I was lucky enough to find myself in a Sephora recently and I realised that I have never actually tried any of their own brand make up. I’ve always found myself tempted by the big brands. But actually, with the exchange rate being so shockingly bad at the moment, brands like Tarte, Urban Decay and Kat Von D are now more expensive than they are in the UK! Lame. So I pootled over to browse the extensive Sephora Collection and I was not disappointed.
Contour Brushed Metal Gel Eyeliner ($14)
Having seen a similar eye liner on my friend with hazel eyes, I knew I had to get my hands on a coppery eye liner for autumn. Since dying my hair red, I’ve been leaning more and more towards bronze, burgundy, dark green and other warm colours. So this eye liner pencil, in the gorgeous copper shade, Moscow Mule, immediately stood out.
I love the shade: the colour is metallic without being over the top and is totally wearable during the day. The liner also stays in place all day – reminding me of the Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner I love so much.
The only downside I would say is that the application could be a little bit smoother. I found I had to work quite hard to get a thick, solid line and I hate the feeling when a pencil drags across my eyelids. The colour pay off also isn’t huge – the colour is gorgeous, but the pigmentation not so hot.
Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear ($10)
And because one eye liner is apparently never enough, I also picked up the Contour Eye Pencil in Sun Tan. Another perfectly autumnal shade, Sun Tan has a shimmery finish that really brings out the green in my hazel eyes.
This liner goes on much more smoothly than the gel eyeliner pencil and is really soft and smooth on my eyelids. The colour is beautiful and really gives my eyes a pop. I found that this liner works best with just a simple, pale eye shadow, letting it really take pride of place.
Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara ($12)
I had such high hopes for this mascara – the brush looked great – a chunkier version of brushes I normally like. I don’t go for the fluffy style, I like a plastic brush with spikes because I feel like they separate my lashes much more effectively.
The problem I keep finding with this mascara is that the brush comes out LOADED with product and it’s quite wet. So when I put it on my lashes, they have a tendency to clump together and when I try to comb it out, they just get wetter and wetter. Also because the product is quite heavy, my lashes don’t end up as curled as some of the lighter ones.
I think the main problem might be that the bristles aren’t quite long enough to get right in between the lashes.
I have found a use for this mascara though: I apply it as my second coat to give better thickness once my lashes have been separated by a better brush.
That ended up as quite a long post, eh! Do you like the look of my Sephora latest?