7.10.2013

Underwhelmed.

I much prefer blogging about things I enjoy rather those those I don't, but it can often be helpful to hear about the less than positive experiences as well, especially when they involve products that tend to garner quite a bit of hype in the beauty blogging community. 

So, without further ado, here are a few of the products that have left me underwhelmed.

::La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes::
This was actually given to me by Jessica, and I know it didn't work for her either. It's an eye gel that claims to have intense rehydration and anti-puffiness properties, and seeing as how hyaluronic acid and caffeine are key components, I had high hopes. Sadly, Hydraphase Intense Eyes turned out to be the first disappointing product I've tried from LRP thus far. Once the gel is absorbed into the skin, it's gone. I can't see it, I can't feel it, and my eye area looks and feels no different from before I applied it. 

::Tarte Maracuja Oil::
I know a lot of people rave about this oil, so when I had the opportunity to trade in 100 points at Sephora for a mini-sized bottle, I jumped on the chance. I use it before bed, and I've tried applying it on its own and on top of a hydration serum in place of my usual moisturizer. The verdict? It's an okay product. That's it - just okay. My face feels reasonably hydrated by the morning, but not necessarily supple or nourished, and definitely nothing that is deserving of all the hype it's received, in my opinion. I much prefer using my usual skincare products to this. 

::OPI Nail Envy::
I've been using this nail strengthening base coat for several months now, and I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever in the condition of my nails. They still peel and chip just as they did before - no more, no less. I'll continue to use it up just because I have it and I don't necessarily dislike it, but for me, it just doesn't deliver.

::Urban Decay De-Slick::
I've heard mixed reviews on this oil-controlling makeup setting spray, and unfortunately for me, I fall into the "not really a fan" category. I've tried using it just at the very end to set my makeup, as well as before I apply my foundation and then again at the end. Regardless of how I use it, it doesn't do anything for me. Absolutely nothing. And considering the alcohol content in it, it's just not a product that's worth using in my opinion. Good thing I only bought a mini-sized bottle.

::Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum::
I'm afraid I'm going to get stoned for including this in my post, but it has to be done. I don't dislike this product...in fact, I actually like it. But, it still underwhelmed me. I think a few other bloggers and Youtubers I talked to loved it so much and spoke so highly of it that I set my expectations just a tad too high. I use this at nighttime under my moisturizer for added hydration, and while my skin feels nice in the morning, I still prefer the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate or Hydraluron to the S.O.S. Serum, and they're both more affordable as well. Again, this is a product that I'll absolutely use up but may not repurchase.

::NUXE RĂªve de Miel::
The last product that has underwhelmed me is also many others' holy grail lip balm. To this day, I still don't know of anyone else who doesn't like this balm....except me. Dubbed by many as the best overnight lip balm ever, it came as a disappointment to me when I'd wake up time and time again with flakey lips that could not be appeased via exfoliation. It was terrible. For some reason unbeknownst to me, NUXE's lip balm makes my lips peel when I use it overnight, and wearing lipstick the next day becomes an impossible task. However, I've found a very specific use for it in my makeup routine, and that is to only apply a tiny amount to my lips while I'm doing my makeup to prep them for lipstick soon after. Somehow, that seems to be okay and doesn't induce peeling. This is more of a product I'm simply trying to use up so it doesn't go to waste rather than something I'm using because I actually like it. Needless to say, I won't be repurchasing.

What are a few products that have underwhelmed you lately?


50 comments:

  1. Sadly, I'm with you on the Caudalie SOS Serum. I was about to take my bottle back to Sephora for a refund when my mom said she wanted to try it. Made me sad because so many people said it did great things for their skin!

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  2. I love when people show products that isn't work for them. Highly appreciated!!

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  3. I agree with Nail Envy. I don't notice much of a difference with my nails with use of it. Not like it made my nails worse but i still have peeling. Sad that Reve de Miel doesn't work for you! Deslick I find doesn't do much either. I think it only works for me in the fall when I'm not super oily but not super dry. Ive been trying to use it up this summer and I haven't noticed any difference in oil control.

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  4. I agree with De-Slick wholeheartedly (or rather, the Skindinavia version I tried) but I do like OPI Nail Envy and I love the Nuxe Reve de Miel. With the OPI strengthener, they have a couple different formulations, including one for soft & peeling nails (I think) - so if you ever want to give it another go, maybe try that? I also really like the NailTek Hydration line strengtheners!

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  5. I love this kind of post! I can't think of a product that's underwhelmed me recently - I've been impressed by everything haha.

    Bamboozle Beauty
    xx

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  6. Good to know that some of the most raved about products aren't all that. Thanks for writing about them, so I can go for their less expensive alternatives :)

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  7. Wonderful Product! I love these products that I was looking for. Highly Appreciated! Also from here I have got some products like this- success team builders

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  8. Yikes to the Caudalie!! My favorite SA is always trying to get me to by from the line but I know there must be products out there that work just as well for half the cost. It's too bad the SOS Serum didn't work as well as you want. I've heard a lot of people not liking De-Slick...have you tried/do you like All Nighter? I'm still pretty happy with my Essie Protein Base, but another thing that really helps my nails is The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream. I've heard almond oil does great things for skin and hair, but as long as I use the hand cream every night my nails don't break.

    I'm ready for the stones to come flying my way as I say I was underwhelmed with the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee. I swatched and played in store but the color pay-off just wasn't there on my skin. I wound up with a Stila Convertible Color instead :)

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  9. This is SO helpful. Bloggers (myself included) tend to talk only about products they love, but it's just as important to share products that aren't worth the money!

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  10. I feel the exact same way about OPI's Nail Envy. I've read so many blogger's posts about how it transformed their nails and it has done nothing for me.

    I have been testing out Kat Von D's foundation which is highly raved about and am thinking about returning it to Sephora. Way too cakey.

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  11. I recently purchased the OPI nail envy, so, now, I know what I'm getting in to. That's weird that the Nuxe Reve de Miel makes your lips peel! Maybe you're allergic?
    xo Lillian parisiantobe.com

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  12. Aww I'm so sorry to hear you don't like Caudalie SOS all that much! I have to say it's not a miracle product when my skin is normal. Some extra hydration but nothing that knocks my socks off. However, each time I have a crisis, I realize how much I can actually rely on it! Works really well on dehydrated/sensitized skin!

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  13. Never tried the Caudalie SOS Serum actually. I know a lot of people RAVE about their products, but I've tried little samples and was never all that impressed, and I find their stuff SO expensive.
    The NUXE can be drying for me too lately for some reason, but what I find works is if I put a lip oil on first, then use the Nuxe on top of that-that seems to work a bit better.

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  14. Bloggers write so much good things of the following products: Caudalie moisturizing sorbet, Omorovicza thermal cleansing balm, Omorovicza rejuvenating night cream, Korres lip butter. I have tried all these, but I didn't like any of them.

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  15. I have tried the Caudalie serum, LRP eye gel, Nuxe lipbalm and Urban Decay setting spray and I agree a 100% with what you have written about the products. I felt like I was using them wrong or something since it seemed I was the only person the products didn't work for! :P

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  16. Just discovered your blog recently and have been going through your old posts! will bookmark. Totally agree re Nuxe reve de miel ... got that on a trip to Paris (though not hard to find in the US), and I don't get it either. So I'm glad a beauty blogger is speaking up :)

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  17. I love this post! I've had plenty pretty hyped products that I have truly disappointed me. Every Lush product I have tried had really disappointed me. I also really didn't like EOS balm also, so incredibly drying.

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  18. Thank goodness someone agree on the crapness of the Nuxe lipbalm. I hated it, and it got so dirty!

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  19. Oh no, I'm so sorry the SOS serum didn't work for you, Tiffany! Or that you were underwhelmed, rather. I blame this on myself--I was blathering on about this one nonstop :P Maybe it was so miraculous for me because I had never really used a truly *hydrating* treatment before--I had always steered clear of the word because I have such oily skin. :/ I am SUPER curious about the Vichy serum now, however, and definitely plan on grabbing a bottle next time I'm at the drugstore!

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  20. The OPI Nail Envy didnt impress me either. Try Essie Protein Base Coat :)

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  21. I use Nail Envy as a base coat rather than a standalone treatment and I find it works best that way. Sometimes I think it's all the layers of polish I wear on my nails that protect them like armour more than the Nail Envy itself.

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  22. I wanted to try the Tarte oil, thanks for the review on it! Right now I'm using the Caudalie divine oil and love that! I love reading posts about hyped up products that don't work..not all expensive goods are the best! The EOS balms did not work for me at all, the Ojon hair oil I got as a 100 pt perk at Sephora was terrible on me as well.

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  23. Very interesting to hear that about the Caudalie serum, it has been on my wishlist for a while now but I have a few other things to try and to use up before I am at the stage where I should buy it, haha. Will peruse some reviews now... thanks!

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  24. i want to try the caudalie but i generally am a bit underwhelmed by caudalie too! but like you, it isn't like i dislike the brand, it just doesn't wow me for some reason!

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  25. I actually really like these posts because they help me when I go shopping SO much! Thank you :-) ~Kelly http://chicnstylishblog.blogspot.com/

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  26. I know, right :-/ I still use it, but it's just not as crazy amazing as I was anticipating it to be.

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  27. Yay, glad you like the post! :)

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  28. I had such high hopes for Nail Envy too...bummer. In all honesty, I think I've just given up on Deslick. I don't feel the need to force myself to use it because I only have a mini anyways ;)

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  29. Thanks for the recs, Rocaille! Do you prefer the NailTek line to Nail Envy? That soft & peeling version of Nail Envy sounds nice, but I wonder how different the formulas really are? I might give it a go sometime though!

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  30. As an overall strengthener, I prefer Nail Envy, but I'm using NailTek Hydration now and I think for my dried out nails, it performs a bit better. I've only tried the original Nail Envy, so I can't really compare :(

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  31. Hahaha, sometimes I'm like that too! I'd much rather be impressed than underwhelmed anyway ;) Glad you liked the post, Jemma!

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  32. No problem! Glad it was a helpful post :)

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  33. Nope, I've never tried All Nighter...do you know how the two compare? And I've heard a lot of good things about Essie Protein Base. I definitely need to try that one next! I'm so sad you didn't like the Cheek Gelees, but the Convertible Colors are amazing as well. I'm a fan of both! I will say though, that with the Cheek Gelees, they swatch really sheer when you use your fingers, but it's COMPLETELY different when you apply them to your cheeks with a brush!

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  34. I agree, Beth! It's just tough because it's so much more exciting to talk about things we like, right? :)

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  35. Aww, really? I've never tried the Kat Von D foundation, but I've thought about getting a sample before just because people seem to love it so much, but I was also afraid it might be cakey :-/ What about applying it more sheerly using something like the Beauty Blender? Have you tried it?

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  36. I'm not sure if I'm allergic to the Nuxe balm or not...it's a possibility I suppose! Let me know how you get on with Nail Envy. Hopefully, you have better luck with it than I did!

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  37. Ahhh, really? Ok, I guess I'll have to wait until the winter so I can assess it again then! Thanks for the tip, Sunny!

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  38. Ooo, a lip oil sounds nice! I don't have one though :-/ I agree about Caudalie being expensive, but I still really want to try their Divine Oil!

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  39. The only one from that list I've tried are the Korres lip butters, which I like but don't love. I'm sorry the others didn't impress you, Selena! I really wanted to try the Omorovicza thermal cleansing balm actually...

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  40. Isn't it just SO sad when that happens? :(

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  41. Aww, thank you, Lara! It's a shame the Nuxe balm didn't work for you either :(

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  42. Thanks, Taylor! I agree with you about the EOS balms. I always scratch my head in disbelief every time I hear someone say how insanely moisturizing it is because I don't feel that way at all. I actually quite like Lush, but I don't typically like spending so much money on bath products.

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  43. Aww, bummer that we both don't like it, huh?

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  44. Let me know if you end up trying it out, Becca! I'm nearly out of mine. That will be a sad day!

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  45. Definitely trying that one next! Thanks, Shari!

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  46. I use it as a base coat as well but anytime I go without polish, my nails still seem weak and chippy. I agree with the layers of polish acting like armour though! :)

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  47. I really want to try Divine Oil! I've heard so many good things about it! I definitely agree with you that not all expensive products are the best. And I haven't tried the Ojon hair oil, but I also don't like the EOS balms :-/

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  48. Hopefully you have better luck with it if you end up getting it, Emma! I know a lot of people love it :)

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  49. That's exactly how I feel! Not bad, just not LOVE.

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  50. Glad you liked the post, Kelly! :)

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