Have you ever treated yourself to a pricy product only to be left disappointed and with an awkward hole in your bank account? Fortunately for us makeup lovers, this doesn’t happen often – but when it does, you never seem to forget that sinking feeling when you realise your money has gone down the drain.
So, with that said, I want to let you in on the products that I found didn’t match the quality expected given their price tags – and some products that are definitely worth splashing the cash on.
NOT WORTH IT – VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY ‘SILK’ SMOKY EYE BRICK – £50
While I adore the colour story and was in full belief that I would love this product after hearing recommendations from some well-known beauty YouTubers, I was so surprised at how disappointing the formula of the shadows was.
As an all-metallic palette, the shadows appear to be infused with shimmer when viewed in the pan – however, on the eyes the shimmer isn’t visible, with the metallic element being minimal alongside sheer pigmentation. I found that the shadows looked dry and powdery on the eyes, with this issue intensifying when trying to build up the pigment. If you apply the finest wash of colour, this dryness doesn’t happen – but the shadow’s effect is so minimal that it’s not worth even using.
If you’re after a light wash of sparkle which has the same tone found within the ‘Silk’ Smoky Eye Brick, I think you’d really enjoy using the Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre in the shade ‘Blonde’. While the colour looks WHITE in the pan, it’s actually a very pale yellow gold, and a little washed over the lids as a topper is super effective and beautiful for Summer. And trust me, you only need the tiniest amount.
TOTALLY WORTH IT – HOURGLASS ‘DIFFUSED HEAT’ AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH – £38
Besides the fact all of Hourglass’s blushes look STUNNING with their marbled pattern, the pigment of each blush is woven with a complimentary tone of the brand’s iconic Ambient Lighting Powder, giving the skin a gorgeous flush of colour and radiance without being shimmery, metallic or too pigmented.
Right now, my favourite colour is ‘Diffused Heat’, which mixes together to create the most beautiful peachy pink shade, which is perfect for Spring and Summer. What I love about the formula is how buildable it is – you can either apply the lightest wash or intensify the colour, whatever you like! Plus, it doesn’t pick up any coverage or exacerbate the appearance of texture. 10/10.
NOT WORTH IT – CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC AWAY CONCEALER – £24
I feel like I’m one of the few people who don’t get on with this concealer at all! As it’s a thicker concealer, I find that it’s difficult to blend and quickly looks heavy on my skin. What’s more, it creases like there’s no tomorrow, especially under my eyes. While I’m such a huge Charlotte Tilbury, this concealer was unfortunately a huge miss for me – which is ok, not everything can work for us all.
TOTALLY WORTH IT – PATRICK TA SILKY LIP CREMES – £21 EACH
The Patrick Ta Silky Lip Crèmes are some of the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever worn. With a creamy and super pigmented formula, they can either be worn lightly to give a demi-matte finish with a cushioning look and feel, or more heavily to give a more glossy appearance. Without exacerbating texture, they help to make the lips look smooth and healthy, and currently all the shades are in the light-to-light-medium colour category.
If you’d like to read more about Patrick Ta’s products, you can read my review of the brand.
NOT WORTH IT – VIEVE ‘BIJOU’ NOVA GLOW HIGHLIGHTER – £27
As VIEVE is a new brand created by a super hardworking YouTuber, I questioned whether to include this product as a ‘Don’t Like It’ in this article. One thing you learn when you step into the blogging world is how ruthless and critical it can be, and you never want to compound that issue, especially once you’ve experienced it yourself. However, it’s a part of the job to be openly honest and since this product is featured fairly high on the list of highlighters on Cult Beauty, it’s important for me to share my experience with the product.
For me, besides the fact it’s too warm for my complexion despite the fact it was meant for fairer skin tones, it’s far too shimmery for my liking. While I don’t mind a tiny bit of shimmer in my highlighters, the Nova Glow Highlighter was almost pure shimmer and didn’t smooth out with extra buffing. It will be interesting to see if Jamie, VIEVE’s owner, will create another highlighter formula in the future.
TOTALLY WORTH IT – CHANTECAILLE ‘LION’ LUMINESCENT EYE SHADE – £48
Now, I can already feel the eye rolls you’re all probably giving me right now. Seriously, Tori?! A £48 single eyeshadow?! Really?! Here me out…
Ok, the price definitely could be lower, but we’ll get onto that later. Despite the beautiful leaf imprint, I have never, ever felt a powder eyeshadow quite like it. Super smooth, creamy and rich with a golden pigment, it’s the most gorgeous one-and-done eyeshadow for everyday wear, especially given it’s not too light nor too dark in tone. With a small amount of fine shimmer, it’s effortless and effective, and you can have your eyeshadow done in seconds.
Regarding the price, Chantecaille is a philanthropic company, and the majority of their collections and products have specific charities to which a portion of the profit goes. Each shade in the Luminescent Eye Shade range is named after an endangered wild African animal – Lion, Giraffe, Elephant, Cheetah, Zebra, Crane, Pangolin and Rhinoceros – with each shade having a specific charity dedicated to protecting these amazing creatures. The shadows also have a black and white photograph of the animal on the lid too.
While I can only vouch for the Lion shade in terms of formula, I think this is such a great way to give back while participating in consumerism. However, the price is still high, but I know I’ll definitely get a lot of use out of this product on a day-to-day basis.
NOT WORTH IT – NARS MATTE BRONZING POWDERS – £30
While I believed I liked the NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in the shade Vallarta when I first bought it, all of it’s issues stuck out like a sore thumb after the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer came into the picture this past Summwe with its super smooth formula. Although the colour is pretty, the Matte Bronzing Powders has an ability to show texture that you may not even realise you have. Plus, it’s not the easiest to blend.
If you have good skin, you may really like this product, but for me, I hardly ever use it now except as an eyeshadow.
TOTALLY WORTH IT – LAURA MERICER FLAWLESS FUSION ULTRA-LONGWEAR CONCEALER – £25
Last, but certainly not least, we have my all-time favourite concealer. As a more liquidy concealer, it blends really well, builds up without looking cakey, and makes the skin look smooth and radiant. Plus, it lasts brilliantly throughout the day with the lightest dusting of setting powder. It’s my secret weapon for covering my pinkness and texture, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. I wear the shade 0.5N.