Don't Believe the Hype
The beauty blogging community has introduced me to so many wonderful products over the years. Some have even gone on to be cult classics standing the test of time, and for the most part, I generally do believe there are always solid reasons to back up the hype. Although I try to keep a balanced perspective in my reviews, it's not very often, however, that I write about the products I've been truly disappointed by. It's never been because I don't want to, but because it doesn't happen all that often and when it does, I've never known how exactly to incorporate them into blog posts. There have been products I've felt indifferent to and products I wouldn't repurchase again, but with enough to finally warrant a blog post of its own, the ones I'm talking about today are the products I did not get on with at all and where the hype has completely failed me. It goes without saying that this post isn't intended to make people feel bad for liking these products themselves, though with so many varying factors including skin type, skin tone, age, personal style and budget, it's important to remember that beauty is subjective and what works for some, may not always work for others.
The Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover has been praised by YouTubers and bloggers as being the best for removing waterproof mascara and although I don't wear waterproof mascara myself, I was still nevertheless drawn to the hype. A bi-phase lotion, I didn't find this makeup remover to perform any better than my usual Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and I was left feeling really underwhelmed by it. In fact, removing my eye makeup took longer when using this Clarins product and I wasn't a fan of the oily residue it left behind either. I should also note that this product is heavily fragranced and is probably the reason why my eyes stung so much when using it. Perhaps I don't understand the hype given that waterproof mascara isn't my thing (I don't wear it simply for the fact that it's too much of a pain to remove), but to me, it wasn't even all that great at removing regular mascara and it ended up being redundant in my skincare routine. Since using up my one and only bottle last year, I've stuck to my Bioderma micellar water and I'll never stray from it again.
I'm not someone who's overly into glossy lips, but I don't mind them every now and then as I think they can really add radiance and dimension to the complexion, plus they're relatively fuss free to apply, unlike more opaque lip products. As much as everyone claims to love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors though, this is perhaps the number one product that I just do not get at all. My main issue with it is the applicator; it's made of sponge, which the product oozes out onto and although it feels nice on the lips, the sponge is breeding ground for bacteria. After a few uses, my applicator started smelling really badly and washing it with hot water and soap didn't help at all either. It wasn't long after buying it that I ended up just chucking it in the bin and the actual lip gloss itself is also nothing groundbreaking to warrant a $30 price tag. I'm still left in bewilderment over the hype surrounding this!
I've heard nothing but great things about the Deciem brands, so I was really excited to pick up Hylamide SubQ Eyes during one of Priceline's bi-annual 40% off skincare sales last year. A high-strength serum concentrate made to improve under-eye ageing, I bought it hoping it would brighten my dark circles and though I definitely saw results (I even gave it a good review here), the more I kept using it, the drier my eye area became. It wasn't just under my eyes that were dry too, it was also my eyelids and brow bone, which were only made more prominent whenever I wore eyeshadow. I stopped using it for a while and sure enough, my dry skin came back as soon as I decided to give it one more chance. I don't have sensitive skin, though I do have dehydrated skin and I feel like this product was way too intense for my delicate eye area. I used it for a few months before I passed my bottle onto Jess who's a fan of the product (I know her skin tends to be on the oilier side too), so I'm glad it didn't go to waste.
Longtime readers will probably know that my one and only mascara of choice is Chanel Le Volume de Chanel, though I do like to use a mascara primer on nights out and special occasions for a bit of added drama. I can't be bothered applying fake lashes nor am I willing to pay for extensions or lash lifts. I'd been using the Dior Diorshow Maximiser 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer for a number of years, which I was really happy with, but curiosity got the better of me when I heard people talking about the IT Cosmetics Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer. The IT Cosmetics mascara primer is black in colour with a thin wand (in comparison, the Dior mascara is white and has quite a big wand), so I thought it'd make a great bottom lash mascara too, but this did nothing whatsoever to either my top or bottom lashes. No matter how many coats I applied, it looked like I wasn't even wearing anything; the thin wand was completely useless and there didn't seem to be a lot of product in the tube for it to pick up either. I had this sitting on my dressing table for a couple of days contemplating throwing it in the bin, but luckily, my sister saw it, tested it out and loved it as she's not overly into eye makeup to begin with. I wouldn't say I wear super heavy mascara when I go out, but this product is just so nothing, I wouldn't wear it even on my most minimal makeup day! I've since gone back to my Dior mascara primer and will be sticking with this one from now on.
I haven't bought a new foundation in about two years (I've repurchased old favourites, I just haven't bought a foundation new to me) as I feel like I have everything I could possibly need in my collection. Some have tempted me, but I'd rather save my money for things I want more. I was pretty indifferent when the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream became the new hyped up base, but I received quite a few samples of the stuff after a couple of Sephora purchases, so I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about. Claimed by the beauty blogging world to be a medium coverage base with a lot of glow, I found the formula way too thick and unlike any other base I've tried, a lot of the product just ended up stuck in my makeup brush and leaving a really streaky finish on my face. So much so, I'd have to go in with a second brush just to buff it all in. I wouldn't even say I used too much either because one sachet sample lasted me three to four uses. This product definitely has glow, but at the same time, my complexion was left looking really one dimensional and flat due to the heavy formula, and although I enjoy a full coverage base, this was too much for me. I used up three sachets before my sister claimed my other two (which I obviously didn't mind!) and although I never got to try it out with my Beautyblender, to me, a good base should work across either makeup brush or sponge. It's fascinating how subjective beauty can be because I don't think I've read a single bad review about this, but I honestly thought it sucked.
Liquid lipsticks became a massive trend in the beauty industry a couple of years back, but with so many brands and so many different colours, the choice overwhelmed me and I haven't actually tried a lot of them. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are one of the two liquid lipstick formulas I've tried (the other being the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick) and although people claimed them to be long lasting and not at all drying, this wasn't the case for me. I found them incredibly uncomfortable to wear and even after eating, I'd still have to reapply. I've since learnt that liquid lipsticks just aren't for me; I hate that super dry, flat finish on my lips and no makeup product is worth the discomfort! I've since passed them onto my best friend and I'd much rather wear a matte lipstick (the MAC and Charlotte Tilbury ones are my favourites) that both looks and feels a lot better on the lips.
I've never been someone who's had a massive issue with makeup lasting on my skin, but a few years ago, I got sucked into the hype and bought myself a bottle of the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Over the course of the day, I really don't think this made my makeup look any better, in fact, I think my makeup was better off without it and I definitely didn't see the great results that other people have had. Perhaps there's a more significant difference for those with an oilier complexion, but on my dry skin, it was quite underwhelming and an unnecessary step in my routine. As I very rarely spend long hours at music festivals and sweaty nightclubs nowadays, I'm more than happy to just let my makeup run its course over the day and I actually prefer my makeup after a few hours wear than when freshly applied.
What hyped up products do you not like?