I was on a strict no-buy after the Sephora VIB sale in November. I was doing so well with the no-buy until last week, but hey, I lasted a few months, right? 😛 So I went to TJ Maxx and stumbled upon the jackpot! What great luck! I never find anything good there. However, this time there were a bunch of ABH contour palettes, Bite Beauty lip products, Smashbox contour kits, e.l.f. products and the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation. I picked up a Bite Beauty Fruit Lip Gloss, a Smashbox contour kit and the Maybelline foundation. I also recently purchased the Jouer blush duo in Adore Me and the ABH Soft Glam eyeshadow palette. With all the new makeup I got, I wanted to try it all out and tell y’all what my first impressions are. So if you’re curious about any of these products, just keep reading!
Maybelline – SuperStay Better Skin Foundation ($11.99) – I didn’t realize that when Maybelline released their new line of SuperStay Full Coverage foundation that most stores would be replacing this older foundation line with the new line. I actually thought they had gotten rid of this older line because I couldn’t find it anywhere in stores. I was getting so bummed out because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do a comparison post. However, it is still available for purchase on the Maybelline website, so I’m still going to do that post – yay! So this foundation has a good medium coverage and it did last for a really long time on the first full day of wear. It definitely lasted much longer on my face than the Fit Me foundation, which makes me ecstatic because I do love the Fit Me so much, but it also felt heavier than the Fit Me. I think the shade I got, 10 Porcelain, is a hair too light, but nothing a little bronzer or tinted powder can’t fix. Overall my first impression is pretty good. Next time, I am going to wear it with the corresponding Better Skin concealer and see how that goes.
bareMinerals – BarePro Concealer ($24) – What prompted me to try this concealer was Influenster. I am participating in the VirtualVox, BUT I did not receive this product for free. I did have to go to a bareMinerals boutique to purchase this concealer, so for sure, y’all don’t have to worry about any bias here. I used to think that pot concealers were really dry, but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pot Concealer shattered that misconception. So when I purchased this concealer, I didn’t want to jump to the conclusion that it would be dry because it has a stick formula, but girl, I was so disappointed. I swatched it on the back of my hand first and it glided, GLIDED. I was thinking, “Oooo this is going to be so good! Look how smooth it swatched.” WRONG. It dragged in the undereye area and blending it out was a nightmare because it dries very quickly. I usually apply concealer to all the places that I need it on and then blend it out, but you can’t do that with this concealer. The coverage is good, but after setting it with powder, it made my undereyes look super dry and it also creased. I’m going to wear it one more time to see if I can get it to look better, but if it doesn’t work, I’m returning this.
Smashbox Cosmetics – Step-by-step Contour Stick Kit ($23 each stick or $45 for the kit) – I have been eyeing this product for a very long time. I saw one of my favorite YouTubers use it and then I wanted it – story of my life, lol. So I used the bronze and contour stick. It applied very smoothly and blended out easily, which is so amazing considering how the concealer stick failed me and that was also a stick formula. I didn’t use the highlight stick though, because I don’t usually highlight my face anyways. I only use concealer in the undereye area to cover up dark circles. Overall, my first impression of this product is good. I really liked it and will definitely use it again. The highlight stick will go into the giveaway bin.
Sonia Kashuk – Makeup Blender ($7) – Wow, I love this sponge!!! It is super soft and doesn’t soak up too much product. It feels larger than some of the other makeup sponges I have tried in the past, but that doesn’t bother me. I like it so much that I am re-considering my top 3 makeup sponges.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($42) – Where do I start….ok, first of all, I did not try or get the Subculture palette, but I did hear about all the formula and/or batch issues that some YouTubers and consumers were having with that palette. Before I purchased the palette I did watch YouTube reviews and it seemed like the issues that arose with the Subculture palette were not be present in this new palette. Also, because this palette is full of warm tones, which I love, I was completely on-board for getting and trying out this palette. I have worn this palette on two occasions now. I definitely have not used this palette enough for me to generate a full, more well-rounded review, but just based off of the two times I used it, I’m not impressed. I did do some swatches for y’all. I’m sorry that picture isn’t close up or very clear, but hey, it’s a first impressions….in a full review, you know I’ll show zoomed in and focused pictures on the shades. Anyways, I’m just not feeling as inspired by this palette as I do with the Modern Renaissance or other warm-tone palettes. I am going to keep on using this palette. I didn’t really have an issue with the formula, at least not with the shades that I’ve used so far. I’m hoping to draw some inspiration from other influencers who have created looks with this palette. So look forward to a full review and several makeup looks!
Fenty Beauty – Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow ($18) – Like the Soft Glam palette, this lip gloss was meh. In the tube, it looks super glittery and rosy pink. When you swatch it, it still looks really pretty, but then you apply it on the lips, it just looks clear? I like the scent and I like the glossyness. It’s not super sticky and the glitter isn’t chunky. So really there’s nothing wrong with it, but there’s also nothing extraordinary about it that would justify the price tag of $18 when I can get an equally nice gloss by Nyx for $5 – you get what I mean?
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