Last Friday I needed some basic makeup so I decided to go to Ulta. I was overwhelmed. It’s funny that every time I go there, the sales people stick their nose in the air about “drugstore” cosmetics even though half of the store is dedicated to them.
The following day, I went to Sephora and loved it. Even though I didn’t buy anything, the people were so helpful and nice. I could touch all the makeup and try different products on my hand. Some of the high-end eyeliners I didn’t like, while I really liked some mid-range ones. This is where I will return when I buy new things.
Back to my day at Ulta. I had heard good things about a brand called NYX, different from NYC that is sold at Target. I liked the way the NYX eyeshadows felt on my hand so I bought two at $2.49 a piece. I purchased Taupe and Golden. I can’t see the Taupe that much on me, but I do like the Golden. I also bought their cream blush called Desert Rose, which I really like.
The main thing I was searching for was a face primer. I bought NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer since the sales person said I needed to use a primer under my BB cream. It retailed for $14.99 so I bought it. The first day, I applied under my Garnier BB cream on one side of my face. It did appear a little smoother, but I didn’t notice the face makeup staying on any longer. I did some research and found out that the whole purpose of a BB cream is to not have to wear a primer since it is a primer, sunscreen and moisturizer all in one product.
The following day, I applied the NYX primer on half of my face under L’Oreal True Match Foundation. I couldn’t tell any difference at all. The third day, I tried the NYX primer under a high-end foundation – Borghese Hydro-Minerali Creme Finish Makeup. I still couldn’t tell any difference, so I returned the primer back to Ulta.
Maybe part of the problem was that I was testing out a “drugstore” brand of primer. Maybe later, I’ll try higher end face primers and report back.