Welcome to my new series of makeup products that just didn’t work for me or that is/was completely overhyped in my opinion. I was sorting through my makeup drawers and realised that for every outstanding makeup item we stumble upon, there are four or five others that disappointed in the same category. That’s where us beauty bloggers come in handy: to sift through the good and the bad so that you can make an informed decision on how to spend your hard-earned cash.
I divided this series in two parts as there were just too many products to feature in a single blogpost. So keep an eye out for part 2 that will be up soon. Part 2 focusses more on makeup items I acquired quite recently. To balance all this ‘negativity’ I am also working on a post that features all my makeup items that I purchase over and over again. Beauty bloggers are testing so many products resulting in us rarely actually repurchasing a makeup item. As one item exits, another takes its place to be tested and reviewed. So if a beauty blogger repeatedly purchases a particular makeup item, then you can know that it must be pretty darn good.
As always: please note that I am not in any way brand bashing or making the brand off as inferior. If the product is featured in this series it simply means that it did not work for me as an individual, be it because of incompatible skintype or expectation. I don’t think there is a single brand that only churns out hits when it comes to makeup items. Every now and then a dud comes through, even from our favourite makeup brands.
Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara
I don’t know what went wrong here. I absolutely love the ‘normal’ version of this mascara and have gone through three tubes already. The waterproof version unfortunately just did not work for me: there was no volume or length, it made my lashes feel dry and crunchy, I had seriously bad fallout and removing it required a lot of work. You can read my full review on both these mascaras here and here.
Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara
I reviewed this mascara not to long ago and you can catch the full review here. I received some advice from a very kind reader that she experienced the same difficulties as me when she just started using the mascara. She then tried it again a while later when the product was more dried out and she loved it this time around. I eagerly tried it with my (now significantly more dry!) tube and granted, there was definitely more volume and length, but the clumping from the dried product was really bad and not wearable at all. So sadly this is still a hard no from me. So many readers swear by the purple Volume Stylish Lash Extensions version of this mascara and I promise I will give it a go soon.
L’Oréal False Lash Superstar X-Fiber Mascara
This mascara had a lot of potential, but unfortunately I was very underwhelmed. The effect was mediocre to say the least and I experienced terrible fallout from this product. Not a good look. I know there are many readers and bloggers love this mascara, so I have no idea what went wrong for me. I much prefer the Lash Paradise mascara that is simply out of this world amazing and has never, ever let me down. You can read my full review on the Superstar X-Fiber mascara here.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer
I think if I tried this eyeshadow primer before my holy-grail Urban Decay Primer Potion I might have liked it a bit more. Unfortunately when the Too Faced Shadow Insurance is compared to the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, it falls short by a long mile and seems to be very mediocre in comparison. The first thing that I found really frustrating was the product separating in the tube, so you always have to shake it until you are blue in the face before use. When applied to the lid it does a relatively decent job in terms of crease preventing and shadow preservation, but for €18/$20 I expected a lot more. I will thus not be trading in my Urban Decay Primer Potion for this anytime soon.
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow
I received these eyeshadows as part of my first ever Colourpop order in December 2016. Ever since writing my first impressions review (you can read it here) I have never used it again and am also not planning on using it in the near future. I found these shadows very hard to work with, application was difficult at best and I was seriously underwhelmed by the lack of pigmentation. The shadows faded and creased without exception, with and without an eyeshadow primer. I was really disappointed in these shadows as the shades are absolutely gorgeous and there are so many to choose from.
ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette
This was one of my biggest disappointments to date. I am sure we were all drooling over the ELF and Naked Eyeshadow Palettes when Pinterest really hit it off. I managed to get my hands on this ELF Palette in the shade ‘California’ which I lusted after for months at that time. Sadly this palette is only Pinterest-worthy in the looks department, because these shadows are impossible to work with! It is so difficult to get the product picked up on your brush or finger as there seems to be some sort of protective ‘film’ or something over each shadow, which you have to scrape off and make an enormous mess as can be seen in the picture. In short: application is a nightmare, pigmentation is extremely poor and wear is not worth mentioning. Life is too short to struggle like this.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
This foundation is a firm favourite of one of my favourite beauty bloggers and I always admired her perfect porcelain skin when she wore this foundation. Needless to say, of course it was going to go into my basket. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me at all and I think it is mainly due to a skintype difference. I found it very hard to blend, it constantly separated regardless of primer/no primer and became so patchy later in the day. It was also very drying on my skin and had a heavy ‘mask effect’ on my skin. I think it was more poor judgement on my part than the product itself and I think readers with oilier skins will absolutely love this foundation.
Essence Picture Ready Long-Lasting Compact Makeup
Nee, nee, nee, Essence! This foundation was just not good at all and a big disappointment considering how much I love Essence as a brand (if you missed my ‘Best OF Essence’ post then you can click here). I touched on my dislike for this product in my first impressions review here. Application was nearly impossible, the product settled into my pores like crazy, the finish was cakey and just not comfortable to wear. So no, just no.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Concealer
This was also a massive disappointment for me. If you are a long-term reader or only discovered my blog recently you will know I am a huge Estée Lauder fan! I bought this on recommendation from a beauty blog that I really enjoy and to my disappointment it was just an unexpected (expensive!!) disaster. This is the most unpredictable, unstable concealer I have ever used. Just thinking about my experience with this product makes me tired and I am rather going to refer you to my full review for all the details. You can click here.
NARS Blush in Orgasm
I realise that this might come as a shock. The NARS blush in the shade ‘Orgasm’ is probably one of the most iconic makeup products of all time and a holy-grail of many a beauty blogger! For me? I don’t know, it was pretty ‘meh’ given the insane hype and price ($30). It really is a beautiful shade and relatively well pigmented, but honestly, once applied it doesn’t really ‘WOW’ me. It also has prominent glitter chunks and I just don’t care for it. I never reach for it and prefer ten other drugstore blushes in the exact same shade to this one. Not worth the $30 in my opinion.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
I am sure I am going to be very unpopular for saying this: I love the incredibly beautiful shade range of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, but the formula is awful and dries out my lips like no other matte liquid lipstick I have ever used. I really put in the effort to prime my lips and I really wanted to like these lippies, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it work in any way. Sorry, NYX. You can read my full review here.
Avon Pefectly Matte Lipsticks
Same story as with the NYX liquid lipsticks: beautiful shade range, incredibly drying and not long-lasting at all. Unfortunate, but I really do not have time for drying lip products. You can read my full here.
EOS Lip Balm
I have one thing to say about these iconic little lip balms: it is gimmicky! Nothing more. It certainly is cute and smells nice, but it is not hydrating at all. In fact, it dried my lips so badly. Not worth it.
This is a wrap for Part 1 of my disappointing products series. I hope you enjoyed reading this post Be sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 that is coming soon and please let me know in the comments below if you have any product disappointments. Have a happy Wednesday! xx