I don’t even need to explain myself. I bought makeup. Lots of it. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s main department store – we often just call it “The Bay”. Its American equivalent would be Macy’s. It carries all the core cosmetics brands typically found in department stores: Clinique, Clarins, Shiseido, Lancome, Estee Lauder… but, their flagship location in downtown Toronto also carries some brands that I’ve been wanting to try more of, including Becca, Burberry and Vincent Longo:
These were purchased over 3 separate visits; first I visited the Becca counter, which is located in a newer section of the store, called Beauty Underground which is located on the lower level, the same level as the subway. Within this department, they carry more of their “fringe” brands like Becca, Vincent Longo, and Anna Sui – there’s even a special display with TonyMoly products! This post will be more about my experiences at the beauty counters rather than about the products – I promise I’ll do more detailed reviews about the products in the future.
From Becca, I bought:
• Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal
• Under Eye Brightening Corrector
• Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
The makeup artist (MUA) was fantastic at Becca – she really knew her stuff! She wasn’t pushy and simply demonstrated a few products on my skin – she used their contour powder on me but I knew that I wouldn’t use it to justify a purchase. When she applied the Shimmering Skin Perfector on my skin – I understood the hype! It’s incredibly smooth and beautiful on the skin. I’ve also been very curious about the Becca under eye corrector – it’s been well rated and reviewed online so I had to give it a go. And the eye palette – I didn’t really NEED it but it felt so buttery and how can I refuse a collection of neutral matte eye shadows? (And thanks to Ingrid, who whispers to me about this palette day and night!)
The MUA was so generous with me, she gave me samples of their Beach Tint (Watermelon and Fig), Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, and Bronzing Skin Perfector. I would never get this kind of treatment at the Becca counter in Sephora!
At Burberry I went a little nuts, I got:
• Nail Polish in 200 Steel Grey
• Eye Colour Wet and Dry Glow Shadow in 002 Nude
• Quattuor Complete Eye Palette in 07 Pink Taupe
• Light Glow Natural Blush in 07 Earthy
• My Burberry Scented Illuminating Face Powder in Gold Glow No. 01
I had not meant to buy so much at the Burberry counter but all the pretty packaging just drew me in! I was thrilled that I was finally getting the Nude eye shadow and the Earthy blush (I nabbed the last ones – the MUA said they were constantly out of stock on these shades).
Out of the 3 counters I visited, I was the most happy with the makeup look this MUA did on me – her blending skills were excellent! She incorporated some shades from the Pink Taupe palette to do a complete eye look so I felt compelled to get the palette too – the khaki-tinged taupe (2nd shade down) is to die for! The Steel Grey polish is the prettiest greige with golden micro-shimmer… ahhh, *bites knuckles*
They still had the holiday collection and I was drawn to the powder highlight… and then of course the MUA had to apply it on my skin and it was love at first swipe. Compared to the Becca, this one has a softer sheen and more beige toned.
The MUA gave me a gwp even though it wasn’t advertised – I think they had these left over from the holiday collection – so I received: a cosmetic pouch, mini Kisses Lipstick in Military Red (how cute is this thing?), Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation sample, and a My Burberry perfume sample.
• Water Canvas Foundation in #4 Soft Amber
• Water Canvas Travel Compact
I knew I wanted to get only the Water Canvas Foundation at the Vincent Longo counter. The MUA at Vincent Longo was well-meaning but she lacked finesse at her job – she was trying to up-sell me with the travel compact but she couldn’t even demonstrate how to put the refill into the compact, I finally had to show her! She also didn’t prep my skin properly before applying the foundation onto my skin – it was really dehydrated after having to remove my existing base makeup with a makeup wipe she provided me. So the Water Canvas Foundation applied quite splotchy on my skin. If I hadn’t researched and read up on the product beforehand, it would have really turned me off from buying it. But I knew that with proper prepping of the skin, the foundation should look smooth and flawless.
I also received an unadvertised gwp at the Vincent Longo counter (I don’t know why they don’t promote their gwp? People would be enticed by them and be more tempted to shop!) which consisted of a full size Dew Radiant blush in Temple Peach, and a travel size of Velour Pressed Powder. The MUA also created a sample of their face primer for me to try.
I’m SO excited to try all of these! 😀 I will do product reviews once I’ve had a proper use of all of the items. All 3 brands mentioned are also available online at The Bay’s site (all links in this post directs to their site). It’s been a while since I’ve visited makeup counters – it was quite fun! 🙂 Have you been to a beauty counter lately? What has been your experience (best / worst) with MUA doing your makeup?