Everyday we see hundreds of products on Instagram and beauty websites that tell us ‘this is the best product for your skin/hair/makeup routine’. But unfortunately not all of them live up to their hype.
I had seen Ouai all over Instagram and on Cult Beauty and I so badly wanted to try it after seeing so many people rave about it. I asked for a set for Christmas full of minis so I could try an array of stuff. The hair oil made my hair really soft, but made my scalp really itchy. The foaming dry shampoo EXPLODED EVERYWHERE so I only got to use it once, which was a real disappointment. The wave spray made my hair a bit too stiff and greasy looking and didn’t help with my sensitive scalp. I am quite prone to allergic reactions to haircare, but now knowing that some of the products do have that effect on me, it doesn’t make me jump to try any more. Plus the products I did try were underwhelming.
Juno – Sunday Riley
Sunday Riley is a really hyped brand. Their stuff is in the most beautiful packaging and is featured on all the blogs, so I had really high hopes that Juno would be amazing. I had run out of my Kiehls Daily Revival Concentrate and didn’t feel strongly enough about it to repurchase. After doing some research into a morning beauty oil, I stumbled across Juno. Quite honestly it felt as though I was spreading olive oil on my face – it was SO thick! It claims to absorb quickly into the skin, but when compared to the Kiehls one (which wasn’t super fast absorbing), this took a LIFETIME. You know that feeling when your hair gets stuck to your face… it just felt horrid. I didn’t notice any real difference in my skin either. It was supposed to create a ‘dewy glow’, hydrate and bring tired skin back to its best. My skin was probably well hydrated, but I didn’t feel like it delivered on the glow that it promised. After the lack lustre performance of Juno, I can’t say I’m rushing to buy more from Sunday Riley. I was toying with the idea of replacing my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil with Luna, but I love it too much to risk using a crappy product.
Lidstar – Glossier
I had heard mixed reviews before I tried these, but with Glossier being such an indie brand powerhouse, I wanted to see for myself. I got two shades, in Cub and Moon and both totally lack in pigment. I understand that Glossiers products usually revolve around the ‘no makeup makeup’ look, and that’s absolutely fine… but some pigment would be nice. The swatch nicely but once you start to blend them out, they totally disappear. If you apply them directly on the eye and don’t blend them out, a weird thing happens as it dries and it completely accentuates where you have applied it (therefore RUINING your makeup). I’m really in the market for this type of product, but I guess I’ll have to keep looking!
Hyaluronic Acid – The Ordinary
I really wanted to incorporate hyaluronic acid in to my routine after reading about its hydrating benefits and had seen that The Ordinary do a version that is super cheap. In all fairness I have never tried any other hyaluronic acids to compare this to, but I didn’t like it. I’ve also read a lot of other people with the same thoughts as me on it – mainly that the serum is incredibly sticky. When I heard that this could take 4000 times its weight in water, I expected application to feel like I’d just given my skin a big glass of water. Incorrect. It felt slightly tacky afterwards and not hydrating or moisturising at all – in fact it felt like I needed to apply a moisturiser straight away afterwards to ‘fix’ my skin. I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of my skin, and frankly I expected more!
Fix+ Goldlite – MAC
If you follow my Instagram, I posted about this the other day, but this was really disappointing for 2 reasons. 1) My skin felt much more matte than when I use the regular Fix+ (I’m not aware that this is a mattifying formula or anything) and totally lacked the glow that the usual Fix+ gives. 2) There was absolutely no glitter/gleam/glow on my skin. Even when I sprayed this on my arm, there was nothing. I’m a bit confused because this was hyped SO much, and whenever I tried to buy it before it was always sold out. So how did I not know this was going to be a disappointment?
Quick reminder that what didn’t work for me, may work for you. We might have different hair/skin types, or even preferences in the type of beauty we enjoy, and I am just stating my opinion.
Luckily for me, I had to think pretty hard about what products had disappointed me in the last 6 months or so, which means I’ve used loads of brill products recently! I hope you enjoyed this post!