Today I'm being a negative Nancy on my blog and will be talking about products that didn't perform as well as I was hoping they would. Don't get me wrong though, these are not bad products, some of them I quite like, they just didn't meet my expectations or didn't work well on my skin. So if you're in love with any of these don't take my criticism personally. At the end of the day it's only my opinion on some makeup and what doesn't impress me might be perfect for you :)
Let's start with the perfume because it's a quick one.
I absolutely love the scent of YSL Black Opium and the bottle is super pretty too but the scent doesn't last on me at all, after about an hour or so I can't feel it at all, it's all gone. If you're familiar with this fragrance you know that it's a sensual, warm scent, a bit heavier and I have the Eau de Perfume which should have better staying power but I was incredibly disappointed with how short the scent lasts on my skin. The bottle (50ml) is almost empty, and I used it only during couple of Winter months, because I had to reapply it a few times a day. And yes, I know that after a while we don't tend to smell our perfume on ourselves but this scent was quickly undetectable on my skin after the very first use, not even my clothes can hold it.
I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but even though I adore the scent I am not tempted to repurchase this perfume in the future as it's not a cheap one and I have others that I also love but they linger on my skin for much longer.
At the beginning of this year I ordered my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick which I love (check it out here) and I got a sample of the Magic Foundation with my order. I tried it and I was impressed how beautiful it looked on my skin, how easy it was to apply and how well it lasted throughout the day. So not long after that I ordered a full size of it.
'Flawless, Poreless Long-Lasting Coverage, a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, a “hyper-intelligent” formula that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and literally feels like a second skin.'
The claims are everything what I could want form my foundations so the expectations were high!
And I don't know what happened, some sort of magic maybe, LOL!, but this foundation felt completely different then the sample I tried before. It was very difficult to apply it, it sat in my pores accentuating them, the coverage is more of a medium although you can probably build it up, and it wasn't as long lasting as I hoped for. I used it a few times and then put it in the back of my vanity as, honestly, I couldn't be bothered with it.
For a foundation that cost almost £30 and it has amazing claims it was rather disappointing how it performed for me. After a few frustrating attempts to make it work better I watched some first impressions videos on YouTube about this foundation and found a few people who encountered the same issues with this foundation as me so I guess I'm not the only one disappointed.
I am determined to make it work though so will be trying it again, after a few months of not touching it, but the shade is a bit too light for me right now so need to wait a few more weeks till my tan fades even more.
NIOD Photography Fluid made quite a stir in a blogging world a few months ago and I've seen many positive reviews on it from bloggers I trust so I just had to get the products which promises to be 'an Instagram filter in a bottle'.
'The serum-textured treatment has been specially formulated with an innovative Nano-Prismatic Yellow-Red Hue Corrector to minimise the appearance of imperfections and leaves skin with an even tone.
Patented Dragon Fruit Chromatic Refractor is a bio-fruit complex tested under multiple light conditions and camera settings to boost the skin's radiance, whilst a super-blurring suspension improves the surface and visibly reduces fine lines and pores.'
The claims are pretty impressive and I was really expecting amazing results from using this primer/serum which you can apply alone or under foundation.
On its own it looks too luminous/shiny/metallic on my face and when I apply foundation on top of it I don't see any dramatic difference in how it looks on my skin, in fact I don't see ANY difference and on top of it I found the application of my foundation is not as easy.
And I have to mention that the dropper thing in a case of this creamy formula is a bit of a disaster and the bottle becomes a mess after every use.
Recently I read another positive review of the NIOD Photography Fluid from a person that made it work for her after lots of testing so I will be attempting new methods to see if I can see that Instagram filter on my face in real life. I will update you if I find it :)
Before going on my holidays to Spain couple of months ago (check my snippets here) I decided, very last minute, to get a waterproof mascara in case I want to wear a bit of makeup on the beach or around the pool (FYI I didn't). I never use waterproof mascaras as I don't need it so I don't have any favourites. After checking a few of them in the shop I got the Maybelline Rocket Volume Express as I liked the plastic wand and I remembered reading some positive reviews on it.
I'm just gonna go straight to the point, I don't like it, it does absolutely nothing to my lashes, no volume, no definition and much harder to remove it since it's waterproof.
When NYX launched in UK through Boots at the end of last year many beauty junkies, me included, got very excited and rightly so because the brand has so many amazing products with budget friendly prices. Soft Matte Lip Creams are probably their most hyped lip products so of course I had to get couple of shades, San Paolo and Antwerp, to try them.
Unfortunately, from the very first use, I was left a bit underwhelmed. They're nice but not what I thought they would be. The mousse-like formula is very lightweight, they're nicely pigmented, they smell delicious and there are beautiful shades to choose from. But, for me they're sheerer then I was expecting, they tend to get a bit patchy if I want to build the intensity of the colour, many people claim they're super comfortable on the lips but I actually find them drying after an hour or so and they're not long lasting. I absolutely adore NYX Matte Lipsticks and I'm surprised they don't get as much attention as the Soft Lip Creams as they're much better quality.
So overall, I don't think they're bad lip products but for me they're not worth the hype and I'm not tempted to get any more shades.
Last month I was looking for a vibrant red orange lipstick for Summer and decided to get one of the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in shade Orange Shot as I've read some good reviews about this range. The texture is also quite mousse-like, just a bit thicker then the NYX Soft Creams but, again, it gets a bit patchy when I tried to layer it up, it never really sets matte and it slides around my lips easily. With a bright shade like this it's a big no-no and I've never actually attempted to wear this lipstick outside the house and I'm not eager to try any other shades.
Recently I treated myself to couple of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks from her new Hot Lips range (review), I got it as they first launched so I didn't get a chance to read any reviews and relied on swatches from CT website. The shade Miranda May looked like a vibrant red coral so I decided to buy it as I love this kind of shades for Summer. Unfortunately I'm disappointed how much sheerer it actually is, I need to apply a few layers of this lipstick to see the kind of opacity I'm satisfied with, yet it still looks nothing like on the website. The formula is nice, very comfortable on lips but it accentuates dry skin and it's just not what I am expecting from a £23 lipstick. NYX Matte Lipsticks are better quality in my opinion. Of course I have to agree that the packaging and the attention to detail is gorgeous but I didn't pay that much money only for the way the lipstick looks.
Have you tried any of these products? What's your opinion on them? If you love them how do you apply them, how do you make them work for you? I would love to know as it would be great to make them work for me too.
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