Now it’s not my style to say something is the worst beauty product ever – but sometimes thing’s just don’t work. And because we are all different, products that failed for me, may not have for others. But I find “negative” reviews helpful not only when weighing the pros and cons of something – but sometimes, the very reason someone dislikes something, maybe the very reason I like it.
Anyway, I was cleaning out my collection, which, for a beauty blogger, is not that large, and came across several items that I never reach for. Before I throw them out – I thought I’d offer some brief thoughts on why I’m getting rid of them.
Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation: My most beloved matte foundations (so far) are high-end. So, I thought it might be interesting to test out some drugstore alternatives. On that quest, I purchased this Rimmel offering from Walmart during a trip to the U.S. It only cost me $4.00 USD so I’m not going to be too hard on it, but it just didn’t work on my skin. It breaks down within two hours and separates – it also clings to any dry patches. Rather than hang on to it and suffer through, for a handful of dollars, I’d rather just get rid of it.
Wet N Wild Mega Last Liquid Lip Color (Shade: Click On My Hyperlink): Now, I think my issue with this product is the colour more than anything else. It’s just too bright of a pink for me. From what I understand, this entire line is very pigmented, so perhaps I would have liked another shade better. When applying, the formula feels slightly tight and strange on the lips (like you’re applying liquid latex) – this mean’s it lasts forever! It really has to be scrubbed off. Anyway, on me, this bright pink sits somewhat unevenly on the lips and really yellows the teeth.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Shade: London): Again, it’s a colour issue. I don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased this. London is a beige-brown nude that is highly pigmented. Because you’re dealing with a cream formula that is also matte, I don’t find that this combination along with the beige-brown colour family is particularly flattering. In a sheerer formula or more traditional lipstick, fine, but not this thick concealer-like variation. But I hear good things about some of the other shades, so there’s that.
Lorac Tantalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer: I think I used it once on my chest area. I am not one to be obsessed with having a tanned complexion so this isn’t a product for me. That being said, I remember it transferring easily.
Wet N Wild Mega Shield Lip Color (Within These Adobe Walls): A pinky-coral color that applies like butter. However, I find that the formula settles into lip lines and can accentuate dryness.
Elf Daily Moisture Stick: I didn’t get this stick, I just didn’t. I tried to use it as an on-the-go option to apply to dry patches of the skin (not directly but with my finger as most reviews suggest) but, to me, it didn’t do much of anything. Also, the stick itself is not creamy but quite hard and solid, requiring the product to be warmed up prior to application.
O.K. so these are the products I’m getting rid of. Before I conclude, let me be clear. Most of these products are drugstore but that is no way, shape or form reflects how I feel about drugstore products nor any of the brands mentioned. In fact Rimmel, NYX and Elf make some of my all-time favourite products. The Elf Powder Brush, for example, beats out many of my more expensive brushes and I use it on a daily (which is why I have four of them). 🙂
Have you guys taken a good look at your collection lately and wondered if some spring cleaning is in order? What are some products that failed you?
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