…the clue’s in the name. Products that upon application have not wowed or had me snapping a picture and sending it to my cosmetic obsessed best mate Lauren, attached to a ‘YOU NEED THIS’ text, which happens more than is a healthy amount. An edit that’s just left me feeling a little underwhelmed, but hey sometimes you got to but a temporary halt on the rave train and give a push off to those that have missed their stop and aren’t welcomed along for the rest of the ride.
YSL La Lacque Couture Tie & Dye Pop Coat in 2* – the prettiest of the bunch, but the concept I find the hardest to get my head around. A split coloured polish when left to rest creates an ombre effect in the bottle, but when applied it just mixes into a shimmery top coat and you know how I feel about shimmer in nail varnish. Nice to have out on the dressing table, but one that just doesn’t appeal to me to actually crack open and use; create something that lacquers on an ombre effect (which I’ve never been able to master!) and then I’m interested.
Benefit’s Fake-up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer in 1* – there’s been a lot of hype about this recently, but it’s just not a concealer that I can get behind. It’s formulated as a central stick of pigment with a ring of hydration around it, but on me I find it to not sit well, be a little drying and the shades to be slightly off (there’s only three – boo). I think I’ll be sticking to my trusty Bobbi Brown…
MAC Face + Body Foundation in C2 – I luuuurve the finish this stuff; a dewy tinted moisturiser-esque product that can be layered up to desired coverage, but unfortunately it doesn’t love me. And after a week of piling it on I put two and two together and found this to be the culprit of probably the worst reaction my skin has ever had to a product. I used it a few years ago and not had a problem, but this time it was bad. Tiny little red spots, everywhere. It was like I had stubble and three weeks later I’m only just seeing the end of it after copius use of the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. I’ll hold onto it for body use, but for face it’s a no-go. Sadface.
Vita Liberata pHenomal Long Lasting Tan Mousse in Medium – a two to three week lasting tan? I was sold. But unfortunately on me a layer or two of this gives just a tint of colour that rubs off in a week, so back to my Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe I go. Now bear in mind that I’ve been slathering on the medium shade, pHenomal lovers is that my downfall? Does dark do the job better?
Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil* – I can’t quite make my mind up on this one. On the one hand it imparts a nice slick of nourishment to the lips, the gold-plated tip gives some luxe to lipbalm and adds a strange but welcomed cooling effect, however it’s pricey. And when held up against its equally non-budget competitor – By Terry Baume de Rose – the By Terry wins hands down. Less gloopy, more moisture giving, happier lips.
Garnier Soothing Eye Makeup Remover – I’d heard that this was the crème de la crème of drugstore smokey eye dissolvers, but on me it required some seriously scrubbing before my lashes were ridded of their mascara coats. It was up against L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof which is a true beyatch to remove (so far I’ve only found the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover to be its only match – recommendations welcomed!), but it’s something I’ll be saving for non-waterproofed eye makeup days from now on.
A drop-off at disappointedville completed, tomorrow we’ll be arriving at destination dreamy makeup bag where I’ll be alighting with my newest pouch in hand…