Happy Friday Everyone! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’m slightly concerned that I won’t be in the US for Black Friday, but I’m hoping I can catch enough deals online to make up for it. And actually, perhaps enough beauty deals to make up for some of my recent beauty product fails below. So sad, but it’s already time for another round of beauty product fails. Again, if you love any of these products, don’t take offense! Everyone is different. I’m just hoping that the reasons why they didn’t work out for me help some of you with similar characteristics.
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
You know when you read about a product that seems almost like a miracle? (kinda like coconut oil circa 2012) Well, that’s how I felt when I read through the potential benefits of using rosehip oil. Apparently it has moisturizing, softening and repairing properties. Most importantly, some people have found success using it to treat acne. Umm an oil as a treatment for acne?
Well, the logic behind it is that when your skin is dry, it produces even more oil to balance out the dehydration. By using an oil that mimics skin’s own sebum you can actually control very oily skin. The oilier your skin, the more acne prone it is since bacteria loves oil.
I was really hoping this would help with my cystic acne and the scarring it leaves behind so I bought this organic pure formula. Rosehip oil is a dry oil so it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave the skin feeling super oily like other oils such a jojoba. The product itself is nice. Unfortunately, the day after I used it I noticed even more breakouts on my face. To make matters worse, I started breaking out in areas of my face that I hadn’t in before.
Given my skin has significantly improved since the first time I tried it, I gave it another shot a few weeks ago. I thought it would be a fairer assessment since my skin was breakout free the night I decided to try it. The next morning I woke up with THREE fresh little pimples. Lesson learned, rosehip oil breaks me out. The bottle has since been sitting in my fridge awaiting its new purpose. I’ll probably mix in with my body lotion just to use it up. However, it will never be going on my face again.
This one is bad. I know. It’s everyone and their mother’s favorite. Just a couple of years ago you couldn’t find a beauty Youtube video that didn’t mention or use this concealer. The shade custard is an all-time cult favorite… People LOVE this concealer.
I actually held off buying it for quite some time which is a shock considering my lack of self controls when it comes to makeup. And, when I finally bought it, I bought the travel size one they have at Sephora since I had a ton of other concealers open.
The formula is in fact creamy and the custard shade was pretty decent for my skin tone. But, for some reason this concealer looks crepe-y and extremely dry in my under eye area. Even though I don’t have particularly dry skin around my eyes, it somehow clung to every little dry patch and fine line. Regardless of the application method (I used a damp sponge, fingers and brush) it looked BAD.
I don’t know if it’s my skin or mine was from a bad batch but this just does not work for me. I returned it.
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
Where do I start with this foundation? I’m not even sure why I bought it since I usually research the crap out of every product before I purchase. It may have been that I was reminiscing about how much I loved the Bare Minerals powder foundation when I was in college. I thought perhaps a liquid foundation from the same brand would be just as nice.
I was wrong. As the name implies, this is a serum foundation so the texture is very oily. You have to shake up the bottle before use since the product separates quite easily. Because of this oily/serum-y (making up words here) texture the foundation goes on super streaky. To the point where I can’t apply it with anything other than a damp sponge because the brush marks are so pronounced.
The lasting power is crap and to make matters worse, the foundation never sets. No matter how much powder I apply, it never loses the serum-like texture. If I touch my cell to my face, all the foundation will rub onto the phone. Imagine what happens to my shirts/hands/sunglasses? Complete fail. I can only imagine this foundation working for someone with extremely dry skin.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm
Another “what was I thinking?” purchase. This product comes in a little tube sort of like a bigger ChapStick tube that is supposed to be applied directly to the under eye area. It claims to moisturize, de-puff and reduce the appearance of dark circles so I thought it would be good as part of my morning routing since my eye area can get a little puffy after sleeping.
It was a nice idea, but applying this is literally like taking a tube of ChapStick and rubbing it around your eyes. Actually, ChapStick may be smoother since this isn’t very emollient. It takes quite a lot of tugging and rolling around the under eyes. I even tried warming it up with my fingers beforehand to see if it would go on easier but no such luck. I also find it surprising that the packaging would suggest applying it directly from the tube to the skin since it would provide a harbor for bacteria. Plus, given the formula, if you try getting some on your fingers and then using your fingers to apply to the skin it will take quite some time since very little product seems to transfer.
To make matters worse, it isn’t very moisturizing so it wouldn’t replace your regular eye cream. I also didn’t think it did much more for puffiness than other more affordable products.
Between the tugging, texture and lack of impressive results, this is a dud.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Waterproof Mascara
This mascara was one of the freebies they handed out at Dallas Beauty Con back in March. Since I had quite a few open mascaras at the time I held off on using it until a couple of months ago. I think it may have been doomed from the beginning since this is the waterproof version. I’m just not a fan of waterproof mascaras. It’s too much work to get them off.
The brush has nice synthetic bristles, but it’s hollow in the middle so the wand pulls a crap ton of product (I need to start reading the dictionary so I can use language slightly more descriptive than “crap ton”). This results in too much product going on the lashes which of course leads to clumps galore.
Further, the wand is really fat at one end and then thin at the other. I’m not really sure what the purpose of that is but it makes for a really awkward application to avoid the fat part touching your lid.
Although this is a really affordable mascara, there are a lot better and equally priced mascaras on the market.
Do you love any of these products? What are some of your beauty product fails?
*all pictures above are from Shopstyle Collective. The links are included within each product description.