June 24, 2015

Makeup I Wish Was Better……

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You ever have that “Makeup I Wish Was Better….” moment? It’s that moment where you LOVE but hate a product, palette, eyeshadow, etc…and just kinda just wish it was better.

You know Kat Von D is relaunching a single shade selection of eyeshadows for Fall 2015 and I thought to myself, “I really dig this chick’s makeup!” but I also have a lot of moments where I’m not using the palettes and eyeshadows I already have from her line because they are so damn frosty. I hate frost, with a passion….! I’m hoping her new eyeshadows will lack the frost because I’d be in heaven if that’s the case. I’d say 95% of my stash of products from Kat Von D is heavy duty frostiness.

So Makeup I Wish Was Better? Kat Von D Eyeshadow!

How about you?

Any beauty or makeup product you wish was better somehow?

Do share!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Carol G

    The first thing that immediately came to mind was Great Lash mascara by Maybelline. That stuff is the worst. How they claim it is the best/most popular mascara is beyond me. I mean as iconic as it is, I wish it really WAS a great mascara but, sadly, for me, it is unusable!

      • diane

        for me it’s the it cosmetics oxygen foundation. i love the skin care ingredients in it but the issue for me is it is not full coverage enough. If it was full coverage it would be amazing! I’m with you too on not being a big fan of frost!

    • The Silver Nail

      Different strokes for different folks, for sure! I love Great Lash and have for years. I try other brands, usually due to getting a sample or being sucked in by wild claims but always go back to Great Lash.

      In the mascara department, I wish Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced was better because I like a lot of TF’s products. BTS flakes horribly for me, though, and is unusable.

  • zVintageFashionizta

    I dislike frost anything (except the frosting on a cake) and also don’t like anything with too much shimmer, I have often wanted a Bobbi Brown Palette but don’t purchase them because they always include those horrible shimmerwash shadows of hers (I still have one of the shimmerwash shadows in chocolate that I purchased many years ago because it is a very pretty color), I wish BB would make semi-matte shadows or satins instead.
    I may be interested in that new Kat Von D palette that you posted because I want some of those matte colors but I know I am NOT going to like the shimmery/frosty colors that are included.
    I ♡ MAC but I hate it when they make a collection where every product has shimmer and/or frost (I always skip those) I have never seen anyone wear shimmer/frost on their entire face.

  • Christina D.

    Agree with you on Kat Von D’s eyeshadows, and I’m sure there are several more specific complaints I could make, but I will spare everyone my rant and narrow it down to one across the board makeup wish:

    DO NOT ADD ANY SCENT TO PRODUCTS! I wish every single cosmetic item was unscented. I have sworn off certain brands and products because of the stink. And I’m not just talking about old lady perfume smell…as much as I like my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes, I find myself not using them because of the overwhelming smell of cocoa!

    I figure if there’s an odor, a product has gone bad. That’s the only time I should smell anything.

  • Zovesta

    Wow. I wasn’t going to even look at Kat Von D’s eyeshadow, but now I’m tempted. =o

    I always wish WnW’s eyeshadows were a touch better when they fail me. Just a bit smoother and more pigmented. Hard Candy’s blush I wish was more opaque too. They’re both things I love but I really wish were just a bit better…

  • Brian

    Drugstore powder eyeshadows (except for the L’Oreal Infallible or Wet N Wild Color Icon, I am just not a fan)

    Stick concealers (always too dry for my skin)

  • Agona

    For me, (when I went on my eye shadow palette buying spree) it was the Buxom color choreography eye shadows (I got mine in Belly Dance). The colors were too matte, and the one shimmer color was the crease color–which I feel like if any color should be matte, it should be the crease! Their eye palettes also included one random accent color that wasn’t the same color as the rest of the palette–which is fine, but I could never get the copper accent color to look right with the rest of the purple/gray smoky eye look. It was so unfortunate because I liked the quality of the eye shadows but their palette color schemes was just too edgy for me, I guess. I really wanted to love it.

    Another miss for me were the Sephora Colorful 5 eye shadow palettes. I bought 3 of them because the gradient colors were so gorgeous but I found them too hard to work with and a couple of the shades were just down right glittery. It was too annoying because you had to use a careful/light hand every time–especially when compared to a Tarte quint that I’m currently using, in which I recently applied rather sloppily and in poor lighting but it still came out gorgeous despite the lazy application because their shadows are so easy to work.

  • Dee

    IT Celebration Foundation (powder) and their CC Cream. I know they get rave reviews, but neither worked for me. Something that was supposed to look natural ending up looking anything but on me.

  • Leslie

    My biggest gripe is with lipstick shades. I have heard raves about Kat Von D, and Tarte also, but it seems like when I look at all the shades, they are either too pink or too purple or too brown. I have dark hair and light skin with some yellow undertones, and pink-reds look clownish on me, and brownish nude colors make me look dead. How hard is it to throw a nice orangish-red or brownish-red in the mix?

  • Iris

    I like my Beyonce’s Red Infalliable lip colour but wish it was less prone to cracking. I have to apply the topcoat lots of prevent it.

  • Lee-Anne

    YSL Touche Eclat – the consultants act like it is the holy grail and beyond comparison but for me it just slides off and makes no difference. Does not conceal and does not add radiance!! Their touche eclat foundation was equally disappointing.

    Also Charlotte Tilbury CHAMPAGNE DIAMONDS – Colour Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil for Blue Eyes. Was so excited to order but just glitter that gets everywhere. No colour or pigment. Weird!!! Really wanted to try their beach sticks but quite reluctant now.

    And as much as I am a huge BB fan her eye palettes sometimes miss the mark. Not sure about the FACE & BODY BRONZING DUO in TELLURIDE & ELVIS DURAN. Bit muddy!!

    • Mari

      Agree about Touche Eclat concealer! I prefer wearing a well pigmented under eye concealer a touch lighter than my skin, so that it conceals and brightens, than those liquidy ones witch don`t do anything.

  • Anonymouse

    Lancôme eyeshadow palettes last for less than an hour on my eyelids. I’m really upset with Michelle Phan and any other blogger who recommended them. But I still like Michelle Phan’s vids, so I’m posting this anonymously. 😉

    • Isabella Muse

      You shouldn’t be upset set with Michelle/other blogger, Anonymous! You have the factor in a lot of things when it comes to the length of eyeshadow as sometimes people have drier or more oily lids than your own and will experience longer or shorter wear depending on this. And you don’t have to post anonymously, it’s ok to disagree with someone’s opinion 🙂 No judgement here! I’m sure Michelle or another bloggers wouldn’t mind if you choose to disagree with the performance of a product!

    • amy

      Lancome used to be one of my absolute favorite brands for eyeshadow, but about 10 years ago, they completely changed formula. At one point, their shadows were so dense, buttery, & pigmented-even the mattes-, but now I may as well buy Maybelline…

  • Kittish

    I’m not crazy about Stila Kitten. It really doesn’t work for my eyes and skin tone. Urban Decay Primer Potion makes my eyeshadow look worse! Physician’s Formula Shimmer Bricks don’t do much for me. I’ve seen good reviews of Physician’s Formula Argan Oil, but I don’t like it at all.

  • Rachel R.

    Too many to list, really. The Kat von D Star Studded eyeshadow palette from last Christmas-time: I loved the colors. But it had so much fallout, I returned it (I very rarely return makeup). Kat von D Studded Lipsticks: They aren’t consistent. Some are fantastic, others are dry and horrible. Melt Dark Room lipstick (one of the worst lipsticks I’ve ever used; soooo dry). Maybelline Color Tattoos: Some are really nice, but others are incredibly dry and hard to apply. Most of MAC’s and NARS’ recent collections have been subpar and inconsistent.

    • Iris

      Melt’s Dark Room’s colour was lovely once I got it to work. I found lipstick base helped. Melt’s is the only time I’ve had to use a balm or base under any lipstick. You really shouldn’t have to and the lipstick should be usuable and not dry on its own. The case also cracked (which has never happened to me) so I’m trying to use it up before it gets worse.

  • Natalye

    I wish the Too Faced palettes were better. The eye shadow colors are always pretty but there’s always a few dud shades in each palette. I just wish they could be consistent with their quality.

  • Dora

    I have to second the nomination of Stila Kitten. Way too glittery, ugh. I only have one Too Faced palette: Natural Eyes at Night, but it is also super glittery. Glitter bomb with tons of fallout. L’Oreal Infallible Pro Last Lip Color — I love the shade I have — and they are right, that stuff does not come off on ANYTHING — but the formula accentuates every single line on my lips. Finally, I want to love my Hourglass Ambient Light Powder but I almost never use it (apart from setting under eye concealer) — but that just might be because I do not like powders, no matter how “finely milled” they are.

  • amy

    Why do HE brands feel a need to add mineral oil to powder products…?

    Why do brands who have a perfectly good product insist on changing the formula…?

    Why do brands create “staple” products/shades, and then make them LE…?

  • Kristin

    It grieves me to say it, but I have massive buyers remorse over my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I wanted it SO BAD and bought it at a very financially irresponsible time, only to find it essentially unusable for me. Massive fallout evey single time – to the point I look like I was punched in the face. Just eyeshadow everywhere. Particularly Ganache, which is the shade I was most excited about. Sigh. It’s a lesson from the universe about fiscal responsibility and impulse control.

    Oh, gotta add Better Than Sex mascara too. So excited to get it and then it’s a hot raccoon eye mess! I’m sensing a theme here. As in maybe I need to stay away from Too Faced….

  • Genevieve

    This is a really great question
    1. I wish Dior quints were of better quality – the latest one Contrast Horizon was dismal. I wish they could do blues better.
    2. I wish that brands would STOP putting out unlimited neutral palettes – there are so many in the market nowadays.
    3. I wish Australia would get the FULL range of Maybelline’s Colour Sensational lipsticks and not just 10 of them.

  • Chanel

    I’m sorta on board with you Muse. I have quite a few old eyeshadow palettes from KVD and they’re very smoky and that’s not what I’m looking for, however I loved the Lady Bird Palette and am going to buy her new matte palette, no regrets!

    • Isabella Muse

      Chanel, me too! The Lady Bird Palette was divine! Excellent quality! But some of her other shimmery shades are frostyyyyyyyyyyy! Def want in on the new matte palette 🙂 looks great!

  • Katmary

    I have a few! My first is with undereye concealers, in particular, It BBUE. It has a slight pink cast to it, when it’s thick enough to almost have to be the last layer on the skin aside of a thin setting powder. I have yellow undertones so I put it on first and then have to go over it with my foundation. I know pink in a corrector can help color correct, but if they’re doing that, go for salmon to kill both problems! Also, IT’s CC cream is an odd color, not sure what it is, but I can get away with beige and it still seems a bit off on me and I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’m the odd-colored one!

    I’ll second neutral shadows coming out over and over. Especially when it comes to QVC’s ADs! They also tend to have light lippies and I don’t look good in light pale pinks, I need a medium color.

    Drugstores, how about a smudge of the lip color or a decent representation of the color instead of hoping the little color square’s correct???

    Sad how once you think of it, all kinds of things come to mind!

  • Jay

    Maybelline matte lipsticks (no stones, please lol!) They are patchy at first swipe, smell as horrendous as the rest of Maybelline lipsticks, and I have to slather it on to get an even finish. I keep freaking buying them but I’m just not a fan. Also, can we discuss the smell? I’m not scent sensitive but it’s so damn strong! And the formula is heavy! Ugh.

  • Ms. Heathen

    Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes mascara. I have a sample and I want to love it but it flakes on me something fierce. Also if those L’Oreal nude palettes were just a bit better quality I’d snap them up in a heartbeat. I still might, they keep going on sale and it’s so hard to resist.

    Drugstore foundations are always a heartbreak for me, there’s no intermediate between the lightest and the next shade, so it’s either look washed out or too orange. Zoya polishes, I love their color range, but I can’t get them to wear well at all. I have eight of them and I’ll probably get eight more this year, but I’ve just resigned myself to next day flaking off.

    I’d like more fragrance free everything. Especially as I’m usually testing out a new perfume every other day and I want to focus on whether it’s working for me or not.

    I’m one of those weirdos that likes Great Lash, but mostly because I can find it in brown which looks a lot more natural on me than black mascara. And I don’t feel bad pitching it when it expires because it’s so dang cheap.

  • Dani

    I agree about Kat Von D – I got one of her True Romance palette’s at Marshall’s for $10 & was so excited about trying it, but I’ve only used it once because it was so frosty and had so much glittery fallout! I’ve also had the same problem with the UD Ammo palette, which makes me so sad because that experience totally turned me off of UD shadows and I haven’t purchased any others from them since. :[

    • Isabella Muse

      Sadness 🙁 I love her formula but sometimes it is FROST OVERLOAD!

  • danadoo

    Liquid eyeliners with hard, unusable tips are my beauty nemesis. Clinique, Almay and VS come to mind when i think about this ridiculousness. They have these hard plastic nibs that seem akin to applying your eyeliner with one of the tines of a plastic fork! I just want to know HOW these poor excuses ever pass the testing phase and make it into the market. I mean NONE of the people testing this crap feels like it’s a HUGE PROBLEM to have an unsusable applicator?! Grrr, this is a huge pet peeve of mine!

  • Rachel

    Agree totally on KVD. Waaaay to much frost. I have issues with UD primer potion sometimes too. Its like if I get the tiniest bit too much it gets very grabby and I can’t get anything to blend. I use a lot of mattes so that is abig problem. I never like highend mascaras. And I may get stoned for this but I thought the 6 new Buxom singles were underwhelming.