Good afternoon! Today I have a spread of six products that I don’t love but I wouldn’t say I hated either. They’re somewhere in the middle, but unsatisfactory enough that I wouldn’t repurchase any of them.
Usually these products make a great post for the 50 Words or Less series, but I went way over the word count for a few of these products. Cutting down the descriptions left me feeling like there was simply more to say for each item.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Concealer 004 Brush
This is just a weird brush. It’s a fluffy concealer brush and don’t get me wrong, I’m currently loving soft fluffy brushes for concealing, particularly under the eyes. But this one just doesn’t do it for me, I think I’d like it more if the hairs used had been a fine white goat. The rounded shape and the flatness are not the issue, just the choice of weasel which isn’t that forgiving of a blend with liquid or cream concealers.
It’s not on the RBR website anymore, presumably discontinued.
Bisyodo Alba Eyeshadow-B Brush, $15 at CDJapan
This is my first and last Alba brush. I knew as soon as I picked it up that I wasn’t going to like it very much, the handle is super lightweight to the point where it feels really flimsy in my hand. The white goat is ok, the white matte paint job is not. It’s gotten a bit stained and scratches easily, I had this brush for a little over a year and I’ve gotten some serious gouges in it. I don’t think any of my other brushes have ever gotten scraped like that before, not down to bare wood.
Sidmool Secret of Red Astaxanthin Concentrate, $12 at eBay.
What the heck is astaxanthin? An antioxidant you’ve seen before but haven’t put a name to; it’s what gives flamingos and shrimp their color. I’m not sure how effective it is applied topically, I used this for six months (though admittedly not every day, with week long gaps on occasion) and my results were not visible to me through the naked eye. When digging around for info I found this, which talks about ingesting it, and with fats for greatest bioavailability.
It feels like a very lightweight, fast absorbing oil. It layers well with other products, but don’t count on it as an occlusive layer.
Anytime I glance at a mirror, I find that the grade of shimmer accentuates skin texture to look much worse than it actually is, this quality reminds me of the highlighters in NARS in the Unfiltered I palette. It’s nice when my makeup looks well applied to other people, but more than anything I want it to look good to me!
These six products are ones that I wouldn’t really recommend, but I’m not saying are the absolute worst either. There’s just better things out there that deserve your money and attention.
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