I had the opportunity to attend an event by Sephora: The Sephoria Masterclass Tour. If you aren’t familiar with Sephoria House of Beauty, I cant say exactly what the event is because I have never attended, but it seems to be a convention/masterclass/art installation where you take IG photos. An “experience” I suppose. Brand owners, celebrities, makeup artists and influencers make appearances and may have meet and greets.
This year it is on September 7 & 8, in Los Angeles at The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall.
Sephora is bringing the Masterclasses around the US, so people around the country can enjoy the experience. They emailed their VIB Rouge members for a chance to attend, but the limited rewards tend to go quick, so if you receive an email, you better check your calendar and act fast!
The event was held at Fort Mason, which I found appropriate because Gen Beauty did not come to San Francisco this year, much to my disappointment. But here’s Sephoria to the rescue to to fill the free-makeup-on-the-pier void! I also like talking a walk around the area and take photos. I have lived here all of my life, but if there’s a postcard shot to be taken, I’ll do it!
The decals on the doors were a very nice touch! There’s no way I wouldn’t know what door to go in, and it gets you excited for the event before walking inside!
The event started off with refreshments and quick bites. They are named after Fenty’s products, which is very cute and creative! I enjoyed the pork baos with hoisin sauce and had to try both drinks!
The non-alcoholic cocktail was ginger ale and pineapple juice garnished with a watermelon ball and a sprig of mint. I’m not sure what was in the alcoholic cocktail, except for the berries. I liked that one more.
Check out the names of the food! Maple Match Stix, Body Lava Cake, Stunna Pork Bunna and Soft Matte, Not Flat Bread! They’re named after Fenty’s popular products! Details like that really make the event special! The event planners did a terrific job! The food kept coming, and the staff made sure that everything got done!
What we all came here for, the Masterclass with Global Makeup Artist for Fenty Beauty, Hector Espinal.
Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram, he does amazing work!
Hector was so entertaining and funny, and more importantly he really knows his stuff. Me, who thinks she knows more than everyone else, learned some tips from him! (Which I will share with you!)
Here’s one that surprised me: Apply your makeup with a cold damp sponge. Why cold? Because it will close your pores. Here I was, making sure I washed them in hot water before using them because I hated cold wet sponges cause it’s like a dog’s wet nose. I mean, I’ll still dislike the nasty feeling cold sponge, but a warmer sponge will open up my pores. Yeah, my nose doesn’t need that. Hector, you make a lot of sense.
The Masterclass had two models of different skin types and skin tones. The first, had a combination skin type, and the second an oily skin type. When the second model came out, Hector asked us to guess her skin type. Someone in the audience shouted, “Beautiful!” I couldn’t have come up with a better answer! Both models were fantastic!
He was really great at answering questions and I thought it was worth the 3000 points it cost to attend! Well, okay, most people would look at the goodie bag first, and yes, that is also worth the points! While entering the auditorium for the Masterclass, we were given these makeup bags filled with goodies!
• A pale aqua travel makeup bag, perfect for trips!
• Fenty Beauty Matchstick in Trippin
• Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
• Sephora PopSocket
• Sephora wallet- this is flat and perfect for tiny purses!
• $10 Sephora giftcard
• Branded mini notepad and pen
• Small water with Sephoria and Fenty branding
• A special offer to attend the Sephora VIP party (only for attendees of Sephoria)
Now of course, we all are thinking the gift card would be better if it was $3,000 if we spent $3,000 to earn 3,000 points! haha! But I am happy with their gifts! They threw an event that couldn’t have been cheap to organize. A good venue, food and beverages, cute decorations, the staff! I am grateful for everyone involved, I had a good time, got good information out of it, met nice people, and the swag bag is a bonus!
The Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Powder-
Rihanna, you did it. You made packaging that is easy to open for people with long nails! This is incredible! I always have issues opening my compacts because of my nails, and here she goes and changes the game!
Hector used this product on the model with the oily skin type and she has a deep skin tone. It worked perfectly on her. No ashiness, no weird gray cast. Rihanna wouldn’t do this to anyone. No, she made a universal powder that absolutely anyone of any skin tone can use!
I used the Invisimatte Powder today. My tip, not just with this product, but any powder product: Make sure to not apply your liquid and cream products over powders. (Not including mist/facial setting sprays.) I thought I finished my makeup, used the powder and decided to re-cover my freckles with concealer, blending it with my sponge, it was getting a weird tiny hole texture that I don’t usually get. Just make sure you’re done with your makeup, and then apply the powder.
Another tip from Hector: When re-doing your makeup if you had it on all day. You can re-touch anything else, except your under eye makeup. Just use a wipe and start over. I never thought of this! Valuable information brought to you by Hector! That is a great tip because things can go south real fast if you layer it on, it can get crepey or cakey!
I think this tip is also relevant for liquid lipstick too. Remove it with an oil and reapply if you need to re-do it!
Fenty Beauty Matchstick in Trippin
Fenty’s products are meant to be used how and where you want to use them! So a highlighter for some may be a blush or a bronzer for another. Or perhaps an eyeshadow! They’re meant to be used however you want! I used this on my cheeks in the blush area.
The full size products are a pretty great reward for the points! Not to mention the fact that it’s a class where you can ask a Pro Makeup Artist questions! I think learning from him was pretty valuable! Hector is also very funny and entertaining, and I think we all had a great time! After the Masterclass, we were able to meet him briefly and take photos with him.
I also made new friends, they have a startup I am interested in! I’m excited to see this project take off! If you are into streaming makeup, this is the community that you should join! Even if you don’t want to stream, it’s will be a great place to watch and support your fellow makeup lovers.
Two of the Beauty Directors who work for Sephora and appear on the official YouTube channel were there, Myiesha Sewell and Jeffrey English. I recognized Jeffrey immediately! He is so delightful and so friendly! They know their stuff, and I’m always in the mood to be learn about new beauty products!
Unfortunately, I can’t attend Sephoria in LA. The base ticket price is $80, however, there’s hotel costs, food, the fact that if I’m in LA, I’ll want to go shopping and to an amusement park. So uh… I’m trying to be better about spending. I’d love to go of course, but I’m not exactly in the position to spend money willy nilly.
The Foundation Preview- Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation
At the event we got a preview of Fenty’s newest product, the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation!
I have been waiting for this product! I have a drier skin type, so the matte one wasn’t for me so I never purchased the foundation.
The Hydrating Foundation contains hyaluronic acid which aids your skin in retaining water, giving your skin a more plump, youthful appearance. The finish is more natural and radiant. If you have oily skin, stick to the Matte version. Normal to dry might like this one. Combination skin types- it depends on your combo!
This one comes in a plastic tube with a pump. It’s the same amount of product as the Matte foundation in the frosted glass bottle, which is 1.08 oz/ 32 mL.
I was told by the Sephora employee that it is the same price as the Matte foundation, which is $35.
Without wearing this on my face, and only feeling it on my arm, I would say that is similar to the Becca Skin Love foundation. The price for that is $44, so the Fenty is cheaper. But you should test them out before purchasing to get an exact skin tone match, and more importantly to see if you are allergic to any ingredients.
I personally like the plastic tube. It looks and feels not as luxe, but you get the most of your money because you can cut the tube open and scrape out the last bits. Something that you cannot do with the glass bottles. I have gone through 3 Becca Skin Love foundations, and I have used every last bit! It’s not as luxurious as the frosted glass bottles, but I have so many unfinished bottles of foundations that I can’t get the last bits out of. I’m sure they’ve dried up. But I always think: I’ll get them someday. It’s also more travel friendly because it weighs less and won’t break in your luggage.
When the Fenty Pro Filt’r Matte Foundation came out, I swatched them in Sephora and didn’t find my shade. I found that they oxidized and turned orange on me. But I don’t expect that with this formula. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t fully tried it yet! So do not quote me on that because I don’t know!
They say the whole line is apples to apples. If you are 230 in the Matte, you are 230 in the Hydrating line. But if you tend to have a darker summer shade and a lighter winter shade, testing them out in the store will be your best bet.
I do have the concealer, and I bought it in shade 145. It works out really well for my skin tone. So I took note and decided to swatch that shade first! I’ve gone over my skin tone a handful of times on my blog, but most of my readers are first time (and only time) visitors, so I better explain it. I am a fair olive: MAC NC15, Make Up For Ever 117/ Y225, Becca Shell, Nars Gobi, Skin 79 Orange BB Cream. I am mixed, but my skin tone favors my east asian side.
There was a Sephora employee helping attendees color match their foundation. She was busy with a line of people, so I went and looked at them myself, I am convinced that I can spot my shade just by looking at it. I actually skipped 140 because I didn’t think it would match me. It was the makeup artist who suggested that we go in between 130 and 145! She was right about the value match.
105- too light
130- too yellow
140- the best match value-wise
145- best shade, but too dark
I would try 140 on my entire face because value-wise, it’s a match, but I am unsure about the tone. I’m speaking artist terms here, I’m a painter. According to the site 140 is “for light skin with warm yellow undertones”. Maybe I am thrown off by the swatches next to it, but I am unconvinced by the tone. On me, I feel like it needs to be a little more olive, less warm. But it could be perfect and I’m going blind.
I think what I need to do is, go into Sephora when it’s launched, swatch it next to my usual shade, Make Up For Ever Y225 and see them side-by-side to see what’s throwing me off. Also, I may ask for an actual sample so I can apply it to my face. I’m just unsure if I have have a seamless-face-and-body-are-the-same-exact-color look. But I am definitely going to try it out because I see 140 swatched by other people, next to MUFE Y225 and it doesn’t look as drastically different next to each other. So maybe it will work. Maybe I am just thrown off by the yellowness of 130, and the more olive 145 being next to it. Next to those two, it looks so peach, but it’s not peach. Honestly, I am just thinking out loud here. I need to actually try it on my face.
If I let myself stand in the sun for 15 minutes I think I’d be a solid 145!
So what if Fenty doesn’t have my or your exact shade? That’s alright! They made 50 shades and that is fantastic! The brand is open to creating more, and that’s even better! I have my foundations in other brands, I’m good honestly. I feel like I have options in Sephora and Ulta. (Drugstore is a whole different story!) But I think Rihanna and her team have done their best and made sure to include everybody and who can say anything negative about that?
They couldn’t let us go inside the theater dehydrated! It proved to be useful because I wasn’t about to carry a full sized water bottle from home with me around the city.
Afterwards I went to the mall to see how much was on my Sephora gift card. I thought it was appropriate to post some Fenty. I am interested in the Poutsicle lipsticks. Of course I have a narrow mind when it comes to lipstick shades so I only swatched the ones I liked! I have here Tropic Tantrum, Alpha Doll and Purpsicle.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I am not being paid to talk about Sephora, Sephoria House of Beauty, Fenty Beauty or anything else for that matter. While this event did not cost me any money, it did cost 3,000 VIB points if that means anything. I received a free bag of gifts and a gift card, but they are not payment for a good review. It’s just an event for VIB Rouge members who RSVP’d early enough.
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Of course I want to share photos I took that day. I love taking photos in the city even though I am a terrible photographer.
Everyone: It’s a sunny day!
Golden Gate Bridge: No it’s not.