It’s been quite a few months since I last did a ‘first impressions’ post, so it’s time for another one. This one is a bit overdue, since I’ve already featured the MAC Magic Extension mascara in my 5 favourites post from September 2021. However, as you might have guessed, I really like this mascara, so I still wanted to write this post.
The mascara has a big but more classic bristle brush wand. The formula appears a little sticky, but that makes the product grip on to the lashes, and it dries down quite quickly. I think my lashes looked really good; the mascara gave my lashes both length and volume, but especially volume. I did wear two coats on my top lashes to achieve this look. I used a spoolie to remove the mascara marks I got on my eyelids and underneath my eyes (there were very few though), and it was very easy. There was only a little transfer to my browbones/top of my eyelids after a few hours of wear but nothing too bad and the transfer was very minimal the rest of the day. I removed the mascara with regular eye make-up remover, and it was not the easiest mascara to remove; it took a bit more time and effort to remove than it does with most of my go-to mascaras. However, this mascara has a lot of good things going for it and only a few less good things, so overall I really enjoy this mascara. Since I wrote down my first impressions I’ve used up the mascara (which is a travel size), and I continued to enjoy it throughout the couple of months I used it.
It’s been a couple of months since I last did a first impressions post, so I thought it was time to do another one. This time I’ve tested the new Rimmel The Multi-Tasker concealer. I was very intrigued by this concealer, because the packaging is so similar to my favourite concealer, the L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer.
As always, I’m wearing primer and foundation underneath the concealer, and I used the Rimmel concealer underneath my eyes and to cover up spots. The concealer has a big doefoot applicator just as the L’Oréal Infaillible concealer, but I really like that. It has a lightweight and thin formula, and it has good coverage but not as full coverage as the L’Oréal concealer, but almost. I picked up the shade 020 Fair, which is very good shade for me. The concealer blended very easily, which is nice. 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 just over 12 hours, and my undereye area looked pretty much the same at the end of the day as when I first applied it. My only complaint, if you can even call it that, is that the concealer around my nose had creased a bit, but it’s not too bad after 12 hours of wear. All in all, I really enjoyed this concealer, however, I don’t think it’ll ever beat my L’Oréal Infaillible concealer, but I still really like it and I’ll definitely continue to use it.
I’ve been trying out two Essence Lash Princess mascaras, the False Lash Effect and the Curl & Volume, so I thought I would combine my first impressions on both mascaras in one post.
Let’s start with the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara. I’ve already featured this one in a 5 favourites post, which obviously means that I like it. But here are some more details about this mascara.
It has a cone shaped bristle brush/wand which I love. It my lashes look long and voluminous, and I would definitely say that the mascara holds it’s claim of giving a false lash effect. I wore two coats on my top lashes, and I think my lashes look really good. I used a spooly to remove the mascara marks on my eyelids and underneath my eyes (there were very few though), and they was very easy to remove. I discovered very little transfer to the top of my eyelids (and only after many hours of wear), however, the older the formula gets the more it transfers (I’ve been wearing this mascara a lot since I wrote down my first impressions). I removed it with regular eye make-up remover which took a little bit of work, but nothing to bad and I don’t really care because it’s such a great mascara + it’s so affordable!
And now moving on to the Essence Lash Princess Curl & Volume mascara.
This mascara has an hourglass shaped bristle brush/wand, which is not my favourite type of mascara wand (because it’s thick at the end/tip). My lashes are naturally curled, so it’s difficult to say, if they look more curled with this mascara on (I don’t think they do). I wore two coats on my top lashes, and you need that second coat to get the volume that it claims to give, but then you definitely do get volume, and I do think my lashes look really good. I used a spooly to remove the mascara marks on my eyelids and underneath my eyes, and it was fairly easy. There was very little transfer to the top of my eyelids, though nothing major. I removed it with regular eye make-up remover, and it was fairly easy to remove (probably a little easier than the False Lash Effect mascara). My lashes looked good all day, and overall I really like this mascara, however, I think I prefer the False Lash Effect one a little bit more.
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.