Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Disappointing products


Every once in a while I encounter products that really don't live up to my expectations, While I don't really like giving negative reviews or going on about products I haven't liked for ages I do think it's important to have a balance of opinion, so I'm gonna round up a few of those products here. There will definitely be people that don't agree with me on a few of these, but hey, an opinion is an opinion.

Schwarzkopf got2b Rise 'n Shine Volumising Souffle - Aside from the name being a total, total mouthful, this is a product that serves to do very little other than make my hair feel and look unwashed. The putty-like texture doesn't add much volume and I've had much better results with power-based products and sprays, some of which have been from this brand. This is a relatively new product but it doesn't seem to have taken off very well and I can see why. My hair felt weighed down and sticky with just the tiniest amount used.

Rimmel Scandaleyes RetroGlam Mascara - I love Rimmel mascaras and had never had a bad one until I tried this. The formula is so liquid that my eyelashes were splattering black spots above and below my eyes for a good five minutes after application and despite cleaning this up I ended up with a lot of transfer onto the lid and the inside of my glasses as the day went on, Mascara formula is a hard thing to get right but this one could do with being much drier. Total mess!

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black - I had heard great things about this brand, not least that it's Alexa Chung's smudge of choice, but it just didn't live up to the hype. The nib is hard, the formula very thin so took a couple of layers and within a couple of hours had transferred onto my upper lids and had me resembling a Tim Burton character. While I can't say I've tried their fat liners or pencils I can safely say my trusty £2.99 Collection liquid liner does a far better job and actually being black and staying put.

Beauty Blender - Now I really will be up against the masses with this one. This time the issue is more to do with my personal preference than a quality issue as the sponge is nice and soft, well-sized for all areas of the face and even comes with some soap to clean it with. I have tried to get on with the product many times, but the coverage always ends up far too thick and the wet feeling is something I really don't like! I would much rather use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to lightly swirl on the perfect coverage than really overdo it with a messy soggy sponge. Maybe one day I'll crack it but for now this is a total no-no.

Benefit The Porefessional Primer - My experience with this product was a little bitter-sweet. At first it seemed to hold my make-up in place for an hour or two longer each day and keep things more matte, but then I noticed my skin breaking out in horrible bumps and big, acne-like spots that required some serious work to cover. For almost 6 months I continued to use the primer every day, putting my bad skin down to stress. When no spot treatment on earth was helping I backtracked to try and find a product in my daily routine that could have caused this and finally put two and two together. I stopped using this two weeks ago and now aside from some scarring which will fade my skin is totally back to normal. That's not to say that you will have these problems but I've well and truly given this the boot as it definitely suffocated my oily skin and clogged my pores.

So there you have it - while it's rare that I encounter products that disappoint I feel like it's important to share my experiences with them so that others can see both sides of the coin. It's also important that my readers know that when I give something a good review I mean every word!

Have you purchased any disappointing products lately?
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