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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Disappointing Beauty Products.

We post our favorite beauty products month after month (see), but as with everything, with the good comes the bad (and the ugly). Because there is a downside to this beauty blogging business, and that is the disappointing products. The ones that you're just dying to try, the ones that are so hyped, so expensive and for whatever reason, just don't work for you. We rarely share that side of the story, but because life isn't all sunshine and roses, I'm going to delve in to full disclosure land and share with you, the products that just didn't live up to my expectations. Some may work for you (I hate you), some may disappoint you too, because at the end of the day, we're all different and not everything works for everyone. It is through trial and error that we discover what does and doesn't work for us.

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks
So much hype back in the day lead me to so much disappointment. I absolutely love the colours (especially Melted Metal Peony) don't get me wrong, but I guess that I expected to get a lot more wear our of my application? Most of my liquid lipsticks are matte, true, so I'm used to them lasting almost all day. Sure, this isn't a matte formula, I still expected more than 30 minutes out of it. I still reach for it on days when I don't need all-day colour, but it's a damn shame I can't wear it to work without using the whole damn tube over the course of a day.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
THIS was the disappointment that killed me. I received a sample sachet in with one of my online orders and I absolutely loved it. Went and bought the full-sized bottle (at $72, no less) and it just did not work for me. WHY?! I mean, I appreciate the fact that it has a pump, the massive range of shades, and the fact that it's quite watery, meaning it spreads and blends nicely. For about 20 minutes, it really does look amazing, but then.. BUT THEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG! I don't know why, but it just.. dies. And I'm left with a weird/flaky/oily/scaly/blotchy/cake/giraffe spots mixture of contradictions over most of my face, but mostly around my nose and mouth. I've tried using it when my skin's been especially dry, normal and oily. I've tried applying it with a brush, sponge and my fingers. I've tried using it with and without thick moisturizers and primers, with and without powders.. I just don't know but I'm devastated.

Savvy CC Powder
For such a cheap drugstore product, I'm not even mad that this didn't really work. First off, there wasn't much "colour correcting" going on. It did make me teeniest bit paler and I guess "brightened" due to the light hue of the compact, but no tones were corrected as such. Secondly, I feel as though the powder is too course. No matter how I applied it: under concealer, on top of concealer before foundation, on top of foundation, it always left me with a chalky looking complexion and my concealers and foundations ended up sort of sticking to and absorbing the powder, leaving the parts of my face that I applied the powder to looking dried up and caked. Finally, the shimmer, or should I say chunks of glitter, are not subtle at all. Which isn't the kind of thing I'm in to.

Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick
I purchased Kate Moss's Matte Finish lipstick in a beautiful bright red. I loved it so much that I went and bought a much more subtle pinky coral coloured offering (shade 38) from the Lasting Finish range. Again, LOVE the colour, hate the lasting power. I try not to compare non-matte formulas to matte formulas, but I really did expect a longer lasting lip - ESPECIALLY since this is advertised as a "long lasting" lipstick. Narrrt!

Have you ever been disappointed by a hyped beauty product?


  1. Oh no it's such a shame about the NARS foundation especially as it's certainly not a cheap option.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  2. Sorry about the Nars foundation. It definitely isn't a steal, so what a disappointment. Another proof that a big price tag doesn't always mean that it is well worth the money. I hate when it says something is long-lasting and then it turns out it isn't.

  3. I love reading the beauty product fail posts just as much because I know sometimes not to buy the product. I usually stick to my same products since I was in high school, majority of them are drug store but I will occasionally try a new product.

  4. It's always disappointing when you buy expensive makeup and it fails miserably. Thanks for sharing your finds!

  5. I am so surprised by the NARS Foundation being a disappointment, I totally expect more out of higher end brands!

  6. Thank you for your honesty! No one ever talks about the beauty products they receive that are terrible... I hate wasting money on makeup!

  7. mary_makeup@hotmail.itAugust 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I love the Kate's matte lipsticks! Probably you've just chosen the wrong colour :/

  8. Right?! SO disappointed, especially since the sample worked really well for me. :( x

  9. The proof is in the pudding. And the pudding was on my face. That's actually the best way I can describe the look of the foundation after an hour or so: pudding. Haha. x

  10. Definitely stick to what you know works for you. There's no way to be let down that way. :) x

  11. RIGHT?! I've found NARS to be a hit or miss brand for me. It's so bizarre that the sample worked so wonderfully, but the full-sized bottle really let me down. Maybe my bottle was part of a bad batch? x

  12. Wasting money is the worst! If it works, I'll gladly pay, but I feel so cheated when I pay the big bucks for something that ends up being down right crap. Such a shame. x

  13. The matte lipsticks are amazing - it's the creamy formulas that I don't like (they're two different lines). Which is really surprising since you'd think that the same brand would have some sort of consistency with their similar lines. Oh well, I'll just keep happily using my matte version. :) x

  14. Beth Shankle AndersonAugust 25, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    I'm so sorry these products didn't work out for you (especially NARS), but it's good of you to share with the rest of us. Thank you for letting us know your experience!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  15. I keep hearing about the melted lipsticks but keep being told they dont last long on the lips. Kind of a bummer because they're really nice colors.

  16. It's definitely a shame, but you win some you lose some, I guess. x

  17. The colours are definitely gorgeous - such a shame they're not as long lasting as the price should indicate. x


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