DIOR FOREVER FLAWLESS PERFECTION FUSION MAKEUP
The only thing I find enjoyable about this foundation is the beautiful bottle, otherwise it's been a complete bust for me. This foundation is marketed as long lasting formulation with a natural matte finish. For some reason, this foundation does not go on my face well. I find that it dries into my skin quickly before I get a chance to blend it in at all. As a result I find it to be incredibly cakey on the skin without camoflaging any blemishes or redness on the skin. In fact, it seems to draw attention to any textured skin like acne scarring or pores. I've tried it with/without primer/powder/moisturizer and I can't get it to work for me and my skin. I don't think I can finish this bottle on my own, and I will be passing this along to someone else.
CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTORS
I am afraid of a full on mutany for the words I am about to type... I really don't get the fuss about the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors. I don't see the purpose of paying nearly $20 for the sheerest lip gloss in the world. Yes, it feels like a lip balm on the lips, but the color literally does not show up on my lips at all. I have two shades, 02 (light peach) and 04 (light pink), which look essentially the same on my lips. Perhaps my lips are too pigmented for the sheer color to show up, but I never reach for these. My recommendation for a sheer tinted lip balm that is beautifully pigmented would be the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms for a very purse-friendly $5.
L'OREAL COLOR RICHE EXTRAORDINAIRE LIP COLOR
These liquid lipsticks/gloss hybrids were released earlier in the year with a lot of hype surrounding them. Even Kim Kardashian sported the nude shade on her wedding day. While I love the color of 101 Rose Melody, I'm not a fan of the feel on the lips. I find them to be drying and patchy to apply. I also find that they are so slippy that they can easily smudge onto your face or teeth. When I compare these to the Maybelline Gloss Elixirs, these L'Oreal offerings don't hold a candle.
URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL
I suppose I have more issues with the color Naked, than I do with the formula itself. This shade was marketed as a very universal nude liner though I find that it has a hint of orange in it which makes it look really unflattering. Application-wise, I find that it doesn't blend into any lipstick that is placed over top and I think visible lip liner is a MAJOR makeup faux-pas.
CLINIQUE QUICKLINER FOR LIPS
I love everything about this lip liner except for one thing. It has a great name (Velvet Rose), a gorgeous berry rose pigment, and feels ultra moisturizing on the lips. Unfortunately, I find this liner to have absolutely no staying power, worn with or without lipstick. It kills me to harp on this gorgeous liner, but it just doesn't perform to my standards.
ESSENCE METALLIC EFFECT EYESHADOW IN 70 FOX IN THE BOX
I'm usually impressed by products from the very affordable drugstore brand, Essence, but this one is a total flop. It looks like a gorgeous metallic copper in the pan but is poorly pigmented when swept over the lids. Even after applying the eye shadow wet, it was still a very sheer color on the lids. I'll pass on this one.
MAYBELLINE AGE REWIND ERASER DARK CIRCLES CONCEALER
This drugstore undereye concealer receives a lot of love in the beauty community. I'm not sure if the shade is not light enough for my skin tone (I have Light), but I really don't see any brightening effects on the skin. It doesn't really completely cover up my blue under eye bags either. I'll try to finish this up so I don't waste product but I certainly won't be repurchasing.
What products have left you underwhelmed lately? I'd love to know what to avoid next!
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