The last time I was in Sephora, I was waiting in the check-out line surrounded by shiny, tempting, mini-sized products and of course the next thing I knew, some of them *mysteriously* ended up in my basket. They get me every time. I can never resist the lure of all of the adorable miniatures and add-ons in the Sephora line. Partly, I love anything miniature, but I also love that you can often sample higher-end products this way at a lower price.The mini that immediately caught my eye was the Viseart Eye Shadow Palette Petit Pro. I have heard a lot of rave reviews about Viseart but hadn’t tried anything from this brand. The full-sized Viseart eye shadow palettes are a pricey $60-100 CAD. The Viseart Eye Shadow Palette Petit Pro is $40 CAD. Now, that is still pricey for your typical Sephora mini, but I have heard that the brand makes very high-quality eye-shadows and I thought the mini-size was a more affordable alternative to the full-sized eye shadow palettes.
I was really impressed with the packaging on the Petit Pro. Some of the mini-sized eye shadow palettes I’ve gotten have fairly flimsy, cardboard packaging, but the Viseart is very sturdy plastic that folds over the shadows like an envelope, and even has a magnetic closure. I would feel very safe traveling with this sturdy little palette.
You get eight shades; four matte and four shimmer. The quote from the Sephora site indicates that there are also “satin” formula shades, but I think that is an error. I loved the Viseart matte formula. It isn’t hard to blend at all. The mattes went on very evenly and smoothly. The shade Tawny is a perfect neutral taupe shade. I found the shimmer shades were also easy to work with although they do have some fall-out while applying. They are also not super glittery. I liked mixing Tawny with Starlight and applying them over my favourite new MAC Paint Pot, Groundwork. I think these shadows are great, but I am really glad to have only paid $40. I don’t know if these wowed me enough to get one of the $100 Viseart palettes.
The other high-end mini I spotted was the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini. I constantly see the Pixiwoo sisters using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors so I have been curious to try these for a while. The full-sized highlighters, which honestly would probably take me 25 years to go through, are $46 CAD. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Minis are $23 CAD. The only downside is that the minis only come in four shades, whereas the full-sized highlighters come in eight shades. I was interested in Pearl “soft luminescent white” and Prismatic Amethyst “lavender duo-chrome”, but they are only available in the full-sized. So I went with Vanilla Quartz “light gold infused with pink pearl”.
This mini highlighter is so cute! It even comes with a miniature mirror ❤
Okay, enough about the cuteness. The Vanilla Quartz was the only shade out of the four that I could probably use. The other thre were just too dark to be a “highlighter”. The description “light gold” seems a bit scary for us fair skin gals, but this is a very light, nearly white highlighter that really suits pale skin. The texture is very soft and creamy and it blends in so well you hardly see it…until a little bit of light catches it. Its subtle. I’m not so into the blingy, full-on highlighter trend, so I liked that this highlighter just gives a bit of a healthy glow.
The final item in the Sephora line that hopped into my basket was the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuacu Lip Butter. You had me at coconut oil. I am generally obsessed with lip balm and with coconut so this just immediately went into my basket. Not a mini, this full-sized lip butter was $23 CAD. Expensive, yes? But this Lip Butter smells amazing! Its like a delicious blend of coconut, vanilla and caramel. It also works! It is really hydrating and long-lasting. Not regretting this impulse buy 🙂
Are you like me and can’t seem to get past the Sephora line without being tempted by the mini-sized items and shiny add-ons? For me, this section of Sephora is almost my favourite. I always take time to peruse the minis and usually have to wave people in line behind me to go ahead, lol.
Thanks so much for reading,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤