I’m spending this year attempting to be more conscious of the things I buy, but I’ve still purchased some things. Some of these things have been disappointing. I’d like to talk about them, and maybe you can learn from my mistakes.
During the Christmas clearance sale I bought a kit that included a cleansing oil, a toner and a face cream. The cleansing oil is really thin and runny and falls out of my hands before I can get it on my face. It also leaves a greasy residue. I hate that. The toner is fine but doesn’t feel like it does anything for my skin. Despite the claims that the face cream is lightweight and won’t clog my pores, it is not, and it did. I broke out like a 16 year old before prom. No. Bad. Never again.
I bought this when Ulta had it on sale for $12 and was giving bonus points for the brand. It was nearly free. I still regret purchasing it. It’s not the right color, which is partly my fault and partly the brand’s fault. I’m light-medium neutral in basically every foundation line, and this one it was way too light. The photos on Ulta’s website are so dark, it’s ridiculous. Even if it was the right shade, it’s a garbage formula. It looked dry and chalky on my oily face in the middle of summer at an outdoor event. I don’t know who could possibly wear it. Also, it’s minuscule. It’s the size of a Milk deluxe sample. For reference, the second photo in my Instagram post compares it to my Makeup Revolution and Colourpop foundation sticks. Seriously, screw this foundation.
This is the single most expensive lipstick I’ve ever purchased. I’m a little chagrined about it, to be honest. I like the formula a lot, and the packaging is… omg. It’s an absolutely gorgeous lipstick, inspired by JK Rowling, but the color looks ghastly on me. For some reason it looks almost Barbie pink on me, and it completely washes me out. I’m keeping it until I die, of course, but I’ll likely never wear it.
Ughhhh this palette. It’s legitimately garbage. I’m so bitter about it.
I’ve used it twice. It took so much work. I don’t like fussy eyeshadows, and I don’t want to spend 10 minutes building up each color just to get it to show up on my eyes. I used the shimmer shades with my finger instead of a brush and it was fine, but the purple shimmer shade already has hard pan. I’m so mad. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but it makes me want to punch Ciate.
This was like my toe in the water with CBD products, and I’m not sure about it. It’s a super emollient and hydrating balm so I can’t wear it under makeup, and that’s fine. I just haven’t seen any of the benefits promised from CBD and mannuka honey. My eyes are moisturized, and that’s about it. It’s no better or worse than my other eye creams.
This is my first, and likely my last, palette from Lime Crime. It’s not that it’s bad. The quality is good, things build and blend and whatever. It’s just too muted not what I expected it to be. I also don’t think it’s worth the price. They could have done so much with the earthy color scheme and they let me down.
This was a surprise. I generally like First Aid Beauty skincare, and it seems like a thing I should love. A lightweight, moisturizing gel. Great for oily folks in the summer. But no. There’s no moisture here. Regardless of the face wash and other products I used with it, my skin still felt tight and dehydrated. When my skin is dehydrated, it produces more oil. That’s bad. I’ve gone back to my holy grail snail moisturizer and it’s so much better. It’s also like half the price.
I first started using this a few months ago, and it’s basically the worst. I’m not someone who sweats profusely unless I’m in the sun or running around outside. I definitely don’t sweat sitting in my office working in the air conditioning, but with this stuff I feel constantly damp in the pit region, and I stink after a couple hours. By the end of the day it’s really bad, to the point where I wouldn’t leave my house or hug someone without some b.o. mitigation. I’ve been using natural deodorant for almost a year now, so it’s not the whole detox thing; I think this deodorant just sucks. Dan has used it a few times because he prefers my deodorant, and he complains about how it’s basically lotion. At this point I don’t think he’s wrong. I bought two of them because they were on sale, and now I have to use them, but I don’t want to.
Have you tried any of these things? Made any disappointing purchases lately?