Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IMATS NY 2014 Haul: Hakuhodo, Wayne Goss, Bdellium, Alcone & Esqido


Looking at all my IMATS loot in one picture makes it look like a pretty modest haul. While I feel proud of my self restraint, my wallet still took quite a hit and I guess that's what happens when you go for quality over quantity. So far I'm happy with everything I bought and this is one of the most exciting haul posts I've ever had the pleasure of writing. 


At Hakuhodo I splurged on the Yachiyo Large Pointed Brush ($48). I chose this brush because it is totally unique from anything I have in my collection so far and the shape is brilliant for applying product to the cheek area. The handle is made of cane and the hairs actually go all the way down to the tip of the brush. I washed the brush after taking this photo and the hairs fluff out a lot more after washing to produce an almost round shape. I slightly regret not stocking up on more Hakuhodo brushes because they were so well crafted and luxuriously soft but I would have spent all my IMATS allowance at the first booth....

From Beautylish I bought the Wayne Goss #4 Brush ($28) which is a tapered blending brush. This brush is very narrow and unbelievably soft. I plan on using this brush to place colors in the crease and to lightly blend colors around the eye area. 


Bdellium Tools had one of the best deals of the day and I picked up three face brushes. I have a mini tapered foundation brush from Ecotools and I wanted to give another a try so I got the 949 Pointed Foundation Brush ($8). I was looking for a fluffy contour brush to apply bronzer with and the associate recommended the 990 Angled Face Brush ($11) for a quick fix. I was really drawn to the short handles of the green bristled brushes so I also purchased the 953 Duet Fiber Foundation Brush ($8) which I plan to use with cream cheek products. All of the Bdellium brushes were super soft to the touch and well made. Again, I now regret not purchasing more!


Next up, I bought a few goodies at Alcone. The only actual makeup item I bought was a tiny tub of the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana ($10), a cult favorite for those who like the look of a somewhat stark undereye highlight. I'm keen on trying more brands that cater towards professional makeup artists so this is an exciting addition to my growing powder stash. I picked up a Z-Palette Pro ($18) and Z-Palette Small ($10) because I have had these on my wishlish for ages and they will come in handy if I ever buy compact-less products. Monika and I split a double pack of Beauty Blenders ($22/2) because she had never tried them and the one I have is ready to be binned. 


Finally one of my most exciting purchases is a pair of mink lashes by Esqido. I opted for the most natural lash called Unforgettable ($20). I have never worn mink lashes and am honestly a tad clumsy with false lash application but I really like the way certain lashes open up my eyes. I can't wait to try out this pair and see if it actually holds up for 25 uses!


Lastly these are the freebies and samples that I picked up. Monika and I picked up some Sigma shopping bags and intended to purchase some brushes but the line was insanely long. It probably would have taken an hour or two before we could make a purchase so we ended up passing. It was a nice surprise to see a bunch of cool samples in the Sigma bags like travel versions of the E25 blending brush and E05 eyeliner brush. We stopped by Dermalogica and the kind associate gave me a trio of skincare sample sachets for my oily skin to try. 

Watch the video below to see the products I bought and to hear more about my IMATS trip!


I can't wait to play with all these goodies and share my thoughts with you on whether they live up to my expectations. Going to IMATS definitely made my wishlist grow exponentially and I can't say for sure if I can hold up to my yearlong makeup ban.... Which products look the most interesting to you?

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