushes are such a pain to clean and take forever to dry (I wash mine at night and let them air dry overnight). I think most of us had have this problem and Sephora has a solution for it.

Sephora Collection Mini Colour Switch by Vera Mona

The Sephora Collection Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner is a dry makeup-removing sponge that allows you to wipe your brush off and switch colours without having to switch brushes. Available in a regular and travel-sized version, this sponge which is housed in a tin is a dry alternative to that makeup brush cleaning problem. All you have to do is swipe your brush over the sponge until the pigment is removed. The sponge is reusable, in fact you’ll see it getting dirty, and once it’s too dirty to keep using, simply turn it over. When both sides have had enough, you can wash the sponge with warm water and soap or can be sprayed with a disinfecting brush cleaner for a quicker clean.

I was very sceptical about this product because at first I thought that it would have some sort of residue on it that would remove the powder, however, it just appears to be a sponge. I have a few white-coloured brushes that I thought would be perfect to try this out on and although it didn’t fully take the colour off the brush bristles, I didn’t experience any colour from the previous shade that was on there. I’m really curious to know what this sponge is made of since it looks like it’s a regular-looking sponge that you pay a few dollars for, as opposed to the C$23 that it retails for at Sephora.

Sephora Collection Mini Colour Switch by Vera Mona

Overall, I think this is a really cool product and perfect for travel. I mean, who wants to pack 15 different brushes with them when they travel? I was super hesitant that this would work, but was ultimately really impressed with the fact that it didn’t transfer previous colours which were on my brush. Unfortunately, the only downside is the steep retail price, but to be fair, a Beauty Blender retails for around the same price as well and it’s also just a sponge…

Have you tried the Sephora Collection Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner? What were your thoughts?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Sparkle + Shine: Stila Cosmetics Magnificant Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid eyeshadow

I think the last time I just about freaked out about an eyeshadow was when I saw the Stila Magnificant Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Kitten.  It was my first Stila product and when I kept seeing YouTubers using it, I had to own it.

Fast forward about two years now and when I saw the new Stila Magnificant Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadow in Karma Kitten, again, I died a little (I literally grabbed my coworkers arm and we were both like “oh. my. god.”).

In case you haven’t seen these glittery goodies, they are a long-wearing, sparkly liquid eyeshadow that gives you the most perfect blend of glitter and metallic that will give anyone a wink of shine every time you blink. Available in 10 shades (eight available through Sephora), these are incredibly lightweight and have a water-infused texture that glide on your lids effortlessly. They do dry quite fast and don’t loose their lustre once they are set.

Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Karma Kitten wand Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Karma Kitten

I ended up getting the colour Karma Kitten, which is a champagne with silver and copper. It’s the most wearable, stunning shade, in my opinion. My coworker and I did swatch a few shades at Shopper’s Drug Mart, however, this one was the most glittery for some reason. Already owning Kitten in the Magnificent Metals version, I know how universal and stunning the shade is.

When a different friend swatched it on her hand, she did mention that there was a lot of fall out of the glitter and what was left was just the metallic colour.  When I used this on my lids though, I found that there was some slight fall out, but for the most part, the sparkle stayed on through the night.

Stila recommends applying this to your lash line and the centre of your lids, and then using a brush, blend it out. I actually just applied it using the brush to the whole lid, but went in quite gently with it. A little goes a long way, but you can definitely pump up the volume by adding another coat. The product dried quite fast and didn’t crease. I also applied this over a taupe eyeshadow as I didn’t know what to expect. I do recommend doing a full eye and then adding this on after, but before your liner. Honestly, if you love glitter, you need one of these (or all of them) in your collection.

Eye swatch of Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Karma Kitten Look wearing Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Karma Kitten

I wore this look out Friday night and had a few people asking me what I was wearing on the lids. With glitter in general, it can be a little hard to pull off. For one, you usually have to pack it on the lids, or if will fall out over your face, leaving you with a glittery mess. This product stayed on all night and didn’t fade away or crease, which was very impressive for a liquid eyeshadow.  If you do experience fall out with this product, as some people have commented on Sephora’s site, you could try laying down a glitter glue prior to applying this. I do highly recommend applying a base eyeshadow though prior to laying this on.

These retail for C$31 through Sephora. You can also find them at Shopper’s Beauty Boutique for the same price. Seriously though, you need to see these IRL, they really are magnificent.

Have you tried Stila’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow yet?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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