I have a… situation going on with my beauty storage right now, and by situation I mean ‘overflowing onto the floor’. I’m desperately trying to organise a custom storage solution (SQUEEE!) but for the moment – things have got to go. I must be brutal.
Hence, Purge Pile #1. If you like this segment idea, tell me in the comments and I’ll document my purging :) First, some skincare…
Clarins – Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream
Every beauty editor raved about the Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream, so they reformulated (LOGIC!). Fair sure I have the new formulation and it is all-round mediocre. It strikes me as a bit ‘weak’, not quite emollient enough to adequately break down a full face. Additionally, it has a pronounced floral scent that, while not offensive, seems unnecessary.
Avene – Micellar Lotion*
In terms of effectiveness, the Avene Micellar water works okay. I’m letting this one go because the fragrance is so overwhelming that I might as well be removing my makeup with straight Eau de Parfum. Yet again, floral.
Sunday Riley – Charisma Creme Cleanser
Another one I’m purging because of the smell (no bun in this oven, I swear). When they say ‘formulated with milk’, they’re not playing – it reminds me of that time that I forgot we had old milk in the fridge and I had to pour that stench down the drain. If by some chance you can get past the smell, I wouldn’t recommend it for removing makeup; another one I would describe as watery and weak.
Pity, I love pretty much the entire Sunday Riley skincare range. Except this.
Benefit – Rollerlash Mascara*
Impressive for holding a curl, length and separation. Above all, I look for volume and Rollerlash provides next to none. My lashes look long but spindly with this one, much prefer the Benefit They’re Real formula (even if I need to comb out any clumps).
Nudestix – Magnetic Eye Colour in Angel* & Eye Pencil in Bronze*
Upon application, I was bursting with excitement: blendable, opaque, creamy, woohoo! Three hours later and I was sorely disappointed, I had become a creasy mess. Note that I have dry lids AND I used a hardcore eye primer. I’d be curious if anyone has used these without creasing?
I did keep the lip products and the concealer pencil (accidentally pictured above!) which require further testing.
Make Up Forever – Full Cover Concealer
Full Cover is too sticky for my undereyes (magnet for fallout) and I have existing facial concealers that I prefer for spot concealing: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Dermablend Fluid Corrective, the list goes on.
I don’t throw cosmetics away, unless it’s mascara. I collect my purge pile until it’s sizeable and my friends and family make a feast of it ;)
Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?
* denotes products send for consideration. I’m always honest about how a products performs (clearly).