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Full Face First Impressions

Along with the #MMWC I really wanted to start doing first impression posts to get me, well to get some of these products out of their boxes.


What I like about this process is what you initially gather versus what you end up using. It's interesting seeing what works, what doesn't and what doesn't work well together.


I did use some staples but I'll only give the beauty breakdown for the new products. Let's just categorize these as 'pass', 'fail' and 'undecided' for now. I'm sure the stellar ones you'll see later in favourites posts and the flops will have to be let go.
  • black|Up Protective Primer SPF 25 - pass
  • Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation '315 Tawny' - undecided; might be the wrong shade
  • M.A.C Studio Fix Perfecting Powder 'Dark' - pass; love the packaging
  • NARS Dual-Intensity Blush 'Sexual Content' - undecided; I mostly bought it for the exterior packaging
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Blush 'Surreal Effect' - undecided; it did show up on my complexion though
  • Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo 'Moodlight' - pass
  • Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer '50 Medium/Deep' - fail; ain't no deep round hurrr
  • Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder 'Banana' - undecided; I like the packaging though
  • LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer - fail; I'm realising I'm not a fan of primers that make my lids instantly matte
  • Clinique All About Shadow Quad '03 Morning Java' - pass; they all have some form of shimmer or sheen though so (an) additional matte shade(s) is/are necessary
  • Ilia Pure Eyeliners 'My Generation' and 'Rebel Rebel' - pass
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara Classico - #LOVE
  • Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer '02 Flame Pop' - undecided
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer '02 Flame Pop' swatch - www.modenmakeup.com


Let us know if you've tried any of these products in the comments.

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