FACE | Sephora VIB sale haul


I’m feeling a bit better and I have these photos uploaded, so let me now tell you about what I bought in the Sephora VIB 20% off sale a few weeks ago. The sale happens once a year in mid-November, and it’s the only way to get a decent discount on lots of brands. It was a good incentive to get the Christmas sets I was excited about. Plus, we have friends staying at the moment and I think my makeup hoarding is rubbing off on Ania, so I got to grab some things for her as well.


The main reason I made this order was to get the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix kit. It sold out fast and I can understand why. Even though I don’t mention Bite much on Hyacinth Girl, I’m really, really into their products. The High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb is probably my perfect MLBB shade. Rhubarb is one of the four mini High Pigment Pencils included in this tin, and I thought it would be handy to have a backup while also getting to try some other colours.


The packaging is also super gorgeous. The pencils themselves have matte grey rubberised tubes, with metal ends that correspond to the colour inside. They’re twist-up, too, which gives them a one-up on the NARS ones I also have a soft spot for. It makes them that little bit handier to take with you places. The tin is adorable and will be very useful. I think I might sub out some of the colours for my other favourite lipsticks to keep in my handbag.


Swatches from left to right: Winterberry, Pomegranate, Rhubarb, and Sable. The finish is satin and they feel very creamy. Winterberry and Sable are exclusive to this little set, but the permanent range of full-size High Pigment Pencils has heaps of colours so you could probably find something similar.


I got one Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner because I had tried them in Mecca Cosmetica but couldn’t justify buying a pack of three. For some reason they’re sold individually at Sephora but not at Mecca. This is very black and very, very permanent. I don’t use pencil eyeliner on my eyelids very often but I do like to tightline under the base of my top eyelashes. This is perfect for that because although it’s permanent, it’s very creamy so you don’t have to drag and scratch at your eye skin to get the colour to transfer.


The tip is also tiny! It’s kinda hard to show how small it is, but it’s half the size of most twist-up eyeliners. I can see this being useful if you wanted to wear smudgy eyeliner but keep it thin, especially near inner corners.

Each Hourglass eyeliner is meant to have 20 uses in it, which I suppose is why they sell them in three packs. I’m not going to make a concerted effort to use it up to test that number, but I will be paying attention to how long it lasts for. It was $16 USD for 0.002 oz of product, so you’re an idiot if you think it is going to last forever. (For reference, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, which I’d rate as my favourite pencil eyeliners, are $20 USD for 0.04 oz. Note the number of decimal places.)


The other star of my order was the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes. This one is also sold out at Sephora, but I’m still going to write about it because a) I own it, and b) all the blushes are available individually. I’ve never been able to justify the full-size Benefit blushes because I don’t use blush that liberally, and they are fairly expensive at $28 USD each. This whole thing was $36 USD, though, so even though the pans are smaller, it’s fucking great value. It comes with a plastic clamshell of the Watt’s Up cream highlighter, and a fairly decent little brush.


I tried swatching these but blush is hard to swatch! Apparently the colours are fairly true to the originals except for Coralista, which is more coral (and I don’t think that’s really a bad thing). The paler shades don’t show that well on my medium-fair skintone. I suspect Rockateur will become my favourite out of these. It is very similar to NARS Deep Throat, MAC Stereo Rose and MAC Lured To Love, which are my three most used blushes.

My only complaint about this set is how bulky it is! I’m not in love with the tin itself, so I think sooner or later I’ll be depotting these to store in my Z Palette.


Last up are a few things I haven’t had the time to try properly. I got a little Clinique Chubby Stick as a 100 point reward, and a mini Bobbi Brown BB Cream with SPF 35. I also grabbed the Bliss Triple Oxygen Facial In A Box, because it was only $12 USD but contains all the same products that were used in my Bliss Facial at Spring Spa a little while ago.

As always, I ordered from the Sephora website with my Visa debit plus card and got it shipped to New Zealand through NZ Post’s Youshop.

Did you get anything in the Sephora sale? Have you used any of these products before? What do you think of them?

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  • Ellie Simatos

    I didn’t get anything in this sale but I do have the NARS Virtual Domination Palette coming from Sephora right now and I’m pretty excited! You got a great mix of stuff. I’m also not a big fan of bulky tins for packaging – I have a Too Faced palette which is in a tin that’s far bigger than it needs to be.

  • jamie-lee

    I’m really keen to try some bite beauty just because I’ve heard so many good things. I attempted a Sephora order on Tuesday night and awoke to a cancellation. How do you pay for yours? With a debit card? Sephora has opened here but the queue was MADNESS and reading online the mark up varies between 5-40% so I’m probably just better off doing a haul from Sephora along with a few COS or Everlane goodies.

    • The fear of a next-day cancellation email is what puts me off from ordering more often! I use a debit card and put my proper NZ billing address and it seems to work.

      I saw vlogs from the Sydney Sephora opening and it looks awesome but the prices aren’t the best. At least you can go in-store and see things like Bite and Tarte now!

  • Oh that’s weird! I’ve had some orders cancelled but I’ve found using my debit card and putting my correct NZ billing address works most of the time. I think it is just luck!

  • Elese

    omgggg that Benefit tin… I love Stereo Rose too! I have yet to make a Sephora order (what kind of Beauty Blogger am I?) because I’m worried they’ll reject it but YOU’VE INSPIRED ME xx

    • I know a few people have had orders cancelled recently but mine worked so I WILL CROSS MY FINGERS FOR YOU!

  • You got some great products. Bite Beauty is the one brand I haven’t tried that I really want to. This lip tin looks like the perfect way to try out the brand.

    Rachill // http://sweetsomethingsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

    • I wish they stocked Bite here! Maybe Sephora Australia will start shipping to New Zealand soon?

  • Kiriana Ali

    Arghhhhh so envious of this haul! I’m wanting to try Bite more than ever now after talking to you about them at the Beauty Bliss pop up as well as the Nars Audacious lipsticks!!