by corinne iaia

August 20, 2014

MY "UN" FAVORITES



It's not often that I try products that I feel are worthy of reporting as "un" favorites. When I don't absolutely love something, I can usually chalk it up to color choice or the fact that I am trying to push myself to wear a particular style of something that really just doesn't work for me. Of course, as with anything, I have come across a few products that just seem a bit lackluster and therefore disappointing and when this is the case, it's also an opinion based statement. Some people might have loved these products, and you are one of them I wouldn't mind finding out how you used them or what colors you used to make them work for you. 

Some of these products were releases that I was overly excited about, and some I have been trying to make work for quite a long time. For example, the Benefit Lemon Aid; a yellow concealer/corrector that I just can't quite wrap my head around using. I have tried painting on the Kim K concealer (koncealer??) in triangle shapes but this stuff and it is just too hard in consistency for me, giving me a harsh gradient with a chalky, dry result. I thought that this would be a great product for all around color correction but just can't seem to get it to work. Anyone with me on this? While we're on the subject of Benefit, I tried their Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer when it first hit shelves and had quite high expectations for this little guy. I love their Porefessional and thought that maybe this would be a similar product, just with more staying power. I was wrong, this super thick substance seems to caulk up my pores like I am trying to fill in holes put into a wall by nails. I just feel like it solidifies before I can smooth it over and creates a tacky and non-breathable finish on the skin.

As far as primers go there is another that has had me quite confused. The Tarte BB Tinted Primer is a tinted, liquidy silicone based primer that I just can't grasp. I thought it would be an instant love considering I love their Amazonian Clay foundation and Primers, but this is just a product who struggles to take on a real purpose. Do you know what I mean? I never find myself reaching for this, as it is too much to wear under my makeup and makes things a bit too slippy, which isn't what I want from a primer. And, personally, I find I can't wear this alone either because it doesn't provide much coverage and makes things feel a bit greasier than I would like it to. Another new(ish) release from Tarte had me thinking that I could become a pro at contouring with just one stick. The Tarte The Sculpter is a twist up chubby stick-esque product that just doesn't do anything good for my complexion at all. I have tried using it on countless occasions and on top of many different foundation finishes, but I can't seem to get it to show up for me unless it is really layered on. (In which case it looks like ruddy, orange lines).  And lastly, I am not picky when it comes to lipsticks, as I can find a use for pretty much any formulation or coverage level, but the NYX Butter Lipstick just reminds me of a bad chalky bubble gum colored lipstick, with no staying power at all. It actually made my lips dryer than they had been before application, which is strange considering the whole premise of this product is to be buttery and smooth, which the glosses are exactly.

I really don't like to do these posts often as they tend to sound a bit complaint-filled and negative, however, I am open to trying these products again. Do you have any recommendations for me in terms of use for these little guys? Is it time for second chances, or do these get binned?
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  1. I love posts like this, Corinne! I had Lemon Aid YEARS ago and all I really remember about it was that it was kind of a meh for me. I've never used anything else that you mentioned, but have had a total eclipse of the heart (ha!) regarding silicone-based primers. They just do not work for me. Oily skin + silicone = more oil. LOL at koncealer!

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    1. I know! I think I agree with you on the silicone point. They really add more "slip" than "stick" and that's definitely not what we're going for here! :)

      xx,
      Corinne

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