Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


What was the first beauty brand you used? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI believe the first products I bought were Benefit (followed by MAC; I think they were nearly on the first day), but if it was just used, then MAC, since that’s what my best friend used at the time!

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87 thoughts on “What was the first beauty brand you used?

  1. Avatar of Shelly shelly

    I want to say it was a drugstore brand (L’Oreal, maybe?), but I can’t remember exactly. The first high-end brand I used was Estee Lauder.

  2. I am sure my very first encounter with makeup was some sort of now discontinued drugstore brand but my the one I can actually remember is Stila! Thank goodness for their easy to use colors =D

  3. Christine

    Maybelline when I was 10, and then MAC when I was 14, both because of my best friends at the times :-).

  4. Kristine

    I think Lancome (Juicy Tubes) because my aunt worked there and always got me free products!

  5. Bonne Bell from the drugstore and grocery store was the cheapest thing I could find, so I bought a few lip pencils and lip glosses from them. My first big department store brand was MAC.

  6. Lindsey

    Definitely a drugstore brand when I was a pre-teen; Maybelline, Cover Girl, etc. The first high-end brand was MAC.

  7. Revlon or Avon, perhaps Maybelline. I’m not sure, I started using those three all around the same time.

  8. Avatar of Alyssa Alyssa

    Clinique was mine…I had supremely sensitive skin growing up and was too nervous to try anything other than Clinique. My skin has calmed a bit now and I have branched out, but I always know that I can fall back on Clinique when push comes to shove.

  9. Avatar of Esther E

    I used drugstore/dollar store brands for years, but I think the first “real” (for want of a better word) brand I used was Make Up For Ever.

  10. tanya

    Jordana of course.

  11. Mines was a L’oreal mascara iirc, the first mid end brand was Mac, I think the gel liner, and the first high end was from Dior, an addict lippie in the most gorgeous red!

  12. CoverGirl! My first foundation was CoverGirl Clean makeup and the powder and the blush too! I still remember that distinct medicine-like scent their products had/have! :)

  13. Liz

    Cover Girl! Since then, I’ve broadened my horizons to many other brands, but I still remain loyal to CG face powders. Know why? Not only is it because of nostalgia, but I still love how they smell, like Noxzema.

  14. Tigress

    It was either Bonne Bell or Wet n Wild I think. I also remember using Cover Girl, Revlon and Maybelline.

  15. Makaegan

    I pretty much used Clinique exclusively from thirteen until sixteen, then I branched out into drugstore cosmetics…and I didn’t really go any further than that until I was about 20 (and finally discovered Sephora) :D

  16. My mom used to be a makeup artist for Lancome so we always had that brand in the house. I’d mess around with it when I was little and my mom would use their products on me for Halloween. But I truly started with MAC whenever I decided for myself to start wearing makeup. I bought my first foundation there!

  17. Rachelcarlene

    Revlon eyeshadow quad.. Great lash mascara.. And dollar store liquid liner that was truly terrible!! First high end brand was urban decay in high school! Then I became obsessed.

  18. wendy h

    Makeup: Chanel when I was in senior high school
    Skin products: lancome when I was 13 or 14

  19. My first brands were Benefit and Lancome. February 2011, I applied for a Macy’s credit card and the lady at the cosmetic counter gave me a bag of samples for doing so. It contained Benefit High Beam, Lancome Juicy tubes in three shades, Lancome Mascara and a bunch of wrinkle creams that I eventually gave to my mom. So those were the first products I used. Ever since it started the most expensive love affair I have ever had.

  20. bonnie bell, then cover girl what not, but clinique for department store ….tons of clinique…back then there were no fun makeup brands like today for a teenager….no urban decay, benefit..(but did buy benefit’s prior- Face Place in SF), MUFE, not even MAC until the late 80′s in California…and I thought Lancome, Dior, Estee Lauder and the likes were for old people esp. when one is in high school.

  21. Maureen

    I had tried out some cruddy drugstore brands throughout middle school, but it wasn’t until high school that someone at a Benefit counter convinced me of some really cool products. My skin ended up being too sensitive for them, so my first everyday makeup was the Clinique Plum Seduction palette.

  22. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Mary Kay. LOL Okay, I know I’m an old hag!

  23. Leenie

    I think it was maybelline eyeliner and mascara

  24. Chanel, my mother bought me my first lipstick, it was in a light pinkish brown, a very 90′s shade. I kept using the same one for years till the brand discontinued it. Oh my! i really loved that lipstick!

  25. Mel

    MAC and although I don’t use it exclusively, it still makes up 90% of my stash.

  26. Avatar of artemis artemis

    avon or oriflame
    i know….

  27. If you don’t count playing around with my mom’s Revlon as a kid, then the first makeup was a bright red lipstick from Wet n Wild that I bought at a drug store near my house. I was 15 and I wore it out to our town fair’s parade. I STILL remember how I felt wearing it…

    It was REALLY hot out (mid-July) and I had WINGS! I was strutting down the sidewalk like it was a catwalk with my war paint on! Emancipation with red lips!

  28. Chiara

    Lancome Juicy Tubes :) Yeah, I already had an expensive taste :p

  29. Avatar of Elizabeth cydoniac

    Body Shop…my mum took me there to make sure I would buy stuff suitable for my age (I was 15 at the time)….

  30. Hend

    Rimmel london , their glosses and blushes were my favs

  31. rawan

    i really can’t remember whether it was Mac or Chanel
    i do, However, remember that i got them with a short period of time between them..
    i remember i got Mac (studio fix powder + studio finish concealer) to hide my blemishes
    and from Chanel ( glossemer + violet waterproof pencil + brown inimetible mascara)

  32. Olivia

    I was probably 14 or 15 when my mom bought me a Clinique lipstick to wear to a wedding. I was shocked at how expensive it was. Until then, I had only ever used drugstore lipglosses, etc. But it was, and still is, her favorite brand, so I gladly accepted. =)

  33. As far as I can remember, it was Estee Lauder.

  34. theodora

    Must have been Max Factor

  35. snm

    It was a Chanel powder.In my teens,there was a time when I started to complain about my skin so often-(which was pretty good by the way!)and my mum bought me that.She said I can use it whenever I feel like I need to cover something on my face.It was pretty sheer but good though:) I think it is discontinued now.Then there came the goth times and I started to buy black eyeliners,shadows and dark lippies from drugstore brands.

  36. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    waaaaay back in the 60′s, when I was a pre-teen, I distinctly recall buying Max Factor lip gloss (it cost a whopping $3.95, which really was a lot back then) – it was sort of the first lip gloss on the market. And Yardley had a line of cosmetics aimed at teens and fronted, I think, by Jean Shrimpton. There was a hair care line called “Londonderry Hair” (was it ever a front runner – it had a glossing spray way back in the 60′s) and also lots of frosty lip glosses called Slickers. And my first eye shadow was by Maybelline, swiftly followed by Mary Quant. For high end, I think my first “HG” brands were Estee Lauder, Charles of the Ritz and Germaine Monteil (the latter 2 are no longer around, so far as I know).

  37. L’oreal! I started using their skin cara, then face powdwers, eyeshadows, and glosses. I still do! :)

  38. Avatar of Angela angela sutherland

    mine was cover girl!

  39. Dana

    The first “high end” brand I used was Clinique, but before that were drugstore brands like Wet & Wild, Covergirl, Max Factor, L’oreal & Revlon.

  40. Avatar of Kelli Kellilee

    First started with CoverGirl, as that’s what my mom used and what she bought us. Then played with some Mary Kay in college, and then Prescriptives the second time I went to college…then a friend introduced me to Sephora and it’s been all downhill from there. :D

  41. Make Up Store’s cosmetic. As for skincare, I probably touched Nivea when I were a kid. =P

  42. Avatar of Xero Xero

    My memory is foggy….I remember black eyeliner and a cheap, bright pink lipstick from when I was 13, which I don’t remember the brand of…

    What I DO remember was a light pink shimmery lipstick I got from Rimmel, that I think I got after that. I actually remember it rather fondly; when I first got into makeup a few months ago I went on quest to find a similar color. I think they might still sell it though…

  43. chips

    Chanel nail polish, my sister were addicted to their nail polish and now I am addicted to their nail polishes.

  44. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    Avon! First high end brand was Urban Decay. Don’t really use Avon any more but there’s still love for UD.

  45. Libby

    The first foundation I ever used was Bare Minerals and the first eye makeup was probably a drug store brand lol

  46. Yelena

    I remember seeing an ad of Christina Aguilera for MAC and she had amazing green smokey eyes. I was about 13 and thought I could do the same, so I bought this crappy green drugstore eyeshadow (forgot the brand) and “tried” to do the same…yeah it didn’t work hahaha. My next purchase was Prr or Underage lipglass from MAC though and it evolved from there!

  47. Christy

    I recall taking my 1st babysitting job $ to the drug store and buying a Bonnie bell eye shadow pallette of 12 colors around age 11 or 12. I soon graduated to Estee Lauder lipstick and so it began.

  48. I think it’s Clinique, which dates back to my makeovers at the Clinique counter as a high school student. That didn’t get me hooked on makeup though (I had horrific experience with eyeliners from those makeovers). What got me hooked was the Naked Palette in 2010!

  49. Avatar of GloriaKate Gloria

    Definitely wet and wild! lol. Before that, my sisters and I used to take sidewalk chalk and gind it into the pavement and then smear that all over our faces! haha.

  50. Eileen

    The very first brand I purchased with regularity was Yardley of London with model Jean Shrimpton as the “face”. That was in the early 1960′s. The Beatles had just hit it big and it was all about the “Swinging London” look :-)

    • Donalene

      I also started with Yardley in the 70′s. From there it was Estee Lauder, Clinique, etc. I always wore and do wear good make-up, it’s worth it! It shows! My mom worked at a cosmetic counter and that really helped seeing what she was wearing-always the latest colors!

  51. Angie

    Mac :) When I turned 14 and my mom told me it was time to start wearing make up (which I didn’t agree with) she took me to the Mac store and bought me an awesome starter kit. However I did not like makeup until I was about 16, so I gave it all back to her and my sister…oh how I regret that now lol.

  52. Anika

    my first was christian dior eye liner and lip stick n gloss (i was 15) as far as I can remember… was mum’s stuff … i was way too tomboyish back then and wouldn’t want to wear make up!

  53. SidnacGlitz

    Jordana :-) ahhhh those were the days. You made me go down memory lane :-) I still love Jordana Cosmetics

  54. I think it was covergirl.

  55. Avatar of Rocio Rocio

    When I was around 17, it was a Loreal quad, I think the color was coffee bean and Revlon lipsticks! And about 18 years later I welcome Mac, Sephora and the list goes on on. Ahhhhhh

  56. Em

    It was Maybelline Great Lash–something I still purchase to this day.

  57. grace

    preteen-maybeline. then MAC

  58. I am not going to count moms make up that I played with since I have no clue what they were…
    So some of my first make up items that I owned (thanks to my best friend that worked at makeup counter) were Shiseido powder, Estee Lauder Eye lash primer, Lancome mascara, guerlain bronzer (i still save whatever it’s left), dior eye pencil in navy blue (this one I still have a little left)I had a dior mirror too.. oh and Ultima 2 matte lipstick <3…. how I wish the line was still available! I also had a cream blush that I don't remember what brand it was, but it was awesome! Great memories!!!!

  59. Debra

    Yardley. They made frosted pink and frosted white lipsticks that I loved.

  60. Carol

    A Lancome blush in 1965.LOL

  61. mary clay

    the first makeup i used was in 4th grade, remember maybelline kissing potions? they were huge then! in 6th grade i used my mom’s mary kay clear lip gloss. her name is also mary kay, just a little trivia!

  62. Avatar of Amy Amy

    I don’t think this really counts, but… my mom used to use CoverGirl pressed powder when I was little, and when it got down to just a little left around the rim she’d give the compact to me and my sisters to play with. To this day, that CoverGirl scent smells like “makeup” to me.

    The first I actually used for real, I can’t remember at all. I know early on I had a CoverGirl blush and Mary Kay stuff. It may well have been Mary Kay, but most of it was likely random drug store brands (part of it probably stuff mom didn’t use and gave to me).

  63. Liz

    I remember clearly, it was a dark brown Wet n Wild lipstick, and I was in grade 8. This was mid-90′s. LOL

  64. Avatar of Pamyla PJ

    When I was a teen– there was this Aziza brand (very colorful shadow quads) Also Bonne Bell and Clinique!

  65. I started really using and getting involved with makeup fairly recently, and I bought a few things from MAC that jump started my obsession. MAC Carbon was my first overly-used love :)

  66. Avatar of Elizabeth Beth Maiorana

    Please someone out there remember along with me: Love and Yardley … anyone?

  67. Michelle

    When I was little I used to wear my mom’s estee lauder. then the first makeup purchase I had was urban decay, then i bought MAC

  68. Jo

    Either Bonne Bell or Wet & Wild. I was like 11 and could only afford that. When I started getting into makeup I used to love the eyeshadow quads L’Oreal made. I also loved the makeup from Skinmarket. Does anyone else remember that store?

  69. Andrea

    I was preteen and mine was a Yardley paintbox and it gave me a very Twiggy look. I loved that thing and used it to the bottoms of the pans. It went great with very frost pink lipgloss I remember.

  70. Brigette

    Bonne Bell, Maybelline and Aziza. Bonne Bell was the big deal way back then – you would get a Bonne Bell palette for Christmas from a Grandmother or Aunt and then we would all ooh & ahh over it at school. :D

  71. Yardley, in the 60s. Oh! de London and wonderful eye and lip things.

  72. Avatar of Dinitchka Dinitchka

    My first item ever was a Bonne Belle gigantic Orange Crush chap stick (which I still have). My G-ma got me some Ralph Lauren and Clinique samples around this time. The Clinique was taken by my older sister :(

    Mum used to shop at Brown’s (J.A. Brown’s, which is now Dillard’s) and got to know the SA’s. I always came along as I was not old enough to go to school yet. As I got older the SA’s would not only give mum goodies but also give me an item to play dress-up with. Once I hit middle school and was allowed to wear make-up they would hijack me as mum shopped and give me a make-over or just have me try different products. My first crushes were Estée Lauder and MAC. Then Clinique, Guerlain and Lancôme. I know their were some other but those definitely stick in my brain.

    In middle school I choose an empty Revlon palette and choose 4 colours to go in it. The only one that stuck out was a blue colour (which I got hell for using by my classmates). I wish I had kept the empty palette as I have never seen Revlon do another like that. I also used Max Factor, Avon, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Aziza and I think that was it. Probably some off brands too.

  73. Meroe

    Just random beauty supply store lip glosses in the tube and jar throughout middle school. And remember little girls wearing that horrible silver eyeliner? I was one of them lol!! The 1st purchase that I actually remember though, was in 12th grade. I went to the MAC counter, had them make me up for my senior pictures and purchased every single product they put on me. I spent $112 but I told myself that it was an investment in my future lol!

  74. Tina

    Well, that was many years ago. Probably, if you are considering using my mother’s makeup, it was probably Covergirl. My first makeup I owned was probably Avon. And, my first foundation was by Cornsilk.

  75. Avatar of Sherry Sherry B.

    Maybelline and Cutex (when they sold all sorts of makeup), way back in the early ’60′s. We didn’t have a lot of money, so the very cheapest had to do and I really had to save my pennies to afford it. Once in a great while, my sister-in-law’s older sister, who sold Avon, would give me a few samples, out of pity. I still don’t have much money, as I am crippled and disabled, so I’m grateful for whatever I can get. I really love reading about and seeing all the high-end stuff I see here and on other blogs, though, as it gives me a vicarious thrill!

  76. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    My mom got me some makeup as a Christmas gift in middle school…a Naturistics lip gloss (peach flavor), Maybelline Illegal Lengths mascara, and a drugstore blush duo…I’m thinking CoverGirl?

    The funniest thing, is those are all about the least important products to me now. I like to wear something on my face, foundation or tinted moisturizer, and I have to wear some sort of eyeshadow, but if I’m just doing a very quick look, I can leave the gloss and mascara. I don’t wear blush at all–my main face “correction” involves the pinkeness of my cheeks, I’m not going to add color back!

  77. Kelly

    No lie. It was the Mary-Kate and Ashley eyeshadow pencils from Wal-Mart. :]

  78. Lynnie

    Yardley. Sigh. I desperately wanted to be one of the hip British girls in their ads instead of a nice honors student from the Philly suburbs.

  79. Brenda

    Cover Girl. I would take my birthday money at 12 years old and buy a ton of stuff at the grocery store. I still have an old Bonne Bell lip pencil that I’ve had for at least 12 years. High end brand would be The Body Shop since there was a store at one of my local malls. I hated walking up to a counter and asking for help as a teenager, so I stuck with TBS or Sephora where I could just walk in and grab stuff.

  80. Cecilia

    Probably Max Factor :)

  81. haleii

    first ever when i was 11 probablly covergirl and now when i actually started wearing normal makeup everday revlon

  82. I sneaked into Mom’s makeup and made myself look ridiculous… and got caught… and spanked, LOL. The first product I was given permission to use was the maybelline black pencil liner that is red with a red cap. Mom taught me to warm it up with a lighter and when it cooled a bit it would go on smoothly… =/ haha The first high end brand I bought was Tony and Tina. I was working at Marshal Field’s on State in Chicago (19 y/o) and this iridescent gloss called to me… then MAC Trax called to me… then a Benefit duo in Orchid… don’t ask me what I had for breakfast yesterday I have no idea.

  83. Avatar of Leticia Leticia

    Bonne Bell!! Two Lip Smackers, in Watermelon and Orange Crush, were my first ever “cosmetics”. My first ever high-end product was an Estee Lauder foundation!

  84. Avatar of Liz Liz

    My first beauty brand ever was Maybelline – I got their Great Lash mascara. In terms of non-drugstore, it was MAC.