I recently mentioned The Makeup Show NYC and all of the newness that was happening, so it’s no surprise that I ended up purchasing more than a few products.
I swear, I have a makeup problem.
Although I came in with a list of things (some to restock, some new) al of that went out the window when I walked in. As expected, pro MUAs (and bloggers) came out in FULL force meaning each booth was quite crowded. While I wanted to speak with a few brand reps to get the scoop on the new releases, I simply couldn’t get through.
Here’s what I picked up:
- Henry Charles Talk Back Pouch: I first heard about this brand via Paula of Thirteen Thoughts. I had the opportunity to chat with Candice, the founder of Henry Charles, and her husband and I really want the brand to succeed. The makeup bags are made with vegan leather and have a coated, water resistant lining. I loved the bright pop of color in this bag and it’s just right size to carry my everyday makeup. I also have my eye on the Large Deluxe bag as it’s the perfect travel cosmetic bag!
- Beautyblender Set (set is exclusive to The Makeup Show but this and this are very similar): I always use The Makeup Show as a time to restock on my beautyblenders. There’s always a deal and it’s always good to replace your beautyblenders every couple of months (though I’ve been known to stretch it out a bit…oops!) If you’re on a budget, I do love the Real Techniques sponge but I always find myself going for the beautyblender (I swear it’s a bit softer, although the Real Techniques sponge does get better as you use it). I also have this set on my wish list since it’s perfect for summer!!
- Smith Cosmetics 115 and 247 Brushes: so a few of my favorite YouTubers (Desi, Katy, and Sam) actually recommended Smith Cosmetics brushes but the price tag always had me S H O O K. I initially went to the show looking to purchase seven brushes but reality set in and I prioritized a face brush (my favorite kind of brushes) as well as a crease brush. The 115 has short, densely packed hairs which is great for all types of foundation (cream, powder, and liquid). It is made with a 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibers. The 247 is made with soft natural goat hair and is great for blending from the crease to the outer corner of the eye without irritation. A good crease brush can make or break an eye look in my opinion.
- Jouer Springtime in Paris Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette: I initially passed on this when it first launched because I was neither impressed or bored by Jouer’s Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette. It’s a good palette but not standout. It’s a very basic palette, so I wrote off Jouer as a palette destination. I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched the Springtime in Paris palette because the color payoff is there and the colors are beautiful. While I would have traditionally associated the colors in the palette for an autumn release (lots of jewel tones), it’s refreshing to see a spring palette with some deeper hues. Plus it was $28 (originally $40) and I love a Parisian anything.
- The Lip Bar Lipgloss in Control Freak: I’ve never heard of The Lip Bar prior to The Makeup Show but I’m glad I found them! Especially when it’s a female, black-owned business. The Lip Bar is vegan and has a selection of lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, and now lipglosses (just launched; going up soon on their site). While doing my research, it turns out the founder of Lip Bar (Melissa) was on Shark Tank! Now as I rewatched her clip, I found myself getting upset so I’m happy to find out that The Lip Bar is currently available on Target.com and, according to Melissa during the show, it’ll be available in Target stores later this year. Talk about girl power! Control Freak Lipgloss is a beautiful burnt orange shade that’s bright enough for spring but also versatile for autumn.
The one brand I KNEW I had to visit at The Makeup Show was Juvia’s Place. Now I first heard about Juvia’s Place from a few beauty vloggers like Alissa Ashley and Tifjef069. The brand recently blew up when it went mainstream and started working with vloggers like NikkieTutorials and KathleenLights. Internet drama aside, these palettes are great. That said, I do wish they would prominently feature influencers of color on their product pages, not just NikkieTutorials…
I purchased the Nubian Palette a few weeks ago and used this time to stock up on their other offerings at a discounted price. I also received a complimentary single shadow which is a great bonus.
- Nubian 2 Palette: this guy has four matte and eight metallic/ shimmer shades. The pans are much larger than that of the original Nubian palette.
- The Saharan Blush Palette Vol. 1: this was a hotly anticipated launch alongside the volume two blush palette. There are three matte and three highlighter shades. They can be used on the face and eyes and are really pigmented. Neo, Zane and Toby are great blush shades on my skintone while Zara and Lila make for great highlighter shades. Aby is going to be my contour shade. I’m really excited about this purchase!!
What have you picked up lately? Have you tried any of the products I picked up? Let me know!