DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS #4


It's not very fun when I spend my hard-earned pennies on a product I've been looking forward to and it ends up being a bit rubbish. But, the silver lining is that I have something new to talk about in my next disappointing products post. So there's that.

I hadn't really seen any reviews of the Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Glow Highlighters, good or bad, so I snatched up a couple while they were half price on the ABH website. And now I can see why they were on sale. Perla is a light champagne/gold and Oyster is an icy, pale pink - both of which look shiny and almost metallic when first applied but as soon as you start to blend them out they just disappear. Now, I can appreciate that some people might want a more subtle glow (even though I prefer a blinding, shiny, punch-you-in-the-face-with-its-brightness highlight) but this isn't even that. It leaves a sheer layer of sparse glitter on the face that isn't reflective in the slightest.

Now this next one might come as a shock if you've read this post where I sung the praises of The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid but I've changed my mind, folks. I know, everyone calm down. I stand by what I said originally, though, this actually does help to reduce redness and get rid of spots. However, I dabbed this on a couple of spots the other night and when I woke up I had red, itchy, flakey patches of skin (similar to a bad sunburn) in the exact places I'd used the salicylic acid. I don't know what happened but my skin hates this now.

I mentioned I was trying out the Glossier Wowder in this post and couldn't make my mind up about it but I think I've decided I'm not a fan. I really wanted to like this because the packaging is great. I've never been a fan of loose powders because they're so messy but the mesh sifter and plastic stopper inside the lid of this means there's absolutely no mess or wasted product. However, the powder itself doesn't work for me: it doesn't do anything for setting my makeup or mattifying my skin. Also, there's only 3 shades so I had to opt for Light to Medium which is definitely too dark/orange for me - and probably most people with 'light' skin.

Me and my brows have had a long and difficult relationship which has left them slightly ruined thanks to past over-plucking. This means it takes a fair amount of filling in and sculpting in the morning before I'm ready for the world to see my eyebrows. Therefore, I was well up for trying the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Long Lasting Tint in the hopes of making this whole process easier - spoiler: it didn't. For starters, the tint has a very thick, goopy formula which is almost impossible to apply with the short and stubby applicator so I had to use a separate angled liner brush to actually get the product on my face. The tint actually does a pretty good job of filling out sparse brows...but only for a few hours. If I apply this in the evening it has already faded to a light, almost orange colour by the next morning (despite being the shade 'dark brown') and barely lasts for one day, let alone three.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Thanks for reading, Lucy x

P.S. since purchasing the Maybelline Brow Tint I've stopped buying makeup that's tested on animals but I still wanted to include it in this post because it sucked :)

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