Woo-hoo! I’ve complained about Sephora’s rewards program, but recently I received an offer for $15.00 off orders of $50.00 or more. If your order is at the baseline of $50.00, that works out to be 30% off regular priced items – better than Sephora’s twice yearly 15% off for orders of $75.00 or more for Beauty Insiders.
I had been curious about Gucci’s much ballyhooed lipstick launch, but at $42.00, well, that’s too rich for me. However, the $15.00 off gave me incentive to buy Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick (I reached the $50.00 threshold by buying Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner). I chose Moira Sienna, which is described as sienna raspberry satin. As the description suggests, the color is somewhat ambiguous. When I tried the lipstick, it seemed that more raspberry than sienna.
GUCCI Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in Moira Sienna
The lipstick leaves a nice gleam after application.
It’s not particularly lasting (although I don’t expect lipstick to be lasting) but leaves behind a light stain. Top it with a similar shade of lip balm.
It’s not drying and feels pleasant on the lips.
Gucci also has Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipsticks and Baume à Lèvres Lip Balms in its lineup. I don’t care for mattes, so it’s gratifying to see a lipstick line with no mattes.
Faithful reproduction of vintage tubes – Gucci gives Gabriela Hernandez and her Bésame lipsticks a run for their money in this department.
Gucci’s website uses women with the ugliest teeth to model the lipstick. Gucci might think that this is edgy, but I think it’s ugly and unappealing.
While you can shop Gucci lip color on Sephora’s website now, you’ll have to wait until February 21, 2020 to buy them in store 🙁
Finally, you can probably find equally good lipsticks for less than $42.00!
I was curious about Drunk Elephant, so I bought The Littles discovery set.
I’ve exchanged brief messages with founder Tiffany Masterson via Linkedin and found her very responsive and friendly. I haven’t tried all the products in the discovery set. Here are the ones I’ve tried:
Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Lalo Retro Whipped Cream
T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum
Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the gentlest cleanser that I have used. I like to do a double cleanse with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Lalo Retro Whipped Cream is a very good moisturizer with a whipped consistency. While I had no problem with the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum the first time I used it, I experienced irritation the second time I used it. I skipped all treatment serums and used gentle creams to soothe the irritation the following day.
Of the three products, I’d be most inclined to buy Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Fortunately, there is a sample in Sephora’s 2019 Birthday Gift!
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Glossy posted an article on Sephora’s “upgrade” to its Beauty Insider program. Whatever, it’s still the crummy program where you accumulate points to obtain samples that you’d otherwise should get for free.
When Sephora, in its munificence, announced a limited time 10% off discount on products, beauty enthusiasts were indignant. Just before that, Ulta had a 20% off sale, including prestige items. Also, you earn cash back rewards with Ulta’s loyalty program.
On account of Ulta’s cash back rewards, I first visit Ulta to see if it carries a product. If it doesn’t, then I go to Sephora. Bonus: join Ebates for earning additional cash back points. HT Marcia of Beauty Info Zone.
Did Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) go out of business? A few weeks ago, it abruptly shut down its website, its New York City store, and all its social media accounts. Sephora isn’t always kind to small brands: lawsuits between Sephora and OCC might provide some clues to OCC’s apparent demise. This story haunted me. Back when my beauty blog mattered and OCC’s only products were its Tarred (black) and Feathered (White) lip balms in tins (this was before Lip Tar), I corresponded directly with OCC founder David Klasfeld, who’s cited in the Racked article Sephora’s Lawsuit With Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Is a Staggering Case Study in How Beauty Products Are Sold. #IKnewThemWhen
In this feature Revealed: The Magic Make-up Formula for Achieving Perfect Skin at Any Age from DailyMail.com Femail, make-up artist Oonagh Connor (Instagram: @oonaghoo) describes the right ratios of foundation to concealer to use according to your age. She says that women should ditch foundation as they grow older. I just turned 60, and it looks like she’s recommending that women in their sixties wear a mask (70% foundation, 30% concealer)!
I really got turned onto It Cosmetics when I tried its YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+. Its LE holiday Naturally Pretty eye shadow palette was terrific too. I bought it through a private sale on It Cosmetics’ web site and it was helpfully discounted to $25.20 to qualify for free shipping (the threshold is $25).
My latest love is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Balm: cleanser, makeup remover, and serum in one. I like wiping it off with a warm damp Makeup Eraser plush cloth.
It Cosmetics has secured a coveted spot on Sephora’s shelves, according to a report published by WWD. The US Indie brand has been sold through QVC and Ulta to date, and is currently sold in Sephora’s Australian stores, but will be stocked by the US branch of the LVMH-owned perfumery from September.