Friday, July 18, 2014

Disappointing Products #2




Unfortunately the time for the second edition of my 'disappointing products' post has come around again, and far more quickly than I would have liked. These days it is rare that a beauty product will fail to impress me as the majority of the time I do my research before purchasing, especially if said item is an expensive one, but unfortunately every so often it does happen that a product I was certain I would love when I traded in my cash for it will end up gathering dust at the bottom of my make-up pile. It doesn't particularly thrill me to write about products that have ended up being a waste of my hard earned money, but in my opinion an honest review is just as important as a glowingly positive one in the beauty blogging world. In today's post I will be discussing the products that have failed to wow me for one reason or another, and even though they are ones that have been raved about by others, for me they just didn't work. 

I'll start with an eyeshadow palette that I debated over whether or not to include in this post, the Nars Isolde Eyeshadow Duo. I purchased this product a year or so ago thinking that it would be a staple and the perfect everyday palette - the warm, golden bronze-y shades looked to be right up my street, and I thought that the little pocket sized palette would be handy for on-the-go use. There is no doubt that the quality of the shadows is top notch - they are amazingly pigmented, buttery soft and smooth, and long-lasting. But the problem is that no matter which way I wear them, the shades just do not suit me. I generally always go for warm toned shades (for example, I much prefer the original Urban Decay Naked Palette over Naked 2) , but these eyeshadows take the definition of 'warm toned' to a whole other level. They pull ridiculously orange on me and I never feel comfortable wearing them, and for that reason I don't tend to reach for this eyeshadow duo even though it was an expensive little purchase. A second eyeshadow that left me feeling rather disappointed was MAC 'Quarry'. This was one of my first ever MAC eyeshadow purchases, and I bought it along with Satin Taupe thinking that it would be the perfect matte plum/brown shade that would compliment my brown eyes perfectly. While there is no doubt that it is a beautiful and unique shade, my issue with it is that the pigmentation levels are non-existent. I don't know whether I got a dud or not, as I haven't heard of anybody else having similar issues with this eyeshadow, but even when I swirl my brush in it a few times hardly anything comes off on the bristles and it's just too much hassle trying to get decent colour pay-off on the lids with it. So this eyeshadow has remained virtually untouched since the day I bought it, which is a bit of a pain as MAC eyeshadows don't come cheap these days, but I have discovered what I would consider to be a perfect dupe for it which comes in the form of 'Tease' from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. On to a more recent disappointing purchase, the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade French Fries, which I spoke about briefly during my NYX Cosmetics haul post. The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils have been raved about a lot by the beauty blogging community, and on first impressions I did quite like it - the golden bronze shade is really very pretty and super flattering and the formula is creamy, easy to apply and very blendable, but when I wear it I just can't get it to stay put on my eyelids. Any review I had read said the complete opposite, and so I decided to go primer-less on first application to see if it would live up to the bold longevity claims. Bad idea. It started to crease and smudge within minutes and after a few hours there was basically nothing left - disaster! But I wasn't prepared to give up on it, and so decided that it must have been down to a particularly oily eyelid episode and paired it with my Urban Decay Primer Potion on second application hoping that it would make a difference. It did prolong the wear a little but it still didn't last anywhere near the length of time that I would have liked it to, and I constantly found myself having to blend out the creases during the day which is just more hassle than it's worth really. 

I recently picked up the Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in the shade True Black, which I had high hopes for after my trusty Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner let me down when it started to smudge on me towards the end of the day. I thought I would give this Clinique offering a go to see how it fared, but I knew that it wasn't for me as soon as I applied it. The shade was definitely not 'true black' as the name suggests, but rather black with a definite tinge of grey, and it didn't apply evenly on an angled brush. It was almost as if the brush was taking away some of the product as I applied it, and I had to go back a few times to get a decent colour pay-off. It was definitely not waterproof or smudgeproof as was claimed, and I found that it transferred within a few hours. I think I'll be sticking to my Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner or Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner for now, thank you very much! The Maybelline Colorsensational Nude Lipstick in Sultry Sand is something that I was excited to get my hands on when it was released (being a nude lipstick addict and all), but I think it's clear from the above picture that this particular shade was never going to suit me. It was a bit of an impulse purchase, and one that I regretted pretty much straight away when I realised that it completely washed me out and made me look like a corpse. It's far too pale for my liking, and to be honest I really couldn't imagine it suiting any skin tone! The last product that failed to wow me is an Essie nail polish in the shade 'Mademoiselle', which is a little surprising as this particular nail polish brand has been a favourite of mine for a long time now and I've never been let down before. I bought 'Mademoiselle' thinking that it would be the perfect, work appropriate milky pink shade, but unfortunately I found the formula to be far too sheer and I got tired of having to apply four coats every time I chose this shade for my manicure. It would be perfect if you want a nail polish with just a hint of colour and nothing that looks too obvious on the nails, but I like my varnishes to be opaque and so this shade just wasn't for me. I'm definitely more of a 'Fiji' kinda gal when it comes to pale pink nail polishes!

 Are there any beauty products that left you feeling a little disappointed? Do share in the comments down below!
Lots of love, Rachael 
 

15 comments :

  1. I would actually buy that Nars Isolde palette- been wanting it forever and my skin is naturally very warm so extremely 'orange' shadows suit me well. Perhaps you could try using one of them as a transition colour, and the paler one as a sheer over the lid wash?
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  2. I always like reading these sort of posts! I've read some good reviews of the NYX jumbo eye pencils but haven't tried one myself. I've actually recently bought a Rimmel London one, in a really similar shade and found the lasting power to be amazing, so you could maybe give one of those a try instead :) xo

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  3. I can't believe you didnt like the NYX Jumbo Pencil. They are great!

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  4. thanks for sharing this post with us <3


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  5. My best advice for the jumbo eye pencils is to use them as a base for other shadow, along with primer. They seem to last a lot longer when they're set with powder.

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  6. I had a Maybelline lipstick that I was super disappointed in from the Color Sensational line. It even created dry patches on my lips that weren't there before application.

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  7. None of the NYX Jumbo Pencils work for me either!

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  8. I was very disappointed with the Maybelline nudes also. They were all just really pale or too dark.

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  9. The most recent disappointing thing I've tried is the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - flakey and dry :-( xx

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  10. I like Maybelline products and until now I've been loving them x

    Love, Sara Wallflower
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  11. Even though this is a disappointing products post you still make the photograph look so beautiful! :) xx
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  12. This is a beautiful post I mean the pictures look great! What camera or lighting do you use? You should do a post on that! I would love it!

    Juliana Grace | www.julianagraceblogspace.blogspot.com

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  13. i too am disappointed by mac quarry. it's the chalkiest eyeshadow i own.

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  14. Nice to read these posts, us bloggers are always so honest. xx

    Julie
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  15. I love reading disappointing products posts and this one is great! I don't own any of these but I can understand why you dislike them from what you've said - how sad about the NARS palette! I always struggle with pale polishes (like your Essie one) as I'm so impatient and 3 coats to me is dedication enough!

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