The first product I'm going to mention is The Body Shop Skin Primer - Matte It (£12). It claims to banish shine and help makeup stay in place. The consistency of the product feels like a gel, but is very silicone heavy. I could really feel the primer on my skin. On my skin, it made makeup look worse than it does without a primer. After about an hour, it felt greasy and it showed too. My makeup had slid out of face and just looked awful! Despite this experience, I gave it a couple more times and they were no better. I don't know if it's my skin or how I had applied it - this primer just isn't for me!
CoverGirl Mascaras are cult favourites, and I was so disheartened after trying the CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Mascara ($7.99). I was really looking forward to trying it out and thought it'd obviously be amazing as there was such hype around it. The wand seemed like it'd be great for building volume. However I feel like it must be the formula that has let it down. The mascara is just okay and doesn't really give exceptional volume. It didn't seem to lengthen either. I've used so many more mascaras that give much much better results. I'm not going to give up and will try and get my hands on other CoverGirl mascaras. I might have just got a bad one!
Have you had similar experiences with any of the products I've mentioned? Share recommendations in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!