Thursday, 21 February 2013

Disappointing Products #1

Hey Guys! 



Sorry that this is going to be a bit of negative post today, but there's nothing worse than buying make up to find yourself disappointed when you get home right? Here are two products that failed to live up to my expectations. The Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation and the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Atomic. These are just my opinions on these products, and they might work great for you! I'd really love to know if you've used either of these and your thoughts too. I don't like hatin' on products as Bourjois and Revlon are two of my favourite brands. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do ey!


Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation in number 52
Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Atomic


So i'll start off with the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation.  It claims to give a"Flawless complexion, even to perfection", "second skin, melting texture". And here how it claims to do this:

This foundation contains 3 correcting pigments

  1. Yellow pigments for anti-dark circles
  2. Mauve pigments for anti-dull complexion
  3. Green pigments for anti-redness.
So here I was, foundation brush in hand, all was going well, this was a lovely texture on my skin, wasn't as nice smelling as the other Bourjois Foundations I thought but hey that's not so bad. Then I noticed it was doing what we all don't want a foundation to do, caking. I learnt quickly that if I was going to use this I'd have to apply with my fingers for a thinner layer, but that still doesn't solve the next problem. 




After I applied this colour which I thought was a good match for my skin. 15-20 minutes later this had oxidized like no other! Looks nice and pale in the bottle? nope I'm sorry Bourjois but this was just, orange. I got the lightest colour in the shop which was 52 but this really isn't going to match any pale ladies like myself. Then it started to do another thing which isn't on my tick list for foundations, it was a matte finish. This isn't a bad thing if you like matte finishes but it wasn't stated on the bottle, and I do prefer a dewy look to the skin. And as an "anti-dull complexion" foundation, with this matte finish and off colour my skin did just look really dull.  As you could probably tell things were going down hill for this foundation. 

starts off nice

Now I have used this about 5/6 times on me to give it a fair trial but every time I'm still not loving it. It's a real shame because the bottle is quite nice and Bourjois is normally great with their formulas like the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation which I loved and used up completely. I'd really love to hear though if this worked for you because with products like foundations, everyones skin is different so it's quite hard to judge too harshly. 


Dries matte and this picture doesn't pick up how orange this really is compared to my hand

Next in the line up is the Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Atomic. I bought this a good while ago now when the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip stains had appeared and I was just going a bit stick crazy I guess! I don't know why I got it in this colour either which is a khaki green and gold, while the gold is okay the green doesn't do much for my green eyes. 






This is the most I've been disappointed with a product for while. While the colours swatch really lovely it really didn't translate for me when it came to applying them on my eyes. While the gold colour isn't totally unusable the green really isn't for me. Putting this on my eye and then trying to blend it just doesn't work, it's really patchy and just made my eyelid into a dirty-green-not-very-nice colour. I don't know if I'm using these wrong or if it really just isn't all that great but every time I use it, I just take it straight back off again.



 When trying to blend the two together it just doesn't look nice either, they don't blend seamlessly and overall it's just hard to work with to get a nice result. Then what was really annoying was that after I used it once the green shadow fell out of the stick, so now it's even more awkward to try and use when it keeps falling out. Overall this just wasn't my cup of tea and I haven't been back to purchase it in anymore colours. 




Phew! That was a lot of negativity there, got to go shake that off now! I'd really love to hear if you had a different experience with either of these products, or even if like me you were disappointed too please leave your comments below, I love to read them x



See you soon!






19 comments:

  1. Yikes! As another pale lady I will be sticking away from that foundation! Not good! Thank you for the warning :)
    xxx

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    1. Your welcome Carrie :) there's nothing us pale ladies fear more than the orange face and pale neck look! not a good look lol xx

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  2. Haven't tried the Bourjois 123 foundation, but Colorstay and I don't really get along, be it foundation, compact, lippy or eye makeup :( Those eyeshadows need a bit of rubbing in, which my eyelids don't like.

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    1. Yeah I found it exactly the same! was really rubbing at these to blend and it just wasn't happening. thank you for your comment Renu :) xx

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  3. Yes, thank you, I'm grossed-out how cakey and orange that turned on your hand. I don't even want to imagine the mess it would be on my face. As far as that eye color, I use a rose colored one and actually like it a lot. I tend to use it when I'm in too much of a hurry to apply powder. I think you should take yours back to try to get a refund or contact the company. I have not had a problem with them breaking that way and think yours may have sat on a shelf too long.Even if they say no, it's worth a try. Thanks for the tips!!

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    1. Your welcome :) and thank you for the advice! I think it is pretty bad that it broke after one go, I'll send an email tonight. I think maybe if I had tried other colours I might have liked this more, a rose colour sounds lovely :) cream sticks are great for in a hurry! xx

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  4. Don't you just hate it when that happens? I guess that's how we learn what products are the best and worst! Great post!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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    1. Your right Selene, we live and learn! hope the next foundation I pick up does a better job. Thanks for your lovely comment as always :) xx

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  5. this was really helpful! great post!!

    www.elywrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Izzy :) I'm glad it helped xx

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  6. Thanks Katie, I was actually looking into trying that foundation...I will definitely stay away from it now. I too am very pale and with my dry skin I think this would be a mess on me lol.

    Elle xx
    www.bakingfashion.com

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    1. Hey Elle! I definitely don't think it would be great for dry skin because it might cling to any dry patches. The Healthy Mix by Bourjois and the Rimmel Wake Me Up get lots of hype, I think they would be great for dry skin and leave a nice dewy glow :)
      Thank you for you comment as always and for keeping in touch :)

      xxx

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  7. Sorry both of these products were bummers for you! Revlon really does make top-notch products, but once in a while they release something that's totally disappointing. And boy, does that Bourjois foundation oxidize! Thanks for the helpful reivews :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. I know it's shocking! I guess they can't get it right all the time, that's why I love reading reviews so we don't get disappointed, and with this foundation I didn't read any, silly me! thank you for the lovely comment Jen :) xxx I love you blog!

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  8. Thank you Katie for all those beauty tips! I will try the hair product as my hair is so unruly. It is so trial and error with products that do and don't work. Love your blog :) X

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    1. Hey Catherine :) you're welcome! I'm glad you enjoy these posts :) Moroccan Oil is supposed to be amazing for frizzy hair too, it get's a lot of good reviews. Thank you xxx

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  9. I found the 123 foundation dried my face out and emphasised my lines and already dry patches!!!!!!!

    2/10 :-(

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  10. I recently perchased an avon supershock mascara that was so dissapointing. Wont be buying again.

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