This is a painful post for me to write. I have to admit that there are certain high-end and drug store beauty products that were complete fails for me. Please don’t think I’m crazy! I gave these products a great try, but to no avail. So today, I focus on the high-end beauties that get a thumbs-down from the diva. In no unfortunate order they are:
Happy fragrance by Clinique: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a beauty advisor for Clinique and we were expected to wear Happy. Every. Damn. Day. I can still remember the top notes without looking them up: red grapefruit, boysenberry, bergamot, and mimosa. A migraine-inducing, citrus exploding scent of horrendous proportions. When combined with my body chemistry, it turned completely rancid. To this day I can still smell this perfume from a mile away. And I most certainly am not “Happy” about it!
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Cream: Not so long ago, I was also a beauty advisor for Lauder. Therefore, I was a test subject for this anti-aging, collagen-boosting cream. It not only failed to live up to those claims, it also clogged my pores and turned my face into a shiny, greasy mess. Imagine your face covered in frosting mixed with baby oil. That’s exactly how I felt, even without makeup on. A “Supreme” fail to say the least.
Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara by Tarte: Messy, clumping, and disgusting. And that’s just the wand. I had such hopes for this mascara, as it has quite a cult following. It claims to lengthen, curl, add volume, and condition. All it did for me was run, smudge, and make a tremendous mess. My lashes never looked any different at all. In full disclosure, I have not tried the waterproof version. And in all honesty, I never will.
Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation: I absolutely love Josie’s line. Well, 99% of it. This foundation is the 1% that does not work for me. It claims to be a lightweight, medium to full coverage product. I used the lightest shade called Dynamic and it just wasn’t fair enough for my skin tone. I could never even get it to a medium coverage and it was so oily on me. That surprised me because I can use all her other Argan Oil products without any problems. I will continue to use her line because the products are cruelty free, made of all organic ingredients, and are made in recyclable containers. I truly wish this foundation would have worked for me!
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I’m probably going to get grief over this one, but I absolutely despise this primer. It claims to be lightweight and blur pores. Unfortunately it did the opposite on me. It made my pores embarrassingly exaggerated no matter what foundation I used or how much of the product I used. With or without makeup on, using this primer makes my face look atrocious. And for $36 a tube, that’s a major disappointment.
Unfortunately, these high end beauty bombs will never see the dark side of my vanity. They had a fighting chance, but as with all things beauty, brand name and price sometimes cannot save a product.
Check out my next post where I discuss the 5 drug store products that caused me major grief!