I often watch these types of videos on YouTube and people always say how much they hate to do negative videos and don’t like to say anything bad about a product. I have no such qualms. I think it’s important to let people know, so they can avoid shelling out for an expensive piece of junk too! Also if a product isn’t working out maybe someone else who loves it can suggest the best way to use it, sharing is caring after all. So without any more ramble here are the products that have left me underwhelmed:
The first one that probably jumps out at you is the Charlotte Tilbury magic foundation. It pains me to say it but I just can’t get on with it. I’m usually such a big fan of her products, which is probably why I was so disappointed with this one. Luckily I didn’t fork out any money for this as it was one that my mum had bought and also disliked, so I got the hand-me-down. Because of that it’s not quite the right colour for me which doesn’t help, but I can make it work when I’ve got a bit of fake tan on. My main issue with it is that after a few hours of wear it seems to go patchy, which is super noticeable with it being a shade too dark. I’ve watched videos on Instagram and YouTube of Charlotte Tilbury applying this foundation to people and their skin is suddenly radiant and flawless and wonderful, and that was kind of what I was expecting when I applied it to myself. Instead it goes patchy and I feel like any blemishes on my skin are still very visible. So many people love this stuff that it makes me think that perhaps I’m doing something wrong? If anyone can suggest any application techniques that might help me out here I’d be very interested to hear them.
Next up is this Rimmel eyeshadow trio:
It’s called 001 over the limit. I don’t even know if they still sell it because I’ve had it for so long but every time I see it in my makeup drawer it makes me angry! I saw Tanya Burr use it in a video a few years ago and it looked so beautiful that I went out and bought it. When I tried it out I realised the shadows have absolutely zero colour payoff, they’re chunky and blend out into nothing. A total waste of time and money, and I can only assume the video I watched was a sponsored one (don’t get me started on what I think about that!). If you like the colours I would recommend spending the extra and getting the MAC eyeshadows in mulch, amber lights and shroom. Very similar shades but the colours actually show up on your eyelid.
My next disappointing product is Kat Von D’s everlasting liquid lipstick in L.U.V.
My problem is with this particular shade, not all of the everlasting liquid lipsticks. On the whole the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are incredible and I think that’s why I was so disappointed with this one. It applies so patchy on the lip and I find I have to apply several layers to get an even coverage. It almost makes me think I’ve managed to get a faulty product because I have a lot of colours from this line and none of the others do this!
Recently I picked up Benefit’s porefessional primer:
I’ve mentioned my feelings on primers before and this product has confirmed my beliefs. I feel like it’s a bit of an “emperor’s new clothes” kind of situation. The makeup counter ladies tell us we need a primer so we believe them and buy the products, but in my experience none of them have ever made any difference to the appearance or the longevity of my makeup. This is no exception. Lots of people recommended this to me to help with my large pores and textured skin but I honestly have yet to notice a difference. I can still clearly see my open pores after using this. I bought this along with a few other primers to try out for my kit, as clients tend to want me to use a primer, so watch this space for a primer review post. So far the search for a good one continues!
The last disappointing product on my list is possibly the most disappointing product of all. And it’s not just one product, it’s the whole Real Techniques Bold Metals line.
I love the other Real Techniques range so much that when these metallic brushes launched, apparently aimed at the makeup professional, I was ecstatic. I remember I couldn’t get a hold of them here in Dubai for a while when they were first released, so when I was back in the UK for a work trip I dragged my poor friend around Boots and bought about 5 of them, sure I would love them. When I tried them I was devastated! At least as devastated as you can be about a makeup brush. They’re just not great brushes. The rose gold contour brush, which is the one I was most excited about, is much too thick to apply a contour. The bristles on all of the brushes are so densely packed that they are impossible to blend with but the brushes themselves are all way too big to be used for detail work, so they’re kind of useless. I hate not liking these brushes but I just don’t, the only positive is that they’re pretty to look at. I really love the Pixiwoo sisters so I hate to bad mouth their product but I really can’t get these brushes to work for me.
Having said that the original Real Techniques brushes are fantastic and if you haven’t already tried them then I urge you to. They’re less expensive than the Bold Metals range and much, much better quality.
Thanks for reading everyone! I’d love to hear about any of your disappointing products or if you have any tips to help me get mine to work for me!