I can certainly say I'm guilty as charged.
A big part of why I love the beauty community is getting recommendations and tips from my fellow beauty fanatics, but how easy is it to remove yourself from the hype and concentrate on the product itself??
Enter my lovely myth buster, Laura, who also doubles as my best pal...
I let her loose on five of my most hyped purchases and let her cast her outsider view, maybe all we need is a little perspective?!
I gave her:
Viva Glam Gaga
Illamasqua Rude Blush
Barry M Toffee Lipgloss
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
MAC Stereo Rose MSF
First into the ring was Viva Glam Gaga
This is what she had to say:
" I like this, the texture is pretty nice but I'm not sure it's exactly flattering on me. I've got quite yellow skin so I'm not sure I'd ever wear it. I mean it's OK but I'm not sure it's a universal shade. I guess having Gaga attached to it raised it's game though!"
I asked her to rate it 1-5 from "So Overhyped" to "Get Me A Back Up!"
Laura rated this:
It's nice but it seems more about the Lady Gaga love!
Things didn't get much better with the foundation of the moment, NARS Sheer Glow.
"It looks alright and it has a pretty illuminating finish and feels quite nice on my skin, how much is it?"
"Are you joking?! That seems pretty extortionate to me, I mean, really? It's just OK, If I had plenty of spare money I'd probably buy this but not at the expense of anything else, I'm using a foundation from L'Oreal at the moment and it works just as well for me!"
Purely for the price, Rated:
I just couldn't justify this, It doesn't wow me.
Next up, is the much chatted about, Barry M Lipgloss in Toffee.
What she said:
"It smells delicious and feels really smooth, the texture is good, sticky lipgloss makes me heave! For under a fiver I don't think you could ask for anything more. I've had a quick look at the rest of the range too and they all seem to be ticking the boxes. I'd say this deserves all the hype but in my opinion so does the rest of the colour range! It leaves a lovely natural sheen for the daytime"
Not OTT, the perfect day gloss!
I asked Laura to pick her most rated and most disappointing products and she chose:
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Rude: Most Disappointing
Barry M Lipgloss in Toffee: Most Rated.
So there you have it, from the mouth of a beauty outsider. We all love an insider but maybe we all need a little cynical perspective now and again!!
Is there anything you've bought based on hype and been disappointed??
Over & Out