High-End Let-Downs


When it comes to high end makeup, I expect to get what I pay for. But unfortunately, some products are hyped up so much but then turn out to be not quite what was expected. I have had a few high end let downs where the quality isn’t quite what I’d hoped, or the product was different to how it appeared online or in reviews. Some of these products may well be your favourites or some well loved products in your collection, but unfortunately these products just didn’t work for me. All of these are from high end brands, yet they were let downs that I didn’t think were worth the price tag. I always find these types of posts interesting, and although I like to keep my blog positive and love talking about my favourites beauty finds, these posts can help you think twice about purchasing some of the hyped high end products and can help save you some cash. So here are some high end products that I didn’t get along with…


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in ‘Beige’ – 

The Shimmer Brick from Bobbi Brown was quite hyped up a while ago and I saw many great reviews about them, so I picked one up for myself to try. I chose the shade ‘Beige’ because it seemed the most suitable for my fairer skintone. I wore this a fair bit back in the Summer and I did like how it looked, but then when I got hold of the Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in ‘Candlelight’, I immediately lost interest in this one. Not to say that it’s not a good product, because it is, I just didn’t feel that the highlight was strong enough and often blended away into pretty much nothing. I know that it’s meant to give a subtle glow, but I was having trouble making it notice at all on my skin compared to the Kevyn Aucoin. You can see from the swatch below that when you mix the colours together it does give a really pretty champagne glow, but I would like a little more pigmentation for the price. I guess another reason I was disappointed with this product was because there is a very close dupe from the drugstore – Makeup Revolution do a similar Shimmer Brick I believe – which offers a lot more colour pay off at a lot cheaper price. Overall a pretty product, but not one I believe to be worth the money.


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige



Marc Jacobs Nail Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer – ‘Daisy’ & ‘Jezebel’ – 

I love nail polishes and these colours are right up my street – a rich dark red and a light pink nude. As soon as I saw these I knew I wanted to try them as I’ve only really ever tried drugstore nail polishes, and I’m sad to say that I’ll be sticking with the drugstore for now. Sure, these colours are beautiful, but they’re not unique and can be easily duped. Jezebel (the dark red) was the first one I tried on and I was immediately disappointed by the brush. The brush wasn’t shaped or tapered at all like the ones I see from Essie or Barry M, it was just your standard brush applicator which if anything didn’t help with application. The colour went on patchy and for a high end product, it wasn’t what i’d hoped. I carried on and managed to make the colour look decent, but then the day after I noticed the colour had chipped, not just on one nail but most of them. And i’d put on a few coats. I can put on a Barry M nail polish and it will last for days without chipping, so to see it start to break down after one day was a disappointment. Maybe I got a bad batch, but it was the same with the Daisy colour, and yeah the packaging is pretty fancy but I’d rather save my money and go to cheaper brands who have a lot better quality.


Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers in Jezebel & Daisy – brush from Jezebel


Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation in ‘Cream Ivory’ –

I was in the market for a new foundation not long ago, and have never really ventured into high end foundation products. I’d always found a fairly decent one from the drugstore that suited me fine. But recently, I thought i’d try one out from the higher end brands. I chose Laura Mercier because I love the brand the formulas in her products. The Silk Creme foundation had previously been reformulated, and this newer version of Silk Creme was meant to be less cakey but give a medium-full coverage base that gives a flawless finish. I was curious to try out a tester first, and am sad to say that I will not be buying it in full size. The colour I was matched to was ‘Cream Ivory’ which seemed fine on initial application, but it did oxidise throughout the day. I found that although the foundation did give me a really healthy glowy look it started to break down after a few hours. Foundation is such a personal product, so what works for one may not work for another because of varying skin types and skintones, but I was disappointed that this product lasted less time than its lower end counterparts.


Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation


Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation – blended in



Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner – Noir Ebene – 

When it comes to liquid eyeliner, there is so much choice. There’s not really much to say about an eyeliner, as long as it’s black and stays put. I love the Barry M liquid eyeliner and also one from Rimmel because they are very black and don’t fade to a dark grey, and they stay on all day. I wanted to try out the Guerlain eyeliner because I’d heard it had been a game changer for a few people, due to it being super black and glossy and making it easy to do a winged eye. However, when I tried it, I didn’t really notice much of a difference in quality to the ones I had been using. Sure, it was black and I could do a nice cat-eye flick with it, but there were times when it started to crumble and was actually hard to take off at night. It just seemed a little more effort than it was worth, and for the price tag, I didn’t think it was worth it. Again, another win for the drugstore.


Guerlain Noir Ebene


Guerlain liquid eyeliner swatched on hand

Thanks for reading my High End Let Downs. Let me know which high end products you’ve been disappointed in, or if you’ve managed to make these products work for you!



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