These are not my favorite kinds of posts or videos to watch, because they aren’t all happy and fun. However, they tend to be the most helpful because they are honest and might save you some money! I put together a list of products I’ve either used or sampled and didn’t feel lived up to the hype. This of course doesn’t mean they are bad products, it means they didn’t work for me.
- Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
I felt like this was mostly vaseline (the main ingredient is petroleum jelly) and for the price, it is not worth that!
2. TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
I don’t use dry shampoo a lot, but when I do, I prefer that it actually makes my hair feel clean. This put a strange film on my scalp, which happens sometimes with dry shampoo, but it felt like it was very hard to wash out. I also really didn’t like the smell, and there are so many dry shampoos out there that have great scents. This product also promised to give volume, but my hair didn’t look more full at all, it actually looked more flat. Maybe the first formula was different, but I only tried this “newer” formula, and I think I’ll stick with the other dry shampoos I was using before.
3. Philosophy Help Me Retinol Treatment
This product is quite small and doesn’t do much for a whopping $50. I tried two samples of this and while retinol treatments are for “more mature” skin, it also promised to keep pores unclogged, and it didn’t deliver. It was a very thick consistency and felt like it was blocking my pores more. I think it might be smarter to use a light exfoliant and then a serum and moisturizer instead of a product like this. It just didn’t leave my face feeling fresh or improved.
4. Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
I know what everyone is thinking, “Are you crazy?!” This is one of the most classic and beloved bronzers on the market, and yet, for $30, I feel that you can find a really beautiful matte bronzer for much cheaper! I think it’s great quality and is worth investing in if you have the money, but if not, there are better options that are a nice warm tone and won’t hurt your wallet.
5. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Let me explain again: While this is a very good foundation that many people love, I don’t believe it’s worth the price, which is $50. There are a lot of foundations that are full-coverage and heavy duty that have the same price, and that I can understand, but not for a foundation that is so light it can almost be considered a BB cream.
6. Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse
So, Living Proof makes one of the best dry shampoos out there. I’ve used it, you’ve used it, our mom’s have probably used it. But this is like the sad step-sister that didn’t really make the cut. I’m not sure if this was released after their popular dry shampoo, but I feel like the formula is kind of strange. It was hard to work with at first and made my hair very wet, and when it dried, it didn’t look very natural at all. If anyone works with mousse a lot and knows a way to make this work, let me know!
7. MAC Studio Fix Foundation
I’ve only ever used samples of this product, and it just wasn’t for me. I think that this is an excellent foundation for photoshoots, theatre, makeup artists, etc, because it is so thick and really covers the skin so there is absolutely no discoloration. And in that aspect, it surely does it’s job. But for everyday use, this is just way too thick, and it clogged my pores so badly. I also have a few friends that have acne that was made much worse by putting this on top, so for day-to-day, this is a no.
8. Boi-ing Benefit Concealer (As Under Eye Concealer)
This is actually my favorite concealer for covering up spots and scars on my face. However, when I got it at Ulta, I was told at the Benefit desk to use it under my eyes. I tried to make this work so many times, but it is really thick and makes very noticeable lines under my eyes. I would totally recommend this for covering any spots because it is heavy duty and lasts all day. But for under the eyes, it’s way too heavy, so I’d go for something lighter.
9. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
I only used a sample of this, but the lightest skin tone color was still too red and dark for me, so I had to give it up. I’ve read that the concealer stays put and doesn’t crease much, but the real problem I have with it is how often you need to repurchase! My friend uses this product religiously, and she has to get one almost every two weeks because of the way the product goes up through the sponge, and eventually you can’t get the rest out of the bottom.
10. Real Techniques Brow Brush (Featured Picture)
I use this brush here and there, but the biggest problem I have with it is that it seems too big to use on my brows! I use a MAC 266 for my brows which is much more precise, and then I use this brow brush for liner or shadow under the eye. But even in those cases, it feels too big to get in there and make a nice line.
11. Benefit’s Porefessional Primer
Another shocking one, and a product that I actually do love a lot. I use it almost every day, but lately, I found myself reaching for a much cheaper primer from Ulta that felt a lot nicer on my face. The truth is, this is a great classic if you have the money to spend on a face primer, but I honestly think there are primers that are much cheaper to invest in if you can’t spare the cash.
12. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
I used so many samples of this because I really, really wanted to like it. I’ve been looking for a good tinted moisturizer because for the summer I want to lean off of foundation. I’ve tried so many, and the truth is, this seems like a lot of the cheaper options! The full size of this is $44! That seems like a lot for something that isn’t full-coverage and works just as well as drug store options. If you have the money to spend on this, you can try it, but it is honestly the same as some that are sold by Covergirl or Almay, who have amazing tinted moisturizers.
And that’s that! Tell me your opinions on this and feel free to disagree, because there’s a chance that I was using all of these wrong and just didn’t get it right. Also, let me know if there are better, cheaper options for some of them and I can check them out.
Have a nice week, I’ll be back soon.