No matter how frustrated or angry I get with the whole “over-promise and under-deliver” experience I’ve had with Sephora, I admit, in the end, Sephora always wins. The recent Epic Rewards debacle, or Canadians being overcharged with taxes and not receiving the right amount of points per purchase (this was a big issue before we got our own Canadian site and warehouse) were few of the inconveniences of being Canadian Sephora consumers.
As a brand manager, I understand the complexity and details of managing such a large presence online (though I’m sure they have a very capable team and enough resources to manage such complexities), but I digress. Having recently been stunned by a 12% price increase on my favourite/holy grail products that I had planned on repurchasing in November with the 20% VIB sale, I was pretty turned off when it comes to shopping at Sephora for some time.
On a random trip to Sephora, I decided to pick up my birthday gift early (well technically I could since you definitely are allowed to pick up your gift 2 weeks before or after your birthday), and I have to say, Sephora has definitely upped their game and continues to deliver beautiful surprises for our birthdays!
I know what you’re thinking – I’m way late in the game and must be the only blogger to have never tried the fan-favourite NARS lip pencils. I wish they could move away from the “let me pick the lipstick colour for you” mindset and include interesting colours (I know it’s difficult to do that when they can’t really tier people based on skintones), but it would be nice to have an option beyond a red lip colour – I really don’t need any more!
As soon as I tried on the NARSSatin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, I was immediately obsessed. This is a colour that you want to have all year round, as it truly mimics the lip shade and gives it a very flattering my lip but better kind of finish. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is a little more intimidating to work with though, and the colour is definitely one I would reserve for special occasions and comes in a very handy travel format – pencil! The eyeliner, though not the blackest black I own still holds up on its own with its effortless formula.
What blew me away though has been the formula itself, particularly on the lip pencils – it is absolutely weightless, scentless, and dries down quickly so it never feels sticky or like you have any lip product on your lips. I don’t find transferring to be an issue either. These qualities definitely made me realize why NARS lip pencils are such favourites among many, and has definitely resulted in my adding these to my wishlist.