As 2015 is coming to an end, it is time for a reflection on what we impulsively bought from our favourite drugstores. We take a look back at the make-up items we regret buying this year.
Words: Lauren Banton, Subeditor: Teh Yusof
If you’re anything like me, whenever you visit town you always end up venturing into Boots or Superdrug. Somehow you find yourself in the make-up section scanning all the different ranges that brands offer. Then, you think about your make-up collection at home and come to realise you really don’t need anything else. But then all rational thinking is lost and you’re at the checkout with a new mascara, lipstick and foundation.
Excitement kicks in and you can’t wait to try out a new look using what you’ve bought. You go to apply the make-up and think WHAT IS THIS? You’re overwhelming joy disappears and you can’t help but think you should never have even entered the shop in the first place. Well, this has happened to me all too many times, and to save you from this here are my make-up purchase regrets of 2015.
Make-up Revolution pro fix spray
This claims to be a lightweight setting spray that will keep foundation and eye make-up looking freshly applied for 12 hours, it definitely doesn’t do that. Instead, it feels like you have poured a bucket of water over your face. It takes nearly 1o minutes to properly dry and “set” the make-up, your face will feel sticky as the liquid absorbs into your foundation. If you like your foundation looking dewy, then this make work for you, however for those that like a more matte look it will leave your skin shiny and your foundation oxidised. It doesn’t keep your make-up in place for 4 hours let alone 12, I don’t think it’s a necessary step as my make-up lasted longer without using the setting spray.
NYC Big Bold Angel Lash Mascara
It’s described as a featherweight volume mascara, I’m not sure what is meant by that, I can only assume that your lashes are meant to appear more bold without being heavy and thick. It also says that your lashes will be flexible and never brittle which is true when using this, however it also contributes to it’s downfall. From a big, bold lash mascara I would expect added volume in the first layer, sadly this does not deliver. I purchased it after reading reviews about how good it was for cheaper mascara, but for me I didn’t notice any volume and my lashes certainly weren’t bold. I found that I had to build the product up in order for my desired bold lash look, but as expected they ended up clumpy and brittle. It’s not bad for a general mascara, but if it’s volume you want, this is not the one!
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
I didn’t know that to expect from a coloured lip butter, apart from it being highly moisturising. I bought it in the shade “Tutti Fruitti” in early summer with the thought that it would be the perfect bright shade. I was wrong. It definitely delivers on the mositurising aspect but it falls into the category of a sticky lipgloss. It’s not very pigmented, which isn’t a bad thing, however I found that I was having to constantly reapply it in order to see any evidence that I was wearing a lip product. Essentially I paid £7.99 for a sticky, slightly tinted lip balm.
No7 Match Made Concealer
I had high expectations from No7 as the concealer had won a the Elle Beauty Awards in 2013. Admittedly, it does it’s job of concealing extremely well. When I first applied it I was happy with the product, I thought the texture was slightly odd as it is similar to a creamy powders. However, when I looked in the mirror two hours later my under eye area was cracked and where I had concealed the dark spots around my mouth it had started to create wrinkles. If you think setting it with powder would prevent it from cracking you are wrong! This concealer doesn’t work with any foundation or powder. It is described as a true skin match, although in reality there is a slight grey undertone that is difficult to blend. The one good thing is that it comes in 16 different shades.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Foundation
Two words: DON’T BOTHER. I love Revlon, but I was extremely disappointed by this foundation. It’s medium to full coverage and is meant to give a flawless and airbrushed effect in all lighting. On application it goes on smoothly and it’s all very promising, until you are a few hours into the day. Disaster strikes, although it is an oil free formula, your face will be glowing in the worst possible way. The foundation makes its way to the surface of your skin and will stay there shining away for the rest of the day. If this wasn’t bad enough, on closer inspection I noticed what I thought was glitter all over my face. I soon came to realise that in fact these were light-reflecting pigments that are meant to improve the over all finish. Revlon claims it reflects light without being over shimmery, I beg to differ, as you were barely able to tell whether it was my face or a giant disco ball. One bonus is it looks amazing in pictures, but that doesn’t justify spending money on it. Needless to say, I will not be purchasing it again!
The next time you buy a make-up item on a whim, think, think again and then think about this happening to you…don’t do it!