Not a “Disappointing Products” post as such, but a rundown of things that are taking up valuable space in my stash but not earning their keep. Whether it be substandard performance, a case of “what on earth do I do with this?”, or my bug bear, shoddy packaging, these are the things that are getting their marching orders. Okay, maybe it’s a disappointing products post.
Too Faced Lip Insurance
I’m going to preface this by stating that overall, I love Too Faced products. Some of their eyeshadow palettes are to die for and their La Creme Colour in Naughty Nude is one of my all time favourite lipsticks. BUT. I’ll be brutally honest when I say Lip Insurance borders on useless. It promises to smooth the surface of your lips, prevent feathering and extend the wear of your lipstick, but for me it does none of the above. It doesn’t even try. What it does manage to do successfully however is make my lips really dry. Not an endearing trait for a lip product.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser in Nude
Oooh controversial. I was expecting big things from this given the buzz in the beauty world at the time (well, as big a things you can expect from a tinted moisturiser. It doesn’t claim to cure cancer or anything). And sure, the texture is nice and light, it has good coverage for a TM, etc etc etc, but unfortunately it has a nasty oxidising habit that kicks in about 20 minutes after I apply it – right about that time where I’ve jumped in the car en route to my destination, noticed in the rearview that my face suddenly looks tangoed in the worst way possible, and given the en route to destination situation, I’m unable to do anything about it. Given that my skin and this TM are clearly not going to play nice with each other, this prod had to be issued an eviction notice.
Illamasqua 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette
This palette is a most tricky madam. Illamasqua’s “Liquid Metal” eye colours are metallic creams which feel quite slippery and oily to the touch, and this palette completely intrigued me when I stumbled on it while purchasing my beloved Neutral palette. I was lured into buying it by the beauty of the swatches, the which were truly gorgeous – the metallic bronze made my mouth water. (Did I just say that? Send help.) However, I stupidly didn’t try these creams properly on my actual eyelids, so when I got it home and tried the shadows on, I discovered they are Crease City, population: Me. Even with a primer. When used as a graphic eyeliner, the colours don’t appear as punchy as I want – they just sort of fade away into oblivion. If you own this palette, please feel free to throw some tips my way on making it work. Otherwise, off to the wasteland it goes.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent.
While I found this to be a perfectly acceptable pressed powder and it does what it says on the tin, what I can’t forgive is the packaging. Oh dear, the shoddiness of this packaging. How hard would it have been to make a lid that actually stays on? A lid that you can keep rotating for infinity and falls off at a mere tap just makes me angry. Hmpf.
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive
I overall loved the inclusions in Marie Claire’s The Parcel (did you sign up for this beauty box? Let me know what you thought of the Spring box if you did), but this was the one product I really didn’t hit it off with. The shade looks like a pretty fresh pink in the packaging, but the actual stain has absolutely nil pigmentation whatsoever. My lips looked exactly the same after I put it on, and not in a MLBB way. And when you’re up against some pretty impressive lip stains/glosses/cremes that are on offer at the moment, you’ve got to be able to hold your own. Unfortunately, this one just doesn’t.
Okay, enough whinging for now. Disappointing products over and out.