This is probably going to sound very contradictory because I am in the reviewing business, but what works for me, may not necessarily work for you. Beauty is so subjective. Everyone’s tastes, preferences and not to mention, skin, are so completely different.
When a product seems to work so well for others and is so widely loved in the beauty community, you expect it to find it’s way into your heart, like it has done for everybody else. Which is why it is so utterly disappointing when it doesn’t live up to those very high-expectations. Here are 5 cult-favourite products that left me wondering what all the fuss was about.
The hype for this foundation is real, which is why it was so so so bloody disappointing that it didn’t work for me. Luminous Silk looks terrible on my skin. Despite having skin that leans more oily, I love me a dewy foundation. I’ve worked out a few ways to really make them last on me and some of my absolute favourites are actually foundations targeted towards dry skin. But this, this is just a whole different ball-game. As soon as I apply Luminous Silk, there seems to be texture where there was none before, pores are enhanced and the foundations just looks like it is sitting on the surface of my skin. After a few hours, the foundation is literally slipping around on my face and breaking up. I look like a hot mess. No good for a luxury $99 (!!!) foundation. I’ve tried so many different combos to try and get this to work for me. I’ve been desperate! But no luck. I hate it. It looks putrid. What a waste of $100.
This lipstick shade that is seriously adored by so many. I see people wear it and I think to myself, damn that shade is so flattering – what a perfect deep-nude. But on me, it looks like actual poo. I don’t know if it’s my undertones, hair colour or what, but Velvet Teddy does not look cute on me. It puzzles me to see it work for almost everybody, but me. I come back to it all the time, hoping that this time it’ll be different. This time it’ll be my perfect shade, but it never is.
Also, the MAC matte lipstick formula is pretty trash, TBH. It feels heavy and dry on the lips and the longevity isn’t great. There are much better options if you specifically want a matte lipstick bullet.
If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’d know how deliriously obsessed I am with chemical exfoliators. I haven’t met many that I don’t like, but unfortunately, I do not like this raved about product. Alpha H Liquid Gold claims to resurface the skin and radically improve the appearance of tired and dull pigmented skin. I have emptied not one, but two bottles wanting to see the overwhelmingly positive results that the masses go on about, but alas, here we are. Where other glycolic-based products have worked wonders for my skin, this did nothing but leave behind a sticky, greasy residue and more blemishes than usual. No thank you.
Marc Beauty’s Coconut Collection is loved and adored in the beauty community and I for one, love a few of the products, but this setting spray it an absolute train wreck. From the formula to the cheap packaging, but most of all, the god-awful spray. This spits and splutters the formula all over your face in giant uneven droplets. It reminds me more of a water-pistol than an actual setting mist. The formula itself eats away at my makeup and, in turn, leaves it patchy and uneven. It completely ruins any makeup look. Another disappointing purchase.
This little white tub has been widely coveted in the beauty industry for as long as I can remember. Boasting impressive reviews and a ‘revolutionary’ formula, Supermud certainly does sound like that miracle cure-all treatment, but not for me. My skin is really hardy. It puts up with a lot being a beauty blogger, and it typically does not react or become sensitised, which is why it was strange when a product that isn’t known to tingle, really stung my skin. Now before you go getting a bee in your bonnet, yes, I know that was just my reaction and I shouldn’t completely write off a product nor advise you against purchasing it on that alone. Which is why I have more reasons. Not only did this sting my face, leaving it red and blotchy, but it also completely stripped it of moisture. My poor oily skin was parched, which made it up the oil production to compensate – not cute. Also, this mask is really expensive for what it is, a glorified mud mask. There are much much much cheaper, and more gentle options that still give you that famous spotty, pore-cleaning effect.
What widely loved beauty products didn’t work for you?
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