Over the years I have learned what I like and what I don’t (read: trial and error) from my beauty products. Every now and then I misjudge something, but most of the time when I go with my first reaction to a product it’s pretty spot on. I am either going to love it or leave it and there really isn’t an in between, at least for me. Unfortunately I still run into the occasional misread and/or impulse buy something that I later figure out just isn’t my taste. Enter the following products…
#1 – YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in 15 Corail Intuitive
I should have listened to my gut on this one. I have never found something in the YSL line that I’ve adored. For some reason the brand does nothing for me. The lipstick formula on the original Rouge Volupté was incredibly drying and settled into lip lines I didn’t even know I had. The Glossy Stains were a major disappointment (reviewed here) as the shade I tried didn’t stain at all- wore off immediately upon drinking and smelled like it had gone bad even though it was brand new. Sigh. I should have learned but I was stuck by the color and thought I would give the brand another chance. Sadly, I find this incredibly drying and the lasting power? Forget it. Within an hour or two the shine and color are practically vanished. I returned this to Sephora after testing it every day for a week under multiple circumstances (read: I really wanted to finally love a YSL product). Total bust.
Alternative: Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks. Oh.My.God. Pigmented like crazy, smooth and silky formula that feels like moisture and last for hours. I have 5 shades. Totally worth it.
Swatches L-R: YSL Corail Intuitive, Giorgio Armani Sunset Pink, Chanel Flirt
Also worth noting are other similar, high end shades to the YSL. I like the Chanel and Giorgio Armani formulas much better.
#2- Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Bronze
I was sold on the smooth texture and beautiful color of this bronzer by the Smashbox artist at ULTA. It looks gorgeous when worn and does indeed wear all day on me. It comes with one of those twist blades that “shaves” fresh product off of a small brick of powder- a novel idea-in theory. In practice, though, it makes a mess. Great idea, poor execution. This gets powder on everything! Clothes, counters, other makeup items…CARPET. I just cannot recommend a product that is so difficult to use. When I returned this to ULTA the SA was even shocked at how it was getting everywhere. I didn’t even shave the product more than once! I was totally bummed.
Alternative: My heart belongs to Laura Mercier Ritual. But, two of my favorite and permanent bronzers are Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and Mark Pro Bronze.
#3- Clinique Dramatically Different Gel 6.7 oz Container
It’s not the product!! It’s the packaging. This is my holy grail moisturizer and I have been through countless tubes (as seen on left) of this. I had the medium size as well (I think 3 oz or 3.4 oz?) and loved it. When I saw Sephora was carrying a giant size I grabbed it earlier this year. I love the fact that this product is lasting me ages. I’ve used it several times a day for almost 5 months and still have about 45% left. However, the pump is broken and has been for some time. I think I may have gotten a few weeks of use out of it and it decided to go hinky. Now I have to struggle each time I use it (did I mention it’s multiple times a day?!?!). When I was at Sephora recently I bought another tube. Love the product, hate the pump.
Have you been disappointed by any beauty products lately? I didn’t buy any but the new Dior cream shadows were a major let down for me. I swatched them in store and did take a picture but I had to get a new iPhone and lost it in the backup process. They were pretty much just sparkles and no pigment. The texture reminded me of the Chanel cream shadows. Don’t get me wrong- I love my shimmer but I was expecting something more.