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What I've been eyeing at Sephora

I picked out some eye products shopping online on Sephora and they were delivered just in time before I left for Hong Kong for the new year celebration. So I brought them along with me on my trip and tried them out to share it with y'all! 

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara $18.00

I really love the bristles on this mascara. I usually shun big bristles because I have very short eyelashes and bigger bristles tend to clump my eyelashes and get residual mascara onto my eyelids. In this case of the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, the big brush actually coated my eyelashes evenly in just one brush. I don't have to coat my lashes multiple times to achieve the look I want. The formula of the mascara is so good as well. As I said, a single coat would give me the volume and length I want. The fact that I don't have to comb through my lashes multiple times also prevents my lashes from breaking. 

The mascara claims to have collagen in its formula and with regular use will help to lengthen your lashes. I have yet to experience this for myself but in time to come should I experience a growth in my lashes, I'll be sure to update this post again! 

Verdict: I would actually love to repurchase this mascara! What I got was the travel sized one which works well for me because an actual sized mascara means I run the risk of dried out products near the end. 

Shu Uemura Brow:Ink (Honey glaze) $42.00

Now this is a product that really worked for me. I am a fan of defined (and thick) brows and I've spend lots of time and money on my brows to get them to the shape and colour that I desire. I've been using brow pencils for the longest time and I dabbled with brow powder, but this was my first time trying on a liquid brow product. The initial try was pretty scary, I have to admit. As a swatch on my wrist showed me super pigmented colour, I decided to go in with gentle strokes. A tip is to always begin at the arch of your brows as they are always the darkest. To achieve a nice natural gradient on your brows, it takes some getting use to. But the result is definitely worth it as I got beautiful defined and tamed brows that lasted all day long. What I really like about this product is the fact that it doesn't smudge, I tried and tested it with vigorous wiping. So even if I accidentally rub my face, decide to go for a swim or melt in sunny Singapore, it puts me at ease to know that my brows will constantly stay on fleek.

There are some glitter elements in the product itself but it doesn't seem to show up once it's on my brows, so that doesn't bother me. The applicator is a really flat brush that perplexed me at the beginning but after trying it out, the brush is pretty ingenious, I have to say. I could tilt it to use the tip for precision or the sides to cover larger areas evenly. 

Verdict: Not for beginners. Will consider before repurchasing due to price point.

Moonshot Jelly Pot (P09 Hawaiian Sand) $29.00

I have to admit that I got this product on a whim purely due to the fact that I was so fascinated with it. I've been playing and swatching with some of the jelly pots in Sephora and decided to get this shade because of its potential versatility to become: a highlighter, under eye brightener, brow bone eyeshadow or just a eyeshadow base. 

The first time I tried this on, I applied with the ZOEVA 233 Cream Shader and it was a mistake because it would not blend out. The product dried out so quickly that it made me eyes look patchy and blotchy. It didn't help that I was recovering from eczema on the inner corners of my eyelids and it totally accentuated it. 

My gripe about this product is that the only way to blend it out is to use your fingers and there's absolutely no way to take out a good amount without a brush. I always end up with way too much product. The shimmer in the product is also pretty coarse which makes it unlikely for me to use it as a daily product or frequent enough to repurchase. 

Verdict: While it is an interesting product with very high pigmentation, it is safe to say that I will not be doing a repurchase, in fact I am not too sure what I would do with the rest of the product. Do remember to close the jelly pot tightly and every time you dip into it because the product dries out super quickly. 

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette $36.00

Can I say that ZOEVA eyeshadow palettes are seriously affordable? The Rose Golden palette is just one of the 10-colour eyeshadow palettes that ZOEVA makes. I don't usually put on eyeshadow but when I do, I usually go for neutral shades and nude hues. But recently, I'm into all things rose gold, that's why I picked this palette. In this palette, there are 3 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades which are great even for beginners as shimmer shades are more forgiving than matte shades. 

Pigmentation of the eyeshadows were amazing. The above swatches were done with my finger to illustrate the colour payoff. They lasted me an entire day of sight-seeing, shopping and late night drinks without touching up when I was in Hong Kong in December. When dipping my brush into the palette, there is very very minimal fallout, which is great or else it will start staining everything around me. There are different shades of rose gold that can be created from this palette but that's about it. If you're looking for a lighter nude look, it might not be achievable with this palette, but I'm just nitpicking here.

Verdict: If you're really into rose gold makeup, this is a palette to go for. The versatility of this palette is not the best but the price point, quality and pigmentation of the colours far make up for what it lacks in versatility. I will be making a trip to Sephora to purchase the other ZOEVA palettes very very soon. 

ZOEVA Rose Golden 142 Concealer Buffer $18.50

I've been blending out my concealer with my fingers for years and sometimes it tend to get streaky or blotchy if not blended well, especially when I'm in a rush. So I've decided to purchase a concealer brush. I was actually deciding between the beauty blender, IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush and this one. I eventually went with the ZOEVA one because of the price point, and also because I've been hearing my friends and beauty YouTubers rave about ZOEVA brushes. 

Ever since the brush arrived, I refuse to go back to applying concealer without a brush anymore. The bristles on this one is very soft and gentle, yet packed densely enough to give me precision and blends out my concealer evenly. The time I use to blend is also shorter given that the brush makes everything easier. The best part is, my fingers are not stained with concealer and it doesn't end up staining everything else on my table. 

Verdict: Must have for makeup beginners or makeup lovers on a shoestring budget. Usually for brushes this price I will actively avoid because I've had enough bad experiences with painful scratchy brushes. 

Note: The Rose Golden brushes from ZOEVA are slightly more expensive as compared to the regular black and silver ones. But rose gold is love so I am willing to pay a few dollars more for aesthetics. 

ZOEVA Rose Golden 231 Luxe Petit Crease $16.50

As mentioned above, I don't really put on much eyeshadow so the only eyeshadow applicators I have are from my existing full-sized palettes (UD Naked 2 & UD Smokey). I was deciding between this or the 228 Luxe Crease brush which has a bigger head. I went for the petit one instead because my eyes are pretty small and I am not an expert with eyeshadows, so I don't want to end up messing up my eye makeup. 

It turns out, this brush is all I need. 

I've seen makeup artists use a gazillion brush to do my eye makeup but I just channel all my eyeshadow works with the 231 and it helps with blending as well. The brush is very easy to clean and even when I'm transiting from dark colour back to a lighter shade (for the next use), all I have to do is gently clean it with a piece of tissue and voila, good to go again. It picks up eyeshadow nicely without causing much fallout. The bristles are soft and similar to the 142, the application process is very enjoyable as the bristles are also densely packed together. 

Verdict: Please do yourself a favour and get one. For $16.50, you're essentially getting a brush that high end brush

ZOEVA Rose Golden 233 Cream Shader $16.50

I have only tried this brush once to apply the jelly pot on my eyelids. I got this brush for the sole purpose of trying out the jelly pot. I am unable to review this brush until I have tried it on with other cream eye products. 

I had so much fun doing the product reviews that I got online from Sephora. Shop for these eye products or browse the collection of eye products that Sephora carries here!  Happy shopping and also a happy new year! To greater and better things to 2017!