Product Type: Naturistics makeup
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A vanishing act which didn't vanish?
Neutrogena Makeup Correcting Stick
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Neutrogena Makeup Correcting Stick
Date: 05/01/09, updated on 10/01/09 (481 review reads)
Advantages: None, it doesn't work full stop lol
Disadvantages: Read review lol
Although I'm a Beauty Therapist by trade and adore make up I admit I'm not the most competent at applying it on myself. I'm prone to making mistakes particularly with eyeliner and mascara in particular! No matter how careful I am I'm often out and about and think oh my god what a mess which is why when I saw this in Poundland I thought what a damn good idea for someone like me! Not only can I correct make up mistakes with this at the time of doing them but also it's handy enough to put in my handbag and take out with me. I don't know about you but even if I get my make up looking as perfect as possible, halfway through the night I get smudged or I burst into tears for some reason and end up smeared and looking rough as hell. This to me seemed to be my new ideal companion!
The 'pencil' comes in an off gold/bronzy coloured recyclable box with a clear plastic 'window' to the left of it of which you can see the pencil through. In white writing I'm told it is indeed a makeup correcting stick, it's by Neutrogena and that it 'corrects mascara, eye & lip liner smudges' and is clean & gentle, no greasy residue and at the bottom of the box I'm told the weight of the product (0.10 OZ, 2.8G). On the back I'm told little information (once again in white writing) about how to use it, ingredients are listed, contact details for Neutrogena are given and the recycle symbol is displayed. All in all the box gives off a quality feel and gives some confidence it will work purely by it's none nonsense appearance.
Well firstly as I previously mentioned this is a pencil stick design. Long and a wee bit chunky the outside of it is a light goldish/bronze colour and the silver writing length-ways down the side of it tells me it is Neutrogena, Makeup Correcting Stick and around the back of the pencil I'm told the weight again, contact details are once again given and I'm told the product is made in Germany. The tip (when first purchased) is of course sharpened and it is white and a bit greasy looking embedded into very smooth and light wood. As you use it, it comes away from that wood and your left with a hole and that's when you need to resharpen it. There is clear longish lid that covers this that pulls easily on and off.
Using it is simple enough, in concept. If you make a mistake with a blob of mascara where it shouldn't be or lip liner has gone on the wonk then you simply wait for those products to dry and wipe over with this stick and the mistakes are meant to vanish into thin air.
Now the product itself doesn't smell at all. On contact with the skin it loses it's colour and sort of melts and becomes transparent and feels a little bit greasy (that feeling disappears though). It comes off the stick easily in a slightly liquid way leaving no visible lumps at all.
However.... it doesn't work and I can't see how it could to be honest with you. It makes one hell of a mess. So say my crime is to get a mascara blotch. I find myself scrubbing hard to remove it with this stick. Not only do I need to rub really hard the mascara only budges slightly, gets all over the stick making the smearing problem worse and getting the stick in a dirty state meaning I keep having to wipe the stick off and re sharpening cos I'm losing the product and at the end of the day my face feels more grubby than simply getting out a cotton wool bud, spitting on it and wiping said mascara disaster away! lol
Lip liner and eye liner that has exactly the same issues while trying to be removed by this and it's messy, time consuming and not worth all the effort. It really isn't simple to use and the taking it out with you idea is sunk because you need a pencil sharpener too in your bag!
I really wanted this to work big time but I have tried and tried with this and whether it doesn't work because I only use really good quality make up or what I just don't know. Maybe it would work with cheap and cheerful make up brands. For me though I can't get on with it at all. The only thing I can say for it is that it doesn't upset my skin as it does contain an infusion of aloe and chamomile oils and it is dermatologically tested but having said that I really have to try scrubbing hard with this product to get any results at all which I really don't get anyway.
Not recommended for me even at a pound a pencil. The product with repeated use needs sharpening alot and if you did like the results you could get with this you'd need to repurchase it quite often.
As I said I bought mine in Poundland but I have seen it in T.J Hughes, independent chemists for £4.99 but online discount stores have it at about £2.00, though sorry ladies in my opinion this is not a miracle worker!
Summary: Not worth a penny, sadly