SST Cosmetics Quintessential Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Friday, July 31, 2015

sst cosmetics spring 2015 quintessential collection

Hi all! Today I have a new (to me) company to show you, SST Cosmetics. Based in Saskatchewan, the line was founded by Sharon Sharpe-Titus, a makeup artist and business owner. The products are made without harsh chemicals They're also part of MC College's Esthetics Training Program! I have three of the items from the Quintessential Collection* (actually a spring collection -- I'm slow) to show you:

sst cosmetics meek silky eyeshadow combo

Meek Silky Eyeshadow Combo  ($25.95 CAD, 1.8g) is a duo eyeshadow comprising of a matte pale pink and a smaller strip of sparkly, shimmery light bronze. The pink shade is very sheer and works much better over primer, though it is still quite light on my pale skin. I like it a lot as an eyelid base and it would make a nice highlight on darker skintones. The bronze-y shade has more pigment, though I still prefer it over primer. I like using it in the crease for a subtle daytime look, and I've been reaching for the duo a lot this summer.

Both shades suffer quite a bit of fallout, so it's best to tap your brush before applying. I wish the bronze strip was wider as it's the winner of this duo, and while it's easy enough to only get that shade using most crease brushes, anything larger like a typical eyeshadow brush usually gets crossover with the pink shade. Other than those two issues, Meek makes a pretty duo for casual day looks or as a base for other shades.

sst cosmetics meek silky eyeshadow combo

sst cosmetics meek silky eyeshadow duo swatches
Swatched over primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion - Original)

sst cosmetics stripped hydrating lipstick

Stripped Hydrating Lipstick ($23.94 CAD, 3.5g) is a pink-based, sparkly and frosty nude. It has a vanilla scent and is formulated with grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. SST claims it's the perfect nude for all skintones, but there is a major exception: those who dislike frost. There is quite a lot of it. You will need to have freshly-exfoliated, chap-free lips to wear Stripped as the frost will catch and highlight any flaw. The sparkle in the formula is fairly gritty in the tube but not as harsh once on the lips (especially if they're already moisturized), and overall, the formula is comfortable and not drying but prep work is definitely needed. Applying a gloss on top can help subdue the frost, but I hope SST releases this as a creme as the colour itself is really pretty. I can get about 3-4 hours of wear time, with light eating and drinking.

sst cosmetics stripped hydrating lipstick

sst cosmetics stripped hydrating lipstick swatch

sst cosmetics vital high shine lip polish

Vital High Shine Lip Polish ($23.94 CAD, 9.37ml) is a pinkish-plum creme lip gloss with a vanilla scent (similar to the lipstick) and formulated with jojoba seed oil, vitamin E, and sweet almond oil. It's slightly sticky (but nowhere near as much as, say, a MAC Lipglass), and as the name says, very shiny. This is my favourite of the three products as it's well-formulated, moisturizing, and goes with just about any look. My lips are fairly pigmented on their own so Vital mostly adds a hint of colour and provides a "my lips but better" look. I get about 2-3 hours of wear time, again with light eating/drinking.

sst cosmetics vital high shine lip polish

sst cosmetics vital high shine lip polish swatch

sst cosmetics stripped, vital
Stripped, Vital

SST Cosmetics is a promising company that I'd like to try more of. A concern I have are the prices though -- the packaging is pretty basic black plastic, and I don't dislike it, but for the cost I expect something fancier. The quality of the products is on par with mid-end brands but many of those still have lower prices. Of course, it's possible SST does already have items that I'd deem splurge-worthy, but I'd love to see them improve the packaging and/or lower prices (if possible) in the future.

I definitely still recommend checking out SST though! I love supporting Canadian companies and I'm eager to see what else they have in store.

Have you tried SST Cosmetics? What do you think?

*Products provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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