Don’t Believe the Hype

Happy Friday darlings!

This has been a pretty shitty week for some of us, so we decided to let our frustrations out on the products that have disappointed us over the years. You know the ones…the shiny new potions that beauty bloggers/magazines/celebs swear by and convince us that we need too. Well, some of them just didn’t cut the mustard. Here are a few of our worst offenders:

MAC Fix+ Spray (R210 from MAC)

I bought this product last April before a wedding where I wanted my make-up to last all day. The internet was 50 shades of cray over Fix +, and so I headed off to my trusty MAC store to get a piece of the action. The MAC make-up artist said it would help set my make-up and keep it looking fresh. Cool, done. I handed over my money and awaited all-day make-up glory. The bottle says it’s “An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!”


Guys. It’s a bottle of water. Well done to whichever marketing peeps decided on the name ‘Fix +’, but this shiz is not a setting spray. I’ve been reading rave 10/10 reviews of this product, and my question is: ‘But why?’. Here are some of the most-repeated comments:
“So refreshing!” (You know what’s refreshing? Water.)
“Can wet your brush with it before applying eyeshadow!” (You know what can do that? Water.)
“Can spray on hair too!” (Why would you spray a fine mist of water on your hair?)
“Gets rid of cakey powder look” (Put on less powder.)

Seriously, there is no reason to buy this. If you’re looking for a facial spray, try the Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Mist or try our DIY Green Tea Mist.

Chanel Imitable Intense Mascara (R375 from Edgars)

This is a safe and honest space for me on the internet so I’m going to say it: I have moments of sheer purchase insanity. When having to narrow it down to just one ‘don’t buy it because it was shite’ product I found this unbelievably difficult. I can be sold on nearly anything. Give me a gimmick, I’m on it. Give me obviously photoshopped flawlessness, I’m in. I’m an advertisers dream (ironic since I am study advertising). Two years ago when I had a real job and making real money I bought the Chanel Imitable Intense Mascara on a whim. I didn’t even need mascara but wanted its fancy black tube hovering about in my make up. I wanted to feel like this:

Ooh, saucy! Sadly, je ne suis pas une fille française. Merde! It was great at blackening my already black lashes but it’s claim to do it all only worked for the first few days and then just became meh. Nothing remarkable unlike my Almay One Coat Triple Effect. I especially love when mascaras dry out a bit because to me they usually become better at holding my lashes up but this just got worse and flaked horribly. Since that over priced Mascara by my beloved Chanel, I have also bought their Rouge Coco Shine in the shade Flirt, which had to be swiftly passed on to my cousin because it was far too glittery or grainy (something icky with the texture) for my liking. The empty mascara tube however still sits in my make up drawer wishing me to be a trendy French girl *Le sigh*

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Between R275-R340)

Well I’m certain the whole world is aware of this product by now judging by how many worship it. I mean it gets an 80% repurchase rate on MakeupAlly. It’s not that I’m 100% dissatisfied or think it’s a crock of shiate product, I just believe it’s not fully beneficial for me and that there are better alternatives out there. Firstly, I don’t have particularly oily eyelids so I really don’t struggle thaaaat much with shadows creasing. Secondly, because the formula is somewhat liquidly it sets quickly and I find it a little harder to blend because of it that “tacky” texture. I bought the mini gift set off Rubybox during a sale and it comes with 4 different versions (original, shimmer, etc) and the packaging of the bottles themselves are so lame as there is no way I’ll be able to scrape to the bottom of the products. This is something Urban Decay has noticed too (anyone who googles this product will see images of people cutting their bottles open to get to more product) so they now have redesigned the packaging to a squeeze tube. All in all I think a cream eyelid base such as the infamous MAC Paint Pots would be a way better alternative for me or hell even concealer as a base. I’m just not floored by this one as everyone else seems to be :/?

GHD Style Heat Protect Spray (Around R180)

I  really wanted to love this product, I really really did. But I’m just not convinced. Sorry guys. It smells really nice, I’ll give GHD that. But that smell doesnt last all day. My main issue with it, is that it’s too watery. It’s like spraying water onto my hair. And you don’t really want to straighten wet hair you know, it really damages your hair. So you spray this stuff on, then wait for it to dry? It makes no sense. I am also not convinced that it actually protects your hair. I’ve felt no difference, but I do like the smell. It’s hard for me because I just really wanted to love this product and see the best in it, but I couldn’t. I’ve been using the Marilyn Hair Treatment from LUSH, and I can see an actual difference when I use it. It’s the same price as this GHD spray, and I’d choose Marilyn over this anyday. I feel like this GHD spray makes my hair a bit sticky, and I have to wash my hands instantly after touching my hair because it just feels weird…

If you’ve used this GHD Style Heat Protect Spray – I’d love to hear from you. Maybe (maybe) you will change my mind and I can give this product another chance? I’m open to this.

What products have you used that you think aren’t worth the hype? Or do you swear by one of these products that we’re not too impressed by? Let us know! Comment below or tweet us @smudgedbeauty




  1. abbyonestilettoatatime · · Reply

    Love this post! First off I actually really love MAC fix + and find that it does help my make-up to set for say a launch or event but for a hot full day nope.

    Also agree with the Urban Decay primers they make blending so tough. Fortunately I have never purchased these only received them in Naked palettes.

    lastly thank you for the honesty about Ghd heat spray. I despise it, it literally is the stickiest heat defence spray I have used. I hate products that weigh down my hair and boy does this. I mush rather stick to John Frieda Frizz Ease and my beloved Tresemme heat defence.

    1. Thanks Abby. I know that sometimes one person can LOVE a product, and someon else can absolutely hate it. Glad we agree on the GHD heat spray! Beauty, make-up and skincare is pretty subjective, and I love that people are engaging with us and telling us that they loved that product or they are agreeing with us. It’s a great conversation to have.

  2. Bahahaha! Love this post. So honest. I completely agree with that sometimes I see someone rave about something and I just don’t get it. I also don’t get the urban decay primer hype. Meh. Okay so I might be one of the MAC Fix + spray offenders. I actually like it. I think it gives your skin a nice glow, but not like water being sprayed on your face. Oh well. ;)

    1. Haha thanks Chicara! Hehe ya I think the glycerine in the Fix + does give a glow, but for me it’s just not enough to save it. Would love to hear about any other products you’ve been disappointed by! x

  3. Hasmitha · · Reply

    I agree with Fix+ being a disappointment!!! The lady told me that it would set my makeup and leave my skin looking dewy and fresh. Hogwash! It left my skin looking greasy and it usually leaves my makeup looking “wet” if that makes sense? I don’t like it, I feel it is ineffective and just a bottle of water! Thinking of it just makes me angry.

    1. I know right?! It makes me angry too. That R200 could’ve bought a whole lot of hummus.

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