I started late with wearing makeup. My parents never allowed me to buy or use makeup, with the exception of a lipstick for a piano recital when I was around 8 or 9. Even during university, I felt quite lost anywhere near a makeup counter or Sephora. In fact I hated the strong perfume smell whenever I passed by Sephora, and was quite unimpressed with the confusing array of products available.
However when I started job hunting I realised I would soon have to start learning how to wear makeup. Back then, there weren't any beauty blogs around, but there was Makeupalley, so it was from those reviews, and magazines that I ended up starting with these products:
100 yen store eyelash curler
I had to buy this secretly because my mom would have asked me what it was, and then why I was wasting my money on unnecessary stuff (She only wore blush and lipstick her entire life, and only to work). I still have it but never really use it since I preferred my ELF curlers. I got this when I was visiting my parents in Japan, and I do remember secretly trying a gloss and eyeshadow from the 100 yen store as well. Too bad I threw them out long ago...so no pictures.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer
Discontinued now. I read probably a million reviews on concealer before settling on this one. It was fine in terms of consistency (not much caking) but did not fully cover my dark circles. I've since found that most drugstore concealers just cannot do as good of a job as the high end brands. This went bad a couple of years ago so I got rid of it.
Rimmel Exaggerate liner in a forest green colour
I picked this up because many articles I read said green would make brown eyes pop :) It was really nice soft pencil liner, but to my dismay migrated to my lower lashline immediately. Not impressed. I've tossed this since.
Rimmel Kajal liner in a brown colour
Basic liner. Also smudged easily but a little less noticeable than the Exaggerate liner. I think this has also been discontinued. Have tossed this since as well.
Maybelline Expertwear Quad in Seashore Frosts
This quad is still sold in stores, but in a reformulated version. Mine was the old version with poorer colour payoff. Back then I had no idea how to wear all 4 colours at once, so I would only wear 2 at a time. But I figured at least I was getting my money's worth by having 4 colours in one. I don't use it anymore but still keep it in my stash for old time's sake :P
Maybelline Dream Mousse Bronzer in Sun Glow
I don't think I read reviews on this one. I just bought it because the idea of mousse sounded cool, and at the time bronzer was just gaining popularity. This actually contains more shimmer than colour, which makes it more of a summer highlighting product. I still use this once in a while - have scraped off the top layer a few times to ensure it is still sanitary. By the way, if you're wondering why this is the 3rd Maybelline product here, its because I had a bit of a soft spot for Maybelline as they were one of the few brands my mom ever used.
The Body Shop Cranberry Lip Balm
Although this was a lip balm, it contained a moderate amount of shimmer, which gave a moisturized, 'my lips but better' look. I loved the smell too. Must repurchase this winter - I think its only sold during the Christmas season.
So tell me, what were your first makeup products? Do you repurchased them still?