22 October 2013

Products Not Worth the Hype # 4

Products not worth the hype

I've piled up a few more products that didn't quite meet my expectations and decided it was about time I shared them with you. These are products I've tried, tested and don't think are worth the hype. Most of the products mentioned are high street, and one very popular and coveted skincare product, which will probably be surprising for those who adore it.

Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Elixir (Coming soon to Pixi Online, 250ml, £16) - First I will start with the good news for those who have wanted to try this very coveted skincare product - Pixi Glow will soon be available online and you can join the Pixi mailing list to be the first to know when it's finally online to meet the massive demand! Now onto the not so good news. I don't like it. I don't hate it but I don't love it and for me it was a pretty wasted purchase. Glow Tonic is hailed as one of those miracle workers, with incredible ingredients; including top ingredients of Ginseng, Fructose, Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts and is alcohol free (good thing for all skin types!) Glow Tonic is meant to be for dry, dull and aging skin and it's an oxygenating, exfoliating facial glow tonic which works to firm, tone and smooth the skin, removing any nasty dead skin cells. All of this works towards leaving you with healthy, 'glowing' skin. I wanted to pick this up more because of the hype surrounding it and I feel embarrassed to say I spent four months chasing this one bottle down. It works in pretty much the same way as my Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, but whereas the Clarins one does miracles for my skin - this pretty much does nothing. This is such a coveted and blogger hyped product and I suppose it just goes to show that not everyone will react the same way to skincare products. There is literally nothing positive I can report after using this for a substantial amount of time on a regular basis. That, to me, makes it not worth the hype. 

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint (Boots, 20ml, £6.99) - It doesn't take long for me to know whether a foundation will work for me or not, but the new L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint, hailed as being lighter than water for that 'zero makeup feel', left me undecided for so long. I wanted to try this foundation as soon as it released in American and I was thrilled when it came over to the UK. The first time I tried it I thought hey, this is great! It was weightless, it felt like I had nothing on my skin, yeah OK it's so, so sheer and light in consistency but it's easy to build if you let the first application dry before the next. And OK you get less ml for your money in comparison to other high-street foundations, as well as it being a bottle without a pump. But it looked great when first applied and even held off my oil for a good few hours! Yet there's one massive flaw to this foundation and that is that it oxidizes like mad! Throughout the day this just gets a disgusting orange hue to it and when I want a flawless base, an orange tinge and oompa-lumpa glow is not something I'm aiming for.  

Seventeen Phwoar Paint (Boots, 12g, £5.49) - I love that more high street brands are bringing out a bigger variety of concealers, correctors and primers recently and I was intrigued by the recent release of Phwoar Paint from Seventeen. There's a few things which massively let this concealer down for me though and unfortunately, it's just not for me. The consistency is exceptionally thick and sticky and even when warmed between my fingers, I find this difficult to apply with my fingers, although slightly better with a concealer brush. Because it's such a thick consistency, it cakes easily throughout the day and leavings horrible tell-tale makeup faux pas signs under my eyes. It's also only available in two shades and I opted for medium, the darker of the two, which realistically makes my eyes look like that of a Casper. I'll pass thanks.  

Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer (Boots, 7ml, £9.99) - I'm actually quite sad that this didn't work for me as I thought it'd be great if I could finally find a high street primer to work for me. Although that said, if it did work I'd probably be having to replace it pretty darn often as the little 7ml tub doesn't last long with it's slippery and greasy formula. It's meant to smoothing primer, preparing your skin for makeup. For me it just makes my skin feel greasy and it doesn't keep the oil at bay. It smells lovely though!

Have you picked up any disappointing products recently? Or have you tried any of the products mentioned? If so, let me know your thoughts on them - it'd be great to see how these products work for others where they didn't for me. 


Pixi Glow Tonic


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  1. Felt exactly the same way about Pixi Glow Tonic. It does absolutely nothing for my skin! X

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I really was expecting miracles xo

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  2. I'm using the Glow Tonic at the moment and I'm a bit on the fence about it ... I'm not sure whether it's really doing anything but I'm going to persevere. I think after reading your thoughts about the Clarins Exfoliating Toner it's next in line for me to try skin care-wise :)

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    1. Let me know what you think to Glow Tonic once you've decided, would love to hear your thoughts! I 100% recommend the Clarins Exfoliating Toner, it is amazing and really changed my whole look on exfoliators xo

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  3. I really like glow tonic because it does the opposite of what it says! I have REALLY oily skin and it works great and controlling that. If I had dry skin, I don't think i'd like it.

    Lou x

    glitter-fingers.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad Glow Tonic is working for you Laura! :) xo

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  4. So interesting to hear your thoughts on the foundation and glad I didn't give in and buy it now. Lately I've had a few products that I've not been amazed by and unfortunately they are by bourjois which is such a shame as I do love their products usually.

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. A lot of Bourjois' recent releases have been disappointing for me too, esp the bronze range they released over the summer! xo

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  5. I was looking forward to trying the pixi glow tonic but I might just stick to my ren clarifying toner for now and give the clarins a go when I need to repurchase! x

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    1. Definitely give the Clarins one a go over Glow Tonic. It's an amazing product, did wonders for my skin xo

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  6. I'm so glad you did this post as I was literally just thinking that I might try the L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint as my next foundation...but I'm not so keen now knowing that it goes orange! Great post! :) x

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    1. Thanks Catherine, I'm really glad you enjoyed my post! Yeah I'd say give Nude Magique a miss! :) xo

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  7. I love these posts haha :)
    I have glow tonic and I love it, it works wonders for any blemishes I have but I still want to try the clarins toner.
    As for the foundation, ill be steering clear of that, I really can't stand when a foundation oxidises!awful x

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoy these kind of posts Hannah! :) I'm glad Glow Tonic works well for you, too. Give the Clarins one a go if you get the chance and it's utterly lovely! Neither can I - It can really ruin what is otherwise a lovely base! xo

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  8. This post is awesome! Was really wondering about all of these and you've kept me happy with what I have! Will stick to clarins toner and my bobbi brown concealer <3 x

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    1. Thanks Sarah :) Glad you enjoyed my post! Ah I love the Bobbi Brown concealer and corrector, amazing products! xo

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  9. Oh no! I'm gutted about the Phwoar Paint, I've heard such good things about it! :( Beth xox

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    1. Products will always work differently from person to person though - It might work wonderfully on you :) xo

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  10. I agree with you on the Phwoarr Paint, the thick formula gathers in the little lines around my eyes, though it definitely does a good job of concealing. I really like the Pixi Glow Tonic, but my skin is oily and highly blemish prone, so perhaps is better suited to that sort of skin type xx

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    1. Yeah fab job at concealing! I think the formula just needs to be a slight lighter and easily to blend! My skin is super oily too! I think it just didn't like my skin as it did nothing at all for me. Glad it works well for you though! :) xo

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  11. If you're looking for a high street primer, you should try one of the new Bourjois serum ones. I'm loving the luminous one but there is a matte one too if that's more your thing :) xx

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    1. I will look into them, thank you for the recommendation :) xo

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  12. I really didn't like that foundation either - I've yet to find a L'Oreal foundation I like :/

    Georgina
    www.makeup-pixi3.com

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    1. I actually think this was my first L'Oreal foundation? Not a great one to start with, that's for sure! xo

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  13. I'm still on the fence with it - I don't find that it oxidises on me but I do find that sometimes it emphasises my pores, but then sometimes it doesn't and sometimes it makes dry patches worse, but sometimes it doesn't. I Think I'm about ready to say that it's a 'barely bothering with makeup but would like a minor improvement upon skin' product - I will use it, I doubt I'll repurchase it. Heh I've been planning on a review on this and I've just written it there.

    I quite like the phwoar paint, but then I am super pale, the shade light is perfect for me - It does crease sometimes under my eyes but creases less than other concealers that are that dense. I can't decide but I do kinda like it. Quite gutted because I really want to try their on the spot concealer which is in a tube but it seems it's only available in medium? Or it is in the two stores I go to and I keep forgetting to check online (going to check now whilst I remember!) xx

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    1. Yup, only in medium... I may have to hope they have a sampler next time I go in so I can, at least, see what medium looks like. But, seriously, why would you release a concealer in one shade?!

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