For Part II of the fabulous buys I made during my Asia trip, I’ll be featuring the beauty products I bought from Sephora. If you’re wondering why I went crazy over purchasing the numerous beauty products, well, if you’re not aware by now, we all know how much more expensive beauty products in Australia are. Added to the fact that we can’t find most of the brand names here in Australia, especially when it comes to the Korean beauty products, so it’s only natural that I went a little bit crazy buying up products that were not only regarded as inexpensive but also high in quality.
I did a little research and Sephora apparently is a French based perfume and cosmetic chain, which has now opened up quite a number of stores around the world (except for Australia of course). Besides some big name brands, Sephora also carries its own line – SEPHORA. With their own eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, eyeliners and more, all with prices ranging from as low as AUD$15.00 for a good quality liquid eyeliner to AUD$18.00 for a lipstick. Eyeshadow palettes range from about AUD$27.00 and this is going by what was in store over in the chains in Singapore. Online, I think it’s even cheaper for around US$24.00 for a colour palette. Pity they don’t ship to Australia.
Ok, so on to what I actually got from Sephora.
I have held back buying this palette for a very long time. After reading the numerous reviews on this amazing eyeshadow palette, even going as far as comparing the “original” and the Naked Palette 2, I decided to discover it for myself and see it in the flesh. I don’t think my photos does this palette any justice because the colours, although are all basically neutral shades are simply stunning! The set comes with 12 shades, which are all richly pigmented (a little goes a long way!), a brush and the urban decay eyeshadow primer potion in travel size. It cost me AUD$60 but boy is it worth every penny! I can create quite a number of different looks with this palette, from an everyday look to an intense smokey eye for night, in a number of colour combinations.
Yet another brand name that I’ve read about but have never tried is the nail polish range from China Glaze. I was just smitten with this eggplant shade, which looked like it had some kind of a pearlised effect. I loved how easily the nail polish glided on my nails, plus they were dry in almost under a minute! I also just found out that Beautybay.com sells it for the same price and has free world wide delivery.
Having tried a sample of the Makeup For Ever Rouge Natural in N15, from the goody bag that was in the Beauty Bloggers Utopia from one of the sponsors PM Studio, I knew I had to get that shade into my already growing lipstick collection. The colour is a shade that is pretty neutral with a touch of pink tinge, perfect for everyday wear. Being in Sephora, I thought, why not have a try of one of their lipsticks. At AUD$15 a pop, I thought the price was pretty reasonable and I think there was some sort of a plum theme going on in my head as I almost instantly chose shade number 45, which is a rich mulberry shade.