Recent Makeup Buys: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh

Sunday, 12 April 2015

I've found that over the last few months I've consciously curbed my beauty spending - mainly because I'm trying to be really good with savings (what with our wedding being 5 months away….5!!).  It's meant that I've pretty much been using the same products every day - a bit like the pre-blogging days!  As a result, when I've bought new things it's mainly been out of necessity, like to replace things that have run out.  I say "mainly" as sometimes the lure of Boots gets too much and I have bought a couple of things that I didn't necessarily need.  Damn those Three for Two deals!

I've had mixed successes with makeup that I've bought in the last few months though, so I thought it was worth sharing.


The Good

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks - £8.99 - buy here
L-R Red Pepper, Peach Club, Nude-ist, Don't Pink Of It

When it comes to lip products I'm one of those people who sticks to what they know, so once I find a range that I like then I'll just keep buying it in different colours.  Perfect example being my 10(!) Revlon Lip Butters currently sitting in my makeup drawer…

Towards the end of last year I discovered the Bourjois Rouge Velvet range after hearing a few of my blogger friends rave about Peach Club.  I was in love pretty much straight away - the silky formula glides on like a dream, and the doe foot applicator is the ideal shape and size for a precise finish.  I love that it has a matte finish, and it feels a bit like a lip stain too as I find that the colour stays on my lips all day even after eating and drinking which is ace. 

Just before Christmas I added Nude-ist (a beautiful nudey pink colour) and Red Pepper (a bright red) to my collection.  Nude-ist is probably my most worn shade, it really suits my skin tone and is perfect for everyday.  Red Pepper is a bit of an odd one - I do like it but I have to admit that the formula doesn't quite feel the same as the other shades, it's thinner and so you need to layer it up to get a good colour pay off.  My friend Roisin said exactly the same thing in one of her recent videos, so it's definitely not just me!  I think you can see in my swatches above actually that Red Pepper has a more glossy texture, compared to the velvety matte shades.

Most recently I bought Don't Pink Of It which is quite similar to Nude-ist, so is wearable for everyday, but is lighter and more pinky.  I've only worn it a couple of times so far, but it's lovely on.  I also spotted that they've added some more glossy shades - I bought one for my sister for her birthday actually but managed to resist getting one for myself, so far anyway…..

The Bad

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - £7.99 - buy here (or not)

From a favourite to a complete disappointment now with the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.  I always seem to have a couple of different mascaras on the go at the same time but unlucky for me they all ran out in the same week recently so I needed to go buy a new one.  Rather than repurchasing a tried and tested favourite, like the Maybelline Falsies, I decided to try something new and was won over by the HEY LOOK THIS IS NEW, BUY IT type signage around the Lash Sensational so thought I'd give it a go.  

I wish I hadn't bothered though, as I really don't have anything good to say about it at all.  It's got a really wet formula which means that it smudges like a bitch.  It claims to be a lash multiplying mascara but in reality it just clumps your lashes together so you're left with like 3 massive lashes rather than a nice fanned out look.   See evidence below.

this is quite creepy eh?  sorry about that pals

There's definitely better high street mascaras out there - Maybellines own The Falsies for one, and also Miss Manga which I liked a lot too.  

The Meh

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze - £4.99 - buy here

This is one of those products where it's not bad, but it's also nothing to write home about.  I fully admit that this is one of those cases where I definitely didn't NEED to buy it but it just looked really pretty, and I think there was an offer on, so it somehow ended up in my basket.  

As a highlighter/bronzer, this isn't terrible.  It's quite versatile as you can choose to just stick to the light end, or you can swirl a brush through the different layers to get a bronzed/rose gold colour instead.  It is a bit too glittery for my liking though, I'm definitely more of a fan of a "sheen" rather than a glitter.    Also it's not very pigmented so you do have to work a bit to get enough product on your brush.  

So not great, but also not bad either (especially for a fiver).  I think the dictionary definition is "meh".

So that's what I've been buying recently, a mixed bag as you can see!  Please do let me know in the comments if you have any mascara recommendations, as after this fail I'm definitely on the lookout for something new.


  1. i am with you on the maybelline lash sensational! i had high hopes because the wand looked nice but it smudges and is actually really difficult to apply nicely ): definitely going back to my covergirl lash blast volume!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

  2. Wow that Lash Sensational is incredibly underwhelming! I adore the title of this post, your honest reviews are really inspiring as I usually only see bloggers writing wonderful and glowing reviews about products that aren't as good as they promise to be! I'd love to recommend Too Faced Better than sex mascara for you (lol i sound sponsored) it's honestly the best mascara i've ever used and so worth the price! I really enjoyed reading your post, i'm a new follower and i look forward to reading more from you :)