Do you remember what your very first makeup product was?

Do you remember what your very first makeup product was? Share!

I believe it was Benefit Show-offs and three MAC eyeshadows (I always want to say Antiqued, Coppering, and Bronze…).

Thanks to Stella for today’s questions! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I was a figure skater as a child, so there were a few products I used primarily for ice shows. I had a L’OrΓ©al HIP Eyeshadow Duo (bright pink and brown), Almay Liquid Eyeliner in a pot, a Maybelline Blush Duo and a bright, frosted magenta lipstick from Prestige.

My first drugstore purchase was probably a Maybelline Watershine Lipgloss, Maybelline Volum Express Cat Eyes Mascara, and an eyeshadow duo from Yves Rocher (turquoise and brown).

My first high end purchase was Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in Me, Vain? and Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit in Warm Sand and … it’s all downhill from there.

I remember my Mom bringing me to this very upscale drugstore in my hometown, Tenafly, NJ. They sold cosmetics that ran the gamut from DS-Luxury. She let me go on a haul of sorts! Well for that day and age, anyhow. I remember a lavender and a green twist-up cream eyeshadows (crease city on my oily, hooded eyes!), a gorgeous dusty turquoise matte powder eyeshadow, and a frosty blue one, a peachy-pink blush, mascara and a light peachy-pink lipstick. Forget foundation, we always had a terrible time finding a decent match! For reference spring 1972! LOL

Technically hello kitty red mini kids lipstick. As far a real makeup, it was a red weird name lipstick I stole from my mom and put on after I got to school. I think I was in 5th grade!

Haha, yeah, my mom gave me Illegal Lengths mascara in Brown Black, a dual pan blush that was peachy, and a Naturistics stick lipgloss in Peach. I got it for Christmas when I was in 7th grade. That’s the first makeup I had that wasn’t for Halloween and I didn’t surreptitiously “borrow” from my mother. (Unless Lip Smackers count. I had me quite a few Lip Smackers.)

Ironically, I went years without wearing mascara, blush, or lipgloss. I used to be powder foundation + cream eyeshadow on a daily basis for a long, long time.

I remember being allowed to play with makeup from very early on, so I can’t say for sure. But I do remember having a Lipsmackers trio in preschool or so, if that counts as makeup! I think the flavors were peppermint, grape, and strawberry.

A Clinique eyeshadow duo! It was called “ash violets” IIRC. They don’t make it anymore, sadly. My first lipstick ever was cliniques chubby stick in grapevine and I was only allowed to wear one or the other to middle school in 7th grade!

Oh boy, probably a clear lip gloss — Maybelline Kissing Potions, came in glass tube with a roller ball, was super shiny (like putting baby oil on lips) with different artificial flavors like strawberry, vanilla, etc. I would roll it onto my lips and pout away. But if it leaked, it made a sticky mess in your purse.

My first high-end makeup was MAC shadows in Brule, Vex, and Patina, with a 217 brush as well as a 22 angled liner brush (which is now the 263), and Verve lipstick with Spice liner. My first of any makeup was definitely a pressed powder and mascara from The Body Shop, though!

Mine was a sweet, coral colored lipstick by Bonne Bell, in a tube that looked like chapstick… I had the color “Cant-elope” and used it up twice over!

OMG, i was afraid to mention Bonnie Bell (it seems like 1,000 years ago) along with my favourite scent, Love’s Baby Soft. I AM 1,000 years old…..

I join you! Bonnie Bell moisturizing lotion when I was 12 due to dry skin from the chlorine in the pool and the glass rollerball clear lip shine that was strawberry. I was allowed to wear mascara to school once a week in senior year of high school and other than that, clear or pale pink lip gloss. Nobody wore foundation or blush because we lived at the beach and we had tans and naturally pink cheeks. No one wore powder, brow pencil or lip pencil. We had Dippity Do hair gel for setting your hair, and hair spray, cheap rough shampoo like Prell or Breck. My mother has 2 lipsticks, one red and one orange, a brow pencil and Maybelline cake mascara, and that was it. All from the drugstore and only worn when going out for the evening which was not often. My mother was gorgeous and didn’t need makeup but it’s kind of criminal that she didn’t have more to have fun with.

I suppose the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker lip balm doesn’t count… so I think I used CoverGirl powder foundation to cover blemishes and gradually added whatever I could steal from my older sister.

Aww, the memories! The first one I remember was my mom bought me a Pink Cotton Candy Smackers lip balm when I was in elementary school! I felt like a real grownup, with my very own “lipstick.” Those were so yummy, I also remember loving the Dr. Pepper flavored one. My first “real” makeup item was a Physician’s Formula concealer stick in middle school I believe! It was pretty awful, all dried up and totally the wrong shade.

Oh, and I used to dance, so for my performances I would wear makeup very young, but my mom just always used hers so I didn’t count that.

When I was 12, my Mother took me to Merle Norman (are they still around?) for a complete makeup/skincare lesson. The woman, who at the time I thought was 100+ years old, put me in all bronze/copper. I thought I was all that. Looking back, it was pretty horrifying. Bronze and copper and probably the two worst shades for my skin tone! Oh, and thanks for bringing back THAT memory πŸ˜‰

Yes they are. My mom took me to Merle Norman at 13 as I had to be wanting to wear makeup since I was little and she never really wore any so she wanted me to learn how to put it on properly. I remember them putting pinky colors on me but does a 13 year old really need a full face of makeup?

I’m pretty sure it was a Cutex lipstick in the colour Peppermint Pink (it was also flavoured like peppermint – each of the shades had a “taste” name and was flavoured like the name, though some – I remember getting a butterscotch or caramel one – didn’t really taste like they were supposed to but the peppermint one did, since peppermint is a pretty easy taste/sensation to put in most things)

Oh man, thinking waaayyyy back, it must have been some NYC powder foundation. My god, I still remember how I caked it on and it looked so powdery and bad (and orange). I would make sure to do it when my mom wasn’t looking, as I was probably in 11 or 12 at the time. Then I progressed up to loreal stuff, mostly their mascara. I think my first high-end products were by mac! I went into their store with a huge list of shadows, eyeliners, lipsticks, mascara, etc, and I dropped about $250 that day (I was 16 at the time).

I think it was something from Avon because when I was in middle school, my sister started selling Avon and my parents let me get a few things from her. I think I had gotten a retractable eyeliner and an eyeshadow duo to start. Oh, the bad makeup I would do with those two haha!

Tinkerbell peel-off nail polish! Otherwise, when I was in high school I bought (at the recommendation of a friend) a CoverGirl pressed powder foundation in a colour that was waaaaayyy too dark.

I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 13, and on my 13th birthday I’m pretty sure I used some of my babysitting money to buy a pressed powder compact (Cover Girl) for my oily skin and one other thing. I can’t remember now, 40+ years later, if it was a Maybelline eye shadow or a Bonne Bell-type lip gloss. It was something cheap from the drugstore! πŸ™‚

Borrowing my mom’s foundation in gr. 7 because my skin was so bad. Pretty sure my first purchase was L’oreal bottled foundation that’s been looooong discontinued. (L’oreal Mattique)

My first “high end” product was a gwp lancome eyeshadow duo from my mom in 2005. It had a plum and champagne gold. Made my green eyes stand out but I still didnt know about makeup

Too Faced Glamour To Go II and Benefit Dandelion blush! Got them for Christmas when I was 12, I was so thrilled to finally be old enough to wear a little bit. πŸ™‚

I can’t remember my very first. I’m sure my sister gave me lip glosses and that kind of stuff. But, my first memory Clinique foundation, concealer, and powder. It was the summer before starting Jr. high. I had some acne going on. It was a huge deal. Pretty much full face make-up started there.

I really don’t remember, but it was probably either powder or foundation, since my skin went sideways early. I do remember being frustrated, fairly young, over the mismatch of foundation to my skin that I couldn’t afford to get right (buying it on an allowance, I had to keep using it until I had more money).

A brown lipgloss from the beauty supply store at 12( I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup our in public until I was 13). Mom had a fit when she found out

It was likely Yardley Pot o’ Shadow in a baby blue colour. You just swiped it on with your finger. I also had a Pot o’ Gloss lip gloss in a bubblegum pink. Ah, the memories!

I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup or use hair gel/mousse/spray until I was 15. I can’t remember if I was given my first eye shadow “palette” – 5 colored orangey frosty brown thing from Aziza or Covergirl – or if I’d borrowed my friend’s makeup but I went to town with that thing. Had no idea what I was doing but I wore every color all the way up to my eye brows. I was making up for lost time!

When I was on my own, I know there were incidental drug store purchases along the way, but I remember in the beginning my first splurge was a Lancome eyeliner in a purple shade that I wanted to use all the time and then a bunch of Ultima II stuff from JCPenney. It was shortly after that my obsession with MAC began.

Not counting what few items were given to me or products I asked for and just pretended to use when I was a kid, my first-ever loved and actually used product was Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy. I remember I discovered Urban Decay and I was enamored, so I asked for some for my birthday and my (modest income aunt) bought me that and a UD mascara — not sure which. I was disappointed that tyat

Not counting what few items were given to me or products I asked for and just pretended to use when I was a kid, my first-ever loved and actually used product was Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy.

Mascara by Nivea BeautΓ© and a brow-pencil by astor in goldbrown. I startet to wear this Combo at about 14 or 15 years on a daily Basis for the next decades.

i mean, the first first first one was a traslucent powder and a clinique clear lipgloss my mom gave me. But my first one when i became a makeup fan was MAC Candy Yum Yum, and then it all began and here i am reading this blog everyday lol

I didn’t personally buy makeup for a long time so I kind of forget. I know my sister got me some Benefit Box’o’powders (Dandelion and Georgia Peach) and some of the Bare Minerals foundation and eye shadows. I think the first product I picked up for myself was probably MAC’s Ruby Woo.

OH YES, it was a Maybelline cake mascara I stole from my mom, she stashed dozens of them when they discontinued it. We went from store to store buying up all we could find….
It was fantastic…

I remember sneaking a red lipstick (a super dry matte) to school in grade 3, and subsequently getting in loads of trouble!
My first purchase at age 12 was a double ended eyeliner from The Body Shop. One end was gold, other end brown. I still miss it!

I have always been a dancer so I have always used makeup but my first real makeup product was the Estee Lauder Graphic colour eyeshadow in Ravishing Auburn-01-Accent and it is the best eyeshadow ever!!

Hah! It feels like hundred years ago… Avon had a line for young girls called “Sweet Honesty.” They made these sticky, pasty-cream eyeshadows and lip glosses that came in little squeeze tubes. I had a green eye shadow and a pale peach lip gloss. That’s the first makeup I can remember that was really mine, and not just something I swiped from my big sister (I think I was about 11).

My first interest in products was when my antie gave me a travel sized cleansing kit .But my first purchase was a green eylinner by Rimmel in 1968 and my first purchase when our new currency started in 1971 was an eye shadow pallett containing 12 colours and it was 29p from Woolworths

My mother never wore makeup and still does not. Nothing. Because of this she would never buy me any. Now in a round about way she does by giving me gift cards to CVS or Sephora. So when I was 12 I saved up money from somewhere (holiday cards from relatives, chore $) and bought Maybelline Great Lash in the blackest shade they had and a Wet n Wild Black Kohl pencil…it was life changing! It was the mid-90’s and I totally rocked that black smudgy heroin chic look….

The lip gloss in the glass tube with a roller ball and those red Maybelline eyebrow pencils in black.
We’d heat up the tip with a match or lighter so it would go on smooth..
This combo was standard issue for high school in the early 80’s.

Yes – a Revlon foundation and a small quad of creamy eyeshadows in a frosted blue, green, cream and purple. I was in heaven. This was the sixties and I was in Year 7. I thought I was really glamorous.
For my first high end purchase, it was an Estee Lauder lipstick in coppery bronze colour.

A humble black eyeliner pencil from the brand Pinaud when I was about 13. Originally bought for a fancy dress event at school…. but a friend told me that my eyes looked “nicer” and a bit “exotic” so I started using it …discreetly when going out to the cinema with my friends etc,etc….. Oh.. happy times!!!

The very first colored cosmetic I owned was a red plastic lip-shaped compact form Avon that had two lipglosses in it. A frosty pink and a frosty peach, I believe. I was 10 or 11. (So circa 1980.) After I used the gloss up, I would refill it with Avon lipstick samples in shades too light for my mom. πŸ™‚ I think I still have it, but it’s packed in a box somewhere.

This is it:

Before that, I had clear Maybelline Kissing Potion lipgloss in a couple flavors (strawberry, and I think bubblegum), and a little collection of Village Lip Lickers balms in different flavors.

I’ll never forget my first Mac lipgloss. It was a hot pink with shimmer called acrylika. I loved it but was too nervous to wear it to school. Ah! Gotta love Mac

technically some crappy lipgloss in those kid’s makeup sets but like for my first serious purchase that i willingly made, i believe it was revlon lipgloss in fire! it was only a few years ago so i’m pretty sure i have that tube in my bag somewhere, i haven’t touched it since i discovered how much i liked matte lipstick!

Mine was a dark brown eyeliner, dark brown eyeshadow for smudging along my lash line, cover girl powder for matteness and bonne bell lip slackers. I was a teenager in the 90’s, clearly.

Mulch and All That Glitters by Mac! My mum took me to the counter and the salesperson suggested those two. I still use them. My first lipsticks was also Mac, called Crosswires.

I think that was three itens of boticario, in Brazil. One brown mascara, shinny lipstick, and a wonderfull rose and brigth blush. This one i still have.

I LOVED Benefit show-offs. They were super pigmented, I still have mine, lol. I bought extras I loved them so much. The gold was my fave. But my very first was in one trip was
Cover Girl foundation,
Cover Girl pressed powder,
Cover Girl brown eyeliner (also used as lip liner)
Wet n wild 666 lip pencil
Cover Girl maroon-ish dark lipstick (the 90’s, LOL).
Maybelline great lash Mascara
I was in 7th grade (that was junior high high in my area), the age when my mom allow us to wear makeup.

In middle school I was gifted many Avon makeup items from my mother, and it started a huge thing for me. I loved their glimmer sticks eyeliners in sparkly purples and teals, and copper and gold eye shadows. My first purchase I made myself was jane lipstick in a sparkly brown (ohhh the 90s) and more glitter than any one child should ever wear. I really liked this micro fine silver wet n wild loose glitter that I put on everything.

My first high end purchase was a variety of Urban Decay shadows (asphalt!!!) and liners. They’re still my favorite.

I had a little mini lancome lipstick my mom got in a gift with purchase. It was a nude pink color in a red tube. At about 12 my aunt took me to sephora and bought me a frosty blue single eyeshadow, and then my mom took me to the drugstore and bought me the cover girl foundation in a squeeze tube that had Taylor Swift as the face. I was 14. The obsession began.

At age 12, I bought myself a Cover Girl powder blue sparkly eyeshadow (quite the surprise for my mom)! It irritated my eyelids to the point I had to go to the dermatologist. After that, I only used hypoallergenic brands like Clinique or Almay thru high school. Luckily, I’ve never had a reaction since then, and I use dozens of brands.

I’m sure my first products were Bonne Bell’s Lip Shades in Berry Brilliance and Almond Glaze, I believe. I still think they should bring these back!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!