As a beauty junkie I am always gathering samples, which typically come with online purchases or when I’m interested in purchasing something from a department store. I outright refuse to subscribe to those sample boxes on principle; they’re meant to be free, for goodness sake! I thought it would be fun to share my first impressions on a week’s worth of samples and let you know whether or not I plan to purchase a full size of any of the products. For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($51*): I used Light Neutral and it fit me well for winter, I would have to go darker for summer. The foundation blended easily and didn’t crease or break up on me throughout the day. It gave medium to full coverage with a natural finish. It did have a hard time covering the darkest of my acne scarring but I don’t mind blending a bit of concealer if the rest looks good. It’s not clear if this has SPF, but I don’t mind layering sunscreen underneath. Cruelty free. I would buy this! WR
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($35*): Light/Warm was much too yellow for me, though it was at a good brightness level. Not as full coverage as I would want for underneath the eyes. WNR
- Glamglow GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment Sonic Blue ($79*): This is exactly the same as the regular Gravity Mud mask, but metallic blue in color instead of silver. The mask forms a thin film on the face that dries within 30 minutes and smells like a tropical drink, and once it is dry you can peel it off for easy removal. I loved the numbing sensation it gave at first, and it looked and smelled fun, however I can’t responsibly say that I saw any difference to my skin. For nearly $80 I would want some kind of results, but this didn’t deliver. If I got this in a sampler pack, or if they sold travel sizes for special occasions I would like to use it again, but otherwise I won’t spend the money. Also, the mask is messy to apply and remove, and does not break down in water, creating extra waste. WNR
- Guerlain Abeille Royale Rich Day Cream ($177*): I liked the silky application and the gentle fragrance, but within a few hours my skin felt dry. Very disappointing for the price. WNR
- Guerlain Météorites Oxygen Care Moisturizer & Radiance Booster ($82*): Average moisturizer, not the best yet not the worst. Supposedly has a strong scent but my Clarins Blue Orchid oil overpowers everything. I’m not pleased the ingredient list is not widely available. WNR
- Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youthful Bouncy-Fine Cream ($90*): First thing first, no online retailer I could find is listing ingredients – that’s a big no-no. What are they hiding exactly? This cream’s texture is super silky and feels lightly hydrating (not enough for winter, but maybe in the summer), but it is so incredibly heavily perfumed that it might as well be a body lotion from Bath & Body Works. Like, seriously! Heavy, heavy, heavy floral scent that lasts. I would hesitate before purchasing, but I’m not ruling it out. WNR
- Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($80*): Fans of Fresh’s rose mask will recognize (and probably love) the jellied texture with bits of real plant material. The smell is close to juice box OJ. The mask feels good on, and my skin was noticeably smoother than normal upon removal. The first half of the ingredient list also makes me quite happy, but afterwards it fizzles out. Overall a good mask, could be better if the chemicals were purged and the price sliced in half. I wonder how difficult and expensive it would be to DIY? Going to search up “orange marmalade mask”… WR
Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season?
*Prices true at time of writing.
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