Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mediocre to the Last Drop

I have some kind of perverse puritanical need to finish makeup products that are just mediocre.

Not the ones I love and cherish and save for special occasions. Nope, I feel the need to force feed myself a makeup product I don't like just to get to the bottom of the tube and move to the next one.

A few months ago, I was similarly moved to try a new tinted moisturizer.

I had been using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer in Light, but I felt trapped by my own success. It all seemed too easy, too....safe.

So, as my Kiehl's dwindled low....I wandered into the MAC store one day and scooped up their brand new (at the time) Studio Moisture Tint. I was all excited and brought it home and eagerly relegated the Kiehl's to the gym bag and started using the MAC product.

But here's the thing. It's so...meh.

It's not bad. It's not the wrong shade, it just doesn't wow me. Sometimes it's a little too light...resulting in a slightly chalky color. Sometimes, it doesn't sink in as fast as I would like and leaves an unattractive film on my iPhone that is visible across a conference table (damn those multi-use devices!).

But for some reason, I toughed it out and waited until the tube got significantly lighter and it took a fair amount of shaking to get the product on my makeup sponge. And then I ran back to Georgetown and picked up a bottle of the Kiehl's.

Readers, that was like four months ago. And I haven't opened my new bottle.

This tube DOES NOT QUIT. I mean, it's like that Valentine's Day movie...you just want it to end. I know I should just throw it out and move on, but I'm in some kind of weirdo staring contest with this thing.

I think I've finally started to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the tube does a sputtery death rattle thing now, I think I've almost won...

Moral of the story? Don't be like me. Just get rid of something you don't like. Return it if you can, if not, write off the loss and move on.


Anonymous said...

Keihl's made me break out like crah-azy. I use Laura Mercier oil-free TM. Love.

Allie (Wardrobe Oxygen) said...

I stopped using Lara Mercier because it was so... mediocre for me. Everyone raved but it was meh. It's funny how one person's holy grail is another's blah. I have yet to find a holy grail TM.

Kendall said...

WHY do we do these things to ourselves?

It makes absolutely no sense, yet we feel obligated to finish off only so-so or downright bad products in an effort to do penance for impulse buys and uninformed purchases.

Then when we finally get up the guts to clean out and make a big pile of all those products to get rid of, we end up feeling guilty for tossing so much stuff, and put it all back!

Ok, maybe that last part is just me, but I think Allie's comment makes it clear that the only solution for this madness is....a swap meet!

Since one girl's blah is another girl's holy grail, I always try to pass products that I'm only meh on to my girlfriends. Share the love.

airbrush makeup said...

The best MAC moisturizer I have used. I go crazy over this product!

Kamran said...

Beauty can be a very wonderful thing. Being confident with your beauty at a celebration grabs attention. This summer holiday will be full of black and red hues.Now it's completely okay to wear those colors.

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So this moisturizer can clean a dark spots and can remove oil from your face?

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