A Feature: Disappointing Products #1


Something different for you today, I'm always talking about my favourite products, the amazing, can't live without stuff, but today is some that have been disappointing, and all of these are things that can directly help the way your complexion looks. When I purchase a product, be it high end or drugstore, I do my research. I read reviews, I look at how I can use it, and how I can fit it in to my routines. But everyone is different so there has been the odd product here and there which hasn't exactly been shall we say, up to scratch.

I admit, I am a total beauty shopping junkie. Even if I already have 6 of the same product in my stash, I will still buy more, as they all claim to fix or cover our skin woes and who can say no to that. But I always make sure I have done my research, I may not be amazing at saving money (New Years resolution #1 has already failed) I am good at looking online or asking people what they think of a product before I buy it. Always.

1. This first product I bought in a set as the price was cheaper for the set than it was just for the item I was buying. The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (£42.75) promises to correct dark spots and also prevent them from reappearing, evens skin tone and boost skins radiance and has the ability to counter sun spots, acne marks, scars and damage for a brighter and more radiant complexion. First off, it didn't do any of that for me, although it has a very light texture and feels very cooling and refreshing on the skin with its milk like appearance and texture. This caused lots of tiny, red and painful little bumps on my skin, all around my nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. I have tried it numerous occasions to see if it is definitely this that caused it and since I haven't used it I haven't had any of those bumps at all. I don't know if it's an ingredient in it that my skin doesn't agree with but the set it came in had the Cell Renewal Night Cream and the Day Perfecting Cream also from the Vinoperfect line and even using these my skin just is not happy. Which is really disappointing as I need something like this to tackle the scars left behind from breakouts.

2. Next is the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in 50 Porcelaine. I actually really love this foundation, for a drugstore product it really is incredible. But my only beef with Bourjois is there shade range. I have the lightest colour in this and in the Healthy Mix Serum and they are just too dark for my skin tone. It's my own fault, I should have gone with my instincts to leave the happy Light well alone but I couldn't help it. I love the finish, the texture, the blend-ability, but the shade range sucks. Sort it out Bourjois!

3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is well loved by many and I thought I would jump on the band wagon and get this. Which made me think whether the one I got was a dodgey one because I can not get on with this at all. Whether I use it as an over night lip balm or on dry and rough areas like elbows, knees, feet and on my face, this just doesn't not agree with me. As the multipurpose balm it is, it didn't nourish dry patches, be that on my face or body, as a lip balm it was darn awful and didn't help at all. If I had to choose, I preferred the fragrance free offering over the original but I am so glad I got sample sizes rather than full size as I just hate using this and I am so surprised because it had amazing reviews online when I purchased it. 

4. Finally is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop. When The Body Shop released the Camomile Skincare range, everyone went mad for it. I had been looking for a drugstore cleansing oil and although I had just purchased the L'Oreal offering, this was just shouting at me to take it home. So I did a bit of a comparison with them. I would use L'Oreal on the left side of my face, and The Body Shop on the right. Obviously you know the L'Oreal one is a permanent fixture in my skin are routine, but this one was very..... Odd. The scent isn't particularly amazing but it's bearable, what really disappointed me was that it gave me blurry vision after using it to remove eye makeup (which L'Oreal didn't irritate at all) and it just didn't remove makeup like the other did. I haven't really used this since but I need to use it up. I just really hoped it would be the one as I love everything from The Body Shop including the cleansing butter that was released as part of the Camomile range.

That's it for my disappointing products. When research is done there isn't many products that slip through the net of disappointment, but every now and then, one will. These are all my own opinions, these products may work for some people and not others, so please don't think I am saying it would be the same for you. If you would like to see another post like this or a rediscovered products post then let me know.

What products have disappointed you?

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