Product Regrets #3

First of all, I used a plain white background for my pictures in this post. I loved using the blue background, however, the colour can reflect on products with shiny surface causing it to appear a different colour. Do leave me suggestions if you have any ideas (I’d prefer not to use anything ‘pretty’). If you are reading this via Facebook you can comment on the post leaving me your suggestions.

Moving on, Essence is one of the most affordable makeup brand at the drugstores in Malaysia and certainly one of my most favourite (it made the list of my top 5 most affordable drugstore makeup in Malaysia, link here). However, no brand is devoid of duds.

I don’t know if this product is limited edition but it is the Essence Lipstain from the Vampire’s Love collection. There are two available shades, and I have 02, True Love (yes, I see you rolling your eyes like I am)!

The product.

The product.

Love that font!

Love that font!

Description on the back of the tube.

Description on the back of the tube.

Comes with a doe-foot applicator.

Comes with a doe-foot applicator.

 

Swatch pictures.

Swatch.

Swatch.

This was me attempt at blending it out after perhaps 10 seconds (essentially swatched, the lid screwed back on and 3 or 4 seconds after that).

This was my attempt at blending it out after perhaps 10 seconds (i.e. swatched, the lid screwed back on and 3 or 4 seconds after that); one of the reasons I didn’t like it.

 

What’s good about it:

Gorgeous colour!

Why I didn’t like it:

Unless you blend it out within seconds of applying, it WILL be difficult to blend (as in picture above)! Unless blended out the very next second after it was applied it would leave a clear patch of the initial swatch. If you are using your finger to blend it on the lips your finger will absorb most of the colour. It smells sweet but with a chemical tinge which I do not enjoy. I could not even remotely work this out which is why this is on my product regret list instead of a review.

 

Additional notes:

I may use this for some kinda special effects makeup because it really does look like blood. I am really into the special effects makeup brought about my addiction to YouTube channels like GlamnGore (link here) and ellimacs special sfx makeup (link here).

Product Regret #2

Although I usually refrain from using makeup from Daiso (except perhaps eyelash curlers and false eyelashes) I have, in the past (due to encouragement from the media) bought makeup from Daiso.

This is a product that I regret, not because it didn’t work, but because the product was not the correct shade.

This is the product; an eyebrow pencil.

This is the product; an eyebrow pencil. It’s double ended, meaning there’s a spoolie attached to one side.

 

The spoolie.

The spoolie.

 

The product. It does seem dark enough to work.

The product. It does seem dark enough to work.

 

A swatch. Notice how grey it is.

A swatch. Notice how grey it is.

 

Notice how my eyebrows look grey. It actually looks worse in person.

Notice how my eyebrows look grey. It actually looks worse in person.

 

What’s good about it:

It is a stiff eyebrow pen that is good for filling the eyebrows. The spoolie is helpful.

Why I didn’t like it:

The colour and that’s basically my only problem. I personally don’t think I’d buy and regularly use makeup from a place that everything is sold at MYR 5.30, however, this is absolutely your discretion.

 

Additional notes:

At MYR 5 (when I bought it) it didn’t seem like it would be that much of a disappointment since I did use it for a competition in the past. I have spoken about this particular competition and I have never really elaborated on it. It was a competition hosted by Colours Cosmetics Malaysia whereby the requirement was to do an eye look using the hand as a canvas. I was given a bunch of makeup products as gift for entering the competition and I have mentioned some of these products in my posts here, here, and here. I will attach a picture of the look I did below. So I guess, that MYR 5 spent on the eyebrow pen wasn’t wasted.

Completed

Yes, I cut up strip false eyelash and glued it down in parts one by one. The eyebrow pen was used at the tail end of the eyebrow to give it an ombre, faded out look.

Product Regret #1

We all have that one or more (or in my case, several more 😛 ) product that we bought with much anticipation and we try and try and try to make it work. The more we try, the more we get frustrated. We even try it on willing “victims” and still can’t make it work. That’s how this post took form and I have several more of these kind of posts coming.

Sigh, Elianto, I love you but not everything has been a hit with me. Today it is the Brilliant Riche Lip Colour which is Elianto’s line of liquid to matte lipsticks. I have the shade No5 (Bold) which is a bright pink colour. I have another one which I love (review will come soon) and before I get down to why it didn’t work for me let me show you pictures.

 

The product.

The product.

 

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

 

It comes with a regular doe-foot applicator.

It comes with a regular doe-foot applicator.

 

A swatch. Gorgeous isn't it? The colour is a little different here. The colour is similar to the colour in the previous picture of the applicator.

A swatch. Gorgeous isn’t it? The colour seems a little different here. The actual colour is much more similar to the colour in the previous picture of the applicator.

 

What’s good about it:

It is a gorgeous colour! The liquid dries to a complete matte finish which is smudge-proof and, as they claim it to be, kiss-proof too!

 

Why I didn’t like it:

It is so patchy and streaky on me that I just could not make it work. Every line, crack and dry patch on my lips was emphasized. I have tried single layer application; it is streaky with my lip color showing through. I have tried double swatches, it looked like I had paper stuck to my lips. I have tried swatching it slowly and spread it out and it still shows off the lines and cracks on my lips. I have tried exfoliating my lips before swatching, to no avail. When applied too thick a layer, it dries to look like I’ve had powdered doughnut. All in all, I just could not make it work. Hence why I decided not to wear it out, even during the recent stage play I was involved with. It is also why I chose not to write a review on it because I never could make it work for me in the first place.

Again, my disclaimer applies. This may work for you if you have smoother and less pigmentation on your lips.