Sephora Picks & New Brands To Try This 2017

I’m all for exploring new makeup brands. I think of each label as unique, whether in packaging, formulation or area of expertise, and even in beauty philosophy. It widens my knowledge about makeup (and beauty). And aside from the being fun, the experience is of course part of my job as a makeup blogger. =)

2016 was a really quick and competitive landscape for beauty with lots of innovations, ranges and new brands launched. I must admit that it was that year also that I bought so much makeup abroad with the mindset of just exploring cosmetics even more.

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So I got really excited when Sephora sent me best-selling products from brands that I haven’t tried ever. It’s really just so convenient and luxurious to have Sephora.PH here now. I remember visiting the store in SG a few years ago! Now, we can buy our favorite products, or in my case, cult makeup brands I wanna try, with much ease and less cost (shipping, a lot of promos, etc).

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My haul contains base products from brands such as Becca, Too Faced, and Guerlain. I’ll tell you my first impressions about these in a bit!

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Let me start with something that I’ve been wanting to get ever since I realized that concealer isn’t enough to cover my shaving marks which appear as green. I’ve been used to placing 2-3 layers of concealer on my upper lip to avoid the shadows but it just doesn’t work all the time despite how hard-working the concealer is.

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Becca Backlight Targeted Color in Papaya (P1773), is a highly pigmented, targeted cream colour corrector that neutralizes discolourations while brightening up the complexion with light-reflecting pearls.

Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors feature a highly pigmented formula that neutralizes discoloration. This creamy formula is infused with subtle luminosity to blur the look of imperfections, leaving your skin looking corrected and luminous.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter (P1943), 

Backlight Priming Filter creates a canvas for your makeup, extending its wear from day to night. Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, each one adds a different drop of diffused light. Blended together, they impart a one-of-a-kind, lightweight, whipped fluid that creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter, while the vitamin E-enriched formula minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Backlighting acts as an instant filter, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look. Infused with Becca’s proprietary blend of crushed pearls, this primer achieves a lit-from-within, healthy-looking effect.

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Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer – Hydrating Blurring Effect 12ml (P2213), 

Guerlain Mulit-Perfecting Concealer is a hydrating concealer that blurs imperfections for flawless complexion. Color correct your skin tone, hide dark circles and small imperfections, and create a natural-looking finish. It instantly blurs dark circles and imperfections while a treatment complex that reduces the signs of under eye puffiness and hydrates overly dry skin.

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Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (P1696),

Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer banishes the appearance of dark circles and imperfections while it blurs the look of lines and wrinkles. The creamy and comfortable oil-free formula is packed with natural skincare benefits and a proprietary blend of colour correctors to create the look of flawless skin. The result: a complexion that appears naturally radiant when applied over or under foundation—even when worn alone.

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Are You Wearing The Right Red Lippie?

I am not really a fan of reds, and as I’m writing the pictures I photograph-ed, I’m slowly discovering the shades that I like and that suit my warm skin tone. When I started beauty blogging, one of my first topics was differentiating warm vs.cool colors and let me me refresh you again in this new blog! Plus, you’ll get to know more about the red lipstick that I own (and the ones that will go to my makeup graveyard!)

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It was really a long day of taking pictures of my lips and wearing all kinds of reds that I have in my kit. These are actually minimized already but I love that I’m getting to know them more (the ones that fit me, the ones that are dupes and can actually go to my sister/mother/friend, etc) by swatching them on my arms and lips, especially the latter. Take this as an example when you’re buying and testing lippies: make sure you wear them. This would help you save some lippie purchases! Let’s start with my cool reds:

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They’re actually fewer than my warm red lippies so this is a good start. Now, cool colors are usually the blue shades and in terms of the red lippie, cool ones or blue-based mean they’re more pink and less orange. Even under warm light like sunlight (which is a good test of a pigment’s real color and undertone), the swatches on my arm don’t have any yellow hint in their shades.

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Most of these shades will definitely now go as “pamana” to my friends and relatives because blue-based lippies just don’t work on me. If these work for you (you would know you’re cool toned when silver/platinum suits you, and when you have blue veins), nonetheless, these are fantastic shades with excellent pigmentation. However, I wouldn’t really wear these because they make me look “darker” and dull, except for the ff:

  • MAC in Ruby Woo (matte lipstick) [PHP 1000] – MAC describes this as a “classic  cool red” lippie that made the brand famous. On my skin tone, it’s quite neutral so I considered it on the warm swatches too as benchmark. This is the famous lippie of Yaya Dub, but when you’re considering buying this, make sure you wear and try it on because it looks good on some and but not to all. I’ve had this for years and while it’s a really fabulous shade – I’m always reminded of cool-toned Rihanna whenever I wear this – I can only wear and slay it whenever I mix it  a bit with more orange colors (e.g. my favorite red-orange, Lady Danger as I reviewed here) or when the light is warm and bright (see how it is a bit warm and neutral on my arm and lips). This is more warm though than the famous Russian Red and the “Pure Ruby” which an affordable dupe from L’Oreal Paris.
  • L’Oreal in Pure Garnet (matte lipstick) [PHP 400 ] – For its price, pigmentation and consistency, I like this set of collection from L’Oreal Paris. Pure Garnet is a very nice deep wine shade that is like MAC Diva. While they’re both drying to the lips, the latter is more matte but when you’re considering just color, this can be a perfect dupe to that nice wearable blue red color that also lasts for around 4-5 hours.
  • MAC in Frank N’ Furter (LE matte lipstick) [PHP 1100] This is actually the most warm or neutral in this set despite a slightly cool under tone, and I’m keeping this brick red shade (I changed my mind!!) because also, packaging! It’s more warm and less dark than Sin which I didn’t consider here because it’s more of a black red. 
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo (cream/satin lipstick) [PHP 2000+]* – Aside from the fantabulous packaging of this product line, I like this  deep cool true wine shade from the recent launch of lippies two years ago. Nonetheless, the formula is too pigmented + it’s just so easy to transfer anywhere + quite drying too. But I’ll keep this for the shade.

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Now, below are my shades of red! Some are very similar shades (I collected a few haha) and let me break it down for you:

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Warm reds are definitely yellow or more orange especially under warm light. These definitely suit me and I’m keeping all, except for around 2:

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In order of the most orangey and lightest:

  • Inglot in 09 (satin/cream lip color) [PHP approx 700]* – Inglot lippies are quite drying to me, but I can’t deny the pigmentation, intensity, and consistency of the lip products.
  • Laura Mercier Paint Wash in Vermillion Red (demi-matte liquid lipstick) [PHP 1260]* – This was recently launched last year, and I must say that this is one of the most luxurious formula in liquid lippy. Will discuss this in another post, but i love the strength, comfort and feel of this product.
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte in Heart (demi-matte lipstick) [PHP 1500] – This is one of my favorite demi-matte formulas as reviewed here.
  • Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red (demi-matte lip crayon) [PHP 1500]* – This is the latest release of Bobbi for lip color format and is just the perfect lip liner + pigmented lippie! It has 6 oils in it which makes it non drying and the consistency is also very nice. This color is described by Bobbi as a “true bright red”
  • Happy Skin in Mistletoe Red (satin/cream lipstick) [PHP 995]* – I really like how versatile this shade is. Notice that under warm light, it’s too yellow and bright, but when under flash, it has a nice level of darkness/boldness. As always, Happy Skin’s formula is at the top of the charts.
  • NARS in Mandore (satin lip crayon) [PHP approx 1200]* – This shade is a muted warm (kinda neutral) red that is glides smoothly on the lips. Creamy consistency and pigmentation are excellent, and doesn’t dry the lips too much. I love NARS’ formulas!
  • MAC in Viva Glam I (matte lipstick) [PHP 1000] – One kind of brick/brown vintage red that I can wear whether day or night! Definitely a favorite and I’ve been stocking on this because a friend I just told about this said that it’s out of stock in some stores.
  • Pink Sugar in Diva  (matte lipstick) [PHP 349]* – The most affordable in this list that I really recommend to everyone with a great matte finish, consistency and feel (soft and silky). Staying power is Ok but I like how this brand competes for me in this list1 While this may be a great dupe for Diva (MAC) because of its name, i think I have found an affordable dupe for Viva Glam I!!!
  • Inglot in 297 (satin lipstick) [approx PHP 700]* – As reviewed here. 

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So, quite a long list but I was very happy doing this1 Now, what warm or cool red shades do you own?

  • *sent by friends from brands
  • **lip swatches are blurred and photographed with flash (so they will appear less matte than arm swatches)
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