I feel like meh is a great word to sum-up these products. They aren't bad. I don't hate using them. In fact, I even recommend some of these depending on needs/preferences. But, while I don't hate them, I don't love them either and every time I revisit them (and revisit them I do - I'm all for giving beauty a chance), I'm just left feeling so...whelmed by them all. In other words - meh.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - I loved the finish of this when I first got it; that elusive mix of matte-meets-glow. But, then I rediscovered YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in my collection and was obsessed with that for it's serious skin illuminating effects and then I bought MUFE HD Foundation which is like the Chanel only way more perfecting and long lasting. However, if you are an oilier gal who still likes to look radiant, I feel like the Chanel is what you need.
Sam Farmer Deodorant* - Dee raves about this stuff and in my continuous quest to live a healthier life, I was all for embracing something that would see me move away from chemical-laden aerosols. But, alas, I hate rollerball deos as much as I did the first time my mother handed one to me and, while Sam does a good job at Sweat Patrol, it's not good enough for me to deal with sticky, wet pits in the morning.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet* - Caveat Alert: I love the matte finish ones of these (Nude-ist is my go-to lip at the moment). However, I think the original line-up was overhyped and under performing. Everyone talks up Pink Pong and it is nice but, nothing special in terms of colour. Equally, the formula is good but, nothing mindblowing. Meh meh meh meh meh.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil - The Velvet Matte version of these are my all-time favourite lip formula and when I had the chance to pick hot pink Yu up in an Asos sale, I did so. I do like the blue-based fuchsia tone and how easy it is to wear but, I never reach for it and that's because the Velvet Mattes are a million times better.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream* - I so wanted to love these but, again, it's just a case of not reaching for it that means it sits firmly in the meh pile. Yes, the colour range is phenomenal. Yes, the staying power is out-of-this-world but, they are also harder to work with because of this and I have so many other products that do similar for a whole lot less effort.
Maybelline Colour Elixir* - These are easily my favourite gloss formula but, then, I find gloss so underwhelming as it is that it's probably a bit unfair to even include these here. To their credit, they have a great shade line-up and are one of the few true 'non-sticky' glosses around but, after the way people went batshit crazy for these online, I fully expected them to convert me to a gloss lover and they just...didn't.