I think going to IMATS both days is definitely a budget buster. Intending to spend a similar amount to last year £150 but ended up more around the £250 mark. However, I was so happy to have a range of foundations finally, at a non bank breaking £58. It's something I've had on the cards to get since last November so almost doesn't count! ;P I was assisted in my choice by the lovely Deborah on the The Make-up Artist Boutique stand. I also picked up a couple of shadows as a try me and a setting powder - Like the foundations the small size and portability were key - oh and a reputation for being pretty impressive too!! Of course.
The Z palette I picked up from the Alcone stand for a measly price - I believe they are more like £13 usually but with show discount and possibly a bit more for being late on Sunday and not wanting to take stock back to America I paid £7. I also picked the spatula up there too. I'd watched Eve Pearl use a similar one and how keeping it to hand kept decanting during makeup application to the fore.
A few disposables. The mascara wands from the Pro Make UP Shop were cheaper and with more choice than the ones from Crown Brush
There are 2 brushes from The London Brush Company who had a small stand within the Makeup Artist Provisions (PAM) area. How fabulous to have a company making brushes in this country, although bizarrely site prices are in dollars!
Love me some cleaning products and the Pro offer at BeautySoClean was £40
Sleek Primer Palette due in Superdrug 16th February, OCC Lip Tars in Pageant, Demure and Conquest. I was weighing up between Pageant and Demure and got into a conversation with the amazing David Klasfeld about the amazing sell out last year. He recommended going for Pageant as I have colours already to lighten to a Demure shade. I went for this idea and paid up, only for him to give me the Demure as a gift. X I went back the next day having finally decided to pick up a spare Conquest as I'm now regularly using the one I got last year as a concealer.
Finally I can't believe I forgot to photograph my very first purchase of the weekend - FACE atelier foundation.
Where appropriate links are provided to the UK stores running the stands at IMATS London - they may not be the only UK supplier or the supplier for your area, but these were the people I met and purchased from. Direct roll over links can be found on the IMATS London floor plan