Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Disappointing Products

Hello Beauties
Today's post is a little different from what I've been talking about so far. I've purchased a few items that I had high hopes for and they have just not met my expectations but just because they didn't work for me, doesn't mean they won't work for you.

1) Seche Vite Top Coat (£9.00)

This is one that I am a little scared to include in this post. This is a highly, highly loved product by so many but I just can not get it to work for me at all. It is the quickest drying top coat that I have ever tried and it does give a nice shine to the nails but apart from that, it's terrible for me. It makes my nails chip faster than not having a top coat on at all; the longest it's lasted is 2 days. I also experience so much shrinkage with this polish. Shrinkage is where the polish comes away at the outer perimeters of the nail so that your polish literally shrinks. I have tried applying this on top of wet polish, dry polish, in very thin layers, nothing works. If you have any tips, let me know.

I got this foundation from MAC because it was recommended to me by one of the store assistants after she'd learnt that I had dry skin. I was assured that this was a dewy finish foundation and would be perfect for me. My verdict? This foundation has got 'dewy' and 'oily' highly mixed up. It is SO shiny on the skin, the first time I wore it I had to powder heavily to get it to a decent looking finish. I also found that it took a long time to blend out with a brush, fingers or beauty blender. Not impressed. I have, since, found that it works ok when I use a matte primer underneath.

I bought this a few months ago after being recommended it by one of the sales assisstants at the Clinique counter. This is a mask that you leave on the skin, overnight, and is like a thick gel consistency. The description says that it's meant to leave you with dewy, glowy skin however, I saw no difference in my skin when using this product. I had quite dry skin at the time so I used it every other night for 2 weeks and saw no difference in my skin at all. I have now stopped using this product as it literally did nothing for me.

4) Imperial Leather Foamburst Sweet Vanilla + Cherry Blossom (£3.15)

This is a showergel that comes in a foam texture. I bought this purely for the gimick factor of being foamy and that it was on offer (2 for 1). I love the concept of this and it was exactly what I was expecting. What I wasn't expecting was the scent. It is horrid! I am so unhappy with how much I hate this scent. I, usually, like to take a sniff of any shower products that I buy before purchasing, but with this packaging that's not so simple. I judged it by the names of the scents and thought there was no way I could go wrong with this one. If I had one word to describe it that would be artifical (Ugh). It does the job of a showergel, however and feels nice on the skin, so I will make sure to use it up. (I couldn't find a link for this online, but I'm sure they still sell it instore)

Now, Sanctuary Spa is a brand that I LOVE for bath and body products. The scents are amazing and they always make my skin feel lovely too. For this reason, I thought I'd venture out into the skincare range and see what they had to offer. I was looking for a serum and facial oil, as my skin has been feeling very dry recently and when I saw this product I thought "great, a 2 in 1". It comes in the bottle as 2 liquids on top of each other, an oil at the top and a serum at the bottom that is shaken before use. It feels like an oil, but slightly grainier, and smells like lemons (smells so good). I was so excited to try this, but after one use, it broke me out in 5 places on my face! I'm not sure what caused the breakouts (formula/scent) but I will not be using this again.

6) Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (Brixton Brown) (£6.99)
This is a recent purchase that quickly became a disappointing product for me. I have read a lot of good reviews on this eyeshadow quad and have heard people love it for the pop of marsala colour in the middle of 4 neutrals. I was so excited when I saw this was the last one in Superdrug and did not hesitate in purchasing. However, when I got home to swatch the colours I found that they had NO pigmentation whatsoever, apart from the middle, marsala, shadow. I was so disappointed as I had great expectations of using this palette on a daily basis, but for one eyeshadow, the purchase of the whole palette is not necessary at all.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know what some of your disappointing products are.

Thank you for reading
Nikita x


  1. I find the same with the No 7 Top Coat. I LOVE that it dries super quick, but is the chipping and shrinkage worth it? Hmm... I'm not too sure!

    I think Clinique are not selling it for me, either. I mean I tried their skin care (their gel moisturiser) and yes, it was good, but not great or worth the price tag.

    It was lovely to read this and get an idea of what is worth spending and what's not!

    Hope you have a lovely day! :)

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  2. Ah, I've never tried the no7 one but the shrinkage is never worth it, it just ruins the whole look. Hmm I've not been convinced by cliniques skincare but am liking their makeup.

    Thank you for your comment. Hope you have a lovely day too xx

  3. Aw I'm sad you didn't like Brixton Brown as I love it! I've actually found I'm not a big fan of a lot of Clinique's products, they're often too harsh or just don't do what they're supposed to...xx

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  4. I know! I bought the palette after I saw it in your post and thought it looked so lovely. Not sure if it's just the one I got that's not pigmented :(
    Hmm I've head a few people saying this about Clinique skincare products. Might just stick to the make up! Xx


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