It’s July and considering the CBB Brand of the Month are Canadian Indies, and we just celebrated Canada Day, I thought it was perfect timing to share the SST Cosmetics Spring 2015 Quintessential Collection* with you. SST Cosmetics is a brand based in Saskatchewan that makes cruelty-free, paraben-free, talc-free mineral makeup.
The SST Cosmetics Spring 2015 Quintessential Collection includes the SST Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick in Stripped, SST Cosmetics High Shine Lip Polish in Vital, SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Single in Composed and SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Combos in Mild and Meek (not pictured). I tried out four of the five products and created a lovely summery look with them.
All the SST Cosmetics products have their gold logo and feature matte black packaging. It’s simple and straightforward although it feels a bit cheap given the price range ($17.95 to $21.95 CAN for the products in this post)
I really love moisturizing lip products which is why I own very few mattes, so I was definitely interested in the SST Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick in Stripped. However unfortunately the shade was a complete fail for me. It’s a frost, shimmery pink that has a very nice consistency when I apply it thanks to ingredients like grape seed oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, but is gritty on the lips. I’m the kind of person who rubs their lips together, so I found this lipstick kinda itchy and uncomfortable to wear. The formula seems nice, so I would definitely try a shimmer-free shade.
Definitely one of the products I was less excited about in the SST Cosmetics Spring 2015 Quintessential Collection was the SST Cosmetics High Shine Lip Polish in Vital, and it’s the one that surprised me the most. There are also loads of moisturizing ingredients in this non-stick gloss, with a creamy formula that actually wears quite well. There’s a vanilla scent, and this medium pink shade is quite pretty and very easy to wear.
The SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Single in Composed is a rich, dark rusty burgundy some subtle sparkle and amazing pigmentation, although it feels like a strange shade choice for a Spring collection. This is a really pretty colour that can be both bold and sheered out as it is quite blendable. The formula is a bit powdery and although I definitely found the duo eyeshadow to be more of an issue. I was quite impressed with the lasting power of this shade, it still looked great after 8 hours.
The SST Cosmetics Spring 2015 Quintessential Collection features two duo shadows that include a pale matte shade and a darker shimmery one. I have the SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Combo in Mild, and from what I can tell online, the other option Meek is pinker while this is a more yellow-based option. Unfortunately, the matte shade is basically the colour of my skin, so my swatch is invisible and I could use this all over the lid and brow bone as a bit of a “base” but it is quite subtle. The shimmery shade is a bit of an antique gold that’s quite pretty but I wish the distribution of the shades was reversed.
I’m not sure if it’s because the SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Combos in Mild features two shades packed together, but I did find it very powdery with my brush, almost to the point of being a little crumbly. I also definitely got fallout from the shimmer through the day, although the lasting power of the shade was good.
I used all four products I tried from the SST Cosmetics Spring 2015 Quintessential Collection to create one summery look (of course the Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush in #225 and Lise Watier Aurora Celestial Light Powder I used to give my cheeks a glow also help). I used the matte shadow shade all over the lid, then applied the shimmer shade on the inner half. I used the burgundy in my crease and blended it out quite a bit–I really like the shade it created when mixed with the shimmer. I also applied the SST Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick in Stripped with a generous layer of the SST Cosmetics High Shine Lip Polish in Vital on top.
I am always really excited to try out a new Canadian brand, so it was fun to get a taste of SST Cosmetics with their Spring Collection. The products were a mixed bag for me, but I liked the SST Cosmetics Silky Eyeshadow Single in Composed and SST Cosmetics High Shine Lip Polish in Vital best. I am definitely interested to see where the brand goes next and what they have in store for Fall and Winter!
Have you heard of SST Cosmetics?