I firstly went into the MAC store in the Met Quarter. Despite it being very busy in there, the staff were very helpful. I explained that I was looking to invest in foundations for my makeup kit but would firstly like to try some samples in a range of colours before I decided what to go for.
I was made up to be given four little pots of MAC Studio Sculpt which apparently gives medium build-able to high coverage.
I have not yet used this product out on myself but have applied it on my sister as she was my model at college this week and two ladies who I did a wedding makeup trial for. I must say, I was impressed with its level of coverage. It gave a lovely flawless look and my models commented that it did not feel heavy on the skin.
I think I will be purchasing this in a light, medium and dark shade for my kit and will be trying it for my own use-see if it can give me a freckle free flawless cover.
I then headed to my favourite store... Debenhams and was immediately drawn in by the Urban Decay counter. Urban Decay, closely followed by Benefit is my favourite Makeup Brand. Although my reason for visiting this counter was to purchase a couple of base shade eye shadows, I thought I would try my luck in asking for more samples.
I was given three shades of Naked Skin. I have not heard of this foundation before but having used it once on myself, I am quite impressed with it. I would say it gives quite a medium coverage. My freckles were still visible through it but I would say on someone with good skin it would give a nice flawless look.
As for the eye shadows, I am already lucky enough to own Naked 2 and Smoked palates but wanted some neutral base colours to use along side the more dramatic colours on these palates, I ended up buying both Virgin and Laced. Although both colours are great, my favourite is Virgin. I think it will provide a brilliant base colour for a variety of eye shadow looks.
Finally, after recommendations from my tutor and follow students on my fashion and photographic makeup course, I decided to try a few Barry M Dazzle Dusts.
I bought a shimmery white one and an aqua blue. Obviously aqua blue is a bit of a bizarre colour to go for, but I bought it deliberately to use for my snow queen fantasy makeup look.
Although you have to be really careful not to either knock the pot flying or load up too much product on your brush, I was impressed with the pigmentation of these and looking at the fab range of colours and reasonable pricing, I can safely say I will be buying more of these!