Last weekend, I was invited to The Makeup Show New York. Saturday was a preview day and the show was Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, I was sick most of Saturday and Sunday but I managed to get on a train Sunday afternoon and arrived just in time for the show to be over. I took the Amtrak train, because my husband prefers to travel that way, but I’d kind of rather take the $5 megabus and spend the rest on makeup. It’s only a little bit longer by bus. Anyway, we stayed at the Warwick Hotel, which is very nice. I booked it through Gilt Groupe’s Travel site, Jetsetter.com. They offer luxury hotel flash sales. Not a member? Sign up here. *If you sign up, you get $25 to spend. Once you book a hotel, I get $25 added to my account.*
Monday, I headed to the show around noon and was immediately overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start. I should have had more of a system. Since there are a lot of people and only one display per brand, it’s easy to get impatient waiting for your turn. I ended up waiting forever in the Embryolisse line and moved on, but then forgot to go back! Overall, I had a really good time and can’t wait to go again next year.
Here are some tips for going to TMS:
–Make a list of things you want to try and/or buy for sure. I of course, did this and then forgot my list at home.
–Get your foundation/concealer shades BEFORE you go. While there are makeup artists and professionals there, there are a LOT of people too, so be prepared to wait for someone to help you. You’ll also have to choose from the available selection they have. Meaning there’s ONE set of foundations for everyone, so if there’s 5 people grabbing different ones to try, that’s 5 shades you aren’t seeing.
–Decide what seminars you want to hear and plan your day around them.
–Double check your order to make sure you got everything you checked off and paid for. I checked off a MUFE lip gloss that never made it into my bag.
–Be patient. I got out of lots of lines after picking things out because I was impatient.
–Take some breathers. I am easily annoyed with large crowds of people. I ended up leaving after like 3 hours because I felt claustrophobic, when there were lots of other things I would have liked to see.
Highlights include passing Sam Fine, buying makeup from Rose-Marie Swift and speaking to Reggie Wells. I didn’t take pictures because… I just don’t do that.
Here’s the full list:
MAKE UP FOR EVER
-Prep & Prime HD Exlixir ($38 for $22.80)
-UV Prime SPF 50/PA+++($30 for $18)
-Lift Concealer #2 ($22 for $13.20)
-Duo Mat Powder Foundation #203 ($32 for $19.20)
-Uplight Face Luminizer Gel #11 ($29 for $17.40)
-Aqua Smoky Lash ($22 for $13.20)
-Aqua Liner #14 and 17 ($23 for $13.80 each)
-Aqua Cream #14, 16 and 17 ($22 for $13.20 each)
-Aqua Eyes Waterproof Pencil 4L and 18 L ($18.50 for $10.80 each)
-Aqua Lip Liner #18 C ($17 for $10.20)
Yves Saint Laurent
-Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick SPF 15 ($30 for $24)
-Touche Eclat Radiant Touch #8 ($40 for $32)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Lip Tar ($13 each)
Loose Colour Concentrate ($12)
(paid $80 for all)
-Raw Coconut Cream ($18)
(paid $42 for both)
*Tickets to The Makeup Show NYC were provided by a PR company. See disclosure page.