Strap yourselves in folks and prepare for some controversy! Since I started blogging in earnest last year I've come across certain things that it seems all beauty bloggers love that I simply loathe.
First up, a disclaimer: This is meant to be a lighthearted post! I'm not saying that if you love one of these things or even all of them (which you probably will) that you are wrong! I'm sure we've all sat back and watched a product we hate being hyped to Holy Grail stardom. I'm here to say that it is OK to dislike something everyone else loves and it's even OK to admit it! I really hope you appreciate my sense of humour in this post *insert winky face here*
Let's get down to business...
1. MUA (Makeup Academy)
Makeup Academy is sold exclusively via Superdrug. Although I had seen the stand in store and even glanced at it a couple of times I was always put off by the cheapness of the packaging. It looked like makeup for very young teenagers and the price tag suggested the same. It wasn't until late 2013 that I was convinced by all the reviews I'd seen on beauty blogs and decided to give it a go. Hundreds of beauty bloggers can't be wrong, can they?
|No word of a lie - I had to dig the palette out of the bin to take the photo.|
I have to say that my mantra is still thus - never buy an eyeshadow that comes with a plastic and sponge applicator.
To summarise: The packaging is cheap looking and not particularly robust. The colours and pigmentation aren't great. The lipstick dried my lips. The nail polish was streaky and chipped easily and the complexion products made me orange. It's because of MUA that I won't try Makeup Revolution. I'd rather save my £4 and buy a box of donuts. Am I a snob? Not really; who doesn't love a bargain?! But is it really a bargain if it doesn't work on my skin? No; it's a waste of £35 that I could have used buying a Chanel foundation.
2. POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics
According to the Benefit website this is the number one selling primer in the UK. I've never actually spent any money on it but have somehow managed to acquire four sample size tubes in the last 18 months. The first one came in a gift pack that I received from my husband and the others were free with magazines or came in subscription beauty boxes.
I will admit that if I use this primer on its own without foundation that it does blur my pores and make them appear smaller. However, it's marketed primarily as a primer to use before foundation and other complexion products. This primer actually has the opposite effect when used with any of my foundations. When I use this before foundation it allows the foundation to sink in to every pore on my nose, leaving it resembling a golf ball. Foundations that I've never previously had any problems with just don't sit well on my skin when I use POREfessional. That's enough for me to dislike it, no further explanation needed. I prefer Becca Line and Pore Corrector or Una Brennan's Deep Clean Anti-Shine Pore Minimiser.
3. They're Real! Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
Although I don't have a personal vendetta against Benefit I am also not hugely convinced by the brand in general. I think they spend a lot of time making their packaging adorable and their product names memorable, but a lot of their line is, in my opinion, dire. They're Real! is a mascara I put off trying because it only comes in one shade - black. If you've read my blog before and continue to read past this point then you'll understand why this is a huge annoyance for me. I am so pale and have such fair eyelashes that black mascara is just far too harsh for me to use during the day. It's fine when I'm glamming it up so when this mascara was given away in May's Birchbox I was quite excited because everybody loves it!
I wanted to love this, I really did. But I don't. I like a mascara to leave my lashes looking fuller but this just made them look spidery! I typed "They're Real Mascara" in to Google images and to my eyes it just looks clumpy, flaky and really unnatural on most people and this isn't a look that I can carry off. I've seen a lot of bloggers (such as Beauty & Le Chic) who can make this mascara do wonders. I can't. And nor can a LOT of people whose reviews I've read. I guess length trumps style sometimes. Huge thumbs down from me I'm afraid. Sorry (not sorry)!
4. Black eyeliner / mascara
I know this isn't a specific product but there are so many black eyeliners and mascaras in the world and only so much space. I've tried lots of them, from gel and liquid eyeliners to pencils and powders but I just can't carry off the black eyeliner look. As mentioned above I have very fair eyelashes, so fair in fact that it probably looks like I don't have any to anyone standing a few feet away from me sans makeup. When I coat them in black mascara and eyeliner it just looks super fake. It makes me uncomfortable actually, although I can't pinpoint why! I think that for me, brown mascara (sometimes brown/black if I'm being daring!) looks much more natural and pleasant. I love using coloured eyeliners to complement my eyeshadow and find them much softer on my features. I also have small eyes so lashings of black just accentuates this.
|A selection of my favourite eyeliners - the No7 shadow powder is AWESOME! They really need to make more shades.|
When I first signed up to GlossyBox it was rammed with high end, niche or emerging brands. It marketed itself as containing "deluxe" samples and it did. Through GlossyBox I found my favourite cleanser, Gamila Secret as well as a perfume I actually adore (very rare!) As the months went on I started to receive things that were simply cheap, including items clearly labelled "free sample" (anyone remember the Yu-Be cream?!) I'm not against a subscription box containing all high street brands but that isn't what I signed up for. I wanted to try high end products before taking the plunge and investing - GlossyBox started off well but seems to have lost its way somehow.
Even the official description of GlossyBox has changed; it now describes itself as "a monthly beauty box subscription filled with five beauty essentials for you to discover". Gone are the days of high end products it would seem. I don't have enough hair to need a hair donut and I can buy Vaseline and Scholl products in Home Bargains for next to nothing. These aren't brands I'm yet to discover. Sure, I will use them but not because they're new and exciting but because they're things I'd buy anyway.
Well there you have it! You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to narrow this selection down to five. Are there any products or brands that you don't like, no matter how hard you try? I'd LOVE to hear about it so please do leave a comment.
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