Happy Friday everyone! I did not expect to have another Beauty Product Fails post so soon. It’s usually at least a couple of months before having another round of products to discuss. But, between the Sephora VIB sale and a few drugstore hauls there are more products to discuss.
Also, if you read my confessions post yesterday, I just ordered the Becca X Chrissy Teigen palette AND a ridiculously expensive Tom Ford palette that I’ll be reporting on asap.
As always, just because something didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it’s crap. Everyone’s different. So if you love these products, that’s great and I’m jealous.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick – $36
YouTube made me buy this. For reals.
After hearing about this primer over and over again I picked it up during the Sephora sale.
It’s a colorless, silicone & oil free pore filling primer that comes in a twist up stick. It’s supposed to give you a blurred pore and line free appearance with a matte finish.
The instructions say to apply it straight from the tube by gliding it across your face. This should have been the first warning sign. If you’ve been reading a while, you know I’m big on keeping things clean. As in – I wash my beauty blender after each and every use. So yeah, a product that you apply directly from the tube to your face? not the greatest idea.
I applied this with a brush at first to avoid having the tube touch my face. However, I didn’t get enough product on using this method. So, I bit my lip and applied it straight from the stick.
The product itself goes on really nicely and does fill pores. BUT, I can’t get over the idea that this is just dirty after.
To make matters worse, the pore filling properties wear off fairly quickly. After 3-4 hours my pores are more visible than ever, and my face is as shiny as a disco ball.
Sadly, I will be returning this. I could have gotten over the stick part if the results were great. However, the effect didn’t last long enough for me to justify the purchase.
Living Proof Dry Volume Blast – $29
Generally I love Living Proof Products. Especially the Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioners so, I was really excited to get this volumizing spray in my Sephora Playbox. We all know I’m obsessed with Drybar’s Triple Sec for volume.
The Dry Volume Blast is a light weight volumizing and texturing spray that you apply in sections to the roots of your hair (similar to most other texturizing sprays).
Although this product isn’t terrible (it does provide some volume), it’s not even close to the volume and texture I get compared to Triple Sec. Yes, it’s very lightweight, but the effect is also very light. I’d have to apply it 3-4 times to each section to get the same effect I do with the Triple Sec. And, at that point my hair gets quite crunchy.
Drybar’s Triple Sec is $3 less and does much more for me than this so I will not be purchasing the full size.
Colour Pop Pressed Eye Shadow in Game Changer – $5
In case you missed the memo, Colour Pop now has a line of pressed powder eye shadows. Even though the company started with the mousse/cream super shock shadows (which I love by the way) they’ve expanded their range to include $5 pressed shadows.
To say I was excited about the launch is a major understatement. I placed an order the day they launched.
Game Changer was one of the shades I ordered. It’s a mossy-silver shimmery shade that looked amazing on the site’s swatches. I thought it would be a great all over lid shade.
Unfortunately, the pay off for this shadow is pretty bad. It takes A LOT of product to look as vibrant and shimmery as the pot itself. Plus, once on the lid, it does NOT stay put. I usually end up with shimmer all over my face. Sadly, this is a major fail.
On the bright side, I do like the matte Colour Pop eye shadows – especially the shade Bel Air.
Ole Henriksen Total Truth SPF 15 Eye Cream – $55
Welp, at some point between the time I took pictures for this post and when I got around to finally writing it, this product was either discontinued or rebranded. I honestly can’t tell since the packaging is different, but the product name online is extremely similar. Also, it shows as out of stock on Sephora.com.
But, just in case it comes back under new packaging, I’ll still discuss it.
This eye cream was previously called Total Truth Eye Creme. The new line name is apparently “Truth Revealed”.
I was pretty excited about this eye cream since it has SPF 15. Having SPF in any eye care products is pretty rare.
It’s supposed to hydrate and nourish while strengthening and firming for total age defying results.
All sounds reasonable right? In theory it does. Sadly, I didn’t think this product was particularly hydrating or nourishing. Further, it’s really thick for a day time, under makeup type product. It’s thicker than most night time products!
And, to seal it’s fate, it comes in a pot which means all the ingredients are exposed to air every time you open it. For the price, there are better products out there.
Elf Clay Eyeshadow Palette – $6
Why Elf why?
This is the second Elf product appearance in a Beauty Product Fails post in a row.
I bought this little eyeshadow palette after noticing it was a new Elf launch at Target. I hadn’t heard about it or read reviews so I hoped to make a fabulous and affordable drugstore discovery for the blog.
But, I knew as soon as I opened it that I wouldn’t like it. In fact, Avital was hanging out with me when I opened it and I told her off the bat I wouldn’t like it.
Initially I thought I wouldn’t like it because of the color scheme. I bought the “Necessary Nudes” palette which looks to be warm toned nudes on the packaging. However, when I opened it, all the shades looked like fairly cool toned, greenish colors. Yeah – problem #1.
Problem #2 came when I tried swatching these. One of the shades wasn’t even pigmented enough to show on the back of my hand after at least 7 swipes of color. Highly alarming.
When I finally got around to trying these on my eyes it was 100% a fail. I sat there and applied coat after coat of product to get just a little color to show. After that I blended for a solid 30 minutes for it to look just a little blended.
Never again. This is going back to Target. I get much better results with the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios and those are half the price.
Have you tried any of these products? Also, anyone have any good drugstore eye shadows besides the Wet N Wild ones?
Have a great weekend!
As always, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.