The premise of this post is to chat about products I have purchased recently that although nice to look at and perhaps use would definitely not qualify for a repurchase or a recommendation.
That’s the idea behind it anyway. Think of it as a passive aggressive way of slagging something off. So let’s get started!
Estee Lauder Heat Wave
Did you know that this highlighter is currently retailing for £80 on eBay. Yes, you heard that right. £80! The person that buys that is a sandwich short of a picnic in my opinion because this highlighter, while pretty, is not worth that sort of cash.
I bought this after a mention from Michelline and was informed that although sold out worldwide this was currently in stock at many counters in the UAE – all you have to do is ask/hover over the sales assistant while they rifle through the drawer to make sure they don’t miss it.
Well I did was I was told and dutifully picked it up. It’s a stunner to look at – all glossy gold packaging containing a well-pigmented champagne gold highlighter. To the eye this is very appealing and I can see why people collect these summer releases from Lauder.
However, while I do think this is nice to look at it doesn’t “pop” on my skin. In fact it just looks like any other generic highlighter I have stuffed in my drawer. The champagne shade doesn’t really translate when applied and instead I get a brush full of gentle shine.
This does not therefore measure up to theBalm’s Mary-LouManizer and Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial powder (in Candlelight). In my opinion those two knock this out of the park. Like, way, way out of the park!
Christian Louboutin nail polish in Tres Decollete
True story: Laura captured the moment I paid a whopping amount for a singular nail polish in Level Shoe District (Dubai) on camera so she could retail-shame me forever more. She was horrified. I was excited.
I got the very me (AKA boring) colour – Tres Decollete. This is essentially a pale, baby pink and sits at the heart of The Nudes collection. When I examined the full colour range this was the only one that I really liked and the one that I knew I would be more likely to actually use up. I know normal people probably get the red but I generally prefer a red that sits beyond the classic Louboutin shade (i.e., brighter or more merlot-toned). So generic Tres Decollete it was.
Yes, it’s very expensive and no, the polish quality and consistency does not warrant the price tag. It wears as any good Essie or even Barry M polish would – marry it with a decent base and top coat and you will get a comfortable 5-6 days of wear time before the chips settle in.
What you pay for here is pretty obvious – it’s the design of the bottle. When I first spotted this on Instagram I was not a fan for practical reasons (the spike scares the living daylights out of me) but at this point I love the fact that the heart of the brand is represented in the aesthetics. He could so easily have slapped his name on a bottle that was cheaper to manufacture but instead made the effort to create something that both looks and feels truly special.
Am I going to buy more? Am I heck! Have you seen the price? I would have been tempted if the polish had been sensational but what you see above required three careful coats so there is nothing outstanding about the formula. This is firmly sitting in the “one off” category.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Brights For Eyes
For the record, I didn’t buy these eyeshadows – I was sent them.
These are so wonderful to look at.
It’s a pastel paradise, with a mix of two finishes: metallic (read: high shimmer) and shimmer wash (sheer with a light pearl).
Some of the colours are very wearable – Golden Amber for example is very pretty on and gives a delicate, pretty finish…
it's a great shadow actually.
it's a great shadow actually.
I think much of this comes down to age. I can’t help but think that much of this line would be perfect for a teenager. The pigmentation is sheer – and so much more appropriate for that age range – and the colours themselves encapsulate a youthful approach to makeup. Now you might argue that a teenager is hardly going to be able to afford a £17.50 a piece eyeshadow and I think you have a point there. As nice as these shadows are to admire they present too much of a challenge for me.
Right, I could go on (and on and on) with this post but I’ll stop here for fear of boring you with prose.
I would love to know what products you have encountered recently that qualified as being okay…and yet not repurchase-or-recommendation worthy.
As always, thanks for reading the waffle!