I consider myself pretty lenient as far as beauty products are concerned – even if a product doesn’t work for me, I automatically conjure up situations where this product would be great for someone else, but I just could not find an excuse for these products. I’ve tried these as many ways as I could think to try them, and I just ended up disappointed.
As far as face products are concerned, there are two products with opposite problems: the Bare Minerals Ready Touch Up Veil ($23) in Translucent, and Benefit’s Fake Up ($24) in Medium. I loved the Bare Minerals veil when I first got it – it’s small, easy to carry around, and it mattifies really well. But, it shattered after one week in my bag, and I carry it in a pretty secure Whistles clutch. Additionally, if you’re not super oily, it feels a bit like chalky baby powder, and I’m just not into it. The concealer has the opposite problem: it sits on the skin and feels greasy all day. It transfers, creases, and does everything you do not want a concealer to do. I just cannot figure this one out.
I also have three eye products that I haven’t been loving, and they may be a little controversial, so hold on to your seats! First up is the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($6) in Milk. I bought this after reading many a review about how much it enhances eyeshadow colors, and it definitely does do that, but it creases after literally 10 minutes! I’ve tried it over multiple primers and haven’t been able to fix that issue. Speaking of primers, I received a sample of the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base ($25) with a palette purchase at some point, but I find that this is essentially useless – it feels good going on, but it doesn’t actually extend the wear time of my eyeshadows, so it’s an unnecessary step for me. I think I’ll stick with my UD Primer Potion.
Lastly, I have Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara ($20) on my dislike list, which is a surprise because I typically love Tarte products. It gives fluttery, pretty lashes upon application, but on me, it flakes everywhere. By lunch time, I have little flakes all over my cheek bones, which is just not a cute look.
Does anyone have any tips on how to make these products work? I’d love to hear what y’all think!