The ‘Meh’ Edit

…the clue’s in the name. Products that upon application have not wowed or had me snapping a picture and sending it to my cosmetic obsessed best mate Lauren, attached to a ‘YOU NEED THIS’ text, which happens more than is a healthy amount. An edit that’s just left me feeling a little underwhelmed, but hey sometimes you got to but a temporary halt on the rave train and give a push off to those that have missed their stop and aren’t welcomed along for the rest of the ride.

YSL La Lacque Couture Tie & Dye Pop Coat in 2* – the prettiest of the bunch, but the concept I find the hardest to get my head around. A split coloured polish when left to rest creates an ombre effect in the bottle, but when applied it just mixes into a shimmery top coat and you know how I feel about shimmer in nail varnish. Nice to have out on the dressing table, but one that just doesn’t appeal to me to actually crack open and use; create something that lacquers on an ombre effect (which I’ve never been able to master!) and then I’m interested.

Benefit’s Fake-up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer in 1* – there’s been a lot of hype about this recently, but it’s just not a concealer that I can get behind. It’s formulated as a central stick of pigment with a ring of hydration around it, but on me I find it to not sit well, be a little drying and the shades to be slightly off (there’s only three – boo). I think I’ll be sticking to my trusty Bobbi Brown

MAC Face + Body Foundation in C2 – I luuuurve the finish this stuff; a dewy tinted moisturiser-esque product that can be layered up to desired coverage, but unfortunately it doesn’t love me. And after a week of piling it on I put two and two together and found this to be the culprit of probably the worst reaction my skin has ever had to a product. I used it a few years ago and not had a problem, but this time it was bad. Tiny little red spots, everywhere. It was like I had stubble and three weeks later I’m only just seeing the end of it after copius use of the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. I’ll hold onto it for body use, but for face it’s a no-go. Sadface.

Vita Liberata pHenomal Long Lasting Tan Mousse in Medium – a two to three week lasting tan? I was sold. But unfortunately on me a layer or two of this gives just a tint of colour that rubs off in a week, so back to my Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe I go. Now bear in mind that I’ve been slathering on the medium shade, pHenomal lovers is that my downfall? Does dark do the job better?

Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil* – I can’t quite make my mind up on this one. On the one hand it imparts a nice slick of nourishment to the lips, the gold-plated tip gives some luxe to lipbalm and adds a strange but welcomed cooling effect, however it’s pricey. And when held up against its equally non-budget competitor – By Terry Baume de Rose – the By Terry wins hands down. Less gloopy, more moisture giving, happier lips.

Garnier Soothing Eye Makeup Remover – I’d heard that this was the crème de la crème of drugstore smokey eye dissolvers, but on me it required some seriously scrubbing before my lashes were ridded of their mascara coats. It was up against L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof which is a true beyatch to remove (so far I’ve only found the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover to be its only match – recommendations welcomed!), but it’s something I’ll be saving for non-waterproofed eye makeup days from now on.

A drop-off at disappointedville completed, tomorrow we’ll be arriving at destination dreamy makeup bag where I’ll be alighting with my newest pouch in hand…

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  • Amy

    I’ve not tried any of the products featured above apart from the make up remover which I remember not liking for the same reason as yourself.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Celina

    I saw a bit about the YSL polish and I’ve heard nothing but disappointment over that product. I’ve been meaning to try MAC Face and Body but I’ve heard a few people talking about getting a reaction from it and personally, of two other MAC foundations I’ve tried, I’ve reacted to one. Maybe I should just save the money to try something else. xx

  • Dani

    If you want a comparable product to the Clairn’s for a quarter of the price you can’t go past the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I tis bio-phase and gets that Loreal Telescopic Waterproof Off just as well as the Clairns. Definately worth a shot, I love it.

  • Line

    I had the same problem with the Garnier Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, I felt that I had to scrub too much, considering it was my eye area I decided I should find something a bit more effective. Now I use an oil based waterproof eye makeup remover, which isn’t great either, but it does the job without me having to tear my sensitive skin 🙂 x

  • Danniella Josephine

    I was intrigued by the YSL top coat, not sure I’ll bother now!

    Danniella from

  • As far as the eye makeup remover goes, have you tried using a litle extra virgin olive oil? I’ve been using it for a while and I find that it takes off all of my makeup nicely. I use a gentle cleanser to get the last of it off afterward and my skin feels wonderful!

    ♥ Em from Mascara Warrior

  • Ellataverner

    Couldn’t agree more about the MAC face and body, same thing happened to me!! X

  • gemerlee

    Try the other garnier make up remover – the one with the blue layer and the clear layer. works just the same as the clarins! review on my blog 🙂 xx

  • Olivia S

    I find Mac foundations too heavy on this skin now, I want to try the By Terry lip balm xx

    Olivia –

  • sarah beth

    L’Oreal’s Micellar Solution gets rid of the waterproof Telescopic- I literally didn’t think I could find anything to get rid of it and was starting to ease it out of my routine but I tried it with the above and it works so well! xx

  • bacardi chasers

    Oh I really wanna try face&body…but I have such sensitive Skin. 🙂

  • That polish is the most pointless, pretty thing I’ve ever read about!

  • Emma

    Lancôme’s bifacil- sooo much better than the clarins eye makeup remover!

  • Stephanie

    I got the garnier eye make up remover and frankly it is crap but it was on 2 for £4 so i picked up the makeup remover aswell and it is far to oily for skin but it works amazingly on the eyes! Literally one sweep and nothing is left. Its also one of the very few products that doesn’t sting my eyes 🙂

  • I’ve found the MAC Cleanse Off Oil to be amazing at getting off all makeup (even waterproof mascara) – plus you literally can just rinse it off. Before that I found the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm to be great too 🙂

  • Vic

    I have a garnier eye makeup remover, which looks similar, but it is the biphase one and I really like it

  • makeupmonster1

    Great post!

  • MillieMagpie

    Shame about the YSL top coat…. it looks so pretty in the bottle

  • Hayley Davies

    You should try the Nivea eye make up remover. It’s normally on offer in Tesco for around £1.60 and is literally the best. I use L’Oreal telescopic and it takes it off easily within seconds. Try it if you haven’t already 🙂

  • MlleCioran

    You should try the biphasic garnier make-up remover. It’s amazing at removing waterproof mascara and liner. It contains skin-friendly ingredients too!

  • Hannah

    The new l’oreal absolute eye & lip remover is a complete dupe for the clarins…and only £3 at the moment in Boots.

  • I’ve never tried the Garnier eye makeup remover… the Nivea Daily Essentials eye makeup remover for waterproof to be the best! It always takes off my L’oreal Telescopic!

  • gemma alexander

    I have the same trouble with L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof as well. But seeing as i use it everyday i didn’t want to use up the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover in a few weeks. The Body Shop’s Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a cream formula but works a treat! I just use one cotton pad for each eye and wipe away. I haven’t found anything else that can do the job, so i save the Clarins for special occasions.

    I wrote about it here,

    Gem. x

  • Jo

    The Garnier remover you mentioned is SHITE ha! the one that is amazing is the bi-phase one. Give that one a try! Jo.

  • Breanne

    Sad about the Mac foundation! I hate when products do that! xx

  • Alexandra Léger


    I too use the waterproof version of the telescopic mascara and I really love ‘La Roche-Posay – Respectissime waterproof eye make-up remover with no parabens’ to take it off. It does the job perfectly.

    Greetings from Belgium!
    Alexandra X

  • Parisian To Be

    Great post! So, all products don’t get a prime spot in Anna’s heart? I’m with you on the MAC Face and Body – yuck!
    xo Lillian

  • Gabriela

    hi Vivianna! for removing waterproof make up I find extremely effective pure almond oil. its usually the base for these (sometimes nasty) chemical removers. One method is to wet your eyelid (I like to use rose water for this) and then put almond oil on cotton pad, and the other is to mix water and almond oil on the cotton pad. Try it and be amazed! additional benefit is that your lashes will get stronger coz oil nourishes them a lot 🙂

  • Isabelle

    MAC cleanse of oil is the only thing i’ve found to remove waterproof mascara without me feeling like i’m tugging at my lashes!

  • moon

    for waterproof mascara i love the lancome eye make up remover hands down. and concealer , for a better price than YSL, I started to like Loreal concealer stick and it actually stays on my eyes. Believe this, I am making my own precious oil make up remover and toner and facial oil just for my use. and they jhust super amazing than any products i have used( i used almost all the hegh end brand). it costed me less than 30 pounds. Good article Anna. lots of monday love

  • The YSL nail polishes look lovely.. but I’m with you on the shimmery nail front. Glitter? Yes. Shimmer? Nope.

  • Daniella

    I love my Vita Liberta! I think dark is the way to go!

  • Georgia

    Try the vichy eye makeup remover for waterproof makeup, I find it works so well with waterproof telescopic mascara.

  • Icaria

    Oh I’m so glad I stopped by! 🙂 I haven’t tried the Hourglass lip treatment but somehow just couldn’t justify the high price. There are so many good options out there. You are the first to have reservations about Benefit’s new concealer, I knew it couldn’t be perfect but for some reason I thought it would be too moisturizing. The YSL Tie & Dye concept is interesting but it’s a meh for me as well.

  • Love this post, think they should be done more to warn people of reasons not to buy products. I’ve had reservations too about the Benefit concealer. It just looks so strange. I hated the Garnier eye makeup remover and also scrubbed to get the horrible feel off my eyes. I obviously won’t be rushing to try any of these!

    Paula ♥ | xo

  • Steph

    You need to try the Nivia Double Effect eye make up remover. I use waterproof mascara too and this one does the job and it’s cheap!!

  • Maddy Cane

    Such a shame when products don’t work, I thought the same about the garnier makeup remover! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • I’m so grateful for posts like this sometimes! I had been considering MAC Face and Body for quite some time, but it sounds like the kind of thing I should skin test before purchasing. In terms of eye makeup remover, I didn’t have great results with Neutrogena, but according to my sister their makeup removing pads are where it’s at. I also quite liked the Lancome remover. Just threw down for some of the Clarins Instant yesterday, and I quite like it. Also, it smells SO. GOOD.

  • Carolina

    That’s to bad, I love the face and body!
    If you want a good old makeup remover, try the Lancôme bifacil. I know it’s not a lot cheaper than the clarins you love, but that’s my favourite!
    xx Caro

  • Natalie

    The same thing happened to me with MAC Face & Body! 🙁

  • Laura

    The Nivea extra gentle makeup remover is really good, the only one budget one that doesn’t sting my eyes!!

  • Danielle

    I really like Face & Body, but even N1 is too dark for me. I know it used to come it white, but I’m not sure if it was discontinued… but I wish they had a lighter shade.

  • Tenneil

    I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Garnier makeup removers. It really is unpleasant trying to tug at those poor delicate eyelashes where the mascara just won’t budge. Give me Bioderma any day!

  • Smecksie

    Great read, thanks Anna!

  • Sarah S.

    I actually LOVE posts like this.

  • Fi Mullender

    I thoroughly agree with your eye makeup remover point, I’ve yet to find anything that beats the Clarins offering. xx

  • sarah

    the vichy eye-make up remover is pretty good – it’s oil based like the clarins one – but cheaper!

  • Ashlie Boyce

    I had exact same reaction to mac face and body and was gutted because I loved it but I have never had a reaction like it 🙁 I love the benefit fake up though 🙂

  • Kelly C.

    I really like the clinique eye makeup remover! A product that I thought was kind of meh was the Neutrogena brightening facial wash. It’s just soap with glitter in it :/

  • Francesca Trafford

    A little brand called Amie do the most bloody fabulous eye make up remover! Max Factor’s false lash effect is a nightmare to remove and this is the only thing that does it for me! It’s got no nasties in it too which is always a plus! Not as luxurious as the Clarins one but a bit more budget-friendly….


  • I love Vita Liberata! Doesn’t leave any smell at all!

  • WhatHeatherHearts

    You should try the Garnier 2-in-1 version of the eye makeup remover. I only use waterproof mascara too and swear by the 2-in-1 version, as it has the water and oil (like the Clarins, Lancôme etc removers). I’ve used it for years and it removes my Diorshow waterproof so easily (and that is a stubborn one to budge) x

    • Yvonne Magner

      I second the Garnier 2 in 1 bi-phase cleanser, though I use the normal one not specifically for eyes but it can be used on eyes as well as face. It is pretty amazing, I was using Lancome Hypnose Waterproof and nothing would get the stuff off, someone recommended this stuff to me and I haven’t look back.

    • becci

      I agree the 2 in 1 garnier make up remover is fantastic. I use it to remove the waterproof lash telescopic mascara and it works like a dream x

  • chiara13lunatica

    Extra virgin oil. I promise it’s not gross or anything, at all. Put some on a cotton pad, gently swipe it over the lid and it gets rid of everything!

    • Shivani

      second this – EVOO, or coconut oil!

  • deliaoreo

    Have you ever tried the new camomile cleansing balm from The Body Shop? I swear this stuff gets even the best waterproof mascaras off!! Give it a try..’cause in my opinion it’s way cheaper than your favourite Clarins one and it lasts much longer. It also nourish the eyelashes and doesn’t dry them out.

    Love your blog

  • Libby

    Face and Body gave me such a bad break out along my jaw! I never have bad spots but it was truly atrocious, still getting my face back to normal now. Shame, because like you said the finish it gives is so gorgeous. Unfortunately it just hates my face!

  • Ria

    Have you tried Neutrogena’s All in One Make-Up Removing Lotion? Get’s rid of all the makeup on my face, waterproof mascara included. And it’s oil/alcohol free!

  • LolaNewLeaf

    I completely relate to your Mac Face & Body experience. I had a very, very similar reaction and found it so perturbing that I now steer clear of all Mac bases. I wonder what the rogue ingredient could be?

    As for EMUR, sounds very basic but have you ever tried a drop or two of Johnsons baby shampoo rubbed between fingers and applied to dampened eyelids? It’s cheap, cheerful but does a remarkably good job. Worth a try for only around a £1 for a huge bottle! Hope this helps 🙂

  • missperezpa

    I love L’oreal Telescopic mascara, but it can be a bit of a pain to remove… However I find Sephora’s waterproof eye remover to be incredible. As a contact lens wearer I take a lot of care and take to choose once suitable for sensitive eyes, and this one it is! Is also without parabens and sulfates, wich is always good too 🙂

  • bee

    Anna, you should try the biphase garnier one! I wear waterproof telescopic and that makes it a dream to come off x

  • Love this post, it’s great to see the products that just aren’t working for you. I just bought the Garnier 7 day hydration lotion and am in a love hate relationship with it. Love the post!

  • I saw those YSL top coats and they were just too gimmicky for my taste. They do look pretty but for the price I don’t think I could have bought something that would end up sitting in my vanity.

    By the way, I love these kinds of posts. Please keep them coming.


  • Emma West

    I find Boots own Botanics eye make up remover melts everything very easily

  • Izzi

    Anna I wear L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara as well as Maybelline’s gel eye liner and I swear by No7’s Beautiful Skin Eye make up remover. It comes in a bottle with a white lid and the liquid is blue. It is an oil based eye make up remover so it really is effective at removing heavy eye make up, but doesn’t leave too much of a greasy sheen/residue behind 🙂

    A beauty, food and life blog by Izzi

  • To me the Hourglass lip treatment oil seems so over rated. So expensive! and not much better than a lipbalm.


  • Bex

    The normal makeup remover from this Garnier range is loads better, I prefer it to the Clarins. It’s a oil/liquid formula & I swear it works better at waterproof mascara than anything else I’ve tried and cheaper!

  • Lydia Jones

    I use the Vita Liberata phenomenal tan all the time, and whilst it’s very pricey and the bottle doesn’t last that long, I find the dark shade leaves behind a really good glow! x

  • Good to know these aren’t worth buying or trying! <3 Carolyn

  • ronza

    I find that the “L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Absolute Make-Up Remover Eye and Lip” to work really well on sufficiently removing any traces of waterproof mascara. I would use it as the first stage of cleansing because it does leave a bit of a residue that a micellar water cleanser wouldn’t. My favourite part about this L’Oreal cleanser is how affordable it is 🙂

  • Mariana Trunfio

    The Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Makeup Remover for Face and Eyes is the one to try. It just looks like a bigger bottle of the one you featured, but its a double liquid formula with a makeup-removing oil and a cleansing water and this really does get rid of anything waterproof in a wipe. Leaves an oily residue but your toner removes that 😉 Hope you enjoy this alternative xxx

    • cat

      Yes I second this! You need the double layered one for waterproof mascara 🙂

      • Priscikla

        I also agee -I find the lip and eye/waterproof version is as good as Clarins. The one above is not for water proof

  • Stevie-Rose Miller

    Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up remover is a dream to use when getting off make up! Cheap and cheerful too!