If a beauty product is wrapped in pretty packaging, is on offer or is slightly (a lot) gimmicky, I can’t help but add it to my basket. It’s no surprise that I purchase a lot of disappointing products that seem like a good idea at the time but completely miss the mark. However, as I am a self-confessed makeup hoarder who can’t bear to throw anything out, my dressing table if covered in products that were ultimately disappointing. Today I thought I’d share five of these products with you. Sorry in advance if I’ve included any of your favourites but these just didn’t work for me or, more likely, I just couldn’t get them to work.
I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury so I feel awful for including this, like I’ve betrayed her or something (anyone else feel guilty when they give one of their favourite brands a bad review?) but I was really disappointed with this considering how much I paid for it. Champagne Diamonds is a light golden shimmer designed to specifically make blue eyes pop and sparkle. This isn’t an awful product, it’s incredibly long lasting (seriously it does not budge) and swatches beautifully. The formula, however, is very dry so it drags and pulls at my eyelid, unlike my Kiko eyeshadow sticks which are creamy and apply effortlessly. It requires quite a bit of building to get a completely opaque finish, so I tend to use it as a shimmery topper. For £18 I want to be wowed and this was nothing special and I have come to expect special from CT.
Is it just me or have Collection increased prices recently? £4.99 seems a little steep from this brand for only 25ml of product. This anti-fatigue primer contains rose tinted pearls and is designed to illuminate and lift cool skin tones whilst giving a silky smooth base ideal for makeup application. Initially, I was impressed with this as it swatched beautifully but as I continued to blend, it just disappeared. Yes, my skin felt softer and the texture a little more even but there was no trace of the lovely pink glow that I was promised. I wanted it to make me look glowing and radiant and it just didn’t deliver.
Pretty packaging? Check. Completely gimmicky? Check. Overhyped? Check. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased this. I mean, a primer for your eyebrows? I could see the point if I had patchy or sparse brows but I have naturally full ones, so I don’t know what possessed me to spend £23.50 on this. I’m not saying that this is a disappointing product because I’ve barely tried it. I never use it. I totally forgot I bought it. I think I’ve used it twice but I can’t bear to part with it.
Now, this is a product I was disappointed in. This primer actually breaks down into white flecks under my eyeshadow. I had never experienced a primer causing fall-out before but this one made any creasing even more visible. I had read so many positive reviews prior to purchasing it and I’m starting to wonder if I should try the sheer version instead as Pearl leaves a thick white coating with a slight shimmer that tends to crack and accentuate flaws – definitely one for the bin.
This is the worse matte lipstick I have ever tried. I have sensitive lips so I understand that not everyone will have had the same experience as me, but this left my lips sore and swollen, like when you drink coffee that’s too hot and you burn yourself. Prior to that lovely sensation, the actual formula settled into every crease on my lips making them look like they belonged to a 70-year-old and then it started to crack around the edges. This is the only ColourPop product I have ever disliked but it hasn’t put me off the brand at all, although next time I think I’ll try their Ultra Satin range instead.
Have you bought any makeup products that you wish you hadn’t recently?