I just got back from Sephora’s exclusive VIB Rouge event! I went to the store on 99th and Columbus because it’s closest to my apartment on the Upper West Side. I didn’t expect it to be as packed as it was because the event was at 9 – 11 am on a Sunday. However, they did provide you with food and coffee at the event, which was very considerate.
At the VIB Rouge event, because I spent over $35 on full priced items, I got a VIB Rouge sample pack with cosmetic bag and small rouge shopping tote. The samples that came with the bag are an Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, a Benefit Watts Up Highlighter, a Buxom Mascara, an Escada Born in Paradise Perfume, a Dr. Jart+ BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm, a Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, a Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, and a Make Up For Ever High Definition Blush in Coral. Additionally, because I renewed my VIB Rouge subscription for 2015 I received a Formula X Nail Polish in a special Rouge color.
I did try out the Pantone Color IQ system at the store. It’s a really cool expensive device that does absolutely nothing. I wish it worked! It’s such a cool device and I really wanted it to work! However, it registered a much darker color that my face actually is. The poor Sephora artist was going back and forth trying to make me happy to find a foundation recommended by the computer that would work. The scanner recommended Bare Minerals BareSkin Foundation in Bare Cream 05. However, that was way too dark, and so was Bare Ivory 04. Then Bare Linen 03 was too yellow. They didn’t have any of the other lighter colors in store, so I decided not to purchase any foundation, sad.