I was in the mood to do this post because I love watching these videos on YouTube. I feel that watching and reading negative reviews is just as important as the positive ones because you want to know which products you should avoid and can save your money on. I’ve compiled a good amount of products that I can definitely do without–both high end and drugstore so you can see my opinions on both ends of the spectrum. I’m going to try to suggest an alternative for each product so you’re not just left with negative reviews and actually have a solution to the problems that I’ve encountered. Remember, this is only my opinion and what doesn’t work for me may look gorgeous on you! So let’s dive right in.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
The first thing I want to talk about are these two products. The number one thing I hate about both of them is the packaging. They both have sponge tip applicators, which I find to be unsanitary. The product builds up in the sponge which leads to breakouts and bumps. The foundation’s formula is way too oily and when applied, I feel like my face is a greasy mess. I would say it has medium coverage that’s buildable, but I just can’t bring myself to work with it because of how shiny and oily my skin feels. As far as the concealer, it does a great job of concealing darkness, but as I mentioned, the sponge tip applicator is the downfall. I was using it for a good while hoping that I wouldn’t get any sort of reaction, but sure enough, I started getting bumps in my under eye area. I immediately stopped using it, and the bumps cleared up within a few weeks.
Alternatives: For foundation, I would definitely recommend Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation. It provides medium to full coverage and comes in a wide range of shades. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s definitely one of my holy grail foundations. A bonus is that it’s divided into skin types: normal/dry and combination/oily so you can pick out which formula would work better for you. For concealer, I definitely love my Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller. It’s so easy to apply and conceals dark circles perfectly. (Check out my “No Sleep Under Eye Makeup Routine” where I mention this product-https://weekdayswithv.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/whats-that-product-wednesday-my-no-sleep-under-eye-routine/)
Makeup Forever HD Primer
I picked up this product on a whim without doing any prior research, which definitely ended up being a mistake. This primer does absolutely nothing for my skin. It applies like a moisturizer, which I’m not a fan of as I like more silicone-based primers. It didn’t help my makeup last longer, nor did it smooth out the texture of my skin to make applying foundation easier. For the price, it was definitely a let down.
Alternative: I would suggest MAC’s Matte as a substitute. It comes in a small toothpaste-like tube and is only $20 compared to $35. It does an excellent job of mattifying the skin, filling in fine lines, and acting as a base for foundation. A little bit goes a long way, which is always a plus when you’re investing your money in a product.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palettes in Vanites and Smoky Eyes
$58 USD (each)
I’ve already reviewed the Smoky Eyes quad (https://weekdayswithv.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/whats-that-product-wednesday-chanel-smoky-eyes-quad/), but just to reiterate, the price of these quads do not match up to the quality by any means. None of the colors are unique enough, and they come off really chalky both swatched and on the lid. You can try and make it work with a good primer, but when you’re paying $60+ dollars for eye shadow, it should really be effortless.
Alternative: Assuming that you’re willing to pay more than drugstore prices, I would suggest building quads at the MAC store.You can buy a quad palette separately and depot your shadows to put into them and can switch them in and out as you please. I think MAC eye shadows are guaranteed high quality, but if you want other options I would try Urban Decay or Smashbox which have great color selections and finishes as well.
NARS Blush in Torrid
I love love love NARS blushes, however, I made a mistake in buying this shade only because I don’t think it’s flattering for my skin tone. Torrid’s a really pretty coral color with gold shimmer that would look gorgeous on medium to dark skin tones. Since I’m a bit more on the fairer side, I think the coral looks a bit too harsh and clown-like on me.
Alternative: If your skin tone is similar to mine (NW 30-35), I personally love the NARS blush in Deep Throat, which is more of a light peachy baby pink with gold shimmer. I haven’t tried Orgasm which I know is a cult favorite, but feel free to try that as well as I’ve heard that it’s suitable for all skin tones.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System
I don’t know what possessed me to spend this much money on a mascara. I’m a firm believer that drugstore mascaras are comparable, if not better, than a lot of the high end mascaras on the market. However, my lashes are pretty difficult to work with as I’ve mentioned in previous posts. They are short, sparse, and don’t hold curls very easily, so I guess I bought this in a desperate attempt to fix those problems. Yet again, I didn’t do any prior research on this product which ended up being a mistake.
The idea behind this product is that it’s a three step system. First, you apply the activating mascara to your lashes to act as a base. Then, you apply the fibers from the white tube which is supposed to add volume and length. You then seal it off by applying the activating mascara again, and you should be left with long, thick lashes.
The biggest problem I had was that the fibers made my lashes stick together every time I blinked. I didn’t see any dramatic difference in length or volume, and if anything, it made them clump together. For the price, I was definitely disappointed.
Alternative: If you’re looking for a 2 step system, I would recommend MAC’s Haute and Naughty Lash, which I’ve written a review on (https://weekdayswithv.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/whats-that-product-wednesday-macs-haute-and-naughty-lash/). What I love is that it actually does what the Too Faced system wants to achieve for a cheaper price ($20).
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Pink Sand and Nearly There
I know a lot of people love these, but I’m just not a fan. They have that cheap, plastic smell that I can’t get over and the texture feels really gritty on the lips. The finishes, at least for these two shades, are frosty which looks really unnatural and unflattering. I wouldn’t be too thrilled to try any other shades from this line only because my experience with these two lipsticks weren’t the best.
Alternative: I absolutely love Revlon Lip Butters and Covergirl’s Lip Perfection Lipsticks. They’re creamy, long-wearing, and don’t have a gross scent attached to them. Check them out!
So there you have it, folks. I will probably do a part 2 sometime in the future, but for now, I hope you enjoyed and you’re more well-informed. Remember to always read reviews on products, especially when they’re pricey, so you don’t have to worry about wasting your money.
What products do you regret buying? Let me know in the comments below!