3.22.2016

I Can't Decide! Beauty Products I'm On the Fence With

It's fairly common on a beauty blog to see products we love, like favorites (I'm sharing mine on Friday) or products that didn't work out. Today, I wanted to do something different--products I'm on the fence about. I just can't decide if I really like these or not, but I don't dislike them either.

If you've tried these, let me know your thoughts!

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial--Sephora--I shared this yesterday on my Odd & Unusual Masks post. I saw this after seeing it on so many blogs. I love it, and it works well, but I can't justify that price tag to purchase again.


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation--Beautylish.com--This is already being heralded as THE top foundation for 2016, and it only came out here last month. What makes it magic? It can work on any skin type: acne, scarring, mature, etc. On my dry skin, this looks like a regular foundation, nothing fancy. I really have to hydrate to use it. I don't like the applicator because it's so goopy.


Fiona Styles Corrector, Foundation, and Volumizing Mascara--ULTA--Just like Ms. Tilbury above, Fiona Styles is a celeb makeup artist. I've been following her career for years and love her product suggestions, so I was excited when this was released last month. She has a full range of products, of which I chose 3.
  • Corrector--very creamy but prone to creasing
  • Foundation--Despite "luminous" being in the title, it wears very similar on me to the Magic Foundation. It doesn't look great on my dry skin, but it's workable as long as I use oil on my face first to prep it.
  • Mascara--This wears and looks just like L'Oreal Voluminous on me, but for a much higher price.
Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer--ULTA--Apparently I was on a celeb-product kick last month. Started by actress Jessica Alba, as a continuation of her Honest care line for kids, I found a lot of the products to be geared towards oily skin, which is great. This tinted moisturizer goes on thick and well, and reminds me of a really expensive one from Koh Gen Doh. But it has to be reapplied every couple of hours or the product is gone. That is understandable, as the more natural a product is, the less is lasts. Not a bad thing at all, but sometimes I don't want to constantly reapply.

L'Oreal Butterfly Sculpt--Target--Finally something from the drugstore in this list! This is just okay on me. While I love the original Butterfly, this wand is a little hard to work with. It's not bad, just not my go-to.

MAC So Select Lipstick--MAC Online--MAC started their own rewards program, and one "perk" is that you could get this shade, only for Select members. It's a gorgeous matte color (I have swatches and more in the video that is currently uploading) but looks very similar to MAC Twig, which I already own.

Too Faced Peanut Butter Jelly Palette--TooFaced.com--How cute is this palette? I love it. I'm wearing it in the video below, but it isn't a must-have for me. It smells like peanuts and is perfect for travel though. 


And here's a video I made for you (currently uploading) where I go into more detail:


Did you see the embarrassing moment I didn't edit out?
What about Charlie?
Do you like my videos?

What products are you on the fence about?


Extra Elle:
  • If you were unable to comment yesterday, I'm sorry about that! Not sure what happened, but glad it is fixed! Now go get caught up! ;)
  • I couldn't sleep last night, so lots of coffee and water for today. I've got another long work day--I get home around 8 and then blog until midnight!

53 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot of good things about the Dr. Brandt mask but I agree, for the price. No thank you. And as much as I love a natural product, having to reapply throughout the day kinda defeats the purpose! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I couldn't get your video to load for me :( I will have to try again later. I was wondering about Honest beauty products. Have you tried any others? I haven't tried any of these....

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  3. i haven't tried any of these so i cannot help there! that MAC lipstick looks pretty though. i love their matte ones! side note, i couldn't comment yesterday, for some reason it wouldn't let me! sorry about that

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. I haven't tried any of these, but I did see the MAC color, and was not impressed. I haven't really been inspired to order anything from their site. Guess I have a long way to go to earn rewards. Oops!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. I've heard so much good stuff about the Fiona Styles line! Interesting to hear that you don't like it as much. I guess I'll hold off buying it ;)

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  6. Why does Too Faced have to make products that smell so good! I swear I'm always hungry after I put on my Bronzer because it smells like chocolate! That palette has some pretty colors, and would be perfect for traveling!

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  7. Ah, I've been debating that PB&J Palette from Too Faced. I love the colors, but am not sure if I'd get a ton of use out of it {the way I do their Chocolate Bar Palettes}. I may hold off for the Sweet Peach Palette!

    xx

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  8. I'm with you on the Dr. Brandt products. I have heard so many great reviews, but it's hard to justify the price!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  9. Wow this is interesting. Actually I also have many products about which I have still not made up my mind whether i like them or not :)

    http://perkymegs.com/

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  10. I review everything I use, so I have quite a few "on the fence" products I share, but I haven't tried anything you mentioned here. That being said, I wasn't too keen on the original Butterfly mascara as well, so I never tried the other versions they came out with.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  11. At first glance I thought that was MAC's Twig lipstick. As much as I love MAC lipsticks, I wish they would stop re-duping so many of their lipsticks lol!

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  12. That Too Faced palette is so pretty- and smells like peanuts?! Lol, makes sense with the name. Thanks for sharing these on-the-fencers; now I'm curious if the Charlotte Tilbury foundation would be worth it, because my skin is a bit dry, too!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. I went to Ulta to buy the PB&J palette and decided against it. I have similar colors to all the neutrals and figured I could just pick up a purple similar to the Jelly color. It was a tough choice, though, because I really do love it

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  14. That palette sounds and looks super cute, but I am not sure how I would feel about smelling like peanuts all day!

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  15. I haven't tried any of these products, i hate when you buy a product and you can't decide if you like it or not. I end up putting them in my drawer and forgetting about them.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  16. You find products I've never even knew existed!!!

    Girl - I was like that yesterday - I could hardly hold my eyes open - coffee got me through the day

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  17. Oooo this is a great post Elle! I don't see a lot of on the fence posts so I really enjoyed this. Ive heard good things about the dr Brandt mask, I hate it when I like something but hate the price tag. It's one of those I like it but I'll never purchase it again things. I haven't heard of any of the others you mentioned, except the Loreal mascara and the too faced palette. I hate it when I get a palette and think it's pretty but not really necessary of a must have, then I won't reach for it much.

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  18. I have never heard of most of these. I am intrigued by the Charlotte Tillbury foundation. I am always looking for a new one to try. Hope you sleep tonight!

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  19. I saw another review for the Dr. Brant mask and my first thought was holy cow, the price! It might lovely but for that price I want my skin to be bath with diamond dust. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  20. Woah! You work until 8pm? Is that every day!? So you have any posts on your nanny job, I'd love to read on whatever you're allowed to share! I work until 545 usually and thought that was pretty late! Ok watching the video at lunch! Xo

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  21. I can totally relate with you on the Dr. Brandt mask, it's nice but it's definitely pricey!
    I originally wanted the Peanut Butter & Jelly palette so bad...but I found that I already have very similar colors in my collection and even re-created a look that a YouTuber did using only that palette...saved me $30ish bucks right there! I filmed the look, still undecided if I should upload it or not. Love this idea for a post!

    Oh my...I remember when my work days ended at 8. It made for a super long day. Props to ya, Elle! I don't think I could stay up until midnight blogging. I'm glad that I'm able to get blog work done while I'm at work. LOL! I didn't get good sleep last night either...can't wait to go to bed!

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  22. That is kind of funny that last palette smells like peanuts--I'm not sure I would like that! The colors are pretty though. I like hearing about things you're on the fence about, I feel that way about a lot of beauty products.

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  23. I have only tried the butterfly mascara, and I didn't love it either :(

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  24. I love this post idea! I haven't tried any of these, but it is good to know your thoughts. Hope you can get a little rest tonight!

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  25. I thought it was my computer not letting me comment, but good to know it wasn't. I will have to go catch up! I'm so glad you shared your thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury foundation. Since it's labeled as magic, I just assumed such and wanted to try it. I think I'll stick to my MAC. I almost ordered the special MAC lipstick, but decided not to and I'm glad I did. Twig didn't look the best on me so this might not have worked out. I love this type of post and I can't wait to watch your video later. I love your videos, especially when Charlie makes an appearance!

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  26. What a great post! There really are so many products you feel meh about and don't love or hate. I would love to try the oxygen facial, but at that price I'll look for a different product. Your hair looks fab in the video by the way!

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  27. I didn't know MAC had a rewards program! I usually buy online and not directly from them, so maybe that is why I am clueless. Hmm, I would like to try that Dr. Brandt oxygen facial once, and I'd have to love it to get it again if the price is steep!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  28. Ive not tried any of these but I have been keeping my eye on that palette, I can't decide weather to buy it or not x

    Zoe Mountford x

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  29. I love Too Faced products but I'm not sure I could use any of those products in the palette so defintiely agree and good to know about the Mac rewards program too!

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  30. I've been curious about most of these products and even almost purchased the L'Oreal mascara today. I've been on the fence about buying the PB&J palette because I think I'm just going to go for the Peach one!

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  31. I've been curious about the Dr Brandt mask but the price holds me back. That PB&J palette is so cute but I'm not sure if I would get tired of the smell.

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  32. I was interested in the Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer and it sounds good except for the having to reapply every few hours. Who has time for that?

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  33. Honest Beauty is on my list of brands to try, but the Ulta near me doesn't carry it... Good to know the tinted moisturizer doesn't last long.

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  34. I've not tried much Honest Beauty products yet, only a lip colour that I liked a lot. Thanks for letting us know your experiences on these products. x/Madison
    Easter Inspiration

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  35. No idea MAC was starting that up. I wonder if they'll do something similar on my side of the world? Also such a shame about Charlotte Tilbury foundation. I've been wanting to try that one out for myself

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  36. love it! I actually use the butterfly lipstick! keep up the great work!

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  37. I wanted to get the smaller too faced palettes because like you said so much better for travel!! I just picked up Angel from MAC yesterday and love it!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  38. So many great products! I haven't tried any of these, but I hate when you like a product but then just can't justify buying it again bc of the dang price!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  39. That PB & J palette is so stinkin adorable! I've been wondering if it's really worth it or not, but can't decide either! I think it's more of the packaging itself that intrigues me :)

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  40. I'm very interested to see your opinion of the Fiona Stiles foundation in the long run. I almost bought it when I was there two weeks ago but the lightest shade was iffy on me. I have never jumped on the Too Faced shadow palette bandwagon and I'm glad I'm not missing out terribly. I mean, yes their packaging is top notch, but I'm a quality and pigment type of gal. (;

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  41. I couldn't be more excited about MAC finally getting a rewards program, and I've been wanting to try out that members only shade. So pretty! Sorry you couldn't sleep last night, the worst! Cheers to all the coffee <3
    Green Fashionista

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  42. I have been wanting to try the foundation from Charlotte Tilbury, so I appreciate your honest review. I think my skin is probably too dry for it. Thanks, you saved me some $$.

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  43. I've never tried any of these, but that palette has really pretty colors! So crazy it smells like peanuts though.

    xo,
    Angela

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  44. I haven't tried any of these yet, I have been intrigued by the oxygen facial but at such a high price I would probably pass too!! Thanks for the review on all of these.
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  45. I haven't tried any of these, but I have heard about that peanut butter jelly palette before. It seems like a really fun palette, but I'm not sure all the colours would be useful!


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  46. If you're on the fence about these products then you should pass on them. No doubt there are better products out there!
    ~Sara

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  47. I haven't purchased the Too Faced PB&J palette, but that's mostly because I've been on the fence about it, too! It looks TOTALLY cute and I love the idea of the smell...but I feel like all the browns I already have in my Semi-Sweet and the purple didn't stand out to me. But with all the hype it's been getting....I've had my doubts so many times! Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. Now I am at ease skipping out on this one!

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  48. I like the shades of the last two products, so if I used them, I'd most likely repurchase. As for Charlotte's foundation, it may be all the hype, but she uses parabens in it, so it's definitely a no for me. x

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  49. I love this post--I have soooo many products that I end up dithering over, and I don't see a lot of posts addressing that issue!

    On a side note, I have to say that it's really inspiring how much work you put into this blog. You are so driven and organized, I don't know how you do it!

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  50. If it's a pricy product I have to LOVE it and it needs to make me look like a celebrity, well that may be unrealistic but you get the idea. I've been curious about the honest product and the company as a whole. What's your overall opinion of the company and their products?

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  51. I have not tried any of these products. I did debate about the product for too face eye shadow palette that you mentioned. Since I was trying to figure out what I wanted to buy. http://emilymaiko.blogspot.com

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  52. i haven't tried any of these! i feel that way about a lot of products though, normally the more expensive ones, because when they are expensive i want them to do what they say! haha. i'm much more lenient with drugstore products. i haven't tried that l'oreal mascara but the wand does look super weird.

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