Hi guys! I am so sorry I disappeared off the face of the earth for the last few weeks. I have been a bit under the weather, but I am back and ready to roll Let’s start my return to blogging off on a high note with part 2 of my disappointing products – haha! Most of these products were not really a devastating disappointment per sé, more of not meeting my expectations, not being suitable for my skintype or just a bit ‘meh’. Remember, this is not any attempt at brand bashing and just because it didn’t quite work for me, doesn’t mean any of these products are inferior
Yardley Stayfast Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl
Ah man, I had high hopes for this lippie! Let’s look at the positives first: The shades in the range are really pretty and the doe-foot applicator is an absolute breeze to work with. The product is easy to apply, highly pigmented and dries down quickly. It has quite a foiled, metallic, mirror shine which I really liked. The downside? For starters the product claims to be a 24-hour product. Honestly, not in a million years! It cracks and wears off in less than two hours and that is with no eating or drinking. I found the formula to be very drying and uncomfortable on my lips despite being vitamin E enriched and applying lip balm prior to application. You also cannot just touch up when it starts to wear off as it disrupts the remaining product underneath and then you end up with a crumbly mess on your lips.
ELF Hydrating Face Primer
When I review or evaluate any product I always try to counter act a negative with a positive in order to keep it fair and balanced. In the case of the ELF Hydrating Face Primer I could honestly only find two positives: the packaging is really sophisticated and the pump mechanism works really smoothly and efficiently. For the rest: this primer was neither hydrating to the skin nor much of a primer in terms of pore-filling and makeup preservation. I found the formula to be incredibly oily, greasy and way too silicone-y. Once applied it doesn’t settle or sink into the skin – it just sits like a vaseline film on top. It made my skin really oily after about 2-3-hours despite having a dry/dehydrated skintype. It’s a ‘no’ from me.
L’Oréal Lumi Cushion Foundation
I wrote a very detailed review on this hyped product a few weeks ago and if you missed it you can catch it here. There are definitely some lovely positives and a few negatives to this foundation. The L’Oréal Lumi Cushion Foundation is definitely not the biggest disappointment of the century, in general it just didn’t quite meet my expectations (created by the hype!) and needs and it is not a product that I would repurchase.
Maybelline Master Prime Hydrating Primer
I have never been a major fan of Maybelline’s primers (I have since found one that I absolutely LOVE – the review will be up soon) as I find them to cross the line of being just a tad too silicone-y/slippy and not really doing much in terms of what a primer should be doing. I know the Baby Skin lovers will hate me for saying this, sorry guys! I became quite intrigued by this hydrating primer from Maybelline as it has a light-weight formula similar to a nice moisturiser (as opposed to silicone feel) enriched with hyaluronic acid (which I LOVE!) Sounds promising, right? It is supposed to hydrate the skin to provide a smoother surface for makeup application and the product is indeed rapidly absorbed by the skin. Unfortunately I didn’t find the shot of hydration to last very long and I didn’t notice any difference to how well/fresh my makeup looked or lasted either. This primer will probably work better for readers with mild dehydrated and combination skins.
Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo
This also was not a ‘disappointment’ in particular, more just a ‘meh’ product. I am pretty sure it is old news how much I love my Pureology Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner and to be very hones, I am not entirely sure how I ended up with the this version. I think I probably made a mistake when I loaded my cart and as it was just too much of an effort to send it back, I decided to use it. The shampoo smells really nice and does a good job, but I didn’t find it to be particularly spectacular. This particular shampoo is mainly aimed at blonde/highlighted colour-treated hair and is a 100% vegan product with no sulphates. What I have noticed is that I needed to wash my hair way more frequently than with the hydrating range as it became greasy after a day or two (as opposed to 4-5-days between washes with the hydrating range) and it was significantly more difficult to brush/detangle my wet hair (which is normally an absolute breeze when I use the hydrating range). This particular product was thus more a mistake on my part than a disappointing product.
Dove Ultime Nourishment Intensive Conditioner
It is very difficult for me to be happy, pleased or impressed with any other hair care product other than my beloved Pureology. This conditioner from Dove is sadly no exception: there is really nothing wrong with the product, it smells lovely and works relatively well given its affordability. But when compared to my go-to Pureology’s Hydrating Conditioner it is just not quite as heavy duty, nourishing and amazing with hair detangling and I cannot see myself switching to this product on a full-time basis.
Ouai Memory Mist
This is a very much hyped-about product by one of my favourite bloggers, Kathleen Lights. I thus happily forked out the cash for this (pricey!) miracle product and unfortunately it left me utterly disappointed. It literally does nothing. Nothing! It doesn’t make my curls or blowout last longer and there really is zero difference to notice. I am not sure if my hair is too long or too fine for this product to work effectively, but it really, really, really didn’t work for me. I was also not the biggest fan of the rather potent violet fragrance. No man, Kathleen, I trust your recommendations!
Neostrata Clarifying Facial Cleanser
The Neostrata Clarifying Facial Cleanser is part of the Refine Range and aimed at blemish-prone/oily skin. I definitely do not have oily skin, but I do indeed have blemish-prone skin and thought this might be a welcome addition to my already Neostrata-dominant skincare routine. I cannot believe a bad word about a Neostrata product is going to come out of my mouth, but this face wash was just ‘meh’. Didn’t do much and I couldn’t see any significant improvement in terms of breakouts. It also left a residue on my skin after rinsing which I really do not like and my skin felt a bit tighter than usual. My skin never felt clean and refreshed when I use this wash. I will not be repurchasing this product and instead will go back to my beloved Neostrata Exfoliating Wash.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Face Wash
I don’t normally stray from my Neostrata skincare routine, but this was on sale and you know how it goes. To be fair, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Face Wash is aimed at sensitive oily skin prone to breakouts and that does not exactly fit the description of my skintype. This wash does not contain soap or parabens and is very affordable for a generous amount of product (a whopping 400ml!). As much as it didn’t exactly float my boat, my husband loved it to bits and I am sure many readers with oilier skin will really enjoy this product. What did I not like about it? For starters, it really burned my eyes and I did not like the fragrance. This is going to sound weird and I am sure you will all look at me the way my husband looked at me when I tried to explain it to him: when you rinse your face and happen to get a trace amount of this wash on your lips or in your mouth – it tastes extremely bitter. I know, I know, you are not supposed to eat soap and I do not do it intentionally, but it is easy to get a small amount in your mouth when washing your face. Or is it just me? On a positive note it did not make my skin dry or tight and leaves no residue behind. All-in-all it just didn’t quite do it for me and I won’t be repurchasing this for myself.