Overhyped Beauty Products


I feel like these kinds of posts can get a little heated so I thought I'd just remind everyone: this is beauty. I'm not criticising your child. I always give products a good go, in several different ways before declaring I don't like it (so yes I tried it with a primer, yes I tried it as a morning cleanser as well as to remove my makeup etc. etc. etc.) Sometimes things just don't work out! It doesn't mean they won't for you, it's just you may want to do a little more research or look out for similar alternatives. I also don't necessarily dislike these products, I don't just think these are that amazing to justify the price or fanfare they seem to get. For reference, I have combination skin that's very prone to shine in summer but gets a little dry in winter. Let's dive in!


It took me a while to build up to spending £38 on a setting powder and I even wince thinking about it now! I'd heard incredible things about how perfect and luminous this makes your skin look. I chose Dim Light as a neutral, pearly, glitter-free shade that would work well for more than one use. So I handed over the cash, confident it would be worth the hype. There's nothing I dislike especially about this product but there's just nothing to write home about either. For me it's just 'ok' or 'nice'. It's good as an under-eye setting powder and it's an ok highlighter but I have better in my stash. It really doesn't do that much for me. I do wonder if this is more appropriate for mature skin. I keep using it as it was so expensive and it works fine, but it represents broken beauty hopes and dreams for me... If you're looking to invest in Hourglass then I'd steer you towards the Ambient Lighting Blushes because they really are something special.


Another cult product and to be honest I feel similarly about it to the Hourglass powder in that it's nice but far too expensive and not life-changing enough for me to understand the hype around it. Maybe it's better on different skin types but I wouldn't really know. I don't like using this for removing makeup as it stings my eyes and isn't very effective on the rest of my face. It's much better as a morning cleanser on clean but not wet skin. It smells lovely and feels very luxurious on the skin, but I can't really say it really 'does' a huge amount for my skin. It looks a little fresher and more glowing but nothing that impressive. One positive of this product, however, is that it lasts a really long time; you only need a pump or two and it can easily last you 6 months. Also, it is a really quick, easy product to use to freshen up your skin on a busy weekday morning. It was on this basis and with a discount code that I did end up repurchasing this as it is 'decent' but just didn't knock my socks off like I'd hoped. If you want a similar formula that gives you amazing, glowing skin try the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. If you're feeling spend-y and want to treat yourself then fair enough; go for the Oskia. If you wouldn't usually buy something at this price-point but you've been saving up to invest in a premium product that you want to see amazing results from, I'd probably give it a miss.


I rarely say I hate a product but I think I hate this! It's a bit of a love/hate thing to be fair, as it can work for me when used in a very specific way however if used any other way, it looks awful. It's a very thick, dry texture with a complete, full coverage. Used under the eyes it just looks cake-y, dry (even though my eye area is quite oily) and seems to rub off within a few hours (despite the name). On blemishes it can actually work, perhaps as the skin around a breakout is naturally more oily so this counteracts the texture of the concealer. Also the small application area means it doesn't look too thick. It really does completely conceal them though, which is perhaps why this is so popular, especially with teenagers. It also comes in a very narrow shade selection and they are all neutral-based colours so don't really suit me. I'm not saying don't give this a go, as it's £4 at the end of the day, but it doesn't really work for me and I'll be sticking to my Nars

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation | £9.99

I finally decided to pick this up when my skin started getting drier recently. The colour match isn't great but I can sort-of work with it. I didn't actually find it that hydrating, I felt as though it just sat on top of my skin and didn't look very natural. In some ways I think it may have even enhanced the dryness whilst making my t-zone shiny, which is the opposite of what I want! It didn't give particularly good coverage or even out my skin tone like my favourite light base (Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser). I also didn't feel as though it was very long-wearing on my skin. It's ok, I guess...but overall this just fell a little flat for me. I was expecting more from such a talked-about product.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal | £34 | post

This is nice but the look I get from it (whether as a primer underneath foundation, mixed in with it or as a highlighter on top of it) is just very subtle for the price. Sometimes I kind of forget I'm even wearing it!  If you're a high-coverage kind of girl, you're probably not going to see much of a difference unless you use it on top of your base, though it's more noticeable if mixed with a tinted moisturiser (though still a super-subtle look). The consistency is really nice and the shade Opal is a gorgeous neutral pearly tone that's perfect for a natural highlight. I would say that you'd be better off spending your money on the Pressed or Poured version as they're even a little cheaper and you can actually tell you're wearing it (in a good way!) For a more subtle option, go for the Poured (as it does what I thought the liquid would do) or to dial it up, go for the Pressed. If you really want a liquid highlighter/primer then the Revlon Skinlights in Bare is pretty much identical to Opal.

The Original BeautyBlender | £16

This is one of those products I feel like I'd love a lot more if it was under a tenner. I personally don't especially like it to apply my foundation or my concealer and I've found that for me it works best when used slightly damp or when spritzed with a setting spray (after I've applied my base with brushes) to just go over everything and make sure it's seamlessly blended together. It is handy and it's especially good if you have a foundation that's not 100% the right colour and you're using a concealer that is to even things out, however I guess I just expected it to be a bit more life-changing for the hype. From my concealer trick, I can see why a lot of beauty gurus like it as if you're wearing quite heavy makeup like serious cream contouring, this can blend out harsh lines or a very thick base. However I don't really do what I like to term the 'Instagram' look so for me it's not that much more impressive than the Real Techniques version that's 1/3 of the price. Also, you do have to replace these really regularly which can be a costly commitment at £16 a pop. I could happily do my everyday makeup without this so whilst I like using it for now, I won't bother repurchasing it once it's had its day. 

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation | £7.99

Sharpen your pitchforks because I straight-up HATED this foundation! I feel like the formula could be something I like but the shades are just so bad it's impossible to separate the two. It's hard to tell if it's the shade, the formula or both but I just don't like the way it sits on my skin; it looks a bit mask-like. It does stay intact and shine-free throughout the day and gives a matte look that's not too flat. However I just think this looks 'off' on me. The colour selection is really poor and the closest match for me is really pink-toned and just looks ashy and strange on my skin. The limited and slightly odd shades available makes it really hard to even mix different colours to get a match. Maybe I'll give this a go again if they ever bother releasing more shades in the UK but in the meantime I will stick with Nars Sheer Glow and Estee Lauder Double Wear Light for semi-matte medium-coverage.

Colab Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo | £3.49

I was so up for there being a new affordable dry shampoo on the block, so I rushed out and picked up virtually every scent in Colab's original formula. I'm not denying the fragrances are lovely and so much more sophisticated than the ones Batiste do (for example), and the lack of white residue is a big pro. However I just don't feel like they work! Or rather, they do but only if you empty literally about half a large can into your hair the night before and sleep on it. It's not something I feel I can reach for if I just wake up in the morning any my hair is looking a little greasy. It does give some degree of volume but to be honest, if I want volume I'd rather use a texturising spray and get some real oomph. It also seems a little wasteful and ridiculous that you have to use so much of it for it to do anything. Overall I just much prefer Batiste, even with its white reside!


I've sort-of found a way to make this work for me, but to be honest when you're paying £20+ for a single cream eyeshadow, it really shouldn't take so much effort! This wears off and creases badly within just a couple of hours and not even my usual trusted primers help the situation. When I have cream eyeshadows from Maybelline and KIKO that cost me under £8 and don't do this, there's not much excuse for a premium product to wear poorly. It's such a shame as I loved the idea of this, had heard great things and Bette is a gorgeous colour in the pot. I've also never been let down by a Charlotte Tilbury product before. It works a little better when you apply a very thin layer and really take your time to blend it out, then go in again to build it up in the same way to get a nice wash of colour. But the reason I reach for a cream formula is to get the impact whilst saving some time so this process defeats the purpose. If you have oily eyelids, I'd proceed with caution, maybe go in if you're out shopping for the day and get the makeup artist at the counter to try it on your eyelids and wear it for the rest of the day  to see how it lasts. I think the formula of the Max Factor Excess Shimmers is very similar (though the wear-time of those isn't amazing either) and at under a tenner I'd suggest those instead!

At the end of the day, some products are really personal and not everyone's hair or skin are the same but this is my blog and I can't speak about anyone's experiences but my own! If you still really want to try any of these products then go for it, I just thought I'd share my thoughts so you can make an informed choice about what to spend your money on. I've included alternatives to all of the products here, so I hope that helps you too!

What are the most over-hyped beauty products you've tried?

 


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101 comments

  1. Such a great post, sometimes people can be scared to hate a product as you can be slated for it! I have a selection of my own products that everyone seems to love but just don't work for me! i'm also loving the new blog design and congrats on 20,000 followers!!

    http://www.samanthasbeautyloves.com

    Samantha xo

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  2. I agree with you completely on the CT creams. I don't have oily eyelids nor do I have issues with any other creams, but these were just underwhelming. Creasy and faded. Shame, because the shades are gorgeous. Personally I really like the Oskia cleanser but hey, not everything is for everyone x
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. I do really like it but I dunno I guess I expected more than that when I spent so much on it! I guess it's one of those products people have built up too much xx

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  3. I have an RT Complexion Sponge and I much prefer it to the Beauty Blender! However I do love Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation but products can't work for everyone can they! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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  4. The only product here that I've tried is the Hourglass ambient lighting powder. I normally don't get the hype for products, but this one I think is totally worth the hype! The packaging is gorgeous and it makes me skin look amazing! x

    Lola and Behold

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  5. I really don't like the Infallible foundation either! I find it clings to my dry patches horrendously, and my skin isn't even that dry it's more oily!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I can't even pinpoint what exactly it is but it just looks BAD on me lol xx

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  6. Finally - someone who thinks the same as me about the Oskia, Hourglass powder, Collection concealer and the Charlotte Tilbury. I thought I was the only one who didn't 'get' it! I agree about the Beauty Blender - RT is just as good if not better as it is slightly stiffer. But I do disagree with the CoLab - I love that stuff! Great post :)

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  7. Ah I was thinking of getting the Bourjois foundation!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  8. I 100% agree about the Collection concealer, I just don't get it!?xo

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  9. Thank god someone agrees with me about that L'Oreal foundation, I hate it! And I used to like the collection concealer but this time around I'm not into it... time for a change I think!

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

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  10. Yes! You know i also hated the L'Oreal foundation it made me more oily and i found it not that full coverage! I haven't tried the Collection Concealer as i do love the Seventeen Stay Time one. I have the Bourjois foundation and find it looks ok but doesn't last well at all.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  11. This was such an informative post to read! It's nice to hear a different opinion than the same old 'omg this product is amazing' kinda thing.. I agree with you about the Collection concealer and I only bought it because of all the hype on YouTube. Another product that I think is a little over-rated is the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer (or whatever it's called!) as it creases on me literally 20 seconds after I've applied it.. Maybe it's the way I'm applying it or I just have too much skin under my eyes haha, I'm not too sure but I'm not impressed with it! Great post :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I actually really like that one but everything creases on me at least a little so I probably didn't notice lol xx

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  12. I love these kinds of posts! I am in complete agreement with the Eyes to Mesmerise and felt like I was crap at life for not being able to make it work for me! I think the Collection is too drying for my under eyes, the same with NARS creamy concealer.

    I love that you had reasons for each product not working for you rather than saying this product is rubbish. Fab post!

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  13. I couldn't agree more about the CT eyes to mesmerise - I was soooo disappointed with this product. I find the Maybelline colour tattoos work much better on me. I do love my Oskia cleansing gel though 😉

    www.sarahsparkles.co.uk

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  14. I feel the exact same about the Colab dry shampoos! They're so good in theory but I don't like the idea of having to use shed loads of it to get some results! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  15. Loving your blog's new look, Jasmine!

    Thank God... Someone agrees with me about the Infallible foundation. I absolutely hate this foundation! I think it's really flat looking and just a bit lacklustre. I'd also (like you say, here come the pitchforks!) put Bourjois Air Mat and Charlotte Tilbury's Magic foundation in the same category xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  16. I didn't try it myself but I actually very often see people who didn't like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing gel, I believe this is because we heard so much great things about it we're all expecting something extraordinary!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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    1. Yeah definitely a victim of its own hype! xx

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  17. That sucks about the L'Oreal Infallible, I really wanted to try it actually. Since you said the formulation was actually decent I'm just crossing my fingers now that they have it in my shade.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  18. I looooove this post! Thx for your honest thoughts!

    xoxo, Colli
    tobeyoutiful

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  19. I agree with the collection lasting concealer! It was so hyped up by the British community that I expected it to replace my love for the Nars concealer! Now its just sadly sitting in my drawer until one day it dries out...I guess at least its not a big purchase :/

    Thanks for giving a great and honest review on your thoughts about these products! I personally really enjoy the Hourglass powders as they are nothing like I ever tried before. It just shows how everyone may find products that work differently on them than others :)

    Bonnie x
    https://beautifulappreciations.wordpress.com

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  20. I love my Real Techniques sponges, I prefer them to the beauty blender. And I agree with you about the longevity of the bourjois foundation, although I love anyway because it melts into my skin. Love the honesty in this post!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  21. I love posts like these as often I agree with the person writing it on some of the things and you are right not everyone can feel the same about a product so we are all allowed to have our own view on things :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. I always read these too - usually because it's good to see you're not alone in a product not working for you! xx

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  22. Oh my god thank you!! Someone else who doesn't like the collection concealer. I hate this concealer. It's so thick and heavy. It feel's and look's so awful. I just don't understand why it is so hyped about xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I've literally just come back from town and one of the things I purchased was the loreal infallible matte foundation...haha! You must be in the minority of for people who hate the collection concealer as I love it!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  24. I really enjoy these kinds of posts. I didn't like the Loreal foundation either, I find it cakey and thick looking. I'm gutted about the Hourglass powder, I've been wanting to buy it for a while. But if it isn't amazing £38 is a lot for a powder that's just ok! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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  25. Totally agree with you about the Beauty Blender, it was such a pricey purchase for a sponge but it doesn't seem to work for me at all!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  26. i love your blog so much! Your blog is so amazing! Definitely goals!

    chloexo2015.blogspot.com

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  27. I agree with the Loreal foundation. I really dont like it, it doesnt last more than a few hours pn my skin even with primer. X

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. I totally agree when it comes to the Colab dry shampoo. I just didn't get on with it at all and had to spray an unnecessary amount to make it work. I have yet to find one that beats Batiste x

    Darling Jordan

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  29. Love this post! I think k it is so important that we don't only say what we like but also say what we don't like as this can make other people think twice before buying a product! :)
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  30. I agree with you on the Collection concealer. It is far too dry apart from on an active breakout!

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  31. Really like the new blog design :) There are some products that I actually really like, the L'Oreal foundation and Beauty Blender, and there are some that I don't like, the Collection concealer or Collab dry shampoo. But I also understand your view on Oskia cleansing gel, it's lovely and a nice way to treat yourself if you can but it's probably better to invest your money in serum or moisturiser. In terms of the Hourglass powders, I love them but the effect they give is so subtle that not everyone might appreciate, I don't use them as setting but finishing powders and they add something extra to my makeup that is hard to describe or see but it makes a difference :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Thank you lovely! And yeah serums are definitely the place to invest :) xx

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  32. Thank you for this post!! I use the beauty blender but should try the cheaper Real Techniques one!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  33. Totally agree about the Collection concealer! I have an unopened one sitting in my stash and I really don't want to use it I don't know why I bought it again because I really don't get the hype! I do really like my Beauty Blender but it's too expensive for what it is, I would only repurchase if it was on offer! I have the wrong shade in the L'oreal foundation too so can't really give an opinion on it though I was impressed with the coverage!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  34. I totally agree on the Collection concealer! I love Oskia Cleansing Gel but agree that it's expensive for what it is. Great post! xx

    Beautylymin

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  35. This list has so many products I was looking forward to trying like the Colab spray, bourjois foundation, opal and collection concealer! :/ I had already heard how hourglass highlighters aren't really worth it. I felt the same about Mary-lou actually because importing to Pakistan makes most of these products already very expensive for us bearing in mind the currency is already devalued. However, I do agree a lot depends on preference and skin type etc. I have the beautyblender and I would say it is nice but yeah definitely expensive and high maintenance! xx

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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    1. Aw I can see your point there - the Mary Lou is actually pretty affordable here and I guess that always affects how you see the product! xx

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  36. Love this post! You're so right about these. Like you, I always find a lot of base products are overhyped and those individuals/bloggers fail to mention the lack of shades and things like that which is a pain when you buy it and have to find out the hard way. xx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

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  37. Omg thanks for this! I was going to purchase some of these and am glad not to have to be disappointed.

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from missingwanderer.org.

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  38. I actually really love posts like this. Anything I'm gonna waste my money on, especially if it's a lot of it, I damn well wanna know the good AND bad reviews. I feel like if the Hourglass products didn't have such pretty packaging, they wouldn't be nearly as hyped as they are. Actually, the same is probably true for a few high end products...

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  39. I love reading honest opinionated posts on products, rather than the usual raving reviews! Controversial to most but I'm not a massive fan of MAC lipsticks (bar Ruby Woo) cos I find the colour doesn't stick around they're so overhyped and overpriced! Loving your blog lately chick x

    Always, Alice

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  40. Well, you have batted down on many raved about products and I am amazed but yes, you are right that everybody has different preferences and skin textures. Really loved to read the details you've gone into.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  41. I haven't tried any of these products except the Becca shimmering skin perfector (I have opal in the pressed and liquid versions) and I have to agree with you on the liquid version. It looks nice at first but then it oxidizes and practically disappears. You're the first person I know of to say that they don't like the Lasting Perfection concealer!

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  42. I totally agree with the collection concealer and the loreal foundation! Great post x

    http://vanilladrxps.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. Charlotte Tilbury's Bette is such a stunning cream eyeshadow, one of my favourites at the moment I love it. It's such a beautiful golden shade and love how easily it glides on!

    Laura :) xo

    www.shehearts.net

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  44. I find posts like this SO useful, so thank you! I'm interested in your comments on Healthy Mix especially, I've only ever heard good things and was planning to pick this up next but it sounds like we have similar skin types so might be best off saving my money!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

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    1. Yeah I don't know there's just something about it that didn't really look good on my skin and not lasting is my #1 peeve with bases xx

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  45. I haven't tried most of these products, but I am a beauty blender lover. But like with most things, not everything works the same for everyone, or their personal preferences. If you are interested in a good relatively affordable dry shampoo, I really love Not Your Mother's Clean Freak.

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    1. Aw I don't think we have that brand over here but thanks! xx

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  46. £22 for a single eyeshadow of course it's Charlotte Tilbury! To be honest I find her products very over hyped anyway but that's just my opinion. Great post - it's refreshing to see an honest negative opinion that isn't sugarcoated!

    Abigail Alice x

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  47. I love that Collection concealer but I only use it for my blemishes which explains why I feel so differently. I got MAC Russian Red lipstick because everyone says it's amazing, but I'm really not crazy about it.

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    1. I've definitely learnt with MAC lipsticks to go with what suits me not what everyone raves about! xx

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  48. I completely agree with you about the Beauty Blender Jasmine! I was hoping for some kind of miracle for the price but it works the same as the Real Techniques one for me and my bank balance likes that one a lot more. I always seem to reach for Real Techniques over the Beauty Blender for some reason xxx

    www.francescajayne.com

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  49. I love this! The ambient lighting powder I feel is way too hyped up - they look pretty but for £38 I really don't see why people love them so much xx

    eleanorclaudie.blogpost.co.uk

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  50. Oh, I thought it was just me! I have the Oskia cleanser, and while I like it, it's very nice to use, for that price I want a great deal more than just "nice"! I have one from Tesco and one from Superdrug which are just as effective.

    thank you - this is an excellent article

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    1. Yeah it's a nice product but I have equally nice cleansers that cost a fraction of the price! xx

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  51. I have 3 of the items that you have mentioned and I love them dearly. The Hourglass Ambient Powder and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, both in the shades you have, in my humble opinion, are brilliant because they are so subtle and appear natural and enhancing on the skin. I don't wish to look like a disco ball, especially in the harshness of daylight, therefore, I love them for the reasons you think they are overhyped. The other item is the beauty blender, which to me, is a miracle worker. Anyhow, to each his/her own. I thank you for your honest opinions.

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    1. I didn't say I want to look like a disco ball, I'm generally after a subtle glow that just adds 'something' to my look. I'm definitely not adverse to spending on something that makes my skin look like it's just naturally great but I personally don't find these do that for me - I could easily forget I put them on in the morning when I check on my makeup during the day which isn't what I want when I'm spending £30+. That's just my personal opinion based on my experience

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  52. I am currently trying out the L'oreal Infallible Matte Foundation and I think the shades are really pink toned too! Not sure how I feel about it right now, going to do a review really soon! 😀 great post!
    - www.roisinslatest.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. Thank god someone that had the same problem with the Oskia Cleansing gel. I thought I was the only one that found it to burn my eyes. I love everything else about it but I'm not going to spend £28 again on something that I won't be able to use around my eyes. I think the texture is lovely, but I can't be bothered to get a separate cleanser just for my eyes when so many other balms and oils don't burn my eyes and feel amazing on the skin for the same price or even less.

    liziesbeauty.wordpress.com

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  54. I love posts like this, it's great to see someone actually not being afraid to criticise a product and I just love to read an honest review. I have the same skin type as you, combination more oily in the summer and drier in the winter which is why it's unusual that I absolutely loved both the collection concealer and bourjois healthy mix. I do agree with you that the healthy mix isn't as good as the NARS tinted moisturiser but for me it does actually give me a nice glow and is definitely one of my favourite foundations from the drugstore. As you say, different things work for different people and I appreciate your honesty in this post! :)

    Toni x
    www.clarkecouture.co.uk

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  55. Loved this post... But I gotta say the Lasting Perfection concealer is like my fave one out there. I think its the first time I've read someone not liking it. Anyway great blog =)
    xoMadiha

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    1. Really? I've heard quite a lot of people! Especially in the comments section of this post haha xx

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  56. Ooooh this was a really interesting post to read, I've just picked up the Oskia cleanser and so far, love it! I was going to pick up an Hourglass powder too, but I've heard a few times now they aren't worth the hyper or money!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

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  57. I won't bother trying the Collection concealer then haha! I've never tried the Bourjois foundation, I managed to grab the serum, no idea what the difference is though! My Beauty Blender is my godsend haha, but I do wear heavy cream/foundation bases so probably why! Shame about the CT cream shadow, it looks so pretty too!!! x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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  58. I was so close to buying the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit but at nearly £70 it was ridiculously expensive and apparently terrible value for money...I can't help lusting after them though, especially the new strobing versions!xx

    http://bit.ly/angmkup

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    1. I did see those but I'm scared about being disappointed again! And yeah the size of the pans made the Edit really bad vale but I guess if you're a newbie to Hourglass and want lots of choices you're better off doing that than buying the products individually xx

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  59. So happy I'm not the only one that hates the Collection lasting perfection concealer! Everyone raves about it, but I just can't stand it. It's such a shame when products look so beautiful and get spoken about so much but then really aren't worth the money

    Emily x | emilyclairewrites.com

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  60. This just goes to show that different products work for different people, I mean when you think about it really it's pretty crazy that often we just expect something popular to work for us, when we all have such different skin etc. I know for me I love the beauty blender, it's a magic little sponge for me because for some reason it's the only thing that makes my foundation look good.

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  61. Great post! I enjoyed reading it. I tried the over-hyped Glam Glow mask, and feel like everyone loves it. I also bought their cleanser. They both did nothing for me.

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  62. I definitely find the collab dry shampoo and hourglass ambient lighting powders are overhyped. I definitely love the bourjois foundation though.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  63. I'm with you on a lot of these products, especially the Hourglass powders and Collection Concealers.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  64. I feel the same about the dry shampoo! It makes my hair hard to brush and just really rough and weird...

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    1. Yeah I wanted to like it so bad but it just wasn't for me! xx

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  65. I feel the same way about at least half of these products! Everyone was raving about the Colab Dry Shampoos so I went and purchased three bottles at once when it was having a promotion and I hated it from the very first time I tried it on my hair.. It left my hair feeling more oily than ever and looking more dry than ever! I'm definitely sticking to my trusty old Batiste! I've yet to decide whether or not I like my Beauty Blender because it doesn't seem to be THAT impressive a product. It's okay, but just not as amazing as what everyone has made it out to be! xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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  66. Totally agree with the Oskia, I bought it and it just isn't WOW enough to justify its price tag, but then I'm expecting amazing for that price! What I would say is I do wash my beauty blender on a high wash in the washing machine, removes all bugs and cleans it to new again, will make it last longer for you :) - but I agree, I prefer using a brush!

    I really really try not to give into hypes, and when I do its through research, so I don't have many items that I dislike thankfully, and mostly when I do they are stupid impulse buys from the drugstore, which end up in the bin lol

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  67. I didn't get along with the Collection concealer either! I tried it lots of times to see if I could grow to like it, but it actually made me hate it even more! I was also going to buy the L'oreal foundation but I think I will read a few more reviews before buying it as I feel like there are very mixed feelings about it.

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  68. Fab post lovely, and loving your new header and layout ;) Opal has been on my wishlist for so long and think I like the sound of the poured version :) I used to really love the Colab Dry Shampoo but I always go back to my trusty batiste but really love the tinted formula :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Aw thank you lovely!
      The tinted Batiste got black stuff all over my fingers! Though obviously I had the brunette one and you probably had the blonde so I guess that's the difference xx

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  69. I love the RT sponge and was considering a beauty blender...don't think I'll bother now.
    I've got to say, some of these products are my favourite (Bourjois Healthy Mix..) but I do agree that everyone is different. Thanks for giving some alternative (and often more affordable) suggestions!
    Tori x
    30 Plus and Beautiful

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    1. No problem :) glad it was helpful - I didn't want this to be a purely moaning post haha xx

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  70. i really love the loreal foundation but the lightest colour is wayy too pink for my skin and the 2nd lightest colour is a perfect match for me when my skin is just a bit darker but right now i'm so pale so haven't been using it! xx
    m0llylouise.com

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  71. I love the Oskia cleanser, and I feel in love with it all over again every time I use it. I use it on its own if I'm wearing very little makeup, or after makeup removal (often with a micellar water) otherwise. I don't like to use it in the morning for some reason though. I can see how if it doesn't wow you you feel it's overhyped though because it's a really expensive product! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  72. I love these kind of posts. I totally agree with you on the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, i dont understand why people get their pitch forks out when we say we dont like it xo

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  73. I'm also not a fan of the L'Oreal foundation. I could never find the right shade for my pale skin! Either its too pink, or to beige.

    -Emily
    http://simply-emily.net

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  74. I didn't even bother trying the loreal foundation when I couldn't find a good shade- I'll stick with my sheer glow foundation.
    You don't like BB? *Sharpens pitchforks* jk I agree, they should be a bit cheaper.
    I didn't colourpop ultra matte lip yet everyone raves about it on youtube.

    themakeupleague.blogspot.com

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    1. I do 'like' it but when people go so crazy about it I was expecting more. I'd say I 'like' most of these, I just think the hype is disproportionate xx

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  75. My jaw slightly dropped when I read you didn't like the BB! I don't think I could live without mine now, it's such a staple product for me.
    I'm definitely on the fence with Opal. I have it in the pressed form, and I feel like sometimes it can make my skin look dirty.

    brooke | brooke elise

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    1. I didn't say I didn't like it! Just I probably *could* live without it xx

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  76. I personally don't get the hype with Charlotte Tilbury's quads. I have the Vintage Vamp palette and I do like it and use it, but for the money I don't think they are anything special! The packaging is a bit underwhelming and plastic and if you want to splash out on eyeshadow Burberry's are so much better! I do however LOVE the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow. Total holy grail product.

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    1. What a shame! I have the Dolce Vita and really love it, though the formula is more of a 'solid' MAC-like one as opposed to the smooth, creamy UD type I usually go for xx

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