Disappointing Products and Thoughts Why Bloggers Only Give Good Reviews

I don’t think I have done a post focusing on product disappointments. I’ve tested plenty of items that are not for my skin type (dry, dehydrated) or the right shade, I tend to pass those on. Same with items that just aren’t my cup of tea. But today’s lineup are honest disappointments: products I wanted to love, but underachieved for me. This isn’t bashing the brands, many of them I love. If these products work for you, great, maybe you can leave some tips for me below!

This post contains press samples: all marked with an asterisk (*).

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Why all the GReat reviews?

With empties there are plenty products I rather would not re-purchase, but I’d say that most product reviews on the blog have good to great reviews - or at least suggestions who would prefer them. Why is that? It takes hours to style, photograph, edit, type and re-read blog posts, so I prefer to focus on items when a) I have something to say b) enjoy writing about it.

I’m often quick when I judge products and can quickly tell if something isn’t working for me: those products I usually give to friends and family or repurpose (as body creams, shower gels etc). I admit, I am a snob. If a drugstore eyeshadow palette doesn’t meet my standards, I just don’t even bother mentioning it. But when something comes from a brand I like and doesn’t meet the expectations? It’s going to be here today.

*Klair’s Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

Overall I like Klair’s, they are pretty affordable K-Beaty line with some gems, such as the toner and soothing cream. I had heard good things about this cleansing oil and I was hoping to find a wallet friendly opinion. The pump bottle is ok and there isn’t any offensive smell, but this oil simply doesn’t remove my eye makeup effectively enough. When I use a cleansing oil/balm on my eyes I expect to look like a panda and rinse/wash cloth clean. I have to use a separate makeup remover for mascara or use the oil twice before moving to second cleanser.. So this is a pass for me.

*Lily Lolo Eyeshadow Base

Again, a product I had heard good things about. I had my doubts of using a creamy eyeshadow base for my hooded lids and unfortunately my suspicions were right: this eye primer creases. It creases quickly and I see little to no point why there are two pigments in this eyeshadow base? Shouldn’t you just get one that matches for you the best? For very dry, non-hooded lids this may work.

*Lily Lolo Volume mascara (black tube)

I loved the Lily Lolo mascara in white tube and this was supposed to be the volumizing one. I’m 100% positive the white tube is more volumizing and thickening while the black tube gives some definition and separation. If you love to mascara just “be there” but not really show up, like a “no-mascara mascara”, then maybe this is the formula for you. Not for me, I stick with the white tube (review here).

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Shiseido ControlledChaos Mascara Ink

I love everything about this mascara: the wand, how it builds, chic packaging - except it smudges under my eyes. I had received the bright blue shade in PR, which I loved and had no problems with, so I eagerly purchased the black shade for review. Unfortunately the black was a complete letdown, I can’t touch up my under eyes several times a day.

*BYBI Prime Time Exfoliator

I recently read a review praising this exfoliator.. and I dare to disagree. The formula is too stiff, you have to squeeze the bottle very hard to get any product out. The exfoliating particles are sparse and a common ~coin-size amount isn’t nearly enough for proper manual exfoliation. Only use if your skin is very sensitive, but I still think there are better alternatives on the market.

Hourglass Arch Brow Liner

After several sponsored Youtube videos and a trip to Swedish Sephora, I was excited to try Hourglass’ new brow liner. The packaging: beautiful. The tip size and shape: excellent. Unfortunately the formula is way too stiff, not very pigmented and the roll-up side of the pen shakes and feels flimsy. While I think It Cosmetic’s alternative is too thick for similar precision, it beats Hourglass by being user-friendly. Despite the stiff formula, I ran out of this brow liner under 5 weeks.

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BYBI Baby Balm Bronze

When I saw that BYBI was coming out with makeup I rushed to TwistBe store and bought myself one. I don’t use much bronzers, but I love the Babe Balm and BYBI as a brand, so I was excited.. only to discover this bronzer is sheer - very sheer and has little to no base color. Just golden shimmer. I don’t get this at all. Could work as a cream highlighter for tan to deep skin tones, but wouldn’t you like more base color? I would use this as a lip balm if it wasn’t so glittery. (EDIT: I later read this is meant to be a highlighter after all? I will pass this to someone with deeper skin tone)

Origins Ginzing Peel-Off Mask

I was kindly gifted this mask after it didn’t work for a friend (hi Nastia!). I was a bit afraid of the “peel-off” aspect (the mask dries down and you can actually peel it off vs washing), but I like Origins a lot and decided to give it a go. Firstly, the scent is overpowering and offensive with menthol, made my eyes water. Secondly, when the mask has set it literally hurts to peel it off. Didn’t notice any skincare benefit and looking like a bronze tin man while the mask sets felt stupid. I can’t recommend this to anyone..

What product has disappointed you lately? Do you get along with any of the above? Let me know!

Perfect Baby Pink Blush: Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko Review

Today I wanna chat you about Shiseido, a big Japanese cosmetic house that has several big brands under its umbrella: BareMinerals, NARS, Clé de Peau Beauté and tons of Japanese brands. Of course they’re also known for skincare and makeup under the name Shiseido. Today I have an interesting, unique *blush review for you. I also go down the memory lane when I lived in Japan and admired local cosmetic counters. Enjoy!

*Blush gifted for consideration. All thoughts are honest and my own.

Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush 02 Chiyoko Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Me, Shiseido and Love for Blush

You may have guessed, I love Japanese makeup. When living in Japan I remember strolling by the Shiseido counter for countless of times, swatching the smooth, pigmented eyeshadows. Those eyeshadow trios weren’t necessarily very expensive in Japan, but I was a poor exchange student and mostly used Shiseido’s Japan exclusive drug store brands. I also struggled to select which palette I wanted. These palettes have been discontinued a while ago, but I still hold on to my limited edition trio of purple, orange and pink (although no longer wear it).

What I don’t mention too often is my other obsession.. blush. Blush and foundation might be just my two favorite makeup items. I especially love pale, baby pink blushes with blue undertones and I am constantly on the hunt for the best one. I think I found the one from RMK some years ago, but of course they discontinued it.

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About Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

This blush formula is described as air-whipped cream blush that turns into a long-lasting, breathable powder matte finish. From what I understood the shades are named after inspiring Japanese women. The product comes in a square glass jar, black matte cap with the name ‘Shiseido’ and a protective cap in between. Available in 8 shades ranging from light peaches to reds and fuchsia. 5g for $29. Made in the USA.

Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush 02 Chiyoko Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush 02 Chiyoko Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I’m partial to brush application when it comes to any makeup, maybe except cream highlighters. Usually I like to grab a stippling brush to buff and blend any creams after initial application, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush has an airy, mousse-like texture that does feel powdery at the same time. I find the best way to apply this blush is to dab on with my ring finger; if I get it too close to my eye I use a clean finger to swipe. I’ve also used a damp BeautyBlender to smooth and blend any lines if I’ve gone too heavy with my application.

The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. I’ve worn this blush a ton and I’ve still only touched what’s in the inner cap. I find the second cap with cream products always a bit annoying, but I guess it prevents the product from drying. Once the blush sets it feels creamy and soft on the cheeks, doesn’t slip or slide and has a lovely matte “powder” like finish.

The blush wears perfectly +8 hours. I usually do a couple of layers and finish with a touch of finishing powder (such as Hourglass Ambient or Lily Lolo).

02 Chiyoko swatches

Compared to ADDICTION, a perfect pale pink with almost purple hue, 02 Chiyoko has more warm undertones. There is no sheen or shimmer. Chiyoko’s finish is more powdery than Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Gracilis, which is a matte powder blush. I think that Chiyoko is more universally flattering as it has no icy undertones and should show up nicely on medium to dark skin tones.

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Overall thoughts on Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I think that nowadays only a self-applying blush would blow me away, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder blush in 02 Chiyoko is very nice - both in texture and color. If I didn’t have so many blushes I would sprint to get more from Shiseido. I am considering Momoko, as it looked lovely in Shireen’s post. The lasting power is excellent; I often experience problems with cream blushes as they smear, move or they sheer away very quickly. Not with Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush. Only thing that bothers me is the inner cap, I never have a place to put it.. Anyway, I can highly recommend you go swatch this product! x