This past weekend was the International Makeup Artist Trade Show in Toronto. It has become a tradition for my sister and I and something special that we do together. Although we aren’t makeup artists, the show caters to enthusiasts as well and is always a great day.
Discount: Varied 10-30% depending on the brush
We got there around 11 and immediately hit up Bdellium Tools, which is my favourite affordable brush company. Their brushes are amazing and none of the brushes I bought cost me over $7.
I picked up a few backups of brushes I bought at the show last year that I love and can’t live without. I also picked up one of their big blending brushes that is similar to the Sigma E40. Since I already know and love this brand, it didn’t take me long to find what I needed. If you’re looking for quality, affordable brushes I highly recommend checking this brand out.
Left to right: 785, 762 (x2), 773.
Discount: 10% for Enthusiasts, 20% for Pro Artists
I was super excited to see Inglot on the vendor list for this year. I have had a long love affair with Inglot, although I haven’t owned anything from their line in a long time. Some of my first eyeshadows were from Inglot before they left Canada for a few years, so it’s sentimental for me too. It didn’t look like they had their full range there, so I ended up picking up 2 gel eyeliners, 1 in standard black and 1 in a really cool ocean kind of colour.
Nigel’s Beauty Emporium
Discount: Not Specified
I wasn’t too impressed with Nigel’s this year, but I did pick up a Z Palette; I just ordered the new Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadows, so I need somewhere to house them. This wasn’t really discounted, but this was the easiest place for me to pick up a Z Palette and not pay any exchange. I also picked up Vera Mona Colour Switch which is a tin with a little mesh circle in it that you use to clean the powder off your brushes so you can dip your brush into a new colour. I’ve tested this out and it definitely works well. If you love working with multiple eyeshadows in one look, this is an awesome tool.
Make Up For Ever
If you’re going to IMATS, MUFE is worth any line. 40% is one of the best discounts the show offers and it’s well worth any wait. Last year I waited about 2 and a half hours, but this year it was organized much better. They give you a sheet and you write whatever you want to purchase, they give you a number and when they call your number your makeup is all packaged together. Last year they just called out names so there was no way to know how many people were before you; this year the number system was way more clear. I picked up 3 more Artist Shadows since they were $12.75, rather than the usual price which is around $24 for a single. I also decided on a whim to pick up one of their new HD stick foundations. I already own both the old and new formula HD foundations so I decided to give it a go. It’s supposed to be a dewier finish than the liquids, so that spoke to me of course. I tried this out today and so far so good. My shade is R230 if you’re curious.
Left to right: Pinky Earth (I-606), Speculous (I-660), Mahogany (I-702)
Discount: $5-$10 off each pair
I couldn’t help myself on this purchase. I love the pair of Velour Lashes I bought last year (still going strong) so I picked up 2 pairs this year. Last year I bought Wispie Sweet Nothings, but this year I wanted to try out some new styles. I picked up Strike A Pose (left) and Doll Me Up (right). Even though I don’t wear lashes every day, once I put on lashes I do question why I don’t wear them more, they take every makeup look up to a whole new level.
Discount: Not Specified
Violet Voss was another vendor I was so excited for. Glitter isn’t something that I wear every day, but it’s so fun. I ended up just purchasing 1 glitter, in the shade Champagne Kisses. This is obviously a glitter, but it’s in a wearable shade so I know I’ll use it in a look. I also picked up an eyelash case, which I have been wanting for a while. This will be handy to store lashes I’ve worn so I don’t have to keep the packaging.
So there you have it! Another IMATS has come and gone. Have you tried any of these products? What’s IMATS like in your area?
Bye for now!