Happy Monday everyone! I’m into my 3rd big cup of caffeine already and it’s only 11am! How are your days going?
I have another ‘I hate Mondays’ post for you today. Slightly less than last time, I have five products that I’ve just given up on. I can’t waste any more time on making these bleggghhs into yays.
Yes I totally tinted the photo blue just to emphasize how these products give me the sad, sad blues. As always, these are my opinions only, and your mileage may vary.
I think today’s unofficial theme is “hype train fails”. All five of these products were totally hyped up by other bloggers, by people I know; and so I jumped aboard that hype train SUPER excited to try them out! And then they were just….disappointing. All of these products are about 8-10 months old (I know, I know) and I just kept trying to get them to work, or maybe to pan them. But honestly, it just isn’t worth my time and effort.
- Ulta Butter Balm in Rapunzel – I have NO idea how some bloggers’ swatches of this is a pretty, sheer-ish, pink coral color. On me it’s orange with a hint of coral, and 80% opaque at least. Which is awesome in a gloss, if that was what I wanted. It’s so hard for me to sheer out evenly and I only have one coral lipstick that this looks okay paired with. It’s not worth keeping and thank goodness I got it on sale. Boooo, Rapunzel. You’re not worth climbing the tower for at ALL.
- Stila Convertible Color in Peony – Everyone and their mother considers Peony the best color to be your first color. This one is a mini I grabbed off of ebay, and thank goodness it’s only a mini. I think the color is too brown-peach for my skintone and this product just doesn’t know what it’s trying to be. It’s awful and drying on lips, so it’s not very convertible at all. It’s best on cheeks, but I don’t think it blends well. It does best over bare skin, since I always found it a bit too sticky to blend over a base without disturbing any bottom layers. But of course, you’d have to really load up your cheeks with color so that it still shows up after doing your foundation/concealer/powder whatever. For me, this was such a fail. My cheeks are the part of me that I do the most foundation on, since rosacea + scar combo = needs the most concealing. Sticky cream blushes are the worst idea for me (yet I own four. Why. WHY.) So goodbye forever Peony. You were
nice okayadequate while you were here.
- L’oreal 24hr Infallible Laquer Liner in 172 Navy – Props to this for not being dried out yet (for a gel liner, that’s impressive) but daaang you’re not infallible at all. Maybe it’s me, maybe I can’t do eye liner right (ha. FALSE. My well-practised cat eye flick laughs at this). But no, this wasn’t infallible for me. It smudged. Not like crazy, raccoon in a goth band, smudging. But by the end of the day my liner would have no wings left and be more sleepy-art-student than pointy-kitten-flicks. Also, I’ve learned that foiling my VAST collection of indie eyeshadows works way better than gel liner for me. And I have a million colors of potential liner that way. Au revoir to you L’oreal.
- Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle and Fig Jam – I know these are supposed to be a gift to all lips everywhere, and be the Perfect moisturizing flattering color, but daaaaang these were weird. I never found them that moisturizing; they felt like a thickened gloss or even a half-melted lipstick. You know when you leave a lipstick in the sun and then it reforms but it’s just never the same again? Yeah, these felt like that. For me, they sat on my lips and were just there but didn’t add moisture or do anything other than give a shiny tint. I also found that if my lips were even a tiny bit not-baby-butt-smooth, they would emphasize any cracks or flakes. They also give me that dreaded weird ring on the inside of my lips after a day of wear. And you know what?? Pink Truffle, the supposed ‘perfect on anyone’ MLBB, just doesn’t look that good on me. Mayyybe if I didn’t already have nice opaque MLBB lipsticks, or maaayyyyyyybe if I didn’t like lipstick, I would like these. But at least I learned something about myself: give me super opaque lipstick colors or give me death.
Dang right I photoshopped that quickly just for this post (haha).
Have a great Monday everyone! And remember: don’t be afraid to destash the things that you dislike. It’s a waste of space and time to keep working with makeup that doesn’t want to work with you!
til later lovelies,