Apologies for being MIA for so long. Life happened and I just wasn’t able to find the time to actually post.
Last week, I was looking through my makeup stash to add some products into my daily rotation that I hadn’t used in a while. In doing so, I discovered some duds that likely fell out of rotation for the very reason that they weren’t working for me. So while I work on finishing the majority of these items, here are my thoughts on them. I have a couple of products here that have a cult following and are favourites of a lot of people so I feel the need to preface the post by mentioning that these are not bad products, they just didn’t work out for me.
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base claims to be a lightweight primer that smoothes out the skin texture, minimizes lines and pores. While it does smooth out the skin and minimizes lines and pores, lightweight it is not. It is a silicone base primer that has a very fluffy, mousse-y texture but once on the skin, it feels very heavy, clogs my pores and makes me oily within an hour, rendering the product ineffective as a primer for me. Since I can’t use this product as a primer, I do try to pat it in over my makeup sometimes to fill in some larger pores around my nose but only if I plan on keeping my makeup on for an hour or so. Used in this manner, it has a similar effect as the Benefit Porefessional or the NARS Pro-Prime Skin Smoothing Face Prep except they don’t make me super oily and feel way lighter on my skin. This may work as a good primer if you have drier skin and your skin deals well with silicon based primers.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer (01) is a lip balm-gloss that I purchased purely due to the hype it has received in the past couple of years.The pink shimmer is so fine that I didn’t even notice it until I read the name and decided to examine the product under direct sunlight. I tried to capture the shimmer in the swatch but wasn’t very successful. It smells like créme brulée and has a vanilla-ish taste – that part about this product is not over-hyped at all. The scent lingers on your lips as well – it’s amazing! But beyond that – and I know I’m probably alone in this – it’s just a generic lip balm. It’s not bad but it’s nothing special and I’m not sure it warrants the higher price. It clings to the lips better than petroleum based lip balms but at the end of the day, it’s a milky pale pink, glossy balm that just sits on my lips. The Apricot Shimmer (02) and Nude Shimmer (03) all looked exactly the same on my lips, likely due to the pigmentation in my lips. Clarins has since added 3 more shades in the line. I still prefer my Nuxe Reve de Miel or the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I really wanted to love this product but I just don’t get the hype.
Fusion Beauty Illumifill Line Filling Luminizer with AMPLIFAT is a liquid highlighter with a pale pink sheen. The product claims to have a plumping effect with a line filling formula. These are claims to which I cannot speak since I haven’t been able to use the highlighter often enough to see any plumping effect. The product feels oily on my skin, comes out patchy and is difficult to blend on the skin. My biggest complaint about the product, however, comes from the packaging. The product is housed in a tube with a roller ball that is used to dispense the product directly onto the skin, which seems fine in theory but in reality, takes off your foundation and whatever else you have on your face. This is not only unhygienic, it causes an even more patchy application of the highlighter. There hasn’t been a single time when I have been able to apply this straight out of the tube, blend it in and go. I always have to go back and fix whatever makeup I had applied underneath. I have a sample size of the product but the full size packaging seems very similar so I assume similar difficulties would be faced with the full size as well.
Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Ebloui (86) is a cream eyeshadow with lots of multicoloured shimmer. This is another product that I bought simply because I head so many people go on and on about it that I had to see what the big deal was. The colour is a reddish-brown that looks more on the reddish side on my lids so, for me, this is not a lazy day colour that I can sweep on and go. I definitely have to layer it with other colours to make it more wearable, which would be fine if it wasn’t for the shimmer in the product. The shimmer is beautiful and, as you can see in the swatches, definitely transfers to the skin when the product is applied but it doesn’t adhere to the lids very well. I don’t know how it happens but every time I wear this, I end with shimmer all over my face. Again, not a bad product but I just have other cream shadows that are cheaper and work better. I would love to find out if there is a way of using the Chanel Illusion D’ombre shadows that doesn’t allow the shimmer to transfer.
MAC Cream Colour Base in Fawntastic is a cream highlighter with fine shimmer that provides a subtle glow and can be used as a base for other products. It’s a bronze-y, rosy, taupe-y highlight. The colour is difficult to describe but the swatch below is pretty accurate. I It is a very emolient product that makes my cheeks oily and there’s something in it that causes me to break out. I have basically resigned the product to be used as a brow bone highlight since that’s the only place where it doesn’t make my look like an oilslick. This is the only cream colour base I have tried so I’m not sure whether I would have the same problem with other colours but my luck with MAC creme products gives me good reason to beleive that I likely would. I don’t see this colour on the website so I wonder if it has been discontinued.
Have you tried any of these products? Did they work for you? What are some products that have disappointed you lately?
** Swatches are on MAC NC 35/NARS Stromboli skin.