Products not worth the hype # 5

26 Jun 2014

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A picture of Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Pink Lights
 No matter how much you want to love a product, sometimes it's just not meant to be.

I recently raved about the Makeup Revolution Redemption Shimmering Essentials Palette, which I am a big fan of. Incredible pigmentation, the longevity is fab. Easy to blend, great to work with shadows, love it. But I was really disappointed when I tried Baked Highlighter in Pink Lights (£3*) Whereas I adore the Redemption palette, there's not much grabbing me with Pink Lights. I've seen some rave reviews for the Makeup Revolution highlighters, so I thought I'd feel the same. I'm not overly keen on the packaging, the design in the product isn't the prettiest - I actually think a smooth finish would have been nicer. The formula is super soft, incredibly easy to pick up on your brush but no unnecessary fallout. But the product itself feels cheap, it doesn't sit on the skin well for long and there's far too much shimmer for me to pull it off.

We've seen a huge variety of temporary hair colourants being launched over the past 12 months, a product and 'hype' I was more than happy to join in with. But after trying the Chelsea Boutique Chelsea Chalks (£18*), I'm not so sure. I was really excited to try the Chelsea Chalks, but I just found them impossible to use. They came with no instructions, so at first I wasn't sure what to do with them. I found a 'how-to' video on the website, but the results shown were nothing like what I could achieve; as soon as you start to brush your hair, the colour just disappears, and even when my hair was extremely damp, I didn't get much colour transfer. Just a touch too messy for me.

I have wanted to try Inglot for absolutely ages and last year I finally took the plunge and made the trip to Shepherd's Bush Westfield shopping center, to check out the store. Unfortunately, not one single product I had on my wishlist was in stock but I didn't want to leave without trying something, so I started browsing the lip products. I was instantly drawn to the AMC Lip Gloss (£12) range, which Inglot describe as a soft and re-hydrating formula with smooth and even application, alongside mixtures of liquid crystals with react to your skin colour or chosen lipstick, to create a 3D effect. I opted for shade 545, a brilliant neon orange that is just one of the most stunning colours, perfect for the oranges in my lipstick stash. Swatched? It's lovely. Yet on the lip it feels sticky, the effect is pretty non-existent and the formula is far too thin in consistency. Gutted!

We all know I love my skincare, and it's rare I say a product is disappointing, but I just couldn't get on with the Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm (£65*), a microdermabrasion exfoliating cream. I adore exfoliators, having a few different types and formulas in my stash, they're a regular part of my skincare routine. Promising to smooth, refine and renew skin, Hydroactive is formulated with micro-exfoliants, natural extracts and high-grade micronised Magnesium Oxide crystals. For me? It's just too harsh on my skin. It feels lovely for the first few seconds, but after that each time I've used it my skin has felt sore, raw and has looked fairly pink in tone. I'm not overly rough with any skincare product, but even the slowest pace of massage was just too much with this one. Definitely not for those with sensitive skin.

I am a huge fan of The Body Shop and their bronzing range in general. I often hail their Honey Bronzer Powder as the best everyday bronzer there is, being perfect for an overall glow or natural-looking contour (seriously, even the palest of beauties can pull the powder bronzer off!) But there's one product in the Honey Bronze range I just can't get to grips with. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Gel For Face (£12*) is a product I've tried in a few different shades, and everytime I've just found it a touch too orange in tone. Massaging the gel in isn't too bad, but if you use a darker shade it can almost look like streaky tan. The scent is, of course, beautiful, with the signature honey scent the range carries, but it feels drying on my skin. I think I'll stick to the powder!

Have you tried any disappointing products recently? Or maybe you love one of the products I've featured here? Let me know - I'd love to hear how others got on with the products which didn't work for me!

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