Color Science, a collaboration gone wrong.
When Color Science approached me to collaborate with them, I agreed pretty quickly, and now I wish I hadn’t. I’ve seen some of my favorite ‘influencers’ promote their products, and I guess I was struck with a bad case of FOMO. Color Science sent me two boxes of their TOTAL EYE: 3-In-1 Renewal Therapy. Folks, these little tubes aren’t cheap ($69 for one) and I got two. If I liked the product, all I had to do was post a picture on my IG and give them a shout out. I thought this was going to be the easiest collaboration, ugh. Plus, I haven’t done a collaboration in a long time and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get back into the sponsored content arena.
COLOR SCIENCE: 3-IN-1 Renewal Therapy
(Product info directly from their website)
Treat your eyes to Total Eye™ 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles while protecting the delicate eye area against photoaging with 100% SPF 35 mineral sunscreen.
Broad Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen
UVA protection rating:
UVB protection rating: SPF 35
0.23 fl. oz. / 7 mL
60-day supply based on 2x daily use
First of all, the product itself was too orange. Second, it was too thick & it didn’t sink in to my skin. Third, when it dried it cracked and it looked horrible under my eye region. Fourth, it didn’t blend with my skin tone or my foundation. It just gave me this orange raccoon look around my eyes, and it clumps up too badly.
“…visibly improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles” – Color Science
The dark circles go away, now they’re replaced with orange circles, lol! It doesn’t improve the appearance of fine lines, because the product settle into your lines, giving a horrible dry cakey look. They also claim that this product should be used twice a day to see improvement, really? I don’t apply a full face of makeup twice a day. You can’t use this at night to bed, because it’ll stain your pillow case. So how are you supposed to use it twice day? And you can’t reapply it over the makeup you’re already wearing because if you apply more, it’ll just look too caked on. Respectfully, I think their claims are too fantastical.
I just don’t recommend this product at all. There are too many other skincare/makeup products on the market that are more affordable and that work better.
Btw, when you order this expensive product, there is no option to chose different shades. Seriously, for $69 your only option is this orange shade. This just doesn’t feel like a $69 product, it feels cheap.
I like that this product has an SPF and that it is geared to totally trying to protect your eye region. I would have appreciated this more if it came in a clear product, that way it could blend in to my eye region without messing up the rest of makeup. It would be a nice SPF primer if it was clear, the color is just too orange.
I did not like the applicator. You have to push down on the pump to bring the product out to the surface, and a couple of times it squirted and made a mess. Plus, you need to wipe down the applicator tip Every Single Time, or else you’re left with a dried out, cakey, messy, unsanitary applicator. No thank you.
What did I learn from this failed collab & what should you do if you’re ever in the same situation?:
- Do your homework. I should have done more research to make sure that this would have been a good fit for me.
- Don’t say ‘YES’ too quickly. Believe me, collabs aren’t all that. You should really love the products and companies you are promoting.
- Don’t be afraid to say ‘NO’. Honestly, I know it’s flattering and exciting to be invited to collaborate, but you shouldn’t feel you have to say – yes- all the time. Because you’ll burn yourself out over products that you don’t even really like or need.
- Don’t post a picture. Once you get your product, and you realize you don’t like it for the whatever reasons (bad quality, doesn’t work as promised, etc.) just don’t post or promote it.
- Politely write the company. Thank them for the opportunity. Let them know why you’re declining to promote the product that was sent to you. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the feedback.
- Learn from this experience. This whole blogging journey is a learning experience, but try not to repeat your mistakes.
~ Honestly, it’s embarrassing to back out of a collaboration, because you’re not living up to your end of the bargain. But you can’t go around promoting things you don’t believe in, or else, you run the risk of not enjoying blogging or vlogging. Keep your integrity, and don’t be so quick to jump at every collaboration invite that comes your way. Oh, and I think this should go without saying, but, always be professional.
Have you tried any Color Science products? Have you participated in any collaborations that didn’t work out? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks so much!