It’s been a really long time since I did a tag – I saw Joyce’s Unpopular Opinion Makeup Tag pop up on twitter and started reading through, answering the answers to the questions in my head and then got to the end and saw she had tagged me to take part. If that’s not fate to start having some more fun with tags again, then I don’t know what is.
1. Popular makeup product you don’t like
This is more of a cult favourite with some – the J.ONE Jelly pack primer. I kept hearing rave reviews of this and once I heard someone with oily skin review it and say how fantastic it was I had to try it. It’s super sticky and dubbed as a superglue like primer, I really struggle to get makeup to blend on top of it because it’s so sticky and I feel like after a few hours it just doesn’t look good. I haven’t used this in about 6 months, I decided to put it back in my main makeup drawer for one last try and see if I can get it to work on me better during winter, but I’m not holding out much hope!
2. Popular makeup product/brand that everyone else seems to hate but you love
This one had me stumped! I can’t think of a brand that I like that everyone else seems to love and nor can I think of any really unpopular products that I love – I tend to wait out buying things until I have seen a few reviews so if ended up being consistently reviewed badly, there’s a very high chance I wouldn’t buy it. I don’t ever buy anything on release day and I rarely buy a lot of beauty online unless I’m familiar with brands and formulas so I know I’m getting something I’ll like.
The only product that I can kind of think of is the Jouer High Coverage foundation – my absolute fave foundation, when you look at some of the “star reviews” online it tends to be pretty mediocrely reviewed at 3 ish stars. I have a re-review of this coming up but my original review of it is here.
3. Makeup collab you didn’t like or were not interested in
That’s a difficult one to answer, there’s a lot I’m not interested in as I don’t follow the people who are collaborating with the brands. I’ve recently bought into a few collabs, but in general they don’t really garner my attention. One thing I haven’t been too impressed with so far is the Morphe Brushes x Jeffree Star palette, I bought it on a bit of a whim with my Boots points when it was on offer, and the quality isn’t close to Jeffree’s palettes. Whilst it comes in cheaper than his palettes it does make me query why he put his name on a product that just isn’t as good as his own formula. I’m still testing it, so I might change my mind but so far I’m rarely reaching for it as I find it difficult to work with.
4. Popular makeup step that you never do
At the moment it’s probably concealer! I use fairly high coverage foundation so find it’s a step I don’t really need to do and can’t be bothered with the brightened eye area any more. I do still occasionally do it, but it’s not been apart of my regular routine throughout 2019.
5. Popular beauty influencer you don’t subscribe to/watch
Again there’s quite a few who I don’t watch, I’ll mention a couple of people who I met at a previous event. Manny MUA was an absolute hoot when I met him, very friendly, helpful and chatty – I became hooked on his videos. Just before dramageddon happened I had already unsubbed from him as I was finding his content pretty samey. Occasionally I do tune in when I’m looking up reviews of something specific and I am very interested in trying his line Lunar Beauty though as people who have tried it have said how fantastic the eyeshadow formula is!
The other would be Patrick Star, when I met him I found him really cold and actually quite rude – for that reason I’ve never watched his videos.
6. Popular makeup product/brand that you don’t use/support anymore
This is a fairly recent one – Urban Decay. In November I bought a Secret Santa present for my friend Sophie in the Black Friday sales, there was some kind of glitch when I was checking out with Paypal where it sucked up a postcode from my old address and merged it with my new address meaning that it got delivered to my current house number in my old street. I spoke to the courier to try and get it rerouted, but they needed Urban Decay’s permission to do so. The person who I spoke to on the phone was not helpful, not interested in helping and frankly rude.
He said he couldn’t give my new address to the courier due to GDPR (bullshit) and that he there was no one in their customer service team who had a relationship with the courier company to call to arrange it (also bullshit), they wouldn’t let me speak to a customer services manager and said I would get a refund after it had been returned and I could reorder it (at the full price). I got off the phone shaking with anger, but auto pilot ended the call “thank you for your help”, then realised I was in my normal polite mode – and said “I take that back, you were rude and unhelpful”. Had the palette have been for me I would have rang the courier back and told them to resend it back to UD immediately but after a few calls back with the courier they managed to sort it out with the depot and it was sent to my correct address.
Overall that morning I spent almost 4 hours on the phone trying to sort it out, it could have been sorted by Urban Decay in minutes.
7. Makeup trend that you have no interest in trying
Not makeup – but beauty trend would be brow lamination, I don’t need it, I can’t be arsed with the idea of upkeep. Joyce mentioned long pointy nails, and that would also be one on my list, I’d be very scared of skewering my dogs!
8. Makeup product that was better in theory than when you used it. Either swatched better or worked better on others than on you.
I’m going to name an entire line here. The Ordinary.
The Ordinary is just that for me, whilst they are budget friendly I’ve not felt like the performance has been there for me. It was a brand that hit the beauty market with a bang and I can safely say that everything I’ve tried so far has left me less than impressed. Their skincare I’ve found not particularly effective, I do have a few new things in my cupboard which I am still yet to try, but given my experience so far I hold out little hope of it being something which I’m going to fall in love with. I found all of their foundations and primers really not suited to oily skin either, which again when they launched had people talking about them like they were something revolutionary.
I’m interested in hearing in the comments whether you agree with any of my thoughts and comments on brands above. I’m going to tag Chanelle, Polished and Inspired and Lora (who has recently had a fab blog revamp!) to do this tag should they want to. Feel free to take part in the Unpopular Opinion Makeup Tag should you want to too! And make sure you check out Joyce’s original post here too.