If you have been haunting makeup boards for a while, you're probably familiar with many of the brands that were present. But some, you may not have heard of, and I want to share them with you.
The first booth I had to hit was Embryolisse. The reason being that I knew I could finally buy my beloved Lait Creme Concentrait at a discounted price! Most of the vendors mark down the prices of the products by a little bit at a trade show. In any case, the very helpful brand ambassador demonstrated several of the products and even though I knew I should get the mattifying Hydra-Mat Emulsion for my oily skin, I stubbornly decided to stick with the Lait Creme Concentrait. It's been the holy grail moisturizer for the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube and I was introduced to it by them. Supposedly it's been a "pro secret" for years but who cares about that - we all should have it!
One of the larger displays there was Crown Brush, who just had buckets of brushes at incredibly low prices. They had brushes for everything. They had high-end brushes, middle, and dirt cheap. I went back to this booth FIVE times and bought two different brushes each time. I was actually gobsmacked by the quality of these brushes. Some of them were made with animal hairs and some with synthetic fibers like Taklon. I plan on doing a detailed post about my Crown brushes within the next few days.
gossmakeupartist on Youtube and he is amazing. He is so honest about products, is a fantastic makeup artist, and knows a crap-ton about foundation and how to make your face look flawless.
I'm not sure but I think his brush line is fairly new. It's not cheap, not by any means, but it's crafted in Japan and is supposed to be of incredibly high quality. I was definitely shopping on a budget but I knew I had to get one. I went with the #4, the crease blending brush. We will take a look at that this week.
A little down the way was a booth called Muse Beauty Pro. I'm not familiar with them but their booth had Kett foundations. Kett makes both airbrush and traditional makeup. The reason I had to check them out is because Goss is always saying that they have some of the most incredible foundation he has ever seen - and he has seen a lot.
London Brush Company. A lady was standing behind the booth and I meandered up to it, almost timidly, to peruse the wares. First of, I loved the look of the brushes. The colors of the handles. The lady immediately started explaining to me what every brush was for. I saw brushes I've never even imagined before. It turns out that lady is the owner and designer of every brush. Her name is Sian Richards, and she was wonderful. She dutifully talked me through each and every brush that I picked up. She explained that the brushes are handcrafted in England and that she has two lines, one with animal hair and one that is vegan/cruelty free.
I absolutely had to have one. I chose the vegan Nouveau #16, which she told me was great for cream eyeshadow. I have a feeling I am going to adore this brush. Look for my review later in the week.
If I had my choice, I would have bought the amazingly innovative pyramid brush. I have NEVER seen anything like it. It's for foundation.
I had to visit Inglot because I see their products at Impulse Beauty but never buy them. Here, I thought, was my chance. I had just bought new lip brushes from Crown so I decided I needed a lip pot to use them with. I ended up getting AMC Lip Paint #60 which is a darling peach shade. I'm in love.
Oh dear, I almost forgot! I've been hearing unbelievable things about Hakuhodo brushes from Japan. Someone told me they are the makers of MAC brushes but that their brushes are pretty much the finest quality brushes on the market. They had a booth and although I went back about 3 times I really couldn't afford to buy anything! Their cheapest brush was $18 and they had brushes as much at $112 dollars or more. I felt them and they felt ridiculously soft.
What follows are some miscellaneous photos from the show. All in all, it was astounding. I relish the privilege of having been able to go. I've now become officially addicted to makeup trade show.
Element Two airbrush system
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Here is my haul video from The Makeup Show Los Angeles: