I’ve had a few disappointing experiences this summer with some products that I was looking forward to using, boo! I have a very love/hate relationship with some of these brands, but these are my top picks for the most disappointing products.
1. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (Soft Porcelain)
I was looking sooo forward to using this. I had never used a mineral powder foundation before and I had heard rave reviews about this one (particularly thanks to Essiebutton and GirlAboutTown18) and so I finally went to buy it at Sephora. I wore it a total of three times using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply it as I’d heard they’re a killer combo to use together. This product separated on my face, and it looked really terrible, I tried using more moisturizer, less moisturizer, a primer, etc etc and it just looked terrible. It did not give me a good, lasting coverage and this is the first product I’ve ever used that actually separated while wearing it throughout the day. Not a fan, but I know this must be a cult favourite for a reason!
2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (51)
This concealer takes dry to a whole new level. This is very thick and dry. It provides full coverage, which is great for those who like heavier-coverage concealers, but I found this to be a very unflattering concealer on me and I definitely would not use this under the eyes as it’s so thick and drying, it would definitely settle in to fine lines. I feel that my Mac Studio Finish concealer is much better than this product. I will pass on this concealer and maybe someone else will have better luck with it!
3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (Very Fair)
This shimmers like Edward Cullen under the sun (I hate the Twilight movies, btw) but this really does have a lot of shimmer in it for a concealer. It’s an odd consistency, a little to watery, and it gives an incredibly light coverage which seems totally impractical for an under eye concealer. I get that the shimmer is supposed to provide radiance but what good is some radiance without a good coverage? I think that the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream on its own does the exact same thing, and furthermore, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer does what this claims to do. Though a great drugstore alternative for those who have pretty much non-exsistent under eye circles, this is a definite pass for me!
4. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (Warm Ivory)
I’m really glad that they put “creamy” in the name, because damn, this stuff is like greek yoghurt. Would you want to apply greek yoghurt under your eyes?! Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but this is a really thick concealer, in a smoother way than the Bourjois, but it still creases like madness. I know this is a common complaint with this concealer, and I find the setting powder to be an annoying extra step. Also, most dark-circle sufferers are told to use the Bobbi Brown corrector, which I have in the past, and that creamy corrector + this creamy concealer = crease-galore. If this ever got reformulated, I’d give it a try, as I really like Bobbi Brown’s colour selection and I find that this brand is overall fantastic. This particular concealer did not do much for me.
5. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder (51)
I feel like I’m picking on Bourjois today, but it is actually one of my favourite cosmetic brands. I was on the hunt for a great non-shimmery bronzer that would suit pale skin, and I was searching for one solely for contouring. I tried the infamous Benefit Hoola Bronzer which I found to be too muddy looking on me, and I tried a series of other brands that all seemed to be so shimmery. This one seemed to be the best out of all of them, but my main complaint would be that it is so orange. The packaging is really cute though, it looks like a chocolate bar, and hell, it smells like a chocolate bar too..but it always seems a little too orange and noticeable on my skin. I may pass this on and just opt for a taupe blush and use that for contouring.
6. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I dread writing this review. I know that this is one of the most popular Real Techniques brushes out there and I will have a lot of people disagreeing with me about this one. I find this very awkward to use when applying liquid foundation, and I find it especially awkward to use to apply cream blush. This has lost its purpose in my makeup brush collection and I have stopped using it all together. The tapered sides of the brush makes it hard for me to use, and I didn’t like how it applied my makeup in general. I much prefer my Real Techniques Buffing Brush for foundation and my Mac Stippling Brush for cream blushers.
7. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer (Nova & Luna)
I had read so much about these Rimmel Apocalips on beauty blogs that I absolutely could not wait for them to be released in Canada, so I ran to eBay and bought the shades Nova and Luna. Nova is a pale, mauve-pink and Luna is a white-peach, they are absolutely gorgeous colours to swatch. Now, to get to the point, they both looked terrible on me. I also can’t stand the smell, they have a very cheap smell. The packaging for these is really cute though, but the colours are just very unflattering on me. I’ve seen them on Katie Snooks (www.katiesbeautyblog.com) and she looked absolutely gorgeous in these colours, and so I figured since we have pretty much the exact same skin tone, that they’d suit me also. I was so wrong! Anyhow, I saw these were recently released in my country and so I went to buy two more colours to give a try, called Stellar and Celestial. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with these!
8. Topshop Lip Stick (Coy)
I ran like a child in Toys’R’Us around the Topshop in Toronto and I ravaged their cosmetics section and was able to score the Lip Stick in the colour “Coy” for $5! I brought it home and I was so excited to use this, I saw it on Kate from Gh0stparties and it looked amazing on her. I found this to apply very rough and to emphasize any dryness in the lips. It is very matte, and very drying and the colour itself did not suit me. I’m so sad, I wanted to badly to love this. I’m obsessed with the packaging of Topshop cosmetics, it’s just so darn cute.
9. Clarins After Sun Moisturizing Ultra-Hydrating Balm
I really can’t tan even if I wanted to, but I bought this in an attempt to prolong whatever little colour I get from the sun. This really didn’t do anything for me, it really only functioned as a nice soothing moisturizer. It did not prolong any colour I was able to get on my arms and legs. I find that with Clarins, their facial care products are for the most part amazing, but their body care products seemed to be overpriced and they never seem to do what they claim they will do.
So, unfortunately, I had a few misses this summer with cosmetic purchases but I shall not end this on a completely negative note: I will be posting my summer favourites and perhaps making a video for that, so, stay tuned!