Monday, 8 July 2013

Products I regret buying

We all at some time or another end up buying products that we later regret, and this tends to happen just a little bit more when you a beauty obsessed blogger. I have a lot of make-up and there is no denying the fact that I have more products than the average human being - but I do think about what I'm buying (most of the time), I read reviews, I look at swatches and I ask for opinions .. all in an attempt to avoid ending up with a pile of unloved products. Of course, there are always going to be some that just don't work for me. Just a little disclaimer here - I am by no means saying these are bad products, or not worth the hype they receive but they just didn't work for me at all. Obviously, what works for one may not work for another and vice versa - so don't let it put you off, it's just this was a frequently requested post. 


 Dainty Doll blush in 'hippy shake' 
Remember when Dainty Doll became available on fragrance direct for an incredible £1.99, well I went crazy. Hippy shake is a very pale lilac colour, which for me just doesn't work. I suppose I expected it to be a little darker, despite the whole range being tailored to pale skin. I wear foundation in the shade ivory - so I am pale, but this just doesn't show at all on my skin. So unfortunately this sits completely unloved in my make-up stash. On the whole, the dainty doll blushes are excellent - I have 'you are my sunshine' and it's amazing & a dupe for the infamous Nars Orgasm! 

Elf blush and bronzer compact duo 
As you can see - this hasn't been completely unloved, the blusher is actually very pretty and good quality. The bronzer however, literally looks like mud on my skin. It is quite chalky and  almost crumbly, and the shade just doesn't work for me as a contour or a bronzer. 

Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo in 'immortal charcoal' 
Again, another product that I actually love - but the shade just doesn't work for me. Maybelline colour tattoos are one of my favourite eye shadow products in the drugstore/highstreet department - but this dark grey/silver just isn't me. I find it too dark to use for a base, I'm not a huge lover of eyeliner and I just don't wear it at all. 

 Collection cover & go foundation and concealer duo in 'fair' 
As a concept I really like this, and I've seen similar products from high end brands such as Lancome and Daniel Sandler. At only £3 or £4 it was worth a shot right? Firstly the shade was too dark for me, despite being labelled as 'fair' I remained orange. The coverage is too little for me, I expected it to be a higher coverage... "cover" and go. The concealer is pretty good, it covers well and the shade was a better match than the foundation - but it is a little drying. 

Covergirl lashblast luxe mascara 
If I've ever heard of a cult mascara it's this one! I actually found this in tkmaxx for a bargainous price of £3.99 - so of course, I had to purchase it. It was a huge let down for me, it did nothing for my lashes and I didn't get on with the brush at all. It's huge but has teenie tiny bristles which couldn't grip my lashes at all - it was difficult to even get them to have a coat of colour. Not a fan. 

 Balance me beauty rose lip salve 
Technically I didn't buy this (I paid £2 for a glamour magazine and it was free!) However, the rrp is around £12 - and I would be a bit unhappy if I had paid that. Don't get me wrong, the product feels lovely and I can imagine it working well for someone who likes the smell. I on the other hand, do not! It is very strongly scented of rose, so much so that it makes me feel sick when I put it on and my mouth does this weird reflex thing (TMI, sorry) I end up scrubbing it off everytime I try it. It's just not for me, if you love floral rose scents you will LOVE this! 

Vaseline in 'creme brulee' 
I don't even know why I bought this, I guess the limited edition sucked me in and the tasty name. One, it doesn't smell like creme brulee and two, vaseline does absolutely nothing for my lips - in fact it makes them worse. 

Elf lip stain 
As a huge fan of elf products in general, I had high hopes for this lipstain. I was a bit shocked by the colour on arrival, but that's to be expected with online swatches from elf. I just can't get past the texture of this. The stain seems to rest on my lips and not sink in, it just leaves a coat on top - which means you have to either wait ages or wipe away excess before applying the clear gloss. I just wasn't a fan of this, and haven't used it after swatching! 

Rimmel match perfection foundation in '100 ivory'
I'm a huge fan of drugstore/highstreet foundations - so Rimmel is a brand I've tried a lot from and that I usually enjoy. Unfortunately, I didn't like this one. I found that this gave no where near enough coverage for my liking, and was very very thin in consistency. The shade was also quite orange-y toned for an ivory (which I find with a lot of rimmel products). I have however tried the powder of the match perfection and loved it! 

Physicians formula organic wear mineral powder 
Another purchase from TKmaxx - an excellent place to get hold of big beauty brands (often american) that we can't get here in the UK. I've seen physicians formula, covergirl, butter london, opi, china glaze, nyx & more for a fraction of the price. This came in at just £4.99 and seemed like a great buy at the time. Wrong! The brush is far too rough to use to apply powder (or any product, it hurts) and the whole packging just ruins what would otherwise be a decent powder. It blocks easily, the brush is awful and it's just of no use to the product. The powder however, is pretty good - but the packaging makes it a no-go for me. 

I hope you enjoyed reading my little rants about a few items there - let me know what you thought of this post, and if you've had any similar experiences. 

Jess 
xo 

24 comments:

  1. I love reading these kind of posts! I didn't think you were too ranty either :) just honest and informative. I found the bronzer too muddy in the ELF duo thing too.

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, thankyou so much Sarah - glad you enjoyed it. I've heard a few others mention how muddy the elf bronzer is too so glad it's not just me! :) xo

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  2. I'm battling through with the Balance Me lip salve atm - purchased it from a blog sale and it feels nice but I agree, the scent is really overpowering!

    Futures; a Beauty & lifestyle blog

    xo

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    1. It feels SO nice, but I just can't deal with the smell. I've found a v.similar product which I'll be posting about soon & it's cheaper too! xo

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  3. I surprisingly didn't really have a problem with the ELF duo but I know a lot of people that absolutely detest it. I love these type of posts btw, you should do them more often xx

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    1. That's good to hear - I think it's just a case of it working for some people's complexion and not for others. Thankyou - I'll try! xo

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  4. I agree with you about Hippy Shake, mines sat unloved in a drawer since I bought it. It works ok as a highlight but I have loads of other highlighters I like better so not sure if I'll ever get round to using it! x

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    1. I've never used mine, it just doesn't show up so me too! I may just use it as an eyeshadow base or something to make other colours brighter? I don't know! xo

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  5. This is a great post! I'm not a fan of ELF at all, nothing but bad experiences with their stuff. Love Dainty Doll but don't think I have that shade, it does look VERY pale lol xx

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    1. I've had some really good experiences with elf, but it is a bit hit and miss. Ah me too, the others are so pretty - this was a bad decision on my part I think lol xo

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  6. I love rose scents so maybe I'd like the balance me lip salve, no way would I spend that much money on the full size though!

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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    1. You'd probably love it then, seen it in a few blogsales recently! xo

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  7. I purchased the Dainty Doll blusher and I was very pale so this shows up well on me.. but it's lilac. I don't really understand what complexion this is supposed to suit because it just doesn't look good. I very occasionally use it underneath another blusher but otherwise it remains unused and unloved.

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    1. I'm not quite sure how I thought this would ever work really, so mine is very unloved too! xo

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    2. Hi I have this and use it as a highlight, I just apply a matt powder or cream blusher first and then lightly swoosh this over the cheek bone, it's good used this way HTH

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  8. I think these kind of posts are a good way of hearing about products that don't always live up to their hype.

    Nyss x

    missnyssbeautymagpie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think that too - I enjoy reading others :) xo

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  9. A lot of girls at my school wear Rimmel and they all look a bit orange to be honest

    Www.TheRealEveMills.blogspot.co.UK

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    1. Oh dear! Some of their products are absolutely fab, but I find the foundations are always a little orange for me! xo

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  10. Aw what a shame you didn't enjoy those products! I really liked the Rimmel London foundation, but I can definitely see how they wouldn't work for everyone! I can see how muddy that ELF duo looks too!
    xx

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    1. That's good - it's so true that what doesn't work for one, works for another! Yes, it's such a strange brown shade!! xo

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  11. I have the Physician's Formula powder and feel exactly the same about it! Rubbish!

    Rebecca x

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    1. Glad it's not just me - the packaging is pants!! xo

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  12. I really like these types of posts! They're so informative on which products to avoid!

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