I guess it's a good sign that since the last time I did one of these posts (I think it was around September time) I only have this little pile of products that I just didn't love. The usual disclaimer; I have my own reasons for not liking these, which I'll tell you about, but if they don't apply to you then go ahead and try them for yourself. If you love any of these products, I'm not trying to come between the two of you...
Starting off with skincare, there were two products that just really haven't agreed with me. Firstly the Balance Me Soothe and Cleanse Face Balm* (£20 for full size). You only have to click on the link to see all the positive reviews this product has had, so I'm definitely chalking this one up to it just not being right for my skin type. It just left my skin feeling irritated and waxy. The Clinique Liquid Face Soap (£16 for full-size) was just far too harsh for me, despite being labelled as mild. Again, this is one that has plenty of positive online reviews so it just goes to show how specific to the individual skincare is.
Onto makeup. I was absolutely gutted that Bobbi Brown seem to have changed the formula of their Pot Rouge, or the quality isn't consistent across the range. I had a pink one a few years back that I totally loved and worked really well for both lips and cheeks. Therefore when I spotted the Pot Rouge in Rose (£19) I thought it would be the perfect purchase. The shade really is beautiful and I thought I knew I loved the formula. However it just wasn't really the right texture for lips and it went patchy on my cheeks regardless of how I applied it.
Controversial but I was also disappointed by the Rimmel Provocalips (£4.99 each). I wore the lighter shade (Make Your Move) once and I though it was amazing; it lasted me through a super-long day and still looked great. However I thought the darker shade (Kiss Fatal) had too much shimmer in it to be wearable. Also the next couple of times I wore Make Your Move one it went all scaly, flakey and gross and was so difficult to re-apply and even more impossible to remove. I also found that having to wait between applying the two different coats was a little inconvenient. Another well-loved lip product I just wasn't feeling was the Revlon Matte Balm in Audacious (£7.99). It's just nothing special. It has a nice texture but it doesn't look particularly nice on the lips and the colour is just pretty 'meh' for me.
I also wasn't a fan of the Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipsticks (£1.99), which I had in Fig Leaf and Hazelnut. You may ask what I expect from a £2 lippie, but their eyeshadows and blushers are fantastic. Fig Leaf just washed me out completely and Hazelnut, despite being a gorgeous brown shade, just didn't apply evenly unfortunately.You know I'm a huge fan of Maybelline's 24-Hour Colour Tattoos, however I just didn't like the shade Eternal Gold (£4.99). It was too yellow, too bright and too glittery for me! e.l.f. is another brand I'm a fan of so I picked up one of their Studio Baked Highlighters in Blush Gemstones (£3.95). Perhaps because I got this at the same time as Makeup Revolution's Radiant Lights collection, but this just felt powdery, scratchy and too full of glitter.
It's going to seem like there's a lot of Makeup Revolution products in here but that's only proportionate to the amount of their products I own! The Euphoria Palette in Bare (£6) just didn't really work for me. I found the contour too orange, the blusher and highlighter were nothing special and the eyeshadows were just a bit powdery and insipid. Controversial choice but the One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu (£5) did nothing for me. I wasn't really feeling the blusher shades so I decided an easy contour colour would suit me a little better. The shade and everything is fine, it just didn't stay on my face for more than about an hour! The wear-time was so bad it was completely invisible by the time I left the house. Maybe if you have dry skin this would work a little better. I also did not like the WOW Sticks (£2.99 each) that I did have in Maria and Atomic. They were too waxy and I couldn't get them to apply evenly at all. Finally I have the One Fluid Blush in Rush Me (£3). Funnily enough I preferred this a lot to the Daniel Sandler version but I still found it was patchy and didn't last. Obviously I still love the brand, however I'm not someone who's going to get caught up in the hype and praise everything they ever release.
Mememe do a few dupes of the little Benefit 'nail polish'-style products. I picked up the entire range and whilst I do like the highlighters (High Beam and Sun Beam dupes) I didn't like the Lip and Cheek Tints (£5.95 each). They were cute enough on the lips but I have lip products I like more that are more practical. However these products felt felt sticky, filmy and uneven on the cheeks.
Lastly, a product that isn't a complete disaster but nevertheless I feel wasn't as great as it could've been. After I didn't like Colab's dry shampoo, a few of you suggested I tried Batiste for Dark Hair (£3.99). It definitely solved the problem of white roots, it showed as invisible on my had and soaked up any grease perfectly. However I found that whenever I touched my hair my fingers and under my nails would get coated in black residue! So annoying as otherwise this would've been a perfect product!
Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts on these products in the comments!