Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Beauty Exclusives Haul

July 18, 2016


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year has quite a lot to offer for beauty exclusives. I’ve been a busy bee all weekend swatching and photographing my haul and today I have close ups and swatches of the palettes and sets I picked up. Early access goes through the end of 7/21 for card holders and the sale goes live for the public on 7/22. This beauty haul is quite extensive so grab a cup of tea or coffee or maybe a snack. While browsing the Beauty Exclusives section I noticed quite a few items weren’t available at stores near me so I ordered a couple items sight unseen. For those who can’t get to a store and need to order online I feel your pain about not being able to see things in person, I hope these swatches help! Don’t forget to check out the Gift With Purchase listings too, there are some nice gifts available, I’m glad I checked for the La Mer and Hourglass gifts.


First a quick look at the Early Access Sections in store, walls of skincare from a wide range of brands. Skincare sets this year are priced at really good values/savings.



A look at some of the gift with purchase sets (full list online), there are some lines that give you options to choose from with different sets:



If you’ve been wanting to splurge on a Clarisonic, the sale is one of the best times to do so because they offer them at a discount. The Mia Fit is marked down to $153 from $219. The Alpha Fit for men is also marked down to $153. My husband loves his and recommended I buy another one for my brother.




Onto my haul picks. In this post I’ve focused primarily on the makeup and palettes. I did pick out a few hair care items and skincare sets, I’ll post those in a separate post if you’re interested so let me know in the comments. Bobbi Brown has several Bobbi On Trend Sets. It’s been a while since I’ve explored her line but the options were too good to pass up.


The Sultry Bronze Eye Set has an eyeshadow palette with 6 colors (Pale Cream, Bikini Bronze Metallic, Seashell Shimmer Wash, Beach Bronze Shimmer Wash, Frappe and Smokey Brown), Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Truffle, and Eye Opening Mascara in Black. The palette has 6 easy to use neutrals and the eyeliner is a nice alternative to black. I had low expectations for the mascara because I usually do not like mascaras in sets, but I was beyond impressed. It volumizes, thickens, defines and did not smudge all day. Thumbs up! There is a cooler-neutral toned option called Sultry Topaz which is also very pretty.


For lips there are two options Pink Lips Set and Nude Lips Set. I picked out the Nudes which has her Art Stick in Brown Berry (neutral nude peach), Sheer Lip Color in Pink Buff (perfect neutral pink) and Lip Gloss in Pink Sunset (sheer sparkling pink). I have lip swatches of all the lip items I picked out at the bottom of the post. Many of you like the lips lined up side by side for reference.




Charlotte Tilbury launched an exclusive Instant Look in a Palette called the Seductive Beauty for what she calls The Dolce Vita Look with deeper shades compared to her original. I was not impressed with the first one and found it sheer and chalky for my complexion. I am happy to report the Nordstrom Exclusive is a lot better, shows up on my skintone and is not chalky at all. The texture has the same softness for the powders but pigment is significantly better. The Nordstrom set comes with a mini mascara.
ย The Nordstrom Seductive Look Palette:



Original Natural Look vs Nordstrom Seductive Look swatched side by side:



Diptyque has the cutest 5-piece set available for the sale. These are the baby sized candles you can’t purchase individually in the 1.2 oz size (these are smaller than the 2.4 oz versions). This is the perfect way to try the line as it has the best Diptyque scents available. It would also make a great hostess gift.


Hourglass has launched an exclusive palette called the Ambient Luminous Light Palette which has Luminous Light, Luminous Flush and Luminous Bronze Light. I already own the shades individually but could not pass on the set because it’s perfect for travel. There is a gift with purchase I took advantage of (I ordered 3 palettes, one for myself, two as gifts).


Palette swatched next to the individual colors I own to show that the colors in the palette are indeed the same color, pigment and quality as the individual ones:



NARS has quite a few options for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. All the sets are seriously good – it as really hard to narrow down my pick given all options. I picked out the Survival Kit 1 which has Naiad Eyeshadow, Kalahari II Eyeshadow, Off Limits Blush, Mata Hari Blush, a mini Lip Gloss in Party Girl and a mini Audacious Mascara. This set is the most neutral and easy to wear option. Outer Limits Blush looked very shimmery upon first swipe on my face, but adding the matte Mata Hari on top softened the frost in a nice way.




YSL Rebel Nudes has three lip products in a black zip pouch. I actually already own all three items in the set but a friend asked me to pick it up for her as she was worried it would be sold out by the time the public sale started. I swatched the colors from my own stash, I think this set is a really good one. It has Glossy Stain in 200 Plump Up (clear which does plump and tingle), Glossy Stain 07 Corail Aquatique which pulls a brighter peach on my lips, and Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick 47 Beige Blouse which is one of my favorite pink nudes for everyday.



Nordstrom has an exclusive Dior Anniversary Collection that seems to be more spring-like rather than summer or fall. The offerings are still really pretty. I picked up three of the Flash Luminizer Radiance Booster Pens in 003 Apricot (my match) and two of the shimmers in 500 Pearly Vanilla (gold) and 800 Pearly Pink (shimmering opal). These take about 40 clicks to get product going the first round (just as an FYI). I have only tested for a few days so I can’t say yet if I think they are worth the splurge. I do like 003 under eyes as a medium coverage brightening under eye concealer. The shimmers help add radiance anywhere you want a soft glowy shimmer.


There is a new Addict Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine Lipstick which is the first time I’ve tried the new formula. Baby Dior is a sheer peachy pink in the tube but applies a sheer pale cool pink on my lips. It’s hydrating and smooth with a glossy finish.


There are also two nail colors in the collection in Ruban and Steel Grey. I was hoping to swatch these on the nail for you but I just broke three of my nails so arm swatches will have to do for now.



Last but not least are two options from MAC. First is the C’est Chic Eyeshadow Palette which I am seriously tempted to buy for myself. The one I have shown below is a gift for a friend (her birthday is this month) and it has all mattes in neutral to warms and plums. She saw this and asked for it specifically. The one MAC set I picked up for myself is the Look in a Box Sunblessed Kit which has a full sized Frost Eyeshadow in Deception (plum taupe), Fluidline in Blacktrack, False Lashes Mascara and Cremesheen in Sunblessed (peachy nude). I think all four items in the set are excellent, the mascara doesn’t really give me a false lash look, but it’s a good defining deepening mascara that adds a bit of volume and doesn’t smudge. I believe the eyeshadow and lipstick are exclusive to the set.


Lip swatches:



That wraps it up for my massive Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Haul! I hope you found the swatches and detailed photos helpful to help with your shopping decisions. Definitely browse the options online first, especially the gift with purchase options. I think I missed out on a few because I didn’t realize there was a Bobbi Brown GWP available and my sales associate did not know either. There is a lot to choose from and these sets and savings are offered only once each year.


I’m really impressed with the offerings this year and am pleased with all my purchases. Out of all the color options for makeup, I think you really can’t go wrong with anything. Lots of value sets to pick from. My top 3 favorite items I hauled include the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Set, Bobbi Brown on Trend Nude Lip Set and Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette. If I did not already own all the lip items in the YSL set, the Rebel Nudes set would also be added to my favorites list.


Have you shopped the sale for early access yet? What did you haul? Or are you waiting for the public sale on the 22nd? Let me know in the comments!
Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions my own. All items selected and purchased by me.

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  • Anonymous July 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Hi! I would like to hear about your skincare & hair care picks as well!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Will add that for tomorrow's post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous July 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your haul! How does the bronzer color in the Dolce Vita Look in a Palette compare with the one in the Neutral Look palette, and the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette? Are they the same? Thanks!! Mel

    • Anonymous July 20, 2016 at 1:03 am

      The bronzer and highlight are the filmstar bronze and glow colors if that helps

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      There are comparison swatches in the post for the 2 palettes. Neutral is lighter than Dolce Vita. HTH! They are not the same as the individual Filmstar Bronze and Glow duos.

    • Anonymous July 22, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Thanks for the replies. This is really helpful! Think I'll hold off on the Dolce Vita palette and get the Filmstar palette instead! Mel

  • Anahita July 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Nice choices. I ended up spending more than I expected. I got the Sisley set, the Amorepacific set, the SK II set along with Charlotte Tilbury and the Chanel brow set. I wasn't planning on Chanel but the bag was beautiful. It was soo soft and felt like lamb skin eve though I know it's not. I a
    So bought 4 pairs of shoes including the Cole Haan Marins over the knee boots and Stuart Weitzman Perfection booties. I had to order the Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman online as my store didn't have either one. I hope I got the right size!!!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Nice picks!!

  • Candice Petersen July 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Those Charlotte Tilbury palettes are absolutely gorgeous! I really love the packaging

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  • happyroach July 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    The Diptyque set is already sold out online ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Oh no!!!!

  • denise July 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Yay! I have been waiting to pull the trigger on the Charlotte Tilbury set until I could see your review and swatches. And funny enough the only other beauty item in my cart is one of your other faves…the YSL rebel nudes set! Thanks for the great photos and thorough reviews.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Denise, glad the swatches helped! If you can get the YSL set I highly recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Quirky Busy Beauty July 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I actually didn't go crazy in beauty this year- I'll probably still pick up a Foreo Luna, the Beautyblender set, and possibly the Drybar set. I only picked up the new MAC mattes palette and the 2 Lorac eye/cheek palettes for now (the one without the blue is really pretty for fall) and focused on clothes and jewelry instead for Early Access. One question- do you happen to have MAC Shy Shine? I've been contemplating the Sunblessed Kit and wondered how close those 2 lipsticks are.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      I do have Shy Shine which is sheerer, glossier and more peach. For some reason Sunblessed is peachy but looks pink on my lips!

  • Jenny D. July 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Love your haul! The Charlotte tilbury palette looks so nice!


  • Lena S July 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you for your swatches! They are very helpful. Of the beauty items you picked up, which was your favorite? Im debating between the CT palette or the Hourglass. I don't think I need both. Which would you recommend (for someone who is fair skinned). Thanks in advance!

    • Anonymous July 20, 2016 at 1:01 am

      I am using the CT palette and am about an NC 15. I am normally not big on bronzers since most are too dark or too orange for me but I love every color in this palette.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Lena – I would say you will probably like the Charlotte Tilbury palette more if you are on the fair side.

  • GK July 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    What are you favourite Mac products – I'm heading to the sample sale tomorrow!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      By now you've probably already been to the sample sale – hope you found some good items!

  • Bella July 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks as always, for the beautiful pics, swatches and reviews! Especially the lips side-by-side, as you noted. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Bella!

  • Anonymous July 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I got the CT palette, Laura Mercier nude lip set and Living Proof shampoo set. I'm still mulling on whether I should get the Survivial kit 1 – I don't have any of those colors but that Rebel Nudes set looks great! I bought the Hourglass Holiday palette this past year and I still have not used much of it so I'm going to pass on getting this palette. Love your haul! Cheers! Cherie

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Great picks! I totally get passing on the HG trio if you already have the holiday one!

  • Gene July 19, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Sunblessed Cremesheen is the exact nude I've been looking for. I think it'll pull really well on my yellow undertone, biracial skin. Thank you for an extensive review as always!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Gene – hope it ends up working for you! It's peachy in the tube but I find it so odd it pulls more pinky nude on my complexion. Either way I think it's a great color.

  • szkieล‚ko July 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I wish i had Nordstrom in Poland ๐Ÿ™ all the products you have mentioned seem great deals ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      I wish you had a Nordstrom too ๐Ÿ™

  • Anonymous July 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

    As usual the Diptyque item sold out in the first couple of days. Oh well, I was more upset when I couldn't get last years item.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      I wonder if they will restock, I can't believe some of the items sold out during early access.

  • Clever Girl Reviews July 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I'll probably pick up the Hourglass Palette!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm


  • Kelly July 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Appreciate these swatches, as always. I have very fair (but warm) skin and I passed on the first CT palette – I loved the idea of an 'all in one' for short trips/easy touch ups, but the cheek colours seemed too cool and I got hardly any payoff from the eye shades when I swatched them. The Nordstrom one looks great because the blushes look a bit more coral, which I what I go for and I love that mink-y eye colour. Do you think the bronzer would be too deep, is my only concern?

    • Sabrina July 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Kelly – the CT Palette powders are very soft and easy to blend. I think with a light hand the bronzer could work. I swatched with a very heavy hand to make the items show up.

  • bisbee July 21, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I keep checking back for the Diptyque set…no luck so far.

  • rebecca blackerby July 22, 2016 at 7:21 am

    heartbroken the diptyque set is sold out! it was the only thing i wanted. I might get the ysl set though