If you’re new around here (welcome!), my beauty product fails post are exactly what the name implies. It’s just any products that just haven’t worked out for me. But, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Just because something doesn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it’s complete crap. If you love it, that’s great. I wish I loved them. There is ZERO satisfaction from realizing you don’t like a product you’ve purchased.
But, alas, I’ll use the fail as an opportunity for blog content.
Fail # 1
Herbivore Jasmine Hair Perfume – $12
Yes, I admit, this was a bad idea from the get-go. Hair perfume? I mean, it really doesn’t seem necessary. Especially for someone who’s hair is 80% dry shampoo.
I bought this during Herbivore’s Black Friday sale. As all my readers know by now, I’m OBSESSED with Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Face Mist. Any time there is a sale, I stock up on it like there’s no tomorrow. But, while perusing during the Black Friday sale I was intrigued by the hair perfume so I bought it.
This for some reason reminds me of the Bath & Body Works Body Splashes everyone was obsessed with in high school. It’s essentially a nice smelling spray.
But the fragrance isn’t what I don’t like about it. I actually really enjoy the scent. The problem is just the concept of a hair perfume. First off, I use scented dry shampoo every single day. And, if I’m going anywhere, I’ll do one spritz of this holy grail perfume. So, the need for an additional & potentially conflicting fragrance is zero.
Further, even when I apply this on its own, the scent lasts a couple of hours tops. I can’t be spraying my head every two hours. Plus, if I start spraying my hair with liquid after blow drying, I’ll end up with frizz.
Bottom line, it was a stupid idea to begin with. But, even if you get past that, the scent isn’t long-lasting & the application could potentially ruin your hair-do.
Fail # 2
Ardell Duo Brush-On Dark Adhesive Lash Glue – $5.99
Man oh man, this was a fail like no other. I vaguely mentioned this on the blog a few months back. The hubby and I were running late to a birthday celebration when I ran out of my regular clear lash glue. I literally ran to CVS and thought it was a great idea to buy black lash glue. In my mind, it would camouflage itself with my eye liner.
Well, it didn’t. When I first set the eye lashes on my lid, I placed them way too high. Like a good 2 millimeters above my lash line. And guess what? The glue is black so you can’t just discretely move ’em down and be good. The black glue was everywhere. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for me to fix it. We were already running really late. I did my best to cover the glue with eye shadow, but it looked hideous. I literally looked like my eye liner was as thick as a pinky. The worst part was when someone at the party started telling everyone I was a beauty blogger. And there I stood, looking like this:
Since then I’ve tried using the glue once more, and once again failed. Anytime I apply lashes, the odds that I’ll perfectly set the strip on my lash line on the first try are slim to none. I always need to adjust, even a little. Therefore, black lash glue is a huge FAIL.
Do yourself a favor and buy clear glue, especially if you are a beginner. Don’t be afraid if the glue looks white. Once it dries it will be clear! My very favorite is only $3.
Fail # 3
Elf Flawless Concealer Brush – $3
I know this brush is only $3 so who cares if it’s a fail right? Except, I can’t find ANY use for it. It’s meant to be a concealer brush but the shape is really odd. It’s a small rounded brush, so the tips of the bristles are all rounded at the top. I’m assuming you would use this to buff out liquid concealer? If so, it’s not very good at it. I end up with a ton of brush lines, and that isn’t the case with other brushes. Further, this sheds a lot so I’m often left with random brush hairs around my eyes. Not cool.
I even tried using it with powder to set my concealer, but the shape of it makes it very difficult to do that. Since all the powder gathers at the top, you have to go in with the brush perpendicular to your face and tap. I end up applying a ton of powder in one spot instead of an even layer. It’s not fluffy enough for powder.
Basically, it sucks for concealer but is way to big to even attempt to use for eye shadow. I don’t have any use for this brush! If any of you successfully use this brush for anything, let me know in the comments.
Fail # 4
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold – $29
I’ll start by saying that generally, I’m not a big fan of crème eye shadows. So, take this with a grain of salt.
I got a mini version of the eye shadow stick in one of my Sephora Play boxes. Thankfully, I didn’t pay $29 for the full sized version.
When you swatch this on your hand, the color looks really nice and pretty. More on the gold side than the rosy. Even though it’s a shimmer, there is no chunky glitter or anything like that. However, on my lids, the color looks extremely muted. I have to apply so much product to get it to completely cover my lids and actually be visible. And even then, because I’ve applied so much product, it tends to travel up my lid and crease. If you are using this as an all over lid color then it wouldn’t matter. But, if you are also working with any other shades it’s an issue.
At $29 a pop, it’s just not worth it to me.
Fail # 5
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots O’Latte – $17
I know, I know, another crème eye shadow stick in the same post. I’m telling you, when it rains, it pours.
I got the Clinique Chubby Stick shadow as part of a gift set for Christmas. The set included this eye shadow stick, a crème blush, mascara, and a lip tint. I don’t really own any Clinique products so I was excited to try them. I tried the blush & mascara first and surprisingly really like both so I had hope for the eye shadow stick. Until I actually used it…
The color of the Lots O’Latte is a muted bronze with a sheen. The finish isn’t an all out shimmer, but it definitely isn’t matte. Because I prefer lighter shades for my lid, I thought this would be good as a crease shade. However, I find it really difficult to blend. It dries instantly. Whether I apply it directly with the stick, or try rubbing it on my finger first, it doesn’t blend very well. I’ve tried using my fingers and a couple of synthetic brushes with little success. I have to rub pretty hard to blend out any edges and no one should be rubbing their eyelid that hard. Even as I try blending it on the back of my hand I have to rub pretty vigorously to blend.
I’ve even tried this as a lid color (to minimize the need to blend) but the color is too dark for my taste. At one point, I was so desperate to make this work that I tried using it as bronzer instead. BIG MISTAKE. Remember the whole it doesn’t blend well part? I had to re-do my foundation.
Alright friends, that’s it for my beauty product fails volume 4. If any of you love these products and perhaps are using them or applying them differently than I did, PLEASE send me an email or leave me a comment down below so I can give them another shot!
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