Disappointing Products #2

10/01/2014



It’s not often that I talk about the products that failed to impress me but there's no need to shy away from the subject either. The whole point of any blog and any review is to exchange impressions and eventually save you money or at least help you prioritize. I feel that some people are still to sensitive when their beloved or coveted products get criticized so for those sensitive souls I will state the obvious - what didn't work for me could easily be an amazing product for you, and vice versa. It's never personal and never a dig at a certain brand because we all know that not every single product from any range can get top marks. Some need to be the underdog, you know? So let's kick this post off with the least likeable micellar cleanser I've tried - the L'Oreal 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution (200ml). It may have the almost identical ingredients list as the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (400ml) but my face clearly differentiates the two. Whilst the Garnier one is quite mild, unoffensive and neutral towards the skin - the L'Oreal micellar water leaves it a bit sticky and after a few uses I seem to get tiny bumps under my skin. It's nothing worrysome or scary by any means but it makes the entire experience that less enjoyable. Both micellar waters share the same smell of stale rainwater - if your skin doesn't act up after use of the L'Oreal one like mine and there's actually no difference between the two - I'd rather recommend getting the Garnier one because you get more product (twice more to be precise) for almost the exact same price. Another fail from the brand for me was the L'Oreal Infallible 24h Foundation. I actually had high hopes for this one as I've heard many nice things about this brand's foundation however, this one truly did disappoint me. First mistake - it's rather heavy on the skin and it clogged my pores on few occasions as it's really hard to remove it thoroughly. Too may cotton pads used and a two attempts at taking it off with a rinse-off cleanser resulted in irritated, angry and red skin. Second mistake - since it's so thick, heavy and cakey it looks unbelievably unnatural on my face. It literally looks like I'm wearing a mask - you get that horrid line on your neck which is a nightmare (not easily blendable either). Final, third mistake - it oxidizes on me like crazy! I have the shade Miel/Honey (235) which is by one shade darker than my natural skin tone but I can make it work with a heavy moisturizer underneath and relentless blending. Biggest problem occurs 15 minutes after application - it becomes completely orange on me. It just doesn't work for me. 

Rijetko kada pricam o proizvodima koji nisu uspjeli da me prodobiju no mislim da nema razloga ni izbjegavati tu temu. Ipak, cijela poenta bloga i recenzije jeste da razmijenimo iskustva, misljenja te da ustedimo koju paricu ili u krajnjoj liniji - blog je tu da pomogne bolje i brze posloziti prioritete kod kupovine. Pod dojmom sam da se uvijek pronadje neka osjetljiva dusica koja ne podnosi najbolje kritiku na racun voljenog/zeljenog proizvoda i bas zato sto mi nije namjera uvrijediti ili povrijediti bilo koga (kamoli potcijeniti necije misljenje) - zelim naglasiti ocigledno. Ono sto meni nije odgovaralo za vas moze biti izvrstan proizvod, i obratno. Nikada kritika nije licna i definitivno ne sluzi potkopavanju nekog brenda - mislim da smo svjesni kako je skoro pa nemoguce da apsolutno svaki proizvod u nekom asortimanu moze zadovoljiti bas svacije potrebe/standarde. Zapocnimo post sa meni najmanje dragom micelarnom vodom - L'Oreal 3u1 prociscujuca micelarna otopina (200ml). Mozda ima skoro pa identicne sastojke kao i Garnier micelarna voda za ciscenje (400ml), no moje lice itekako razlikuje ova dva cistaca. Dok je Garnier voda blaga i neutralna spram moje koze - L'Oreal micelarna na povrsini ostavlja ljepljivi sloj. Takodjer mi se uvijek nakon par dana koristenja pojave sitne tackice, granulice ispod koze po obrazima i celu. Nije u pitanju nista drasticno niti strasno no svakako da cini samo iskustvo utoliko manje prijatno. Obje micelarne dijele meni licno neatraktivan no podnosljiv miris kisnice. Ukoliko vasa koza ne pravi razliku izmedju ove dvije micelarne otopine, onda bih vam preporucila da nabavite Garnier micelarnu barem zbog finansijski isplativijeg odnosa kolicine i cijene. Za cca 10KM dobijete 400ml Garnier a 200ml L'Oreal proizvoda - duplo vise. Jos jedno, cak znatno vece razocarenje od istog brenda je bilo u formi L'Oreal Infallible 24h tecne podloge. Iskreno, imala sam velika ocekivanja i bas sam se obradovala ideji da jednom ne izdvojim 80KM na podlogu. Posebno sam bila puna ocekivanja jer sam cula i dosta lijepe stvari u vezi L'Orealovih podloga ali konkretno ova me dosta razocarala. Prva mana - dosta je teska i u par navrata mi je izazvala zacepljenje pora jer je jako tesko temeljito ukloniti sa lica. Potrosila bih dosta blaznica i vise puta bih se umivala razlicitim sredstvima da bi tako agresivno ciscenje (jedini nacin da podloga stvarno bude uklonjena) rezultiralo crvenom, iziritiranom kozom. Druga mana - posto je tako guste, teske teksture izgleda izrazito neprirodno na licu. Doslovno izgleda kao da nosim masku - uz dodatak nepozeljne linije na vratu (nije je bas lako blendati). I finalna, treca mana - na meni nerealno mnogo oksidira! Posjedujem nijansu Miel/Honey (235) koja je za nijansu tamnija od mog tena. Preko intenzivno hranljive kreme i uz intenzivno blendanje, mogu nekako izaci na kraj sa nijansom. Najveci problem nastaje nakon pola sata kada postaje narandzasta. Jednostavno se nismo slozile.



Next up we have Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color - I currently own shades 473 Coromandel (fiery tomato red with an almost unnoticeable micro-shimmer) and 185 Rose Paradise (warm bronzey-pink shimmery number). I had three other shades which names I don't remember as I gave them away quickly. Most women swoon at the bare mention of Chanel but, unfortunately, so far I don't have too many positive experiences with the brand. Their Chanel Mat Lumiere Matte Fluid was horribly cakey and their nail polishes are most prone to chipping out of all polishes I own in my collection. I find that to be absolutely unacceptable for any brand - especially high-end. I much prefer Dior nail polishes to Chanel which only lures me in with specific hues. As much as I adore the Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Cream - with the same passion I must decline the Dr.Hauschka Cleansing Milk. It seems so...redundant. It's not a bad product per se, it never irritated my skin but compared to the Cleansing Cream it just doesn't do much. It's poor at removing make-up and if I use it as the second cleanse, I haven't noticed it affected blemishes or scars in any way. I feel like it's irrelevant for my skin if I use the Cleansing Milk or any drugstore cleansing milk which might even provide better results at better price. Finally, we have the REN Satin Perfection BB Cream. When I received samples of this BB cream and the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask I thought that I'd love them both. I ended up adoring the face mask which I'll purchase in full-size ASAP (amazing stuff!) while the BB cream fell flat. It provides very light coverage, it does have a pleasant texture but redness, blemishes and scars look untouched with it on. It doesn't disguise them the slightest - something people with amazing skin might tolerate. What I couldn't get over was the fact it made my T-zone very shiny after an hour of wear and it exaggerates any flaky bits you might have (around the nose, cheeks etc.) I'm really curious of your own experiences with these products or you can share any other beauty bits that didn't have the 'wow' factor in your case.

Slijedeci na redu su Chanel Le Vernis lakovi za nokte - trenutno u kolekciji imam nijanse 473 Coromandel (vatrena paradajz-crvena sa skoro pa neprimjetnim mikro shimerrom) i 185 Rose Paradise (topli bronzano-ruzicasti shimmerasti lak). Imala sam i jos neke tri nijanse cijih se naziva ne sjecam jer sam ih uskoro poklonila. Vecina zena se topi na sami spomen Chanel brenda no, nazalost, moja iskustva do sada i nisu pretjerano pozitivna. Njihova Chanel Mat Lumiere Matte Fluid podloga je bila nevjerovatno teska dok su njihovi lakovi od svih koje sam isprobala i od razlicitih brendova ipak najvise skloni pucanju i okrzotinama po ivici nokta. Takvo nesto smatram velikim propustom svakog laka, posebno onog koji kosta cca 50KM. Vise mi se dopadaju Dior lakovi ako cu uopste da se castim tako ekstravagantnim poklonima. Chanel me jedino privuce neobicnim nijansama. U istoj mjeri koliko sam zavoljela Dr.Hauschka kremu za ciscenje -  utoliko moram reci 'ne' Dr.Hauschka mlijeku za ciscenje. Ne zelim reci da je ovo mlijeko los proizvod i zaista mi nikada nije iritiralo kozu ali u poredjenju sa kremom/pastom za ciscenje iz iste linije - naprosto mi se cini kao suvisan proizvod. Skoro pa uopste ne uklanja sminku sa koze a ako ga koristim nakon sto sam uklonila sminku npr.Bioderma micelarnom - uopste nisam primjetila da ima neki efekat na bubuljice ili sitne oziljke (kao krema/pasta). Pod dojmom sam da bi bilo apsolutno nebitno da li na kozi koristim ovo mlijeko za ciscenje ili neku drogerijsku umivalicu. Zato je odlicna stvar mogucnost kupovine malih testnih uzoraka. Napokon, imamo REN Satin Perfection BB kremu. Kada sam dobila uzorke ove BB kreme i REN Glycolactic Radiance obnavljajuce maske mislila sam da cu biti odusevljena sa oboje. Na kraju sam odusevljena maskom koju nabavljam u velikom pakovanju prvom prilikom (fantastican proizvod!) dok se BB krema uopste ne izdvaja od ostalih njoj slicnih proizvoda. Istina, ugodne je teksture no prekrivanje je izuzetno slabo - uopste ne prekriva ni sitne bubuljice, crvenilo i oziljke pogotovo. Osobe koje imaju izuzetno dobar ten bi takvo nesto mogle cak i tolerisati. Sa druge strane, ova BB krema je kroz sat vremena od nanosenja ucinila moju T-zonu izuzetno sjajnom sto mi se ocigledno nije dopalo. Takodjer istice suhe dijelove koze (npr.oko nosa, na obrazima). Zanima me kakva su vasa iskustva sa spomenutim proizvodima a mozete zapisati i neke druge koji vas nisu osvojili u posljednje vrijeme.

*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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