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I’m so excited to share a new-to me independent Canadian company – SST Cosmetics! The brand has a focus on formulation and colour selection thanks to their founder, makeup artist Sharon Sharep-Titus. The brand’s aim is to use quality ingredients without harsh chemicals to help it’s consumers put their best face forward. AKA they want your skin to look like skin, your lips to look like your lips and you to shine your brightest. Sounds just about perfect, right?
I started off by applying the SST Cosmetics Skin Perfecting Balm (CA $47.94) using the supplied sponge. I decided to apply the balm only on one side of me face in order to see if it really did make a difference. The balm is clear and smells like tea tree, which I actually really love.
It’s hard to see a difference in photograph, but I did notice a slight blurring of my pores after using the balm. Since doing this makeup look I’ve also used it by itself on no makeup days and I really like how it leaves my face feeling and looking. It smoothes the pores and fine lines that are starting to crop up (grump) while actually mattefying my skin, which I especially need in my t-zone right now. I’ve actually never found a product that actually leaves my skin matte throughout the day but this does it. And because it has tea tree and chamomile in it it’s good for your skin too – I’ve been using it under my makeup to help treat my acne to great success.
Moving on to the foundation, I was sent three small samples of different foundations from SST Cosmetics. I received a sample of each the SST Cosmetics Tinted Primer & Moisturizer Kick BB Cream ($47.94), Oil-Free Weightless Foundation ($40.74) and CC Cream ($66.00) After opening all three and swatching them, I realized that none of them would match my skin tone very well. Afterwards I noticed that I was sent the medium shades, so it makes sense that this was far too dark for me. But regardless, I had high hopes for the Oil-Free Weightless Foundation which was probably the closest match, but it was quite separated and surprisingly oily. Hmmm.
Anyway, I decided to use the BB Cream as my foundation and the heavy-feeling CC cream as a concealer. I applied both with my fingers and was very happy with how easily it went on. Both were super moisturizing to my skin and left me looking airbrushed, though very tan. 😉 As you’ll see towards the end of the post, this gave me good skin when I didn’t particularly have the greatest skin (as you can see in the Before photo). The CC Cream worked wonderfully as a concealer, particularly over the Perfecting Balm. This foundation is getting a big ol’ thumbs up from me.
I was also sent a Hydrating Lipstick in Drama Queen (CA $23.94) which smells amazing. Seriously, it smells like mini eggs. SST Cosmetics says vanilla but honestly all I can smell are mini eggs and it makes me crave them every time I open up the bullet. (Thanks, Easter.)
ANYWAY, besides the distinct delicious mini eggs scent, this lipstick didn’t really do much for me formula-wise. It’s supposed to be super hydrating – I mean, with ingredients like cocoa butter, vitamin e and grape seed oil, you’d think it would be right? I honestly didn’t find it to be moisturizing at all. It felt really heavy and almost cakey on my lips.
It does, however, have really good staying power, I’ll give it that. When I swatched it on my arm below, I let it set before taking it off and it actually stained my skin even after using an oil-based makeup remover. So I’ll definitely give it that!
And now? For the reveal of my final look! *drum roll*
Also on my Face:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Sephora Collection Matte Colorful Eyeshadow in Black
Too Faced Champagne Truffle (from The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette)
Annabelle Biggy Bronzer in Matte Gold
Annabelle Blushon in Rosebud
My final verdict? I am in love with the BB Cream and Skin Perfecting Balm – I mean, can you SEE how good my skin looks in that photo? It’s like good skin in a bottle! I’m not so crazy about the lipstick, though. Between the shockingly pinkness of it and the heavy formula, I think this is one I would suggest passing on. Probably the thing I was the most surprised about, though, were the prices. These prices are comparable to high end brands like NARS and Urban Decay, but I don’t see the quality being there. The packaging is standard on the two full-size items I received and while there are no parabens in any of the products, that’s pretty standard. I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something here, but personally I could only maybe justify the price for the foundation if I had the correct shade. Even that I’m pretty iffy on, though.
Have you ever used anything from SST Cosmetics?