Hi everyone! Of course, among the positive posts about things I’ve loved this year that I’m posting as we approach the end of the decade, I had to let you know about the products I tried that let me down in 2019. Luckily, I don’t tend to buy products unless I’m almost positive they won’t be fails as I’m too sick to work so obviously money is tighter, but a few always slip through. There are still a few more posts I’m planning on uploading over the next week, including my yearly favourites, but for now please enjoy me bitching about the crappy products I tried this year!
Revolution Glitter Liner in ‘Sapphire’
I was so excited when Revolution released three glitter liners. I love glitter, and my favourite formula is the Urban Decay one, but they’re so expensive that I only currently have two (one bought, one sent by a friend) so I’m always looking for more affordable options. When I first applied it, I was in love with the look I’d created along with the Norvina Volume 2 palette. It was just when I’d got my chair and my first outing into town in over six months. When I got back home, I was actually upset to see how badly it had cracked. It wasn’t even just slight cracking: it ruined my entire eyeshadow look. Yes, it’s affordable, but that doesn’t make it worth it when it looked so horrendous after only a couple of hours. I recommend steering well clear of these!
Jouer Cosmetics Tan Lines Palette
I went into buying this palette knowing what I was doing. I’d seen a few reviews and had seen them say how hard pressed the mattes were, but I made myself believe I could work with it. The truth is that I’m an eyeshadow snob these days and I just couldn’t make it work for me. The mattes had so little pigment that I had to dip into a different palette to deepen the look. The shimmers and the lime green and yellow mattes are ok, but the only shade I truly loved was the metallic blue. Yeah the formula was beautiful, but I already have so many beautiful blues so I ended up passing it onto my niece who I knew would probably enjoy working with it more than I did.
L’Oréal Infallible Freshwear Foundation
I was so sure I’d like this one! All the reviews I had seen were positive and some YouTubers even said that it was their new holy grail, and I waited until a good while after it had been released to actually buy it. At first, I thought I liked it because it lasted a while without breaking up on my skin, however when I took close up makeup photos, I was shocked to see that it made my skin look dry in a way that I’ve never seen a foundation do before- not even the incredibly matte Nyx Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. I still don’t understand why it didn’t work for me, but because everyone else seems to love it this was another one I passed onto my niece. I’m no longer purchasing non cruelty free makeup anyway, so I’m honestly glad that I didn’t fall in love with it as I’d have been even more disappointed in the long term.
Barry M All Night Long Concealer
I decided to try this concealer because I saw Mmmitchell use it and say that he loved it, and I obviously love him and am so inspired by his makeup style, looks and success. Again, I thought that I liked this at first. However after a couple of uses, it started burning my under eye area so badly that I couldn’t bear to keep my makeup on. I didn’t even realise that it was this product doing it at first, but as soon as I did it went straight in the bin. My skin can be sensitive, but usually only to skincare and certain red pigment, and I’ve definitely never had a reaction like that to a concealer before. I haven’t seen anyone else talk about this in a review so it’s probably a particular ingredient that I’m sensitive too, but this is a good lesson: always patch test formulas that are going to be applied really close to your eye before doing so!
Bleach London Text Me Black Lip Kit
I held off on getting a black lipstick for so long, but this was the year that I finally decided I needed to reclaim my emo self from the past and go for it. I decided to pick up an affordable one first to see how I’d get on with wearing a black lip, and this one was on sale (and I can see why) so this is the one I chose. Oh my god it is horrific. The pencil that comes in the kit doesn’t even show up properly which is just ridiculous for a black lip liner. It feels rough and is not creamy whatsoever. The actual liquid lipstick crumbles almost straight away, comes off of your lips and leaves them looking gross. It was actually one of my worst purchases of 2019. I’ve since purchased the Sugar Pill bullet black lipstick and the JSC liquid one as I should’ve in the first place. I absolutely do not recommend the Bleach London lip kits based on this experience, and I think they maybe should’ve stuck to the hair products.
Revolution Pro All That Glistens Palette
This is possibly one of the biggest disappointments of the year. When I first saw a photo of this posted, I was shook. Beyond shook. It was the most beautiful palette I had ever seen and I couldn’t believe it was so affordable! Obviously I picked it up as soon as I could and was so incredibly excited to try it. Firstly, I just want to say that the glitters aren’t the issue. I didn’t see the point in keeping it around just for the glitters though when I have so many, so I passed it on. I just couldn’t work with the mattes. I apply my shadows deepest to lightest usually, on a wet base, which is what I attempted to do with this. This usually makes mattes appear more vibrant. I used the shadow that looked like a deep burgundy in the pan and it applied as a pale, ashy orangey red. I honestly couldn’t believe it! I wiped it off and tried using other mattes and they were all so lacking in pigment. I was so annoyed because even though it didn’t cost much, I had been really looking forward to getting it as the actual palette looked so beautiful, but I just couldn’t work with it. I wish Revolution would just stick to a consistent formula so that you didn’t have to worry about a palette being rubbish when ordering online!