I can’t believe we’re already on Vol. 5 of Beauty Product Fails posts! I have a love-hate relationship with this type of post. On one hand, I love writing reviews & sharing what works and (in this case) what doesn’t. On the other, however, I feel bad calling certain products a fail. Primarily because these products may work for others. So, as always, take this with a grain of salt. Just because a product doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it’s crap and/or that I hate the brand.
As usual, I’m linking up with with the ladies at Carolina Charm, Meet At The Barre, A Cup of Tea ,The Slaughters sand September Farm for today’s Five on Friday. Make sure to check out their Five’s on the links above.
Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy – $22
This plumping lip gloss arrived in one of my Sephora Play Boxes. I’m not really one to buy into the idea of lip plumpers so I don’t have a whole lot of basis to compare. However, this product is so uncomfortable to wear that I’ve barely been able to use it twice.
It goes on like a gooey lipgloss, but after 20 seconds or so my lips start tingling significantly. After a minute or so, the tingling is too intense for my preference so it’s time to wipe it off.
Yes, I know lip plumpers tingle, but this is another level of uncomfortable. If I didn’t know better, I’d think my lips are burning.
This gloss does result in visibly plumper lips, but it’s primarily because my lip line looks irritated. If I want fuller looking lips, I’d much rather do a little lip contouring & highlighting and over-line a bit than deal with this.
Eco Tools Ecofoam Facial Sponge Duo Set – $9.99
I was pretty excited when these launched & I realized a set of two costs $9.99.
Both sponges come with two flat surfaces (on either side of the pointed tip). The larger one (while dry) is probably the same size as a damp Beauty Blender. The smaller sponge is the size of a dry Beauty Blender.
My problems with these started as soon as I wet them. For some reason, it’s really hard to get them fully wet. They don’t absorb water as easily as other sponges. When they are finally damp, they aren’t as bouncy or soft as other sponges. But, the most problematic part for me is that there isn’t a good angle for the under-eye. The butt part is too big, and the flat surfaces just don’t work. Further, the larger sponge is just way too large (once damp) for my preference.
Finally, to seal these sponges imaginary coffins, the larger sponge got a tear after it’s first wash. FIRST freaking wash and it has a tear… I wash my Beauty Blender & my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge after every use – they’ve never teared so quicky.
So, although I won’t toss these out right now (I’ll use them as much as I can), I definitely wouldn’t repurchase.
Trubeauty Liner Brush #103 – $5.99
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I raved about the Trubeauty oval brush here. I use that thing all the time for foundation and concealer.
After having success with two different oval type brushes I figured I could try others in the line. My mom was kind enough to pick up the liner #103 brush when she saw it at Marshall’s. FYI this particular brand of oval brushes aren’t sold online – they are available in store at Marshalls & TJ Maxx.
The Trubeauty Liner #103 brush is meant to be a dupe of this $43 Artis brush. I can’t really speak to the Artis brush specifically, but if you just look at the shape of the brush, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense for eye liner. I mean, most eyes ARE NOT a straight line. There is some curvature to every eye. How are you supposed to follow an almond shaped lash line with a half an inch line? It doesn’t work. I can line the center of my lash-line and that’s it. If I want to actually line my entire lash line I need to use a different brush. The few times I’ve attempted this, I go into my nose or way too far past the end of my lash line.
Bottom line, it doesn’t work as a liner brush.
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Toner – $40
I mentioned purchasing this toner in a Five on Friday post a while back. I’d just run out of my beloved Drunk Elephant Glycolic Acid Serum and wanted to try something new. This toner has 10% glycolic acid + lactic acid, Camomille, aloe vera, etc.
All I can say about this is that it BURNS. After a few seconds of applying it I’m dying. Some of the burning goes away once you apply moisturizer, but it’s way too intense for my liking. And keep in mind that my skin is used to daily glycolic and lactic acid. After the first use, my skin was red and irritated for several hours.
I didn’t return this in time so I’m trying to use it a little at a time. It doesn’t burn nearly as much if I dilute it with water. However, I would not repurchase.
Elf Baked Highlighter & Blush – $4
I feel extra silly hating on a $4 product, but with so many great & affordable products out there, I have to.
This little highlighter and blush duo had been catching my eye for some time. In fact, I purchased it a few months ago and stupidly left in on the child seat of my cart. The second time I bought it I made sure to stick it my purse right after the cashier rung it.
It looks so shimmery and beautiful on the outside, and the duo pot is a great idea. No one really needs full pots of blush or highlighter unless they use the same one every single day. Sadly however, the color payoff of both the highlighter and blush are extremely disappointing. I tried swatching it on my hand and it took 4-5 layers to finally capture the colors on camera. Obviously the same happens when you put it on your face.
To make matters worse, the formula is a on the rough/chalky side.
This may work for those with very fair skin since once you get the colors to show, they are really nice. However, on me, it was a fail. This will be going to fairer skin friend.
Alright, there you have it, another round of beauty product fails.
Again, if you love any of these products – I’m really happy for you haha. I wish they had worked for me!
Have a great weekend everyone!