Nowadays the internet is overloaded with beauty products. Everyone is recommending the next big brand, makeup item, or skincare revolution. And amidst all the overwhelming knowledge, very few talk about the products that don’t work.
One of the aims I have with Bloggerani is to help people lead enriched and more fulfilled lives. That is why I like to share personal experiences with people, products and places – to help you discover what you might like or dislike. Keeping up with that spirit, today I’ll be talking about a few products that I had a less-than-pleasant experience with.
I’ve used these for about a month to see the actual results and none of these products worked for me. With these post I not only want to inform you but also help you figure out what to look for when you’re out there buying similar products in the market.
Colorbar Perfect Match Primer
This is the first primer I ever used. It started with the start of my blogging journey and I needed something to help keep the makeup on for long hours during shoots. I decided to go for this because it was a budget option and I had used lip products and BB Creams by Colorbar, which I absolutely loved.
However, it was a no-go from the beginning. Here’s why:
- The texture was really weird. It was a clear gel like substance that felt like a mix between silicone and melted plastic.
- It went on like a film on the skin and didn’t really get absorbed. After application my skin felt like there was a covering all over it that I couldn’t get off (like soap in hard water). It was a pretty uncomfortable feeling.
- Within minutes of application (and this happened every time) I started feeling my face heat up and turn pink.
- My skin developed rashes after I removed the product.
- It didn’t help my makeup last as long as I expected. My skin became oily within a few hours of application and my foundation moved around a lot. In fact without its application my foundation stayed on better.
I tried it about a dozen times, mostly because I had spent the money and I thought I needed a primer for my makeup to last. It should be clear from my reasoning that I wouldn’t be buying this primer again.
Colorbar Stay The Day Finishing Mist
This is another product that I bought with really hight hopes. It is basically a fixing spray that helps keep makeup in place throughout the day. Some high-end makeup brands like Mac and Lancome have some really good products in the category, but I wanted to give our desi Colorbar budget find a try.
I actually regretted the purchase after my first use. Now when I tested the bottle in the store, I didn’t come across some of these problems. So it is possible that I got this from a bad batch of the product or something like this. Nevertheless, here’s why I won’t be using it:
- Once again, the smell is a major problem. Once I spray it on, it smells like a mix between acetone and a cream gone bad, giving away a very foul odour that stays on for a couple of minutes after application.
- I am actually worried about the quality of chemicals that have been used and I don’t want to be inhaling any spurious stuff.
- After I spray it on, it makes my makeup settle weirdly and become patchy. Finishing sprays are not supposed to do that. They’re supposed to keep your makeup looking flawless throughout.
- Even though I close my eyes while spraying, it stings for a couple of minutes after I open them. Weird.
Colorbar Highlight and Contour Palette
I didn’t really have high hopes to begin with from this product since it only comes in one shade. But it disappointed me on a couple more fronts as well. Here’s why:
- As mentioned earlier, there’s only one shade the product comes in and this shade works for people with cooler skin tones. Indian skin tones are wide ranging and more on the warmer side, making this a huge problem. I personally faced the same issue. Although I am more of a neutral skin tone, the colour didn’t really sit well on my makeup.
- The highlighter is more like a press powder with a little bit of shimmer. In fact for fairer skin tones, it would actually look darker.
- The product is not very highly pigmented. Both the highlight and the contour need a couple of swipes to get the desired shade. They’re very sheer, so you end up using a lot more product and as a result finishing the tub faster.
- They didn’t blend as well as I would like and I had to use a beauty blender and a brush to actually get rid of the harsh lines.
- Overall it took a lot of time and effort to work with the product to get desired results. I want something that will get the job done quickly because otherwise my makeup ends up taking very long.
Colorbar Lash Illusion Mascara Duo
I fell for this product because it offers both lengthening and volumising effects in one bottle itself. Plus I also loved the packaging. Alas, it didn’t work as well as it looked. Here’s why I didn’t like the product:
- When I bought it at the store, I was told that it is a long-lasting, water-resistant formula. And although it technically fits both the descriptions, it starts flaking within a few hours of application (not something you want long-lasting products to do) and then crumbles and falls off on your cheeks.
- The product literally dried off within 10 days of purchase and I hadn’t even used the volumising side even once. I think that was a manufacturing defect. But as a brand, Colorbar should keep this in check because I’ve now got two defective products in the same purchase. Not great for the long-term image of the brand.
- Once again, odour is an issue. Within a few days of application, the mascara developed that weird chemical-y smell that makes you think you’re living in a paint-making factory. Makes me very wary of using it on my skin.
Colorbar Zoom and Whoosh Mascara
Again, I fell for the gimicky packaging that had me believing that getting two mascaras in one was the deal of a lifetime. I haven’t used this product for very long, but I don’t think I will be purchasing this again because of some of the factors that stood out since the first application.
- The chemical-y smell returns. I don’t know if this is a problem with all of Colorbar products barring the lipsticks (the lipsticks smell amaaazing) but it does seem to be getting on my nerve. I don’t think I’ll be trying Colorbar mascaras for a long time.
- This is also pegged as a long-lasting formula by the store managers, but it also did the same flaking thing – started crumbling and falling off my lashes on to the cheeks within a few hours. Not good.
- Also, didn’t really make my lashes zoom or whoosh – something I was sincerely hoping for and would have made me overlook all the other flaws.
I don’t want this post to sound like I am dissing the brand as a whole. I genuinely love their lip products and makeup tools, but I think they have a long way to go when it comes to Mascaras and Primers.
I hope you enjoyed the read and got something out of it. Would you like to read more such reviews? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,