Take 3 beauty samples – First Impressions


Well, I don’t know about you, but I seem to accumulate an awful lot of beauty samples. You know the sort, small sachets, powdered cards and mini perfume vials. I’d say it comes from too much online shopping and buying one too many magazines.

It has become a habit for me to remove these and collect them all in a little make-up back. I decided it was about time I gave some of these a go, instead of just hoarding them. This inspired me to do a monthly first impressions post, where I would select three samples, and report back my initial thoughts. Here are the samples I picked for January.


1) Max Factor skin luminizer foundation – shade natural.

I’m not usually into luminising foundations, I tend to find they make me look a bit too shiny. I was happy to give this a go though as I am a fan of Max factor foundations in general. I was able to get two applications out of this sachet.


The above picture is the foundation worn alone and blended out with a beauty blender. I found it very easy to work with and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t leave my skin shiny, just healthy looking. If you have any major spots this isn’t going to cover them completely, I had to use a concealer afterwards. The shade natural was a very near match for my skin, but not quite. I felt my skin looked a bit grey, fortunately I was able to correct this with the addition of setting powder.

Longevity wise this wasn’t bad, all it needed was a touch up of setting powder during the afternoon to keep my skin looking nice. Please bare in mind though I did use a setting spray, which I would do with any foundation, so can’t comment results without.


I was happy with the finished look and I am going to see if Max factor do this foundation in a warmer shade. If you are after a good everyday foundation this is worth a look.

2) Instituto Espanol – chocolate shower gel.

This one I’m on the fence with. It smells exactly like chocolate sauce, but disappointingly it has a synthetic smell to it. The fragrance does linger throughout the day, my husband commented during the afternoon later that I still smelt of chocolate. So if you into that then this may be for you. The formula itself was not disappointing. It is nice and thick, and it certainly didn’t dry my skin out.

I won’t be hurrying out to make a purchase though as It is a Spanish brand, and I can’t find anywhere that sells it.

3) Anastasia brow powder duo shade -medium brown.

I am wearing this in the picture above. (Please excuse the stragglers, this pic has just made me realise I need to get my tweezers out) Colour wise this was a good match. I like that there are two shades as it means you can customise the shade to suit your own needs. A little bit of product goes a long way and it lasted all day. The carded sample lasted me four days, which in itself impressed me. It meant I was able to give this a good go before commenting. This is available from Beautybay priced £17. It’s a little bit pricey but I beleive it would last a long time.

So that’s my beauty samples for January, 2 hits and 1 miss. If you like this post, do keep your eye out in February. I enjoyed it and look forward to next months samples.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂