New Beauty First Impressions

Welcome back, all! I hope everybody enjoyed the long weekend and soaked up every last minute of summer. It has been a long while since I’ve rounded up my monthly beauty favorites. This mostly is due to the fact that I’m trying to use up products before I buy new ones, and I’m overall just happy with what I use on a daily basis. However, I I recently purchased a few new-to-me products to fill some gaps in my makeup collection. A new month and new season should justify a few new products, right?! So, let’s get to it – new beauty first impressions.

New Beauty First Impressions

New Beauty First Impressions

EYEBROWS & EYELASHES

I used to be a huge fan of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, but I never felt the need to repurchase it given the price. Thanks to a recommendation from Elle, I picked up Essence Make Me Brow. You guys, this practically is an exact dupe for Benefit and IT’S LESS THAN $5. You can’t beat that! I have the shade 01 Blondy Brows, and it works great with my blonde/taupe eyebrow hairs. I haven’t used this on bare brows yet, but I do notice a difference when I use it over eyebrow pencil – my brows look more defined and full.

New Beauty First Impressions

Eyelash primer is a staple in my beauty routine – it lengthens my lashes and helps to hold the curl post-eyelash curler and mascara application. While I’ve never been a fan of the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, I knew I had to try the new Voluminous Primer as an alternative to my go-to Clinique lash primer. This is a great drugstore lash primer! It applies evenly, dries pretty quick, and my mascara goes on smoothly over it. I would say it’s darn near identical to the Clinique product, and at $10 or less for each, either one makes a good choice. I’m interested to see how long this tube will last until it either dries out or the product becomes clumpy.

LIPGLOSS

It’s rare these days that I stray from the NYX Butter Glosses, but Revlon won my lips over again. I’m a huge fan of Jessica (LolaMarie7) on YouTube, so when she recommended the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural, I went and got it the same day. This is the ultimate your-lips-but-better gloss. It looks good alone or with any lipstick. My favorite combination as of late is a nude lip pencil filled in all over my lips and this gloss on top. Easy peasy! The formula is super smooth and doesn’t feel heavy or sticky.

New Beauty First Impressions

KAT VON D #LOCKITREVOLUTION

Thanks to Influenster, I was lucky enough to receive and test some new Kat Von D beauty products. The Lock-It Concealer Creme is a great concealer for under eye circles, especially if you prefer a doe wand applicator. I don’t think I would use this product to conceal blemishes because of how thick it is, and it can take a little time to blend out. This won’t replace my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, but it’s a good alternative.

Along with the concealer, the Lock-It Setting Powder is one of the best loose translucent powders that I’ve ever tried. It’s lightweight, oil-absorbing, and doesn’t accentuate fine lines or create cake face. My makeup seems to last longer when I use this powder to set my T-zone, and I haven’t noticed any flashback (when your face appears white in photos) with photography.

New Beauty First Impressions

As part of the same collection, I also received the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush and Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. Let’s get the obvious out of the way – these brushes are straight-up pretty. I’m a fan of the sleek design, and I find that they are very comfortable to hold and work with. However, I don’t find either of these brushes to be anything groundbreaking. At their price point ($24-$38), I have brushes that cost drastically less (hello, e.l.f.) and work just as well. So, if you’re in the market for new makeup brushes, I recommend checking out less expensive alternatives first.

It’s always a promising sign at the beginning of the month when a majority of new beauty first impressions are positive ones! I hope that there’s a few products here that you want to try out for yourself – best part is that most are affordable and accessible at the drugstore.

What new beauty products have you tried lately? Anything I should add to my shopping list?

 

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