Products not worth the hype…


Ah the joys of impulse buying, you end up with a load of items that you never really needed nor wanted nor like and a collective stockpile of useless and unsuitable products. Yet for us beauty bloggers these items create the opportunity for a convenient blog post, the “oh I wish I hadn’t bought this” post, otherwise known as “Products that are not worth their hype”.

Every single item featured in this post was bought in a a fit of impulse and every single one was bought because of someone else’s suggestion. Yet as I discussed in an earlier post this week, beauty is an incredibly personal endeavour and sadly while some bloggers loved the featured products, I sadly did not.

  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara. This was hailed as the high-street hero, the mascara to end all mascara’s and yet for me this mascara was just ok. Now admittedly this wasn’t the worst mascara that I’ve ever tried and yet neither was it the best and I definitely didn’t understand the fuss surrounding it. Instead of leaving me feeling thrilled, it left me feeling really disappointed because I had been prepared for something a lot bigger. So anyway I was NOT a fan and my love affair with the Maybelline the rocket continues to go from strength to strength, thanks for asking.
  • MAC Prolongwear foundation. For most beauty bloggers MAC is the hoody grail and the older I’m getting the more that I am starting to agree, especially having just started my MAC lipstick collection. However there was a time when I wouldn’t have gone near MAC for a million dollar bet and this is the reason why, a bad foundation experience. I think I must have been about 18 when I first entered those doors and was whisked to a makeover chair, where the overly made-up assistant insisted on matching me a foundation. Feeling like an absolute movie star I ended up listening to her word and bought the recommended Pro Longwear without so much as a second thought. This, as you can probably guess, was an absolute mistake and the foundation was NOT only two shades too dark but also hopeless on my skin. It left my skin looking sallow, dry and the foundation was far too heavy for my complexion and on top of all this it lasted next to NO time at all. So still to this day this foundation haunts me, taunts me every time I walk passed a MAC store and has left a bad taste in my mouth.
  • Maybelline Ancillary Master Kajal Liner. Until fairly recently this remained one of my most read posts and I hope that some people listened before impulse buying this product. I am a eyeliner kinda girl, I like the simple things in life and eyeliner is the perfect “lazy girls” beauty choice. It’s quick, it’s easy and can add a pop of colour with no hassle, so in theory this should have been the perfect item for me. Yet the reality was entirely different because this product was completely disappointing.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.  In all honesty I’m not a powder fan, never have been and in likelihood I never will be but when I saw the beauty bloggers raving about this high-street fave, I decided to give it a try. Yup you guessed it, this product wasn’t for me either. I have combination skin but I am definitely lucky and don’t really have any problem area’s, yet this foundation managed to make my skin look incredibly dry and that was with using the smallest possible amount. Sadly I remain skeptical about powder but suggestions would be appreciated.
  • Rimmel Apocalips. Gosh it seems as if Rimmel is taking a bit of a bettering in this post but once again, the apocalips left me feeling numb. I found these extremely messy, incredibly drying and just generally disappointing. Yet you look at the latest drop, the Rimmel Provocalips which received a lot less attention and I am completely in love. What I hated in the Apocalips, I love in the Provalips and these are definitely worthy of the hall of fame. Rimmel you redeemed yourself!

What were your most disappointing buys?


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  • Reply lasheslacquer January 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for this post! I love these type of blog posts, because they give me some insight into a product I probably would have bought (and regretted later!) otherwise. Xoxo

    • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Oh glad you like it! That’s what I hoped, especially expensive products like MAC. I need to get better at not buying hyped products! 🙂 xxx

      • Reply lasheslacquer January 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        Me too! I spend so much on products I end up not liking! 🙂 xoxo

        • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 8:36 pm

          Ohh I would love to see you do a similar post 🙂 xx

          • lasheslacquer January 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

            I will in the near future ! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Great post! I tried the Stay Matte foundation and it made my skin really dry too, I was very disappointed.

    • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you. I’ve been disappointed with most of Rimmel’s foundations 🙁 xx

  • Reply mariesndrsn January 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    aHH can not believe the stay matte powder didn’t work for you ? I have really dry skin and it didn’t cling to my problem areas so I really love it . Guess it’s not for everyone though. Haven’t tried the rest though 🙂 / xox

    • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks for commenting. Lots have people have agreed with you and told me off for not liking it hehe I might have to have another go 🙂 any products you would add to the list? xx

  • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Yeah i have that on my to try list 🙂 thanks xx

  • Reply courteneynoonan January 18, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I was really disappointed with the Scandaleyes eye shadw, the colour is awful, it’s too thick and I find it unwearable. Total waste of money x

    • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Completely agree on that too actually x

  • Reply courteneynoonan January 18, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I also hate the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation, it was really hard to blend into my skin x

    • Reply Kay Page January 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Yup, agree on that one too. I’m not a fan of Rimmel foundations xx

  • Reply Kay Page January 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

    🙂 xx

  • Reply gem January 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I like reading posts like this! I also never liked Rimmel’s foundations and face powders 🙂


    • Reply Kay Page January 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thank you 🙂 agreed, I find their foundations too heavy and dark. Thanks for commenting xx

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