It Just Didn't Work Out Between Us 9/13

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I'm back with another roundup of less than stellar product reviews. For those who were getting tired of all the skincare on my blog recently, today's edition is all haircare and makeup. The products you're about to meet aren't strictly bad , but for one reason or another, they just don't quite work for me. 

L'Oreal LaLacque Lipstick/Lipliner: This pencil lipcolor is meant to be a lipstick and lipliner in one. The idea works in the sense that the diameter of the pencil is small enough for precise application, but still large enough to easily paint the lips. But lipliner is meant not only to define the lips, but also to ensure a longer-lasting lipcolor. Something about the product never sets, and the lipstick transfers and rubs off very easily, which is where the two-in-one idea falls apart. That being said, the pigmentation of this lipstick is absolutely sensational. It makes lippies I thought were previously opaque look sheer in comparison. However, the formula interferes again and makes the color hard to wear--something about this looks very heavy and almost cakey on the lips, no matter how little I apply. It tends to settle in fine lines and gather around dry patches, so this gorgeously pigmented color just doesn't translate well in wear. I love the concept of a lipstick in this narrower shape, and the pigmentation is gorgeous so it works as a stain, but not as a lipcolor on its own. 

Klorane Oil Control Dry Shampoo with Nettle: You know me, if it's a dry shampoo with the words "oil control" anywhere on the packaging, I've got to try it. The original Klorane is up there on my list of favorite dry shampoos (though nothing beats my Batiste), so I was curious to see how the oil-controlling version would perform in comparison. I've used up almost the entire can by now, and as far as I can tell, there isn't much difference. This new version seems a little thicker and clings to the roots more, making it slightly more difficult to blend in, and doesn't really seem to be oil controlling. The biggest test for me was how my roots looked the day after I've applied this in comparison to the day after I've applied the original Klorane. The oil-controlling one had my hair looking more clean, but the difference wasn't huge and I still felt like I needed to shampoo that day. This stuff is just okay, and for $18 per can, I wouldn't buy it again. 

That artistic-looking scribble is actually the result of me clumsily dropping the uncapped liner...nice, eh?

Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner: I first mentioned this in my Asian Beauty Haul (post), and as much as I adore the incredibly thin, dark lines this liner can make, it doesn't stay put. Asian eyelids tend to be more oily, so I was hoping this would be long-wearing, but even just curling my eyelashes after applying it takes off most of the liner. Once my eyelashes are curled, it's really difficult to get to my lashline and apply makeup there, but even when I've done that, the liner tends to transfer and smudge throughout the day. All of those factors combined with the humidity we've had here mean I almost never reach for this liner. 

John Frieda Full Repair Root Lift Foam: I've gotten back into blowing out my hair, and pulled this unused bottle from the depths of my product stash to pump some volume into my roots. I have some issues with mousse, and root sprays don't seem to do enough for me, so I figured a lifting foam would work. This is the first volumizing foam I've tried, so I don't know if this is normal, but this product is very sticky and the combination of a blow dryer and hair brush never seem to fully brush it out. Worst of all, it barely seems to volumize my roots, so I'm left with mostly flat hair that feels slightly tacky and stiff. The consistency of the product basically sets my hair in the way I've blown it out, which would normally be good, except that it sets it in this 'do that basically lacks all volume. I'm trying to make myself use it up, but to be honest, I'm having a hard time doing so. 

Nail of the Week will be up on Saturday!

Hope you're well!

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