Everyone talks about products they love and absolutely can’t recommend highly enough. It’s on every blog (including this one!) and seems to permeate everywhere I go. But what about the products that people HATE? That they bought and despised? That they wish they could go back in time and talk themselves out of buying? I thought I’d save you some pennies today by sharing a the beauty products that I bought and can not stand.
Charlotte Tilbury “The Retoucher” ($35 USD)
I was excited to try the Charlotte Tilbury brand after reading the non-stop good press about it pretty much everywhere I turned. While at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I decided to swing by the makeup desk and ask about covering up all the little red marks that pregnancy has left scattered across my chin. There was no-one at the counter and the artist recommended to me the Retoucher, which she then applied. It comes in a slightly larger tube than the Touche Éclat from YSL, but looks extremely similar, although the representative told me it had more pigment therefore better at covering imperfections. I was somewhat surprised when she told me I absolutely had to use a powder on top of it after applying or it wouldn’t set, but I really liked the final product she delivered – or I just liked not looking at red spots when professionally covered by a makeup artist – so I decided to take the plunge and buy a tube.
Why I Hate It
The number one reason I hate this product is the tube. You click, click, click to have product come out and nothing does. So you click, click, click again after 30 seconds and nothing comes out. Frustrated, you’ll click, click, click a third time and nothing comes out. Extremely frustrated, you’ll click, click, click again and boom – you’ll get eight clicks worth of product spilling all over the sides of the tube. I thought I was just impatient – a very logical thought – but even when I left the tube for 5 minutes between clicks the damn thing still didn’t come out. Worse, I have been mad and put the tube away, only to open it an entire day later and have product explode all over me.
The second reason I hate it is that it does not do what it is advertised to – or what I was told it would – do. Here’s the product description:
Correct and treat skin imperfections with Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Retoucher’ concealer. Enriched with Black Tea extract, this smoothing coverup creates an ‘invisible plaster-effect’ over pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a seamless finish. A hydrating complex plumps and moisturizes for luminous results!
This is a slightly cheaper knock off of Touche Éclat. It doesn’t cover anything very well, unless you pore a tinted powder on top of it and have eight hours to wait for the product to come out of the tube for a second “coat”. It also doesn’t fade discolouration as it claims (this claim has been refuted by science too), although I admit I didn’t use it long enough to probably give it a fair shake.
What to Buy Instead
If you’re looking for a concealer, buy an actual concealer. If you’re looking for a highlighter, cough up the few extra bucks and buy a Touche Éclat. I feel like a lot of the beauty blogs and magazines that claim this to be a revolutionary product are really just trying to be nice to Charlotte Tilbury, who I actually think is quite talented at her work – albeit a lacking in self-confidence as she claims to never even sleep or let her husband see her without makeup. If you can’t show your make-up free face to the man you marry, who can you show it to?
Here are some of my favourite concealers that I’ve actually bought and tried: