Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fusion Beauty Top Picks Sephora Beauty Insider 500 Point Gift

Sephora's Beauty Insider program is pretty cool. For every dollar you spend, you earn points that you can redeem for deluxe samples or save up for a bigger gift. It's a really nice perk that most places don't offer and it's one of the reasons I usually choose Sephora for my makeup-shopping needs. I figure, why buy something at a place that doesn't reward me to shop there when I can get the same thing at Sephora where it will come with samples, free shipping and other nice bonuses?

Anyway, one of the current 500 point gifts finally seemed like something I wanted, so I snagged it on my last order. It is a set of some of Fusion Beauty's top products.

It has a LipFusion InFATuation (ha, ha) in In The Flesh, IllumiFill Line-Filling Luminizer with AmpliFat (man that sounds gross), a Lash Fusion XL Micro-Technology Instant Lash Volumizer in Black (look at all that sciencey-sounding BS!), a Lip Fusion XL and a LipFusion Color Shine in Crave.

This set isn't exclusive to Sephora, it can be purchased from Ulta or for around $30.

I've long been a fan of LipFusion and LipFusion XL. They're the only lip plumpers I've used that actually provide results for me. They're freakin' expensive, but hey, they actually do make a difference for me so I find them to be worth it. Especially when I was looking at some photos a while back- I could really see the difference from when I was using it regularly and when I stopped using it.

Anyway, the LipFusion XL is clear so there's not really a point in swatching it, I haven't used the mascara yet and I don't have any lines to fill, so I only swatched the two colored glosses:

In The Flesh on the left (this is the InFATuation one), Crave on the right (LipFusion Color Shine). In The Flesh is a pink based nude which is much more flattering me than the brown based nude from the Objects of Desire kit (which I will review shortly). Crave is a warm peachy-pink and gold duochrome shimmer that's absolutely gorgeous. I've owned this shade before and it's one of the most flattering shades on almost any skintone. It's fairly subtle but interesting enough to keep me happy.

Different angles and lighting to show the color shift and sparkles in Crave. It's sheer, so it isn't too flashy, but it's still really cool.

There are some differences in formula between the original LipFusion, the XL and the InFATuation.

Here's the product info on all three (from

LipFusion Color Shine
What it is:
A moisturizing treatment gloss infused with revolutionary technology to plump lips instantly.

What it is formulated to do:
Achieve maximum volume and brilliance for a truly stunning pout. This formula contains tiny, dehydrated, marine collagen micro spheres that absorb instantly and seek out the body's natural moisture. As soon as the spheres become rehydrated, they plump and hold onto the moisture they've collected, creating a mild "swelling" of the lip tissue. The result is fuller, smoother, perfectly plumped lips in seconds. Results can last for up to 48 hours.

LipFusion XL

What it is:
A spearmint-flavored nighttime lip plumping therapy.

What it is formulated to do:
The most important thing you can do before bed is prepare to plump your pout with LipFusion XL - 2X Micro-Injected Collagen + HA Advanced Lip Plumping Therapy, the exciting new addition to the LipFusion family. Swipe some on and wake up to the most intensely plump, firm, hydrated, and full-out sexy lips you've ever known—naturally—and all in a night's sleep.

LipFusion XL is a non-injectable lip volumizing therapy that combines two times the pure active collagen of LipFusion's original plumpers with hyaluronic acid (HA), in one high-performance topical nighttime treatment. It transforms the unique micro-injected collagen technology into the most advanced plumping power found in a lip treatment.

Designed to work in synergy with the body's natural water, lips get optimal enhancement from two intense naturally-occurring fillers in one powerful, pout-perfecting formulation: Patented, dehydrated, marine collagen-filling spheres™ penetrate skin's surface on contact, then seek out body's natural water, and rehydrate to instantly plump and smooth lips.

What else you need to know:
As we age, the amount of HA produced in the skin is significantly reduced. Patented, dehydrated, hyaluronic acid-filling spheres™ have a remarkable, sponge-like absorbency that captures the body's natural water, causing spheres to swell a dramatic 50 times larger for maximum hydration and a long-term plumping effect. Once LipFusion XL is applied, lips swell continually for hours to visibly "fill" lines, boost volume, and keep lips lusciously moist. Plumped pouts look and feel fuller, smoother, and full on sexier.

LipFusion Infatuation

What it is:
A shining, liquid, multi-action lip fattener.

What it is formulated to do:
Discover the first liquid lip color with extraordinary Amplifat™ technology to increase and maintain body fat just where you need it most!

What else you need to know:
This groundbreaking plumper boosts natural lip fat without surgery or injections. It does not contain irritants or silicone.

-AmpliFat™ Concentrate (Perennial Sea Fern Derivative): Works with the skin's triggers to increase two key, naturally occurring proteins (ADFP and FABP5) that induce diffusion and storage of fatty acids.
-Lip Vantage: Creates instant and sustained plumping effects using dual-encapsulated plumping technology; promotes cellular renewal for a more youthful-looking pout.
-Peptides: Enhance collagen synthesis for naturally lush, youthful, healthy lips.
-Dehydrated Marine Collagen Filling Spheres: Penetrate skin's surface on contact, then seek out body's natural water, and rehydrate to instantly plump and smooth lips.

I know, it all sounds a little... eh.... questionable.

The differences I notice? The original LipFusion has a nice light citrus scent and flavor, is a bit sticky and makes my lips numb for a while. The XL has a sweet but very strong mint flavor, is clear, thin and non sticky and gives me slightly less numbness than the original. The InFATuation is thick and sticky, has a cooling-tingle effect (like a Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips) but no numbness and doesn't seem to give me any plumping results.

It's nice that the Infatuation formula comes in full-coverage opaque shades. The Color Shines are all sheer, but the Infatuations are very pigmented.

I thought this was a pretty nice Beauty Insider gift. I got this very recently so it's probably still available. Sometimes if you reload the page, the gifts change, so who knows what you'll find!


  1. Really nice Beauty Insider gift! I didn't see this one. I also pick Sephora for all my beauty needs because of the great freebies!

  2. wow! this is actually a nice gift, something that you can actually use...

  3. This is a nice gift. I have reached over 500 pts but have been holding off because they haven't had anything worth cashing out for yet. I'll have to look out for that item.

  4. Sweet freebie! I once got 3 full size Sephora by OPI polishes with my points so saving up the points can be worth it.

  5. I will definitely have to look for this on my next order. These are really pretty lip glosses.


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