January Hits, Misses and Empties - By Megan Kelly

Misses for January

January Hits, Misses and Empties - By Megan Kelly

Earlier this week, I started sharing my hits and empties of the month and left the very last post for a quick share of products that were personally, a miss for me. Last time I did this, I received such outrage because what were hits for me, were a miss for someone else, and vice versa.

Please understand that just because the product works or doesn’t really work for me, does not mean that you will have the same experience. Factor in that we most likely have different skin types, hair types, skin colour, eye colour, hair colour … and the list goes on. My misses and duplicates usually get added to a box where friends and family are free to take what they like, and more often than not I get feedback that it was the best product for them.

Colours Limited Makeup Wipes - By Megan KellyColours Limited Makeup Remover Wipes

When Foschini first launched their in-home brand called Colours Limited, I purchased a bunch of their palettes with high-hopes that we had stumbled upon an affordable palette, offering mid-range quality. That was a few years ago, and I am still sorry to say that even after going back and trying a few different ones, the palettes are still nothing to be wowed about. In general, there is maybe 4 of 16 shades that are great when packed on with your fingertips, while the rest are chalky and lack pigment.

Anyhoo, that wasn’t really the point – was it? So, a few weeks back, while buying some Christmas presents (mostly for myself – shocker) at check-out, I saw that Colours Limited had Makeup Remover Wipes and thought, heck – they’re R25, let’s get some. That evening, I opened the pack and was immediately put off by the smell which was something like the citrus scent of chemicals that they use in public restrooms.

Holding my breath, I tried the wipe anyway, which was drier than most makeup remover wipes and it didn’t lift off any makeup. Oops. So in essence, it is a dry makeup remover wipe that doesn’t remove any makeup and smells like a citrus mess. No thanks.

Moving on…

Morgan Taylor Stamping Kit - By Megan KellyMorgan Taylor Nail Stamping Kit

Arghhhh – it hurts me to include this guy, but you win some and you lose some. As you know by now, Morgan Taylor is still one of my most highly regarded nail polish ranges ever – I love their stuff. So much so that they even featured on my 2016 Beauty Favourites of the year. So, when this kit arrived, I was keen to put my non-existent nail art skills to the test.

I followed all the instructions, failed and tried again, and again, and again. Guys, I don’t know if I am just nail art challenged or if this kit is the problem, but either way – it isn’t working for me. The stamper just doesn’t seem to pick up the detail from the plates and I still don’t have funky emoji nail art. I was REALLY amped on having emoji nails – such a bummer.

Essence Pure Nude Makeup - By Megan KellyEssence Pure Nude Foundation

I have 2 (or 3) Essence foundations which I absolutely adore and after reading hyped reviews on their Pure Nude Foundation, I was super keen to give it a go. But oh man, no one could quite prepare me for the cheese curl effect that awkwardly happened to my skin, 20 minutes after applying my makeup and already in the middle of a mall. My husband looked over at me with shock horror and asked if I had tried something new with my makeup, trying to be polite about the Oompa Loompa filter that I was now sporting.

The formula is fabulous – light on the skin, and gives the feeling that you’re not wearing any makeup, but the combination of the scent and my horrible oxidizing incident, put me off the product altogether. For now, I will continue using their Camouflage 2-in-1 Makeup and Concealer which leaves skin looking gorgeous with a light formula, offering great coverage and all at the usual budget-friendly price that Essence is known for.

And that brings us to the last of my misses for January – have you recently tried any products that were misses for you? Why did they make it to your misses and have you found a replacement product yet?

I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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  • Liezel Malherbe
    Posted at 16:12h, 03 February Reply

    Good to know, steering clear of these in future.

  • Mwarianesu
    Posted at 14:48h, 01 February Reply

    An honest post hey. I have never tried the wipes bt i recently purchase their blush and highlgter combo and the highlight was really amazing. So i guess they hace hits and misses sometimes. But i do get it.. Wipes and scents are important and if not satisfactory youhave to discontinue use!

  • CaffeineAndFairydust
    Posted at 11:07h, 01 February Reply

    I also tried the essence pure nude foundation and ended up looking worse than Donald Trump! Also, you should try the Clicks brand make up remover wipes – they exfoliate and work brilliantly – also around the same price range

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