I try and test one hell of a lot of beauty products on a day-to-day; I love experimenting with new things and shaking up the different beauty brands that I’m using. And while I often come across some pretty amazing beauty gems, every once in while I pick up a product that just doesn’t do anything for me.
While doing my recent beauty clear-out I came across a few of these disappointing products crammed at the back of a drawer and decided to give them another go in the hopes of stumbling across an unknown gem. While some of them earned their way back into my regular stash – hurrah! – there were a few that I just couldn’t get to grips with. Starting at the more expensive end of the scale, sob, we have the Chanel Peche Nacree Nail Lacquer. I bought this beautiful peachy pink polish a while ago – in fact I think it was the first Chanel polish I’d ever purchased – whacked it straight onto my nails and two hours later it was chipped to hell. Seriously. The colour is beautiful but the formula is just awful and, frankly, for the amount you have to pay for it, it’s just not worth it. Sad but true.
Next up is the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision LIquid Liner. I’ve got really in to liquid eyeliner in recent weeks – my shaky hand is finally getting used to the application! – and I was excited to add this one to the mix. I”m a huge fan of KA products and assumed that this one would be just as superb as the others that I’ve tried. Oh no. I don’t know if it’s just me – please do let me know if you think it might be! – but I just couldn’t stop this stuff from smudging all over my lids. No matter what I did, my lids ended up covered in liner at the end of the day. So I think I’ll be sticking with the Stila or Topshop options for now thanks.
Moving on to the drugstore, we have the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Silky 7-in-1 Dry Shampoo. Now as y’all know I”m a huge dry shampoo fan but I tend to stick to Batiste and Batiste alone because I find it works really well on my hair. Recently however, I decided to venture beyond the Batiste racks in search of something a bit different and had really high hopes for this offering from Garnier. Honestly though, it did nothing for me. Except maybe make my hair feel a bit dirtier. Seriously. The smell is so sickly sweet, it did nothing to freshen up my locks and honestly left me feeling seriously unimpressed.
The same can be said of the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pearl Powder, which I actually spoke about in a recent haul post. My high hopes for a beautifully subtle rose gold sheen were dashed as soon as I spied the over-the-top shimmer lying on top of this bad boy. And below the shimmer? Utter nothing. Honestly – nothing. Just a pointless powder. Such a waste.
I bought the last product on a bit of a whim, having tried – and loved – one of the sister items from the same range. Sadly however the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewal Face Mask didn’t quite live up to the reputation of its sister cleanser (the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser is a great drugstore alternative to the Liz Earle offering), in fact it didn’t really live up to much of anything. Truth be told, I didn’t really notice a single difference in my skin after using this mask – and I did try on a number of occasions, just in case I’d missed something on the first few tries!
As always, I’m willing to take advice, tips and tricks on any of the above products; if you guys think I’m doing something wrong or that I need to give one of the above products one final try, do let me know. Comment below with your thoughts…