First Impressions: New In Beauty

I took these photos back in March, so I’m not sure it counts as new in beauty anymore, but we’re gonna roll with it! I thought I’d talk you through a few products that are new (ish) to my stash, and my first impressions of them. I feel like I don’t do as many beauty reviews anymore as I used to and I miss them, so hopefully you guys will enjoy this too, or at least find it useful!

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid 

A spur of the moment drugstore purchase, this stuff is actually surprisingly great. It comes in a champagne pink shade or light golden bronze, I went for the pink as it’s more my jam. This stuff is pretty universal, and if you’re a fan of the glow, you’ll want to add this to your arsenal. Applied before foundation for a little extra all over glow, patted onto the highpoints for a dewy, natural looking highlight, added on top of lipstick for a little extra sheen – you can do a lot with this! I personally like to mix a little squeeze of this into my base of choice for the day to lighten things up and add a little more dewiness. At £6.99 it’s not going to break the bank either!

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

From the budget friendly and affordable to the downright splurgy, I’ve been eyeballing the Giorgio Armani foundations for a while now, and ended up picking up the Power Fabric Foundation as an early birthday present to myself! Marketed as a full coverage, luminous foundation, this sounded right up my alley. I think this is a little more matte than I originally expected (dry skinned gals steer clear), it definitely needs a moisturising primer underneath – but other than that it does what it says on the tin, high coverage without compromising on glowy, natural finish. It’s not something you NEED, but it’s certainly nice to have.

YSL Touche Eclat Star Collector Edition

Not exactly a new product to me, I’ve used up a handful of these in the past + I used to work for YSL, so I know these things well, but I couldn’t resist the limited edition star print! Connor picked this up for me for my birthday and it’s been nice to have it back in rotation. Again, it’s not a product you need, but it’s nice to have! I use this before concealer as a corrector for under the eyes, and post foundation for a little natural glow to the cheekbones.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer

This was doing the rounds on the blogosphere back at the beginning of the year, so I used some Space NK N.Dulge points to see what all the fuss is about! I’m not normally one for solid concealers, I tend to find them drying, cakey and hard to work with. I’ve been using this with my Sephora Pro Precision Concealer Brush to apply and blend this and I have to say, I’m pretty smitten. I’d describe this as being a concealer version of the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation, high coverage, without compromising on that natural finish. Big thumbs up for this one!

Real Techniques Multitech XL Point Brush

It’s been a long time since I’ve bought any new brushes,  but this one caught my eye in Superdrug and I’m so glad I picked this up. It’s a thick, densely packed, artificial bristle brush, with a domed point to it. It’s big enough to be able to powder your whole face quickly and easily, but tapered enough to be able to precisely apply contour under the cheekbones. It’s a great brush for blending colour out and is just generally a great multitasker.

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

This was very kindly sent to me by the team at Rimmel to road test, and it’s been my daily go to for the last few weeks. Now, I know a lot of bloggers have reported back that this was too heavy for their lashes, but I actually quite liked it! It gives a good dose of volume for the day to day, and holds a curl well, my only gripe is I find that for the first hour or so after I apply, it will transfer a little to my browbone, unless I’ve powdered it quite well. Overall though, a nice mascara for an affordable £6.99, which makes it around a third cheaper than offerings from L’Oreal or Max Factor.

NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Warm

I put off buying this palette for so long, and eventually relenting, using a Boots Voucher leftover from Christmas. I am a bit of an eyeshadow snob, everything I use on my lids is high end, but this has changed my opinions for sure! I haven’t used another palette since getting this, it’s got such a great selection of colours + a nice mix of shimmer and matte shades. They’re pigmented with very little fall out, and I think for £15 this is a total steal!


Let me know if you guys like this post format, and I’ll bring it back with some more products I’ve bought recently!

What’s on your beauty shopping list?