Hey guys! About two weeks ago, I was informed that I was the winner of a contest for finishing online training modules at work, and my prize was a whole bunch of H&M Beauty items (Oh yeah I work at H&M lol surprise!!). I’ve never really used anything from their beauty line, besides owning some brushes and a couple nail polishes, so I was pretty excited and didn’t really know what to expect. I don’t know if anyone else is like this, but I really don’t have high expectations for the makeup lines that clothing giants put out *cough cough Forever 21 wyd*, and you can’t knock it til you try it right? Anyways if you’re interested in seeing what I got then keep reading!
P.S. I should also mention that all my thoughts and impressions are 100% my own! I’m not personally bashing or attacking the company when I talk about something I don’t like and I’m also not being paid to say anything nice about the things I do like! (then again I feel like all of this is a given since I don’t have a hug presence on here LOL but just thought I’d throw it out there)
First off, I’ll start with the bath products I was sent (which I still have yet to use hehe when I get around to it, I’ll let you know how I like them):
The consistency of the Intution Shower Cream is sort of like that of a lotion. Just looking at the product inside the bottle makes me think that this will make my skin feel really smooth. It contains chamomile, orange oil (defs didn’t know that was a thing), olive oil and Avenacare (?) and smells like a really fresh lotion. I’m pretty excited to try this out.
I received two different kinds of body wash: Vitalising and Relaxing. They’re pretty standard body washes, with nothing that really stands out about the actual product. The scent of the Vitalizing one kind of reminds me of kitchen soap, it’s very lemony and just smells clean. The Relaxing one has that typical relaxing, aromatherapy kind of scent. It’s fragranced with vetiver, which is a type grass, and in essential oil form, is used for a calming and grounding effect.
Something interesting to note about both these body washes is that on the label, it states that 98% of the total ingredients are from natural origin and 69% of the total ingredients from the Vitalizing body wash are from organic farming, where the relaxing body wash has a higher percentage from organic farming at 71%
The makeup products came in this clear makeup bag. I really like the gold detailing and how the ends can be unbuckled if you need more space. I also really like the fact that this can hold a lot of items. I’m going on a trip in August and I think this is the perfect size makeup bag to hold all my everyday makeup, without having everything crammed inside.
There were five nail polishes included which I was very happy about because anyone who knows me knows that my nails are ALWAYS painted and all the colours I got are colours I could see myself wearing. The brushes on these are really good because they are wide and cut in a way where one swipe will cover your entire nail, so painting your nails becomes easier and more efficient.
There was one brush in this goodie bag, which was this Kabuki brush. I already own the Plush Kabuki brush from H&M Beauty which is pretty much the same as this brush, just with more dense bristles that I really like using for when I powder my face. So since I already have one, I will probably just give this one to a friend or something.
I originally received two face masks, but one of them was opened and had leaked on some of the products inside the makeup bag so I obviously had to throw that away (poor form H&M…) This one is the Coconut Water face mask, whose purpose is to provide moisture to your face.
H&M also sent me some cleansing wipes, which again are just your standard cleansing wipes but are formulated to be gentle on your skin. I don’t know if I was imagining things but I think the actual sheet itself is softer as well. Like it feels like a baby wipe. I used a wipe to remove the swatches on my hand for the other makeup I received and also on my lips for the lip products I got and they surprisingly did a really good job of cleaning it off my skin in a single swipe. Like I’ve said in a previous post, ever since I discovered makeup remover oil, I refuse to go back to wipes, but I’ll keep these on hand in case of an emergency.
The next three products were kind of disappointing for me, mainly because they are colours that I would likely never wear. Like ever. Regardless, I’ll still let you guys know what I got and my thoughts on them!
I don’t wear blush so I really don’t have a use for this cream blush. It’s in the shade Hot Pink as well which is a colour I really don’t see myself wearing anytime soon. But I will say that the consistency of it was really nice and it swatched really well on my hand.
Next up is another blush, but powder. It’s in the shade Cantaloupe and it’s orangey and would not look good on my complexion whatsoever. And again I don’t wear blush so I have no use for this one either. It also swatched really nice, there is a slight luminosity to it which is nice, but I’m curious to see what this would look like on the face and if it would show up as pigmented as it is on my finger.
This is an eyeshadow and I’m going to say the same thing as what I said about the previous two. I would probably never use this shade. However, pigmentation is pretty good and you get a decent amount.
The packaging for these products definitely looked really nice. I love how minimalistic the packaging is. Simple shapes and the colour scheme of white, black and gold was something I really liked (I mean yall already know I don’t do colour so that’s no surprise there). But other than that, the plastic felt very cheap and flimsy. If you happened to accidentally sit or step on this (accidents happen!) then the packaging is definitely going to break or crack. Also there was no mirror on the inside of the two blushes, which threw me off because these things usually come with mirrors yenno.
So I won’t lie, I was turned off by this lip cream at first because when I took it out of the box, it had separated and the product in the outside literally looked like red playdoh sitting in water. I had to pump the tube and work the product so be able to apply it, and it didn’t swatch smoothly. In fact there were little chunks on product that were left behind that got smoothed out as I ran the wand over my hand. Other than that though, I think this was one of my favourite products that I received.
This is a really pretty, classic bright red. It dried matte, but since it is a velvet finish, don’t expect it to stay put. It’s very comfortable on the lips and keeps them soft. It also applied very easily. I didn’t take a picture of it, but the applicator is a bit longer than a traditional doefoot applicator and is flat on both sides, which I think made application easy.
Honestly I was pretty excited about this lip gloss because in the tube it looked dark red and I was pretty hyped to see what it looks like on top of my Too Faced Drop Dead Red. But when you swatch it, it’s actually purple (which is kind of given away by the name). This is just your standard lip gloss really. If worn alone, you really can’t tell there’s pigment on your lips. The applicator is the same as the velvet lip cream wand which helps with application.
While I am extremely grateful for being able to receive these products for free these honestly were underwhelming for me. I mean like I said earlier, I don’t have high expectations for the makeup that clothing brands put out because their main focus is selling clothes, so the quality of their makeup is never the best. I guess I just thought these might surprise me because the packaging and the presentation of these products were really nice and looked luxurious for makeup from a clothing brand. Maybe I need to try other products that I pick out for myself and my mind will be changed, but these were all subpar for me. If you’re someone who is just starting out, then these will be easy enough to use to master basic skills, but I also think you’re better off spending your money with trusted brands at the drugstore that have really good products for the same amount of money.
Also, I don’t know if H&M realized that they were sending makeup to an employee who is familiar with the brand. All of these products were previously on sale, but someone had ripped all the sale stickers off and left the regular price stickers on. Which tells me that most of these products are old (which they are, because they are from older seasons) and make me feel really apprehensive about using them on my face. I don’t even want to give these to friends because of the fact that the majority of these products are probably expired. I know beggars can’t be choosers but I mean… I expected a little bit better from a company that is so big.
All in all, you won’t see me buying H&M makeup anytime soon. I’m not saying all H&M makeup is subpar because I haven’t tried everything from their line but I personally wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, just because nothing that I received in this package stood out to me.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this informative!