Good news, girls and boys—Sephora has come to Philippine shores! The Sephora team kindly sent me some of the products they carry on their website, and honestly, it felt a little bit like Christmas to me.
If you shop online a lot and the list of brands seems familiar to you, it’s because Luxola (which I’ve mentioned here and here) has rebranded to Sephora.ph. They’re rolling out more brands soon, and I tried to poke around to see which ones, but they wanted stuff to be a surprise (understandably!), so I guess my fingers are crossed for some of my favorite Sephora staples to cross over.
What’s great about Sephora.ph, too, is that there is a pretty varied selection. Here are just 3 cruelty-free brands that they carry:
Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil and Waterproof Setting Gel in Dirty Blonde*
I didn’t think this was going to work out for me because of the color, but it was so easy to use and the shade matched me strangely well! I love the soft definition it gives to the brows. The pencil end is sort of a triangular/tapered shape, with the lead a bit hard (good) and not waxy. The pigment applies well and smoothly, though. The setting gel is pretty nice—definitely made me see the difference between a setting gel and regular clear mascara.
The Nudestix products come in a beautiful tin case, and when you open the lid and flip it, it has a mirror. I think it’s great for travel and the size is great at making sure you don’t haul large amounts of cosmetics with you. It keeps them snug and safe, too.
Winky Lux Lip Velour in Babe*
Winky Lux is a new brand to me, but I thought the packaging was so cute! Babe is a beautiful everyday color that has a pop of brightness, and the bullet is small (and cute!) enough to bring around for touch-ups. The formula is quite nice for a matte, and it is reasonably pigmented, too.
Mirenesse Ink Liner in Orgasm*
Another new brand to me, Mirenesse is based in Australia and also, as I’ve mentioned, cruelty-free. I actually received a small packet of Mirenesse items, and they all look quite nice. The Ink Liner is budge-proof (surprising, on my waterline) and Orgasm is a great eye brightener that’s not too stark or bold like some liners are.
I’ll be rolling out some more reviews in the coming days. I actually used the Sephora brushes* for this look, too, and my favorite is the 83 PRO Ultra-liquid foundation and 75 PRO Angled contour brushes. Very surprised that I enjoyed using the 37 PRO winged liner brush. I’m also particularly keen on trying the Alpha-H Liquid Gold* (something I’ve had on my wishlist since Luxola). Other cruelty-free brands that have caught my eye: Zoeva (still!) and Cover FX. Exciting times up ahead!
* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.