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?