Has it really been three months since I did one of these? I guess I’ve done a few Empties posts recently and those often times feel like fails haha. But, unlike with Empties posts, I don’t actually wait until I completely use up a product to convict it to one of my Beauty Product Fails posts.
These are five products that regardless of my best intentions, I did not like, couldn’t not use, or simply did not work for me.
Wet N Wild Mega Volume Mascara – $2.99
I’ve raved about a Wet N Wild mascara before, but sadly this one is not even close. Even though it’s called Mega Volume, it’s one of the least volumizing mascaras I’ve ever tried. The formula is very thin so it very thinly coats my lashes. So thin that’s its almost like a no makeup look. You’d need 3-4 coats to get any volume and by that point it’s clumps galore. This is a NO.
Another volumizing mascara on the same list? Yes!
I got the travel size version of this mascara in one of the Sephora Play boxes. I can’t say I was particularly excited since I’m more of a drugstore mascara kind of girl. However, I gave it a fair shot… and I don’t like it. Similar to the Wet N Wild mascara above, I didn’t find this to be particularly volumizing (although it gives the most volume out of the two). It also didn’t lengthen, so basically it’s just a barely ok mascara. Also, this mascara for some reason smells really nice… as in perfume-y nice. Not sure how I feel about something smelling like perfume on my eyes.
For the price, this is a fail. There are SO many better and a lot more affordable mascaras at the drugstore. Read my top 5 post here.
This is one of those products that just confuses me. It’s literally a stick product, almost like a deodorant stick, that you twist up and apply directly to your skin. It has physical exfoliant so it feels a little rough on the skin. You are supposed to apply directly from the stick in circular motions and then massage with your hands.
Ultimately this was a bit too rough for my taste. There are other, more gentle physical exfoliators that I prefer. Also, the whole stick thing just seems a little gimmicky to me. Yes, it may be more practical to travel with, but is it really hygienic to have a skin exfoliator that you apply directly from the stick?
I’m sorry Wet N Wild, two products in one post.
I actually love Wet N Wild, it’s probably my favorite drugstore brand. In fact, the foundation in the Photofocus range is my favorite foundation at the moment (read about that here). So much that I’ll be using it for my friends Bridal makeup in a couple of weeks. The powder on the other hand? Not so good. Actually, it’s hard for me to even say whether it’s good because I can barely get anything off the pan. I.e. almost NO powder comes off when I dip my brush in. Not even when I violently swirl my brush around or try to scratch some off. I don’t know what the heck is up with this powder. Was it pressed too tightly?
It’s unfortunate because it feels really soft to the touch, but if I can’t even get product out to use it, it’s a fail.
As with many other products, this one ended up in my cart after I saw it on the recent launches on the Sephora website. After running out of my Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer I figured I could try this First Aid Beauty Skin Tint. It has a physical SPF 30 and is formulated without parabens. It also claims to be weightless and sheer coverage.
I initially ordered it in medium, but it was apparent very quickly that the medium was too dark. I then reordered in Light (since there is no Light-Medium shade). Although the Light shade works for me, I’m shocked that it’s labeled as “Light”. When picking out BB or CC creams, I’m usually in the Light-Medium to Medium range- never anything labeled as “Light”. But, the color isn’t the problem. Although this is a very thin formula and does feel weightless on the skin, it grabbed on to dry patches and settled in pores like I’ve never seen before. And seriously… I didn’t even know I had dry patches until I put this on.
I’m sure if I used a primer the whole dry patch and pore situation wouldn’t be a big deal. But, the only reason I even bought this was to have a little coverage on days I don’t want to deal with makeup. I just wanted something I could throw on with my fingers and walk out the door. If I need a primer and powder I might as well use one of my foundations.
Have you tried any of these? If so, do you like them? Am I missing something here?
Have a great weekend!
*all images above are via the link in the product name.