Sephora’s Birthday Gift 2014: Make Up Forever

sephora bday feature

I popped into Sephora this weekend and was pleasantly surprised when the sales assistant told me that it was time for my Sephora Birthday Gift! Members of Sephora’s rewards program (ie. beauty addicts like me) get certain perks including an exclusive gift every year. Even though my birthday isn’t until the 23rd, you can claim your gift at any point during your birthday month.

This year the Birthday Gift is sponsored by Make Up Forever, and comes in an adorable package.

package

Inside are two deluxe samples: their Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9.

inside package

The mascara is a classic black, with a funky-shaped wand that fits the natural curve of your eyelash line. It applied smoothly and thickly – I only needed two coats to get the coverage I wanted. I also love the narrow end as it was the perfect width for doing my lower lashes. 

mascara

The packaging promises “dramatic impact and graphic precision” and it definitely delivers. I’m still loyal to Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – I really do get asked if I have falsies in when I wear it! – but this a solid product to put in rotation, especially in its travel-size.

The lipstick is a neutral natural shade – it reminded of NARS’ Orgasm Lip Gloss, minus the gloss – a warm matte pink. It’s also travel-size, so no, I don’t have massive hands, it really is that dinky!

lipstick

It’s a very wearable shade, like a “not-a-lipstick-day” lipstick, that you can put on before going to the park. I loved the consistency as well; it’s quite moist (comment if you hate that word… :D) and doesn’t have any clumps when you apply it. I’m going to see how the sample goes but I have a feeling I’ll be purchasing a full-size…

Here’s what the products look like applied (I’m also wearing Benefit Gilded around my eyes and Stila Convertible Color in Peony on my cheeks):

sephora bday face

Quite a classic, natural look. Overall, I think Sephora did a great job selecting the gift this year – these are wearable high-quality neutrals that suit most skin tones. They’re also a perfect handbag/travel-size – I recently downsized my regular handbag from a giant one to a little messenger, so space is at a premium! 

If you haven’t claimed your gift yet, you’re in for a treat! What did you think of this year’s Sephora Birthday Gift?

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