I had gotten Color IQ done at Sephora about a month ago, still on the search for a foundation to last me through the day. I got a sample of Estee Lauder Doublewear in 2C3 Fresco. THe associate also sent me away with 2 samples of primer, Laura Mercier Oil Free and Nars ProPrime Oil Free. I had been afraid to try the Double wear before because of my dry skin, but since this year I am deciding to be oily this is what was recommended to me. OMG that stuff is great! I tried it with both primers and without. I did not like the Laura Mercier it seemed to make the foundation break up. The Nars I liked and will consider buying it in the future if i find I need it. The Double wear really didn't need a primer! It lasts pretty good on its own with only minimal break up on my nose by around 9 pm. Not to bad considering I put my make up on at 6 am!
So need less to say I put an order into Sephora. I prefer to order online as than I get samples :) I find in my Sephora its hit or miss whether you get any at all unless you get some from the floor(foundation, primer, face cream, etc).
I picked out Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, Caudalie, and the Dior Nude Air Foundation sample as my 3 samples. I than saw that they had the new Tarte Smooth Operator pressed powder as a deluxe sample you could choose if you spent over $35 CAD. They only had it left in Tan, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. It is so smooth! It really isnt that dark at all, I thought maybe I could use it for a contour or to darken up a to light foundation but it barely changes the color at all. I am glad I got this sample. I like the scent of the Elizabeth and James as well, its a little spicy but not an over powering scent. I have not tried the Caudalie as of yet but I will let you know.
The only thing I don't like about the foundation is that it does not have a pump. But I have found a way around that. I was going to go to Mac and get a pump like everyone says to do but than I remembered seeing on someones YouTube(I cant for the life of me remember now) about these airless pump bottles you could get on Ebay. I ordered some and will let you know shortly how they are.
So that's my little Sephora haul, have you tried any of these products? How did they work for you?