Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of great beauty blogs in the hopes of getting back into writing about make-up. My favourite posts are always about regretted purchases since I find those the most useful when I’m considering whether or not to buy a product, and there’s nowt better than reading a good rant! So I thought I’d have a go at writing my own but be warned; this is a picture-heavy post and it may load slowly on mobile devices. It’s worth the wait, I promise!
e.l.f. Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils in Precious Pink, Boldly Bronzed, Plum Passion, Gunmetal and Iconic Ivory
Although some of these pencils aren’t bad for the $1 they cost each, the quality is really variable across the shades. Twinkle Teal, Blissful Blush and Grassy Green are good quality for their low price, applying smoothly with little tugging and lots of pigment. As for the other five, they are less impressive. Plum Passion has to be the worst, as it is the hardest of the 8 shades, feels scratchy to apply and hardly has any pigment at all. I had to draw the line you can see on my arm six times in order to get any colour from Plum Passion, and even then it’s still patchy.
Whoops! The shade at the bottom should say ‘Precious Pink’, sorry!
The main reason I regret buying them though is because the temptation to buy all 8 shades was too strong due to the low price, and I was just getting started with make-up when I bought these so I was excited to have lots of colours in my eyeliner arsenal. Because I had 8 eyeliner pencils, I thought I had enough and didn’t buy any other eyeliner pencils for a very long time afterwards, meaning that I was missing out on the myriad of soft, buttery and highly pigmented pencils on the market. How foolish was I? You can never have too many eyeliners!
Everything I ever bought from Victorian Disco Cosmetics
I’m only showing you two of my Victorian Disco eyeshadows today, simply because the rest of my massive collection is in Hull. You make be wondering why these lovely-looking eyeshadows are in this post since they’re pigmented, apply smoothly and were available in a gorgeous range of colours.
As lovely as these eyeshadows are, the enjoyment I used to get out of using them has been thoroughly tainted by the customer service (or lack thereof) of the company I bought them from. The controversy surrounding Victorian Disco is well-documented on several beauty blogs and Reddit’s Indie Makeup and More, so you may well have heard the horror stories about people never receiving their orders. I’m sad to say that the same thing happened to me.
I paid for four orders in one of the final VDC sales, and I never received my make-up. That’s £60 of eyeshadows I never received nor got a refund for. I’ve asked the owner, Ashley, if she’d refund my money numerous times but it never happened. At first I got stalling yet friendly messages absolutely littered with smiley faces and apologies (something along the lines of her not having the money right now but as soon as she did she’d send me a refund on PayPal, blah blah blah…) but after a while she started ignoring me and I’m afraid that’s how the story ends. Victorian Disco Cosmetics is no more, and the Facebook page has now disappeared, so I don’t think there’s anything more I can do – my money is gone forever. As pretty as these shadows are, nowadays they just leave me feeling angry and ripped off, so I can’t enjoy using them. It’s such a shame.
GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer in Classic
As much as I do regret buying this primer, it’s not because I don’t like it. On the contrary, I regret buying it because it doesn’t like me. Despite how silky smooth it made my skin feel, and the staying power it gave my mineral foundation, I’m including the GOSH primer on my list of beauty regrets because it broke me out. There’s a lot of conflicting information on the internet about the effects of silicone-based primers on blemish-prone skin, with some saying that silicone ingredients aggravate acne whereas others say that silicones are great for smoothing out scars and won’t harm your skin.
In any case, the GOSH primer has put me off trying any other silicone primers because of how bad my skin looked after a few weeks of using it every day, but if your skin doesn’t react badly to silicone-based primers then I can highly recommend GOSH Velvet Touch. I can tell that it’s a good quality primer, so it’s a shame that my skin doesn’t agree with it.
Makeup Revolution Cream Blush in Rose Cream
I was expecting to love this blush, but unfortunately the texture just isn’t right as far as I’m concerned. I’ve had this blush for less than six months and it has already dried out to the point of making it incredibly difficult to use, and my stipple brush hardly picks up any colour anymore. In fact, I had to dip my finger into hot water and rub the blush really hard to be able to swatch it for this post… the things I do for this blog, eh?
I don’t think the packaging is quite airtight, so that may have an impact on the limited shelf life. It’s also kind of messy to use, and you have to buff for a long time before the application looks smooth on your cheeks – ain’t nobody got time for that!
e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed
The main problem with this bronzer is that, like the majority of bronzers on the market, the shade is too damn dark. This bronzer is waaaaay too orange for my pale skin! It’s downright glittery rather than having a graceful shimmer, and the colour really doesn’t suit me – it makes my face look dirty rather than ‘sun kissed’. The pigmentation isn’t great either.
If you’re looking for a decent purse-friendly bronzer for pale skin I much prefer the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia, with its gentle shimmer and less orange undertone. The matte Fiji shade looks promising too, I may have to order myself one when they’re back in stock!
Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub
When I purchased this scrub in the Boxing Day sale last year it seemed promising, with its cola scent and beautiful colour, but I just haven’t fallen in love with it as much as I thought I would. I am a massive fan of Bubblegum, the candy pink lip scrub from Lush with the amazing retro sweetie flavour, but Santa’s Lip Scrub is nowhere near as good. The edible red hearts are cute but pointless, and I don’t think it’s abrasive enough to scrub as well as Bubblegum does. It also leaves slight staining on the lips and has a bitter, artificial aftertaste that I really don’t care for. At least I didn’t pay full price for it, I suppose.
MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless and Kooky
These lip lacquers are, without a shadow of doubt, the worst lip products I’ve ever had the misfortune to purchase. They’re just so nasty! First off, the application is impossible. Due to the thick texture and doe foot applicator the lacquer incredibly difficult to apply, especially if you have relatively thin lips like I do. The pigmentation is immense… almost too much so. If you go ever so slightly outside of your lip line, which is easy to do with the provided applicator, you can wipe as much as you like but the skin staining will not come off. It stains the skin instantly, and gives you no time to rectify your mistakes.
I could forgive the instant staining if the lacquer looked good after application, but it’s just downhill from there. When you finally do give in and apply them (very carefully) with a lip brush, you’ll get five minutes of drying matte lip colour before it starts to crack and flake off. The feeling of disgusting-tasting lip colour flaking off your lips every time you smile or speak is absolutely horrible. After taking the photos for this blog post these lacquers went straight in the bin, and good riddance to them. It’d be better value for money if I had just thrown my £6 down a drain. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.
If you’re after a good matte lip lacquer, you can’t go wrong with the Fyrinnae Lip Lustres. The pigmentation is really good, but if you mess up applying first time around and you wipe quick enough, they won’t stain your skin (although it does stain your lips once it sets, and it sticks around for hours, even through drinking and eating). Dragon’s Blood, a dark maroon shade, is my favourite colour but there is a massive range to choose from, including a couple of lovely purples, turquoise and a stunning shade of emerald green. They’re a million times better than the MUA lacquers!
Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Bliss
As I’ve blogged before, I really like the Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipsticks and considering they’re only £1, the value for money is great. However, the shade ‘Bliss’ looks nasty on my pale skin. In fact, it makes me look ill. It’s also a little streaky upon application, unlike the other shades I’ve tried. As much as I love Makeup Revolution, this lippie is a miss for me!
Barry M Lip Paint in Vibrant Pink
Again, this isn’t a case of a bad quality product, more my poor shade selection. This pink is too cool-toned for my skin and makes my face look yellow in comparison. I’m sure it’d suit other people really well, but it’s just not my shade. It applies smoothly with intense pigmentation and has good staying power, so I’d definitely recommend it to people who love colours like this.
Note: I just wanted to quickly add that I really love all of the companies featured in this post (aside from Victorian Disco Cosmetics, of course) and these reviews absolutely do not reflect my views of the brands as a whole! Some of my absolute favourite beauty products are from these brands, and all this post aims to do is to warn beauty addicts everywhere about some ‘miss’ products from some otherwise ‘hit’ cruelty-free companies.
What are your beauty regrets? Let me know in the comments below!
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