For my disappointments they’re not necessarily products I hate, they tend to be products I’d lusted over which didn’t quite cut the mustard or ended up not being worth the hype when I got my hands on them. The good news is that there’s not as many disappointments as there were favourites. Just like my favourites of the year – there is no skincare or haircare in here – I feel like there I have less expectations over those, and for skincare in particular I haven’t changed up my routine significantly this year. The only non-makeup item across these two posts ended up featuring in my disappointments.
MAC In The Flesh Palette
I haven’t gotten around to reviewing this yet, I’m going to try and get around to that soon – but I bought this after the makeup artist at my wedding used it on my bridesmaids and I’ve barely used it.
For me this is a palette of transition colours and it’s far from my preferred complete eye look. It’s a mostly matte palette, the few shimmers in it look near on the same on the eye and I very, very rarely reach for it.
Once I’ve posted my review on it, I’m considering selling it because it feels like it’s taking up precious real estate where a better palette could live.
Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette
It really pains me to say this and put another palette on my list. I will say this Palette is okay, but I had high expectations of it and I find it very expensive what it is. I find the shadows a nightmare to work with, they don’t blend as well as I would expect at £45 palette should do. Some of the colours pay off completely different on the eye then they look in the pan, and overall I find this palette pretty limiting in the looks I can create with it. So many people adore this palette and it half makes me wonder whether I got a dodgy one. If I lost it, I wouldn’t mourn its disappearance.
ColourPop Over the Moon Supershock Highlighter
The only product from Colourpop that has been a disappointment for me. I saw and did a lot of research on which highlighter to try from Colourpop and settled on this one with it being a bit different in tone. This picks up barely any pigment on the brush, and it just pays off as a mixture of pink to lilac glitter, when applied with a finger to get more of a glow it ends up just blending away to nothing once you’ve tried to even it out. I repulled this out this week after a good 4/5 months of not using it to see if I could make it work and it’s just not good in conclusion.
The Scent of Liu Jo Perfume
I smelled this in Milan airport at the tail end of last year, when I got home it immediately went on my Amazon Wishlist and it was the only place I could find which had it in stock. To put it on my wishlist straight away I knew I had to like it, and I love the scent of it. So why is it on my disappointments list? It just doesn’t have longevity. Within hours this has gone off my skin, I don’t know whether it’s crap or just doesn’t agree with my chemistry.
Fenty Fire Crystal & Lightning Dust Killawatt Highlight
I do actually love this highlighter, but as time has gone on it’s become clear that the packaging of this sucks. I’ve only had these since September and I shouldn’t have managed to hit pan on both sides in that time. The split hexagonal design with lots of corners going on causes you to really focus and smush your brush into the centre which meant on the right hand side (Fire Crystal) I hit pan within about 6 weeks. The texture of this feels beautiful on the skin – but it’s a creamy type power that doesn’t pick up easily with a light hand or a thin fan brush. I love how both of these look on the skin, I do prefer the more intense side over the other as I feel like it’s more unique – but I wouldn’t repurchase this unless they started making these colours in the full size non split style compacts. If it wasn’t for the packaging these would have easily been a favourite, but the packaging lets it down that much for me. I’m at the point where I’ll almost have to stop using this because I feel like I’ll start damaging my brush by using up what’s around the edges.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
I picked this up on a deal alongside my favourite one from Radiance Reveal. I know lots of people love the foundation and concealer from the Healthy Mix line so I was hoping it would live up to Radiance Reveal. Wrong. This is the first concealer I’ve ever had that has creased on me, it does have good coverage but it’s just so uncomfortable and doesn’t look great over the course of a long day. It feels thick and cakey in comparison to RR. I’m currently using this as my daily go to to try and get it gone, but needless to say I won’t be getting this one again in future.
There were some products that were close to making their way to disappointments but I’m willing to try them out again before I declare them as a disappointments. I may do a follow up with those later in the year once I’ve had chance to put them on trial again.
Let me know in the comments any products which didn’t live up to your expectations last year.