Sephora VIB Sale Haul & Freebies

The Sephora VIB Sale is one of the only sales I truly look forward to every year because I get a chance to repurchase some of my favorite, tried-and-true products and (maybe) pick out something new I’ve been itching to try. This year was no exception, as I repurchased some old loves that I finished and snagged a few newbies.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to receive a lot of free gifts from my family, friends, and coworkers because they know that I am beauty obsessed. Even though I didn’t purchase or ask for these items, I am including them in this haul because I am all about accountability when it comes to my makeup spending and collecting.

Please keep reading to see what I purchased this year.

Sephora VIB Purchases

Cover FX Blurring Primer

The Cover FX Blurring Primer is a lightweight primer that is supposed to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other skin imperfections.

Claims: This primer promises to diffuse the look of pores, fine lines, and textured skin to provide a flawless looking complexion. Specifically, this primer claims to use light diffusing technology to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, while Vitamin E provides protection against free radicals.

According to Cover FX, this primer can be worn alone for an airbrushed skin effect, underneath foundation for a smooth base, or over makeup as an “instant retouching balm.”

Why I purchased: As someone with oily skin and large pores, I find pore minimizing primers to be effective in providing a flawless foundation application. Given that I was just about done with my Benefit Professional Deluxe sample, I wanted to grab a new primer while the VIB sale was underway.

If I’m keeping it 100%, I actually wanted to purchase the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45.00 USD). Unfortunately, this was out of stock by the time the VIB sale rolled around. Nevertheless, I wanted to try a pore refining primer that would be new to me, so I pivoted and picked up something else.

I’ve always had great experiences with every Cover FX product I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. This is a brand that really understands how to give women and men flawless-looking skin no matter the skin type, skin tone, or undertone.

Ingredients & CF Status: This primer is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc. The blurring primer is vegan and is not tested on animals.

Price: $38.00 USD ($30.40 on sale)

Drunk Elephant – Inspector Ellie Kit

Drunk Elephant is a US-based skincare brand that offers clean skincare formulated with ingredients that are meant to directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulas. Although they are not a “natural” brand, they use clean synthetic and natural ingredients that will be biocompatible with the skin. (Biocompatible ingredients are ingredients that the skin can recognize, accept and process).

Additionally, Drunk Elephant products are formulated without the “Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes, and SLS). By taking out these ingredients, Drunk Elephant is able to provide effective products that are appropriate for nearly all skin types.

For more about Drunk Elephant and what makes them such an incredible brand, please click here.

Components: The Agent Ellie Kit contains all the brand’s daytime skin care products for healthy, glowing skin. This kit contains:

  • 30 ml / 1 fl oz C-Firma™ Day Serum (full size / $80.00 value)
  • 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30 (mini / $18.00 value)
  • 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz Protini™ Polypeptide Cream (mini / $20.00 value)
  • 8 ml / 0.27 fl oz B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum (mini / $8.32 value)
  • 5 ml / 0.17 fl oz Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum (mini / $20.00 value)
  • 1 Acrylic Magnifying Glass
  • 6 Playing Cards

Claims: When used together, these products should help to provide brighter, more hydrated skin.

Drunk Elephant - Agent Ellie Kit
Drunk Elephant – Agent Ellie Kit

Why I purchased: Once I decluttered my C-Firma Day Serum after it expired I immediately missed it because of the way this product made my skin look and feel. However, because I had so many other skin care goodies to work through this year, I decided to hold off on purchasing this again until the Sephora sale rolled around.

Moreover, having had a good experience with other DE products, I knew I wanted to try more from the brand – I even contemplated picking up the DE Trunk (a set of full-size favorites from the brand). Ultimately, I chose to buy this kit instead, because I figured this would be the more economically smart decision to make, especially where I wasn’t sure if I would love every product from the brand.

Finally, I decided earlier in the year that I wanted to try to transition my skincare routine to be cleaner and DE are one of the masters of clean skincare. I love everything this brand stands for and was amazed at the value of this particular gift set. In the end, the set was actually cheaper than one regularly priced C-Firma serum.

Ingredients & CF Status: Drunk Elephant products are formulated without Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes, and SLS. To note, some DE products are also vegan and gluten-free, but not all products meet these specifications.

Drunk Elephant does not test on animals, HOWEVER, I want to call out that DE packaging is NOT recycling. While I understand that DE packaging is made a certain way to keep certain ingratiates stable, I am troubled that the packaging is not recyclable.

Price: $88.00 USD ($70.40 on sale)

*Note: This kit is sold out online at Sephora in the US, so it is no longer available for purchase at Sephora. It is available on DE’s website.

Drunk Elephant – Inspector Drunk Kit

Components: The Inspector Drunk Kit contains everything for your nighttime skincare routine, including a full-size of the brand’s beloved. T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Elements include:

  • 30 ml / 1 fl oz T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum (full size / $90.00 value)
  • 30 ml / 1 fl oz Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser (mini / $6.80 value)
  • 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream (mini / $18.00 value)
  • 8 ml / 0.27 fl oz B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum (mini / $8.32 value)
  • 5 ml / 0.17 fl oz C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream (mini / $21.33 value)
  • 1 Acrylic Magnifying Glass
  • 6 Playing Cards

Claims: When used together, these products are supposed to promote brighter, hydrated, and less textured skin.

**Note: The T.L.C. Framboos can cause skin irritation for sensitive skin due to the nature of the product. I suggest starting slow with this product – using it only 1-2 times a week. Additionally, sunscreen is a non-negotiable when using this product (and two weeks after stopping).

Why I purchased: I knew that I wanted to repurchase my beloved T.L.C. Framboos during the Sephora sale this year because I missed it so much once my other one expired. Never have I ever received more compliments on my skin than when this was a staple in my routine. Not only did my natural skin look brighter and less textured, but my skin makeup laid on my face better, too!

As mentioned above, I want to transition my skin routine to being clean. Also, I wanted to try more DE products, so this kit was an awesome, cost-effective way for me to try more from the brand.

Drunk Elephant - Inspector Drunk Kit (Inside)
Inside the Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk Skincare Kit

Ingredients & CF Status: Drunk Elephant products are formulated without Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes, and SLS. To note, some DE products are also vegan and gluten-free, but not all products meet these specifications.

Drunk Elephant does not test on animals, HOWEVER, I want to call out that DE packaging is NOT recycling. While I understand that DE packaging is made a certain way to keep certain ingratiates stable, I am troubled that the packaging is not recyclable.

Price: $98.00 USD / $78.40 USD

*Note: This kit is sold out online at Sephora in the US, so it is no longer available for purchase at Sephora. It is available on DE’s website.

Laura Mercier – Secret Brightening Under Eye Powder

The Secret Brightening Under Eye Powder is a transparent powder specifically formulated to set under-eye concealer with the purpose of brightening under eye circles and lessening the appearance of fine lines.

As with other Laura Mercier setting powders, this comes in more than one finish for different skin tones.

Claims: The Secret Brightening Powder promises to brighten, lighten, and create a luminous under-eye look through the use of light-reflecting, micronized pigments. The result is a radiant-looking under-eye that diffuses the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. Finally, as with all other setting powders, this powder promises to set the under-eye for a longer lasting, crease-free makeup look.

Why I purchased:  I used a deluxe mini of the Secret Brightening Powder early this year when I received it within a 500 Point Perk. Although I love Laura Mercier’s Translucent Face Setting Powder, I didn’t expect to enjoy the Secret Brightening Powder as much as I did because I didn’t think it would be any different from my other LM setting powder. However, the Secret Brightening Powder truly does live up to its claims. As someone with dark under-eye circles and wrinkles, I missed this once I finished using the mini.

Ingredients & CF Status: This product contains talc. Also, Laura Mercier used to have a very clear cruelty-free status but I am now unclear as to whether the brand tests on animals. According to the brand’s website,

We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold. While our products are not vegan, we do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf.

Personally, my understanding of the above means that Laura Mercier may test on animals in countries that require animal testing by law given that the brand has no cruelty free certifications.

Price: ($28.00 USD / $22.40 on sale)

Laura Mercier – Loose Translucent Setting Powder Glow

The Translucent Loose Setting Powder in glow is a new version of Laura Mercier’s iconic Translucent Loose Setting Powder that is infused with pearl pigments to provide a luminous finish.

Claims: The Translucent Loose Setting Powder in glow is meant to extend the wear-time of any foundation while providing a healthy-looking, radiant finish. This product promises to provide sheer coverage that won’t settle into fine lines or pores. Moreover, this setting powder promises that it won’t cause flash-back.

Like LM’s other setting powders, this comes in two finishes.

Why I purchased: Honestly, I was confused by this product when I originally saw it on the shelves at my local Sephora. Then, I watched Melissa Alatorre’s video demonstrating how to apply this product and fell in love with it.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve moved away from the glittery-looking, metallic highlighters that seem to be the trend now. Instead, I love highlighters that give the skin the look of a more natural, candlelit or glossy glow.

Note: Melissa’s video was sponsored, but I liked how the product looked when applied and I’ve liked may other Laura Mercier products, so I wanted to try the mini version of this product.

Ingredients & CF Status: This product contains talc. Also, Laura Mercier used to have a very clear cruelty-free status but I am now unclear as to whether the brand tests on animals.

Price: $23.00 USD (18.40 on sale)

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation (1.5 Fair Bisque)

The UD Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation is a light to medium coverage, demi-matte foundation formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while providing a healthy-looking finish.

Claims: Some of the claims for this product online are incredibly confusing because a product can’t truly be both matte and luminous. However, the product also promises to provide buildable coverage that is lightweight. The foundation also promises to provide a natural, skin-like finish and supposedly helps to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Why I purchased: I love this foundation and missed this terribly once it was gone (anyone seeing a theme with this haul? haha), but decided to wait until the VIB sale to repurchase this. Why? I had another foundation I wanted to finish first.

This foundation is like a second skin as it provides a very natural finish and gives me the appearance of “my skin but better.” Some imperfections will still peek through, but my skin looks evener. Also, the finish looks natural-to-matte depending on how you set this product. As someone with incredibly oily skin, I need a foundation that is long-lasting and this foundation is just that.

However, I do want to call out that I didn’t see any skincare benefits when using this product so I cannot validate those claims.

Ingredients & CF Status: This product is formulated without parabens and is both vegan and cruelty-free.

Price: $40.00 USD ($32.00 on sale)

Urban Decay – Primer Potion

The Urban Decay Primer Potion is an iconic eye primer that minimizes creasing and makes eyeshadow more vibrant.

Claims: The UD Primer Potion promises to provide a crease-free base that will make eyeshadow more vibrant for up to 24 hours. This primer also promises to make skin appear smoother so eyeshadow glides onto the eye.

Why I purchased: This is a cult classic for good reason – no eye primer has ever worked as well on my extremely oily lids. When I ran out of my last Primer Potion I knew I needed another one.

Note: although this primer is on the expensive side, it is the best one I’ve used and my consistent go-to. Moreover, one tube (when used steadily) will last me AT LEAST a year.

Price: $24.00 USD ($19.20 on sale)

Viseart – Grande Pro Volume I

The Viseart Grande Pro Volume I is a 30-pan all matte palette with a mix of vibrant and neutral colors. This was originally a limited-edition palette.

Claims: This palette promises to contain universally flattering shades that can be easily customized for increased flexibility.

Why I purchased: Stephanie Nicole raves about the Viseart Eye Shadow formula, so I’ve been wanting to try this palette for quite some time. However, these shadows are quite expensive, so I wanted to purchase this palette during a potential sale period.

I was shocked when I realized Viseart was included in the Sephora VIB Sale since some of the higher-end products sold at Sephora are always excluded. Given the steep discount (the original limited edition Grande Pro Palette was $175.00), I couldn’t resist snagging this. I’m proud to say this was the only “splurge” product I picked up this year during the sale. (Although is it really a splurge if I did research?)

One amazing thing to note is that these shadows have a three-year shelf life, which is much longer than most other palettes on the market (ex. most palettes have a labeled shelf-life of six months to a year). Knowing that most powder palettes typically last beyond their shelf life, I can only imagine how long these shadows will actually stay good for!!

Ingredients & CF Status: This palette free of silicone, petrochemicals, gluten, and mineral oil. Additionally, This was not tested on animals.

Price: $150.00 USD ($120.00 on sale)

Free Skin Care Gifts

Drunk Elephant – Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Claims: The Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is clinically proven to reverse the signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and elasticity) and protect against environmental stressors and free-radicals. This product promises to be “virtually untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic…and is naturally antimicrobial and appropriate for all skin.”

Price: $72.00 USD

Drunk Elephant – T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial

Claims:  The T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial promises to be a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” (a.k. chemical exfoliant) that will reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of uneven skin tones, texture, and pore size for a brighter more youthful glow.

Price: $80.00 USD

Thoughts on Hauls & Excessive Beauty Consumption

In many of my hauls I issue a disclaimer that I am in no way trying to encourage excessive consumption of beauty products or excessive spending, nor am I trying to shame anyone for his or her shopping habits. To each their own. However, knowing that I frequently write about my beauty-related shopping habits and my on-going minimalism journey, these types of posts help to keep me accountable.

Moving forward, when and if I post a haul, I intend to stick to this format because I want to provide readers with as much information as possible. This way, anyone tempted to buy something I’ve “hauled” can make a more informed decision about their potential future purchase.

While I anticipate less hauls next year (this fall was a little excessive for me), I don’t anticipate they’ll disappear entirely from my blog because I genuinely enjoy trying new products. I have such a passion for this industry and there are so many innovative and beautiful products to try. Moreover, I  love how color cosmetics allows me to express myself and helps me to feel more confident. Finally, my beauty routines (for cosmetics, skincare, and hair care) are one of my top forms of self-care.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2018


Did you pick up anything during this year’s VIB sale or have you received any new goodies from friends or family? Have you tried any of the above products? Please let me know in the comments below.