I would be lying if I don’t love the pretty packaging, quality, and status of high end beauty products. Few drugstore items compare to the pigmentation and quality of MAC lipstick and quirky packaging from Benefit. That being said, there are definitely some duds and products that don’t live up to their hype. Here are a few products that I won’t be rebuying! Disclaimer: you may love these products, and that’s okay! I don’t necessarily think these are bad products, they just didn’t work for me.
1. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23 at Sephora) – I’ve used $7 mascaras from Target better than this. Seriously, it’s nothing special and I cannot begin to comprehend the hype. I love Too Faced, but this is definitely not one of their best products. The brush is bulky, and there aren’t any bristles on the tip, making it inconvenient to fan out the outer lashes or get the teeny ones in the inner corner. The formula is super wet for the first couple weeks, which I really disliked. It flakes all over my lashes (without rubbing or touching) and does absolutely nothing for the length. Simply put: there are better mascaras out there and I won’t ever repurchase this!
2. MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle ($27 at MAC) – I actually really love this blush! It’s a gorgeous plum-berry shade for fall, and has the classic mineralize sheen. It’s the perfect fall/winter shade to pair with MAC lippies like Rebel or Hang Up, and it has pretty good lasting power. So, you’re probably like, “Ummm if you like it so much, why won’t you buy it again?” I won’t buy it again because the markup on this blush is ridiculous. It’s only 0.10 oz of product. WHAT?! Almost $30 for a tenth of an ounce!? Had I bothered to look at that before I purchased it, I wouldn’t have purchased it. My HG spring and summer blush, Dallas by Benefit, is $28 for 0.32 oz. That’s over three times the product for one more dollar. Regular MAC blushes are $22 for 0.21 oz, which I think is more reasonable for the quality and quantity, but unfortunately the mineralize blushes just aren’t worth it and I won’t be repurchasing.
3. SO Bronze Tinted Tanning ($30 at Ulta) – This was recommended to me by an Ulta associate a couple years ago. I was undecided between a Fake Bake product and something else that I can’t remember, and she happily suggested this instead. Unfortunately, it’s not really a self tanner (despite what it claims on the bottle) and is more of a liquid bronzer. The color is natural and believable, but if you even get a light misting of water or other liquid on your body….let’s just say it’s not pretty and everyone will either know you had fake tanner on or assume you have a skin disease. It has to be applied with a mitt, otherwise it will pill up on your skin and not rub in correctly, making you look like you just rolled in mud. I’m also pretty forgiving when it comes to self tanner odor, but this one smells like a bag of pennies *vomit* and is noticeable to others around you.This product is all around pretty bad, and I only use it in dire emergencies.
4. Benefit Porefessional Primer ($31 at Sephora) – This primer has a lot of hype surrounding it, and I’ve even previously featured it on this blog. What I’ve decided is that although it does initially leave my face smooth and soft, allowing for an even makeup application, it doesn’t extend the wear of my makeup or dramatically decrease the appearance of my pores enough for me to justify spending $31 on it. I haven’t found that any primer (and I’ve tried a lot) makes a significant improvement in my skin or makeup application, and it’s an added layer of product on my face that I find unnecessary, so I don’t wear it on a day-to-day basis. If I do wear primer, I usually reach for the e.l.f Poreless Primer ($6 at eyeslipsface) because I like the benefits of tea tree, and a teeny dab of that actually performs better on my skin than Porefessional does. It works for some people, but for me it’s just okay.
5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 ($25 at MAC) – This product has a freaking cult following, I swear. Before last year’s Marine Corps Ball, I told myself I would splurge on this foundation for the special occasion. I’d heard such great things about it and wanted to give it a shot. First and foremost, I find MAC’s foundation matching system extremely frustrating, because I should be an NC25 and it looks horrendously orange on my skin. NW is far too pink on my complexion, and I wish there were an in-between! It might just be this particular foundation, but I have to use a very golden self tanner in order for this product to work with my skin. It also breaks me out, breaks up on my face after a few hours, and smells like wall paint. I would like to try the Studio Fix powder, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing the liquid formula!
6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde ($18 at Ulta) – I liked this product at first – it combines the pigmentation of the ABH brow powders with the control of a brow wax. The reason I don’t like it is that it looks so fake, it takes forever to apply, and the product dries out in the pot very quickly. I’ve seen a lot of women with bangin brows as a result of this product, but it isn’t a natural look, and for me personally, I don’t want to look like I’ve painted my brows on every day. Therefore, I find that the powder duo and Brow Wiz are better options for me. This will work for others who like to go full glam or need a lot of help shaping and redefining their brows, but if you’re filling in an existing shape or want a more natural look, this may not be the best product for you. I will continue to use it until it’s gone, but I won’t buy it again. I wanted so badly to love it!
7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation ($39 at Sephora) – I actually returned this product, so I don’t have it anymore. This is another foundation that I’d heard raves about, so I decided to splurge. Unfortunately, I only got medium coverage out of this, it felt so heavy on my skin, and was very obvious that I was wearing makeup. The color match was awesome, though! In the end, I just didn’t like how it looked or felt, and I tried applying it with a brush/RT complexion sponge/my fingers and couldn’t get full coverage out of it. It made me a slimy, greasy mess, and just didn’t work with my skin. I purchased it at Ulta, and when I returned it, the cashier told me it was one of their most frequent returns. Hmmm…
8. Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush ($24 at Sigma Beauty) – I used to love this brush. Like, really love it. Until I got a Lamora Flat Top Kabuki (I got mine for free, but it is available in this set of highly rated buki brushes for $36 on Amazon). It’s pretty obvious at first glance that the Sigma brush is made out of higher quality materials – for example, the handle on the Sigma brush is wood and the handle on the Lamora is plastic – but the Lamora is softer, denser, and doesn’t soak up as much product as my F80 does. Occasionally, the Lamora flat buki is available on Amazon for $14, and at ten dollars cheaper than the F80, it’s a pretty good deal. I still like the F80, I just like the Lamora brush better, and will repurchase that one if I ever need to replace it!
That concludes my current list of high-end products I won’t be repurchasing! Let me know in the comments below what you won’t re-buy and if any of the products that made this list are your favorites!