A high end haul from an epic makeup get together
Last month I was able to get a press pass to visit The Makeup Show in Los Angeles for the first time. A big fan of IMATS, I was excited to check out this pro-only event. I went in with high hopes, which were instantly exceeded. The show has a much more intimate vibe than IMATS, smaller and definitely more curated for makeup artists. If IMATS is the kid sister; hyper and full of glitter, The Makeup Show is the older, hip cousin who will show you how to pluck your eyebrows and make you feel cooler just being around. She’ll probably give you your first drink too.
I made a plan of attack, squirreled away a budget and hit the show. Here’s what I bought, (with the exception of two items). And stay tuned for post part 2, which will be the gift bag details. That’s the beast shown above!
(Please note, show prices were lower than the retail prices noted here.)
One of the things I was most excited about for The Makeup Show was seeing Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. A long time fan of the brand, I was disappointed when their line at IMATS wrapped around their booth (but excited for them as well). Hooray for me, I was able to walk straight up to the cute blue-lipped boy and ask for Grandma Nail Lacquer ($10)! I’ve now got a match for my favorite uber-coral Lip Tar.
I had to really control myself at MAKE UP FOR EVER. I think I may have controlled myself a bit too much because I can’t believe this is all I got! First booth restraint, I believe. I picked up Rouge Artist Intense($19) in 46; a matte and extremely pigmented berry red. I LOVE the old school lipstick smell of these.
And because I’m been a bit Aqua Eyes($18) obsessed lately, I picked up 1L; a shimmery charcoal.
I love the products I picked up from Kevyn Aucoin.
The Expert Lip Color ($34) in Faith is divine; an ultra light and sheer nude with golden shimmer. And OMG, the lipstick snaps shut with such an incredible satisfying magnetic “click”!
The Eye Shadow Duo ($42) in #204 is beautiful inside and out as well; a taupe and burgundy shimmer in their signature ombre metal case.
I had a really amazing booth experience at Youngblood. The makeup artists were REALLY helpful. We dished about colors, formulas and skincare, and I walked away with Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta; an oil-free poppy pink that melts into your skin, then sets and doesn’t budge. I was also gifted Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in Revealed for just liking them on Facebook (which ! already did!) The golden pink with flecks of gold shimmer looks insanely pretty over nude liner.
I bought more at the Cult Nails booth than any other. I never fail to let out an “oooh!” every time I see a fellow blogger reviewing a shade. So much so that I went straight to Phyrra to ask what her must have shades were! Maria, the owner, is really sweet and it was a blast to browse. I can’t wait to show you these on my nails. Here’s what I ended up with (all bottles $12).
Manipulative is a robin’s egg blue with micro fine silver and teal shimmer.
Alter Ego is one of their color shifting top coat from a line called Deceptive. In the bottle it looks like a peachy gold shimmer, but applied over polish (especially black) it’s creates an antiqued golden green glow.
Captivated was a no brainer for me and the first one I grabbed. It’s a coral jelly with chunky coral and gold glitter. It’s breathtakingly sparkly, isn’t it?
Mind Control was gifted to me (thank you Maria!) and it’s a dark purple with holographic glitter that shifts from green/gold to pink/purple.
Oh Ellis Faas, how I love you. Any day I get to play with this line is a good day. And it was a VERY good day because I got to pick up their Skin Veil, a product that’s a touch more than a tinted moisturizer but not quite a foundation. Oh people, this stuff is so pretty! I picked up S103 in the click pen and brush applicator. It’s a splurge for sure (you get two 7ml cartridges for $65 or a .17 oz bottle for $90) but a worthy one. It’s SPF15 formula diffuses light, softening wrinkles and making you look downright glowy.
That’s my purchase haul! Check back next week to see the items that came in the press gift bag (the biggest bag I ever got, ya’ll!)
The Makeup Show New York is happening in May (in fact, tickets just went on sale). I highly recommend a visit!
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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