Sephora New Zealand exists. I repeat, Sephora now has a New Zealand website. The Singapore-based Luxola, which was a cosmetics shopping site I had never used but had a New Zealand branch, has become part of the Sephora empire. This is pretty exciting news – even though they don’t carry all the same brands as the American Sephora does, there are a whole host of beauty brands that are now a million times more accessible to us in New Zealand.
As part of the launch celebrations I got to pick a few products from Sephora.nz to try, so naturally I picked the most hyped things I’ve wanted to get my hands on (I think Cass had the same idea). Pricing is pretty darn decent, and the site has free shipping over $75, which is not hard to reach.
Sephora New Zealand has the same brands available as Sephora Australia, with the exception of Make Up For Ever and Tarte. Apparently they’re expanding their range of brands constantly, though, so maybe we’ll see those available in the future. It’s a bit of a bummer, but there are still heaps of highly sought-after brands available like Kat Von D, Becca, Bite Beauty and Sephora Collection. (A quick note on Sephora Collection: I didn’t choose any of their products for this haul, but I really rate their makeup remover and they have lots of really affordable basics.)
I feel like this is such a perfectly balanced haul. Eyeshadow palette, face palette, base product, lip balm and lip colour. Am I right?
The Dr Jart+ Bounce Beauty Balm*, $49 at bottom right is a classic Korean BB cushion compact. I got the chance to play with the Lancôme one when it was on counter and figured I might as well try one of the OGs. I think I should have probably gone with the 02 instead of the 01, but it looks like it will suit me fine in winter! It has a lightweight dewy finish.
From left to right: Mineral blush in Flowerchild and Wild Honey; Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Topaz, Rose Gold and Moonstone.
First stop was the Becca section and I was pleased to find the Afterglow palette*, $72 was in stock (one slightly disappointing thing about the Sephora New Zealand site is that a lot of products are currently out of stock, but understandable due to how busy they must be right now). I’m historically a big fan of highlighters, and having never even seen a Becca product in the flesh I figured I might as well go straight for the palette. It contains three miniature pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors (as if you’d use them as a finishing powder, though), a blush, and a bronzer. I’m fairly indifferent to the last two, but honestly, no one’s buying the palette for the blush and bronzer, anyway. The highlighters are incredible and creamy and densely pigmented, with great staying power.
The Kat Von D Monarch eyeshadow palette*, $65 has been on my wantlist for a while now, but I didn’t know what the quality was like so I didn’t think it was worth going through the rigmarole of trying to buy it from the American Sephora. I can happily say that the quality is great, although the shadows are a little dusty. Frankly the dustiness isn’t too much of a problem; Stila make one of my favourite eyeshadow formulas and that’s still a bit powdery. I really, really love the rusty red shade at the far left end of the palette, as well as the three larger pale shadows across the top. The matte taupe shade called Vanish in the middle of the palette is the perfect crease colour, too.
I’ve been absolutely loving the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick*, $31 in Lolita. It’s a cult product for good reason. In fact, I feel like even with all the hype around it, there’s not enough hype around it. It’s thirty one New Zealand dollars, for God’s sake. It’s a perfect colour and the formula is so, so comfortable to wear. I’ll definitely be buying more of these!
The last item in my haul was the Bite Beauty BB Primer for Lips*, $31, which is the perfect new morning lip balm for me (replacing the MAC Lip Conditioner). You all know how much I love Bite Beauty and I’m desperately hoping that their Agave Lip Mask comes back into stock soon. It smells like a lovely floral honey and provides a really rich and smoothing base which is really comfortable to wear under lip colour. They’ve got the Discovery Set in now too, actually, which is a really good introduction to Bite products if you haven’t used any before.
I’ve been using the Kat Von D palette every day for work and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone has fast become a favourite. I think this is quite enough new makeup for me for a little while, although that hasn’t stopped me from putting a whole lot more into my Sephora New Zealand cart!
What are you most excited to see on Sephora New Zealand? Have you bought anything from them yet?