A few things I’m not so sure about…

Discovering wonderful products is basically the sole motivation of any beauty junkie or beauty blogger. But it comes with the territory, that along with the good you also find some that are a bit ‘meh’. Sometimes you even find that these are products that you buy after reading a lot of hype and then when you finally get to testing them out, you are left wondering what all the fuss was about – and if you are perhaps missing some sort of trick, using them wrong or perhaps just ended up with a dud batch??

Before I elaborate, I should note that these aren’t products that I hate – I just wonder if I am missing something as they don’t really warrant a rave from me. The purpose of writing this post is to see if anyone else has the same experience, or if anyone else has any tips on how to get the best out of these products?? Please help if you can! It’s also a good reminder that, like many things in life – what works for one person, is a big fail for someone else.

So onto the products…

Amie Bright Eyes Eye Make Up Remover (left of picture)

This is a product I am on the fence about. On one hand, I think it does a great job at removing make-up and leaving my eyes generally feeling refreshed (i.e. it’s not oil based). But on the other hand, I find that it does sometimes sting my eyes – strangely, it doesn’t sting every time, so I wonder if it just depends on how generously I am applying it or just how close to my eyes it gets?

This was a product sent to me by the PR agency for the brand, so when I found that it was stinging I did ask if they had any other feedback saying that it stung and I was told that there has been some mixed feedback (some very positive, and some finding the same thing as me) and that since then Amie had re-formulated the product to address the stinging. So my experience may be totally redundant now, but I wanted to put it out there. If they have managed to solve the stinging issue then I think this is a great product – as I said – it does a good job of removing make-up, but I was concerned by the claim of it being a ‘gentle’ eye make-up remover and then discovering that it stung.

MAC Fix+ (centre of picture)

I bought this product after hearing on loads of other blogs that it was great at fixing make-up and removing that ‘powdery’ look – leaving you all fresh faced and glowing. Basically if a product claims to make me glow, then I will want to buy whatever you are selling – so based on the reviews I had read, this had me sold. I like/need to use powder to fix my foundation, but hate the cakey, dry look that it can leave behind – so the idea of a simple product that stopped this but also kept make-up in place sounded genius. But now, having used this a few times, I found that it doesn’t really do anything for me – I don’t find that it particularly fixes my make-up or that it leaves me looking as glowy as others have found. I just feel like I’m spritzing my face with water.

So please tell me – am I missing a trick? I use it as according to the instructions (spray onto face from about 12cm away…) what am I doing wrong? Or is this just another product that is hyped up beyond it’s true performance?

ELF High Definition Powder (right of picture)

This is another one that I decided to buy after hearing loads of positive reviews across the blogosphere. Priced at a whopping (yes, sarcasm) £6 – this is the most expensive item from the ELF range, but according to fellow bloggers it was well worth the extra pennies, being compared to similar products from Make Up Forever (which is far more expensive).

So, when ELF had another free delivery code doing the rounds I made my order (with a couple of others bits of course, but won’t go into that now). I was very excited when it arrived and got set trying to achieve the gorgeous, matte, glowy, soft focus, fine-lines-erased effect that the product was promising. But was left feeling let down.

Again, I don’t hate it – it does an OK job of leaving skin matte but not flat. But I really don’t think I found any sort of soft-focus or HD-ready type of result. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I wasn’t impressed and this has pretty much just sat on the shelf.

So, if this is a wonder product for you then please do tell me what I am missing! Is there a special trick to applying it and getting the best result?! Where am I going wrong?!

So there we go, a few examples of products I have tried that have left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. Feel free to comment below if you have tried any of these and found something different or if you have your own examples of products you have been left feeling disappointed with.

**The Small Print**

All products in this review have been bought my me, with the exception of the Amie Eye Make-Up Remover which was sent free of charge for review purposes. All reviews or comments are honest and impartial regardless of source.



  1. Nik22Pink
    February 25, 2010 / 11:44 am

    There is a girl I watch on you tube (sorry cant remember her name!) And she swears by this stuff, although she then blends it all in with a flat top brush? This might be the trick your after. xxx

  2. February 25, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    I had the same opinion as you regarging Fix+ but I’ve since found a way to make it work and it’s fab my routine would not be the same without it! After watching LisaLisaD1 video on YT about how she uses it I tried her way and I love it! So when you have applied all your facial makeup, concealer,foundation, bronzer and blush lightly spritz your face all over with Fix+ then take your hairdryer and on the medium setting lightly dry your face, honestly it makes it look flawless, non powdery and last longer. I’m not sure about glowing but def flawless! Give it a go!

  3. Liz Randell
    February 25, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    I have the same problem with Fix+. For ages I have been using it before moisturising sort of as a toner which is lovely and refreshing lol, although of course not for it’s proper use! I find when I use it to ‘fix’ makeup it actually melts my makeup off and you can see on my skin where the spray has left dots where it’s removed my foundation! Maybe I’m doing it wrong too?! xx

  4. Get Lippie
    February 25, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    I know a lot of people have a problem with fix plus. I’ve never bought it for that reason, but if I’m having a problem with “cakey” makeup, I spritz a little toner on my face. That’s all I use toner for, if I’m being honest!

    As for the Amie, I’m one of the people who raved about it – AND complained about it! They have changed the formulation, and I now find it doesn’t sting at all. It’s still a great makeup remover, and the stinginess was the only problem I had with it.

    I love the HD powder, but agree, it doesn’t seem anything special, but for £6, I actually really like it, as it’s hard to make it cakey, and it genuinely does work on all skintones. My requirements for a powder are likely to be slightly different than most people’s though, as I mainly use it for makeovers, rather than putting it on my own face!

  5. February 25, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    The ELF HD powder isn’t anything that I find that great. It makes my skin look dry..but I have dry skin to begin with, so I guess it’s just too much

  6. February 25, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    I sometimes find that the things everyone raves about are the things that I find ‘meh’. JK Mineral Veil was given such a push but for me it just did nothing.

  7. Zoe
    February 25, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    I’ve always wondered about fix +, i’ve never bought it but i’ve heard so many people claim it’s wonder. I use a spritz tonic by liz earle to take the top off my powder if i need to and i find it settles into my skin much better without leaving cakey streaks or spray marks. Most of the time I blend my foundation and powder with a kabuki lightly spritzed in water, bit different but it works for me! I think it may be one of those products thats’ hype overcomes it’s quality. xoxoxox

  8. Anna
    February 25, 2010 / 11:40 pm

    I love Fix+. It’s not a “wow” kind of product, but it’s a definite staple.
    It doesn’t make my skin “glowy” though, and I’ve never really heard claims about it doing so either. But it removes the powdery look so that my make-up looks more natural and not as matte. I just spritz it on from about a slightly bent arms length (ca. 30-35 cm). 12 cm like you said seem a bit close to be honest. That might be why people find it “melting” the make-up away or showing up on the skin? It must get very wet.

    Although, on the other hand, for love nor money can I get the much praised NARS “Orgasm” blush to work on me. It’s just a horrible mess. 😛

  9. February 26, 2010 / 10:35 am

    Mmmm am on the fence with fix+ too, I wanted to spritz it on and see a miracle happen…lol thought it was going to make me look “glowy” but all I think it does is maybe hold your make up in place a little longer?…….check out my blog emmaloubeautynews.blogspot.com

  10. aphrodite_shei
    February 26, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    i find that the fix+ works for me ok. i would either spritz it before i apply foundation or after i have done my make up. i do achieve the so so “glow”.

    on the elf HD, i have the same problem as you. i had high expectations but it was not met when i got the product.

  11. March 1, 2010 / 1:54 pm

    Thank you for all the comments re: fix + Very helpful. I will definately give them a go. I actually popped into the MAC counter in Harrods when I was there last Thursday and had a chat with one of the MUA’s there about Fix+ and she showed me how to apply it and it did look a lot better. I probably just had too high expectations for it – also, by ‘glow’ I meant that it would take away the cake-y powder leaving skin looking fresher and more natural.

    I would definately agree that is is some of the most hyped products that are the biggest let downs!

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