I spent the better part of my morning trying out quite a few new products for the first time! It was really fun, and is actually the first time I've done something like that - usually it's a very slow and lengthy one-at-a-time kind of process. It also reminded me that I love watching First Impression videos, so I thought I'd share some of my initial thoughts. And as a side note, I mainly tried the lip products to see what the colors were like and how they felt during application.
***All items purchased by me or received as a promo code. Affiliate links included.***
By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat - This was an item fully purchased under the influence of SALE GOGGLES. Why?? Because I swore off loose powders, but ended up clicking it into my SpaceNK basket because it looked cool and because it's By Terry and because the description sounded fantastic and because it was FIFTY % off and I had no idea what to get for The Beauty Look Book SpaceNK GWP promo!! But I tried it today and really liked what I saw! I bought the color Moon Glow, which is a very light lavender color. This is described as one of those color correcting, light reflecting yet mattifying, non-drying concoctions. I did see some color correcting...it cancelled out some of my redness. It also was silky soft and had a really nice finish that was not quite matte, but not quite light reflecting...guess I would call it very natural but better?! I ended up washing my face a couple of hours later, so I can't speak to other claims, but so far so good.
Tangle Teaser - ***EDIT - Sorry I didn't realize this is actually the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler. My friend told me last night there are different versions and I had no idea ha ha! Anyway this version has a cover to protect the bristles.*** I'm very happy with my current brushes, but have been looking for something comparable to my Aveda Paddle Brush (I have 2!!) for traveling. Overall I'm trying to lighten my load, and the Aveda brush is a little unwieldy in the suitcase and heavier than I'd like (especially given that I also bring a large round brush). I love the Aveda brush because it really massages my scalp and in only a few strokes I can get my whole head done! Of course I usually brush longer because it feels that good :-) Off the bat the longer bristles aren't stiff enough to get through my thick hair as quickly as the Aveda. It worked eventually, but just took a lot longer. The bristles felt slightly massaging, but again took more effort on the bottom 3/4 of my head where there's progressively more hair. But it did glide through very smoothly, so I have high hopes for wet hair! Overall, I think it's a good purchase, and I'll probably end up keeping it even though it's not as quick as the Aveda brush - hey it fits my criteria for travel purposes.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 204 Tisse Vendome - This is the first of 2 of the new shadow quads I bought the other day when I went to swatch the Dentelle highlighter at Nordstrom. The other one I bought is 208 Tisse Gabrielle. Oooh, wow...this was love at first swipe of the sponge tip applicator! And yes, I did use the sponge tip applicators provided LOL! The SA said I'd get a more saturated color application if I used the sponge tip applicator or a denser, stiffer synthetic brush. Otherwise, she said the application would be very sheer. Upon her advice I went straight for the sponge tips...love the colors, they blended beautifully and felt creamy and extremely smooth going on. There was also something extra that I loved but can't quite put my finger on yet! The SA also recommended patting and swiping vs. only swiping for better color payoff. I blended with the Armani Large Eye Contour Brush - I know it's bigger than normal, but I really like it, especially for when I do a single wash of color and for when I don't need precise blending. Really looking forward to playing with this and Tisse Gabrielle more!! I'm already lemming some of the other colors. For a very comprehensive post and swatches, please see Color Me Loud.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso - This was the USA Sephora promo code. I only tried this on for the color and it was a hair too warm for me. I also found it really difficult to make a clean line, which I often find with the liquid lipstick type formulas. 2 strikes that are deal breakers so I won't be using it again.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Champagne - I still haven't tried the original Agave Lip Mask, but couldn't resist the Champage color after seeing Liz @ Beauty Reductionista Pin it! To the eye it's champagne-y bronzy with pink. On my pigmented lips it ends up being more bronze with a little champagne and barely any pink. I think I like the color even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting?? Definitely needs more testing and more importantly, need to find out how it performs. Ok, I know not glamorous, but below is a quick swatch on a tissue - ack it was the closest thing at the time!! ***EDIT 7/13 - been wearing this all day today, and I think I was wrong when I described it as having bronze - sorry! So lemme change that...it's a golden champagne with pink vs. say, an ivory champagne color. On the lips I see mostly golden champagne and not really any pink.*** UPDATED HERE.
Last are 2 of the Rouge Coco Shines in 93 Intime and 94 Confident from the Fall 2014 collection. I haven't tried the Rouge Coco Shine formula before. Both felt nice and smooth going on, I guess a lightweight lipstick, balmy kind of thing?? Not super pigmented but from reviews I wasn't expecting that. I quite liked both colors, but not LOVE. They are nice neutrals for me, you know ones that help make you look more polished but don't necessarily make a statement. I really liked that these seemed to be swipe and go type of lippies, and not ones that I have to spend all day trying to get a precise reapplication. We'll see how they end up during the wear tests! Below are more color accurate pics of Intime and Confident. UPDATED HERE.
Have you tried any of these products yet? What do you think of them?
Also...do you find this type of post helpful - would you like to see more First Impression posts? Or do you prefer straight up reviews?