More often than not – at least when you’re beauty product addicted and purchase them frequently like I do- I find myself regretting a lot of the products I purchase in the end, feeling disappointed after I purchased them. These products aren’t generally overtly bad because I tend to do my research beforehand and report back if a product is an actual nightmare but these products that I just wish I hadn’t gone for remain untalked about. I plan on remedying that now, inspired by Tijan Serena‘s recent video that I enjoyed tremendously.
(1) Physician’s Formula Happy-Booster Blush in Rose ($15.99)
While neither the standard pinky hue or the sheer-but-buildable pigmentation of this blush are particularly spectacular, its real downfall is the lack of longevity the product has on me. In my experience, I don’t have to worry about blush or any other face product lasting on my skin for a good 7-8 hours without even beginning to fade but this rather expensive drugstore offering seems to disappear by the second hour. I know that many bloggers and youtubers whose opinions I trust enjoy this classic drugstore product despite its dodgy pheremone marketing; it simply does not work with my particular skin.
(2) MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen ($21/26)
The thing with this one is that there’s absolutely nothing to fault with the formula of this peachy coral blush with that ever-popular illuminizing gold sheen running throughout. I bought it back in tenth grade, I believe, as my first coral blush ever and I just don’t love it nearly as much as many of my other 637 coral blushes- I’m only kind of joking about how many I own.
(3) Annabelle Waterproof Lip Liner in Bordeaux ($6.95)
I really should have tried Annabelle before I did, aside from the fact that they are an actual Canadian cosmetics brand – they have simply impressed me with their products that I’ve tried particularly their standard lip liner in Demure. Given my love for their neutral lip liner offering and my more recent interest in lip liners, I figured that I would expand my collection into these vampier shades to wear with the lipsticks I’m enjoying. Now I realize that I should have been wary the moment that I realize that the liner was marketed as waterproof because of just how naturally dry my lips are and how disastrously these dry liners tend to stick to all patches in my lips in an unflattering way, but regardless, I screwed up with this one because it’s so unflattering and clingy that it cannot be covered up with lip products on the top. I don’t doubt that this lasts for hours and hours and it could very well work nicely for outlining the lips but I don’t like that kind of maintenance so I’m a filling in the lips kind of girl.
(4) Maybelline The Nudes Palette ($14.99)
I’ve had the 12-pan neutral palette from the drugstore for a good few months now and believe it or not, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on it for ages but my lukewarm thoughts and general indecisiveness have kept me from doing so thus far. The shades are by no means bad, but only a few shades have that really good pigmentation and texture that I would compare to higher end brands and the colours are by no means unique so I don’t feel that this is adding to a lack in my neutral palette collection. I’m saying that the colours aren’t unique and I don’t think they are the most amazing drugstore shades but I do enjoy a few of the colours, particularly the matte greyish taupes and I have found a look or two that I enjoy with the palette. If this was under ten dollars, I would probably have no qualms about discussing it favourably but considering the price, I’m just not reaching for it adequately, for good reason.
(5) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 070 Cherry Tart ($9)
I believe I actually said favourable things about this sheerer cherry lightweight lipstick in late 2013 but now that I’ve explored similar formulas of balmy lipsticks, I’ve realized that the cult-favourite formula is neither impressive on the pigmentation or the hydrating balmy front and this one is one of the sheerer offerings and I have to say that I find the shimmer annoying and irritating on my lips. I know that I’m one of the very few that do not adore the lip butters but I promise my thoughts are genuine here; I just have extremely finicky lips.