So I’ve covered off my Favourite Products of 2012 but which were the ones that left me feeling more than a little disappointed?
Here are the products of the year that just didn’t work for me.
Umberto Giannini Volume Blow Dry Spray – £5.49 from Boots
I was willing to overlook the fact that the packaging made it look like a big purple sex toy if it could only help me achieve that Hollywood blow dry look. Unfortunately the results ranged from lacklustre and greasy to crispier than a bag of crisps. I’ve tried using more and less product but nothing has worked, though I’m willing to accept this may be down to my poor hair skillz! Either way, for me this is a product I definitely won’t be repurchasing.
Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Refreshing Gel-Cream with Peach – £4.99 from Boots
The only good thing I have to say about this is thank god I used my Boots Points to pay for this! I had been intrigued by the gel-cream texture and the idea of having super hydrated skin for 7 days, but instead ended up frustrated by how sticky it was. It also took an age to dry. Not good when you’re the kind of girl that is always in a rush. I wrote about my First Impressions of Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days here but couldn’t bring myself to continue using it to write a full review.
Vita Liberata Tinted Self Tan Mousse in Medium – £22.50 from Debenhams
I thought I’d grabbed myself a bargain when I picked up both the Medium and Dark Vita Liberata Self Tan Mousse in a set from Debenhams for less than half price in the Summer. Little did I know that both bottles would come out the colour of swamp water. Debenhams refused to refund me as both products had been used (purely to test whether they both came out the same colour!) and I got no reply from Vita Liberata when I queried if this was the usual colour, as I’ve only seen fake tanners that colour when they’ve gone off. It hardly needs to be said that I won’t be repurchasing from them again.
Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash – £4.49 from Boots
The only thing Visibly Clear about this product is that it isn’t very good at removing make up. Instead of leaving my skin squeaky clean it seemed to smear my make up around my face rather than removing any of it. As a morning cleanser it works fine, but if you’re looking for something to take the day off there are plenty of better cleansers around. You can check out my full review here.
MAC Fix+ – £13.50 from MAC
It pains me to write a bad word about MAC but I just don’t get why you’d use Fix+? I bought it as a replacement for my ELF Mist & Set spray and was hugely disappointed. Instead of fixing my make up in place and leaving it feeling refreshed, I just felt a bit soggy. I’m sure this works for some, but for me I’ll be going back to my ELF Mist & Set spray.
Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume – Currently £1.95 at Superdrug
This was another product I bought in my quest to have big, bouncy Hollywood hair. Instead it made my hair sticky and left it matted. I also found it more powdery than other Batiste Dry Shampoos leaving me with extremely visible Grandma hair. Not a look I ever want to repeat!
Max Factor Eye Brightening Tonal Mascara in Blue – £6.99 from Superdrug
I actually really liked this mascara when I bought it, but when after only 5 weeks it started getting that damp, mouldy smell I was pretty disappointed. I wouldn’t say it made my eyes pop, but it did have a subtle hint of blue to it that made my eyes sparkle and the formula was great, not to wet and not clumpy at all. If it hadn’t been for its short shelf life I wouldn’t even be including this mascara in my round up. I’d love to hear if others have had this issue with the Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara or if I’m just a one off.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Black – £3.99 from Boots
I was so excited when I heard about Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Liner that I actually went out and bought four of them. Unfortunately the excitement ended once I’d tried them out. For some unknown reason they just don’t seem to stay put no matter what I do. I’ve tried them with and without different primers and still I can’t seem to get more than a few hours wear from them. I know other bloggers swear by them, but for me they were one of the worst eye liners I’ve tried.
So there you have it. What were your worst products of the year?