When it comes to beauty products I am open to suggestions. If it’s at the higher end of the market, I don’t mind spending money on luxury products as long as they work for me. Of course there will always be products which work for some and not for others, sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and give something a good go. As well as raving about products I completely love, it’s time to share the ones which didn’t work for me. Starting with makeup.
I’ve added a few Charlotte Tilbury products to my collection since I started blogging and I must say for the price of the products I have tried, I have often felt a little underwhelmed. The two exceptions being the beautiful and highly pigmented Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette and the ‘suits-all’ creamy lip liner in Pillow Talk.
I expected great things from Charlotte’s Magic Foundation. This is one product I tried and it left me feeling a little like, ‘oh is that it’? For me, it certainly lacked magic.
The coverage was poor, patchy, the formula clung to dry patches like crazy and it was hard to blend. Everything I avoid when choosing a foundation. Something I certainly wouldn’t expect from a high-end purchase. I’m sorry Charlotte, this product just didn’t hit the mark. Your base wasn’t the only one to fall short. Nars’ Sheer Glow was also one product, I shouldn’t have added to my collection.
Instead of glowy, luminous, perfect skin, I was again left with a patchy complexion with hardly any coverage. As the name suggests, you would expect the coverage to be light, however this offered nothing to my skin. Again this just didn’t work for me.
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy wasn’t pigmented enough for me. What pigmentation there was didn’t last for more than a couple of hours on the skin. If you have a rosy complexion, I don’t believe this would show up enough on the skin to justify the purchase. Tipsy, unfortunately lacked sparkle.
Lash-wise, Fairydrops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara required maximum effort to make lashes look half decent. I was left with a wet clumpy mess, which was pretty impossible to remove. One product which just does not live up to the hype.
And an eye makeup remover which should have removed this mascara with ease, Benefit’s They’re Real Remover, just didn’t work. Designed to remove their ‘un-removable’ gel liner with the same name, this should work on any waterproof eye makeup. I’ve tried this a few times following the directions to the T and it just didn’t work. Has anyone else found this?
Lancome’s Juicy Shakers have had a tonne of publicity. Labelled as the next best thing since their own Juicy Tubes. The packaging is cute, a cocktail-style shaker. Unfortunately the product inside does not reflect its exterior. Years ago I used a blue tinted lip gloss from Benefit, which I adored. It appeared to make your teeth look shades lighter, so when Lancome released their own blue version, this is the one I wanted to try, ‘Mint To Be’.
Hardly any pigmentation transferred to the lips and what did was sticky and provided no gloss at all. Unfortunately this is one product which just wasn’t meant to be. If you have tried a ‘coloured’ shade, please let me know if you fared any better.
Pixi’s H20 Skin Drink did nothing for my skin. This gel type substance felt like I was smoothing a primer onto my skin, which didn’t hydrate and left my skin feeling on the greasy side. This is another product to end up on the disappointing list.
As with all beauty products, take this with a pinch of salt. As what may work for you, may not work for me and vice versa.
Please let me know your disappointing products, high end or otherwise….