The best way to spread Friday cheer is post about ‘meh’ products for all to hear (got to love squeezing in an Elf reference in July). But in all seriousness Friday probably isn’t the best day to chronicle recent products fails, but having just popped up a ‘Disappointing Products’ video not too long ago I felt the need to drop these in somewhere and with that Friday feeling to balance all that negative Nancy-ness back out I thought no day was like the present. So here it is, a trio of beauty bits that just didn’t hit the spot for me…
Ciaté Lash Lights Luminous Lash-Tip Colour – Ciaté are making their first foray into colour cosmetics and have chosen an ombré-style neon-range of mascaras as their first drop. Not an obvious choice, but still, kinda intrigued I gave it a whizz. Mark watched on in bewilderment as I layered it up starting with a darker navy at root, a blue in the middle section and a lighter turquoise on the tips. I must note that not having the world’s longest lashes meant that I’m not the best candidate to test this out but I just found things to get really clumpy, wet and generally create a big ol’ smudge of rainbow gloop on my lids. I’ve tested it out as a straight-up mascara on my top and bottom lashes too and though I quite (surprisingly) like the pop of the colour, the formula just isn’t a winner for me.
Xen-Tan Ins-Tan-Taneous Daily Tan – (forgot to snap a picture of this before I gave it away to a mate – my bad!) a Xen Tan product that I’m not a fan of? I know, shock, horror and all the rest. This is an instant faux glow formula which is a category of tan that I usually reach for when I’ve plucked up the courage to bare my legs but haven’t been arsed to tan up the night before. That exact occasion arose a few weeks ago and with this stuff freshly in my grips I gave it a go. The colour is good but the application left me rinsing it off and restarting again with a different tried, tested and trusted formula. It goes on like a gel, but literally stains the area that you first swipe it on making blending impossible. I’m sure this could be rectified by working on smaller areas, but if you’re a swipe and go gal like myself then this isn’t the one for you.
Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Kensington Passage – I was already a fan of this formula – hello Porchester Square! – so when I saw this neon coral/orange/red hybrid doing the blogging rounds I picked myself up a bottle. The colour is beaut, but Houston we have an application problem again. It was streak city. Perhaps I grabbed a bottle from a bad batch? But this stuff just wasn’t having any of it. Three coats it took and things still didn’t look as uniform in opaqueness as I’d want them too. One redeeming feature though? The lasting power is goooood; two weeks later and my toes are chip-free. You win some – you lose some.
Take note, shake it off and bam you’re back in that Friday mood. Have a good one.