Disappointing Products #1



While trying out some new beauty bits recently i've noticed that i've collected quite a few products that I didn't really get on well with. I thought I would share my disappointing products with you as I find these posts really interesting to read. I like seeing what products other people have tested and disliked because I feel like I can skip trying out things that probs wouldn't work for me either.

MUA Luxe Radiant Illumination Highlight Kit #1 £6.00
I picked this up on a whim when I was shopping in Superdrug and I couldn't see the shades inside of the palette. I was sucked in by the name, Radiant Illumination, and thought maybe I could use this to create some really glowy looks. This disappointed me because all the shades are matte which is not what I was expecting from an illuminating palette. Inside consists of a highlighter, a banana powder and 4 blush shades. The powders are quite powdery so there's a lot of kick back when you get them on your brush. The highlighter has the best pigmentation, out of the whole palette, but I don't wear matte highlighters so i'm thinking I can use it as an eyeshadow base. When i've used the banana shade it's too dark for me so it darkens my under eye concealer which is not what I want from an illuminating powder. The blushers are very subtle and you can layer them up to a pretty natural blush shade. So overall, not what I was expecting from a highlighting palette but the blush shades are wearable.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Palettes 1 - Nude £3.99
There was a point where I saw loads of people raving about the Collection eyeshadow palettes, they come in a couple different shades, so I picked up the one with the browny neutral shades. I really struggle wearing these eyeshadows because the pigmentation of them really isn't great. I scratched the top layer of the eyeshadow and the pigmentation only got a little bit better. The shades in the middle are quite hard to blend and come off as quite patchy. The only shades that I thought the pigmentation was okay and could work with was the lightest and darkest shade in the palette.

Makeup Obsession Highlighter in Ice £3.00
If you read the post I did on the Makeup Obsession palette that I made, link here, then you know that I didn't get on with one of the highlighters. I thought I was really going to love Ice as the two other highlighters I tried from Makeup Obsession had amazing pigmentation. So much so, that they seriously have holy grail status from me. But unfortunately, this one comes off as patchy. I have tried to layer a little bit at a time but even so I can't get it to blend nicely onto my face.

Freedom Pro Contour Medium 01 £3.50
I picked up this contour kit because I wanted to try out other drugstore contour kits beside my Sleek one. Online it looked like it could pass as a perfect dupe for the Sleek one. This contour kit disappointed me because the highlight shade is a matte, i'm a bit confused does anyone use a matte highlighter? Also the bronzer is way too warm toned for me to use as a contour. I normally use more a grey/cool tone to contour with. But I have been using this to bronze up my face so it's great that I can use one of the shades in the kit.

Laila London Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder £10
I did a whole review on this powder in this post, link here. If you read my post then you know that I wasn't really impressed with this as a tooth whitening powder. I only noticed the tiniest bit of difference in the whiteness of my teeth and I couldn't justify the price for only a little difference. I have to say though this all natural powder does leave teeth feeling very clean after using it.

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers £3.00
The shades I picked up were Harmony, which is a orangey nude shade, and Kooky which is the purple shade. I'm not a fan of Harmony as it pulls too orangey for me, I prefer my nudes to have more of a brown to them. Why I find these liquid lipsticks disappointing is because whenever I eat or drink with them on they transfer. Especially when eating they literally crumble off! I'm fine with reapplying lipsticks throughout the day but I don't like when my liquid lipsticks have to be constantly topped up. They dry down very matte so I expect them to have a longer staying power than a normal lipstick.

So there are all the products that i've found disappointing recently. I normally do a lot of research about a product before I buy it but because I love trying out makeup products I tend to find quite a few products that just don't do it for me. I'll do more posts like this in the future when I find more disappointing products. Do leave a comment letting me know if you've tried out any products recently that didn't quite work for you.


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  1. I actually love seeing what products other people find disappointing, it's always nice to get a different perspective of some products as usually it's always positive reviews! Luckily I've never tried any of these, sorry they've disappointed you! Thanks for sharing :)

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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    1. Yeah it's great seeing an alternative view on products that just get positive reviews xx

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  2. This is really helpful thank you. I have been really lucky lately and have fallen in love with Urban Decay for setting spray, mascara and eyeliner 😊 I also love Benefit for Brows and Natural collection for lip glosses from 99p 😍

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  3. I agree with the MUA palette. I was really excited when I first got it but it quickly disappointed me. I'm just glad I didn't pay too much for it. x

    Jordan Alice

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    1. I'm so glad someone agrees with me! All i've seen is positive reviews for it but the pigmentation really wasn't there for me, same i'm glad it was just a couple of pounds xx

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  4. This is an idea I've seen kicking round various blogs; I love how you distinguish yourself! Thanks for posting x

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  5. I had the same problem with the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers, I really liked how they look on, but they do crumble so much! Such a shame!

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    1. Such a shame because they do come in some really pretty shades xx

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  6. I really like this post because I think we tend to stray away from bad reviews! X
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I just want to be completely honest, if a product doesn't work for me then I want to let people know xx

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  7. I've never used any of these except for the Laila London powder. I used it a few times (not enough to notice a difference) but just continued with my regular toothpaste cause it felt so strange lol!!
    Nat
    Gorgeousandgeeky.wordpress.com

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    1. It does feel a bit strange doesn't it?! xx

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  8. I love seeing post like these, thanks for honest reviews, I know which products to avoid x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you! I always want to be very honest in my reviews xx

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  9. MUA can be very hit and miss with their products, but you should definitely try their glow gleam highlighting powder in cashmere, it's changed my life! Also pro coals charcoal teeth whitening powder has done wonders for me!

    With Love Yossy x

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    1. I haven't found a MUA product that i've liked so far which is disappointing but i've heard amazing things about that highlighter so i'm interested in trying it out.. oo really did it whiten your teeth alot? xx

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  10. This is such a useful post! I like hearing about other people's dissapointing products, thanks for sharing this x

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    1. Thank you! Same i'm always interested in what other people find disappointing too xx

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  11. I am so glad you made this. Sometimes it can be hard to trust bloggers and the products they promote, you are so honest which is refreshing! I am so impressed with your blog too by the way, you are doing an amazing job with it! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! Thanks for being so kind, it means a lot! I just want to be a 100% percent honest in what I write about and if I don't like products I want to be able to share that xx

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  12. Totally agree about the Mua liquid lipsticks, the purple shade is so hard to apply nicely as well! I used to love those little collection palettes but I'm sure if I tried them now I would hate them haha

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    1. Yeah I find that too! That's good they worked for you.. I might have just picked up a dodgy one xx

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  13. I actually love those Mua liquid lipsticks but I agree they crumble after a big meal. Last me through coffee though x

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. They are pretty I just wish they wouldn't crumble! xx

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  14. Great post.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q

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  15. I find these posts so interesting and helpful! Such a shame about the MUA palette. I'd have thought that a 'Highlight and Radiance' palette would've been shimmery too. I could understand one banana style matte shade, but not six matte shades! I'd have been so disappointed if I'd have bought it. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. Thank you! Yeah so weird that the palette was full of just matte shades.. I was really disappointed when I saw that xx

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  16. I completely agree with your review of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. I have the Kooky shade and I really didn't like it; I've only used it a couple of times. I love the shade, but applying it is so difficult (and unforgiving if you don't get it perfect the first time), and the crumbling within twenty minutes is mad. I love a lot of MUA products generally, but I think there are definitely better lip lacquers on the market!

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    1. All these reasons are why I don't wear this liquid lipstick! I agree 100% there are so many better liquid lipsticks on the market that are way better than the MUA ones xx

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  17. I find exactly the same thing with the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers! I have so many friends who love them but I think there are just so many better options at the drug store!
    EllyCav

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    1. Totally agree! There are so many better options than the MUA liquid lipsticks xx

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