There are a handful of popular products that beauty bloggers swear by that have just left me baffled, thinking I don’t get it. I realize that not all beauty items work for everyone the same way as we all have different skin types, tones and texture but sometimes you can mix them with other products or find a fix to make them at least useable. These ones just did not perform the way that I expected and couldn’t be saved. Thank goodness for Sephora’s amazing return policy! I suppose why these particular ones were such a surprise are because they are from brands that have many other great products that I use on a regular basis. Here’s my round up of disappointments.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – the product promises undetectable coverage that leaves skin flawless and natural looking. It’s an oil free formula that applied easily and looked ok at first, although maybe a little full on the coverage side. I would definitely not say that it provided undetectable coverage and I assure you, I’m not heavy handed with application. I powdered under my eyes and across the t-zone as normal and the powder seemed to adhere to the foundation creating quite a cakey finish. I tried buffing some of this out with a beauty blender and although it provided some minor improvement, it was still a more heavier coverage look than I would ideally like. Within a couple of hours the foundation had oxidized and started to look a bit orangey on my face and also seemed to be sliding around. By half way through the day, it was a complete oily mess so I tried to dab it down with tissue and it took some of the shine off but also ended up removing some of the foundation leaving everything patchy and uneven. I tried to use this several more times and always had the same result so clearly this wasn’t for me.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – I was super excited to try these as a lot of the swatches I saw online looked beautiful. There is a large colour selection available and I was looking for something that would last a long time. KVD makeup is known for its lasting ability and although the coverage is very full, I thought the foundation and concealer were very good for photos and video. The formula of these liquid lipsticks is very opaque and that may be part of why these are so popular but this also makes them difficult to apply because they have to be applied perfectly or you end up looking like a clown….in my case, a clown with a Pepto Bismol pout. Once I had spent about 20 minutes ensuring the application was perfect, I was ready to go. Good thing this lasts a long time because I don’t think I could manage another 20 minutes on a touch up. The colour dried down to a chalky looking finish and it was quite drying on the lips. A few hours later, the colour was still definitely going strong but my lips were very dry and I couldn’t get past how hideous the colour had become. Maybe the reds keep a better tone throughout the day but the pink was not a good look.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – this did a decent job of covering under eye darkness and skin imperfections however it settled into fine lines and ended up highlighting my lines like a neon sign. I powdered on top as I do with all concealers and the powder ended up making the area look very dry. It’s possible that this concealer works very well for younger skin with no fine lines but if you are over 30 then you might want to give this a miss.
Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream – the product promises to transform your complexion into naturally glowing, even toned skin. I just don’t even know where to start with this one…..I honestly can’t imagine this working on ANYONE. It feels very heavy and sticky, it looks very greasy and this is all upon immediate application. There is not much coverage at all, I probably could have got the same result by slathering some coconut oil on. Trying to find a way of making it work, I attempted to powder on top but it just clung to the oil and looked like greasy cake batter. I also tried mixing the product with Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation to see if it would work better diluted thinking it would add some subtle glow. Although there was some improvement, it still left me looking shiny. This was a complete shock as I’m a huge fan of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundations as well as several of their other products. Unfortunately the EE gets a big F for FAIL. Let me know in the comments if you have tried this and like it. I’m genuinely curious in finding out what skin type this suits.
*****Note: I was not able to photograph these items as I had already returned them. All product photos are sourced direct from the brand’s website or Sephora’s website.