Empty Products: Hits and Misses

October 9, 2014

Hey all! I have some products that have been used up and are headed for the garbage. But before I tossed them, I thought I would share my opinion on each one.

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner (MISS)

I was asked to review this product but unfortunately it had dried up before I could do so. This was a miniature version I bought as part of a set with the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. But I have to admit, I’m glad I didn’t buy the full-size. There is huge buzz around this product right now. It’s a gel liner in pen form with an intense, matte black colour and super staying power. In terms, it sounds like a gal’s dream! But unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I found it a little difficult to apply. In order to really make this product work, you have to wipe a bit of it onto your hand or tissue first. This seems like a tremendous waste of product, but otherwise it applies as a glob on your eyelid. Plus, because it is so waterproof and dries quickly, any mistakes made are hard to correct without having to start over. It’s nearly impossible to achieve a thin line and attempting a wing is painfully frustrating.

I apologize for not having any photos to share with you. But I have tested the longevity of this product and noticed that after a day of wearing it, the line had begun to crack. I believe the formula is a little too thick. A thinner version will apply more smoothly to the lash line and may not flake throughout the day. In the mean time, I am going to stick with a trusty ol’ potted gel eyeliner and little brush.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (HIT)

This has quickly become a holy grail product for me. I love wearing a winged liner and this is the easiest product to achieve precision. It has a tiny brush at the end, rather than a felt tip like many other eye liner pens. It applies smoothly, and is jet-black and waterproof. By far this is the best eye liner I have ever used! Perhaps it has set the bar too high – hence my disappointment in the product above.

Blistex Lip Medex (HIT)

My lips get insanely dry this time of year. I have gone through several of these pots over time and usually have one within reach for emergencies (beside my bed, in my desk at work and in my purse). I love the cool, tingly feeling it gives. Not only does it provide temporary relief, but it also heels my chapped and sore lips over time. If you were to ask me “what is one beauty item you would take with you if you were to be stranded on an island?” I would say the Blistex Lip Medex. It’s seriously been a life saver. Or should I say “smooch-saver”.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask (HIT)

I’ve already posted a review of this product. If you haven’t seen it, click here. To sum up my thoughts – I love this mask! I’ve seen great results and enjoy using it to pamper myself every once in a while.

Nivea Pure & Natural Soothing Day Care (MISS)

I have barely touched this face cream. So while it’s not technically considered an empty item, it is headed for the garbage. I really disliked this product. It was too thick and left a sticky film on my face. I felt as though my pores were suffocating and crying for air every time I used it. It kind of reminded me of condensed milk – something I would never want to smother my face in. Pimple alert! It may not have been so bad if it smelt like sweetened condensed milk, but unfortunately it has a really unpleasant smell…a negative trait when the product is going to be lingering under your nose.

Maybelline New York Concealer (HIT)

This concealer has received so much love and use over time that the writing has rubbed off of it’s packaging, so I’m not actually sure of its proper name. I have literally been scraping the sides, trying to scoop out every last bit. It’s been a good friend to me, covering up dark circles and puffy eyes after nights of little sleep. It’s got great coverage and doesn’t crease. Unfortunately, I think Maybelline has discontinued this product but sells a similar version called the Fit Me Concealer.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Honey Tinted (HIT)

This smells sooooooo good! But besides the fact that I want to eat it, this is another great product that helps soothe and repair my lips during dry times. Plus it has a brownish-nude tint. It’s the perfect option if you want to wear some colour but are afraid it will settle into the cracks of chapped lips. I also really like that it doesn’t contain petroleum jelly, which can often cause a lip balm addiction.

I tend to read reviews and research the heck out of something before I buy it. If you’re like me, I hope you found this post helpful, especially if you are debating a certain product or looking for suggestions. I’m going to be saving up some more empty products over the next few months and I’m looking forward to bringing you more mini-reviews. Until next time…


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