Anastasia Speranskaya, senior editor of BeautyHack, told which products were not appreciated and why.
Senior Editor BeautyHack
All comments are purely subjective - it is possible that some of these tools will suit you perfectly.
Protective lip cream stick Eight Hour, shade Berry, Elizabeth Arden
A couple of years ago, while walking through the duty-free zone in Heathrow, I decided to find a good tinted lip balm to replace the proven Dior Lip Glow (read about its updated version here). Before that, she was familiar with the American brand Elizabeth Arden only in theory: it was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and is still loved by many Hollywood stars. Therefore, without a doubt, I bought a trio of Elizabeth Arden lip balms - two tint and one classic.
For the latter, I just have no questions: the product copes with the function of moisturizing the lips perfectly, moreover, it protects them from the harmful effects of UV radiation thanks to the SPF factor. But its tint versions remained on the far shelf.
I like it when the color of the balm turns out to be translucent, as if in watercolor - it should be something between lipstick and gloss. But Elizabeth Arden's pigment is bright and rich, yet not dense enough to fit into the creamy lipstick category. The situation can be saved if you apply the product with your fingertips, but let's be frank - the balm specially comes in a stick for ease of use, which means that you shouldn't touch it again with your hands. However, if someone is looking for a bright product with excellent moisturizing qualities - go for it.
Price: about 13 $
Mascara "Triple Effect" Eventailliste, Vivienne Sabo
When they ask me which brand produces an excellent and budget mascara, I no doubt send it to the corner Vivienne Sabo. It is no coincidence that their Cabaret lies in almost every professional case - eyelashes become like false eyelashes in the best sense.
But Eventailliste, which promises both volume, lengthening, and twisting effect, did not suit me personally. I must admit that my taste for mascara is quite specific: I love it when it is moderately liquid (so that there are no lumps), plastic, coal-black and with a good brush. On the last point, there are just no complaints about Vivienne Sabo mascara: the curved brush helps to paint over even small cilia, does not stain the eyelid and really partially replaces the curler.
But the formula itself did not impress. It looks very natural on the eyelashes (for some it will be a plus), slightly lengthens and does not hold very firmly - at the end of the working day I noticed crumbling crumbs.
Who is it for? The owner of naturally luxurious eyelashes, which only need to slightly darken and emphasize the curve.
Price: 449 rub.
Colorless gel for eyebrows Defining Brow Gel, GOSH
I always expect good fixation from a transparent eyebrow gel - otherwise why is it needed at all? I don’t have the most violent eyebrows, but the force of gravity touched the hairs - they stubbornly strive downward, giving the look a suffering expression. With the thought of “whistling everyone upstairs,” I went in search of a new budgetary funds that would cope with the laws of nature and fix the eyebrows in the right position for the whole day.
There are many good reviews on GOSH colorless gels - they are not noticeable on the hairs, and they have not been tested on animals, and they hold firm. All this is true, but, alas, the colorless version could not fix my eyebrows in place. With the same success, I could apply a moisturizer to the brush and try to comb the hairs up - over time, they would also inevitably return to their usual position.
But if you like the most natural effect, and Cara Delevingne herself could envy the eyebrows, feel free to try - the gel really does not turn into plasticine, lays down without lumps and may well replace transparent mascara.
Price: 639 rub.
Liquid matte lipstick, shade Candy K, Kylie Cosmetics
I really hope that Kylie Jenner's 123 million subscribers will not throw stones at me, but the fact remains that one of the most coveted liquid lipsticks in the world did not make it to the list of my favorites.
The shade is perfection itself: it was because of it that I decided to order lipstick and was looking forward to the parcel, rubbing my hands with joy. And everything seems to be good - vanilla aroma, convenient applicator, pleasant consistency, but the pigment immediately got into all the folds, the existence of which I did not even suspect before.
Perhaps my lips are far from ideal and definitely do not reach Kylie, but I advise everyone to properly exfoliate the skin before applying and in any case do not compress lips until the lipstick dries. This habit played a disservice to me: the lipstick is light in stripes, which could only be painted over with five new layers of the product.
Price: 17 $
Argan Oil Primer, Physicians Formula
Pure argan oil, natural coconut water, smoothing and moisturizing functions - all this is the description of the primer from Physicians Formula, the brand that makes one of the most successful bronzers in the segment available (read about it here). Alas, for me personally, this tool will forever remain in my memory as a crazy spray that ruined the ceiling. The pressure of the spray is so strong and uneven that it shoots in the most unexpected directions - hello, greasy spots on a perfectly white surface.
Essentially oily water - it promises to brighten complexion, add glow, hydrate, rejuvenate and set makeup. At first I used it as a primer: I applied it to my face and patiently (and completely in vain) waited for absorption - after fifteen minutes the skin was still oily. The foundation lay on top of it well, but if your skin, like mine, begins to shine during the day, this is an application for failure - the oil in the composition will show itself not from the best side and will affect the makeup durability.
The fixing ability was completely incomprehensible to me: I was used to the fact that oil dissolves makeup, and does not prolong its life, so I would not advise using the product in this way. But if you have dry and flaky skin - you are welcome. Just do not repeat my mistakes and apply the primer first on the palm of your hand, and only then on the skin - then the condition of both the face and the ceiling will not cause any questions for anyone.
Price: 949 RUB.
Text: Anastasia Speranskaya