I love reading beauty reviews, I love getting excited about new releases (or new-to-me discoveries) and creating a mental wish list for when I get paid. You know what I also love?When people also talk about the products that didn’t work for them, so I don’t go and spend £30 on a new foundation that’s absolutely crap for my skin type, or a £20 cleanser that doesn’t actually remove makeup.
Obviously, as with any of my posts, these are my opinions. Some of the products I really didn’t get along with might be your faves, and that’s okay. This is just my experience of these products.
I also wrote one of these posts a while back, but that was *before* I realised that blog photos are quite important, so if we could all just ignore the awful photograph that’d be swell. You can find it here.
Soap & Glory One Heck of A Blot Powder
I really liked this at first, but since I discovered the NYX HD powder I just found that in comparison the S&G powder left my skin looking a lot drier. I think it’s definitely a powder for those with oiler skin, and while I didn’t hate it nor did it make my skin look terrible, it just didn’t really help me in my quest for glowing, dewy, healthy looking skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
I’m a huge lover of Kiehl’s. Every product I’ve tried by them so far has been perfect, from the Ultra Facial Cream to the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, so I was expecting big things from this cleanser. Unfortunately it dried my skin out, and left it feeling ‘squeaky clean’ in a stripped, dehydrated sense. I really wanted to love this but alas, it’s not for me.
MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer
Doesn’t the work lacquer just remind you of your grandma? I don’t know why but it seems like such an outdated word! Anyway, I bought this for halloween a couple of years back so it’s come to the end of it’s use by date. I found it very drying like a lot of liquid lipsticks (my lips are honestly the DRIEST and it’s v gross), and it didn’t apply too well. For £3 it was fine for halloween or another occasion where you need a colour you probably won’t use again, but I haven’t reached for it since that event and tbh I have no idea why I’ve clung onto it for so long!
NYX HD Foundation
I’ll be honest here and say this purchase was a rushed one, so it’s probably my own fault I don’t like it. Foundations in particular are something I do a lot of research on before committing to, reading blog reviews and watching Youtube videos sometimes months before I finally decide to part with my cash. On this particular occasion I desperately needed a new foundation, so spent my 30 minute commute doing research on this one by NYX. All the reviews were glowing, particularly for those with dry skin. So I went along to the counter, got matched, and strutted off home with my new purchase in hand.
However, when I wore it to work the next day, I found it clung to dry patches and settled on my skin really badly. It didn’t look flawless like I was expecting, if anything I’d be forgiven for thinking the HD referred to how HD it made my imperfections look! On top of that, it was far too light for me, so I can only assume I was colour matched wrong. I usually love NYX, but this foundation really hasn’t worked for me. I’ve tried applying with fingers, different brushes, and a beauty blender but with no luck. In the bin you go.
Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
Again Caudalie are a brand I’ve had nothing but praise for in the past, but this cleanser just didn’t suit my skin. I thought with it being an oil it would be perfect for my dry and dehydrated skin, but it broke me out like crazy. As soon as I stopped using it my face went back to normal, which is a shame because I was given the full size as a present and it just didn’t work for me at all.
Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk
My only other experience with Soap & Glory skincare was the Speedy Plump All Day Moisturiser which I absolutely raved about last year. This cleanser, however, really didn’t work with my skin. It broke me out, I couldn’t stand the smell (which reminded me of children’s medicine for some reason), and I also didn’t particularly like the texture either. It was an absolutely huge bottle that would have lasted me ages, so I’m disappointed but sometimes your skin knows best! Also, since there are 3 cleansers on this list I think I should probably stop experimenting with new ones and stick to my trusty Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Balm, which is a delight for dry skin and takes makeup off so easily without being at all harsh.
Benefit Bad Gal Lash
Because my face is a real diva, mascara is something I really struggle with for some reason. I find it smudges under my eyes a lot, and this Benefit mascara was no exception. In terms of what it did for my lashes, smudging issue aside, it didn’t particularly lift, curl or add volume – it certainly wasn’t a mascara I loved and would have put the effort in to find a version that didn’t smudge, or a dupe. It was just okay.
Benefit They’re Real Primer
The second Benefit product to make it onto this list, the They’re Real lash primer is a product I was dubious of anyway (PRIMER for lashes?! c’mon… what won’t they try and convince us we ‘need’ these days?!). After using it, I did initially like the effect, and I liked that it could be worn by itself too as a brown mascara but over time I just haven’t reached for this product at all. If I’m going to go to the effort of putting a mascara on, I want it to be a proper one, and I just don’t have time to ‘prime’ my lashes before I apply a different mascara. NOPE.
Soap & Glory Matte Lip in ‘Berry Much’
This one is nothing to do with the formula (which I actually quite like!), I just picked the complete wrong colour. I’m not sure if it’s because it doesn’t suit me, or if I’m just not used to such a dark, deep shade, but I just wasn’t brave enough to ever reach for this day to day and I have favourite lip colours I always wear for nights out (hello NYX Lip Lingerie).
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Duo
The THIRD Benefit product on the list (maybe I should avoid their products in future?!), this concealer duo was the wrong shade and didn’t suit my complexion at all. It also creased under my eye quite a bit, despite looking great first thing in the morning. Another one I’ve not reached for in over a year, so in the name of baby steps in minimalism it’s also headed for the bin.