The Los Angeles IMATS (International Makeup Trade Show) returned this past weekend to the Pasadena Convention Center. It might seem like it’s too soon, and that’s because it’s normally in L.A. in June. The IMATS bosses decided to switch it up and host IMATS in London in June, and L.A. in January (most likely due to London’s freezing winters).
The last two times I went to the IMATS, I got some fantastic deals, but unfortunately, I don’t do well in large crowds. Literally THOUSANDS of people go to the IMATS and Saturday and Sunday are always sold out. It is jammed booth to booth with people and everyone shoving and pushing each other. I had originally decided to skip the IMATS this year to avoid mean foreigners and strollers with crying babies, but I got an opportunity to help out at the MAC Cosmetics booth on their Pro day (Friday). Let me tell you…Pro day is such a different experience. Everyone in attendance is a makeup artist, and it’s not sold out, so there is room to breathe.
I bounced on over to the Lime Crime booth where I found Doe Deere and her lovely team, who let me preview their brand-new, not-yet-for-sale Glitter Helper. This is a skin-safe adhesive that keeps glitter on without getting muddy. Best of all, it’s cruelty-free and vegan-formulated.
Crystal showed me all the new stuff going on at Youngblood, including their new spring line “In Bloom,” which features a revitalizing mineral mist spray, a lovely pink-peach lipstick and a gorgeous teal gel liner.
Youngblood also came out with an “Anti-Shine Mattifier.” Swipe this product on your skin before foundation to keep oil from pooling onto your T-Zone. This stuff feels super velvety, and just like everything else from YB Cosmetics, it’s cruelty-free and vegan :)
I noticed a lot of makeup vendors were missing this year, and I think it’s because of the date change. I can see why some companies didn’t want to come back only 6 months later. Too Faced, Makeup For Ever and Urban Decay were all absent, but Inglot thankfully was there in full force.
Here’s my small stash from the IMATS:
Lime Crime’s Uniliner in Rhyme and Velveteen matte gloss in Red Velvet, a glitter polish with big and small particles of gold glitter and Inglot’s #77 black eye liner gel, which everyone has been raving about.
Did any of you go to the IMATS this year? What brand were you most excited to see? Was there any that you missed?
|Clockwise from the top: the IMATS signage outside of the Pasadena Convention Center, OCC Lip Tars, Lise Watier Lip Stains and Lime Crime’s Carousel Gloss and Eye Liners.|
|Youngblood Cosmetics. I love their primer and eye cream|
|Always testing products.|
|She’s just so darn magical!|
|Oh, and how cute is the hot pink compressor?!|
DO wear a fun outfit, complete with colorful makeup and crazy nails.
DO network with other bloggers, Youtubers, and makeup lovers alike.
DO bring a friend for moral support — I brought my PR guru, Jenn with me. She does publicity for beauty brands and fashion. You can reach her HERE.
DON’T bring your husband or boyfriend. They will be miserable, and it’s crowded enough without having to fight your way through bummed-out dudes. It’s $40 a ticket anyway, what a waste!
DON’T bring your baby, or his/her stroller. Please see above. And may I add that every baby I saw there, no matter how cute, was distressed from being in the crowds and crying. Give your kid a break and leave him/her with a grandparent at home.
DON’T bring a jacket, or wear thick, heavy clothes. That place was a sauna! So many people packed into one place.
|Pasadena Convention Center|
|My publicist (haha) and beauty PR guru Jen|
|Done with Dinair’s Leopard stencils|
|Get your own airbrush machine here!|
|Gleam by Melanie Mills — a body shimmer product|
|Doing a promo for Style Haul on Youtube!|
|I adore this new line, Lime Crime|
|With the creator of Lime Crime, Doe Deere|
|I just loved her style|
|Margarita break at Islands– it was so hot!|
I am sad that IMATS- L.A. is over… i wish there was a makeup trade show every weekend! But then I would be broke… and starving lol. See you all next time!