Beauty, Makeup, Review

Five First Impressions: March 2017

5 First Impressions | Essential Twenty

I don’t need to tell you that I try a lot of makeup. Like, a lot of it. Now I’m on an official ‘no spend because you need to save for a new camera lens and a holiday and you know, a house’, I’m finally getting through products that have been sat in my collection for varying amounts of time that I need to try. A couple of Sundays ago I picked out give products that had been nowhere near my face to try for the first time that I could share my first impressions of. It’s an interesting one.

First up is the YoungBlood Mineral Primer* which was not my cup of tea whatsoever. My favourite primers are the more gel or cream based primers, not those that feel like pure silicone on your face. I find these make me look super greasy by the end of the day and this was one of those. Plus, my face seemed to eat up the foundation and I had hardly left on my face within about 4 hours of applying this. If you like Benefit Porefessional I can see you getting on with this (I let my mum try it and she’s a fan of both), but if you’re not a fan of the Porefessional I’d steer clear.

A few weeks ago I received a parcel from Rimmel with their entire brow collection, as well as a whisper about a new brow launch, given the tag line ‘Brows Like Cara’. I was really excited for this launch as I knew that it would be a hugely innovative launch but upon using the Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder* I’m a little disappointed. I don’t have the fairest of brows but I do always have to reach for the lightest shade in a collection but this Rimmel one make my brows look black. Okay, not black, but way too dark for my hair colour. So I can’t really give a full first impressions as after filling in one brow I removed the product and went back to my trusty Benefit Gimme Brow.

Another product I tested out this one Sunday was the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Frame Line Liquid Liner* which was different to my usual choice in liquid liner. For one, it’s brown. I went through a stage where I would use brown kohl liner in my water line as it was less harsh for every day and I feel like brown liquid liner works in a similar way. I also don’t usually go for a brush tip applicator, and tend to reach for a felt tip liner instead. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this was to apply and how put together I looked whilst I was wearing it, but I not sure I’d pay the £20 retail price for it. Sure, it’s a good liner, but I have just as good eyeliners from the likes of Soap & Glory, Rimmel, and L’Oréal that I’d probably favour over this one if it was a case of repurchasing.

5 First Impressions | Essential Twenty

In January, I was a little addicted to buying matte eyeshadow palettes (or at least palettes with a large number of matte shades, I’m looking at you Urban Decay Full Spectrum). When I saw that Zoeva were bringing out a matte palette I could hardly say no, especially as I love the other two Zoeva palettes that I own – Cocoa Blend and Cool Spectrum. The Zoeva Matte Palette is easy to blend, works well for natural as well as more out there looks and is sure to be a real staple in my collection. I only used the shades Urban Culture and Lost In Thoughts for the look I was going for so I can’t talk about the brighter shades in this post, but look out for a full review coming next week. Spoiler: it’s a rave review.

The final product I tried out in my five first impressions was the limited edition (which I didn’t realise at the time of purchase) Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Runway Berry*. Another drugstore dupe for the Kylie Lip Kits, but one I can sort of get behind. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain that they’re limited edition but you can pick up the liquid lipsticks separately so if you’re not fussed on the liner but you’re all about liquid lips then you’re onto a winner. Although the colour isn’t the most me shade I’ve ever worn it’s bright enough for summer without being overboard, although my mum did say that you could see my lips coming before you could see me. If you’re not used to matte lips I wouldn’t recommend this as your first attempt at wearing them as even I, a great advocate for matte lipsticks, found it to be quite drying. But believe me when I say it won’t budge. I went out for lunch the day that I wore this and had prawns in garlic and chilli oil – no movement until I removed it with a gel cleanser and lots of water (but it didn’t stain either so bonus). I wasn’t overly impressed with the lip liner as it was a bit firm, but I rarely wear lip liner so it’s no love lost there.

What I found interesting is the ones that I was sent for PR purposes were products I didn’t get on with so much, but the products that I bought for myself I really enjoyed. Clearly shows that I know what I like in a product now and that I wouldn’t necessarily opt for things I get sent. Not that I’m not grateful, it’s just that I finally know what I love when it comes to cosmetics. Obviously first impressions aren’t everything, but if I dislike something on first wear I’m hardly going to be thrilled about picking it up again. Therefore, on my first impressions for these products I’ll give a big thumbs up to the Zoeva Matte Palette, a medium sized thumbs up to the Barry M Lip Kit and the Joan Collins Liner, and a big no to the YoungBlood Primer and Rimmel Brow Powder.

Do you like reading these first impressions posts? Let me know and I’ll be sure to do more in the future.

*This post contains press samples received in consideration for review. Please read my full disclaimer here.

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