Today I wanted to share a few products I've tried recently that didn't work out for me. I'm not always happy about doing this kind of post because most of these products are from brands that I really like as a whole and I feel kind of bad speaking negatively about some of their products. But at the same time, it's rare to like every single thing a brand puts out, so there will inevitably be certain products that don't work and others that do.
Also, I hope you don't take offense if you happen to disagree with me and really like one or more of the products mentioned in this post. Beauty products are such a personal thing and there are so many factors that could make something work out for one person and not another. So I'll be talking about all the reasons these products didn't work out for me personally, but they might just work out for you...you never know.
Let's take a look!
I really liked the Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures line, so when I saw the new Legendary Olive version at Walgreens I couldn't wait to try it. It claims to nourish hair with no weigh-down, which is something I'm always looking for since I have dry hair that's fine in texture. I loved the fresh, herbal scent of this formula but unfortunately it wasn't moisturizing enough for me and my hair felt even drier after using it.
I'm a big fan of Essence mascaras...they're super affordable and give great results (my favorites are the Lash Princess and Forbidden Volume False Lash Topcoat). So I was really excited to try the new False Lashes Extreme Volume & Curl formula. It ended up giving me decent length and volume but it ended up smudging underneath my eyes like crazy...and unfortunately, that's a total deal breaker.
Makeup Revolution #Slay Slogan Palette
I like Makeup Revolution's eyeshadow palettes as a whole but this one was disappointing for a few reasons. First, the pigmentation wasn't great overall (maybe that's why it comes with a mini eyeshadow primer) and second, the pans are so skinny, it's hard to get a brush into one color without getting it into the one next to it. If you're looking for similar shades, I would recommend the New-trals vs. Neutrals palette over this one (it's larger, full of warm shades, and only a few dollars more).
When I first saw these new strobing powders, I immediately thought of the Laura Mercier highlighters...these looked like they could be a dupe. Unfortunately, it lacks the buttery, creamy feel of the Laura Mercier version. This was super dry and hard to pick up with a brush. On my skin, it looked like a faint wash of white powder...no glow or shimmer to be had. I definitely prefer Makeup Revolution's new Skin Kiss highlighters over these...those are definitely worth checking out!
Pixi Beauty x ItsJudyTime It'sLipTime Palette
I'm not crazy about lip palettes in general because you can't really take them with you... once you apply your lipstick at home, you won't be able to touch it up while you're out unless you're willing to carry a large palette in your purse. But...I absolutely loved the colors in this palette so I was more than willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, the majority of the shades didn't really show up well on my lips (the bottom row is the most pigmented) and as you can see from the swatches, the rest of the colors look very similar to one another...especially once they're on. I also wasn't a fan of the thicker, waxier texture, and I prefer a smoother, glossier formula. I do think it's awesome that Pixi decided to collaborate with some fellow bloggers and I love watching Judy's videos so it hurts to give this a negative review, but it just didn't work out for me.
Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette
The cool pattern that initially drew me to this palette ended up being its downfall in my opinion. Several of the shades are arranged in narrow strips and it's close to impossible to get a brush into one without getting it into an adjacent color as well. I was also disappointed in the pigmentation...a few of the shades were soft and showed up well, but most were pretty sheer.
I really wanted to like the new Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation and Concealer! Unfortunately, they were much too drying for my already dry skin. They went on fine at first but shortly after they set I noticed that my fine lines were more noticeable and my skin looked dull. The concealer seemed to make my under eye area look drier and more lined as well and the foundation oxidized on me after an hour or two. I think these two could work for more oily skin types...if they worked for you I'd love to hear about it!
The MegaGlo Makeup Stick concealer felt too thick for my under-eye area and went on a little bit cakey. I prefer a thinner, smoother formula when it comes to concealers so I can't see myself using this one.
What products have you feeling disappointed lately? Have you tried any of the products I've talked about today? What are your thoughts?