Products I Regret Buying
I’m a major shopaholic, and when it comes to makeup and beauty items, I cannot contain myself. Also, since my beauty life was primarily on YouTube and the competition to come up with the most original looks and review the newest products was fierce, I often found (and sometimes still find) myself buying products I probably would never use. Some products I purchase are practical ones that I truly believe I will love, but then when I try them out…they're a major fail. I decided to compile some of those products to do this post about products I regret purchasing. Some of these products might be right up your alley or you might already own and love them, and if that’s the case, I’m glad you’re happy with them! These are just the ones I have that collect dust in my collection because I just didn’t need them and don’t use them.
1. Makeup Revolution London Ultra Strobe Balm Palette: I love a lot of MUR products, and I always tell myself I need to try more from them. I originally purchased this palette last year around the Fourth of July, and I convinced myself the blue highlighter would be perfect for a patriotic look. It did look wonderful for that tutorial (if it’s still on my Instagram page, I will link the picture here) and I actually do enjoy these cream highlighters. They’re pigmented and are customizable as far as preferences with highlight, plus if you’re creative, there’s a nice mix of colorful shades that can be layered with each other to make a unique color. The only reason I would say I “regret” buying this is because I keep my makeup pretty natural these days, so I don’t utilize these shades well. It can clearly be seen in the product shots that the only shade I get a lot of use out of is the gold since that’s the most wearable shade for my skin tone. If you love colorful makeup, I would recommend picking this up, but this one just wasn’t that practical for me.
2. Ulta Beauty Color Correcting Foundation and Primer Stick in Warm Chestnut & Rich Mocha: I used to be such a fan of these, but now that I’ve tried more in the foundation realm, these are just average. They have medium-buildable coverage and provide a natural skin to dewy skin finish, but they’re a little too creamy for my liking. The creaminess does allow the foundation to feel hydrating on the skin, which is a plus during the frigid winter. This foundation just doesn’t sit well on the skin. No matter how many smoothing primers I use, this always sits awkwardly on the skin and looks like makeup. It accentuates texture a bit and will sink into every pore and crevice on the face. It creases around my smile lines, which hasn’t happened with any other foundation for me. It transfers even when I set it with my most fortifying of setting powders. In addition to all of that, the shade range is horrible. These shades are the two darkest, and I actually need one a little lighter than the Warm Chestnut shade, but the next shade lighter is the complexion of my twin sister, so that’s a no go. I’m almost finished with them so I will continue to use them, but I’ll definitely be happy to see them gone.
3. Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Purty Persimmon: In my February edition of my “Product Rediscovery” series, I mentioned this formula of lipstick in the shade Peachy Keen, and I dislike this shade for many of the same reasons. I do love the color – it’s a beautiful orange-red and would be the perfect red lipstick for summer if the formula was good. This lipstick is patchy, both with and without a lip liner, and both with and without lip gloss. I hope to find an alternative to this formula but with a similar color (let me know if you have any suggestions), but until then, I’ll continue to use this shade since it’s so darn beautiful.
4. e.l.f. Cosmetics Foundation Palette in Medium/Dark: I love the concept for this palette and the whole Studio line of four pan palettes the brand came out with, but I’m not in love with the execution. The packaging is sleek and compact, which I like, but there’s very little product in each pan. I hardly ever use this, and I’ve hit pan on every single shade. The bottom two shades are nearly identical, so both weren’t necessary in the palette. The one that fits my skin tone the best is the one in the upper right corner, but it’s still too dark and red, so I have to add the lightest shade to get a better match. That is the highlight of the palette though – being able to mix shades to create the best match, and potentially having a contour and concealer/highlight shade all in one place.
The formula is where the issue lies. This foundation has virtually no coverage. It never builds to medium coverage, which is why so much of this product is used up yet I rarely use it. It blends into nothingness, which is okay for the days I want super light coverage, but most of the time I will just opt for no foundation at all. It’s a natural skin finish, which is okay for me. It creases like crazy, no matter what powder I use. I really can’t even use the lightest shade as a concealer because my under eyes will be an absolute mess one hour later. The lasting power just isn’t there, and with the coverage already being light, I would probably fare better just not wearing face makeup at all.
5. e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow: I’ve been wanting to try a golden-apricot type of highlight shade, and I always hear people raving about the e.l.f. baked highlighters. The first time I used this, it looked beautiful on the cheeks, but the more I dug into it, the sheerer it became. I know that quite a few bloggers claim you have to scrape off the top layer of the product to really get the punch these can pack, but once I did that, the highlighter got worse for me. The vibrancy improved only slightly, but it became a chunky mess. When I tap my brush into the highlight now, large pieces of product pick up on the brush, and they just fall on my clothes when I attempt to apply the highlight on my face. The color is beautiful and I desperately wish the formula performed well. I know this product is only three dollars, so some people think the extra work of scraping the product and spraying the brush with setting spray are worth the tradeoff, but with the way the drugstore is beginning to crank out premium product for prices that are still pretty affordable, every brand should be stepping their cookies up to make sure the product works well without the additional effort. From what I’ve seen, the Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter in the shade Bali is a similar shade, but it does come with a $35 price tag. There are a myriad of coupon codes circulating the Internet; finding one would bring the price down to $25, if you’re willing to pay for a higher quality alternative.
6. e.l.f. Foundation Serum in Medium/Dark: Boy, I’m ripping e.l.f. a big one. It’s only because I try so many of their products since they’re the most affordable brand at the drugstore (other than Wet n Wild). At the time I purchased this, I was in a stage where I wanted a very lightweight, light coverage foundation or beauty balm. The shade didn’t look too off in the store, but when I applied it to the skin… no. Not only was the shade too light, it was also grey. It made me look dead. The consistency of the foundation is very liquid and it has to be violently shaken prior to use, but this ends up having more coverage than the foundation palette. I like how natural the finish is on this foundation, so I’ve kept it to mix with some of my darker complexion products as well as with matte ones to make them a little bit more hydrating. It’s quite possible I would enjoy this if I had the correct shade, but for now I’ll use it as a mixing foundation.
7. NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Lavender Steel & Twilight Tint: I would group these two products along with the MUR palette I mentioned at the beginning of this post: they’re not bad products, but I just don’t use the shades on a consistent basis. Lavender Steel is a light purple shade with shifts of silver in it; if I was wise I would’ve used this in an Instagram tutorial for Valentine’s Day or even New Years, but sometimes I just don’t think correctly, you know? Twilight Tint is a blue-shifting light silver as well, and I’m determined to use it either for the Fourth of July or maybe even a mermaid/sea inspired look. The powders themselves are buttery and blendable, and NYX has all the colors you would ever need for creative makeup looks. I just wish I was a more creative artist so I could utilize these much more!
I hope I wasn’t too much of a Negative Nancy, even though quite a few of these products I enjoy, but just didn’t need in my collection. Hopefully I won’t have to add too many more products to this list or have to do a lot more of these posts, because I do prefer loving the products I purchase. We just can’t love everything, I guess!
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.