Friday, February 06, 2015

Skin Care and Make-Up Regrets #1

It is with great displeasure that I write this post because of two reasons: first is that I don't really want to talk about products negatively, especially those that have worked so well on others. It is very possible that it just wasn't made for me, you know? Second is that thinking about all these things again just makes me wish I could trade it in for cash. Sigh, oh well. You need to experience the bad to know what's good right? Life similarities aside, here are some of the products I wish I could cash in (lol)!

Lioele Water Drop BB Cream

I've already made a review of this here but I regret this for so many reasons that I won't go into, lest this turn into a lengthy rant. This just did not live up to the hype and was the exact opposite of all its claims. I was determined to find a Korean BB Cream that actually worked and matched my skin tone (the best in terms of formulation and finish that I've tried being the Skin Food Mushroom BB Cream back when I was in high school). It's sad because the product itself is a lot at 50mL, and had it worked it would have lasted me a long time. 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+

Where do I even begin with this foundation? I bought this for its claims of a skin-like finish that's invisible to the eye, the longevity of it, as well as the light to medium coverage. I got none of the above! It settled into pores I never knew I had, lasted 3 (3!!!) hours on my face even with primer and setting powder no matter what method of application, left my face looking like an oil slick, and was more of sheer to light. It was so bad I've become so paranoid about the bases I'm eyeing to purchase. This is the purchase I regret the most among all because it was the most expensive! I wish it worked for me because it does leave a nice glow when freshly applied, and is a perfect colour match.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner (Brown)

Unlike the previous two products I don't think this is a bad formula at all. In fact, its an amazing gel liner that lasts and doesn't melt and smudge all over my face throughout the day. I regret it because I never have the time and patience to put this on, save for photo shoots which happen once in a blue moon. I wish I could swap it for another Clio Kill Brown Brush Liner since pen liners in general are much more portable and don't bring with it the hassle that gel liners in pots have.

3 Concept Eyes Lip Lacquer (Bonbon)

I bought this after seeing it in one of Jen's videos. The colour looked so pretty on her and I wanted to try something from 3 Concept Eyes so bad! The product is pretty good in terms of packaging and colour range, but falls short in formulation. It is so drying on the lips and the colour was so wrong for me! It made me look dead and washed out, which is sad because it looked great on other people. I wish they'd reformulate them to be more like the Sephora Cream Lip Stains I've read so much about, which have amazing pigmentation and lasting power but are not drying.

Skin Food Egg White Pore Foam

It took a while for me to admit I didn't like this because I had such a great experience with other Skin Food Cleansers like the Tea Tree Cleansing Foam and their bestselling Black Sugar Scrub Foam. This one just left my skin feeling tight and too squeaky without the complete clean-ness, leading to the overproduction of sebum and eventually pimples! It didn't really clean out my pores either or make them appear smaller, even after I've used this religiously. Sad miss from one of my favourite Korean brands!

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener (Not in photo)

If you read most posts in my blog, you'll know I've mentioned this a lot of times and how it has turned my skin oily! It claims to leave skin smoother, cleaner, with less visible pores and all that jazz but in the long run it just dried my skin out and made me look like a tomato. I suspect its the alcohol content and other harsh ingredients but I'm glad to have it out of my life. I'm considering this my last Etude House skin care purchase because none of those I've tried ever worked for me. I'll stick to their primer and Play 101 Pencils instead!

So there you have it! I'll admit it feels good to finally get all of this off my chest and put it in one big post. I don't think I'll be doing a frequent post of this, maybe twice a year or every year? If you guys have tried any of these products, or have beauty products you regret purchasing, leave me a comment below!

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  1. Oh wow, I'v never heard anything bad about the Bobbi Brown foundation before! Definitely one to test first if I ever try it.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    1. Same here, which is why I was looking forward to it working for me! And yes - definitely try all bases before buying!

  2. I've tried another Bobbi Brown foundation before and I really didn't like it.. maybe they just don't work for specific skin types x

    1. Hi, Ana! I'm guessing that's the case :( At least I know what to look for in foundations now!

  3. Its a shame you didn't like these products, Ive never tried a bobbi brown foundation.. but there usually great on their bases & powders!

    1. Exactly why I'm disappointed, I guess - because everyone else has said nothing but good things! :(