As always, this isn't intended to bash any of these brands - most of whom actually make other products I love - only to share why these particular items haven't worked for me.
Nubian Heritage EVOO & Moringa Repair & Extend Shine Gel
I actually included this in my last disappointing products post (oops!) but I forgot I'd ever written about it when I gathered up this latest batch to photograph. Clearly I've held onto it for way too long at this point! To reiterate that first post, the gel itself actually performed really well the few times I used it, but I struggle with the scent. It's strong and perfumey, and lasts all day in my hair. The ingredients list only a "proprietary essential oil blend," and while it may only be essential oils, the scent is quite reminiscent of synthetic fragrance and isn't something I can tolerate. I haven't tried anything else from Nubian Heritage, so I don't know if it's just this one product or the entire line, but I'd advise caution if you're someone sensitive to scents. I can't find this exact product on the Nubian Heritage website anymore and it's out of stock from a lot of other retailers, so it may have been discontinued.
Benecos Natural Creamy Makeup
This foundation baffles me, as I just can't imagine how anyone could make it work. It's a liquid foundation with a thick creamy consistency, but it sets almost as soon as it touches the skin, making it nearly impossible to work with. Because of how quickly it dries, it's a struggle to spread or sheer out, and tends to look heavy and cakey. It also has a sickly sweet honey-like scent and - something I didn't initially realize - contains talc.
Balanced Guru Antioxidant Masque
Balanced Guru's Calming Masque is one of my all-time favorite skincare items, but the Antioxidant Masque did not leave my skin happy. The mask contains a blend of antioxidant-rich berries and spices, and it smells delicious: like cinnamon and cloves. I've noticed a pattern recently whereby my skin doesn't do well with these warm spices in products that stay on the skin, and this mask - much like May Lindstrom's Problem Solver - left my skin red, hot, and burning. I really do love Balanced Guru as a brand, so if you're usually okay with these spices, it might still be worth a try.
Everyday Minerals Soft Peach Color Corrector Stick
The color of this corrector/concealer is a fantastic pale peach, but unfortunately, it blends away to nothing. There's virtually no coverage, even with multiple layers, and any brightening or color correcting properties are very minimal as well. The ingredients are great and it's a hydrating formula, so I may give it one more try as a sheer foundation.
Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer
This moisturizer is advertised as a nutrient-rich cream suitable for all skin types, but I found it way too heavy on my normal-to-dry skin, so I question if it would suit anyone other than the ultra-dry. It never seemed to absorb and instead just sat on top of my skin. As a result, it didn't work well under makeup, and even when used at night, I'd wake up with a film from the cream still on my face. I also found my face got shiny/oily throughout the day while using it, which isn't something I normally deal with.
Have you used any of these products? I'd love to know if you were similarly underwhelmed or if they worked differently for you!
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