You can’t get a refund on hype sadly.
There seems to be a collection of makeup products that have achieved holy grail status for a lot of beauty fans. Being the extremely impressionable pseudo-adult that I am, I jumped on many a bandwagon. Let’s be honest, I will jump on many more in the future. Still though, I’m often bewildered by how certain products have become so popular. That’s not to say I don’t like these products at all, moreso that they didn’t live up to their (sky high) expectations. I’m running out of ways to describe overrated now, so let’s move on.
Quick and extremely obvious disclaimer: saying I don’t find it amazing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t or wouldn’t. You may well have a great time with something I don’t, much like a lover (how many more times can I make that joke?).
Wet’N’Wild Comfort Zone Eye Palette
I won’t pretend the shades in this aren’t beautiful (barring that daft glittery black shadow that has no place in a civil society). Not to mention, the shadows blend so easily.
This is definitely my favourite of this list, however I see two big flaws:
1. The shadows are structured in a way that you can use either side on your eyes for a complete eye look, i.e. the shadows are named browbone, eyelid, crease and definer with a diagram on the back to indicate placement of shadows. Sounds great, especially for beginners, right? The problem is all of these shadows are shimmery, so if you’d rather have a matte along the browbone and crease (like a lot of us), you’re sh*t out of luck here.
2. The shadows don’t last, especially the beautiful duochrome shade. It fades and turns muddy on the lids. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it last longer, fingers crossed it works out.
L’Oreal Lash Paradise/Paradise Extatic Mascara
We heard about this mascara for months before it was finally released over here, in completely different packaging (and name?!) for some reason.
I can see why this is being called a dupe for Too Faced Better than Sex, in that this too is clumpy and flakes like mad. I find it also comparable to Lancome Monsieur Big (which I also didn’t like; I swear I do like some things), especially as both mascaras have an obscene amount of product on their brushes. It’s fine if you have a lash comb handy but if you don’t and haven’t tried it yet, I’d say save your money.
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Highlighter
It’s probably illegal to not like this, but here we are anyway. Firstly, I’m aware I got a teeny version of it but the packaging is so cheap and temperamental, it’s just a matter of time before I break it. Secondly, I find the formula very dry. Yes I’m aware it’s a powder and that powders are dry, but it’s honestly never been a complaint I’ve had for a highlighter before. It’s patchy on my skin regardless of which brush I use to apply it. Not my favourite. I will admit it looks dope as an inner eye highlight, it just doesn’t have much regard for the rest of my face sadly.
Urban Decay Naked Concealer
I was expecting miracles from this product considering how massively hyped it is. This is a fairly thick concealer which always makes me think it will turn out full coverage, but it just doesn’t on me. It seems to be medium coverage, blends out ok. I won’t pretend it’s a bad product, it’s just not the messiah in concealer form.
Also it’s so extremely easy to dupe that even if you were a fan, there are far cheaper substitutes that perform basically the same.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
I’m gonna go ahead and say it is mildly effective, but the side effects outweigh its efficacy. I’m talking about the inevitable consequences of putting alcohol on your face: dryness! Sensitivity! Damaged moisture barrier! Ok you might not suffer from all of those alright, but do you really want to risk it? Honestly, you just need to open it to make your eyes water. Imagine how uncomfortable it feels on your face then.
This super exclusive spot treatment is basically just alcohol and calamine lotion. That’s it. You dip the cotton bud in, stick it to the calamine lotion at the bottom, and then apply that to areas you’re looking to treat. I’m not going to use it again, but I’m curious as to what happens when the calamine lotion at the bottom of the bottle runs out. You’re just left with half a bottle of alcohol you have no use for. What a waste.
What products do you find overrated?