Do you ever have products that you are just not sure about? You don't hate them. You don't love them. You just cannot seem to make up your mind.
I saw the idea for this post on Stacey's blog and I immediately thought of a few products in my own collection that I haven't quite figured out. It's not that they are bad, it just that either:
a) I am too dense to understand how I need to work with them or
b) Maybe they are just not my cup of tea.
So here is the run down of the products that currently have me baffled.
Fresh Brown Sugar Body Cream - I picked this up in Kuala Lumpur after being seduced at the Fresh stand in Sephora. The cream itself has a lovely texture - rich enough to intensely moisturise but light enough for quick absorption. My problem with it lies in the scent. When you first slap it on it's a sweet burst of citrus. Once it "sets" though you start to smell odd. A reviewer on Sephora.com described it perfectly - you start to smell like "furniture polish". It does eventually fade away but there is a definite stage where you won't want to be around people. Heck, you don't even want to be around yourself!
James Read Liquid Tan - The James Read mousse I love. There is a silky type quality to the mousse - it's hard to describe - but it glides on and develops beautifully. The liquid tan is a different kettle of fish. Well, it might not be. It might be just as wonderful but I just haven't been able to cope with the texture. In fact the few times I have tried, the product has ended up on the floor, on the counter, in the sink, running down my arms....you get the story. One day, in the near future, I will master this! Perhaps...
Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfoliating Booster - I like Sarah Chapman skincare. I remember raving about it in a YT video many years ago. It's a great brand with a not-too ridiculous price bracket. So that's all good then. When it comes to the booster though, I am just not sure if it does anything at all. I like the fact that it's a light gel formula and I apply it up to 3 times a week (at night) to soften the wrinkles and even out the skin tone. I think my issue with this (and perhaps it's a bit silly) is that it's a VERY gentle formula. I have used this for a few weeks and I cannot say that there is any different in my skin in terms of tone. And the area round my nose still needs a bit of exfoliating help. It's just all a bit "meh".
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks - I have two of these, number 1 and number 2. They leave a light stain, have a velvet finish and the colours are bright and appealing. But boy do I struggle with the application/formula.
Both of them are very streaky to apply. I can never seem to get a nice even lip without injecting ALOT of effort.
Think of the Hourglass Liquid Lipsticks - okay they have a totally different price point and arguably, a different concept - but the process of applying it is seamless. I think I might try these over a lipstick for a little bit of extra "oomph". I think then my shoddy applications skills may be easier to disguise!
Amazing Cosmetics concealer - right, I do actually like this. I do think the coverage is actually quite amazing. It's one of those "blank canvas" concealers that just wipes out your skin and gives you a plastic/fantastic finish.
I like that but what I don't like and what is turning into a bit of a peeve is the fact that I feel like it never actually sets. On a few occasions I have noticed it settling into fine lines around my eyes after 30-45 minutes and that just gets on my nerves. I don't want to feel like I have to set my concealer with powder (Matte under eyes? No thanks!) and even less so when I think of how wonderful Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection/MUFE Full Cover etc are on their own.
As I said, I like the coverage so I won't toss it aside just yet. I think the best course of action is to stop using it in that area of the face and keep it reserved for concealing redness around my nose. Yep, I'll do that.
Josie Maran Argan lip treatment - what a dinky little pot!
Yes I was totally seduced by the packaging and the look of the balm itself. It gives such a pretty light glow on the lips - that faint hint of pink that the likes of By Terry Baume de Rose also achieves.
The thing with this though is that while the packaging is unique and the end result superficially pretty, the "treatment" itself is distinctly average. I can't slag it off but neither can I rave about it. It's "okay". It's light, smooth, non-sticky and has a shine finish. It's nice. But nice won't make me repurchase!
- Whinge over! -
I do love a good product bitch sometimes. And I will always love the whole community aspect of people sharing what does and what does not work for them. I find it helpful. Yes, I always take into account different skin types/expectations/perspectives but the way I see it, the more opinions the merrier :)
So what are the products that you are just not sure about?