Products I Gave a 2nd Chance

Not every beauty product I buy gets my approval, but being a poor AF student sometimes no isn’t an answer, so I’ve been trying some of my ditched products to see if they’re still pants. I tried out different techniques and ways to use them to see if I could get them to work, the second time round. I stand by my original reviews as they were my experiences and opinions from the time of trying them out. Anyway I’m just putting that out there as I know there will that one angry person, so here are my second thoughts…

The Oval Brush (£4) from Primark didn’t really do it for me the first time round. Trying it out over a few months I’ve found that it is great for thicker products, and I don’t get the streaking I had before perhaps as I was using the YSL foundation at the time which is much thinner in consitency and was getting caught up in the bristles. My verdict the 2nd time round?– I like it, I’ve found the more I use it and distress the brush the better it is for giving an even coverage. It’s not my favourite foundation brush in the world, but it’s pretty good.

Products I gave a 2nd chance

My review of the Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation (£31) is properly the harshest review I have written. I hated the foundation, it made me look so patchy and uneven, it didn’t sit on my face it all! Frustrated with my experience, I went to the store to show them what was going on and they’d never seen anything like it. Considering it is pretty pricey and I had run low on my current foundation I decided to get this out of reject drawer. I find that this foundation is very temperamental when it comes to my skin, which at times is on the drier side. However, I have come up with steps that give a Instagram ready flawless finish, making it my favourite finish ever. Except getting that finish takes A LOT of work! I have to prep my skin to an exceptional standard or else it just won’t sink in or blend.

My method for making the Double Wear work:

Products I gave a 2nd chance

-My skin has to be smooth, I use an exfoliator every few days to remove dead skin.

Cleansed skin, I do this before I apply my makeup.

Moisturised, I apply a balm after cleansing and let it sink in.

-I use a silicone primer, my current go to is the Ultra Face Base from Revolution.

-Then I have to use a tiny bit of foundation, and smear it on as THINLY as possible.

-Work QUICK, I find it have buff incredibly quickly for it to blend beautifully.

Products I gave a 2nd chance

NYX’s Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (£7) is a beautiful highlighter, but I found it crackled on top of my foundation, making it look a bit bizarre. I had seen somewhere on social media that putting an illuminator onto your face before foundation gives a glow within look. Using this technique I have found a new use for this product, which looks really pretty and glowy. I apply a pea sized amount onto my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and a tiny amount on my forehead.

These are a few of the products I have managed to find new uses for in my routine, although there are still some products I can’t use at all as they are pants. This includes the lipstick from the Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kit (£6), the Binky London mascara (£4) and lipstick (£2) (don’t even bother with this brand, it is truly terrible!!).

PS. Sorry my pictures aren’t consistent, I hate showing pictures of used makeup so here they are all new!

Are there any products you’ve given a second chance? What products have you ditched!- Be sure to comment to let me know!

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9 thoughts on “Products I Gave a 2nd Chance

    1. I tried mixing serums and some moisturisers into the foundation, but it created a bit of patchiness when it dried down on the skin. I haven’t ever used face oil, do you have one that you’d recommend?

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      1. I’ve used and like the Trilogy Rosehip oil, also if available to you Boots Botanicals soothing facial oil is a nice one as well. They don’t seem to react with Foundation the way moisturisers and serums do, they just seem to loosen up the formula if that makes sense. Hope it works for you xxx

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  1. I love the double wear for the coverage and use it with a damp beauty blender… It blends beautifully with it! I mix it with moisturiser for days I don’t want such a heavy coverage and never found a problem with it. It is picky, like you said though- I can’t use a primer under it unless it’s Estee Lauder’s own (and not the matte primer either), so I moisturise a few minutes before and apply foundation directly.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It’s definitely picky like you said, and moisturising is really the key. I’m not really a beauty blender girl but think I’ll have to try this with this foundation! Thanks for your tips 🙂

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