Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Disappointing Beauty Buys

Hi!

I really wanted to participate in the June Beauty Blog Challenge (#JuneBBC) that Girl Friday started at the beginning of the month, but I'm awful at sticking to challenges and I didn't think I could do a lot of justice to some of the beauty topics (given that I'm utterly crap at most things not involving nails). Add to that the fact that I went over my data limit at the end of May so had to wait a week before doing any major uploading/downloading - I was way behind and I'd already missed some great topics.

However, one post from the list that I really, really wanted to do was the one for Day 6: Disappointing Buys.



Penneys/Primark Cotton Pads



I know they were only a euro for 160 pads, but they are genuinely the worst cotton pad I've ever come across. They stick to nail polish and makeup, leaving lovely little hairs on your nails & face. They also fall apart. Brutal! The ones from Aldi are far superior.

Pretty Perfect Nail Drying Spray





I used this once and only once - it claims to dry any kind of nail polish in 60 seconds, which isn't exactly warp speed, but anyway, it didn't. After two minutes, the polish was still really tacky. It's so cold -  it feels like spraying Deep Freeze directly on to your nails. Secondly, the smell is diabolical. It's like pesticide. Also, is that Paula Abdul on the can?!

Barry M Croc Effects Nail Polish



The first time I used this, I used it the same way as the crackle topcoats and it didn't work. It kept forming the pattern, then turning into dust. I googled several times before copping the instructions on the side of the bottle - it needs to be applied over polish that is dry to the touch, but not dry. What?! Dry to the touch IS dry. If I tried it when the polish was "dry to the touch", we had the aforementioned dust situation. It's a horrible effect, it streaked the polish underneath, and after a while of not using it, the brush bristles are all stuck together. Disappointing.

Too Faced Lip Injection - Techno Glow



Some of this leaked out because you have to snap the lid really hard to close it properly, I definitely didn't use that much of it. I wanted to love this, I really did - it promises "extreme lip plumping action" - it did not give me the lips of Angelina Jolie. It gave me the lips of someone who'd spent the morning kissing nettles. My lips were plumper - but they were also sore, red, and stinging. Think Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker's extremely evil sister. During a tantrum. If you're into that kinda thing then fire ahead - but I prefer my lip products without a side of pain. Also incredibly gloopy. And smells like Benylin.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara



I didn't buy this on its own, I got it in the Boots gift set at Christmas. Firstly, I despise the name. I know all their names are little puns, or innuendo - but this is a smut step too far for me. Maybe I'm just incredibly dirty-minded but I don't think it's funny. Anyway - the brush is so big that you have to give it a good pull to get it out (everything I about this from now on is going to sound smutty, isn't it) and you definitely won't be able to put it on fast. Unless you like poking yourself in the eye. Impractical, clumpy, and incredibly dull and disappointing on the lashes.

E.L.F Nail Polish - Innocent


The first and only e.l.f polish I've ever bought. Innocent looked like a gorgeous nude on all the swatches I've seen - and it is a lovely colour, but the formula is just dire. As far as I'm aware, e.l.f have changed their formula since I bought this, but between this and the bad quality of some of the other stuff I tried, I haven't ordered from them since. Maybe I might, if I didn't receive so many promotional e-mails with a different minimum price requirement in every one.......

Barry M Lip Paint - Marshmallow



Ahh, I saved the worst for last. In my search for the perfect nude lipstick (which I have since found, in the shape of MUA's Bare) I came across this one online. In so many swatches, the ladies wearing it looked really sophisticated and it gave off a real 60's vibe. I had visions of looking like Sienna Miller in that Andy Warhol movie. Or Twiggy. In reality, I looked like I'd mistaken my concealer for my lippie. Observe.


It's the same shade as my face. Seriously. Can you make out where my lips end and my skin begins? I would give you a full face shot just to show you how ridiculous this looks, but I'm currently sporting a chinful of sudocream (pregnancy glow, my ass). It's chalky, shows up imperfections, thick, feels gross, and just generally the worst lipstick I've ever had the misfortune to buy. It's just.......it's awful. AWFUL.


If you've done one of these posts please link it below, because I'm incredibly nosey. If you want to participate in the rest of the posts for the June Beauty Blog Challenge, you'll find all the details in this post on Girl Friday's blog.



30 comments:

  1. Agreed those pennys pads are fecking awful!

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    1. Worst ones I've ever tried, they're just disgusting!

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  2. God that lipstick color looks woeful!! However I love the Buffy gif :)

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    1. I've managed to get at least 5 Buffy gifs into various posts at various times, I'm not done yet ;-) The lipstick is shocking.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post! I love posts like this because it lets me know what to buy! The only thing I've tried on this list is the cotton pads and I agree, they are beyond rubbish! I use pads mainly for cleanser but these would fall apart almost instantly. Duno what I expected for £1 but I didn't think they'd be as bad as this! Xox

    www.thestylekhaleesi.com

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    1. I was the same, I know they're cheap but lots of things from Penneys/Primark are cheap and they're not as bad as those! Awful. Glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  4. I love posts like this... Also I loved the GIF... I have done that when testing a few products...

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    1. Do you know, I had to cut this down - might have to make a part 2 at some point! Thanks Cindy :)

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  5. Oh dear sweet Jesus, that lipstick! The horror!

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    1. Isn't is just the most disgusting excuse for lipstick in the entire world? Beyond rotten. There's no word for how rotten that is.

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    1. I've been saving that one up for a while ;-)

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  7. Lol, I so laughed at 'You're Tacky and I Hate You', love that film!

    That lipstick is dreadful! Though I've found the Soap and Glory mascara to be alright

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    1. Love it too! The lipstick is so gross. I have no luck with mascaras that have giant wands like that, I just think they're too big!

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  8. OMG that lipstick looks shocking :o i have to disagree on the pennys pads tho i find them grand tbh!!! And I had that mascara also, wouldn't buy again!!!!

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    1. Isn't it horrible!! I can't believe I fell for the hype around it ages ago. Silly! I'm sure loads of people love the pads, they just didn't work for me at all! x

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  9. Very good post, thank you for sharing. I actually like ELF Innocent, but the standard of quality control for the brand is awful. You can buy two products the same but they turn out vastly different. I have the mineral lipstick in natural nymph and it was very similar to the barry m one you have shown, concealer lips. Not good.

    The mascara I didn't find too bad but the wand is massive, easy to mess up with it. The Barry M Croc effect is even worse in orange, it is very thin and not opaque at all. I ought to get around to doing one of these posts!

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    1. I can imagine the orange croc, the black one made me want to scream! I haven't been happy with the majority of the things I ordered from e.l.f, I think it's too risky to order considering the difference in quality that you mentioned!

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  10. I have those stupid Penneys cotton pads and they suck but for pure stubbornness I'm working through the whole pack even though there is a million of them.
    I've been tempted but never bought the mascara, thank god I didn't. That nude lipstick, I'm don't know what to say to that, except I hope you didn't leave the house with that on. Great post, love the honesty. :)

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    1. Leave the house? I didn't leave the room!! I can't bring myself to throw the Penneys pads out, waste not want not & all that.... I use them for stuff like dabbing on tea tree oil but I seem to never get through them!

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  11. Love this post and I had to LOL at the lips!!! I abhor Elf nail polishes, they're woeful!

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    1. The lips are so, so bad, I almost burst myself laughing when I tried it first time x

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  12. I think it's Paula Abdul and Angelina Jolie's love child on the nail polish drying spray cover..... I HATED the croc polish, so incredibly disappointing:/ I also love your 'you're tacky and I hate you intro' and buffy gif... also the link to the buffy gif tumblr which i'm now following :D

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    1. BEST TUMBLR EVERRR!! The happiness a Buffy gif can bring is indescribable :) The spray is so weird, it's exactly like deep freeze, I felt like my fingers were numbed - and the polish was still bloody wet! x

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  13. That lipstick is def a no lol and that GIF was hilarious :)

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    1. The lipstick is heinous! I can't think of one person who it would look good on, apparently a lot of people "dab it on" - who has time for that? ;-)

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  14. Glad you stopped me from buying any Elf polishes! Bad lipstick! Got to say that I love Soap & Glory Thick & Fast though, it's great for my weedy lashes :-)

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  15. Love this post ;) I hate nude lippys anyway but that one ... NO

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  16. Definitely agree with the elf nail polish and the Barry M one :)

    http://aliceandallthatjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. That lipstick! LOL. And yes those Penny's cotton pads are nasty, I used mine for cleaning the bathroom sink!

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