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Monday 27 February 2017

Five products that didn't live up to the hype for me

Hyped up products are tricky ones because expectations are high and it is easy to get carried away with "the next best thing". After some disappointments, I try not to jump on the hype bandwagon and purchase products as soon as they are released. My cynical head says that some products are hyped because the brand behind them has a large marketing budget and know how to cause a stir but, of course, there are some products that deserve the hype around them because they are genuiely amazing products. Before I get into this post, which I know may be a little divisive, I want to remind you that beauty is subjective - what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa.  Also, I am not saying that these are bad products - it's more  a case of them just not living up to the hype for me. Some of them I will still use, they just aren't my favourites and others I will pass on to others who might enjoy them more than I do.

Make Up Geek shadows: I know this one may come as a shocker to lots of readers! I waited a long time before placing a Make Up Geek order for a number of reasons - mainly because I was overwhelmed by the selection so didn't know where to start, but also because everybody and their mother was raving about them and I just didn't want to be disappointed. Now don't get me wrong, these shadows are not bad, in fact, they are pretty good in terms of pigmentation, texture (some better than others in this regard though) and longevity. However, they are priced at €7.20 each whereas MAC shadows are slightly cheaper at €7 each and in my opinion, MAC shadows are a superior quality. I must add that I am talking about MAC refill shadows here because the MUG shadows come without a pot too. Before buying any MUG shadows, I read that the quality was on a par with Urban Decay, MAC etc and whilst I think the quality is pretty good, I have other brands of eyeshadow that I prefer and reach for more often - Too Faced, Natasha Denona, Anastasia Beverly Hills, for example. Those brands are more expensive to buy shadows from individually so perhaps that comparison is a little unfair but if I were to choose between MAC & MUG, I would definitely choose MAC. If Make Up Geek shadows were priced at €5 or €5.50 then maybe I would choose them but if they are going toe to toe with MAC in terms of price, I personally would choose MAC. MUG shadows are good but as good as the hype? In my opinion, no!

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum: I bought this just after Christmas after reading so many rave reviews. I'm a sucker for anything that promises to add some radiance to my skin and blur imperfections but, for me, this doesn't live up to the hype. In terms of adding radiance and brightening fatigued-looking skin, then yes, it does that - but blurring imperfections? Hell, no! This exasperated the visible pores in my cheek area and seemed to highlight areas with texture issues that I hadn't even noticed previously! I am so disappointed! I tried adding a drop to one of my more matte/satin finish foundations and that worked a little better but I have similar products that do a much better job - Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, for example. I think that if you have normal skin, without any fine lines and no pore issues, you would get on well with this product but for me, it's a no.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation: Again, like everything else here today, this is not a bad product but it just didn't live to the hype. I loved the original HD foundation but have yet to try the HD Ultra foundation. The reason I put this stick version on my wishlist was because it is described as being ideal for dry skin. My problems with this foundation is that the coverage isn't as what I expected - one layer is too sheer for me but when I apply a second layer, it doesn't blend well and is therefore, visible on my skin. I am hoping that when I finish my medication in a few months time, that my skin will not be as dry and lizard like as it is right now and this might work better for me. If you like this foundation and have dry skin, please tell me what primer you use with it or any other tips that you might have. I haven't given up on this product yet, but so far, it hasn't lived up to the hype.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser: I received a sachet sample of this with a Feel Unique order and liked how it dissolved my makeup effectively so I went on to purchase a full size tub but I feel that this is one of those products where the sample lures you in and you are left disappointed with the product itself. The texture of this is different from other cleansers that I use and its good points are that it does literally melt my makeup away and doesn't sting my eyes, however I feel like it leaves a film on my skin no matter how well I rinse and also leaves my skin feeling dry. I have continued to use it occasionally and will finish the tub but definitely won't repurchase because there are much better cleansers/makeup removers out there that cost a lot less than this.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder: Again this is not a bad product - just not for me. To use this, I dip a damp cotton wool pad into the powder, then apply the paste to my chin (it can be used on any areas with congestion). It is then left for 10 minutes before removing and the result is.............. absolutely nothing! The only difference that I notice on my skin is that the area is drier. I think that if you have oily or combination skin, this would work better for you but because my skin is dry with just a small amount of congestion, it just isn't for me. That being said, I still want to try more Mario Badescu products - just ones more suited to my skin.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these products or hyped up products, in general. Do you fall for hype easily? Have you ever been left severely disappointed by a hyped up product? Please tell me in the comments below!

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