It’s finally Friday! And for today’s Five on Friday I bring you another edition of my recent beauty product fails. So sad, I know. But, I feel compelled to share these so you can save your hard earned money.
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm $50
Why? oh why did I buy a $50 cleansing balm? I honestly don’t know.
I’ve only been using oil based products to cleanse my skin for about 6 months now. So, when I ran out of my trusty Boscia Cleansing Oil I hopped into Sephora set on trying something new. When I say the Sunday Riley balm claim to have blue tansy to soothe the skin I fell for it and I bought it.
This product feels like coconut oil with sugar in it. Even though the packaging doesn’t mention exfoliation, the sugar granules do some light exfoliating. I find that pretty problematic since I use a cleanser twice a day and I really don’t need to be exfoliating my face that often. So, my first thought was that I would only use it every other day. BUT, it’s not good enough as an exfoliator since the sugar granules dissolve fairly quickly. Therefore, I can’t use it as a daily cleanser because of the exfoliation, and I can’t use it as an exfoliator because it’s not potent enough.
Also, this comes in a tub which I find highly annoying. I realize that the texture of the product would make it impossible to put in a pump, but I just can’t be opening a jar every time I wash my face.
For $50 for a cleansing product I would expect so much more. I’ll eventually use it up, but I certainly will not repurchase. There are so many other better & more affordable cleansers on the market.
John Frieda Visible Brighter Shampoo & Conditioner $9.99/each
Out of all the products on the list today, these two are the most disappointing. I could seriously kick myself for buying them.
The shampoo and conditioner claim to gradually infuse golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of brunette color.
I’ve seen so many people talk about these on YouTube and I seriously wonder if they are getting paid to rave about them. Not only do they fail to do anything to my hair color, but they just suck at being a decent shampoo or conditioner. My hair felt dry, tangly and stiff after using these.
I used them 5-6 times and then decided any potential lightening was not worth the damage to my hair.
If you are looking to go a shade lighter, save your money and go to a pro, or just buy an at home hair coloring box. It will be cheaper and a lot faster than using these.
Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll $2.99
Meh is the best description for this blush. The color is nice and neutral, but the formula isn’t particularly pigmented, creamy or long lasting. It will wear off after only a couple of hours for me.
Even though this blush is very affordable, I never find myself reaching for it. Unfortunately it will be demoted to a photo prop status only.
Colour Pop Blush in Birthday Suit $8
Another blush. What is wrong with me?
It’s probably the fact that I have a ridiculous collection of blushes. That I even use the word “collection” to describe my makeup is ridiculous in itself. But alas, I have a lot of blushes so you could say I have high standards.
This blush has the traditional pillow-y texture of Colour Pop products. It’s not quite a cream or a powder. The color is again a neutral pink with a satin finish. And it looks nice on the cheeks. But that is all, just nice.
The formula isn’t particularly long lasting and I have a hard time applying it with a brush or sponge. I end up having to use my fingers. And for some reason I find it tends to cause my foundation to move around as I spread it. For that reason I barely ever use it so it’s a fail in my book.
Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint $24
Although I can be an impulsive shopper, I usually DO NOT buy makeup without hearing about it first or reading reviews. This lip tint however was 100% an impulse buy after I went on a hunt for lip products without a ton of chemicals. We end up eating a lot of our lip products so one weekend I started flipping out that I was consuming a ton of lead/parabens/sulfates/etc. I knew Tarte as a brand stays away from most of these so I ended up buying a lip tint in the shade Hope.
The color is actually really nice, but the formula is pretty awful. This does not glide on my lips. I have to really work it in. And the weirdest thing is that there are little granules in the product. At first I thought maybe I had something on my lips that transferred to the lipstick. But after I cleaned it off with a tissue I realized the formula is very grainy.
To test if I just got a bad one I used another shade that my mom had and it was also grainy! This just makes it very uncomfortable for me to apply so for that reason I’m declaring it a fail.
Hopefully this info will be useful if you were considering any of these products. Also, if you have any of these and love them tell me what I am doing wrong!
I hope you have a great weekend!