High End Beauty Samples

Over the past month I've been using and testing out a bunch of high end beauty samples, which I received from purchases either from Sephora, Ulta, etc.  I love these tiny samples because it allows me to test out a product that is normally way out of my price range, and to actually see if it is worth the price without having to initially spend all the money. If a product completely WOWs me then I may purchase it, hoewever if I can find a cheaper alternative or a dupe then I will pass on it!

The products are in 4 different categories: Mascara, CC Cream, Eye Primers, and Face Primers, and the items are: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Lorac CC Cream, Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion, Lorac Eye Primer, Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional (2), Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (2), Lorac POREfection Face Primer, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.
The Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara has a very nice wand, it's thick and dense which I find helps put the product on the lashes nice and evenly.  The actual mascara is not bad at all, it applies really well without clumping, the only negative that I've noticed is that it applies a bit wet at first so you have to be a little bit careful when applying especially since the wand is bigger than many other mascaras I've tried. This retails for $19.50 at Sephora, and so far I do not think I will purchase the full size because there are many drugstore dupes that work even better.

The Lorac CC Cream is amazing, words cannot really describe it!  This CC cream provide medium to full coverage, it applies evenly and very easily as well. It sets quickly as well, so it's not sticky at all, but you do have enough time to blend it all in within a reasonable amount of time. The CC cream sets almost matte (with a little bit of sheen), but doesn't look dull at all or even shiny. I have small dry spots on my face and this CC cream did not extenuate the dry spots all at! The only negative is the color selection, medium was too dark/pink for me and I believe they only have 3 colors. It is sold at Ulta for $28 for a 1.23 FL OZ tube. I am thinking of purchasing a full size because it is simply amazing, and I love the way it makes my skin look and feel!

The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a product I've purchased before and have used, it's not bad at all it works wonderfully but I've found a drugstore dupe/alternative which is the Prestige Primed & Ready Eye Primer which works just as well as the UD primer, only it's priced more reasonably at $9.50 (compared to $20). The Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion didn't WOW me...it actually creases on my lid compared to the regular primer potion so I will be skipping on buying both of these primers, and will stick with my drugstore ones!

Same with the Lorac Eye Primer it does the job well, makes the shadows last a fairly long time, doesn't crease, adds vibrancy to shadows, but it just didn't WOW me enough to where I will want to go purchase the full size which retails for $21.
The Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional is a product that I've actually been using and loving for the past year. I do have a full size which I am almost empty with, it is amazing, allows my foundation to be applied so smoothly, makes my foundation last all day, and helps with my pores. I will be doing a full review on this product because it is worth the $42 and I will be repurchasing it.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is an amazing primer hands down one of the best, however I believe that the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer is exactly the same, an exact DUPE, works that exact same way, and I get the same results as the Smashbox which is why I would not purchase a full size of the Smashbox primer (which retails for $49 vs $3 for the ELF primer).

Lastly, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is a pretty interesting product, looks like a cream but feels very lightweight on the face. The consistency feels very smooth which in return makes my skin baby soft and helps apply my foundation super easily. I do have to try this product out a little bit more to get a better idea whether it is worth the price, which by the way is $52 for a 1 Fl OZ bottle.

So there you have it, a bunch of beauty samples I've been testing out lately! As you can see just because something costs more doesn't mean it is amazing, there are a lot of drugstore alternatives, yet there are some high end products that simply cannot be duplicated. I will be doing a post soon on High End Products Worth Splurging on, hopefully you will find it helpful...that will be coming soon!

Have you tried any of these products I have listed above? Which ones have you continuously repurchased? Which ones have you found drugstore dupes for?

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  2. Thanks
    for sharing this information! I love makeup but I am trying to explore
    different products and I often find it difficult to select things I have never
    purchased. I am very simple with my makeup but now that I have resourceful information
    from your blog, I plan to dive into makeup a little more. I have never
    used primer or CC cream so I am interested in getting a few samples to test.
    Thanks again for sharing!

    Stay blessed, Nakia

  3. Hello there! I am so glad to hear this! Sites like Sephora.com or Ulta.com they always send you several samples to try out with purchases,which is pretty amazing. Also, a lot of items at Ulta.com have a "special gift with purchase" in which you generally can get a deluxe sized sample! You can also ask for samples at many beauty stores like sephora, even Macys and Nordstrom.

    I love using a primer because it allows my foundation to apply super smoothly, but also because I do have large pores primers help minimize the appearance of them! Thanks for stopping by and have a fab day!

  4. I'm undecided on the Hourglass. I feel like I should love it but I've only used it maybe 3 times (saved for "special" occasions) but I didn't really see a huge improvement in longevity or oil control. I'm sure it would work perfect now while my skin is normal in the winter. I haven't tried the Benefit POREfessional yet. It's on my list though!

  5. The hourglass is a product that I don't quite know how i feel yet...it didn't WOW me but it wasn't bad either! I really like the Benefit POREfessional, you should get a sample from Sephora, just so you can try it out...


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