So I dragged my tail to IMATS this year to see if anything had changed. It has. I ditched the show a few years ago after it became more of a blogger meetup than a professional convention. I know there had been some rigamoro about people getting kicked out for holding meet and greets and what not. Besides being a damn fire hazard, vendors who paid good money to be there were overrun by people whose sole interest was to see their favorite whozit. Anyway, it was much more business as usual this year. More education, more makeup, more art. Anyway it’s not like anyone is displaced…
There’s always Beautycon.
So I went back, and had an actual good time. I did a couple of interviews, a lot of scouting, and paid special attention to brands that are doing more than shitting out shoddy product for a quick buck. I noticed that all the pedestrian activity took place outside the convention center, and the appearance of a few vloggers garnered a squeal and a hug, but no mobs and no shenanigans.
And no I didn’t get the Anastasia Lip Palette. Yes, I hear it’s amazing. But that show discount… no ma’am. I’ll just get it from Naimies.
Anyway, those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I ended up with some essential brushes (I had to replace my base set) from Hakuhodo, a random Sugarpill shadow, a whole stack of colorfix pigments from Danessa Myricks, highlighters and lipgloss from Jouer, and an insane lipstick and lipgloss set from LORAC.
I got the highlighters because they are a ‘dry’ cream and I found that they buff out subtle and beautiful on skin. I tried it over foundation and they worked fine with a synthetic brush. They are not super obvious though so if you’re into a major reflective highlight they won’t work for you.
From the left, camellia, tiare and champagne. The lipgloss, Frostbite, is on the far right.
These pigments from Danessa Myriks are INSANE. I bought four, then went back and bought four more.
From the left: Rustic, Iconic, Truth, Chocolate, Primary Red, Fireworks, Wild Orchid, and Blackout. I tried to swatch them but I ended up smashing color everywhere. These drops are honestly too big. you need a pin-head sized drop to cover the surface of an eyelid. You can use them everywhere, so I tried Primary Red as lipstick. Worked like a charm. And because it’s so weightless and you need such a little bit, it kind of outdoes your average matte liquid lipstick. I am over the moon about them, but they DO require a learning curve. All of the shimmers work fine with no real effort, but the mattes are more loose and have to be used sparingly and with a good precise brush. I did a real life text with two of them (through hot yoga) and they performed beautifully. They really do last, and you really have to take them off with an oil based cleanser or the strongest micellar water on the planet… like from Natura Siberica. Suffice to say I’m in love.
I got ‘The Inventor’ shadow from Sugarpill, because my sister was on the phone with me and insisted on the colors from the Edward Sissorhands palette (which is no more). Anyway, that’s how that happened. I like it BUT it’s not as dark as I thought it would be. I’m going to use Myrik’s Blackout as a base and see if that changes things to my liking.
The LORAC swatches are coming. 20 colors (10 lipsticks and 10 lipglosses) are gonna take me a minute. Plus warm mattes and what not.
Ciao for now!