First Impressions | Sephora, L’ORÉAL, Kat Von D, NYX and More

Hi everyone and welcome back to The Coveted Lifestyle!

I’ve never done this type of post before so I’m excited for it. With all the new makeup I’ve bought I thought I’d do a first impression. I love when I use a product for a first time as I don’t know what to expect so why not do a first impression and tell you all what my first thoughts are. I find these type of posts helpful as they weirdly help me shop for makeup, if someones had a good first impression with a product then I’ll be more inclined to by it.

The only products I don’t have anything new off is my brows, concealer and marcara. Everything is all brand new and never been used. Some of the products are the new L’Oréal foundation stick and Crushed Metals Highlighter, the Kat Von D Lock It Powder and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks.

So to start off this first impressions I’m using the NYX Total Control Drop Primer. It goes on the exact same way as the foundation does, a lot does come out so I’ll have to be careful next time. It did leave my skin very tacky for my foundation and it also made my skin very matte. I think I need to try this with some of my other foundations as I don’t think this primer worked well with the foundation I used but it may work well with my other ones.

I finally got to try out my L’Oréal Infallible Foundation stick. I saved this foundation as I really wanted to do a first impression on it. The shade matched really well to my skin (I got the shade 100) and was very creamy to apply. I tried on one side of my face blending it with my Eco Tools sponge and it blended out very sheer so on the other side I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Sponge. There was definitely better coverage with the brush but it’s not full coverage, more medium buildable.

It was easily blendable though, some stick foundations I’ve tried don’t blend out well. I really didn’t like the look of this on the skin, it looked textured on my nose and forehead and just looked really tacky. Like my usual foundations I went over the top with my sponge and it made it look better but still not great.  It was very dewy and that’s not really what I look for in my foundations.

I didn’t have a new concealer to try out so the next first impressions was the Kat Von D Lock It Powder and Sephora Beauty Amplified Powder. I used both to set under my eyes and also used the Kat Von D powder for all over my face. I think with the Kat Von D powder being a mini it was really difficult to get product out. It applied nicely to the skin and left it looking matte. On first thoughts it feels and looks the exact same as my Rimmel Match Perfection Powder. I’ll obviously continue to use it but I’m glad I never spent a lot of money on this.

I felt like my brush didn’t pick up much of the Sephora Powder when I swiped it in the pan but it must have as my under eyes became instantly smooth afterwards. It also slightly highlighted my under eyes but not dramatically. I am scared in case this flashes back in photos because it is a pure white powder but I’m praying it wont as there is nothing worse.

I had a new bronzer and a face palette to try out. For my bronzer I tried out the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer. I’ve heard a lot about this from YouTube so I had high hopes. I picked up the limited edition one which I think is slightly different to the original one. This one has a slight shimmer to it whereas the original is matte. It’s a very nice bronzer, perfect for my skin tone as it’s not too orange or dark. It does go on quite sheer so it’s easily buildable. I’m excited to use this in the summer when I have a slight tan, I think it’ll give me the look of having been away on holiday.

For contour, blush and base highlight I tried the Sephora Winter Queen Palette which I bought in my Sephora haul after Christmas. I wasn’t expecting much as this was only about £6 but this is pigmented. I used the bronzer/contour shade to do my contour as well as bronzing me up more and it’s just a standard contour shade. There isn’t really much else to say about it.

The blush shade was really pretty and looked pretty. I looks quite intense in the pan but it just gave my skin a nice flush. I don’t usually like blusher and I barely use it but I think this one will be getting used way more. The highlighters very natural looking, it doesn’t give that glazed doughnut look. My first impression of the palette overall is that for the price it’s a really great palette, I really like the blush the most out of the palette.

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As well as the foundation stick, I got the new L’Oréal Crushed Metals Higlighter in Rose Quartz. I only got this because of HanxRenee’s video as she said it’s a dupe for the Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fushion. I put this on and I was shocked, it was so blinding. If I didn’t know this was from L’Oréal I would have thought it was a high-end one. It’s very buttery and blends into the skin amazingly. It’s more a champagne gold than pinky which is what you’d expect with the name but I like that about it. I think these are hard to get hold of as they aren’t online yet but they are in stores.

I’ve used Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows before but I’ve heard they can sometimes be a hit or a miss depending on what ones you have. I got the eyeshadows in their 4 eyeshadows for £20 deal. I used 2 of the shades I got – Burnt Orange and Fudge. They were easily blendable and pigmented. If these shadows weren’t so expensive I think I’d have every colour there is on offer. The 2 shadows complemented each other perfectly and blended together.

On the same deal as the eyeshadows I picked up 2 of the Anastasia Matte Lipstick for £5 each! For this look I tried out the shade “Peachy” and this is going to be my favourite lipstick. It’s the perfect nude for me, it has a good mix of brown and pink in it. It didn’t feel drying on the lips what’s so ever and it was comfortable to wear.

After the look was done and the foundation had a good chance to set it looked better. My favourite products from this was the highlighter 100% and the eyeshadows. If this is popular I’ll try and do more of these posts in the future.

See you all in my next post

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