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It Didn't Work For Me.......

i don't want this to be a hates or bashing thread. more of a general "i tried this thing and it clearly wasn't meant for me" rather than a "this is crap !" sort of discussion, if that distinction makes sense.....

 

i find these sorts of discussions helpful. you can learn 1. that you're not alone, or that 2. you were using a thing incorrectly and maybe it's worth another try or 3. that a thing you were considering spending your money on may not be worth the risk after all (though i'd take this last possibility with a grain of salt; everyone is different !!)

 

i'll post my list below Smiley Happy

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I may be in the minority here but I just felt that Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment was not that awesome. I had a deluxe size sample so I was able to try it numerous times and each time I used it I felt like it was an okay exfoliating product but not something that I would ever buy. I am a huge believer in exfoliators and I use one each week minimum but I have so many other masks/peels/exfoliators that I prefer over that one.

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You're not alone.  I didn't like it either.  The gentle version was too harsh for my skin.  It's counterintuitive because peels always sound harsher to me, but I actually find them to be gentler on my skin than physical exfoliators.

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Ditto! I do not have sensitive skin yet ExfoliKate makes my skin very red and uncomfortable!

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@kellouaThat is not good to hear. I think sometimes the 'exfoliators' they use in products are what cause them to be harsher on the skin. I don't have super sensitive skin but I usually find that after I do a peel my skin is less red than after using an exfoliator, go figure.

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I agree @virgo87.  There are some things my skin can handle like the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder but I mostly only use physical exfoliants/scrubs on my body now.

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@virgo87

 

I am very "meh" on Kate Somerville.  I can't ever get excited about her line.   

I remember reacting poorly to a moisturizer many years ago.  Since then any sample of a product I've tried has underwhelmed or disappointed me.  And at that price, I have better options.

 

Sunday Riley is the same.  Either disappointed or underwhelmed.

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@greenchilliI have never tried a Sunday Riley product but I am glad to know that they are probably not worth the price point either. I don't mind paying for a product that is good but I am not paying for the name or packaging.

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@virgo87

 

Please don't let me discourage you from trying Sunday Riley (or more of Kate).  They are well loved brands, but just not for me.  You might like the products after all.

 

Now that I am on the topic, another brand that doesn't work wow me is Ole Henriksen (except the face wipes for travel), and also Josie Maran.  But that's just me.

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@greenchilliOh you haven't discouraged me from trying it. I haven't really had a desire to try it anyways when I look at the prices. I have a few products that I love and use daily already. I only like to switch up a few skincare items in my routine as it is right now.

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I use MAC studio fix, when I go out.  I really like the look of it. I brush it on sparingly but EVERY TIME, it breaks me out.  Can someone recommend something similar from Sephora that I could try?  I have light combination skin with some redness to it & blue undertones.

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The Algenist Illuminating Moisturizer Smiley Sad 

 

I tried a sample packet. This is more of a strobe cream than moisturizer (think MAC Strobe cream), and it gave me an otherworldly glow not unlike what you see here:

 

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It might work beautifully as a highlighter, but I think you're better off with a real highlighter.

 

The cream was also quite drying.

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I think I added this to the "Trialing" thread, but here goes:

 

I tested the Tata Harper Illuminating eye cream.  Didn't care for it at all.  I tried it just twice.  It wasn't hydrating and felt a bit tacky on my undereye (not emollient)

 

Tata Harper Restorative eye cream is a favourite though.  

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Same, I think the illuminating pigments are purely cosmetic, leaving no benefits after washed off! 

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when i first tried this foundation, i couldn't stop singing it's praises. i even  declared it may become my new favorite foundation !

 

but within a month my affections turned. first, i noticed the color wasn't quite right (not the foundation's fault). then i noticed that while on some days it was good, there were far too many days where i'd catch it looking too heavy, and it wasn't setting (i could tell parts of it had been completely wiped off on bits of my face). 

 

what is it i speak of ? the HOURGLASS vanish seamless foundation.

 

tried it again today after a break for a couple of months and my face is a hot (and heavy) mess. what a bummer.

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I had the same reaction. Do you think it could be something in the actual foundation going bad quickly? 

 

It was the holy grail, be all, end all, when I first got it. But a few months later, I'm finding it really hard to spread evenly over my face. 

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@jemly

 

Oh, not good.  It is unlike foundations I typically wear, but I thought I would try it sometime to see what the fuss was about.  I swiped a few shades on my arm at the store a while ago, they seemed a bit thick and that scared me off.

 

 

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I think I've mentioned this in the Nars thread before, and I am sorry in advance for what I'm about to say but it really did not work for me. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

 

Granted, I chose the wrong colour and it was too dark (Custard), but at the time I did not have a good match. There are more colours now, but the formula did not work for me. It sat on my skin and just felt heavy. It didn't feel creamy at all even if I used hydrating primers. Sometimes I use it for spot concealing, but since I found MAC Pro Longwear concealer, I no longer bother with this product. I've used it a couple of times, and don't know what to do with it. I don't want to toss it yet since I'm hoping I can make it work, but I know I won't be repurchasing.

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I felt the same way! It was so drying on me, I immediately disliked it, and it made any area I applied it to look cakey.

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Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

 

I don't like it. It takes a long time for me to "blend" the sunscreen into my skin (maybe I can't seem to be able to apply it correctly?). It often pills up on me. However, I like that it is not sticky and not greasy. It's mattifying but I think it's too drying for me so I think it would be great for oily or combo skin. I have normal skin and when I use this sunscreen, I'll have to apply moisturizer throughout the day Smiley Sad

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Does anyone remember that Farmacy Skin Dew Promo from awhile back?

 

Anyway, LOVE the product itself. HATE the little spray bottle it came in. Everytime I spray it, SOOO much comes out on one part of my face and my face just looks soaked. I wish it was more of a mist -.- At least it was free, kind of.

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@nikki25gee This.

 

And it doesn't even spray all over; this concentrated mist shoots out and manages to strike one cheek... I end up with one part of my face wet & dripping while the other is dry. 

 

I should try this in a different spray bottle because the current one doesn't do the product any justice.