Thursday, April 13, 2017

Product Review - Sephora: Blushed, Bronzed and Ready to Go

Purchase Process & Price

I purchased this product from Sephora and was fortunate enough to acquire it at a discount. The purchase was made online through www.sephora.com using my Sephora VIB Rouge account. The blush palette was approximate $15, according to my memory. I purchased it along with some other items from Sephora and it arrived boxed and undamaged.

Packaging

The packaging was quite appealing. The blush palette, adorned with gold trim and pink interweaving designs is very pleasant to the eye and is attractive to any buyer. The top of the blush palette is somewhat textured for design purposes, while the bottom of the palette outlines where and what are in the pans inside the palette. It gives a small diagram determining where you will find the "Cool Blush", "Warm Blush", "Highlighter" and "Bronzer". The problem with the diagram is that it is inaccurate. Where it indicates the "Warm Blush" is located, you will actually find the "Bronzer". It's very confusing and because the bronzer and highlighter are actually blushes too, it makes understanding the layout quite difficult.

Pigmentation & Color Payoff 

Because of the botched diagram on the back of the palette, the first time I tried to use the blush, it was actually their version of a highlighter, except it wasn't really a true highlighter. It was more like a blush topper. You can say the same of the bronzer, which is basically a darker colored blush. Using my Tarte double ended blush/highlighter brush, I attempted to use the blush, but I found that I really had to pack on the product for it to make an appearance. The best I can say is that if you wanted an extremely soft blush you can definitely achieve that and in order to get real color, you have to patiently reapply.

Performance

The blush palette itself is a great concept and idea, but the execution of the palette is lacking. It's a decent blush palette for $15, but I would never pay full price. Although it is a beautiful palette, it's no match against its peers like Tarte & Too Faced.

Overall Product Presentation 

This is a confusing and underwhelming blush palette. Perhaps I am spoiled by the superiority of blush palettes made by companies like Tarte. The layout is inaccurate, you have to use a lot of product to achieve a touch of color, and after using this palette for 2 months I am already hitting pan on one of the "blushes", which is unheard of in blush palettes. They usually last forever. Overall, I was thoroughly unimpressed, but I am definitely the type of person that I know how to make a shoddy product work for me.

Rating: 2/5