|First Impressions| Huda Beauty, Urban Decay, Morphe, Makeup Geek, MAC Cosmetics, Inglot, Giorgio Armani, etc: Is It Worth It? Let Me Work It!

Hi, hello friends! 🙂

I have decided to do a huge first impressions post with you all- over the weekend I was feeling extra wild and decided to try a bunch of new makeup that has just been sitting in a bag for weeks haha!

Some items I tried aren’t exactly new, but others have been really hyped and I wanted to see if I thought my purchases were actually worth it or not. So let’s begin! 🙂

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition


This palette has been on every makeup lovers radar…and there are so many mixed reviews. Some love it, some hate it – and I have to admit I was extremely skeptical just based on the price alone (it cost a whooping $82 CAD).

I haven’t used every colour in this palette (hence the ‘first impression’ title haha) but the ones I did use I was actually pleasantly surprised with!

First Row: Top to Bottom:

  • Dubai (3D Metal)
  • Fling (3D Metal)
  • 24k (3D Metal)
  • Rose Gold (3D Metal)
  • Trust Fund (3D Metal)
  • Angelic (Chromatic Pressed Pearl)

These are swatches of the first row, which are all 3D metal eyeshadows (minus the bottom shade, which is a chromatic pressed pearl shadow). I personally have no idea why they didn’t just make the entire first row 3D metals because to me its a bit off putting having five, another formula, and then the next row having one more 3D shadow. Weird.

I have only tried the Rose Gold and Trust Fund shade and they are both equally stunning. I do recommend applying this with your finger as it just won’t really show up on a brush. These 3D shadows wore nicely for approximately 12 hours and then I noticed some of the shadow falling down on my face a bit. I mixed both Rose Gold and Trust Fund on my lids and it was soooo nice!

Second Row: Top to Bottom:

  • Blessed (3D Metal)
  • Bossy (Saturated Matte)
  • Flamingo (Saturated Matte)
  • Shy (Saturated Matte)
  • Bae (Saturated Matte)
  • Moon Dust (Chromatic Pressed Pearl)

From the second row in the palette, I have used Shy, Bae and Moon Dust. I have to admit, when swatching the matte shades I was less than impressed. I found them to be super patchy when swatching on my arm and not pigmented. On my eyes was a different story though. I found that they blended really nicely on my crease and provided a really gorgeous look! I was actually really happy with my end result (which I didn’t take a picture of..obviously I need to improve on my first impression skills!)

I used Shy mainly on my crease which is a stunning dusty pink shade, and then I used Bae on my brow bone and Moon Dust for my inner corner.


Third Row: Top to Bottom:

  • Black Truffle (Saturated Matte)
  • Suede (Saturated Matte)
  • Coco (Saturated Matte)
  • Maneater (Saturated Matte)
  • Henna (Saturated Matte)
  • Sandalwood (Saturated Matte)

Again, these matte shades swatched really patchy – but on my eyes it looked really nice! I used sandalwood in my crease along with Shy and both looked really nice together and blended out seamlessly. I used Henna for the outer corners and I was super happy with my look! 🙂


In my opinion, I like this palette. I probably wouldn’t say it is a must have, especially if someone wants a palette that will create any look. If you are a makeup junkie and also happen to love that rose gold look, then I would say this palette is definitely worth the try! Do I think it is worth the price tag though? No. I think the price is a bit steep for this palette personally, but I will be keeping it *cringe* haha.

Morphe Makeup Removing Tissue in Green Tea
I bought these makeup wipes from IMATS Toronto for I believe $6 CAD – on their site it is $5.99 USD. These wipes definitely do the job by removing my makeup but if I were wearing liquid lipstick, I don’t think it would totally remove it. The scent is absolutely AMAZING! I love the scent of green tea so when I opened these bad boys up I was super stoked!

Is it worth it? Yes! I would definitely order these again if I were to make a Morphe order! 🙂

Morphe Concealer in Nude 

I also bought this Morphe Concealer from IMATS Toronto and costs $4.99 USD on their website which is a fairly decent price! The shade I bought definitely matched my skin in terms of covering blemishes but I would have to purchase a lighter shade for my under eyes. This shade was quite yellow as well, so if you have pink undertones you want to stay away from this shade! I had one blemish that has been on my face for what feels like forever….and it covered it up pretty nicely!

Is it worth it? So far…yes, but I wouldn’t make a statement and say go out and get it just yet. I don’t see it being holy grail or anything, but I will definitely keep you all updated!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4

Okay, so I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for SO long and finally purchased it during the VIB Rouge sale. In terms of colour matching, this shade is PERFECT for me which I’m impressed with as I literally just guessed my shade online *yay me!* For reference, I am usually NC20-25 from MAC. My first impression of this foundation is …eh! It isn’t bad by any means but it didn’t wow me as I think a $68 CAD foundation should. I’m definitely going to keep using this though and see how I like it down the road. It definitely gave me a nice luminous glow as the name states but it didn’t make me oily which was nice as I’ve found my skin has been more oily these days!

Is it worth it? Undetermined (to be honest). I will let you know!

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 68

I was told by an employee at the Inglot store in Toronto that this eyeliner gel is apparently holy grail status as an eyeshadow base. The colour definitely cancels out any discolouration on my eyelids which I appreciate – I usually use MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre so I really enjoy using something that will provide coverage on my eyes and also prime them. I think this eyeliner actually worked REALLY well. My eyeshadow stayed on all day and my shadows didn’t seem to blend to the point where it only looked like one colour (which sometimes it ends up doing throughout the day I don’t know why). I saw on their site they also have a legit eye shadow base so I wonder if that differs a lot from this eyeliner I was recommended to use as a base. The liner was super smooth – I got the black gel liner to try as well but haven’t used it yet.

Is it worth it? Possibly – still unsure and will test it out further!

MAC Cosmetics Mini Lipsticks in Kinda Sexy and Nouvelle Vogue (from the MAC Nutracker Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit) 

Who else has been adoring the packaging from the MAC holiday collection?! I used Kinda Sexy (which is an all time love of mine, so I suppose it isn’t a first impression), and Nouvelle Vogue which is a super pretty nude/pink shade. They are both matte and are SO nice! I absolutely love both shades and they looked really nice when I mixed them together as well.
Is it worth it? YES, YES, YES! The mini lipsticks are so adorable and you get a super cute box with it. So worth it!


Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

I really liked how this spray felt cooling on my skin and was also hydrating but didn’t make me look oily by any means! I also have the All Nighter setting spray and there wasn’t too much of a difference…except I suppose the Chill setting spray felt a bit more hydrating after it dried on my face. The thing I do NOT like about this product though is that when I tear up during the day (which for some reason I do a lot…my eyes are super watery!), it almost stains my skin and leaves a dripping mark on my face that won’t go away. Super unattractive haha.

Is it worth it? So far, no. I don’t like streaming lines down my face during the day haha.

Colour Pop Brow Pencil in Black N’ Brown 

This brow pencil is PIGMENTED. Like for realz. I barely used any at all so I can see this being a bang for my buck! It only cost $5 USD and the shade matched really well with my dark hair (I have an ombre but the top of my hair is near black). The formula is really creamy so definitely apply a nice amount of brow gel after this as I can see it smearing if you don’t!

Is it worth it? I think so! For the price, you can’t really go wrong!

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara in Very Black

I got this sent to me by Beauty United (thank you!) and I am so excited I finally tried it! It honestly applied really well to my asian lashes and the formula I tried wasn’t even waterproof which impressed me a lot. The formula was a tad wet but not too wet if that makes sense. It provided length and volume which was awesome. I didn’t even curl my lashes and it really fanned them out nicely. I prefer this WAY more than the original Super Sizer mascara which did not work well for me. This formula was easy to take off but didn’t flake or smudge…which says a lot because I usually need a waterproof formula to tackle my watery eyes!

Is it worth it? LET ME WORK IT, YAAAAS !!!!

Makeup Geek Highlighters in Glitz and Daybreak

OMG HOLD THE PHONE. I’m going to be posting swatches and a review on all the Makeup Geek Highlighters because y’all need to see the glow these give!! Glitz is the top swatch and Daybreak is the last swatch 🙂

Seriously, no pictures do it justice. Even on the Makeup Geek site the swatches they provide do not do this product justice. Get Daybreak. I REPEAT, GET DAYBREAK. I thought Daybreak was going to be WAY too dark for me by looking at the pan and almost looked like a blush. But when I applied it holy crap….it is so beautiful! I used Daybreak on my cheekbones and then Glitz on my nose/cupids bow because I was feeling ~*GlItZy*~ and it definitely packed a punch! So pretty! I got compliments on my highlight throughout the day sooo go get you some!

Is it worth it? Give me compliments. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, YouTube the video haha). If you are too lazy because this post is long AF then your answer is YES BUY THIS!

MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Powder in Sweet Vision

*Breathes heavily*. This magic dust (lol) legit gave me sweet visions all day long! This beautiful pink/peach blush gave a beautiful amount of sheen and a gorgeous glow! You can see the pigmentation this baby provides (middle swatch) and out of my ENTIRE look during this first impression, this blush lasted the longest! It stayed on the entire day and looked breathtaking…honestly, please get this. Please.

Is it worth it? If you want people to have sweet visions of you all day long, I highly recommend getting this! (So…yes).


Morphe R14 

This rounded contour brush worked perfectly fine – it gave me a really nice contour, but I think I prefer the M523 just because my face is a bit more round and I feel I need a bit of a bigger brush to contour with. This will definitely be used in my brush rotation though as I feel it definitely works nicely!

Is it worth it? I think so!

Morphe M509

This pointed blender brush provided a really soft and beautiful highlight! I haven’t really used a brush that is this flared before for my highlight and I have to say it was really pretty! I usually go for a very intense highlight, which this brush probably won’t provide. I really think having a brush like this is nice though and I’ll definitely use it for my super pigmented highlighters!

Is it worth it? Yes!

Bdellium Tools 788

So this brush is a blending/concealing brush – I honestly never really know what half of my brushes are supposed to do when they have just numbers on them so I used this as a blending brush for my eyes! I think this did an excellent job – I really love how it kind of had a dent on one side of the brush. It made it easy to blend my colours together and made the shape of the brush super unique and fit right in my crease as well! I definitely think this brush is awesome and different from any I have!

Is it worth it? Absolutely! 🙂

Morphe E17

I used this crease brush to apply the Huda Beauty shades mentioned previously (Shy and Sandalwood) and it worked out sooo nicely! The crease brush held a lot of the shadows pigment but also made my shadows looked blended and diffused well. I definitely think those with mono lids would like this brush as you can make your own crease with a brush like this!

Is it worth it? For sure!

I think that was officially my longest post EVER. If you made it to the end I give you a high five through the computer/phone!

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!

If you haven’t…comment below what you would like to try!

Love always,

Jess xo.

18 thoughts on “|First Impressions| Huda Beauty, Urban Decay, Morphe, Makeup Geek, MAC Cosmetics, Inglot, Giorgio Armani, etc: Is It Worth It? Let Me Work It!

  1. ABeautifulWhim says:

    Great review. I’ve been interested in trying the La Mer foundation and I’ve never mustered up the courage to spend 100.00 US on a bottle of foundation. I don’t know. I haven’t used the Armani one either. Those MAC lipsticks OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG !! I need those. And I’m going to need that Daybreak highlighter. That sounds amazing!


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