Let's address the elephant in the room here: yes, I'm splitting up my VIB sale haul into two posts because yes, I bought way too much. Not to get too heavy here, but I'm definitely noticing a tendency towards "emotional spending" lately - my beloved family cat had to be put down the night before the sale started, so I pretty much spent the whole weekend trying to cure my grief by buying tons of makeup. It was on sale, so it's ok, right? Spoiler: it didn't work, and I'm still sad about Tabby, but I'm still excited to use everything I bought and let you know my initial thoughts.
PRIMER | Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer | I'm usually not much of a primer-wearer, but something about this one was calling to me. I'm sure it was the super chic packaging. I'm a sucker for anything that promises to perfect and hydrate the skin, and this does just that. It really seems to plump up and smooth out the skin pre-makeup. It's quite similar to the Too Faced Hangover Primer, but I prefer this Marc Jacobs offering - it's a thinner liquid so it smooths over the skin more efficiently, and it doesn't feel tacky on the skin, which I found happened to me with the Too Faced one.
FOUNDATION | Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation | I've had this on my wishlist for such a long time because Karima McKimmie always uses it in her videos, and her skin is basically goals. I love how natural it looks on her skin, but NikkieTutorials uses it too, so it seemed like it would be really buildable if I wanted more coverage. So far, I'm absolutely in love. You literally cannot detect it on the skin. I use a more sheer application, but it builds up beautifully in areas where I need more coverage without getting cakey. It's definitely good skin in a bottle.
BRONZER | Guerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Blush Bronzer Powder Duo | I didn't necessarily need a new bronzer, but I had always heard how beautiful the Guerlain Terracotta bronzers were, and my sister had just gotten this duo and was raving about it. She's basically my ultimate enabler, so into my online cart it went. I got the lightest shade, and it's absolutely perfect for me. I actually swirl the blush and bronzer shades together and just apply it all over my cheeks for more of a rosy glow, and I really like the effect. I was quite surprised by the fragrance, though - it's quite strong and lingers on the skin. If you're sensitive to fragrance you may want to skip this.
BLUSH | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, 'Mood Exposure' | Another thing that's been on my wishlist for ages. I've spoken before about my love for nude/mauve blushes, so this one slots into my collection perfectly. It adds the loveliest wash of mauve luminescence to the skin that goes with pretty much any look. I'm in love.
EYESHADOW | Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes, 'Style Eyes' | I originally had a Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow and Sparkle eyeshadow in my cart, but then I found this duo and decided to get it instead - look, Mom, I saved money! The cream eyeshadow is a really lovely and thin formula so it doesn't feel heavy on the eyelid, and the pressed pigment adds such a chic sparkle to the eye - nothing chunky here. I thought the color I was getting would be a little bit more brown/taupe but it actually looks quite lavender on me, which I don't hate. I wish it was a little bit more neutral, but I guess that's what I get for relying on Sephora's color descriptions online. I still really love the formula and am looking forward to getting a little out of my comfort zone with the color.
Tomorrow I'm taking a break from the VIB hauls with a review of the Glossier Black Tie Set, but Thursday I'll be back with my lip product picks from the sale. Did you pick anything up in the VIB Rouge/VIB Sales? If you have haul posts/videos please link them below, I'm super nosy and would love to see what everyone got!