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Disappointing Products/Products Not Worth The Hype

September 17, 2014


Back by popular demand... shit products!

No, no, no... just to make it blatantly obvious from the start - most of these products aren't shit (besides one or two). Most of these are good products that fell a little flat, either because of the hype around them or because they just didn't work for me.

If you would prefer to watch me ramble rather than read this post... feel free to watch my video here:

Onto the post...
Estee Lauder Double Wear: Before I get into the things that I didn't like about this foundation, I wanted to mention that the shade match of this is perfect and the range of shades that this comes in an impressive number of shades (nearly 20).

This is a very popular foundation for people who have oilier skin (me) and want a long wearing foundation (me) and who wants a medium-buildable coverage (me)... so why didn't I like it? Well firstly I must admit that this foundation is great if I apply it lightly with a beauty blender, but the problems start to happen when I apply it heavier. Firstly, this breaks me out! A full day of wearing a decent layer of this foundation will be guaranteed to leave me with a few nasty deep pimples. Secondly, this foundation sits on top of your skin, looks like a mask, and it feels horribly tacky. Lastly, I am more inclined to wear this when I am going to an event like a wedding, but sadly this gives some horrible flash back with flash photography. 

Garnier Pure Active Daily Pore Scrub Wash: I used this for a couple of days straight and it caused my skin to become very dry and painful (almost like chapped lips). This is designed to be a daily scrub, but it is waaaay too harsh for daily use (or any use). I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, not even people who have oily acne prone skin... the more you dry out your skin, the more oil your skin will produce. 

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate: Lancome staff members will say that everything starts with this product... I say it is a crazy waste of money. This 30ml bottle cost me $88 and it is designed to be applied under your normal serum/moisturiser and it is supposed to something something something... I didn't notice any results at all. If you were keen on trying Lancome skincare I would recommend spending a little extra and checking out the Visionnaire serum - I have noticed improved skin texture and skin tone has improved since using it.

Essie nail polishes: Essie polishes in general are very over hyped. In Australia these cost close to $18 and they chip very very quickly. The only good thing about these is that they have a great colour range. If you love a particular shade, then definitely buy it, but I would prefer to buy a Sally Hansen nail polish for the more basic colours.

Illamasqua Under Eye Concealer: I actually think these are being phased out. This is a creamy under eye concealer that would be perfect for people who worry about dry concealers settling into fine lines. The only reason I stopped using it was because it stays quite tacky (even after setting it) and I found that my mascara would transfer onto the concealer whenever I used this. Other than that it was quite a nice concealer.

Australis Velourlips: I love the colours of these but I hated the formula! These are matte liquid lipsticks, but you needed to apply a couple of coats/a thick coat to get an opaque colour. The more you apply, the chunkier this feels and the more it is likely to wear off in a patchy horrible way. Ever since testing these out, I haven't worn them at all. I would much prefer a matte lipstick.

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: This was just ok, but after everyone hyped it up like crazy, I was hoping this was going to be amazing. This quite thin and provides light coverage, and the goddamn sponge is fucking horrible! The sponge soaks up and wastes so much product and this concealer instantly becomes 10x better if you remove the sponge. I prefer to use less of a high coverage concealer instead of a lot of a light coverage foundation. If you are after a drug store concealer, I much prefer the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel: There is nothing wrong with this actual gel, but it has made my list because the spooly brush thing is HUGE. It is bigger than the width of my brows which makes this product very difficult to apply without getting it on my skin. I find this impossible use as a defining product, because the brush isn't precise enough to allow you to shape your brows, this can only really be used as a setting product.

Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm: I admit that I hyped up these up in my own head because I LOVED the original tinted balm stains. Even though these look beautiful, are easy to apply, have a nice matte finish (but not too drying), and they are very pigmented, I never reach for them! They seem to just sit on top of the lips and they eventually settle into lip creases and these also don't last as long as other matte lip products... I wish they developed into a stain like the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, which are SOOO much better than these colourburst matte balms. These just fell flat of my expectations.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner: This is a favourite of many people, but I hate it because I find that it doesn't last on me. I do occasionally tend to get a little teary eyed if I'm outside and it's too windy or too cold, and this runs really really badly. Other than that, I like the brush and how easy it applies, but it won't last me a whole day (even if I don't get teary).

Covergirl Bombshell Intensity Liner: This piece of crap angers me! It had a lot of promise and lasted much better than the Maybelline Master Precise, but it dried out after only one week of using it. BAH!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I thought I would leave probably one of the most controversial ones to the end, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This is a very expensive palette (was $95 but has been reduced to $86 in Australia) and it contains a finishing powder that has a hint of fine shimmer to create glowing skin, and two more shimmery shades that can be used as a more shimmery finishing powder or as a subtle highlighter. I was more interested in using these as an all over finishing powder because people rave about how amazing it makes your skin appear. I found that on my oily-combination skin the powder alone didn't set my foundation and after a couple of hours my semi-oily skin looked horrible (but for the first hour or so it did look quite nice). I also tried applying this over a setting powder, but it really doesn't do much and isn't worth the extra step in my makeup routine. The two shades that are more shimmery do make nice subtle highlighters, but this palette is too expensive just to use it as a subtle highlighter. I have since realised that the only people who praise these ambient lighting powders tend to be people with normal to dry skin. If you have skin that's slightly on the oiler side, I would skip this!

The end!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
I have a feeling I should do a products worth the hype post soon so I can balance out the negativity :P


  1. I don't mind the Instant Age Rewind concealer for my undereye area, but I agree about the sponge wasting product. I'm never quite sure that I'm getting everything out of it -- or I worry that I click and dispense too much. I also have to agree on the Essie polishes -- I bought the No Chips Ahead top coat from Priceline awhile ago and I don't think that it's done anything for my nails. I'd much rather spend the money on OPI polishes, which last quite a while on me. And that CoverGirl liner.. It's the absolute pits! At least yours lasted you a week, mine started drying out on the first use!

    I've got the Hourglass palette and I quite like it. My skin is on the oily side, so I go light on it, and I've never used it as a setting powder before.

    Sarah xo
    Diary of a Beauty Padawan

  2. I didn't like the maybelline master precise eyeliner too. smudges so easily, doesn't last. perhaps it's because i live in a humid/tropical climate place. and it isn't waterproof. x


  3. I agree with some picks, disagree with others, but either way- I really enjoy posts like this! It's always refreshing to hear reviews that aren't all-out raves :)




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