Sephora "IT KIT" November Freebie
I got an e-mail from Sephora about a freebie called the "IT KIT". There were three options available, free with your order of $25 or more.
I picked "The Lasting Impression" IT Kit and here's what it came with (image from Sephora):
This is what the bag looked like when I got it:
Here are the products inside (and a penny so you can get an idea of how large they are):
I've finally had a chance to try some of these. Here's my write up:
The Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara isn't too bad. I like it better than last month's box find of theBalm "What's Your Type" mascara. Most people would probably prefer Benefit's They're Real.
The Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder is on par with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder. I can't tell a difference between the two (I bought the MFE powder on my own).
I also couldn't tell much of a difference between the two perfume samples. Both are floral in similar ways. The Alien one doesn't remind me of aliens...not that I would know what an alien smells like ;)
I tried Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as a primer (because that's what Sephora says it is) and found that it didn't work very well. It didn't smooth out my skin, hide pores or imperfections. In fact my MFE Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation clumped in several places atop this stuff despite having moisturized. I'll stick with my Smashbox primer.
I didn't notice much of a difference with or without the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray but I've been barely spritzing it on myself because I'd been warned not to get it too close. Maybe I need to try a little more of it.
I've yet to try the Sephora brand primer. I intend to do a post just about primers one of these days...provided I can find one I actually like.
The Sephora Instant Moisturizer isn't bad but certainly not worth the money for the full bottle.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish is my favorite out of this bag. It's got a sandy consistency that does a great job exfoliating the skin. My skin does feel smoother after. I may splurge and get some when I run out.