The Clear Out

The Clear Out:

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.

The Clear Out:

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.

 Are there any products that have disappointed you lately? Let me know in the comments!

  • ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I hate disappointing products. You spend time & money on them only to have them be underwhelming. Thanks for the heads up. :] // ☼ ☯

    • Angie

      Exactly, it’s a pain isn’t it! Even things I research for ages can turn out to be duds, so annoying!

  • Jasmine Huston

    I totally agree with the packaging of the Rimmel pressed powder! Given that it’s such a popular product you would think they would revisit the design! xx

    • Angie

      Exactly! They must know by now the design is a dud, surely there’s another way hehe xx

  • Tasha

    I HATE the packaging of the Rimmel powder – grrrrr. I don’t even like the powder itself either :S I find it’s not actually transparent and leaves my face looking lighter! I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about the Revlon stains. I have to say I’ll be giving them a miss, not only because the formula sounds a bit iffy, but they’re SO ridiculously expensive. Jeez Revlon, get off your high horse.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Angie

      Hehe high horse indeed! I’ve seen a few other bbloggers rave about them in the past couple of days, maybe I just got a dud shade… I’m not really game to try another one though!

  • Bonnie H

    Totally agree about the Rimmel powder – I keep repurchasing because I love it but I wish they’d fix the packaging!

    I have the Rimmel moisture stain in Milan Moment which gives a very slight stain but nothing to write home about so I’m in the same boat with that one too! Meh.

    • Angie

      Yes! Surely they would have received enough feedback by now to realise how much everyone hates that packaging hehe.

  • Sheri

    What a shame! That lip stain looks SUPER PRETTY and I definitely would have picked it up based on colour alone, but thanks to you I won’t! Gah don’t you just hate it when lip products have no pigmentation whatsoever. And OXIDIZING FOUNDATIONS are such a pain, I swear the moment I step outside, BOOM. Fake tan is on. And it doesn’t match my neck.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Angie

      I know, I had such high hopes for the stain but it just wasn’t to be… yep oxidising foundations are the worst, they seem to go blotchy on me where the oxidising is worse in some places rather than others and it just looks all sorts of bad hehe.

  • Ash

    Such an interesting post! I TOTALLY agree with the Rimmel Stay Matte packaging – it is actually infuriating, especially as I’m trying to be strong and finish it off before throwing it out! I haven’t given the Revlon lip stain a proper test out since receiving it in The Parcel (loved the Spring box overall, btw) but I fear I might have the same problems…

    Ash /

    • Angie

      Yep I completely agree with the description of infuriating, it actually is! I really liked The Parcel over all, the Revlon Stain just seemed to be anomaly for me… but one dud product out of a full box of things ain’t bad!

  • Andrea @ Sublime Finds

    I’ve JUST signed up for The Parcel! Summer will be my first one. I had the same experience with Too Faced’s lip insurance, so disappointing! Very helpful post Angie – always useful to hear about the things that maybe aren’t as expected! x

    • Angie

      Ooh I’m keen to see what’s in the Summer one, I only signed up for the Spring just to get a feel for it, but should have signed up for the full year… le sigh :) x

  • Marj B.

    Mine is Benefit’s The Porefessional. Tricky to apply, didn’t do anything to mask my pores, and made my skin itch. Good thing I got the super tiny tube in a set and didn’t splurge on the full-sized one.