One booth I hadn't planned specifically on visiting was Sigma -- and it had a crazy long line, so I'm still not sure why I decided to get in the line, other than it's one of those companies that doesn't sell locally (in fact, they pretty much just sell online -- there are a few retail stores that carry them, but they are few and far between).
I really don't like ordering a product I've never tried before online. I mean really, who wants to pay shipping for something that you have no idea whether you will be happy with it in a general sense? If it's a company you have other products from that you love, then that's a bit different -- but a company that you've never, ever even laid eyes on an actual product? I'm not so inclined to spend that extra money. For kicks I checked shipping on a $9 eyeliner -- the cheapest option was $6.35 -- that's coming close to doubling the price of that eyeliner, which means I hit the back button and don't buy online. And if I'm trying a company for the first time, I don't order oodles of stuff so no free shipping for spending over a certain amount. This is not to say that I have any reason to doubt the quality of Sigma -- I've heard consistently good things about the line, so I actually did want to try it. I think that is why I got in that crazy long line. It went along the wall from one end of the booth all they way down past about 4, maybe 5 more booths, then out into the lobby and down towards the door leading outside (this is where we got in line) and then right after we got in line, it went outside and started snaking along out there. Never looked to see how bad it got.
Persuade -- less pink, leans more pale brown in hand.
Persuade is completely nude on my skin, and creates a nice canvas on my lids, completely covering any red or blue tones in my skin. Pose could actually be worn alone in a pinch, a very flattering color on me. Application is smooth, and the product is very light weight. I've had problems with other bases I've tried (especially NYX) looking cakey or unflattering due to my aging skin. The Sigma bases work beautifully without any unattractive effect - better even than the one MAC Paint Pot I have (Vintage Selection -- gorgeous color). A word on packaging. Hmmmm. It looks really cool -- sort of futuristic and artsy. But for a person who travels, and wants to fit a fair amount of stuff in a small bag, I hate the extra large size of the jar. The actual amount of product is quite small for the size of the container. This is not a complaint on how much product there is -- it's a standard amount comparable to other brands, the large container is just a waste of my limited space, both in my makeup drawer and in my suitcase. I do like the little extra interior cap to help keep it from drying out. We will see if it works.
Serene: more brown-tones in person
The blush is nice. It's a bit more orangy-brown than I thought at the show -- but it looks good on me, and a little bit goes a long way. Blends well and is a matte product. I'm not one to go on and on about blush -- it's an after thought product for me. Maybe someday I will find the blush that sparks a vivid response.
I have not tried any of the free sample products other than the E25 brush, which I love. Makes me wish I had grabbed an extra bag, but I was good and only took my fair share so that others had a chance to get one as well. It was very tempting though, lol.
I didn't get much at NYX, mostly because it's not a favored brand for me. I like some of their products, like the Jumbo eyeshadow pencils, so I grabbed two of those - one in gold and one in black for a look I want to try. I also grabbed a sharpener, since I don't have one for the jumbo pencils. They actually had a very large booth, with loads of product displayed. I would have spent more time looking, since it was a lot of product that would certainly not be available to me at home, but I was really sticking to my list, and in order to not go over budget, it was better to just not look.
Have you ever tried Sigma? I would love to hear your thoughts on what you do and do not like in the line. How about NYX? What's your go to NYX product??