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My Experience of a Sephora Makeover

My Experience of a Sephora Makeover

After visiting Shoppers Drug Mart the other day and getting a makeover that I wasn’t entirely happy with, I decided to try a makeover at Sephora. I have had one before, but it was about nine months ago, so it is definitely time for another go. 

I got to the store about half an hour before my allotted appointment and let one of the cast members know I was there and would be browsing the store (only looking you understand!). About ten minutes later she came over to ask if I was interested in having a mini facial while I waited, which I agreed to. Hey, it's free, who wouldn’t?

This is me before the makeover. A little scary, but things can only get better.....

This is me before the makeover. A little scary, but things can only get better.....

She asked about my current skincare routine and my skin concerns and I told her about my oily skin and fine lines around my eyes. After getting her product selection she then applied a deep cleanser to my face. This was followed by a face mask, toner, serum and an eye cream. In total it took about 15 minutes and it felt very nice. She explained the use of each product and what it would do to help my skin. After she had finished I wrote down all the product names and she gave me a sample of the eye cream. Then it was off to the makeover.

Products Used:
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay
Fresh Rose Face Mask
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

I was greeted by my makeup artist who was very friendly and welcoming. She asked me about my skin and any concerns I had and what I wanted from the makeover. I told her I had oily skin and fine lines around my eyes and that I wanted a smokey eye with cheek contour etc. She acknowledged all this and went off to get some products. Before starting my makeup I noticed that she sterilised her hands and that all her brushes were obviously very clean. 

Starting with my eyes, she began with a primer which was then followed by a neutral eyeshadow. She explained everything she was doing and why and asked what eyeshadow palettes I normally used. I gave her a whole list which she seemed impressed with. She did my smokey eye in shades of brown and then applied eyeliner and mascara. I noticed that she did not curl my lashes before applying the mascara and asked why. Apparently, Sephora do not allow their staff to use curlers on clients, nor are they allowed to tidy up brows. It’s a health and safety thing apparently.  

Noting that my eyebrows were very blonde she decided to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Blonde. I told her I use the Anastasia Dipbrow Promade, also in Blonde. When she applied the Definer, it actually made my brow look green which was rather odd. She decided to remove this and change the shade to Taupe which worked fine. It was very odd that one ABH product worked and another didn’t in the same shade. At least I’ll know to use Taupe if I ever buy the Definer instead. 

Next, it was on to my foundation. After colour matching a couple of shades and deciding on the correct one, she applied it over my face with a brush. This was followed by concealer which she also applied with a brush, but patted down with her fingers and followed it with powder. After asking which contour I normally use she used the same one (Kat Von D) to show me how best to apply it. Then it was blush and highlighter, followed by powder and setting spray. The last thing she applied was lipstick, although she did not use a liner.

Me after my makeover taken in the Sephora store. 

Me after my makeover taken in the Sephora store. 

In total, she took a little over an hour and was extremely friendly and helpful with her suggestions. She wrote down the products she had used so that I could purchase later if I wanted. I could not fault her appearance, application, friendliness and advice. She sterilised every product she used and used disposable spoolies to apply mascara. The list of products used can be found below.

After my makeover, I paid for my purchases - what, you thought I’d go to Sephora just to look around - please!!! One thing I did notice after looking at these photos was the mascara transfer on my right eyelid. Not a problem, but maybe should have been removed before I left. 

I took this in my car straight after the makeover to show the different lighting.

I took this in my car straight after the makeover to show the different lighting.

I got home a few hours later and my makeup was still all in place. The only product I was not happy with was the mascara which I found went a bit flaky after a few hours. My lipstick has faded a bit, but I did have a cup of tea during this time. I did not have shine coming through, so happy with that. 

Photo taken about three hours after application. As you can see everything is still in place and looking good. 

Photo taken about three hours after application. As you can see everything is still in place and looking good. 

A closeup of my eye makeup

A closeup of my eye makeup

Overall my experience of a Sephora makeover was great. I was very happy with my artist and the products used. The makeover is free if you spend $50, although VIB and VIB Rouge get them as part of the membership.

I would definitely recommend going to Sephora for a makeover. I’m sure different stores and different makeup artists give different makeover and some will be better than others, but my experience was very positive and much better than the one I received at Shoppers Drug Mart. I had no problem with the actual application at Shoppers and liked my look, but the products were not suitable for my skin and I got shiny very, very quickly, which did not happen with Sephora. 

My rating:
Artist friendliness: 10/10
Choice of eye and lip colour: 9/10
Foundation shade match: 9/10
Appropriateness of products: 10/10
Overall: 9/10

Product List:
Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Foundation: Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Broad Spectrum 35 - 010 Ivory
Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer -  Chantilly
Contour: Kat Von D Shade and Light
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Highlight: Kat Von D Shade and Light
Blush: tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush - Seduce
Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles - Fresh, Baby Cakes, Warm Taupe, Birkin and Ash Brown
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden
Eyeliner: Kat Von D Ink Liner - Hemingway
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara -  Black
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer - Taupe
Lips: For some reason this was not listed 

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