Before the holidays, I had the enviable opportunity to check out some of the hottest products from Sephora’s Holiday 2011 Collection. Besides the Sephora by OPI Holiday Mini Blockbuster Set, which I labelled my most favourite stocking stuffer of the season, I also was able to get my hands on:
I’ll try to squeeze in a few reviews before long – especially the NARS palette (heaven!!!) – but for the moment, I want you to run to your nearest Sephora for the Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set. A $67 value, it’s on sale for just $11.00! (Online; in-store $17)
So why exactly do I love this set? Simply put, it marries the best of sparkle, shine and moisturizing goodness, all in convenient, easy to tote packaging. Think of it as “lip balm meets dazzle gloss”.
And while the set is obviously suited to holiday soirees, I can easily picture myself wearing these shades all year round, especially since I tend to prefer shiny puckers over matte or creme shades (sooo boring).
Here’s what you need to know:
This collection of mini lip glosses (four of which are only available in this set) makes lips shiny, moist, and soft. Its range of gloss effects includes multi-holigraphic shimmer, sheer high-shine, smooth shimmer, and creamy comfort.
This set contains 8 x 0.1 oz lip glosses in:
– She Sparkles (gold shimmer)
– Sassy Soiree (red with gold sparkle) – exclusive
– Fresh Peach Shimmery (shimmering golden peach)
– Perfect Nude (sheer neutral beige shine)
– Pop Princess (creamy pink shine) – exclusive
– Pink Diamond (baby pink with sparkle) – exclusive
– Purple Red (raspberry with opalescent shimmer)
– Cinnamon Spice (burgundy with smooth shimmer) – exclusive
What else you need to know:
The hourglass-shaped applicator includes a soft flocked tip that applies just the right amount of gloss. A special ultra-hydrating complex keeps lips moist. The small size of each gloss makes it the perfect as a stocking stuffer or gift.
I am quite frankly in love with the applicator. A cross between a brush and a sponge tip, it truly does dispense the perfect amount of gloss and has a general feeling of bathing your lips in moisture. I’ve been rocking Pink Diamond the entire festive season – in fact, I was stopped while Boxing Day shopping at Superstore and asked to relinquish the brand/colour of the lip gloss I was wearing! It’s the perfect baby pink with sparkle!
The only shade I am less than enthused about is Perfect Nude; a creamy, pale neutral beige – it imparts zero shine and could likely be used as a concealer for those in the NC35 skin tone range. I really don’t see its place in a set full of vibrant, sparkly shades – the hue is very anti-holiday, and very JLo circa 2002.
In fact; after taking the above photo, I tossed it out. #sorrysephora
Nevertheless, at just $11.00 and rated 4.4 out of 5 based on 75 reviews, this is one of my top Boxing Week picks. I am looking forward to enjoying the bling-y shades all year round; in fact, if you see me in March with dewy, shiny lips, be sure to ask which one I’m rocking :)