August 5, 2014

Drugstore Beauty Products I Would NOT Buy Again

Drugstore Beauty Products I Would NOT Buy Again


How's that for a straightforward title, eh?! I want to put on my "nice girl" hat for a second here *starts digging around...hang on...* THERE! I knew I had it lying around here somewhere, nevermind that it's a bit dusty. Okay, now that we're playing nice, I want to preface this post by saying PLEASE don't be offended if you see one of your favorite products listed here. It's nothing personal at all. What I have included in my Beauty Graveyard (a.k.a. where beauty products go to die) are just things that simply did not work for ME. It does not mean they are garbage and it especially does not mean they are crappy quality (except for the e.l.f. concealer...that's just pure TRASH and I promise there are better affordable products out there that actually work). I had high hopes for some of these guys (namely, the L'Oreal Visible Lift foundation and the NYX Baked Blush) but truth be told, I was severely disappointed. And you guessed it...I'm going to tell you why! So refresh your beverage of choice, kick back, and peep some cold, hard TRUTH.

Up & Up Renewal Cleanser | I picked this up on a whim. It's supposed to be the generic version of Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser (Pack of 3). I have never used either of them before picking up the cheap version and I just plain didn't like anything about it. The scent was off-putting (smells like flowers and sour breath), the consistency was too creamy and it left a gross film on my skin even after multiple attempts to remove it. Who knows, maybe it would work great for very dry skin in the colder, Winter months. But for someone with combination skin in the Summer? PASS!

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara | If you read my blog regularly, you may remember a certain tar-like mascara that inspired THIS POST. Feel free to read why I think this mascara was formulated by Satan himself. I know he's sitting down there laughing at all the poor women trying to remove this shit at night.

NYX Super Fat Eye Marker | I really wanted to love this one, dang it! I love a good, thick, black lined eye. I thought for sure this one would do the trick. It wasn't awful right out of the gate, but it dried out SO quickly in the marker-like pen and it faded on my eyelid after only a few hours, even WITH a primer.

Revlon Customeyes Shadow | How cute do these look?! I mean, I bought this eyeshadow because they look like tiny little patches of sweaters! That's where the love story ends, folks. The pigment was pure garbage. I practically had to use a jack-hammer to get anything up out of the pan and onto my shadow brush. Once applied, the colors somehow all looked the same...which is surprising, seeing that to the naked eye, there is such a variation of shade ranges.

REVLON Photoready Airbrush Mousse | I was really bummed this didn't work for me. As you all know, I'm a HUGE fan of Revlon ColorStay Foundation (I use shade '180 Sand Beige') and I use it almost daily. I assumed the Photoready mousse would be a cool and different texture to keep around for when I wanted a bit lighter coverage and more of an airbrushed look. I found it worked best when you apply a dollop to your palm (it comes out like hair mousse from the 80s which with makeup, is a way for makeup companies to give you less product and hike the price up) and apply with a foundation brush. This applied streaky (no matter HOW I applied it), coverage was sub-par and it felt wet for too long. If I apply a water based foundation, I eventually want it to set. This one did not. Majorly gimmicky.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer | This one wasn't the WORST thing that ever happened to me, but it wasn't the best, either. It was much too dark (even the lightest shade) and it just felt heavy and silicone-like on my skin. I wouldn't be opposed to keeping this one around for my neck and chest for sun protection and to even out those areas. But it was just too heavy for my face.

N.Y.C Smooth Skin Perfect Primer No Color | You know how they say it's better to hate something as opposed to being indifferent towards it, because hate requires an effort...? Well, I'm indifferent towards this primer. I don't hate it because that would require me to make an effort. It was just....well...it was just an extra step with NO payoff. It looks pretty when you squirt it into your hands. It's white and pearlescent and shimmery without being glittery. It feels kind of "cool" on the skin. But it literally disappears when you apply foundation over it. It doesn't give foundation any staying power, it doesn't fill fine lines and wrinkles, it doesn't give a dewy look to the skin like it says it will. It just literally evaporates. Primer is meant to make all your complexion dreams come true, and this one won't.

NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush in Spanish Rose | Okay. Hear me out on this one. I wouldn't say I'll never buy this blush again, but I won't buy this particular color again. Is it pretty on? Yes. It's a beautiful, cool-toned pink with a slight shimmer, but it takes A LOT of elbow grease to get the product onto your brush. The whole point of baked shadows and blushes is so that you get an insanely pigmented color payoff with minimal effort. This one missed the mark. Once you DO get enough product onto your brush to see it, it is pretty. However, there are WAY better baked blushes out there for your money. I will try a few other colors of this blush to see if maybe I got a dud. I'm not quite ready to give up yet! Here are my favorite baked blushes: Milani Baked Powder Blush, Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush Lovely - Pack of 2, and MAC Mineralize Blush (fave colors 'New Romance' and 'Petal Power').

Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links | These little individual pans of shadow click or "link" together so you can pick and choose your shades to make your own personal palette of colors. Great concept, horrible product. Exact same problem as the aforementioned Revlon shadow up above. Not worth your time.

e.l.f. Lip Stain | You get what you pay for here. Dries out in the container almost instantly. Does not feel good on the lips (drying, almost burning sensation) and the color is not represented well once on. As Michael Scott would say..."Doesn't translate."

Almay Wake-Up Liquid Makeup | Poor Almay. They just can't seem to get it together in the foundation department. Well, their makeup just isn't the best as a whole, come to think of it. I grabbed this foundation because it was on a major sale at Target. It's not good. Zero coverage, zero staying power, weird smell (and not because it went bad, it was just.....weird). I immediately threw it in the trash.

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation | Out of everything listed here, I'm most disappointed about this one. The Visible Lift line from L'Oreal has many different products in it (different foundations, concealers, blushes, etc.) and I REALLY love their L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer. I read so many good things about this foundation online and LOVE L'Oreal products, but this one fell flat. I really hate it. I was hoping it would give me a semi-matte finish and medium coverage. I found that right out of the tube, the consistency seems promising, and the coverage initially wasn't bad. But I didn't get more than 3 hours out of it (maybe less) before I started turning into a major grease slick. I'm not typically that oily or greasy and I felt like this stuff was literally melting off my face. This might work well for dryer skin types that tend to feel super tight after they apply foundation, but for me, it was a major disappointment.

NYX Eye Shadow Base Primer | This is another one I'm just kind of "meh" about. It wasn't horrible, but I'd rather spend a little extra and get a good lid primer that doesn't budge. This particular NYX lid primer comes in white (which is what I have), white pearl, and skin tone. I bought white because I wanted to "white wash" my lids to get my more vibrant shadows to pop. While it did help me achieve that, it just didn't hold everything in place like I had hoped it would. I will be going back to my NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base because, well, it's just the best.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer | I was surprised I didn't like this one. I was actually kind of impressed with the foundation from this line so I thought the primer would be good, too. It didn't start off bad. After applied, I had the "matte" finish I was expecting before I applied my foundation. However, after only a couple hours, it seemed to settle into my pores and I was SUPER shiny (even with a finishing powder on). Bottom line: I just really disliked how my foundation reacted to this primer. It was not matte and smooth as it should have been. Again, you get what you pay for in this case. Try Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer if you need an oil-controlling primer that will help hide pores. It's amazing.

e.l.f. Studio Complete Coverage Concealer | Where do I even start. There's just not even enough time in the day to list all the things wrong with this crap. I'll try my hardest to keep it short(ish). Color is chalky. Consistency is horrible to blend, cakey on the skin, yet...somehow doesn't cover imperfections. Settles into pores and fine lines, makes skin appear sallow. Are you getting the gist yet? If you see this guy in the drugstore, turn and RUN in the opposite direction. He'll only break your heart.

Ulta Mineral Powder Foundation | This was another letdown. I read incredible things about this in online reviews. Sadly, it didn't blow my skirt up. I'm not a huge fan of powder mineral foundation, but I bought this to use as a loos finishing powder over the top of my foundation. The first day I wasn't sure what to think, but the more I used it, the more I realized it didn't blend well AT ALL, even when I used my biggest, fluffiest powder brush and tried a light dusting. I tried my kabuki brush, no bueno. I tried using it as actual powder foundation...didn't like that either. It had a very slight luminosity to it which would be pretty if it sat well on the skin, but...it just didn't deliver. I wonder if it just wasn't as finely milled as what I'm used to. Luckily I got it on sale.

I'm sure over the years of wearing makeup, I could come up with just about a billion other items I'd consider "duds" but these were the few that came to mind. I'm always curious...what products do you hate? Or what haven't you been impressed with? Shout it out in the comments if you get a chance! Maybe you'll save someone the disappointment!

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