9 November 2015

Beauty Edit: Gorgeous Packaging, But It's What's Inside That Counts, Right?

What is it about a beauty product that draws you in? Gorgeously chic, rose gold packaging (Charlotte Tilbury definitely got it right!) or the actual product inside. I'm willing to bet it's the first one, but just because something is aesthetically pleasing doesn't necessarily mean it's a good product - does it?

Below I've picked out 7 of my most beautifully designed products, to see if what's on the inside, can live up to it's packaging. Grab a cuppa because this post could be a long one:

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask Product Review

Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner $29 / Sephora
This one was a complete impulse purchase, I'm like a magpie when it comes to anything that sparkles, my eyes hone in and I have to have it. Now this is very much a princess product, not a necessary must have. I found it was an average de-tangler, which added a bit of shimmer that caught the light. I had high expectations, but they just weren't met.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask £45 / John Lewis
When it comes to packaging CT is most certainly the leader of the pack. It's so sleek and classy, I think any woman would be proud to have something so beautiful sat on her dressing table. Moving on to the product inside, the first thing that struck me was the strong floral scent, it's very potent - but the mask itself is lovely. It really brightens your skin, gives an intense shot of hydration and makes your skin velvety soft. That being said, I do think that this mask is a little over priced, even for a CT product. I think it's something you would put on a Christmas or birthday list, not something you would re-purchase regularly.

Chanel CC Cream SPF50 £44 / John Lewis
Chanel is a very pricey brand, therefore I don't own many of their products. So when I collected together all my coppers to buy this monochromatic CC Cream I was very excited to give it whirl. Unfortunately I think this base is more suited to gals with drier complexions, on my combination skin it was a bit too greasy. It didn't offer much coverage, which I was expecting as it is a cc cream but it just left my skin way too shiny. I might try mixing it in with another foundation because at £44 it's way too expensive to waste.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Mistyrock
By Terry Ombre Blackstar £29 / Space NK
By Terry is another luxurious brand with beautiful gold packaging and these eyeshadow sticks are probably one of their most famous products. I currently have three shades and while two of them are nice enough, it's Misty Rock that really is the game changer! It's a cool toned lilac-grey/taupe with finely milled silver glitter, that just transforms your eyelids. £29 is quite steep for a cream shadow, but this one just melts into the skin and stays put for hours (though I do use the Nars eye primer). If you find yourself in Space NK and fancy a splurge, definitely consider this shade.

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil £23.50 / Feel Unique
Tinted lip oils are a new product to hit the beauty market and like everyone I was intrigued. YSL are renowned for their beautifully designed packaging. Personally I find their products a bit hit and miss, with this lip oil being a miss. It doesn't ofter much colour and after about an hour the tint is pretty much gone. It's a nice idea, but for me it just doesn't deliver.

Charlotte Tillbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick £23 / John Lewis
Ohh just look at that rose gold goodness, it's what dreams are made of. It goes without saying how I feel about the CT packaging, A+. But I will say that while I do love her lipsticks, obviously I have more than one, to me they just don't live up to my Mac ones. I always choose the black bullets over the rose gold ones. I think if you re-apply lipstick regularly the you will love them, but if like me, you like to just apply it in the morning, you might like a longer lasting formula.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes £16 / Look Fantastic
I don't own many luxury nail polishes, just a few DL mini sets. For me, the most important thing is obviously the formulation, but a cute bottle doesn't hurt, does it? Personally I'm all about the "square"shaped bottle, I like the symmetry when they are lined up on my shelf. Despite my love for these little bottles, I wouldn't say the formulation is worth the price for a full size. Essie polishes (in my opinion) have better application and opacity.

Just because something is encased in beautiful packaging doesn't necessarily mean it's a good product!

Where do you stand on the packaging vs product debate?

XOXO Claire


  1. Interesting post! I really like the CT lipsticks - which ones have you tried? Do you have love liberty, the matte one, because I feel like you would love it!


  2. I do love the look of CT products in general but half of those thta I've tried I've been disappointed by so she definitely isn't my favourite brand. Totally agree that nothing can replace my MAC lipsticks! I love them too much <3

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  3. Thank you, I do but it just doesn't seem to last on me, even though it's a matte formula. Mac Rebel, lasts so much longer :)

  4. I have to agree, except for the Lip cheats and Bronze & Glow they are lovely products, if a little expensive. I will always be a Mac fan!

  5. I won't buy a product for the sake of a lovely packaging but I am not one against a good product within a luxury packaging. Also, if I can find a very good dupe, I will go for the dupe instead of the pricey option (for example, I love Kiko Eyeshadow sticks which are exact dupes for the By Terry ones) Xx

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  6. I do love my By Terry Misty Rock but I wish I'd look at the Kiko one beforehand. Though I do use it a lot so at least Im getting my moneys worth :)


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