The other weekend I was looking through my makeup collection after getting so many new products for Christmas and I was surprised at how many makeup products that I really just don’t like! I haven’t thrown them out yet because I wanted to give them a real chance and I wanted to let you guys know which products aren’t worth your money.
I generally base my makeup purchases on recommendations and good reviews that I’ve heard from friends, YouTube or other beauty bloggers so it sucks when something doesn’t work out when you have such high hopes which is why this post will hopefully help you out!
Keep reading if you want to know which products you should avoid!
The Body Shop Big And Curvy Mascara
I love Body Shop skincare and was excited to try out some of their makeup but unfortunately this mascara did nothing for me, literally – nothing. Even after curling my lashes they looked flat and very straight, which is a lot different to the look I usually achieve with my holy grail mascara Maybelline’s Lash Sensational. If you just want some colour to your lashes, maybe if you’re especially fair, then this might be a good option for you but if you’re looking for volume and lift I wouldn’t recommend this product.
Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara
I remember being so intrigued when Revlon launched a new range of mascaras and spent ages reading up on the products to see which would be the best for me. Unfortunately, I can honestly say this is the worst mascara I have ever used and I don’t see how anyone can work with this wand! The formula is very wet and the brush is so scratchy it hurts my eyes whenever I try to apply this product, as well as the wand being so flexible that it makes you prone to bumping your eyelids with the product. This mascara is £9.99 and completely not worth the money; looking on Superdrug now I wish I’d waited until other people had tried these products so I knew to avoid as all the reviews are terrible!
Revlon All-in-One Mascara
I’ve been trying to convince myself that I like this product for a long time because the concept is so good and I feel like the brush should be so good for grabbing all those tiny eyelashes but it’s just a really disappointing product. The wand picks up so much product due to the shape of the wand and because the product is so wet and thin like with the Dramatic Definition mascara it just clumps your lashes together and leaves them so WET! Don’t get drawn in with this product, I’m sure there’s much better mascara’s out there for them tiny lashes that don’t cost £9.99 and actually get the job done.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
The holy grail mascara of 2009, I swear everyone at my school used this mascara! I’ve kept this mascara in my collection because of how much I used to love it and how I used it religiously for years. Unfortunately, it’s time to confess that this mascara is really not that great when comparing it to other mascaras that are now on the market. The wand just feels very cheap and the gaps between the bristles is too wide which makes it very difficult to coat your lashes from root to tip. As a bottom lash mascara this may be okay because the wand is small but I think it’s time for me to part ways with this oldie.
L’oreal Infalliable Mattifying Primer
If I’m honest, I’ve yet to have a good experience with primers. I always find they make my skin feel really greasy or emphasise any dry patches on my face, which this primer did both. Just like with the Porefessional, everyone raved about this primer so I thought I’d give it a go and see if my makeup lasts longer by using this underneath. I used this products a handful of times and found it dreadful, it’s one of those silicone based primers that feels like you’re rubbing nothing on your face but leaves you with a greasy film over your face. Yes, having that sort of base on your face makes foundation easier to blend but it almost took the coverage away from my foundation by the amount of grease mixed into the product.
Collection Prime & Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser
I did a full review on this primer which you can read here but to sum it up, it’s another silicone based primer that is so greasy you can almost feel yourself about to break out! If you have dry skin this might be good for you to hydrate dry patches but I’m sure there are much better products out there. I’m glad this product was only £3.99 as I would have been gutted if I had spent a lot on this.
If you guys have any good recommendations for primers do let me know in the comments because I’d love to be wowed! I’m currently testing out the Revlon Photo Ready primer but am not having the greatest experience with that either – fml.
Collection Sheer Loose Powder
As I love Collection’s concealer so much I thought I’d give their loose powder a go. I generally prefer pressed face powders as loose powders make me look super dry but I was going through an oily skin stage so thought I’d explore my options. I watch SophDoesNails on YouTube quite frequently and she raves about Collection products, especially the powder, so off I popped to Superdrug. As I expected, my skin felt very dry with the product and although it is in the shade translucent I looked ghostly! It’s such a heavy powder it’s like applying flour to your face – not a good look.
Revlon Color Stay Foundation
I see so many girls raving about this foundation and feel like I missed the memo…or the joke? This may partially be my own fault for choosing the lightest shade when I really could have done with the second lightest, this shade is practically white! I had been using this as a foundation mixer for a while due to how pale it is but it’s such a thin formula it makes my foundation application really streaky. Considering this is for normal/dry skin, I looked like I was sweating buckets by the end of the day due to how shiny I looked…there’s such thing as too much hydration Revlon!
The Body Shop Eye Colour Stick
I’m so gutted that this eye crayon has made it into my products I hate post, I had such high hopes but it just let me down. The colour itself is gorgeous; I got Siberian Quartz which is a stunning glittery purple shade which is very iridescent in the light. Unfortunately, this shadow stick is so hard to blend I just find it unworkable! Even if you wanted to wear this all over your lid, it dries down so quick that it’s impossible to blend out the edges for a clean look. I thin it would look gorgeous along the bottom lash line but it’s quite a chunky pencil so may be difficult to achieve a streamlined look.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect
My most used eyeshadow is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On And On Bronze, it’s so easy to blend and you can create so many different looks with it. I bought two of the Leather Effect matte colour tattoos in Vintage Plum and Permanent Taupe and was surprised at how stiff the formula is. I’ve had these for quite a while now so they’re completely dried out now but even when I first purchased them they were too dry and chalky to work with. I much prefer the glittery colour tattoo shades and will be sticking to matte shadows from now on!
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
I have to admit, the packaging sold me when it came to this product. When I saw the luxurious shiny deep pink packaging I instantly added this into my basket but unfortunately this product just doesn’t cut it. I actually feel like you guys might like this product as it does have some good prons including a fresh minty scent, a glossy formula and really good pigmentation but this just really isn’t my thing. I love matte lips and I found this product way too glossy for me, it’s the sort of product you can feel on your lips all day which makes me really squeamish (I’m weird). It also fades quite quickly and leaves just the outline of your lips which is disappointing for a balm.
Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hr Lipstick – 190 Persistantly Pink
I bought this lipstick in college when I wanted a bold lip for my friends 18th birthday party and thought this shade would add the perfect pop of colour to my look. I have to say, the pigmentation of this product is insane – you really only need one swipe for a super opaque look. As well as this, I LOVE the smell; it smells like sour Haribo sweets…yum! Unfortunately, this colour makes your teeth look slightly yellow and it’s a very glittery formula which I feel lets it down. If they had this shade in a matte formula it probably wouldn’t have made it into my bad bin products!
Rimmel Kate Moss Lashing Finish Lipstick – 16
At college I went through a huge Rimmel phase and had so many Kate Moss lipsticks, the shade 08 was my everyday staple lipstick and I went through so many bullets of it. I’m tempted to repurchase 08 to rekindle my love for it and step away from my liquid lipstick obsession! Unfortunately, shade 16 is just really not the shade for me. It’s a very bright coral shade which clashes with my foundation and emphasises all the lines in your lips which is a shame as the formula is great.
REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel
I mentioned this product in my Feel Unique Pic N Mix Samples Unboxing post which you can read here. Me and my boyfriend actually tested this product out together as we have far too many late nights and our under eyes are telltale signs! My boyfriend actually had quite a good experience with this product and his under eyes looked really good. Me on the other hand? Not so much. I literally looked like I have two big black eyes! Luckily I applied this product at night because it made the discolouration under my eyes so much worse. I never used this product again but for weeks afterwards my eyes were very dry and itchy, now they are back to normal I’m definitely going to be more cautious as to what products I put near my eyes in the future!
What is your most hated makeup product you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments and let’s see if there’s a clear winner!