Disappointing products - January 2016

Disappointing beauty products January 2016
It's been a while since my last roundup of disappointing products and after a pretty intense few weeks of testing out various bits and pieces, I've come across a few that, for me, just haven't delivered. Here's my thoughts on why...

Red Carpet One Step Gel Manicure* - I love an at home gel manicure, but it can take a while to apply, so I loved the concept of this quick kit from Red Carpet Manicure which only needs two coats of gel and no base/top coat. The shades are fab, the shine is amazing and it's so easy to use but unfortunately only lasted a few days before the gel colour started peeling off my nails. It's a shame as the idea of a 5 minute gel mani is amazing, but if it doesn't last a minimum of 7 days, it's not really worth the effort of removing it in my eyes. Their original Gel system is absolutely fantastic, so although it's a little more effort initially, I'd recommend buying that one and just setting aside more time to apply it.

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Cooling Eye Stick - Korean brand Tony Moly has some of the cutest packaging I've ever seen and I was totally sucked in by the Panda design on this cooling eye stick. Unfortunately it might be super cute, but it doesn't really deliver much in the way of results (I was hoping for a lot more hydration), so it's something I won't be repurchasing.

L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist* - I had such high hopes for this after seeing all the rave reviews on Sephora, but it seems like the formula for the UK version is totally different to that one. The mist itself is very fine, but if you're not careful you can end up with droplets all over your face that end up making your foundation run. It's also a bit sticky to the touch which I'm not a fan of. A friend has also bought this and fed back similar issues - maybe if it was an aerosol rather than a manual pump it'd be better, but this just isn't working for me. Can we please have the US formula L'Oreal?

Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer* - this one's a bit of a 50/50 for me. It's the latest launch in the They're Real lineup, and is designed to be applied before mascara to help prep and condition your lashes. As it's tinted, it offers a nice way to get a very natural lash look without the need for a full on mascara, which for someone with blonde lashes like me, is actually a really nice idea. Where it falls down is when you add mascara over the top. Now, admittedly I wasn't using the matching They're Real mascara suggested by Benefit, but it made my lashes go clumpy, feel quite stiff and brittle and also flaked off a bit throughout the day. I'd quite happily carry on using it on days where I'm at home and don't want to put on 'proper' makeup but it's not something that works for me underneath my mascara. Sorry Benefit!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? And have you tried anything recently that disappointed you?

*PR samples

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