I am not the kind who buys stuff on a whim, I put in hours of research and read reviews, watch videos and yet I tend to find myself with products that absolutely suck! This is part of the reason why I set up this blog to provide an honest take on these downers.
I have already wasted money (and time) on these, so after you read this hopefully you wont have to !
1: Revlon – Cheek Highlighting Palette | Shade: Peach Glow
Cost : INR 950 for 7.5
Other shades available: Rose glow & Bronze glow
At first glance this looks so promising, it could be used as a blush, bronzer, highlighter even as an eye-shadow, but only if it worked! I didn’t buy this, Ms. Super Consumer purchased this and gave it to me because she thought it was not working for her skin tone. Turns out it doesn’t work for me either because the pigmentation and the color pay off is extremely poor.
The brushes don’t pick it, it doesn’t even show properly when you swipe your finger across it. It took me a good amount of scraping and piling on product to get the picture for the swatches! This one is supposed to be a dupe for the Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick, but I think this comparison is completely invalid. I have given it enough time and tried using it with & without primer, with various brushes but to no avail! So skip this and save money for the Bobby Brown!
2: NYX – Wonder Stick | Shade: Universal
Cost : USD 12 (INR 835)
Other shades available: Deep, Medium & Light
I wonder why NYX decided to call this universal, this is definitely not universal and on some deeper Indian skin tones this is not going to work!
I got this from Ulta.com since at the time it was not available in India. The stick seems such a good portable option and it claims to conceal, highlight & contour. The funny part about this is that the Contour stick is pretty decent. Slightly oily but goes on evenly and gives a natural finish.
But the highlighter formula is doubly disappointing! It is extremely patchy, and is very difficult to blend. I have tried blending it with a damp sponge, a dry sponge, a brush and with hands but none seem to work. Whatever tool I use the finish is still streaky and irregular. The texture is terrible! It gives a greasy, patchy finish and just doesn’t sit well on the face. When both of them are used together one is bound to look oily and I don’t mean in a flattering way! If you have oily skin, don’t even think about this.
3: Maybelline New York : Color Sensational Diamonds Eye Shadow | Shade: Rose Quartz Pink
Cost : INR 575
Other shades available: Topaz Gold, Sapphire Blue & Tourmaline Purple
I wanted a good Black eye shadow to create looks with gradation. The Indian in me made the mistake of buying this set instead of just a single pan of black! The thought of getting those extra shadows along with the black was too tempting to pass and now I greatly regret being greedy !
The black in this set is the least pigmented shadow I have ever come across! The color pay off of the other shades is also extremely poor. Its impossible to get the true color to transfer on the skin! I have tried these with a primer, a damp brush and using the finger tips (which is difficult, since the corner shadows are in a very narrow compartment) but none of it works! The light pink colour is the only shade with some pigmentation but has a tonne of glitter in it, which will fall on the cheeks and is a pain to remove.
4: Maybelline New York : The Colossal Kajal
Cost: INR 199
Everybody seems to love this product and the claims are over the top! The brand claims it to be long lasting up-to 12 hour smudge free and contains vitamin E which nourishes the eye! It doesn’t seem to do any of that for me!
It claims to be anti allergic so I decided to try it on on lower water line, which I generally don’t do because I have sensitive eyes. It completely dried out my eyes – my eyes constantly itched and seemed irritated. I used some eye drops thinking I am having a particularly stressful day, as work involves me to constantly look at multiple screens! But then I noticed this was not just an isolated event, this happened every time I applied this product.
It is also not smudge proof, if you go over with the pen a few times to get a dark black line, it is bound to smudge! If you have oily skin, it will spread on to the skin around the eye and they don’t call that phenomenon “raccoon eyes” for no reason !
5: The Body Shop: Rainforest Shine Shampoo
Cost: INR 795 for 250 ml
On paper this is a really good product. It has some great ingredients, it is Paraben free, has no silicones, no sulphates and is cruelty free and other reviewers seem to love it. In-spite of all that goodness it did not work for me.
My hair is wavy and of mid length (few inches below the shoulders) and is not very thick. That’s neither a lot of hair length nor a lot of volume yet this product is unable to clean it. My hair is dry and scalp tends to get slightly oily and the hair closest to the scalp tends to catch the oil. This shampoo is unable to clean the natural oil properly and absolutely stops working if I oil the hair using a different oil before shampoo!
I have used natural products before and I understand they will not lather as much and behave similar to regular super market picks, but this one is way too mild to do anything for me. I have gone through the bottle in just a couple of weeks. It was absolutely not worth the cost and I am definitely not repurchasing this!
Total Money Wasted: 3354 INR
Hopefully this post will help you make better choices. Let me know if this information was helpful to you and what are the disappointing products that you have come across.