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Thursday, 28 January 2016

First impressions of recent purchases: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, MAC Tan Pigment, Kat Von D Trooper Liner

Instead of just showing you what I bought recently, I thought it would be different to give you my initial thoughts on the products for a change, to tell you if they lived up to my expectations. This is very much a first impressions post & my thoughts may vary as I continue to use the products, depending on how my skin changes, if they break or dry out quickly. My final impressions will probably be in empties posts but let's get started with my initial thoughts!

I have four products to share with you today and the one that I was ridiculously giddy about trying ever since I saw Lily Pebbles use it in a tutorial in December, is Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. As with all Chanel foundations, this is pretty pricey at €45 so it would be worth trying to get a sample before buying as it's a lot of money to waste if you don't like the product. Needless to say, I didn't take my own advice & just ordered online. I chose No30, which is a pretty good match for my skin. First things first, I love the packaging (although not travel-friendly as it is a glass bottle) - I prefer it to Vitalumiere Aqua, which is housed in a plastic bottle. A big thumbs up for the pump and lid (one of my peeves is when foundations don't come with a pump - I'm looking at you, Nars Sheer Glow!). If you don't like scented products on your face, this will not be for you because it has quite a strong rose scent so bear that in mind if you are thinking of purchasing this foundation. It has a creamy-liquid texture and I find that the best way to apply it is either with a patting motion with my fingers or with the beautyblender - I have tried it with brushes but it just doesn't look as good. One thin layer gives a light-medium coverage but I have found that I need to be very careful when applying a second layer on areas that need more coverage because it can tend to look a little cakey on my dry skin. There is no denying that this foundation gives your skin a healthy glow, as the name would suggest, but if you are looking for dewiness, this is not the one for you. I use my Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist over it so soften the look a little because it can look a little matte (but not flat) on me in certain areas where I am drier. It contains SPF 25, so wouldn't be suitable for flash photography situations. It is pretty long-lasting - a good 8/9 hours before it needs touching up. When I first applied this foundation, I was a little disappointed because it didn't blow me away like I expected it to however, the more I use it, the more I like it. It isn't my absolute favourite foundation but I can work with it. I find that I need my skin to be very well prepped for it to look as good as I want it to. So overall, at this stage, I like this foundation but I haven't fallen head over heels.

Now on to the three eye products. First up is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. I was coming to the end of my Brow Wiz and decided to order this for a change and when it arrived, I tested it on my hand and instantly thought it would be a fail for me. With the Brow Wiz, you only have to use light, feathery strokes, but with this, I felt I had to press harder to get the product to show on my skin as the texture seemed quite waxy. So initial thoughts weren't great! However, when I tried it on my brows, I fell in love. It is so easy to use and you definitely don't need to be as heavy-handed as I thought. The angled nib means that the tip can be used to create the general shape that you want and the wedge part of the nib then fills in gaps and recreates hairs, as the Brow Wiz does. I actually prefer this to the Brow Wiz now - I find it much faster to do my brows and they look much more "defined" - result! It has a spooley on one end & the pencil itself is retractable, just like the Brow Wiz. A big thumbs up from me!

As a big liquid liner fan, Kat Von D Ink Liner in the shade Trooper is something I had wanted for a long time, so when my friend picked it up in the States for me I was delighted. I like the fun/punky packaging that all Kat Von D products have and this is no different. The fine nib on this pencil makes it very easy to use and control to get a fine line, thick line or feline flick. It is a deep black, however it isn't quite as black as my favourite liquid liner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I have quite watery eyes but the staying power of this is brilliant so I don't need to worry about smudging. Overall, I am enjoying using this liner but it doesn't replace my favourite due to not being the blackest black I've ever used.

Finally, after having it on my wishlist for the longest time, I recently bought MAC pigment in the shade Tan. I have a few other pigments that I love using and I wanted Tan because I love the shade Melon and thought it would be quite similar. I find MAC pigments easy to work with & I apply them with a 239 brush & a little Fix + on the brush to increase wear time. At the moment, I prefer Melon to Tan but I am hoping that in the summer months, when I have a bit more colour in my cheeks, that I will enjoy using it more. I just feel that Melon looks better with my green eyes.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchases but the Brow Definer is the only one I can say that I really love. What have you been buying recently? Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below!

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