I don’t believe that any beauty product is inherently bad; there is no worst product (or best product, for that matter). Experiences with makeup can be broken down into the three P’s: preference, purpose and price. Now that you understand my stance, here are some of the my luxuries that became letdowns.
Tom Ford – Brushes
Tom and I – we have a turbulent relationship. Intrigued by the masses of beauty addicts proclaiming their love for the TF brushes, I picked up a bunch to determine if they were ‘worth the hype’.
Things you need to know about Tom Ford brushes:
- They’re comprised white goat, no idea if they are laser cut
- They’re all VERY dense
- They’re robust, wash well and offer enough resistance to be used with cream products
- They’re expensive. No sh*t, a given.
Let’s return to the concept of the 3 P’s, sadly Tom Ford brushes are not aligned with my preferences. Only after this expensive experiment did I discover that I’m not fond of very dense, natural fibre face brushes.
Both the Cheek and the Cream Foundation brush seem to suck the moisture out of liquid foundations, which made my skin look dehydrated. The Cream Foundation Brush was too large for my cream contouring preferences and I rarely use cream foundation so it was the first to go. Occasionally I use the Cheek Brush for powder blush and bronzer and it performs well but has the tendency to rouse redness on my delicate skin; perhaps the density, perhaps the goat hair, who knows.
The Eye Shadow Contour Brush is perplexing – so little flexibility that you could practically mash it into a brick wall (and the brush would come out on top!), excessively stiff for my delicate lash line. The only TF brush that I use frequently is the Eye Shadow Blend Brush, as the density aids in buffing out cream shadows… but if you read my original review, you’ll know that it’s still not quite soft enough for my tastes.
Again, this letdown is a reflection of my preferences and objectively, I can say they’re beautifully constructed brushes.
Zelens – PHA Bio Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads
Generally speaking, I’ve had positive experiences with chemical exfoliating pads – the Stridex Red Box and First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are firm favourites in my beauty arsenal. So one day, I was browsing CultBeauty for a splurge (I’d been good, okay?) and I recalled Lisa Eldridge raving about the Zelens Pads in a skincare video.
Because the alcohol content is so strong that the fumes burns my eyes? Tears streaming down my face, I squint to read the ingredient list and whaddaya know?
Man, there is no need for alcohol to read so high on that ingredient list, pity because I like the mix of acids. Back to the Stridex and First Aid Beauty, I can’t even bring myself to give these to family or friends because it might be a skin disaster waiting to happen. ~104USD, too! Ouch.
SUQQU – Eyeshadow Quads (kinda)
If you’re unfamiliar with the SUQQU eyeshadow formula, they differ from typical western eyeshadows: a certain degree of transparency, muted colour stories and low impact yet complex shimmers. There is something about my face that eats up the complexity and rejects the understated shades… the shadows register as quite dull on me, to be frank. It’s entirely possible that my tastes are too garish for the likes of SUQQU – I want impact and shimmers and colour and for the most part, SUQQU fell short.
The two exceptions are Sumiredama and Matsukasa, the former is all duo chrome and impact (right, limited edition and not a accurate reflection of the regular SUQQU offerings) while the latter is a collection of warm browns (left, I can’t say no to warm browns, regardless of formula).
Will you mesh better with SUQQU quads? I’m afraid you won’t like my answer: try one. I’m confident that you’ll immediately be able to determine whether or not the subtleties float your boat.
What are some of your luxury purchases that became letdowns? On another note, if you’d like to see my top luxury picks, click here!