Beauty Misfit

Benefit Eye Bright

This week’s misfit.

The accused: Benefit Eye Bright is a very light pink  jumbo sized eye pencil which is supposed to brighten eyes and camouflage dark circles. It can be used on the waterline to reduce redness in eyes, as well as on dark circles and in the inner corner of eyes, to give an impression of a more awake look.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this pencil on Amazon, not because I was looking for it, but only because I had gotten a bunch of other beauty products, and I was given a deal for this eye brightener. Oh, well, I guess I’m weak like that… So I didn’t have much expectation for this item, but I had wanted to find a light pencil to put on my waterline and make my eyes appear less red. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that I didn’t dream of this item before buying it, because otherwise I would have been very disappointed!

First of all, when I use it on my waterline, the result isn’t natural at all! The pencil, even if I use the littlest amount, clogs up around my eyelashes, and so it is very obvious. It looks so fake that I can never use it. Then, when I try to use it on my dark circles, which are definitely there but not major either, the pencil is very far from my already very fair complexion, so I have two options: either I put very little and it doesn’t cover the darkness, or I use too much and it looks much too light and pink. So there is just no way to make it work. Finally, when I’ve used it in the inner corner of my eyes, it has sometimes gotten into my eyes, and it burnt my them. So I had to try to wash my eyes, and I had to redo my makeup all over again.

The verdict: Seriously, Benefit? Why such a bad product? Because of all its unkempt promises, I declare Benefit’s Eye Bright:

And so justice is done!

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Beauty Misfit of the Week

The Clarisonic Mia

This week’s bad, bad misfit.

The accused : Do I need to introduce the Clarisonic ? It is an electric deep cleaning skin brush that everyone has been raving about for months –years?- now. From bloggers to beauty editors, almost everyone has agreed that it exfoliated their skin gently and gave them a much better skin texture and a glow they could never get with any other tool or product. Well… I don’t!

The accuser’s testimony: I bought the Clarisonic Mia last September, after having thought about it non-stop and pondered whether I should spend that much money or not for weeks on end.  I mean, with shipping and customs, it was going to be 200$ total, so I needed to make really sure it was going to change my skin, change my life, make me be the star of my own little fairytale. When I began using it, my skin reacted with little white blemishes, and I thought it was perfectly normal. After all, I had read in several different places that the brush was going to deeply clean my face, and impurities were going to go out of my pores at first. This amazing Dave Goss video had not been released, and so I believed in the wrong facts I had been given: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHST22gqS4o.

Everything began going very badly about 3 weeks-1 month after I started using the brush: I was getting cystic acne, the kind of breakouts that stay below the surface of the skin and hurt terribly, all over my chin and jaw area. I now understand that I broke out like that because my skin had been hyper-sensitized by the brush, but I did not understand it at the time, and I thought that the only way I could get rid of these breakouts was by being patient and continuing using the Clarisonic. After a couple months and some research, though, I began to blame the brush for how terrible my skin was feeling and looking. I had never had that much acne, all because I had bought an over-priced brush to actually improve my skin. But, because I had spent so much money, I was not ready to let go of the brush…

And so, I switched the brush head form “sensitive”, which is the brush the Clarisonic is delivered with, to “delicate”, which is the softest brush of all the ones Clarisonic offers. I continued using the brush for about 1 month, this time only about three times a week. My skin was feeling less inflamed, but the breakouts remained and it was nothing compared to how lovely it had looked before September. It took me several months all in all, but in mid-February, I decided I was done with the Mia. It was our final break-up. Since then, my skin has been improving. It was very slow at first, and I continued to have many cystic acne breakouts until the end of April. Since April, I’ve had a few, and now I have hardly any. My skin is finally back to how it was before I began using the Clarisonic just less than a year ago.

What a shame… 200$ wasted and, even worse, 1 year with terrible skin.

The verdict: Because it was a tool of torture and ruined my skin for a year, I am so very happy to loudly declare the Clarisonic Mia:

 

And I think the brush deserves a sentence even more terrible!

Beauty Misfit of the Week:

Guerlain Meteorites

Dear Meteorites … you have let me down.

The accused: Guerlain Meteorites Pearls in 01 Teint Rosé. This finishing powder is supposed to give skin a smooth aspect by erasing imperfections and softening features. The pearls come in five different colors in order to balance-out skin imperfection and leave us with a perfectly unified canvas.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought the pearls about 2 years ago. I wanted to use them as a setting powder. I thought that the different colors would create an illusion of smooth skin and would at the same time cancel out redness, hide darker spots and give a subtle radiance to my skin. However, the powder did not even out my skin at all. It made me very shiny because some of the pearls are shimmery. Overall, I was not satisfied with this powder at all. I have found a way to use it, though: I now swipe the powder over my browbones and cheekbones for a subtle sheen. It makes a nice highlighter for days when I want to minimize makeup.

The verdict: Because it does not even out skin and makes me look like a disco ball, I declare Guerlain’s Meteorites:

And so justice is done.

Beauty Misfit of the Week

Dior Nail Polish

This expensive nail polish left me with cheap-looking nails.

The accused: Dior Nail Polish in Rose Dauphine / Pink Icing #253. Inside this 10ml glass bottle, which retails for over 20$ in the USA (and over 30.- in Switzerland) is a beautiful pink varnish with little silver sparkles. The DIOR USA website tells us that the color is beautiful, the application is easy and the result is long-lasting.

First accuser’s testimony: I bought this nail polish over a year ago, for my birthday, as a gift to myself. It is a good thing that I didn’t receive it from anyone else, because, seeing the result, I might have wondered about this person’s good intentions… The product is very hard to apply neatly, as it is too thick and streaks easily. I feel like I either put too little on, and so the opacity is too thin and I can see brushed streaks with my nails underneath, or I put on too much and I end up with plastered-like nails. I’ve tried times and again, because it was an investment for me and so I forced myself to use it, but I’ve never been satisfied with the result. I can’t tell you if it lasts long: it looked so awful that I took it off after only a couple days.

Second accuser’s testimony: You might think that the awful texture described by Gale is due to the sparkles: at times, sparkling nail polishes tend to be more whimsical than the plain ones. However, don’t be fooled. There is a real issue with Dior’s nail polishes whatever their finish is.

Some months ago, I had to handle a plum polish from this brand without shimmers or sparkles in it. The person whose fingers I was applying nail polish on had been advised by a saleswoman. The latter apparently didn’t mind to recommend bad quality products (in my opinion).

My painting attempt was a disaster. A calamity. A synthetic varnish Berezina. It led to an unsuccessful deployment of the full arsenal of my techniques for applying nail polishes and a particularly dissatisfied hand model who was not ashamed to slander my apparently legendary incompetence. Thanks a lot Dior!

Final verdict: Because it is (almost) impossible to apply correctly, leading to a cheap and amateurish look, we declare this nail polish:

… and so justice is done …

Beauty misfit of the week

Chanel : Soleil de Tan

Even if Chanel products always look classy, doesn’t mean they necessarily deliver.

The accusedSoleil de Tan de Chanel. A bronzing make-up base which is supposed to give a healthy, sun-bathed glow. Its mousse-like consistency should normally turn to a velvety powder once on the skin, and give a streak-free, natural result. Its warm brown color should work well with almost any skin tone, from fairest to darkest. Or so it says…

The accuser’s testimony: Last November, I bought the bronzer Soleil de Tan de Chanel. I was really excited, because I had seen so many good reviews over the Internet. Lisa Eldridge sometimes uses it, and I remember she said that this bronzer was good for a wide range of skin tones. I also saw the Pixiwoo sisters use it in videos (though not that often). Because of all the raving reviews, I thought this bronzer was going to give me a healthy, natural tan and would be perfect for contouring, as it has no shimmer. However, the results were sometimes not-so-good, and sometimes awful. The color is much too orange, and too dark, for my fair cold-tone complexion.  I tried it in the winter, in the spring and in the summer, and the colors is always off. The bronzer always look muddy and is very hard -impossible- to blend well. It does not wear well during the day: it migrates and accumulates in spots. I tried applying it under and over foundation, but the result is never satisfactory. I used a buffing brush, a Beauty Blender, and angled bronzer brush and a powder blush to apply it, but it never blends well.

The verdict: For its unblendable texture, its ridiculously obvious and orange color and its very high price (50$ in the USA, more in Switzerland), I declare Soleil de Tan de Chanel:

…and so justice is done…