Apparently the negativity streak is continuing, as I'm back with another roundup posts of products I'm not exactly loving. Typically, the products in these posts range from things I detest to things that aren't quite working for me, and this group falls closer to the latter.
You might even call this the "Eh, it's Not for Me" edition.
1. Nivea Lip Butter Caramel Cream Kiss: These bad boys are definitely having their moment in the sun, and apart from the glorious (and surprisingly authentic) smell, I can't see why. Yes, they're hydrating and feel good on the lips, but not especially so. Nivea does a lot of great stick lip balms, and each one of those that I've tried was more moisturizing than this little tin, not to mention a lot easier to apply (no grubby fingers). It's not that this product is bad or anything--it's just ok--but between the other lip balms I have and this inconvenient packaging, I'm really not likely to use this. Plus, this is one of those products you apply without a mirror, and if you put on just a bit too much, it starts to turn your lips white. My guess is that most of its popularity comes from the scent, which I totally agree with--I'm currently trying to figure out if I can use this as solid perfume.
2. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask: I had such high hopes for this product, having heard such good things about it, but I just can't get behind it. I do like that it's easy to apply and sets fairly quickly, but I don't see much of a difference in my skin. My pores might be a little smaller, but this didn't feel or look like it was cleaning out my pores or anything. Weirdly enough, my biggest problem here is that something in the product's texture makes it slimy and difficult to fully rinse off. Whereas most clay masks wash off quickly, this one is goopy and really requires a washcloth or something scrubby to get all the product off. Not a big deal if that's what you do anyway, but for a hands girl like me, it's annoying.
3. Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick: I wanted this to be amazing--slick, hydrating, pigmented, and everything the ideal lip product should be. The problem here is that it's too close to a lipstick to be as comfortable and effortless as this kind of product should be. When you think of stick lip products, you think of something that just glides on and makes your lips feel good. Here, the product is too thick and heavy in lipsticky ways to be comfortable. It also has a cakey look, so unlike most other lip products in stick form, it can't be layered too much or it starts making your pucker look a little old(!). Definitely one to stay away from if you've got dry, peeling lips. All of that being said, it does have incredible pigmentation, so if you don't mind feeling a lot of product on your lips, you could be perfectly okay with this.
4. Nivea Pure and Natural 24Hr Deodorant: The rollerball from this line is one of my favorite deodorants (link), but I picked up this aerosol version on a whim, having never tried spray-on deodorant before. The product itself hasn't changed, and it seems to do the same job the roller version does, but I just can't get behind the spray thing. I don't feel like I have enough control, for one, but the main issue is that I feel like I'm ingesting it. Every time I breathe while or shortly after applying, I feel like my throat has some heavy air stuck in it. It's not like I'm spraying it into my mouth or anything, but I still feel like I'm breathing it in, which can't be safe. Even if it isn't poisonous or toxic, it's still not good for you, so I'll be staying away and encourage any other aerosol deodorant users to do the same. (Can the FDA look into this, please?)
5. Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish in Seashell: I haven't tried a Revlon nail polish since I complained about the sheerness of their light colors in this post. Guess what? This little pink number is just as sheer. I was really craving a milky, pale pink and was more than a little annoyed when I had layered on three coats of polish and still didn't have opacity. I mentioned this in that first Revlon polish post, but their formula is thicker than most, so when you have to pile it on, the final product looks uneven and bumpy. Get it together, Revlon--or, at least, get it together with your light shades.
NOTW will be up Friday--hope you're well!