Nubian Heritage Repair & Extend Shine Gel
If you saw my recent Best of Curly Girl Hair Products, you'll know that this gel did not make it onto that list. I've heard a lot of good things about Nubian Heritage, but this gel was my first time trying anything from the brand. I've ended up only using it a couple times due to how strong and perfumey it smells. Super disappointing because it's one of the few Nubian Heritage products that's made without either Japanese honeysuckle extract or palm oil. It also did seem to work really well, with a good hold that was neither overly crunchy or sticky. The smell - courtesy of a "proprietary essential oil blend" - is pretty overpowering though, and it tends to hang around all day, so I'm not sure it's worth it.
Sukin Aloe Vera Gel
The thing that I said was maybe just a bad product? That would be this one here. Aside from the company's fondness for phenoxyethanol, I really like Sukin products, so when I was given a spare tester from the health food store I was working in at the time, I expected good things. It's hard to find aloe gels without a ton of fillers, and although Sukin's has only three ingredients - aloe leaf juice, alcohol, and hydroxyethylcellulose - it's awful. Using alcohol as a preservative requires a moderately large amount, and with so few other ingredients to buffer it, the aloe gel is left smelling like straight up rubbing alcohol. The alcohol also seems to negate any of the moisturizing properties inherent in the aloe, making the gel pretty useless. I'm really not sure what anyone was thinking when they made this product.
Pure Anada Fresh Mandarin Pressed Mineral Cheek Color
I featured this Pure Anada blush in a roundup of new blush favorites early in the fall, but since then, it's mostly fallen out of my good books. Pure Anada's pressed products have a weird, plastic or putty-like scent that the company attributes to the raw, unrefined jojoba oil they use to bind them, and whether or not that's what the smell is, I'm just not a fan. I like the experience of putting makeup on to be enjoyable, and even luxurious at times, so something that makes me feel like I need to hold my breath while applying it, just isn't what I'm looking for. It's a shame too, because the color is really pretty.
Schmidt's Lavender-Sage Deodorant
I already let the cat out of the bag on this one when I wrote about how I transformed my Schmidt's into a deodorant that didn't sting or irritate my armpits, but I thought I'd stick it in here too, in case you missed that post. The deodorant, in its original state, kept me stink-free, but it completely tore up my armpits. And apparently I'm far from alone on this, as a lot of you described similar experiences with Schmidt's, both in the comments on that post and on Instagram and Twitter.
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm
As one of the few all natural lip balms that's easily accessible in stores here, I'd wanted to try EOS for years, but I only actually got around to it last month when my mom bought me this one. The ingredients are good, the egg shape is cute, and I love the Sweet Mint flavour/scent, but the balm itself is just not as hydrating as I would like. I even sometimes feel like it has the opposite effect and actually dries out my lips.
[EOS Fans: Do the balms vary by scent? I also have an unopened strawberry one, but I may end up passing it on if it's going to be equally lackluster in terms of moisture.]
The All Natural Face Midas Cream Concealer
I'm always looking for products that will conceal my dark circles, and the yellow-toned Midas has garnered a lot of positive attention. Sadly, it doesn't work for me. The concealer is illuminating, but it gives hardly any coverage, so instead of achieving the bright and awake under eye look I'm going for, I end up with a layer of shine that may even make my dark circles look more prominent. Needless to say I'm not a fan.
Have you used any of these? Are there other underwhelming products that have left you disappointed recently?
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