Of course I couldn’t go through Sydney and pass up the chance to check out Sephora, newly opened in Pitt St Mall. I popped along early one morning and here are the products that came home with me again:
Let me take you through each carefully considered purchase…
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé ($30) ¦¦ My first ever Bite Beauty product, this is a matte lip crayon twist up situation. The colour is probably best described as a nude, but with sort of mauve and muted brick red undertones. I’m terrible at describing colours so please just look at the swatch instead….
I wore this a fair amount while I was still in Australia, and it lasts reasonably well and isn’t too drying on the lips. I like it much better now I’m in the UK – I think it’s more of a winter shade for me, to be honest. That said, I love that it’s an all natural product, it’s got a delicate vanilla scent which is just lovely, and the packaging is super stylish (although showing signs of wear already, darn).
Clean Skin rollerball perfume ($27) ¦¦ Oddly enough, rollerballs are pretty hard to get hold of in the UK. I’ve no idea why, because they’re so convenient. So I was keen to get my hands on a decent scent – sadly the range was a bit depleted when I went, but I found this scent which I like. I’m quite picky about perfume but this is clean and fresh but also quite girly – a good Summer fragrance but it does fine in Winter, too. The notes are Honeydew, Lotus Blossom and Fresh Air Accord, Dewy Petals, Aquatic Notes, Blue Rose, Musks, Amber Wood, Vanilla. So if that means anything to you, congrats! It lasts well throughout the day and I am really pleased I made this purchase.
VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette ($18) ¦¦ Here we have the impulse purchase – this was sat by the tills and they got me, you guys. This is an eight shade palette which contains a range of matte and shimmery neutral eyeshadows. I think this is fabulous capsule collection and one of those magical “day-to-night” palettes. I also like the inclusion of a little tutorial, although the purple-and-yellow look they suggest seems a little bold.
The swatches come out a little lacking in pigment for some shades, and some of the mattes are a little chalky, but considering the price I’m not particularly surprised. They’re still decent enough to work with; overall I’m very pleased to have this and look forward to giving it a proper try.
Things I didn’t buy even though I really wanted to:
Marc Jacobs eyeliners ¦¦ The gel eyeliners from this range are stunning – such a gorgeous range of shades and they do. not. budge.
Tarte Bon Voyage holiday collection ¦¦ All sold out. Wah, wah. (Saved me a lot of $$$ though, so probably a good thing)
A few things to note:
Prices are still high but I took advantage of buying a few brands I can’t get my hands on in the UK.
They had no Boxing day sales (just a reduced price for a hideous looking eyeshadow palette when you spent over $200. Er, no thanks.).
The staff were all super friendly and it wasn’t too busy, although I was there shortly after opening time…
Have you been to the Sephora in Sydney? What did you think? Did you buy anything??