Hey everyone! I know it's about a month late but I still wanted to give a show recap on The Makeup Show LA, sharing information about some of the brands I saw there. I was able to interview James Vincent, the Director of Education and Artistry for The Makeup Show and will be posting that soon. The Makeup Show NY is coming up in a few weeks so this can be a preview of what you will expect if you attend the NY Show!
When I go to The Makeup Show LA, I always make a point to visit bdellium Tools. They have an amazing range of synthetic brushes and have recently began to launch some makeup products!
Going into the show, I knew I was excited about the prospect of seeing Natasha Denona eyeshadows in person. They've been getting so much hype online that I wanted to see if they were truly worth the price tag.
My general consensus is that these are incredibly luxurious feeling eyeshadows. They are not quite creamy but not quite powdery. Honestly they feel to me like a more refined version of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows. The shimmery shades need just the lightest rub to get lots of pigmentation. I did get the sense that the ultra metallic shades could be a little flaky and I'm a little worried that the wear time could be compromised due to the creamy finish. I'm a little more understanding of the price tag but it's definitely hard to swallow.
If you're ever in the need to feel retro, you owe it to yourself to check out Besame Cosmetics. They have a huge range of red lipsticks along with other products that epitomize the 40s and 50s.
This is probably the worst picture I could have taken of this product and it truly doesn't do it justice but this paparazzi style photo is of the Guardian Angel Cream Highlighter. The color looks white in the pan but it's got a gorgeous purple duochrome sheen. What's even better is that the cream to powder formula can be used as a primer, since it leaves a smooth texture behind that isn't super wet or creamy. You can also use it as a base for your powder highlighters.
While I was at the show, I went to Mario Badescu and was able to get another jar of my beloved Drying Cream. The Drying Cream is a cream with sulfur that you apply on your acne spots to "dry" them out overnight. This is an absolute must if you've got cystic acne, it makes a world of difference!
OCC recently launched their Magnetic Fields Lip Tar Collection for Spring/Summer 2016. The collection has a variety of shades including a chartreuse, lavender, and turquoise with gold duochrome in the Ready to Wear/RTW packaging. The colors in the Magnetic Fields collection are gorgeous, especially Indrid which is an opalescent grey with pink duochrome. In addition, the brand recently launched at Urban Outfitters in their expanded Beauty department and have an exclusive In Bloom collection available at UO.
They previewed their DECADES Limited Edition Palettes, a collection of four palettes representing the colors epitomized by each decade that they've been in business. Each palette has five eye colors and two face colors. I hadn't even realized that they've been around for 40 years as a makeup company. Truly, they do not get the love that they deserve. They also had their Stylus Winged Liner Brush, their own take on the angled liner brush.
Store-branded cosmetics usually don't get the hype they deserve and it's very true with Sephora's house brand of makeup. Their line of matte lip products are wonderful, especially their cream lip stain. It comes in a great range of colors that would rival your most loved liquid lipstick.
I had heard some great things about Shea Moisture bath and body products from a few people I had followed on Twitter and was excited when they launched their makeup line but they only recently began expanding into more stores. They just launched the line at my local ULTA and I'm stoked to try it out in depth. They had testers for everything so you could get a foundation match if you needed it! The color range for the foundations also go super deep so my fellow POC should be able to find a color match.
The Brush Bar is an interesting concept for brush storage. The Brush Bar uses metal prongs to suspend your brushes upright so that they can dry vertically. I think it's great if you have a smaller brush collection or if you're traveling and need to have a place to dry your brushes in a convenient place.
Urban Decay made their debut at The Makeup Show LA. At the show, they had their recently launched bronzers, highlighters, and color correctors for display. I was also glad to see that they expanded their shade range for the concealers. The Highlighters are pictured below and I'm definitely feeling regret because I wish I had picked up Sin ( the one on the left).
And that's it for the show! I saw a lot but wanted to just highlight some of the new or popular launches from the show. Like I said above, The Makeup Show NY is coming in a few weeks and if you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! The Makeup Show LA will be returning next year in November 2017 (a switch up from their March date).
Have you attended The Makeup Show before? If so, did you enjoy the experience? If not, would you love to attend?