It’s time for another first impressions post, but this time it’s a bit different, because I tested and wrote down my first impressions of three products at once instead of just one. The reason I did this is because I tried out the whole Essence Skin Lovin’ Sensitive line, which consists of a primer, a concealer, and a mineral powder.
The primer: It has a thick and creamy texture, and it applies very nicely. It doesn’t smell of much, which I like, and it feels nice on the skin – smooth and not sticky. My foundation applied very nicely on top of the primer (I wore Maybelline Fit Me foundation).
The concealer: It has a flat doe foot applicator (it’s flat on both sides). The texture is thin and liquidy, and it feels very light on the skin. The product claims to have buildable coverage, medium to high, but I would say that it’s more light to medium coverage. It’s not the best concealer for covering spots due to the lighter coverage, but it’s not terrible. The concealer applied and blended out nicely underneath the eyes though, and it looks quite natural.
The powder: I used the powder to set both my undereyes and my entire face. Even though it might not look like it in the pan, the powder is actually translucent, so everyone should be able to use it. It feels nice and smooth, and it’s definitely mattifying just as it claims to be, however it still feels light on the skin.
Final thoughts: My undereye area had not creased, and my skin still looked pretty matte throughout most of the day. I removed my make-up after about 11 hours of wear, and my skin was a little shiny at that time, but nothing too bad. All products were very easy to remove with micellar water. Overall, I like all three products. None of them wowed me, but I’ll definitely continue to use them. And you can’t beat the affordable price.
It’s been exactly one month since I last wrote a first impressions post, and this time I tested and wrote down my first impressions of the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation.
In this first picture I’m only wearing a primer (e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer) and the foundation. The applicator is a pipette/droplet applicator, which I don’t like; it’s quite messy. I’m wearing the shade 005 Ivory Beige, and it’s a little dark on me, even though it’s the second to lightest shade, but I can make it work. The foundation is full coverage and it has a matte finish (as it claims), but it doesn’t look dry on the skin; my natural oils shine through a little bit, which I don’t mind. It has a pretty strong scent to it, which I’m not the biggest fan of, but I don’t find that it lingers for too long.
In the picture above, I’m also wearing concealer (L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer) and powder (Essence Brighten Up! Banana powder in 10 Bababanana + Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying powder in 021 Transparent), which looked nice on top of the foundation, and I also think it helped a bit with the shade match. The foundation claims to last up to 24 hours, however I only wore it for 9 hours. It looked pretty much the same right before I removed it as when I applied it; my skin was still matte but not dry looking. The foundation was very easy to remove with micellar water, and overall I really like this foundation, and I’ve since purchased the lightest shade to see if it’s a better match.
It’s time for another first impressions post, and this time I’ve tested the L’Oréal True Match Eye-Cream In A Concealer, which I thought sounded very interesting and different.
As always, I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath the concealer, and I only tested this concealer on my undereye area. The concealer has a brush tip applicator, and you have to twist it for a little while before the product appears. I got the shade 1-2D Ivory Beige, which looked way to dark when I first applied it, but it didn’t look too bad once it was blended out (though it still looked a little dark). It’s a light coverage concealer, but it feels very nice and mosturising, however it didn’t cover up my dark circles completely. I did set my undereyes with powder, because I always do that, and the concealer looks smooth in the undereye area. I wore my make-up for about 8,5 hours and my undereye area looked pretty good at the end of the day. I think I’ve only used this concealer once after testing it, because the shade isn’t a great match, but also because the coverage isn’t great. However, I was thinking that maybe I should try to use the concealer together with a another concealer with more coverage (and a better shade) and use this one as a base layer to get the eye cream benefits. I think I might give that a try.
It’s time for a first impressions post on the super popular Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High mascara. I wanted to see for myself if it is as good as everyone says.
The mascara has a very bendy, plastic wand with short bristles. I usually don’t prefer a plastic wand, but this one made it very easy to grap and coat every lash. It made my lashes look long but not too voluminous after the first coat, but when I applied the second coat I achieved a bit more volume, and I think my lashes looked great. I used a spoolie to remove the mascara marks I got on my eyelids and underneath my eyes, and it was not the easiest product to remove, but I made it work. After a few hours of wear I did see a little transfer to my browbones/top of my eyelids, but that is not uncommon to me and it really was minimal. I wore the mascara for just over 12 hours, and I didn’t see any further transfer or flaking throughout the day. I removed the mascara with regular eye make-up remover, and it was not the easiest mascara to remove. It takes a bit more work to get all the product off, but it’s not a deal breaker to me, because I really enjoy this mascara otherwise. I guess, I see why it went viral.
About 1,5 years ago I did a first impressions post on the Essence Camouflage+ matte concealer, and I wasn’t a fan of that one. However, I thought I would try out the Healthy Glow version to see if I liked it better, so here are my first impressions.
I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath, and then applied the concealer, because that’s how I would wear concealer. It is not the best concealer for covering up spots. It has a quite liquidy texture, so it blends away very quickly when you use to cover up spots, so I won’t use it for that purpose again. It looks nice underneath the eyes though; it feels hydrating and I would say that it has medium coverage. I did set my undereyes with powder, because I always do that, and the concealer looks smooth in the undereye area. I wore the concealer for about 8 hours and my undereyes still looked nice and smooth at the end of the day. This is not my favourite concealer ever, and I would not recommend it for spot concealing, but it’s a nice, lightweight undereye concealer, and it’s very affordable too.
It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a new eyeshadow primer. For the past many years I’ve pretty much only been using my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly as my eyeshadow primer/base, but youtuber Emily Noel keeps talking about the Milani Eyeshadow Primer, so I wanted to see if I loved it too.
I decided to do a very colourful eye look to really test the eyeshadow primer. The primer comes in a sqeezy tube, and when it first came out of the tube it was very oily. I applied it with my fingertips, and it was a bit sticky but also slibbery at first, but it dried down to a light, sheer nude colour. When I applied my first eyeshadow all over the lid (a matte nude colour), it created some creases on my eyelids, which I obviously wasn’t happy with. But when I applied the colourful eyeshadows on top the creases did smooth out, which is great of course. The top picture was taking right after I finished my make-up, and the bottom picture was taking about 12 hours later, and as you can see, my eyeshadows looked so great at the end of the day. You can barely see any difference; the shadows stayed pigmented and vibrant all day without creasing. When I first applied the Milani eyeshadow primer, I had my doubts, but when I got past the oily, sticky stage and actually started to apply my eyeshadows, I discovered how great of an eyeshadow primer this is. And it’s affordable too. I’ll probably forever continue to use my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, but this drugstore alternative stays in my make-up collection, and I’ll definitely continue to use it.
I’ve already tested another mascara. It’s the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal – Volume, Lift & Curl mascara, and here are my first impressions.
The mascara has a rather strange flat brush which is quite difficult to use in my opinion. The product claims to give your lashes volume, a lift, and curl them. I feel that it gives your lashes more length than volume, and my lashes are naturally very curled, so I’m not the one to tell if the claim of curl is true or not. I applied that mascara at around 7.15 in the morning and wore it all day, and there was less to none transfer to the browbones which is rare for me, so that’s a big plus. The product I got on my eyelids and undereyes during application was easy to remove without ruining my eyeshadow. However, it was not the easiest mascara to remove with my regular eye make-up remover at the end of the day, but it was not super difficult either; it just took a bit more work. So, I have mixed feelings about this mascara. I don’t like the wand/brush, but I do like that it barely transfers. I also thinks it looks very nice on the lashes, but I would have loved a bit more volume. Since I did my first impressions test, I’ve worn it with a lash primer underneath, and that does seem help on the volume front. Considered the price point and the fact that there are so many great mascaras at the drugstore, I probably wouldn’t repurchase this mascara, but I don’t hate it.
It has been a couple of years since the last time a made a first impressions post on a mascara, and it was on the L’Oréal Paradise Extatic mascara (it’s now called Lash Paradise in Denmark as well), which has been my favourite mascara ever since. However, when I saw the ad for the newest L’Oréal mascara called Air Volume Mega Mascara I was intrigued. I’ve tested it, and now I’m going to share my first impressions with you.
The mascara has a rather chunky wand with short brush hairs, but it’s really easy to use. The mascara claims to give your lashes mega volume while it feels light as air, and I believe that to be true. I think my lashes look both long and voluminous, and they didn’t feel heavy at all. The day I tested the mascara, I wore it for 10 hours, and it didn’t flake. However, it did transfer a bit unto my eyelids shortly after application, but pretty much all mascara transfers a little on me + it’s very common with a brand new mascara. A think a mascara is best after it’s been opened for a little while. The mascara was very easy to remove with regular eye make-up remover. So all in all, my first impressions on the L’Oréal Air Volume Mega Mascara were very good, but I would just like to mention that it just gets better and better with time, and it has quickly become one of my new favourite mascaras, and it’s not often I say that.
I don’t think I ever featured the e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealer in any haul, so instead I decided to do this first impressions post about it.
I got the shade Fair Rose, which is not the best colour match for my skin, but the shade selection at my local supermarket was very limited, and this shade seemed to be the best choice. Even though the colour is a little light and probably has the wrong undertone, I still think I made it work. The concealer has a large doe foot applicator, which I really enjoy in a concealer; it makes the product quick and easy to apply. The product blended out nicely and I liked the texture of it. It almost sets by itself, so only very little powder is needed (though I’m not wearing powder in the picture). The coverage is good, but it’s not as great as I thought it would be. It’s supposed to be a full coverage concealer, and though it looks very nice in the picture, I do wish that it had a little more coverage. I didn’t get to wear the concealer for 16 hours, but I wore it for 11 hours, and it still looked nice right before I removed it; it hadn’t creased. My feelings about this concealer is pretty much down the middle of the road; I do like it, but I’ve tried concealers that I like more.
As I wrote in my latest make-up haul, I’ve tried out the Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation, and I wrote down my first impressions, so here goes.
This picture was taking right after I’d applied the foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory). I’m wearing my go-to primer combo underneath (Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base in the shade Radiant Yellow); it wouldn’t be a fair test otherwise since I always prime first. I’m also wearing concealer underneath my eyes and to cover up the worst spots (MAC Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC20 + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer in the shade 322 Ivory). And now on to the foundation. It blended in beautifully to the skin with a sponge, and it lives up to its claims of being full coverage and lightweight; it really feels like nothing on the skin. The concealers blended in very nicely with the foundation as well. It has a slightly dewy finish which looks very pretty, and my skin shines through in the best way possible meaning it doesn’t look cakey. The foundation contains SPF 50 which you can initially smell, but the scent goes away quickly. I wore the foundation for about 10,5 hours, and it still looked great at the end of the day. In conclusion, I really like this foundation. I like it so much that it has been all I’ve worn since the day I tested it.