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I'm a consultant, so you may well wish to totally ignore me, but I really rate the lipstick, blusher and dual foundation in particular - almost all my clients buy a foundation and blusher. Lipstick depends on how traumatised they are by the colour! But they often come back for it once they get over the shock.
I like the texture/feel of the lipsticks but they are full on, well the two I somehow bought are. I can see that they bring out the colour of my eyes, but not too sure they're 'me'. I'd prefer more defined/smoky eyes and more neutral lips. Haven't managed to pin my consultant down to go back and look at more subtle colours, if they exist.
I rate the lipsticks too - not sure it's very fair to askmHopefully about dupes though I would stock up while you're there though because I seem to remember postage from HOC website was quite high. Remember when you see the products on the website that you get (I think) 30% off that price when buying from your consultant or with your consultant code once you've been.
I think that buying a bit of make up on a hoc day is a good idea personally. I agree that it can all be a bit of a shock. It was for me. I think a lipstick and some blusher is a great start.
Nowadays I prefer to buy other lipsticks to be honest as I'm fussy about the formulation. But for me the great thing about hoc make up is that you can be sure that it will be for your very own season. Of course there are thousands of lippies sold by other companies that will suit. But it can sometimes take a while for you to get your eye in and know what to buy.
I say this as someone that only started to wear lipstick every day about three years ago having had my colours done about ten years ago. Just couldn't get my head around it.
With any luck once you know your season and see your colours all will start to become clear. For example, I am a bright blue spring. I look best in warm, clear, bright colours. My lipstick needs to be warm, clear and bright too. If a lipstick is cool toned I know it's wrong. If it's muted it's wrong, etc.
I'm not sure how easy it is to see online but I think the hoc make up is classified by season so that could help you. There are also loads of Pinterest boards with similar info.
You will get a fair idea from your consultation and your ability to tell from looking at it, especially on, develops over time. Spring colours tend to be warm and brigh eg coral, Autumn are also warm but tend to be deeper and a bit more muted. Winter colours are strong, cool toned colours whereas summer colours are also cool but more muted.
I find the lipsticks a bit drying to be honest, but I always have the original shade I bought at my consultation on the go as it's such a good colour for me. Blusher also spot on. I had the foundation years ago which was also good. Enjoy it, have fun but prepared to be shocked by the lippy colours!!!
Once you've been 'done' (makes it sound like you're having your balls cut off!) you'll instantly know which make up is 'right' for example, is it warm and bright? Light and cool? bright and cool? warm and muted? All will become clear tomorrow.
I spent a shed load on clothes, accessories and make up following my session.
amazonion it gas literally the tiniest bit of shimmer, but I have really really pale colourless lips (so all lip colour looks stronger than it is and sparkle/shimmer is v obvious) and it doesn't look shimmery at all on me from more than about two inches away.