I so often do reviews on products that I love and talk about my favorites here on the blog. I am in fact in the process of choosing my favorites for this past year of 2012. This one is going to be a little different. Every so often I come across products that I really don't like at all. Some are so talked about and hyped up which is why I purchase in the first place hoping to see what is so beloved about them. Perhaps some of these products are just a personal preference and don't work for me while they are amazing for others. If you have one of these and really like it please comment below telling me why it works well for you and perhaps some ideas for application that I hadn't realized before. Most items are even from my favorite brands of which some of my favorite products belong to as well. Beauty purchases can really add up and get super expensive which is why I feel the need to do this post warning of what I think others should be wary of.
Here's a list of some of the items I purchased this past year that I don't think are worth purchasing with a small description as well:
Mac Cleanse Off Oil-
Why I purchased it: First off I have to say I can't really think of a product from Mac that really disappointed me yet and that's saying a lot as I have many in my collection. This one though was a really big problem for me. I was at a Mac counter and it just so happened that I was looking for a makeup remover. I had heard such great things about it and on top of that the girl that was helping me totally had me convinced! I'm happy that I chose to test the small size because after using it 5 times it just had to be tossed.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It was greasy and extremely irritating to my eyes even getting into them & causing my vision to be blurry. I tried applying it with a q- tip, keeping my eyes shut while putting it on, using just a tiny amount with my fingers and absolutely nothing worked it kept managing to get into my eyes and annoy me. I had a pretty bad experience with it to say the least.
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Waterproof Mascara in the Purple Tube-
Why I purchased it: I have tried many Covergirl Mascaras and really liked them all. One that I have repurchased dozens of times and always have in my collection is the Lashblast Fusion in the Orange Tube. I ran out of that one at some point and while I was at the drugstore I decided to pick up a new one. They were out of the Orange Tube and it seemed to me that the Purple was pretty similar.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It turns out that the tube looks exactly alike as well as it's wand but the product inside is a completely different formula. It did absolutely nothing for my lashes. It didn't keep a curl, it didn't lengthen or volumize the way the orange tube always does and so it just wasn't a very good product in my opinion.
Smashbox High Definiton Healthy FX Foundation-
Why I purchased it: You may have noticed how much I love Smashbox as I talk about their products all the time. Ever since trying my very first item from their line I just couldn't get enough. I found their bb cream, tinted moisturizer and even their other foundations to be great and reliable.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: This specific one really didn't work for me. I tried a couple of shades and each one just didn't match up well. I also noticed that it oxidized a little after a few minutes turning a little darker then the shade it should have been in the bottle. It wasn't a very blendable formula either as it was a very dry formulation and I tried it in the Winter when my skin gets dry in some areas.
Elf Undereye Concealer and Higlighter-
Why I purchased it: I have been pleasantly surprised with many elf products as they are
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: The concealer side was very dry and didn't blend well under my eyes. It just caked up and settled into fine lines almost immediately. The highlighter side was just as disappointing- too liquidey feeling, it took off a layer of makeup as it was blended in and it was very matte which just looked like a white war stripe instead of a subtle glow which is what I expect from my highlighters.
Dior Show Mascara-
Why I purchased it: Because of the rave reviews. I usually really like a medium dry formula when it comes to a mascara so this seemed like a great choice.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It was too dry, flaked off and irritated my eyes and clumped up during application. Also, the product in the tube dried out about a month and a half after I purchased it and the price is quite steep for a mascara.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner Pen-
Why I purchased it: I love liquid liners and really liked the colorstay regular liquid eyeliner I thought one in pen form would make application easier. It does if you have one that works.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: the color was extremely washed out looking. I bought it in blackest black but it looked light gray. I shook it up hoping that would help and it didn't. I even went and bought a second one thinking this one was faulty or dried out but it was the same story. Since it was so washed out looking the color hardly lasted. I like my eyeliners to be dark and bold not gray and washed out.
Maybelline Eye Studio Powder Eye Shadows-
Why I Purchased Them: I was so impressed with the color tattoo cream shadows and the eye studio gel liners so I thought I'd have a similar experience with these powder shadows.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: These specific powder shadows did nothing for me. They didn't go on smoothly or blend well, they crumbled everywhere and I don't find them to be ultra pigmented or last very long on my lids. It's too bad because they looked so pretty!
Wet n Wild Original Lipsticks-
Why I Purchased Them: I am amazed by the quality of some of the wet n wilds items as they are just a couple of dollars. Their eye shadows and blushes are easily comparable to many of my favorite high end ones.
Why They Didn't Work Well For Me: These lipsticks were not great at all. They were too matte and totally sucked the moisture out of my lips leaving them parched. The color was too pigmented and too thick to apply properly as well.
Beauty So Clean Sanitizer:
Why I Purchased It: As a makeup artist keeping my kit sanitary and bacteria free at all times is very important. I had heard great things about this sanitizer.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: The spray attachment was faulty so I had to switch the product over to a disposable plastic spray bottle. It didn't come with much product for the amount of money I paid for it and it ran out within 2 weeks. I didn't see much difference between this and my ever reliable alcohol spray sanitizer.
Clean and Clear Toner:
Why I Purchased It: In the Summertime my t-zone gets a little oily and I like to use a toner to help slow the production of oil. My favorite cleanser is from clean and clear and so I figured I'd try something else they had to offer.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It smelled heavily of alcohol and burned my skin as I applied it. It felt very strong and caused my skin to be irritated.
Yes To Cucumbers Face Wipes:
Why I Purchased Them: They were on sale at target when I was there and I always like to have a pack of makeup wipes in my purse for quick fixes.
Why They Didn't Work Well For Me: These weren't very moist and smelled too heavily of cucumber.
Do you have any beauty products that you tried this year that didn't impress you or that you wouldn't repurchase again? Let me know what they are in the comments form below as that is always helpful.
Lookout for my favorites coming soon!
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