Negative reviews from me are few and far between, but sometimes products just don’t work out. Some of my dissatisfaction is down to preference and my skin type, but some of these products you should just steer clear of.
I recieved the Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Sheet Mask in a Petit Vour subscription box a few months ago. I’m happy to try anything that promises to hydrate and brighten, so I quickly tested it out. While using the mask I noticed a tingling sensation, but it was nothing too uncomfortable. So what went wrong? It just didn’t do anything. My skin didn’t feel more hydrated or appear more even in tone. While I don’t think you should expect too much from a single-use mask, if it doesn’t do anything, what’s the point?
A couple weeks ago, I picked up the Gabriel Cosmetics eyeliner pencils in black and brown. I didn’t have any eyeliners on hand and wanted it to create a makeup look that you’ll hopefully see soon. These pencils were easily accessible and cheap, both of which are rarities in green beauty. They aren’t terrible, but they aren’t great either. The black isn’t rich in pigmentation and both drag and skip when applied to the eyes. I think this is a case of getting what you pay for. I won’t repurchase them.
Everyone Lotion is what caused me to write this post. I bought it on a whim and I regret spending the $10.99. I should have looked closer at the ingredients because in my opinion dimethicone has no place in lotion. Beyond that, it didn’t even moisturize my skin. It had one job… As soon as I switched to a different lotion (this one if you’re curious), my skin became so much softer. Just pass on this one.
About a year ago, I reviewed the Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector in peach. Then the shade flax turned up in a Petit Vour box. My main gripe the first time I tried it was the shade. It wasn’t peachy enough. In fact it matches my skin tone, which isn’t the point of a color corrector. It didn’t cancel out the purple discoloration. Instead, it just looked like I applied a sheer concealer around my eyes. The yellow shade does brighten more effectively, but it’s the pigmentation is still lacking and leaves my dark circles partially on show even after concealer. It also makes my under eyes look dry. Not a good look. I really wanted to like this product, but the formula isn’t my favorite. I end up using too much to try to fully correct my dark circles, so then it looks dry and a bit cakey. Here’s to hoping more clean color correctors come out soon!
I was looking for an brow pencil when the Eye of Horus Brow Define in Nile arrived on my doorstep via Petit Vour box. I don’t think this is a bad product necessarily, it’s more of case of personal preference. The pencil is very thin, but ultimately it’s too creamy to get any precise hair strokes. The creaminess also means you go through the pencil very quickly. Personally, I find it easier to use a pomade to fill in my brows because I do a lot of shaping. I was hoping the pencil would allow me to add some individual hair strokes for softer natural look, so for it to just do the same thing as pomade, but take much longer was a disappointment.
I have a ton of Silk Naturals eyeshadows. At $4.50 each, it’s hard to not get carried away. It’s also hard to blend the dark shades. All of their shadows are loose and very pigmented, so they can be a little difficult to apply. Most of them are workable, but I really struggle with their dark brown and black shadows. They tend to cling whenever you initially applied them and go patchy when you try to blend. If you’re not a blending pro, I’d skip their dark shadows.
Well, this felt very negative! I’ll balance it out with a more positive post soon. Hopefully I won’t have to do another round up post of disappointing products, but let me know if you found this post helpful! Have you had any green beauty fails?