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Disappointing Products 2016

21 January 2017


When you're buying and trying your fair share of makeup, there's bound to be a few products that—for whatever reasondon't quite meet your expectations. Whilst not all are inherently bad (I've heard plenty of good reviews for some of these), they are all products that didn't work for me in one way or another.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
The only skincare item in this post, this raved-about facial mist (a Victoria Beckham favourite, apparently) smells way too herbal for my liking. To me, it smells like a mix of sugary raisins or prunes, and Chinese herbal medicine. The first and only time I used this, my brother sniffed the room and asked me if someone was sick. Obviously scents are down to personal preference, but if you're wanting to try a Caudalie mist, I would recommend trying the Grape Water. It smells faintly of fresh grapes so is much easier on the nose, plus it's super hydrating and more affordable, too.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in 'Medium-Dark Warm'
This is a weird one, because I've almost used up the entire tube of this. At first, I liked it because of the coverage, but in hindsight, I realised that the shade was way off. It's too orangey but is still probably the closest match for me from a poor shade range. As well as that, I find this concealer to be overpriced and kind of greasy-looking on the face. 

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Redness
If you've read my review of this corrector, you'll know that I didn't get on with this because of how it accentuates texture on the skin and only comes in one shade. The messy jar packaging is also a major downside.



BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Split in 'Amaretto/Prosecco Pop'
I didn't purchase the Champagne Collection Face Palette because I heard about how the texture of the highlights felt a little different to the permanent shades, but I really loved the look of the Amaretto blush shade. When I saw this blush/highlight duo, I felt like it'd be better suited to me as I'd get more use out of two products than of five. Although I still love the blush shade and wear it from time to time, I find it to be drier than their regular Mineral Blushes, which is usually one of my favourite blush formulas. Overall, it's still decent though. The highlight is what I have a real problem with. It's just kind of chunky and dry and isn't very kind to skin texture. I don't own a permanent highlighter from BECCA but I know that the formula in the Champagne Splits can't possibly be the same as their regular formula.


Swatched: BECCA Prosecco Pop | Maybelline The Blushes Nudes



Maybelline The Blushed Nudes
I suppose I knew this eyeshadow palette didn't have great pigmentation but I bought it anyway, perhaps thinking that I could make it work. Should we really have to make eyeshadows work, though? My answer is 'no'. I do love rosy, cool-toned shades, but not when they're wishy-washy like in this palette. Even though this is an affordable drugstore item (I bought it on sale, too) and isn't complete garbage, I still regret buying it because of how it doesn't get used.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner
I have no qualms about the formula of this. It's creamy and smudge-proof. What I do have a problem with is the fact that every liner I've purchased from ColourPop, bar one, has snapped in half. Every. Single. One. ????? I like these but they're just too fragile to use. 

Lancome Juicy Shakers
OK, so in my original review, I gave these a neutral rating. After using them for a longer period of time, I've discovered that these dry out my lips. Horribly. As in, I now have a chronic dry patch on my lips that I didn't have before I used these. I initially thought something else was causing the dryness, but I realised that the dryness only got worse when I used one of the four (that's right, four) Juicy Shakers I purchased, and only got better when I ceased using them altogether. I'm obviously sad that I bought so many of these and still live in hope that one day I'll be able to use them again, but for now, they do nothing for me other than smell nice and fruity.

bareMinerals Pop Of Passion in 'Punch Pop'
I'm totally on board with the idea of a lip oil in stick form, but this tinted lip oil balm thing just gets it all wrong. It has too much pigment for a product of its oily nature, meaning it migrates. It also applies super patchily, catching onto every dry flake you have, which ain't a pretty look. Products like these are usually right up my alley, but sadly, not this time.

Swatched: Lancome Juicy Shakers | Charlotte Tilbury Miranda May | bareMinerals Punch Pop


Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Matte Revolution Lipstick in 'Miranda May'
"Karina doesn't like a CT lipstick? What's going on!?" What's going on is that this lipstick looks majorly patchy on the lips. I can't get it to look good at all, and believe me, I've tried. I guess if your lips were in perfect condition (not flaky but also not over-exfoliated), this might look good on you. Otherwise, for me, it's the worst performing CT lipstick I own. Love the bright, juicy, coral-watermelon shade (and the rest of my Matte Revolution Lipsticks), but not when it looks horrendous on the lips. Did I tell you it also has bits of silver glitter in it? Yeah...
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