First Impressions: Full Face of Foil Samples

Full Face of Samples

Hi friends! Anyone else have an ever expanding collection of foil samples? Mine are definitely getting unruly, so I thought I would try something fun. I noticed that I had the right samples to do a full face, so I thought I would give it a try. When I use foil samples I usually use them one at a time (when I remember). This seemed like a good way to cut down on my samples but also try some new products all at once.

Moisturizer: Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

I’ve had this sample for some time and have been putting it off just because I don’t have dry skin. I was pleasantly surprised though as it didn’t over hydrate my skin and make me feel greasy. Looking at the full sized though, for $70 I think I’m gonna pass.

Repurchase: No

Primer: Black Up Perfect Mattifying Primer

This is one of my newer samples and I was excited to try it! It’s a very similar consistency to the Smashbox Photo Finish primer (i.e. silicon based). I liked the feel of this, but I felt my face feeling a bit ‘full’ of product just because I think I used a bit too much of this. I would be interested in trying this again though, as these primers are usually up my alley.

Repurchase: Maybe

Foundation: Milk Sunshine Skin Tint in Light

I was pleasantly surprised with this foundation. It’s similar to a BB cream with pretty decent coverage. The only thing I found was the shade was a bit too light. The next shade up, Sand, seemed too dark though! Darn!

Repurchase: Probably not (due to colour)

Concealer: Anastasia Beverly Hills in 0.75

This concealer packed a punch! This is a pretty deluxe sample and it even came with a little concealer brush. This concealer is extremely thick and covered everything! You can go overboard really easy with this and a little goes a long way! I liked this concealer, but not a fan it’s in a pot and not a tube.

Repurchase: Maybe

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

I’m a huge fan of Hourglass, but this powder not so much. For the price, I find it doesn’t really do anything. It doesn’t really mattify, it doesn’t really provide a glow, it just is. I have this in my Hourglass palette actually and it stays pretty unused.

Repurchase: No

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light

This actually isn’t marketed really as a blush but I was very happy how it ended up looking. This provided a very natural glow to the cheeks without fear of going too heavy handed! As expensive as these powders are, I can actually see myself using this one!

Repurchase: Maybe

Highlighter: Lancome Click & Go Highlighting Skin Fluid in Lumières D’Or Rose

Liquid highlighters are the new ‘in thing’ and Lancome is getting on that train. It’s hard to tell from a foil packet, but I liked the effect this gave on the skin. It was nothing mind blowing, but still pretty. I found there were some noticeable glitter in it which was a bit meh.

Repurchase: Probably not

Lip Balm: BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne

I’m a huge fan of the regular BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask, so I was curious about the tinted variety. For this one specifically, I found that Champagne was really close to clear. In the foil packet it had a much more rosey tone, but when spread on the lips it’s practically clear. I’m not complaining though! It’s still definitely my fave intensive lip treatment ever!

Repurchase: Always

With all of it on my face, this is how it looked:

I tried to bronze my face a bit because the foundation was so light. I look a bit shiny too just because I didn’t powder. All in all pretty decent for a bunch of products I had no idea how they would perform!

Do you have an immense amount of foil samples like I do? What are some good ways you’ve found to use them up?

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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  • This is such a great way to use samples! I have so many – including those hourglass powder ones. I wasn’t too excited about them and now with your review I definitely don’t have high hopes. Still excited to try some of my other samples!

    • Yeah it’s just Diffused Light that I didn’t love. Mood Light isn’t bad at all!

  • I love this idea for a post and might just do one for myself. That said, I usually give away my foil samples because I trade a lot of my beauty products. I am not familiar with the brand Black Up, are they new?

    • Yes pleaseeeee! If you do one, please link me! I’d love to see it! To my knowledge Black Up is a newer brand targeted to women of colour, I’ve only seen it in store at one Sephora, but available online!

  • This is a brilliant idea! I always get a ton of samples and never use them, haha. I love how HG Mood Light looks on you! Also, I need to try one of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks. They sound great!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Right? They just sit there and you lose them, and then meh. Thanks Nicole! Yes, the Agave Lip Masks are soooooo good! Highly recommend!