Another Spring, Another Sephora Savings Event

We’ve been in quarantine for so long that I almost forgot about the concept of seasons – at least until I got an email from Sephora about their Spring Savings Event. Considering Sephora very rarely does promotions, their Savings Events are a chance for me to replenish my beauty staples and try out new products without feeling as guilty.

As a top-tier Rouge member, I received 20% off starting April 17 and ending on May 1 during the Spring Savings Event. VIB members got 15% off from April 21 to 29, while Insider members got 10% off from April 23 to 27. The next Savings Event likely won’t be until the Fall but here are some quick takes on the products I bought in case you may have missed out and are now looking at purchasing these items at full price:

Collection of products purchased during Sephora's Spring Savings Event

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What I Bought

My purchases from the Spring Savings Event consisted mainly of new makeup products I’d wanted to try and a few items I needed to re-up on. One brand that somewhat dominated my order was Kaja, whose cute and fun packaging had caught my eye since I first saw them in Sephora.

Kaja

It took me until now to purchase anything from Kaja because I figured their packaging was too cute for the products to be any good. Doesn’t it look like makeup targeted toward pre-teens in the 2000s? However, at 20% off I was more inclined to give their products a try.

Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio (Chocolate Dahlia) – I had high hopes for this eyeshadow trio and it didn’t let me down. The color payoff was excellent and the three shades go perfectly together for a foolproof eyeshadow look. The packaging is also compact and perfect for traveling.

Swatches of Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio in Chocolate Dahlia

Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush (Coy) – This cushion blush contraption has to be my least favorite of the three Kaja products I tried and I’ll definitely be returning. The packaging is complicated, feels cheap and too bulky for what it is. The color payoff was also so sheer that once blended out on my cheek, it completely disappeared.

Demonstrating how to open the Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush in Coy

Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick (Crazy 4U) – I figured since I had an eye and a cheek product, I might as well try a lip product as well. I was neither impressed nor disappointed with this Lip Gloss Stick. The color payoff was good and it was glossy without being sticky. However, since I already have infinite lip products in my collection, I’ve resolved to return anything that doesn’t absolutely “wow” me.

Swatch of the Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick in Crazy 4U

Hourglass

Hourglass is one of my favorite makeup brands at Sephora. Every product from them I’ve tried and loved. Their Veil™ Translucent Setting Powder and Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow were no exception.

Hourglass Veil™ Translucent Setting Powder – I’ve tried my fair share of loose translucent setting powders and while Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder is my reigning champ, I had heard good things about this one from Hourglass. After testing it out, I can see why. It’s the most finely milled loose powder I’ve tried and a light dusting goes a long way for setting any foundation or concealer.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow (Ray) – I saw Claire Marshall use this a while back in one of her YouTube makeup tutorials and knew I needed to add this pressed eyeshadow to my collection. The micro-glitter is imperceptible to the touch but sparkles brilliantly. With one swipe, this became my favorite glitter eyeshadow of all time.

Swatch of Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in Ray

Kosas

Kosas blends skincare with makeup in their “clean” products and their aesthetic is very “no-makeup makeup.” I was skeptical at first, but after trying their Revealer Concealer I was hooked.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation (06) – Normally I’d think “oil in my foundation? no way!” but after trying this on at Sephora when I went to purchase the Revealer Concealer, I’m all for this Tinted Face Oil. I have combination skin – oily in the t-zone and dry on my cheeks. This foundation manages to matteify my t-zone and hydrate my cheeks whilst feeling like almost nothing on my skin.

Applying Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation in shade 06 to the back of hand

Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer (Medium) – This bronzer is Kosas’ latest addition to their product offerings and I was eager to try it out. It’s infused with shea butter to help moisturize while you bronze. Unfortunately, this also ended up in my return pile since it was much too powdery and shimmery for my liking.

Swatch of Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer in Medium

Isle of Paradise, The Ordinary & The Inkey List

The rest of my order consisted of self-tanner and skincare. Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean our skin has to look dull and unkempt.

Isle of Paradise Glow Clear Self-Tanning Mousse (Medium) – I’d purchased the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse in the past but I was skeptical of this new clear formulation. I thought I’d dislike not being able to see where I’m applying the self-tanner. But after using it once, I can confidently say it doesn’t make a difference. The mousse formula is easily buffed into the skin and you can see the tan forming as you apply.

Isle of Paradise Tanning Applicator Mitt – With less than stellar reviews on Sephora, I took a chance on this Tanning Applicator Mitt simply because I was too lazy to look for a different one. However, it does its job and turned out to be more water-resistant and hardier than other mitts I’ve used.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – I use this product every morning in conjunction with my OleHenriksen Truth Serum® vitamin C serum and so of course I had to purchase a backup. Azelaic Acid helps to brighten the skin and this formulation is not only effective, it’s also affordable.

The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream – Often compared to The Ordinary, The Inkey List is another ingredient-focused and affordable skincare brand. This Retinol Eye Cream is one of their new releases and I was in the market for this specific type of product. I’ve been using it every night, but since it’s only been a few days I can’t say I’ve seen any results – yet. However, I will note that the consistency of the product is mealy and kind of off-putting.

Did you make any purchases during this year’s Sephora Spring Savings Event?

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