Thursday, August 8, 2013

Disappointing products-part 2

The last disappointing products post I did was quite well received so I thought I would do a second one as I had been setting aside the products that really weren't working for me.  Now I know there are a few well loved and controversial products in here but this is just my own opinion.  As some of them are well loved by others and also barely used by me I am probably going to blogsale a couple of the items in October (because my parents are coming to visit so they can take the products back with them to the UK to post)

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Make Up

If I had researched this beforehand it's unlikely I would have bought this very sheer foundation from Benefit.  But I was sucked in my the word 'flawless' thinking it would be quite a heavy coverage.  It definitely isn't.  This is a very watery liquid that gives sheer coverage.  I would imagine some people absolutely love this as it is so light on the skin and one of my colleagues did comment I 'looked radiant' but for me it's just not long lasting or high coverage enough for the office or a night out.  It's very easy to blend because it's so viscous and applies best with fingers.  It's oil free and has the added benefit of SPF25.  Perfect for those with drier skin and teenagers venturing into foundation for the first time, or those who prefer a more tinted moisturisor feeling.  Not for me.  The shade was also a little yellow on me. (I will be selling this as used it for two days only, I am shade Ivory)

Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast

On the surface this looked like the perfect lip balm-I love raspberry.  Sadly every time I apply it, it leaves a white film on the lips which looks awful.  I much prefer the harder formula Burts Bee's gives in a stick form. (I won't be selling this)

DJV Beautenizer

Japan's biggest selling mascara, I picked this up from Sephora in New York in March.  This is a bit of a cult product but people seem to love or hate it.  The good-the brush shape has a slight curve to it which seems to fit really well to your lashes.  It adds length to your lashes with it's fibre technology.  It doesn't smudge at all. 
The bad-it adds absolutely no volume whatsoever to lashes and mine looked skinny and sparse.  I tried it with a primer underneath but it didn't improve the look.  I want full on, thick luscious lashes and this just didn't do it.  Removing it-arghhhhhhh!  It's one of those mascaras that removes with warm water and I just found myself picking at my lashes.  It sounds simple to remove but in reality it was a pain.  After 3 days I just gave up with it!  If you like natural results and want length then this could be a winner for you but I prefer a much more dramatic look. (I won't be selling this for hygiene reasons)

Mac Plushglass in Posh it Up

Love love love the colour and the finish but unfortunately I have discovered that because the Plushglass formula contains a plumping ingredient it really irritates my lips.  I have a couple of these and one that hasn't been used at all so I may blog sale them.

Ren Invisible Pores Detox Mask

I know this will be a controversial inclusion and I am surprised myself because I have loved the majority of Ren products I have tried.  For some reason this mask irritates my eyes, so much they actually stream when I put it on my face.  There must be an ingredient in it that I am allergic to because I found if I got some of this clay mask on my lips they would swell as well.  When I did grimace through the 20 minutes it took for the clay to dry I found it quite tight and uncomfortable on my skin and as it dries it starts to flake off onto whatever you're wearing so it's really messy.  Having said that I loved the Ren Glycolactic Randiance Renewal Mask.  One positive, it did leave my skin really soft after I had washed it off. (I won't be selling this as I don't think there is much left)

Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Shadow palette number 2

This was the first Kevyn Aucoin product I purchased and I was really disappointed with this very neutral palette.  Beautifully packaged it contains 5 shades to create a neutral eye-a highlighting white shade, 2 beige shades (that seem the same), a grey and a black.  I found the shadows to have very little pigmentation even over a primer.  They all look slightly shimmery but in fact come off quite matte.  I have much better (and cheaper) natural eye palettes-this cost a whopping £46 and I have used it twice.  (I will blog sale this)

Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Mauve

When I bought this colour correcting concealer I did wonder how much I would use it and I have used it once, thought I looked silly and threw it into my 'disappointing products' box.  Seems I can't do a disappointing products post without a Laura Mercier product in it!

This concealer is designed to correct under eye shadows-when the consultant used it on me in store it gave a really nice effect.  When I tried to create it myself at home I looked like I had wiped eyeshadow under my eyes!  I am sure I could get it to work but it seems like an extra faffy step!  (I will blog sale this)

Have you tried any of these products and loved or hated them?


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