Maybe it's Maybelline!!
I have never been so frustrated with one brand like I am with Maybelline. I have absolutely no luck with this brand! Granted, I have not tried everything, but whatever I have purchased and tried, have been tossed in the bin, or given to someone else. Every time I hear Maybelline, I cringe. It's by far, my least favourite brand, drugstore or high end.
I never believe everything in a brand is good. But I also never believe that one bad product represents the entire brand. Like with Maybelline, it's been around since like forever. Gawd knows how many stuff I have bought over the years, and I don't remember many things from Maybelline that have impressed me. I'm not biased against the brand, because even though I was constantly disappointed, I kept on giving it a chance.
Dream Matte Mousse Foundation: I didn't really care for the Asian-released Whitestay UV Mousse foundation, but was excited to see this original version in one of the stores. While I prefer matte foundations, this applied like cardboard on my face, making my pores looked larger than life. All of a sudden, my skin looked so parched dry, and so dull! I found this product to be dry and impossible to blend.
Great Lash Mascara: Still boggles my mind how this stuff can be a fave among many beauty editors! It was once sold here in Malaysia; I bought a tube, curious of its cult-like status, wore it only to find black shadows under my eyes by the end of the day, no thanks to this mascara. Many years later, I bought this again in Sydney, with the same results. It's too wet, it flakes, it smudges - all the things a mascara shouldn't do!
Maybelline Define-a-lash mascara: Like I said earlier, I always seemed to give this brand a chance, so I purchased this. I didn't like the flexible rubber brush - annoying to use, and this mascara did nothing for my lashes. And yes, it flakes. *sigh*
Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Foundation: In the US it's Maybelline Mineral Power with different packaging. Why they needed to change the name and packaging is beyond me. This foundation is too runny, too sheer with zero oil-control.
Maybelline Expert Eyes Quad in Chai Latte: Whatever possessed me to buy this!! The colours are so unattractive, so sheer, so blah. This looked like mud on me!! I was sooo not impressed!!
However, I do have 2 products from Maybelline worth keeping. (See, I'm not biased!)
I like the Expert Finishing Powder. It's tinted, it's light and does a decent job at controlling the shine. Not fantastic, but decent.
The Dream Mousse Blush is lovely to use - so light and blendable, and I love the colour!! It's not too long-lasting though, but you can't expect long-wearing from a mousse blusher. Too bad they stop selling this here in Malaysia.
I don't like to diss a brand but I am pretty desperate to find one thing that I truly can love. I even tried the legendary Turbo Boost Mascara in regular and waterproof, and it sucked on me. Too wet, flaked on me, did nothing to my lashes. Not that I have hard to curl lashes!!
I have been looking at the powder minerals, especially the blushers, but my years of disappointing experience with Maybelline has kept me from buying them.
I realised that this may be different for everyone. So I'm wondering, is there still hope for me and this brand? Surely they all can't be duds!
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