Disappointing Beauty Products

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There are a lot of skincare and makeup products out there that don’t impress me. Most of these fall into what I like to call the Meh category. Not bad. Not good. Just “meh.” Products in this category might not warrant a repurchase, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t get used up. That being said, there are a few products that massively disappoint me. Overhyped things, mostly, but some are just terrible. In this post, I rounded up six products that I regret buying. Some I’ve reviewed on the blog previously, but some are new to this space. Now bear in mind that I tend to be a very picky person. It takes a lot to wow me. Very few items I test make my personal Holy Grail list. Some items featured might surprise you!

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

When I think of French skincare, the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré always comes to mind. Models and makeup artists alike swear by this moisturizer. People rave about it nonstop online. Even the brand now claims it’s a “24-hour miracle cream.” You can’t escape the hype! When I spotted it at my local Target, I just had to grab one to see what all the fuss was about. Obviously, since this post is about disappointing products, I didn’t like it. The tube asserts “tous types de peaux” (all skin types). Online, the reviews claim this is perfect for sensitive skin. Shockingly, this broke me out. After using this moisturizer for several days, I noticed tiny bumps all along my jawline, a tell-tale sign of an allergic reaction. It’s rare that I get an allergic reaction from a product, especially one that claims it’s perfect for sensitive skin. I don’t think of my skin as sensitive either. The allergic reaction was bad, but I still don’t think this is that great. Personally, I find the floral scent, which, according to the label, is all-natural, to be overwhelming. The thick cream formula is also a bit too heavy for my preference. The Embryolisse moisturizer might work for others, but for me, it didn’t do the trick.

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lipsticks

Confession: I’m over liquid lipsticks. Completely over them. They aren’t better than a regular matte lipstick. I’m sorry, they just aren’t. They’re drying, difficult to apply, more often than not fade unevenly, and nearly impossible to reapply. I just don’t get the hype! The only advantage they’ve got is that they’re transfer-proof. Big deal. That being said, I do have some liquid lipsticks that I do enjoy (check out my matte lipstick collection post), but I don’t end up reaching for them most of the time. For whatever reason, I always try to like liquid lipsticks. I want to understand why people obsess over them so I purchase quite a few, hoping that I’ll finally get it. That’s why I bought two of the recently launched Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipsticks. The sleek packaging drew me in. Plus, I had the blog, which is an excuse to buy products.

Unfortunately, the Maybelline liquid lipsticks didn’t impress. The texture is thick and gloopy like liquid cement or glue. It dries down fast, which makes precise application difficult. When liquid lipsticks dry too fast, there’s little room for error. On top of that, the large and, quite frankly, awkward wand tip makes it tough to line lips with precision. This liquid lipstick doesn’t sit well on my lips. It’s weird because to the touch the lipstick feels matte, but when I smack my lips together they’re tacky. I will say that these do go on opaque in one swipe and are completely transfer-proof. They also smell like vanilla. I’m disappointed, too, because I loved the shades in this collection! I picked up Voyager, a dark burgundy, and Lover, a lovely dusty rose.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

It’s rare for me to pick up a high-end makeup product without any prior research or knowledge. When products go past the $20 mark, I become reluctant. Last spring I went on a California coast road trip and managed to forget to pack one of the most important makeup items: eyeshadow primer. Without eyeshadow primer, I am lost. *Cue panicked Helen driving across San Diego just to find a Sephora* When I made it to Sephora, I asked a sales assistant what the best eyeshadow primer was. I knew I didn’t want to repurchase another Urban Decay or NARS. I already had those in my collection. I felt it would be best to branch out. She led me to this Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, which she claimed was “really good.” Guess what? This is not “really good.” My main issue with this is that it doesn’t do its one job: preventing creasing. My eyeshadow creased within the hour. My lids were an oily mess. Nope, nope, nope. This was the biggest waste of money! I haven’t reached for it since that trip.

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Glossier Generation G Lipstick

If you’ve been on here a while, you already know that this lipstick was a disappointment. When I reviewed it in my Glossier haul a while back I mostly touched on how the shade Cake didn’t show up on my lips. The lack of pigmentation did not impress. Especially when you consider how expensive this is. And yes, I do consider $18 to be on the pricey side. In comparison, MAC lipsticks are $17.50. But today I want to focus on the crap packaging. I was willing to look past the chalky taste and lack of pigmentation, but when this broke within three uses I officially put the Generation G on my sh*t list. The lipstick just popped out of the tube when I opened it. Straight onto a dirty Target floor. No joke. Excuse me?! $18 and it BROKE?! (Now, just to clarify, the lipstick used in this photo is brand new one. I accidentally ordered two in the same shade.) Moreover, the packaging just looks and feels cheap. It’s like a slightly nicer version of a chapstick. Sorry Glossier, your lipstick is mediocre at best!

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

Just about every person seems to adore the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product online but I hated it. This is supposed to leave your hair shiny and silky smooth, but it left me with frizzy, crunchy, frazzled hair. My hair looked worse off whenever I used this leave-in conditioning spray. It surprised me just how much I hated this cult product. I’ve never come across a negative review of this. I don’t know how this went so wrong, but I do know that this leave-in spray will be tossed in the trash soon.

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Japonesque Cut Crease Blending Brush

Typically, I stick to drugstore makeup brushes. ELF, Sonia Kashuk, Real Techniques and ECO Tools all have some bangin’ affordable options. Last summer I decided to veer off my safe path and test out a new drugstore brand, Japonesque. I went for a cut crease blending brush. Standard. Safe. Or at least I thought. This was a disaster! This is the scratchiest most uncomfortable brush I’ve ever used. It’s also hard to blend out eyeshadows with this brush. To make matters worse, mine came a bit broken. The handle is loose, though thankfully it hasn’t completely snapped off. Because of how much I disliked this crease brush, I haven’t purchased anything from the brand since. I’m too worried I’ll end up with another dud!

Looking back at this blog post, I feel like I might get some hate for disliking a few cult beauty products like the Embryolisse moisturizer or the It’s a 10 detangling spray. Sorry, folks! I’m a tough person to please. Do you agree with my dislikes? What are some of your disappointing products? Leave a comment below!


  1. Katie Taylor

    I’m the same as you about being reluctant to spending over $20 (or £20 for me!). You can never be too sure how a product will react with your skin type, so I’m always cautious on buying high priced brands! That being said, I’ve found some great affordable dupes. Sukin skincare is amazing and I love most of L’Oreal’s products!⭐️

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  2. sugarlacedgirls

    Ugh–I bought a lip brush from Japonesque last year that literally broke 5 minutes after using it, and I’m OCD about being super gentle with tools and products when they’re new. Needless to say, I don’t feel like I can trust that brand.

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    1. laviestella

      I’ve only used the crease brush, but it’s good to know that it’s not just that brush! It seems like the brand has some quality issues… It’s not like the brushes are super cheap either! Most are around $15-20!


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