Category Archives: Things I Don’t Love

Things I don’t love: Flawless Liquid Foundation

Oh man, was this foundation a disappointment.  I have a few products from Nude by Nature that I love so I was SO hopeful that this Flawless Liquid Foundation would work for me but… I. Just. Don’t. Love. It.

But firstly, the pros:

* The packaging is really beautiful: Frosted glass bottle. Rose gold cap and a nice pump. This looks and feels lux.  It retails for $39.95 so it isn’t budget makeup!

* Nude by Nature prides themselves on using good ingredients and it claims to be appropriate for even very sensitive skin.

And to be fair, for me, that is where the pros end.

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They advertise this as being medium, build able coverage with a long lasting, satin matte finish that is like a ‘second skin.’ I mean it SOUNDS great but in my experience none of these claims were realised.

Firstly, this foundation oxidises like nobody’s business. I was SHOCKED. The colour darkened so much and went so orange it became a total mis-match shade wise.

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Flawless Liquid Foundation – this formula oxidises! A fresh swatch on the left compared to the oxidised colour after a couple of minutes on my hand.

Secondly the coverage is so sheer. Two coats and all my blemishes were still totally visible.  It’s almost more like a bb cream. In an attempt for any kind of coverage I used it in combination with the Nude by Nature powder mineral foundation but the finished look was quite cakey.  (FYI I quite like the powder mineral foundation normally).  Also, this Flawless Liquid Foundation doesn’t last on my skin.  I could see it wearing off completely within a couple of hours and by the end of the day I could barely see it left on my skin.

Lastly, this is the patchiest foundation I have ever tried. I literally couldn’t get this to blend with a brush or a sponge. It’s like as you blend, it just picks up on its self and it was lifting off as quickly as I could lay it down.

This is a foundation I just don’t understand.  In my experience the product is so different to the description I’m Left wondering how it made it through to sale. If you use and love this, please let me know how you make it work.  I purchased this on sale and I’m SO glad I did because this isn’t a cheap foundation and it’s been a total fail for me.

If you want to try the Nude by Nature brand I can really recommend their brushes and they sell them in great value sets which are well worth the money.

Have a wonderful day!

Things I don’t Love: The Natural Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows

Full disclosure.  I purchased this palette for three reasons that didn’t really have anything to do with the product inside.  1) the packaging is super cute, 2) I love the ‘warm nude all-in-1 shimmer strip palette for the face’ from the same range and 3) I got it on sale.  This may explain some of my disappointment with this palette.  But I digress.

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Top: All-in-1 face palette, below: eye enhancing palette

 

The Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer Strip palette is a mini shadow palette that contains nine warm, nude, shimmer shades.  It is marketed as containing eye enhancing shadow shades and a liner shade, and as you can see from the swatches, the dark liner shade is certainly the most pigmented shadow of the bunch.  Pigmentation is my main gripe with this palette.  The shadows are soft and pretty, but they are very firmly pressed and I had a hard time building up any kind of real pigmentation on the eye.  Plus, the colours are all SO SIMILAR on the eye that it is hardly worth having nine to choose from!  And being all shimmers, this is not a stand alone palette for me.

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Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer strip swatches… very similar!

I really was unimpressed by this palette.  I found the colours, such as they were, faded on me quite quickly and it really is accurately named in being ‘natural’ and ‘nude’ as this is certainly “no makeup” makeup.  I also own the ‘Warm Nude Shimmer Strip All-in-1 face palette‘ from this range and I LOVE it as a highlighter.  In my opinion it also works much better as eyeshadow too than this actual eyeshadow version!   Plus there is a better range of colours in the All-in-1 shimmer strips too.

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All-in-1 Shimmer strips palette and the Natural Nude eye enhancing shimmer strips.

Another con for me is that the strips of the eyeshadow palette are not separated and each colour strip is really narrow so it is hard to pick up discrete colours with your brush.

Basically, I don’t love this.

The ‘Natural Nude Shimmer Strip Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows’ retails for $24.95 in Australia. WOW.  That is expensive!  It contains only 7.5g of product and if I had paid that price for this product I would have been extremely disappointed.  Honestly, order a Revolution Beauty or ColourPop pressed shadow palette for half the price and you will be so much happier!

Have a wonderful day.

p.s.  Why do Physician’s Formula have to name their products such LONG names!!!

Things I don’t love: Australis lip liners

Welcome back to my ‘things I don’t Love’ series where I discuss products I didn’t like, or that just didn’t work for me.  This week’s focus is pencil lip liners.  Now, I was initially excited to try these lip liners from Australis, as I enjoy my Australis face base products so much and was keen to try other things in their range. As soon as I swatches these lip liners though, I knew they weren’t going to be my thing.

In a nutshell these are hard and waxy.  Boo!

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swatches: Lady in Red (top) and Kiss Me Quick (bottom)

Yes, they can be pigmented and the colours are super pretty but they just aren’t the sort of formula that I prefer in a lip liner.  I don’t like to have to really push a pencil with pressure across my lips to line them.  I just don’t.  I’m looking for a creamy formula that is matte and lasts well.  And that is just not what you get with these.  I tried them a couple of times but to be honest I just didn’t enjoy them, never reached for them and now I am decluttering them basically unused.

If you like a firmer, waxy lip liner then you may really enjoy these but if you are looking for something a bit creamer and smoother to apply then I recommend trying the Essence lip liners (which are cheaper and infinitely better!) or the ColourPop lip liners which also have a really nice formula (full review coming on the ColourPop liners!).

So that’s it!  Have a great day 🙂

Things I don’t love – E.L.F. Studio Blush

These Studio blushes from E.L.F. have been in my collection for a long time and I am only now coming to review them as the truth is, I really don’t reach for these.  It is a shame really, as I had read quite good reviews and seen lots of good things about them on youtube, but I was really unimpressed by this formula, as it is represented in the two shades I have tried: mellow mauve and candid coral.

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E.L.F. studio blushes in Mellow Mauve and Candid Coral

Firstly, the texture of these is pretty dry and dusty.  You can see in the pan that as you start to use these powders they become kind of grainy too which isn’t really an issue but it is a bit odd.  These will kick up product when you dip your brush in so be gentle.

Both of these shades are very wearable.  I would say that these colours would only suit fair complected people as they really aren’t that pigmented.  Saying that, as I am fair, I am happy to work with a blush that isn’t too pigmented because then I don’t need to worry about looking like a clown when I slap it on in a rush … they are pretty fool proof.  But even on my fair skin, I find I have to build these up a lot to get much pigmentation.

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Candid Coral

I initially thought that these powders were matte but actually they are more of a satin formula.  Candid Coral in particular has quite a pronounced golden/coral glow when you sheer it out on the cheek.  Although I normally love a glowy blush, I don’t find this shade very flattering on me which is odd because I normally love coral colours on myself.

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Mellow Mauve

I really wanted to love Mellow Mauve but it just doesn’t show up that well on me.  I had to do a very heavy swatch for this image, but it is much more sheer with a brush.  It also has a bit of a glow, but it is much less pronounced than the Candid Coral shade.

The greatest disappointment though is actually the wear time of these.  I can handle needing to pile on the product as long as it lasts, but I find that these blushes fade VERY quickly on my skin even though I use a primer and fixing spray!  Sometimes I feel like Mellow Mauve has disappeared before I have even left the house for work!

Overall, I just don’t love these individual studio blushes.  They aren’t terrible, but I don’t reach for them.  If you want to try a good blush formula from E.L.F. I can highly recommend the Blush Palette in Light.  I will be decluttering these singles and just using my palette from now on as it really is so much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

Things I don’t love: E.L.F. High Definition Banana Powder

Welcome back to the ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where I discuss products that I just don’t love, or didn’t work for me.  Today I want to discuss the E.L.F. High Definition Powder in the Banana shade.

There are two reasons why this product didn’t work for me and neither of them have to do with the formula of the powder itself.  This powder is very finely milled and super soft.  It applies really nicely to the skin and feels silky.  I haven’t tried the translucent shade of this product, but I think I would enjoy it very much and have it on my wish list.

So after all those positives, why has this appeared in my ‘things I don’t love’ series??  Well, because of this….

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very pigmented BRIGHT yellow!!!!!!!!  

The tone of this powder is so bright yellow and it is really pigmented.  I imagine that for someone out there with a different skin tone to mine, that makes this a perfect product but for me, there is no way I can use this where it doesn’t leave me looking yellow.  The effect actually makes my skin look kind of sallow and sickly rather than having the desired brightening effect.

The other con about this product for me is that the packaging of this powder is uber bulky.  I believe that E.L.F. has recently repackaged these powders so that may no longer be an issue but I’m just putting it out there.

So, if you are looking for a very pigmented banana powder then I can recommend this one from E.L.F. but if you are a pale girl, you will probably find this to be too pigmented and therefore too yellow to be practical.

Have a wonderful day!

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F Baked Eyeshadow Palettes

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series.  Today I have three baked eyeshadow palettes to discuss from E.L.F.

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California

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

Here is where I have to admit a very amateur mistake.

These baked eyeshadow palettes from E.L.F looked so beautiful online that I purchased three of them from the range on impulse in a single order.  And if the only purpose of these palettes was to sit there and look pretty, they would be great.  In the pan, these look beautiful, BUT, they are supposed to be wearable as eyeshadow… and in that role, these palettes are very disappointing.

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NYC

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

  • Firstly, they are very hit and miss.  There are a couple of shades in each palette which seem to bee quite smooth and pigmented and are really pretty but these are in the minority.
  • For the most part these shadows are hard, dry and lack pigmentation.  The swatches I have provided here are heavy finger swatches – these are not nearly so pigmented with a brush.
  • These get a hard pan layer really quickly!!
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You can see here that the shadows are already getting a hard-pan layer

  • It is difficult to pick up product unless you really scrub your brush into them, at which point they crumble.
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Here you can see how the shadows crumble when used

  • You WILL get shadow everywhere when using these.  Shadow in the palette, on your work surface and fallout all over your face, particularly if you use them dry.
  • You can use a fixing spray, water or some other mixing medium to foil these and that does work, but I still find them to be quite patchy.
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I picked the most pigmented shade from the California palette for this example.  The top swatch is foiled with fixing spray and the bottom is the same colour swatched dry with a brush.

Overall, I was SO disappointed by these.  The reviews online seem to be quite good and one girl on youtube actually put these in her ‘top products from E.L.F’ video – but I have to be honest, these palettes are not worth the trouble in my opinion.  I have not had a look from these that I have been happy with and they really are just a hot mess to work with.

The most pigmented of the three palettes is Seattle.  Some of the purples in the top row are quite pigmented and very pretty, but the bottom row contains some of the worst shadows I have ever used – very hit and miss!

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Seattle

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

To put it bluntly, these palettes are more trouble than they are worth and I will be decluttering them.

If you are looking for a cruelty-free, budget-friendly baked eyeshadow you can buy great little trios from MUA (see my review here) or quads from Makeup Revolution (see my review here).  Both brands produce creamy, pigmented and totally beautiful baked eyeshadows that work really well dry and look stunning when foiled.

As for these shadows from E.L.F, I really don’t love them.

Things I Don’t Love – Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

I purchased this Mosaic Compact Powder from Essence on an impulse one day at my local chemist.  I was waiting for a script and saw this on their stand.  They didn’t have a tester out but it seemed like a pretty, light bronzing powder (not too orange) and it was very affordable so I just grabbed it.  Now, I love Essence products typically, so I had high hopes but this Mosaic Compact Powder has one fatal flaw in my books:  Glitter.

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Can you see those sparkles?  That is silver micro-glitter my friends.

The overall texture is quite soft but the glitter makes it grainy to the touch.  I did enjoy the tone of this powder – colour wise it could have worked well as a very natural bronzer for my pale skin.  I found the formula to be a bit dry and dusty so if you blend too much the pigment seemed to disappear – but not that glitter!  I just can’t deal with the silver micro-glitter.

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Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

As you can see from the images above the glitter isn’t that obvious when you first look at this product, but trust me, the first time I wore it the sparkles caught my eye all day.

To try and get some use out of this I did take it with me on a trip to Bali and used it as a body bronzer.  It worked ok for that in the context of a resort holiday, where wearing glitter near the sand while drinking cocktails, seems appropriate… but I don’t live the kind of life that requires ‘sparkly body bronzing’ on a daily basis.

I haven’t worn it since and that was over a year ago.

If a sparkly, affordable and fair bronzer sounds like your thing, you can purchase this Mosaic Powder Compact for AU$5.75 from Priceline, but I have to admit that I just don’t love this product.

Have an amazing day!

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F. Shimmer powders

The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality.  In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.

Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging.  Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here.  There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional.  These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face.  I immediately threw them away.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Pink

I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe.  The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey.  If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Gold

The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up.  Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted.  Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin.  Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.

Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them.  I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people!

Things I don’t love: E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams

Welcome back to another instalment of my ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where we discuss products that didn’t work for me or I just don’t love.  And this review, unfortunately, is definitely a product that DIDN’T work for me!

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Black Licorice

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Moche Swirl

The E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams are probably some of the worst makeup products I have come across.  My expectations of a cream shadow are that the colour sets on the skin, that they do not crease and that they have reasonable pigmentation.  Unfortunately the Duo Eye Shadow Creams failed in each of these criteria in my experience.

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Blueberry

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Sugar Cookie

The texture of these creams is thin, very greasy and kind of sticky.  This issue is amplified in the warmer months where they seem to melt and get really soft.  The pigmentation is variable depending on the shade, but I don’t find that they ‘stick’ to the eyes very well and the slick formula makes them hard to blend out with any kind of control.  They just slip and slide all over the lids for me!

I purchased these duo shadows with the intention of using them as an eyeshadow base but they caused every eye look to crease for me, regardless of what powdered eyeshadow I attempted to set them with.  And I don’t normally have issues with creasing at all.  Also, in my experience, the colours faded quite quickly over time.  If I haven’t set them with a powdered shadow they just seem to disappear off the eyes within a couple of hours – particularly the lighter shades.

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Butter Pecan

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Coffee & Cream

These duo’s sell for AU$3 on the Australian ELF website but if I had my time again, I would save the $3.  I really haven’t been able to find a use for these and they will make their way out of my collection in my next declutter.

If you own these cream shadows I hope you had better luck!

Have a great day 🙂

 

Things I Don’t Love: MUA – Matte palettes

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series where we discuss products that didn’t work for me or that I just haven’t loved.

I purchased two matte palettes from MUA at this time in 2015.  I hadn’t tried any eyeshadows from MUA at the time so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had read many good reviews so I had high hopes.  The two palettes that I picked up are the Ever After Matte Palette and the Winter Forest Matte Collection and I have to say that I don’t love either of these palettes.

Firstly, the packaging is quite cheap looking and is extremely basic in style.  There is no mirror provided and these palettes come with 10 shadows.  On a positive note, both palettes have a sticker on the back that provide shade names, which I do like.  Another pro is that these are very compact.DSC02978

Looking at the Ever After Matte Palette first, you can see that the shades are very neutral and there are a number of shades in the palette that look quite similar – particularly the shades in the top row and the first two browns in the second row.  Annoying!

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MUA – Ever After Matte Palette

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Top Row, left to right: Unwrap, Butter, Bare, Taffeta, Fade.

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Bottom Row, left to right: Penny, Chino, Truffle, Fog, Smoke.

The Winter Forest Matte Collection has an unusual range of colours but I can see how this was curated for ‘winter.’  Again, the pigmentation is extremely hit and miss – either quite poor or staining.  The two grey shades (Smoke and Dove Grey) make my eyes look tired and bruised so I never use these shades.  Also, the dark blue (Midnight) and the teal colour (Aqua), really do stain so if you don’t use a primer these are hard to blend and difficult to remove.

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MUA – Winter Forest Matte Palette

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Top Row, left to right: Smoke, Midnight, Aqua, Azure, Camel.

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Bottom Row, left to right: Slate, Dove Grey, Chino, Truffle, Sand.

The formula of these shadows is consistent across these two palettes so I am going to make a few general points:

  • The texture of these shadows in general is very dry.
  • Some of them are very densely packed into the pan so they also feel very hard to the touch.
  • The dry texture converts to a crumbly, dusty powder when you tap in your brush.
  • The pigmentation is really not great and you can see in the swatches that these shadows can be quite patchy (I made an effort to blend these out smoothly as they were so very dusty/crumbly).
  • It is sort of a weird situation of having the shadows either blend away to nothing OR having them be so dark that they kind of stain and are hard to blend.

I feel like these shadows appear to be much better quality in the swatches here than they are in real life.  I never reach for these palettes because I just don’t enjoy these shadows at all.  I feel like I can build and build some of the mid-toned crease shades and just don’t seem to get anywhere pigmentation wise – with a brush they just don’t seem to transfer well to the lids, even with a primer.

Overall, I can’t recommend these matte palettes from MUA.  I know that people really rate the MAU eyeshadow palettes but these really haven’t worked for me.  In my opinion if you want a great budget-friendly, cruelty-free matte eyeshadow palette, the Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Audacious Matte palette is excellent and I believe it is the same price!  You can read my review of the Pro 12 Audacious Matte palette here for more information.

Have a fantastic day!