Reading disappointing reviews is one of my guilty pleasures, although if they include one of my favourite products I can’t help but get a little hot under the collar. We all have different skin types, preferences and skill levels when it comes to applying makeup so I apologise if I’m about to mention one of your favourites, but I just couldn’t get it to work or it didn’t perform in the way I’d hoped.
Let’s start with a controversial one and get it over and done with. I purchased a few Zoella bath products from her Jelly & Gelato collection available at Superdrug this year including the Gelato Bath Wafers (£5), Body Pudding (£8), Shower Shake (£6) and Bath Milk Powder (£7). The packaging is undeniably beautiful, she really did nail it in that retrospect but, in my opinion, the products did not justify their price tag. Both the Bath Milk Powder and Wafers fizzled out into nothingness, the Body Pudding was nice but for £8 I expect more, same with the Shower Shake. If you’re charging more than The Body Shop and Lush step it up. A lot of thought seems to go into her packaging but not enough in the actual formulas themselves.
I have two palettes that seriously let me down this year; the Barry M Fall in Love Eyeshadow Palette (£6.49) and the Kiko Milano Arctic Holiday Eyeshadow Palette (£15). I’ve left links to their full reviews if you’d like to give them a read but you can probably guess that they were chalky with almost no colour payoff. Another product I found in my sin bin was the Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer (£23.50). 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 an awful product, because I’ve barely tried it. I never use it. I totally forgot I bought it. It’s basically a complete gimmick, isn’t it?
The Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour (£20). Is it ever justified to spend £20 on a single nail polish? Part of me thinks hell no, another part argues, that if I went to the salon to get shellac that would cost at least £25, so a whole bottle for less than that isn’t too unreasonable. Plus, this isn’t just any nail polish we’re talking about, it’s Chanel *swoon*. Unfortunately, I can only get two days wear out of this nail polish and would recommend the CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish or even the Rimmel Super Gel collection over it any day.
There were three base products that disappointed me this year, which is pretty good considering how many I’ve tried. I had really high hopes for the L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation (£9.99). I was a fan of the original but wanted more coverage. This foundation is incredibly thick and takes a long time to blend which didn’t concern me too much, however, there is absolutely no point in spending considerably longer blending your foundation when your final look, although flawless at the time, will last only a couple of hours. I can get a maximum of four hours before I notice it breaking down around my chin and my nose. I don’t find myself reaching for it very often. The NYX First Base Priming Spray (£7) did absolutely nothing for my skin apart from making it feel a little sticky. It didn’t increase the longevity of my makeup and made applying it considerably more awkward. A huge disappointment because I’m a fan of their setting spays.
Finally, we have a few products I couldn’t find because I’ve probably already chucked them or given them away. They are the Vichy Demablend 16H Fluid Corrective Foundation (£20) and the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Donut ($6). Both were a massive disappointment because I absolutely adore both of the brands. The foundation, even though they extended their shade range, is STILL too dark for fair skin tones and the lipstick is one of the most drying liquid lip formulas I’ve ever tried. It cracked and irritated my lips within minutes. Such a shame as the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder and the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip collection are two of my most treasured makeup products.
What was the most disappointing beauty product you purchased in 2017?