PRODUCTS NOT WORTH THE HYPE #1

Monday, 25 September 2017




Hello lovelies,

Welcome back to another Makeup Monday! Now I know I said it was going to be my Charlotte Tilbury haul and tutorial today, but that'll be next Monday as I haven't had the time to shoot that yet! So I thought I'd write my first ever 'disappointing products' type post. Now I know normally I just talk about products I like, but I personally like to read posts on what not to buy too, so I know what to avoid. 

Now none of these products are actually terrible, being a uni student with not much disposable income, I rarely buy products without researching them extensively first, so more often that not, they work out for me. But nevertheless, I still get the odd dud product, that's not necessary uawful, but did not at all meet my expectations, and that I feel there are better versions of. 

So without further ado, let's get into it!


1.) BENEFIT 'THEY'RE REAL' MASCARA - Now this one I found very disappointing. I had read so many reviews on this, hailing it the best mascara ever, and I just do not get the hype at all! Now if I'm completely honest, I'm not a big fan of plastic wand mascaras, but I bought this anyway as I was so taken in by all the positive reviews. Don't get me wrong, by no means is this utterly useless. It does do something for the lashes, I find it separates them well and doesn't coat them in too much product. But, that's all it does. I don't find that this adds much volume, length or thickness, and really, those are things I prioritise in a mascara. I have rather long, thick lashes as well, so I'm thinking if I don't see too much difference on my lashes, I'm not seeing how this is making much difference to people who need a lot more from their mascara! Personally if you're looking for a mascara that will lengthen, thicken, volumes and give that fluttery effect, I would recommend either the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes, or Urban Decay Perversion, which do all of those things! So yes, this mascara, not terrible, but not worth the £19.50 price tag, as there are definitely better ones on the market, and I'm sure there are even better drugstore ones. 

2.) ELF CLEAR BROW GEL - Ok so moving onto this brow gel, I have to start by saying that this isn't actually a bad product. I mean that in the sense that, it does what it's made to do, it holds your brow hairs in place so they look nice and need, and I can't say that it does not do this job. But, I don't think it does the job for long. See if you use pencil or gel on your brows first, this gel seems to pick up the product already on the brows, so that after not too long the gel begins to turn a grim browny colour. But more importantly, it simultaneously begins to become a lot more thick and gloopy as well. I can only guess that as the brush picks up more and more product from your brows, it mixes with the gel to make it very thick, and therefore not as effective as when new. Now in fairness, this gel is only £2 ish, so it's incredibly cheap, but I also use the Rimmel 'Brow This Way' Brow Gel, which is about £4.50, and I don't find I get this problem at all. I'd therefore say you're far better off many buying the Rimmel gel or another similar one which will last longer, than scrimping and getting this, which I think you'll have to throw out more quickly. 

3.) ELF ESSENTIAL LIPSTICK - I don't want to seem as though I'm bashing Elf! I actually loveee their brow pomade and mine lasted about 3 years with daily use! But the essential lipsticks were another fail for me. I got a couple a couple of years ago when my friend went to America, where these are only $1. I got 2 colours, a light pink and a darker berry shade. Now the berry shade isn't too bad, and I have found I have got a fair bit of use of of this. But the lighter pink was awful. I just found it far too creamy, which meant that whilst the shade was very pigmented, it moved around the lips a lot, and also didn't sit too well on them. I'd therefore definitely say that if you're wanting to try these, I'd recommend you trying the darker colours, which for some reason have a much better finish and staying power than the lighter colours. If you buy the darker shades, then these do turn out to be good value for money, but I'd say save your money when it comes to the lighter ones. 

4.) COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER - Shock horror! This might be a slightly controversial one! Now literally every beauty blogger and their dog raves about this product, but I just don't get it. For starters, yes it's cheap at £3.99, but the way people go on about it being a steal, I thought it'd be like £1.99 lol. Now I find this works fine on my face to cover up blemishes and so on, but find it creases like shit under the eyes. Now I don't really have any fine lines or bags under my eyes; it's not one of my problem areas, but I still find this manages to settle in lines. I'd also say the shade range is absolutely pants, I can only just use the darkest shade and that's when it's the dead of winter and I have no trace of tan, so I think that's a shame, as they've had years to rectify this! I don't actually use any other drugstore concealers, but I've heard a lot about the LA Girl Pro Conceal, which comes in a vast array of shades, so I'm hoping that one is better!

5.) BOBBI BROWN LONG WEAR EVEN FINISH FOUNDATION - So this was actually my fist ever foundation! So kinda sad it's on this list. Now to be honest, it may actually be slightly unfair for me to include this, as I think the reason I didn't get one with it is because it was suited to my skin. Not only was it the wrong shade, and therefore made me legit look like an oompa loompa, but I was incredibly oily, and this foundation just couldn't handle that. Now I found that when applied to get a sheer to medium finish it looked very nice, and it also looked very nice before I got oily, but at that time I had a lot of acne and scarring and therefore wanted the fullest coverage I could get, and the fact I was so oily meant it looked bad practically 2 hours after I'd put it on. So I guess that's my gripe, it can have a lovely finish, but isn't particularly long wearing or suitable for very oily skin, which is what I had been told by the makeup artists at the time of purchase. I'd be interested to try it again now as my skin is nowhere near as oily as it used to be, and I also go for a much more sheer/medium finish for my base, so I actually think I'd love it now. But as a warning to all you oily girls, I'd steer clear, and at that time, it didn't do a great job, and for £30+ I expected a lot more!

So that's all for today, folks, my low key roast on a few products haha! I hope you find this useful! What has been your most disappointing product?

Until next time,
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

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