L - R: Back Row; 1) Batiste XXL volume dry shampoo, 2) Covergirl lashblast length, 3) ELF make up setting spray. Middle Row; 4) ELF Kabuki brush, 5) Rimmel Clear Complexion powder, 6) Collection 2000 Mosaic glow bronzer. Front row; 7) ELF Stippling brush. 8) Clean & Clear cream wash (not pictured)
1) I have actually written about my dislike for the XXL volume dry shampoo before so I shall quickly summarise my feelings towards this product. Basically, I am not a fan of straw like hair that will not disappear even after brushing, XXL volume gave me this. The whiteness is so intense it doesn't go away. May have just been my can but it was horrible.
2) I had heard so many great reviews about the covergirl lashblast range and don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of the volume & fusion versions however the length doesn't do it for me. It honestly felt like there was nothing being applied to my eyelashes and it made no real difference to the length of them, It wasn't dried out or past its use by date, it was brand new but it felt like I was literally taking a clean wand and brushing it through my lashes. When I go back to America I am going to repurchase volume, fusion and try luxe out and see how I get on with that one.
3) This was the first setting spray I had ever tried, purely because ELF is so cheap (this was around £3) I hated it, It claims to smell like cucumbers but it genuinely smells like vomit. I am not even joking or over exaggerating, it is vile smelling. I also didn't feel like it was keeping my make up on due to it having a really powerful spray it seemed to drench my face with product and dissolve my make up.
4) Another ELF product, this time the Kabuki brush. When I saw this on the website for £3.50 with the black base and bristles I assumed it would be from the soft studio range that they have. I was wrong, the bristles in the brush are not soft they are actually quite scratchy. I haven't even tried using it on my face because it felt quite uncomfortable on the back of my hand. I am planning on investing in a better quality kabuki in the near future.
5) I am a huge fan of Rimmel London products, its by far my favourite 'drugstore' brand however, I have found a product that I am not a huge fan of unfortunately. The clear complexion pressed powder claims to "reduce break outs and mattifies the skin by controlling shine and oil." However I would not know if these claims are entirely true as I only used it for a few days due to it drying out my skin. I am very dismissive of drying products because my skin needs no help being even drier than it is naturally in the winter.
6) I am not a huge fan of bronzers, I'm not sure why. Before I changed my mind about the bronzers I purchased the collection 2000 mosaic bronzer. Hello orange. The smallest dab of the lightest shade is the complete wrong colour, it even looks slightly orange toned, not a fan.
7) Sorry ELF but you are on here again, this time with the stippling brush. I have done a review on the stippling brush before but again I shall just summarise the main reasons why I am not a fan. The picture on the website shows a rounded stippling brush, reality was a flat, spaced out brush. I feel that it really doesn't 'stipple' the bristles just spread out and barely apply the product to the face. I am sticking with sigma for now!
8) The clean & clear cream face wash didn't make the picture due to me throwing it away before I had thought of doing this post. I promptly disposed of it after the beautician I go to told me that the chemicals inside the product are so strong that it can be used to strip hair dye from your head if it drips onto your skin, I don't really want to be using that daily on my face. She also said that one of the ingredients in it causes your skin to improve and then clog your pores and cause you to break out worse then before, this had happened to me. I am staying well clear of Clean & Clear as of now.
I hope you found this post useful, as always I was 100% honest in my opinions on each product.