Thursday, January 8, 2015

Disappointing Beauty Buys #2

Hi!

Last year's Disappointing Beauty Buys was one of my most-viewed posts. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson, but here we are again with another array of products that just didn't hit the mark for me.


The first major disappointment was the W7 Brow Bar - I have since thrown this out, but you can read about that experience here.

Once you've stopped laughing at that, here are the current crop of products that failed on several levels.



L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream - Anti Redness.
I wanted to love this, I really did. I was a huge fan of the No.7 Rosy Tone Colour Control at school, so I was really excited to see this. Unfortunately, it changes colour to match your skin. Or an oopma-loompa, whichever. I've applied this with fingers, with a brush - it makes no difference, it always comes out orange - it's a shame, because it gives great light coverage.


Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I've only gotten into primers in the last few years. So far I've just tried this one, Benefit, Paese, Smashbox, Catrice, and Hourglass. This was by far the worst one, I felt like it left a slimy sheen on my hands and face, and it caused a breakout. I wasn't sure if it was the primer, so I tried it again a few weeks later, and the same thing happened. It just didn't agree with me at all.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
I adore Rimmel foundations. I always have at least two on the go, I think they're fantastic. Unfortunately, I couldn't make this work. I found the consistency very odd - almost watery, or as if it were separating? It just will not stay on my skin, and it clogs near my nose.

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush
There are two things that bug the hell out of me about this brush. The first is that when I washed it, it took ages to dry. I mean AGES. It still wasn't fully dry the following day. The second is this:


I used this brush three times max, and the next time I went to use it, this happened. I don't expect a €15 brush to fall apart, very disappointing. It also doesn't fit in any of my brush holders, which is a nuisance.


Eylure Brow Shapers Hair Removal Strips
Reviewed in full here. They just seemed like such a great idea but unfortunately didn't work at all. Not one hair removed. Not one.

Physician's Formula Organic Wear CC Curl Mascara, and Physicians Formula Eye Definer
Right. I'm going to talk about these two together because I had the same issue with both. I would not normally have sensitive eyes. I can pretty much put anything on my eyes or lashes without irritating them - I've worn eyeliners that have cost me 50c from Hong Kong on eBay before with no problems. Both of these products stung the living hell out of me to the point where my eyes were red and puffy after one use of each product (used on seperate days, same reaction). It's worth noting that I got these on iHerb, so I'm not sure if the same ingredients apply to the European products. I can't find any information on the ingredients outside the U.S at all. I also hated the wand, formula, and smell of the mascara. It smelled very chemical and the formula was very dry and waxy.


Next up are three lip products that I was really disappointed with:


Catrice Candy Shock Lip Balm Stick in "Sugar Shock"
This was a limited edition from 2013, but I picked it up in a discount basket in 2014. I really hope Catrice don't make any more lip balms with this formula - it was a hard, waxy balm that didn't really do anything, with a pop of colour in the middle that didn't show up (I had to go over my lips several times for the picture below). It felt awful on my lips.


Paese Milky Lips in #606
This looked so vibrant in the tube. Alas, no. It took about four or five dips of the wand to get enough product to cover my lips at all, and what came out was very sticky. The gloss doesn't have much pigment at all and is nothing like the bright pink suggested by the packaging. it also left a funny aftertaste, like synthetic strawberry. A huge disappointment.


Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in "Shy Red"
I found this in Cara Pharmacy at a really cheap price. I love lip products that look like markers - they're so much fun. This one had a great, precise-looking nib:


It was just like drawing on my lips with a marker.


When I say "just like", I REALLY mean "just like". It felt and tasted like a marker. It instantly dried my lips up - now I know it's a stain, and most stains are pretty drying, but most stains also last ages (I remember a two-step Max Factor one that could last days if you weren't careful) - this was gone within an hour, but it left a patchy outline behind. My lips looked like a cat's irritated bum. Never a good look.

The last product is something I had seen a lot of people rave about:

NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium
This comes in three shades - light, medium and deep. I wanted to try this out as I'd heard it was great as an emergency concealer and for lining the waterline. I picked medium because I don't read labels properly and didn't realise there were other shades. There you go. Anyway - the colour wasn't the problem with this.


I have no intentions of using this as a lip liner, it's far too bright. It can apparently be used as a concealer, but I found the pencil too hard for blemishes. The product would have to be a little creamier before I'd use it that way, because it pulled on my skin. I wanted this as an eyeliner, to use on my waterline to brighten my eyes. I thought it was a little hard for delicate eye skin, but it looked okay - unfortunately, it wore off within no time. I was really disappointed that it didn't last on my eyes at all, it was a complete waste of money.


All of the above are just products that didn't work for me - that doesn't mean they don't have fans somewhere else. Have you been disappointed by anything lately?




19 comments:

  1. Same story with me and the L'Oreal CC Cream. Od-inge. I also tried the blurring one in Boots, because everyone raved about it, and that went orange. I'm nearly sure I've seen youtubers use a version that's clear, but I can't find it in the shops. Harrumph!

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    1. I hate that, when everyone else seems to have found a HG version of something. I do love the coverage of the L'oreal but I'm not going to work in a bloody chocolate factory!

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  2. Aww that's such a shame about the RT brush, I love mine, it better not break!

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  3. i cannot get over the colour of the loreal cc cream! also i laughed out loud when you said about the max factor lipfinity lasting days - brings back memories!

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    1. Lipfinity, that was it!! My Mam bought a purpley one and she knew every single time I robbed it because it would still be on my lips the following day! The L'oreal is gammy :(

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  4. Love these types of posts. Still laughing at the "cats irritated bum" statement!! Pity the Rimmel Stay Matte didn't work for you, I found it great but had to moisturise loads before applying.

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    1. I think my skin is just too dry for it, the formula was almost sticky but runny? Very odd to describe!

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  5. That Kabuki brush put me off buying any more Real Techniques brushes. Broke in a matter of weeks. You'd do better buying one in Penneys. Don't even start me on that CC cream from L'Oreal.

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    1. Ah no!! It must be a common enough problem so, if the quality is that bad. It turned me off the RT brushes too, especially the new expensive ones.

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  6. I got a sample of one of the CC creams by L'Oreal and could not believe how orange it was!! NO ONE is that shade except an oompa loompa!

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  7. Nothing annoys me more than products that are claimed to be for all skin tones but are just orange! That CC cream was so bad.

    Emma & The Beauty Blog

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    1. That's actually a big gripe of mine too - "one size fits all" for makeup, every skintone is so different! My own sister is a completely different shade to me! It's just too broad for a skin product.

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  8. I'm so sorry I think I wet myself laughing at the L'oreal CC cream on you!!! Rimmel stay matte was horrendous on me, it was like I layered my face in a dough and it clung to all my dry patches and I moisturised to the hilt each time I tried it! xx

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    1. Ahh I'm not happy about that at all but I'm so glad it wasn't just me! That's exactly what happened around my nose, and I use hydraphase twice a week as a mask - it was like it sapped every bit of moisture out of my skin!

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  9. Love this kind of post! I wonder if you got a bad tube of the Rimmel stay matte as mine has a totally different consistency - it's quite thick. Weird about the PF items too as their old shtick is they're good for sensitive skin/eyes etc. So sad to see NYX wonder pencil here too as I've been meaning to pick it up but will have to think again! X

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    1. Please don't let me put you off the NYX - anything else I've tried from them has been great, I love their matte lipsticks in particular - but I just thought it didn't last half as long as the Rimmel equivalent! I don't like the thought of using something to cover a spot and then sticking it near your eyes anyway, I think I'd probably have to have two separate pencils, which defeats the purpose of it being an all-rounder! The Rimmel one is a strange one to work out. I've never had an issue with any of their foundations, that 25hr one in particular is fantastic, I just think I have an odd skin type. Or maybe it could have been a dodgy tube! x

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  10. About 2 years ago I bought the L'oreal Cc cream anti redness,I was Orange just like you did...now, I bought the one on the new packaging, to give it another try...I aplied it with my hands and I get two shades of colors on my face, in the red zone it was fine but the rest of my face orange again. Today I didn't even touch the cc cream...I just put it in my beauty blender...voilá! No orangeness or change of color. It covered my redness really well. I don't know if it will perform the same with a foundation brush.

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