Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Beauty Products I Don't Like

As much as I hate to be negative, and as a firm believer in the phrase ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!’, I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews on my blog. But, in order to fulfil my duty as a beauty blogger, I wanted to share with you a few products that I really don’t get along with. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad products; it’s just that they don’t seem to give me the results I’m after and don’t suit my skin right!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
This is one of my most disappointing products. When I think about the amount of time I spent wanting it, let alone the money I splurged, it makes me want to cringe! Unfortunately for me, this foundation is so unbelievably thick and gloopy and sticky on my skin. I also found that, even though I was colour matched, the shade is very orange for me. If you’re after full coverage, this is definitely one for you because it covers absolutely everything in such a thick, flawless layer of makeup. For me, I prefer to be able to put a thin sheen of foundation so you can still see my freckles, so this MAC foundation really isn’t for me. I’ve found love with the Studio Sculpt foundation by MAC, though, so hope is not lost!

MAX Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
This is a foundation I started out absolutely adoring. I love the brush, and the formula seemed good too. It was one of the first mascaras I ever bought when I fist started getting into makeup and I really enjoyed using it. It was only when I started to explore other mascaras from different brands that I realised that maybe the False Lash Effect wasn’t the best for me personally. When I discovered Benefit They’re Real and Make Up Store Multilash mascaras, I realised that the MAX Factor one wasn’t really doing as well as I thought. The pigmentation isn’t black enough for me, and it doesn’t lengthen as well as some of the others do. If you’re after thickness and volume, then definitely give this a try!

NYC Eyeliner Pen
This is another one that I loved until I found different versions! At less than £3, this is an eyeliner pen you can pick up from any Superdrug or Boots, and it’s dead cheap and so easy to replace. It was only when I branched out and got more into Soap & Glory’s SuperCat (a present to myself last Christmas) and Zoeva’s Cat Eye Pen that I realised the pigmentation, again, was lacking and leaving my eyeliner flicks looking grey and rubbish after a couple of hours. On top of this, the point of the pen was too thick to create really slick, sleek, sexy cat eye flicks. This was a great pen to start out with; great for practising and experimenting. However, the tip was too rigid once I became a little more experienced, and I started to prefer the soft brush bristles of other pens for more control.

MAX Factor Crème Puff Powder
I’m afraid I’m not going to have many positive things about this one at all. I’m baffled that a powder could get it so so wrong for my skin. I was on my way to a party when I nipped in to Superdrug to grab this because I’d forgotten mine. It wasn’t expensive and because it was MAX factor, I thought it’d be a fail safe. I turned out to be wrong! This powder is perfectly matte, so I’ll give it that little thumbs up, but the consistency is like strange cakey powder which settles in all your little creases and lines, and has a really weird yellowy tinge to it. It’s really unflattering on me. Aside from the matte-ness and being able to set my foundation, this powder is a real let down and one I’ve never ever touched since.

MAX Factor Colour Elixir Pen Stick
I’ve suddenly become aware that this blog post looks like I’m very anti MAX factor! I’ve got a few of their products I really really like, so please don’t think I’ve got some kind of MAX factor hatred! This pen stick is last on the list of my total let down products. I wanted a deep, rich red for a Christmas party last year, so I grabbed this. Again, it wasn’t too expensive, and I loved the glistening of it on my hand in the shop. When I got it home and tried it on, however, I hated it! It was far too warm of a red for my skin, and I came to realise that sparkly, shimmery lip colours simply aren’t my bag. I’m much more of a matte girl, these days, meaning I don’t ever pick this lip pen stick up. Like ever.

What are your least favourite makeup products? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love
Jasmine x



  1. I really don't get the hype around MAC's Fix Fluid.. all it did was make me orange and settle on my face weirdly but I think that's because of my dry skin.. It's so disappointing finding products that you thought were gonna work for you turned out not to.. I liked your post always interesting to find out which products didn't work for other people

    Veronica x

  2. I'm glad you did this post because I was going to buy the Mac foundation, but I do t want a coverage as you described. You just saved my bank a bit!

    Emily xx



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