Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well.
So, this is a bit of a contrast to my first blog post about my top 5 favourite makeup products.
But, as we all know, there are tonnes of, well, poor products and brands out there. In a world of some of the best, game changing, holy grail cosmetics, we occasionally use a product which may have been hyped up and wonder what went wrong.
We might have spent £40 on a popular lipstick, might have heard raving reviews of a new eyeshadow palette and then realised… essentially, it’s crap. It happens to all of us, especially those who class themselves as makeup addicts. So, I’m going to have a little discussion about a few products which I have purchased and used, but simply not got along with.
*This post is not to say that I dislike the specific brands, or that the products won’t work for you – this is just my personal experience!
- Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation
So, I was recommended this foundation by about 10 people before I purchased it. I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, and splash out the £29 on it, which for me is pretty expensive. I was practically weeping with excitement when it arrived in the post, however, what an anti-climax that proved to be!
I don’t know if it’s just my skin, or a dodgy bottle, but the foundation just did not sit right on my face at all no matter how I applied it, and the colour made me look so dull and drained. I used this foundation for a few weeks because I so wanted to get the result that everyone else was presumably getting, but I just did not get along with it at all, unfortunately. I did find, however, that it worked well mixed with other foundations. But, obviously, the product alone I did not like which was a real shame.
- Benefit Gimme Brow
I actually got this as a full-size product in a gift box, which I was pleasantly surprised about and excited to try. Buuuut… this excitement soon fizzled out. I have extremely sparse eyebrows (when I have no makeup on them, they’re practically non-existent) so I’m always keen to try new brow products. Annoyingly, the shade which came in the gift box was far too dark for me, but this wasn’t necessarily the problem. It just did not glide onto my brows smoothly, and left them looking and feeling wet and uncomfortable afterwards, even slightly greasy. Not a good look.
- Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals
When I first saw this palette I literally fell in love – I’d been wanting to get my hands on a creamy highlighter for ages, and the choice of 4 gorgeous looking gold shades seemed perfect. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so impressed.
These highlighters were great when swatched on my hand, but when I tried to apply them to my cheekbones, they were impossible to blend and essentially rubbed off the makeup I already had on! Even the brush supplied with the palette was rubbish, and the hairs were literally just falling out onto my face and ruining my foundation. On the bright side, the highlighters do look great under the arch of my eyebrows and above my lip. But, it was still a disappointing purchase as this was not the reason I wanted the palette.
- Kiko Velvet Loose Mineral Beauty Powder in 03
This product has always confused me a LOT. Because, well, I don’t really know what to do with it. The photo definitely does not show the full extent of this, but the powder has an extremely… tangerine hue. It is far too orange to contour with, and is actually very thin with a serious lack of pigment when brushed onto skin. On the other hand, I thought it could be a highlighter, but this idea was short lived when I realised there was absolutely no shimmer in it whatsoever. And, obviously, it is not a full face powder, unless you’re someone who gets 10 spray tans a week. Kiko, please help me out and advise me on how to use this mystery product!
- Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon in No.2
I’ve always found Barry M to be quite hit and miss. They have some products which I swear by – their Anti-Redness primer, black soft kohl pencil and lip liners are all brilliant. But, occasionally, I’ll use a Barry M product and wonder what went tits-up when they tested it out and thought ‘great!’ This eye pencil, although has a lovely colour and shine, does not blend out at all, so you’d literally have to wear it as a block colour on your eyelids. I felt it was quite thick and heavy to wear, and creased pretty badly after about an hour! Barry M, I love you, but this eye crayon is a solid 3/10 let down.
So, there we have it… 5 beauty products that disappointed me. I’d love to know if you guys had similar experiences, or even if you found the opposite! Let me know.
Look out for my next blog post on Monday – it’ll be a review of a spa hotel I’m visiting in the New Forest this weekend!
Love, Dayna x