Every time Sephora or Ulta has a major sale, lots of us jump at the chance of saving money on beauty items. Who wouldn’t, right? But looking back, and seeing how much I’ve gotten rid of, don’t use, etc., I have to wonder, did I do myself any favors spending money just for the sake of saving some? So, let’s see together by taking a look back at my Sephora VIB Sale Haul from last year and see where those products are now.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb.
Even when I bought this, I hated how it smelled…. I still hate how it smells. It is a very artificial coconut scent that reminds me of a hair product I used growing up. (Yikes!😬) So combining the smell and the ultra thick texture, I have the very unpopular opinion of disliking this product. It is still in my collection because I use it as a topper over matte lipsticks, but I never wear it alone.
Tarte tarteist Lip Bling top coat
I do still have this lip gloss also. I think it adds a really pretty gold sparkle to whatever you wear under it. I’m not mad about having this one. I do think it is a nice topper. Plus the packaging is super pretty.
Urban Decay Vice Matte Meets Metal Lipstick palette
So, almost immediately after purchasing this lip palette, I stopped using it. Honestly, I’d rather carry five individual lipsticks in my bag than use a palette. I just don’t like them. The brush is inconvenient; you either have to clean it every time or the colors get mixed and a bit gross. This is in my collection for some reason, but I’m going to either give it away to family or throw it away. Terrible buy. 😒
Sephora Crème lip stain in Pretty Auburn (26)
I do still have this product, but I don’t think I’ve ever worn it. 🙄 I don’t even have an opinion on it. I just know its not cruelty-free so I definitely couldn’t recommend it even if I had liked it. 🤷🏾♀️
Marc Jacobs Eye-conic palettes in Frivoluxe (730) & Smartorial (760)
I do still own both of these palettes. As I mentioned in Saturday’s Morning Makeup Musing, I do enjoy the Marc Jacobs Eye-conic formula and especially like the 7-pan palettes.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero
As I mentioned in the Holiday Haul Review of the mini set of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, I think UD makes the best gel liners. This is no exception. I still have it and the only reason it hasn’t been used up is because I need to buy an eyeliner sharpener. Great product.
Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara
This is no longer in my collection because I used it up. I can’t repurchase it because MUFA is not cruelty-free. I did enjoy it, but there are some other good mascara options, such as the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect which gives the same effect for a fourth of the price (and is also cruelty-free).
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Rich Caramel
This is another product that is still in my collection. Unfortunately, I love this product so I have been saving it for special occasions when I need something that I know won’t fail me. However, it’s not cruelty-free. 😔
Sephora Serum Gel concealer in Toffe, Crème Caramel & Pecan Pie
These were my favorite concealers. I used them up, but ended up buying other concealers to try out. These are also not cruelty-free and cannot be repurchased. I’m working on finding a good drugstore concealer that’s also cruelty-free.
Urban Decay Velvetizer
I do still have this product. I used it during the summer to help keep me matte. I do think that it is helpful and does what it claimed. I’ve also found that it helps smooth out the under eye area nicely as a finishing powder.
Tarte Blush Bazaar- Amazonian clay blush palette
Of everything I bought last year, I am happiest about this blush palette. I think it was a great buy, and I use it all of the time. At one point, I actually had to cycle it out of my everyday collection just so I could use some of my other blushes. Since Tarte is a cruelty-free brand, I can happily use this product and recommend it. It was limited edition, so I can’t recommend this one specifically, but I do recommend the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes both individually and in the blush books that Tarte releases from time to time.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-holic Kit
I do have and use these masks. Peter Thomas Roth is not cruelty-free, but the quality of these masks is really high and they were worth the price. I have to find cruelty-free alternatives, but in the meantime, I really enjoy this set of masks.
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray
I actually finished up and repurchased this product. Until recently, the Too Faced Hangover Rx was the only high-end makeup spray I would use. I’m currently using (and loving) another brand that I received as a giveaway from a YouTuber, but I was very happy with this spray.
Beautyblender the original BeautyBlender
I was thrilled with the BeautyBlender for a long time. I actually used it until it basically fell apart…That’s also when I vowed to never buy another one. I washed my BeautyBlender regularly until it was clean…or so I thought. One day the I was washing it, it tore. Despite the outside of the sponge being clean, the inside was filled with foundation from who knows when. 🤢 Never again.
BeautyBleander blendercleanser solid
The cleanser bar worked well enough, but I prefer dish soap to throughly clean my brushes and sponges. I did use this up completely though.
Sephora mini color switch
Great buy, and I did use this (probably longer than I should have). Now I just use the foam from my monthly BoxyCharms, but I think the Color Switch is a great product and super convenient if you don’t want to have to use a bunch of eyeshadow brushes.
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler
I got this as a gift for my husband. Ask me if the man ever redeemed his cologne. 😑 I do still think it was a good buy because he does use it when he wants to switch up his cologne, but smh…. I do need to mention that this set includes non-cruelty-free colognes. So, I can’t recommend it, but I love the concept.
We made it to the end!! Still here? Yay! I have to say, out of about 20 products, I did get good use out of most of them. There were definitely some duds, but for the most part, I think I actually picked products that I ended up using and loving.
Did you guys purchase any beauty products around this time last year? Do you still have them? Did you end up loving them? Hating them? I’d love to know.