It's been a long time since I've done an underachievers list of shame. I guess I've been extra lucky or incredibly choosy with the makeup and cosmetics I've chosen to test. Almost everything has been good and found its use in my rotation or my skincare routine. Except for these five:
1. Nature Republic Avocado Sheet Mask. I'm a mask addict and try to use them at least five times a week. I even have the Mask Maven subscription through BeautequeMonthly.com. As a matter of fact, this avocado mask came in my subscription box, which was otherwise brilliant. Except for this pore-clogging nightmare. It took quite a bit BHA and propolis balm to get the gunk out of my pores afterwords.
2. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. I don't know why I had such high expectations and so much confidence in this tinted moisturizer, considering I deeply dislike most of the base products from this brand. The "Hydrating Gel Cream" got to me, most likely, and I just had to have it. Fail. I still owe you a foundation roundup from the last few months, but I can already tell you that this one will be at the bottom due to its drying effect and strange heavy finish.
3. Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Serum. After using up several bottles of excellent but stinky Vitamin C serums (Paula's Choice and Flavo-C forte), I was desperate for something effective that will not make me smell like skunk for the first eight hours of my day. This one looked like a good idea (it contains fragrance, which doesn't bother me). However, after several weeks I could tell it was doing absolutely nothing for skin brightening. Experience has taught me how to see the difference in my skin, and all the Camu Camu (Myrciaria Dubia fruit extract) in the world could not have faked it. I moved on.
4. DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque. I needed hair mask and was already at Ulta, so I picked this up on a whim. I've been so spoiled by L'Occitane that at first I wasn't sure what was going on with my hair, but the lack of extra nourishment or shine started to show. I have no idea why, since the ingredient list looks very promising. It should have worked, but it didn't. At least the smell was good and the mask is free of coconut derivatives so I didn't break out along the hairline.
5. YSL Eye Shadows. I reviewed them extensively here and here. so I won't repeat it again. But I was deeply disappointed with the latest YSL releases. Both the liquid and the powder eye shadows looked incredible in their tube and pan, but performance was shockingly sub-par, especially since there are so many excellent alternatives on the market.
Did you have any similar encounters recently? Do these products perform better for you?