Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You

Do you remember the first makeup products ever purchased or received? What were they? If you were the one to pick them out, what drew you to those products?

Temptalia's AnswerI’m pretty sure my first products were Benefit, but they might have been a couple of MAC eyeshadows. It was pretty close in time. I think Benefit was first, because my best friend at the time used a lot of Benefit products, so off I went to the Benefit counter and bought my first brush, lots of eyeshadows, and Dr. Feelgood.

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95 thoughts on “Do you remember the first makeup products ever purchased or received?

  1. Jennifer

    Yes, it was a natural pink lipstick, I believe by covergirl in 6th/7th grade, when my mom finally let me wear make up. I remember applying a lot, too much in one day at school…Because it was new to me. :)

  2. Sarah

    MAC’s ‘Well Dressed’ Blush

  3. Tommy

    I’m going to class this is like “MAKE UP” not just stuff I used here and there to cover blemishes etc..

    So I would say Mac Amber Lights Eyeshadow, Mac Myth Lipstick (Cringe… haha), A Clinique Foundation of some sort and Mac golden Bronzer I think?

    the only one of those products I still like is Amber Lights haha =)

  4. Yep, mine was the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation in the wrong color haha! Unfortunately it had to go back.

  5. Mica

    Clinique Almost Makeup and Almost lipstick in Black Honey, and Bonne Bell Bronzer Gel. Can you still buy that? I’m saving one last tube from years and years ago!

  6. Esther

    I LOVED dollar store makeup when I was younger (around 13-15 years old). my mom used to send me in with $5 or $10, and I’d spend an hour looking through the small selection, trying to pick out the best colors of eyeliner and lipstick. I’d always leave with a few new things, and it was a great way for me to satisfy my craving for new things without emptying my mom’s wallet 😛 my first purchase was a bright turquoise eyeliner. I still have it, purely for nostalgia.

  7. I’m pretty sure it’d be some GWP item from Clinique when I was in high school, but I had NO idea how to use ANYTHING back then so I probably played with it a couple of times and left it there!

  8. A lipgloss from Bonne Belle? Does that even count?
    My first real purchase was from Clarins, a nude/peach lipstick.

  9. Julia

    As it took me until I was 16 to actually discover MAC (small Australian country towns…) my first product would have been a Maybelline Mascara and lipgloss as my Mum has always used Maybelline, Loreal and Revlon so growing up I believed them to be the only real brands out there lol.

  10. Nida Moughal

    mine was a lip gloss from dior =)

  11. Dinitchka

    First ever beauty product was an orange Crush fat lipbalm bought by my mum. I still have it in my collection. It’s all crusty and still smells a bit like orange Crush … I know very gross 😡

    The first product I bought on my own … It was either Corn Silk powder, Coty spun powder or Max Factor powder. They were all bought around the same time … MANY years ago.

  12. Brenda

    I started wearing makeup in highschool and I couldn’t afford any department store makeup. I started off wearing a bunch of crappy drug store foundations like covergirl and cornsilk. But my first eyeshadow was Jane eyeshadow in Browny points which I thought was pretty damn good at the time!

  13. özlem

    My first make up product is eye lash and a lipstick from Elizabeth Arden

  14. bonnie bell lip smacker strawberry…smelled good, lip balm for dry lips and not noticeable age 12-13 and bought it at walgreens.

  15. The first product I remember buying was Maybelline Kissing Coolers. They were weird colors and probably totally unflattering but they tasted AMAZING.

  16. Emma

    It was the Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara along with a black Maybelline khol eyeliner. I was like 12 or 13.

  17. Stephanie

    Mac Jest eyeshadow. I still have the pan even though I don’t touch it because the eyeshadow itself is over 12 years old (ew!) I just can’t bear to throw it away

  18. Maureen

    I had some from CVS, by Jane probably, but the first “real” products I got were from Clinique. I got pressed powder, gray(?) eyeliner, and the Plum Seduction palette.

  19. Tangy

    My first makeup purchase was in high school (10th grade) & it was MAC powerpoint eyeliner in Engaved. My friend loved MAC eyeliner. I bought 3 of them before I realized that it smudged like crazy after a couple of hours.

    My first makeup received was a GWP neutral duo palette from Clinque from my mother. I loved it and wore it everyday in high school.

  20. Jennifer

    I was given Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Lancome GWP item from my mom.

  21. Jennifer

    Clinique Air Kiss lip gloss. I still use the same shade to this day.

  22. Oh goodness, I can’t remember that far back! I was definitely younger than 10, that’s all I can say for certain.

  23. Ale

    I don’t know if it was my first but the first i remember is a Saks Fifth Avenue Eyeshadow Palette my mom gave me because it was too colorful (she is a neutral girl). I still have it =)

  24. Arantza

    My first ones were a trio of eyeshadows (pink, blue and lilac ¬¬) and a brownie/pinkie/nude lipstick by Margaret Astor, a gift from my aunt =)
    It made me really happy ^^

  25. Miss J

    Woohoo! My question! Thanks, Christine!

    I am pretty confident the first makeup product I ever purchased was Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. Does that count? Haha. I pretty much collected those bad boys. I used all drugstore makeup up until I was 18 with the exception of a few Lancome products. Juicy Tubes, anyone? In 2004 (18 then, 26 now), I delved into MAC and Benefit. I know my first products with Benefit were Dandelion and Georgia. I believe my mom purchased my first MAC products for me, and I think it was a foundation, concealer, and lipstick, but can’t quite remember. I do remember that the first MAC collection I purchased from was Tempt Me/Tease Me. I didn’t really get into full face makeup until 18. After that, I got into all sorts of other brands. I was drawn to my first ever makeup products basically because I thought they were pretty, or in the case of Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, smelled super delicious! Hah.

    ALSO, I know this is totally random, off-topicness, but if someone with a YT account would comment grav3yardgirl on YT telling her to check out Illamasqua nail polish in Rare for a similarish effect to the MAC Alfredo nail polish, that would be super awesome! The happy helper in me is going crazy that I can’t comment her that. Also, she needs Jo’mina. I would totally do this myself, but no YT, tweeter, FB, etc. TIA to anyone who helps!

    • Sarah

      I’ve inboxed her – copied the last bit of your comment so it was too long for a video comment. Hopefully she’ll see it :)

      • Miss J

        Thank you so, so, so much, Sarah! 😀 I should probably make a YT account myself, so I can comment people. Because I drive myself crazy suggesting things loudly at the computer screen like it will magically be heard, LOL. Thanks again!

  26. San

    A 15 shadow palette by MAC is what started my love for makeup although my first product would’ve been eyeliners by Lakme and lipsticks by Maybelline.

  27. Ami

    yeah it was Versace lipstick))

  28. Sianna

    Benefit california kissin !

  29. anne

    I acn remember using Rimmel & Bodyshop products in my youth – also covergirl when it was available in the UK! The first specific product that I remember using was Benefit Showoffs – once at uni.

  30. chelsea

    My first purchase was MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study.

  31. i think the first real (not the childrens make-up) must have been a rimmel mascara and a max factor duo eyeshadow in Star-Studded Black.

  32. Tamara

    Mine was an eyeshadow by Rimmel, blue toned lilac-y colour.

  33. Krista

    It was a Lip Smacker clear lipgloss that was grape favored and had blue glitter. It wasn’t the best smelling, tasting, or looking lipgloss but I wore that baby to death! I think I received that as a gift from my aunt back when I was in fourth grade?

  34. Missy Hamilton

    My very first high-end purchase was Clinique’s Foxy eyeshadow and the old style Chubby Stick in Grapevine. I loved Grapevine and have never found that color since…

    Don’t remember exactly what my first drugstore makeup was, but I remember I used Cover Girl blushes like they were going out of style 😉

  35. Teri Vogelsberg

    My first purchase of my very own was when I was just a preteen at the Clinique counter.

  36. An eye shadow palette when I was 9/10 I had earned points at sylvan and put it towards it.

  37. Lucie

    I believe it was a plummy lipgloss from Black Radiance bought in the seventh grade. I felt so sophisticated, teehee. Real interest in makeup didn’t start till another year or so, when I got my first non-drugstore lipstick, Ruby Woo! Still have a couple spare tubes at all times- an oldie but a goodie.

  38. Eashanna

    Mac Satin Taupe, Rice Paper, and this really brown MAC lipstick whose name I do not remember.. Back then brown lipstick was “cool” where I live!

  39. kristina

    I was eighth grade and it was a brown Cover Girl eyeshadow.

  40. Em

    I was 15 and my friends took me to the store to buy a black eyeliner (Covergirl I think) and Maybelline Great Lash. That was the only makeup I wore until I was in college.

  41. Quinctia

    For Christmas when I was in seventh grade, my mom got me a Naturalistics gloss in Peach (always loved that line), a Covergirl Blush duo with a matte/shimmer peach, and Illegal Lengths mascara in brown/black.

    Very nice and subtle. I still don’t wear much blush. And mascara and gloss tend to be the first to go on a low makeup day.

    When I began purchasing makeup, I went straight for face stuff. Even nowadays, I won’t leave the house with at least some tinted moisturizer on.

  42. Mel

    A pink Lancome Juicy Tube and MAC Oh Baby lipglass immediately come to mind back in the fifth grade. Now some eight or so years later I don’t use juicy tubes and Oh Baby is so not my color lol.

  43. Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara

  44. susan schneider

    Oh yeah! Do we count my Bonne Belle Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker? Or are you talking about serious color? That was a sparkly Mary Quant eyeshadow I bought when I was 13 and my family was in London on vacation. I felt very grown up.

  45. Sara

    My first “fancy” perfume bought with my own saved up money was Tresor and my favorite eyeshadow was a Lancome eyeshadow pencil that had frosty pink, baby blue, and buttercup yellow together (if you applied it VERY carefully all three colors would be on your lid)…it was the late ’80s :-)

  46. Lisa

    NARS orgasm; I’m pretty cliche 😉

  47. londonhermit

    My first low end beauty product was Revlon Colorstay in Caramel. My first high end product was a Nars blush.

  48. francesca

    dark brown max factor kohl pencil :) It was almost 10 years ago! wow I’m getting old ..

  49. Maria

    Although I’ve been using and destroying my mum’s make up products whenever I had the chance, I remember having taken from her one light brown lipstick from AVON called “coffee bean”. It was the middle of the ’80s (I am currently 39), so dark brown colours were a must! I have also bought one Bourjois Lipstick called “Zibelline” and one eyeshadow duo (blue/purple) from CUTEX, a brand that doesn’t exist anymore! Jesus! How am I remembering the products’ names I can’t tell. I must have been 15-16 at the time…

  50. April

    I really don’t remember, but I’m sure it was something like Bonnie Bell lip gloss and nail polish ;o) xo

  51. I definitely remember the first high end stuff I bought. It was the MUFE HD Foundation! That’s what jump started my entire love for collecting makeuup haha

  52. Joanna

    i do not remember my first drugstore make up purchase but I do remember my first high end make up. Which is the bobbi brown gel liner in black.
    i was in high school and it’s considered a splurge for me.

  53. linda

    I’m 63, so my memory goes way, way back. LOL When I was in 7th grade, the palest of pale lipsticks were popular. They actually made you look dead, but that was the look. I wanted one so my mother said she’d buy me a lipstick. Well, she got me an horrible orange shade made by Hazel Bishop. It was hideous and I would NOT wear it. I did get my pale shade though soon after. :)

  54. Genevieve

    The first makeup I bought was Maybelline lip gloss, and Full and Soft mascara when I was in Junior High.

  55. Amanda

    If it counts, Bonnebell lip smackers in watermelon when I was in elementary school haha

  56. Courtney

    I started out with some Cover Girl foundation and Wet n Wild eyeliner. The first halfway decent eye shadow I ever bought was an obnoxious Trucco bright blue. The first truly decent thing I ever bought was MAC’s Aquadisiac, and that was the beginning of that. 😀

  57. Yesss, mine was L’Oreal True match powder and blush back in 9th grade when I was 14.

  58. Sarah

    My mom bought me an Avon foundation I wore for years. Looking back, I dread to think how I looked because I remember it being really thick and quite heavy, but hey; I’ve always been really pale and it was the only thing that matched (unfortunately they’ve made their lightest shade really dark over the past few years >:()

    The first product I bought for myself was a Rimmel matte black eyeshadow which I wore all over the lid. Thank God no pictures from that time are around because I’d be cringing for years over it :(

  59. Jennifer

    ooo my first was benefit too! it was these sparkly dust eyeshadows they had a looong time ago. there was this one that was goldish pink and changed colors depending on angle and light, i LOVED it to death!

  60. Emily Merck

    I went to MAC in the summer before 7th grade and picked up a few things…

    I wore a moisturizer
    ELF Concealer
    MAC’s Springsheen Blush
    Paint Pot- Painterly
    All that Glitters
    Soft Brown
    Maybeline Great Lash

    That is all I wore for 8 months!

  61. Jackie

    It would probably have to be Cover Girl and/or Revlon. I remember wearing the Cover Girl Pressed Powder in high school and Revlon and Cover Girl lipsticks in high school. Before that, I can’t remember. Probably some generic brand.

  62. Avon lipstick

    My mom worked there for a year or two when I was younger and I remember a box of lipstick testers she gave me

  63. haha does it count with those little nail polishes when I was 6 years old? I was given some Barbie or Tinkerbell make-up set when I was little. That was the first time receiving one. As for buying with my own money, it was some Covergirl eyeliners.

  64. Rachel

    My first makeup item I received was Great Lash mascara. I was in 5th grade and thought I was hot stuff!

  65. Lark

    First ever gotten as gift? First Estee Lauder Xmas Blockbuster ever! There were beautiful creamy shadow pencils in it- in the mid Seventies.
    Bonnie Bell of Lip Smackers fame was once a tween/ teen cosmetics powerhouse and had an actual teen track and field athlete as spokesmodel. Soccer for women was just igniting as a big girl rebellion thing and the Title Nine Generation was out being told NO and argueing it down. Anyway they made a fantastic red gel cheek stain and that was my first buy. Amazing stuff! Healthy glow.
    Bonnie Bell got squelched and it’s ideas of the healthy glow for the fit athlete girl disappeared but too late! Anybody here play soccer? Run? They made an impact. Wear that Dr. Pepper stuff proudly girls!

    If you hate the history posts I’ll try to quit, but the brand explosion and new images in the last 35 years are the story of women with their own money and very new ideas about beauty. From barefaced and pregnant to The Pill and nail polish that lasts a whole week instead of two days. Yes, it’s all of a piece but not assured yet. Be ever vigilant about backlashes.

  66. Ana

    The first product I bought with my own money was MAC’s carbon eyeshadow! I was introduced to the brand by watching Lauren Luke’s (panacea81) channel :)

  67. Debra

    Yardley lipstick. Pink Frost. It was the 60’s!

    • starfish628

      OMG I had forgotten about Yardley. I remember a metal paint box style Pallette that you used wet. And of course the perfume was Loves baby soft!

  68. Monica

    A blush by Revlon, purchased by my mother

  69. Safyre

    I remember my mom wouldn’t let me wear makeup until I was in high school. But in the 8th grade she got me a covergirl mascara. As for something I bought myself, I want to say it was a Lip Smacker’s gloss, but I don’t really remember.

  70. Pamela

    When I was 14, my aunt gave me a CG palette that included three shadows, one lipstick, blush and eye liner. I loved it until I hit the pan. The colors were purples, mauves and blue which in retrospect were the worst colors on my yellow skin but that gift got me excited about cosmetics. Thanks Aunt Viv!

  71. Hanne

    A Gosh due eyeshadow palette back in 1995 i believe. It was light grey and charcoal and matte and i absolutely loved it. I wore it out every weekend in my teenage years. I regret not keeping it cause it would be fun to compare with the eyeshadows i have today. i remember it being long lasting and a great texture but then again back then that was my only eyeshadow.

  72. Swimsalot

    Maybelline Kissing Potion. A glass rollerball
    The original Bonne Bell Lipsmackers in Dr. Pepper. It smelled great tasted like the soda an tinted lips a cool red

  73. cyndi

    yea in high school my friends and I went to the mall for the first time without our moms, and i went to sephora for the first time ever and at the time smoky eyes were like the big thing to have blackened smoked eyes so i saw an urban decay single eyeshadow in oil slick and it was the prettiest black shadow with silver sparkle and was $18 and i was like i need to have this. I actually still have it to date haha. Its a memorable treasure <3

    i think the second products i ever bought were from victorias secret the eyeshadow quads. =D

  74. Nina

    The first “good” makeup I got was MAC’s “Love Alert” lip gloss from my Aunty on my 15th birthday. Ever since I’ve been obsessed with mac and have over 100 of their products!

  75. Regina

    Probably Mac’s Zoom Lash or Smashbox’s mascara. High end makeup here is really pricey so it was either a mascara or a Benefit lip gloss.

    Of course my first ‘makeup’ was lip smackers lip glosses. Used those when I was 10 years old or something.

  76. Leenie

    Maybelline eyeliner

  77. starfish628

    Maybelline Blooming colors eyeshadow along with the Maybelline cake mascara in the red box. Bonnie Bell lipgloss in a tube. First skin care product. Bonnie Bell 10-0-6 lotion. Loved that smell.

  78. mahima

    at 16, my mom took me to the estee lauder counter and we picked out a lipstick – Dusky Mauve – which I still have :)

    i also received a beautiful makeup set (also estee lauder) from my aunt. it had two large shadow palettes with blushes i believe, eyeliners, lip liners, etc… i had no clue what to do with it and ruined it. i now cringe at the thought…

  79. I think it was a clear Great Lash mascara and one of those $1 NYC black pencil eyeliners. Lol

  80. Wendy

    My first purchase: Bonne Bell Rasberry Lip Smacker from JC Penny’s-1976 (4th grade, lol).
    First item purchased for me: Bonne Bell lip gloss in a frosty pink-1978
    First rogue & out there purchase: Borgese Nail polish & lipstick in a frosty, muted teal, from Macy’s 1983. It was in 17 magazine, I thought I was so cool, the teal looked great with sheer pink lip gloss…oh the ’80’s.

  81. Yumi

    lip smackers and maybelline mascara overall
    high end, the first thing i bought was laura mercier’s oil free foundation primer! too bad i never repurchased because it smells horrible!

  82. MAC Goldmine eye shadow when I was 17.
    But I was using kohl for about a year before that.

  83. Nikki


    The first make up product I ever purchased was NYC’s Clear Strawberry Gloss that came in a roller ball tube! I first bought it when I was 11 or 12 years old (because it was the only make up my mom would allow me to wear lol), and I loved that stuff. I went through multiple tubes of it for years until I branched out as I got older. =)

  84. Jane

    Crayon Strawberry Red. a make up line for young girls in the 70’s I can still smell it if I close my eyes.. also Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker and Maybelline kissing potion. lol.

  85. gabriella

    I think it was lancome… I bought a juicy tube and something else and got a GWP. Lol either that or estee lauder can’t remember!

  86. Elisa Love West Indies

    Yes, it was a birhday gift for my friend: an eyeshadows trio (Covergirl). I was 19 years old, i knew nothing about makeup. I feel uncomfortable to put those eyeshadows because i was to shy

  87. my first “grown up” makeup product was Covergirl Lashblast Length mascara. :)

  88. Nic

    The first makeup products I bought myself were an eyeshadow trio, concealer, mascara and lipliner by Manhatten.
    As a little girl I received an eyeshadow palette by a friend of my mother. I often played with these bright pink, blue and green shadows and pink and peach blushes.

  89. eun

    Alex cosmetics BB cream. That is the first “makeup” I wore.

  90. Pam

    My first ever makeup was given to me by my mom for my thirteenth bday. It was a pale pink frosted lipstick by Yardley. My other bday present was Sargent Pepper’s, which was ‘the’ album of the year. LOL

  91. Jennifer

    When I was younger I used to buy drugstore brands like Covergirl. The first higher end brand I ever tried was Prescriptives. Guess they’re not really around anymore.