A few months ago, I wrote my first ever anti-haul post which included brands such as Kim Kardashian West Beauty, Fenty Beauty and even my beloved NYX! I actually really enjoyed venting about bad products for a change as I’m usually excitedly hyping things up so it makes a bit of a change to have a moan every once in a while. Since my last anti-haul, I’ve gradually built up a second list of products so I’m here for another rant. I usually want to impulse buy so many things – for me to be completely put off a product means I’ve definitely got my reasons behind it! So here are the products I’m shunning away recently.
Initially, I thought this product sounded pretty exciting – I’ve never actually tried the Shape Tape concealer before but I’ve heard so many people sing of its praises. Admittedly, I’ve never felt the urge to buy it simply because of the hefty price tag – my current concealer is amazing and it’s only £4 a tube (Makeup Revolution are slaying the game lately). It does seem like a pretty great product just from the photos and videos I’ve seen but as you may know, I’m more of an affordable drugstore kind of girl. The concealer is meant to give the best coverage so surely a foundation version would be nothing short of amazing, right? Well, there’s a much bigger meaning behind why I won’t be investing any of my money into this product and you may have already seen the uproar about it – the shade range is pathetic. With the release of foundation ranges that have over 40 shades and are inclusive to everyone (think Fenty Beauty), I’m not really understanding why you would feel comfortable releasing 15+ fair shades that are all effectively the same shade and then literally none for darker skin tones. I think it’s so great that more brands are including everyone in their releases so I don’t think there’s any excuse for other brands to not follow suit.
I’m not hating too hard on beautyblender here because I know that their sponges are loved and rated highly by so many people. I just don’t really understand the constant releases of different colours and varieties. I thought maybe each sponge might do something different or have unique qualities but it’s literally just a colour change. I get bringing out different sized ones for applying make-up to different parts of your face, but £16 a pop just to have a different coloured sponge that does the exact same thing as all the other sponges just seems a bit silly to me. I know all of the different colours might be aesthetically pleasing but when it’s that expensive just for one sponge, I can’t personally justify it. Plus, I’m dedicated to my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is a really impressive, much cheaper dupe.
The famous American supermodel, Gigi Hadid has recently collaborated with Maybelline and bought out a range of new products. Admittedly, I’m really loving the look of some of the releases as the lipstick shades look gorgeous and the overall packaging is stunning. This was just the one product from the range for me that was a massive flop. Don’t get me wrong, I love the initial idea of it as it does seem really travel-friendly.; there’s a blush, bronzer, mini mascara, eyeshadows, concealer, lip balms and a highlighter all compacted into one box. However, a closer look makes me feel a bit meh about the product. The selection of eyeshadows aren’t great, I feel like I wouldn’t really be able to pull together a decent look as they don’t really shout anything too exciting. The blush, highlighter and bronzer are all too small to even dip a brush into and £30 just seems a bit steep considering how flat this fell for me. Great concept, but I don’t think they’ve really nailed the outcome personally.
If you like Too Faced, I probably wouldn’t read this section. Honestly, it’s just one of those brands that’s never managed to reel me in and made want to purchase their products. The only thing I’ve ever tried and liked is their Better Than Sex mascara which has an amazing formula, don’t get me wrong but I just wish it didn’t have such a cringe-worthy name. They seem to have quite a wide range of eyeshadow palettes but I just really don’t understand the hype around them. The shades always seem pretty disappointing to me but the White Chocolate Bar palette is the one that fell most flat in my eyes. All the colours are so light, it seems like more of a palette dedicated to transition shades rather than something you can reach for to create a full eye look. I’ve also swatched multiple Too Faced palettes on my hand and they seem really patchy with a severe lack of pigment. I don’t know why anybody would want to spend so much money on bad quality eyeshadows when amazing quality palettes from brands such as Morphe are so much more affordable. I think there’s too much focus on gimmicks with the chocolate bar designs and ‘controversial’ product names rather than focusing on the actual quality of the products.
I might be completely wrong here but I’ve always found eyelash primers to be completely pointless. They don’t really seem to do anything other than what another coat of mascara could achieve. I did some research into eyelash primers and a lot of them are meant to have conditioning and thickening qualities. Honestly, I’ve tried so many products like this in my time, particularly after recovering from trichotillomania so that I could get my eyelashes back into good condition. I’ve just never really discovered any noticeable benefits myself, but of course products work differently for everyone. I just think it works out way better for me to find a really decent mascara where you can build up the volume and length depending how many coats you apply. If you do know of any eyelash primers or serums that have noticeably benefited you, please let me know!
So those are the products I’ve come across recently that have caused me to pull a face. You’ll probably think I’m a right negative Nancy now but admittedly, sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of a moan! Let me know if there’s any products you’ve seen recently that you wouldn’t even think about splashing your cash on.