Monday, January 17, 2011

Sephora x Hello Kitty swatches.

We interrupt my regular procrastination to bring you swatches of the recently release (released today in fact if you're Canadian) Sephora x Hello Kitty collection.
Please take into consideration these photos were taken with my beloved Blackberry in artificial light. I tried my best to photograph everything clearly though and even used my macro feature!!
Sorry no swatches of the Charmmy eyeshadow sticks as my Sephora did not seem to have them in yet! Also absent were the blinged out products and the liquid liner.
The collection is available at the Pacific Centre Sephora in Downtown Vancouver. It sits on a tiny display near the mall entrance.
p.s. I received a lot of stank eye for taking these photos.
p.p.s. Now that I think about it, I probably received the above due to the fact that I was hogging the display.
p.p.p.s. I'm sorry if I was in your way.
 Nail polishes:
 Swatches of the nail polishes in order of display:
Apple cheeks:
 Swatches of Apple cheeks in order of display. There was also a highlighter which I neglected to swatch.
 Charmmy pencil swatches:
 Say Hello palette:
 Say Hello palette swatches. I swatched the glosses underneath the shadows. They do not show up. At. All.
 Big Fun palette:
 Big Fun palette swatches. As with the Say Hello palette, the lipglosses for the Big Fun palette is so sheer it is invisible.
Big Smile gloss:
 Big Smile gloss swatches:
 Sweet Gloss part 1:
 Sweet Gloss part 1 swatches:
 Sweet Gloss part 2:
 Sweet Gloss part 2 swatches:
Apple Balm swatches:
 Handheld Mirror and brush set:
 Eyeshadow palettes, compact mirror, Charmmy Pencil with Apple Balm and Apple Cheeks in background:
 Perfumes and Body Splash:

Some thoughts on the collection:
The nail polishes are absolutely adorable, if you get nothing else from the collection at least get a bottle of the nail polish. I skipped on a lot of the colours because I feel they're easily duped by others in my collection (Purple Sprinkles remind me a lot of China Glaze's Electric Lilac) and at $13 a pop before tax, they're outside of my nail polish price comfort zone. The bottles ARE quite small but maybe the width of the bottle makes up for it. Besides it's not like I'd ever finish a bottle of nail polish.
The Apple Cheeks might more aptly be called cheek tints. Almost ALL of them are sheer with the most pigmented of them being Charmmy and Blushing and Peachy being the most sheer. Their finishes seem to vary, Cherry Blossom has a very glossy, gel like texture and on the face would probably appear very dewy (oily people beware!) while Charmmy was almost a matte.
The Charmmy pencils were very pigmented and creamy but did smudge quite easily.
The Big Smile glosses are very...gloopy, there's no other word to describe them. The formula is extremely thick and I wonder if it'll spread evenly on the lips. However, they are quite pigmented, at least they were on my hand.
The Sweet gloss is more like a tinted lipbalm. None of them really imparted much colour but do feel quite moisturising.
Of the eyeshadow palettes, I would say Say Hello is the more pigmented out of the two. It does run a tad chalky though as the colours are matte. Big Fun has more of a shimmery finish and is less pigmented. I HATE how sheer the glosses are, but rest assured those of you who dislike powder and gloss in the same container, the two products are separated quite securely and there's not much chance of mixing.
The Apple balm has a lovely texture and appears rather pigmented, I'd imagine it to give lips a very juicy look. However, I hate that it's got a very finicky screw on lid - I can imagine getting extremely irritated closing it after use.
The perfumes were a huge disappointment for me, I don't really know how to describe it, it is kinda fruity and dries down to a floral finish. It is rather subtle and after 2 hours I can barely smell it on myself anymore. Absolutely not worth the $72 unless you really REALLY want it just for the bottle.
The Body Splash just smelled so strongly of alcohol when I opened it that I immediately closed it so nothing to comment there.
Surprisingly the hand-held mirror is rather sturdy and if I was 10 years younger I'd totally want it. Heck I want it now.
I also HATE how overpriced the collection is compared to American prices. Just because we're Canadian it doesn't mean we're THAT nice.
My Recommendations:
The nail polishes; Big Smile gloss in Watermelon; Say Hello palette; Apple Cheeks in Blushing and Charmmy and that damn mirror!!


  1. Oh man I feel like I should head down to PC RIGHT NOW!!! I'm eyeing the mirror and the nail polish myself, too bad they're so overpriced :(

  2. love i first thought you bought it all ,, but then i started to read the text hihi.. thanks for the swatches xD the packagings are so so cutee !!! they don't have this collection here.. too bad =[

  3. Wow! Thanks for all the swatches! I'm disappointed in the glosses..

  4. I love all of your P.S. notes ♥

    Thank you for staying there despite the stank-eye - I'm sure if someone really wanted the display they would have just reached past you (that's what people do in the Sephora here). That stand is so tiny! I wonder what Sephora brand is going to loose space to make way for an actual display? I kind of vote for Dior in my store since it actually takes up a whole side of an aisle... or Bare Escentuals which has both sides of one. We lost CARGO to get Givenchy, and most of Guerlain for Tarina Tarantino (boo).

    The polishes are really cute! Too bad I don't really wear it XD;

    Perfume is too $$ for just the bottle (I also don't wear that either, and just bought the Harajuku set)

    The only thing that looks semi-pigmented is the apple gloss but I hate potted lip glosses.

    I might pick up a palette just to have (though maybe not, trying to be good) so...

    D: I hope the line gets better? The packaging is fantastic!

    Thank you for swatching!!! ♥

  5. That mirror is so cute! wants! thanks for the swatches :)

  6. lol Nunu, I can imagine you snapping all those pics in the store. I think the packaging is adorable! I was just browsing Sephora online and I couldn't help but notice an HK shower cap? seriously? hahahaha thanks for sharing!

  7. That mirror is pretty cute! I found your blog via a comment you left on pop champagne's site. I think you're hilarious ; )

  8. I can't believe you did such a detailed review with swatches and all in public like that! Hilarious. You're awesome.

    Sad to say, but this line is really disappointing to me. It all looks kinda cheap, and unlike the Tokidoki line, the packaging is nowhere near as cute as I was expecting.

  9. haha well you blocked a few people form display case but now we can all see everything so you did it for the greater good :D

    and yeah perfumes... mmm I kind of only buy branded perfumes... I am not a fan of the cheap fruity smell. I think it's due to that I had a friend who used to drench herself in claires and ardenes body mist when I was younger haha

  10. Oh the things you do for us! LOL I want the big Hello Kitty brush set, I did see it at my Sephora but I'm going to give it sometime before I decided if I really want it. Too bad I didn't get to see the compact mirror, I want that too! Thanks for sharing all the swatches!!

  11. Ooohhhh...They're kinda disappointing, especially the e/s palettes ~_~ And the packaging is nothing to shout abt either...

    Which reminds me, I got caught taking pics at Sasa. M'sia's pretty finicky abt photograph in stores :(

  12. you guys are so lucky. my local sephora stores don't have them in stock yet. i did get some items from the private event the packaging is super cute! thanks for your swatches.

  13. thanks for the swatches! I like how promising the nail polishes look ^_^ especially like their screw caps with the kitty shapes! but not for the palettes though! the lip glosses and the cheek stains also look great :) did you get anything from the collection?

  14. I just stumbled on your blog after reading through Sheila's and I absolutely looove all your recipes and other blog posts!!! I especially love that you're from vancouver so I can try out the restaurants you recommend and go check out the sales you tell us about! Your posts are so entertaining and you have the best humour! <3

  15. Oh. My. Lord. I haven't seen your blog in ages and I finally found out why!

    I was cleaning out my google reader and I noticed that your blog got removed from my feed!

    NO WONDER. I seriously thought you stopped blogging!

    *cries* now I have to catch up on all your posts!

    We need to do a meet up/dinner/double date. I keep bugging Larry to set it up (because he's mainly on blogger) and he KEEPS FORGETTING!

    I guess that's what I get for making a boy do the work lol. So girlie when are you free?

    Oh and PS. I see you saw all the hello kitty stuff :) I haven't had a chance to read your blog post yet but after I comment I will haha! I'm so backwards!

    PPS. I hope you don't think I've been a total bitch and ignored you! I'm just a creature of habit and forget things so easily! But I re-added your blog to my feed so all should be well now!

  16. Whoa.... That mirror!!! I want!!!!

  17. You must have had fun wiping away and reswatching stuff. Props to you for taking the time and patience for doing so, I think I would've given up after the first couple of product swatches haha! Too bad a lot of the stuff weren't that pigmented, what's the point for the lipglosses then... what were they even thinking? --'

  18. It was so hard to sit still whilst reading this post, I can't stop whispering "omg i want that, i want that, i NEED THEM ALL!" LoL!!!! The nail polishes are sooooooo prettyyyyyyy and the fact that it is Hello kitty makes it ten times better!!!

    Btw, thanks for your comment, you was a student in London?! What was you studying? You live in Canada now right though? I know what you mean, everytime i see a court i just picture all sorts of movies and books lol!!

  19. The Hello Kitty collection is sooooooo cute & pretty! Thanks for doing all the swatches in the stores, must took some time to get all those pictures!

  20. OMG i want a hello kitty nail polish! ive been eyeing it for a while huhu...nice post :D
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