Happy Sunday Beauties!
Last week, I decided to switch up the usual “Sample Sunday” routine. Typically, I open my massive box of samples and pull out the first 5 samples, eyes closed, and use them throughout the week. However this time, I decided to deliberately go through and pull out 5 makeup samples to challenge myself to do a full face of makeup using samples.
Here are the 5 samples I chose last week
Name: Bite Beauty Multistick
Price: Full Size = $28.00 CAD
Review: For my look, I used the the bottom shade (cashew) and the middle shade (papaya). Since I already own 2 full sized Bite Multisticks and 3-4 deluxe-sized samples/mini’s, I’ve familiar with how this product works, and I love it. It applies as a cream at first, but as you blend, it turns almost into a powder, which makes it idea for applying on top of cream products like foundation. I prefer these on the cheeks and on the lips, simply because as an eyeshadow, I have oily eyelids, so I really need to set a good base/primer on my lids, apply this product, then set it with a similar colour in powder form in order to prevent creasing. A little goes a long way, so if you can get your hands on the mini’s, I highly recommend getting those instead.
Would I buy the full-size?: Yes! These are great for the popular monotone look.
Name: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Price: Full Size = $33.00 CAD
Review: What I loved most about this sample is that it came with a mini eyeliner brush, which allowed for ultra precision when applying to the eyelid. The formula is definitely more on the dry side rather than a gel. I used to love this form of eyeliner before discovering liquid liners in pen forms, but this is definitely not for makeup “newbies” because it takes a lot of precision to get a clean crisp line. However, the staying power on this is fantastic and didn’t smudge or transfer to my eyelid.
Would I buy the full-size?: No, simply because I don’t use potted eyeliner on a regular basis, and the formula was really similar to the Maybelline gel potted eyeliner, which is 1/3rd of the cost of this. However, if you’re looking to splurge on a potted eyeliner, this would be a good option, the staying power on this is great!
Name: Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Salicylic Acid
Price: Full Size = $44.00 CAD
Review: I actually already have this in full-size and I love it. It really is mattifying on the skin, and feels like a hybrid between a gel and a silicone primer. I use this on days when I have a breakout and use it almost as a spot treatment, so for me, the full-size tube lasts a very long time.
Would I buy the full-size?: Yes yes yes! If you’re prone to blemishes, you NEED this in your life!
Name: Tarte Rainforest Foundation
Price: Full Size = $51.00 CAD
Review: I was nervous to try this foundation sample because quite clearly, they are all too dark for me. The lighted shade was “fair neutral” which was still way too dark for me. I truthfully had to use quite a bit of my Body Shop Lightening Drops to get it to a shade that matches me. Overall, it blends in super well (I used a beauty blender), creates a natural finish (medium coverage), and the staying powder was good, it didn’t crease around my nose as much as other foundations tend to do.
Would I buy the full-size?: Yes but only if I can get properly shade matched at Sephora. Unfortunately, I’ve never had luck getting matched with Tarte in the past, so we’ll see!
Name: Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder
Price: Full Size = $22.00 USD (Approx. $28.00 CAD)
Review: This powder was super finely milled, which I really appreciate. It felt similar to the Laura Mercier powder, but was surprisingly a little too white for me (as in, you could tell I was wearing a brightening powder underneath my eyes). It also didn’t seem to absorb the oil from my skin or keep me matte throughout the day.
Would I buy the full-size?: I need to keep playing around with it but I don’t think so.
Here’s the look I created (apologies for the blurriness, I was in the car, haha!)
I used one of the Bite Beauty Multistick shades on my eyes and blended it out with a bronzy transition shade. I also used the multistick on my cheeks and tapped it super lightly on my lips (topped with NYX gloss). I smudged out the Bobbi Brown liner on my top lash to create a subtle winged liner.
What do you think, beauties? Did I do a good job using makeup samples to create a full look? Would you like to see more “deliberate” sample sundays, where I purposely pick 5 samples in the same category, ie: All skincare, all haircare, all foundations, etc? Let me know in the comments below!