Mini Sephora Haul: What I Bought + First Impressions

mini sephora haul

Am I the only one who blacks out when they walk into Sephora? I haven’t purchased high-end beauty products in a LONG time because I’m fortunate enough to receive products from PR companies as an influencer. But sometimes I miss buying my own products and testing out new things that I really want to try. There’s just something about finding cool new products and coming home to immediately try everything out. Hence this little Sephora haul.

And obviously I spent the weekend playing around with my new goodies – couldn’t help myself. So I wanted to share what I purchased and my thoughts so far after putting them to use. Let’s dive in!

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Ok, so this was a bit of a splurge for $52. It’s pricey for a primer. I’m not going to sugar coat it. But this baby is worth every penny. I’m not usually an avid primer user. Sometimes I’ll use a primer for special occasions or if I know it’ll be a long day with a full face of makeup. But as my smile lines start to deepen and my pores are showing more than before, a primer is becoming an important part of my every day beauty routine, even if it is a “no makeup” makeup day.

The Silk Canvas Primer isn’t like other primers because it doesn’t have that silicone feeling but it still fills in fine lines and pores while evening out texture and creating a “filtered blur”. It’s also a Clean at Sephora product made with silk extracts and anti-pollution natural active ingredients.

First Impressions: This feels so good on the skin. Almost like applying a moisturizer? It’s hard to describe. But it definitely doesn’t feel like your run of the mill face primer. It eliminates extra oil, reduces the deepness of my laugh lines and kept my foundation locked in for most of the day without too much product breakup. Overall, this is a definite buy.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

I’ve been debating on purchasing this skin mist for over a year now and I just couldn’t pull the trigger because of the price tag – $48. But I was still intrigued. So now that Sephora sells a travel size for $20, I decided to go for it.

This is a fine mist moisturizer that can be used before or after applying makeup for dewy, luminous skin. It’s formulated with botanical oils, humectants, Okinawa Red Algae, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and is infused with anti-aging properties.

First Impressions: I was underwhelmed with this product. Which was disappointing since I’ve wanted to get my hands on this for so long. I have a lot of different skin mists, and this wasn’t anything to write home about. I’m glad I didn’t spend the money on the full size-version. And if I’m being honest, the $20-travel size version wasn’t really worth it either. I mean, it’s only 0.4 fluid ounces. So there’s hardly any product. Save your money and go for Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist instead.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

I have to be honest here. I was never planning on purchasing anything from the Fenty Beauty line. I’m not one to get hyped up over celebrity makeup lines – I never even purchased (or tried) anything from the Kendall Jenner or Kim Kardashian lines. But the more I researched and read about the beauty line, the more I wanted to give Fenty Beauty my business.

They’re changing beauty industry standards with inclusivity and diverse representation. To quote Quartzy, “The brand’s marketing campaign prominently featured people of color, a move that has now been adopted by mainstream brands as they hop on the 40 shade wagon.” Because, come on. Showing one model of color in your advertising strategy and offering one deep shade in foundation does NOT mean diversity like most brands were doing.

So when I walked into Sephora, there was only one brand I really wanted to check out: Fenty Beauty. I tried out almost every product on the back of my hand and settled on the Match Stix Trio in Medium. The trio includes a light matte skinstick, a dark matte skinstick and a shimmer skinstick to highlight. This set is the perfect way to bundle and save if you want to try out a few different shades.

First Impressions: I actually really love the matte skinsticks. They’re very creamy and super easy to blend with a damp beauty blender. The Bamboo shade in the light matte skinstick matched my skintone perfectly and had just the right amount of coverage to use as a concealer. The Mocha matte skinstick is probably my favorite out of the whole set and is the perfect shade to contour. I could do without the shimmer skinstick in Trippin. It’s a peachy shimmer shade and didn’t do a whole lot for my skintone. I would definitely recommend the matte skinsticks but I’d opt for the individual Match Stix versus the trio.

NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder

This illuminating powder was a last minute grab. I was on my way to the cash register, saw it in the corner of my eye and had to see a swatch in action. After one swipe on the back of my hand, I was sold. So in the basket it went.

This is a loose highlighting powder with a peach-y shimmer that matches the cult classic Orgasm blush, but more shimmer than pigment. It leaves the most gorgeous sheen and is an incredible highlighter.

First Impressions: A little goes a LONG way with this product. While it is a little pricey for a smaller container ($24 for 0.09 ounces), it really will last you forever. I love the peach glow this adds to my skin and it looks beautiful on top of blush. This product isn’t a must, but it is a gorgeous highlighter.

What have you guys been buying at Sephora lately? I feel like my beauty list is forever growing. Leave a comment below if you’d like to see what else is on my beauty wish list!

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