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 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.
Morgan 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 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?