5 Disappointing Skincare Products

Disappointing products

While I hate to be such a Debbie Downer, it’s time to share five of my most disappointing skincare purchases as of late. Most of these are not complete failures. Sometimes products don’t work for my skin or didn’t live up to the hype. Not every skincare product out there is going to suit everyone! What works for my skin might not work for yours and vice versa. Then please forgive me if I include some products on this brief list that you love! I predict that some picks might be a bit controversial…

Bliss Ex-Glow-Sion

Bliss Ex-Glow-Sion Moisturizer

Hate to drag Bliss into yet another blog post but I needed to vent about this particular moisturizer one last time. Then, I promise, I’ll stop talking about this brand for a bit! My disappointment with the Bliss Ex-Glow-Sion moisturizer was immediate. As soon as I opened the jar and saw the iridescent shimmer running through this rich, velvety moisturizer I thought, “Oh no…” This moisturizer just wasn’t what I expected or needed. The label and packaging, as I mentioned in my Bliss review, didn’t mention this pearlescent sheen at all so it came as a complete surprise. When I picked it up at Target I thought this could be a great evening moisturizer, one that would be rich and hydrating. However, because of this extra glowy sheen, I can only use this during the daytime. Let me tell you, this delivers on the glow! If you’re looking for a cross between a moisturizer and highlighter, this pearlescent moisturizer is perfect! I, sadly, am not a huge fan of that extra glowy look that verges on disco ball. As much as I try to embrace the beauty world’s current obsession with glowy skin, I just don’t love the look on me! So, unfortunately, this product didn’t work for me! Plus, the mislabeling bothered me. However, I will say that after my Bliss review a couple weeks ago, Bliss actually reached out to me on Instagram to let me know that they were aware of the issue and were working on resolving it. They even read my blog post! Bliss has fabulous customer service! To their credit, they did update the product description on their website.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum

Over the past few months, Deciem, the company behind The Ordinary, has been embroiled in numerous very public social media scandals. It’s gotten to the point where many disgruntled customers have decided to no longer purchase any of their products. I am one of them. Personally, I’m fed up with the brand. The way they treat their customers on social media is appalling and unacceptable. If you’re not as familiar with what’s going on, here’s a nifty article that’ll get you up to date on the neverending Deciem drama.

Although I vowed to never purchase from the controversial company again, I do still have a handful of The Ordinary products I bought a couple months ago that I’m determined to use up. Or, at the very least, review them since I now have a beauty blog that’s in dire need of #content. There’s no point in wasting products! I will say that the products I’ve tested so far haven’t wowed me like I thought they would. This brand is (or was?) so hyped up in the beauty community. Everything is insanely affordable. Most products are under $10! Unfortunately, they aren’t remarkable. No holy grail items to be found. Just some decent basics that, if I’m honest, you can find elsewhere. For example, Acure Organics is another great affordable skincare brand with some great dupes for The Ordinary. Besides, I find Acure products more effective than The Ordinary!

While the other products I have were OK, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum was the one fail. I found this gloopy, thick clear serum incredibly tacky on my face. This is my first hydrating serum so I don’t have much to compare it to. (For those unfamiliar with the main ingredient, hyaluronic acid, HA for short, helps nourish dry skin.) However, as someone who is extremely particular about the texture of skincare products, I am not a fan of how this feels on my face. Sort of like dried glue! I even tried mixing this serum in with my moisturizers but that led to other issues. My moisturizers were difficult to apply and refused to sink into my skin. Once again, too tacky!

Korres Wild Rose Eye Cream

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment

I’ve tested my fair share of brightening eye creams and none have delivered any results. The last one I tried was the cult classic Origins GinZing. I guess I just don’t understand eye creams?! I’ve tried at least a dozen by now but none of them have helped brighten or reduce fine lines. Mostly they just hydrate my under eyes, which I guess is good but I feel like a moisturizer can do the same. Let me know if you feel the same way about eye creams! Maybe I’m missing something?

Sadly the Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment was yet another letdown. I didn’t find that this brightened my dark circles. I applied this religiously every morning for two months and saw no results. I also want to take a moment to vent about the rose scent! Why on earth did Korres make this unnecessarily scented?! Thankfully, it’s not too strong but I don’t understand why an eye cream would have added fragrance. On the plus side, this did lightly hydrate and works perfectly under makeup. I also like how this has a semi-matte finish once absorbed. Cute packaging but I won’t be repurchasing this!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

This is going to win the award for most controversial disappointing product! I know this extremely expensive watery essence is a holy grail item for many. I’ve heard nothing but praises for the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence online. It costs a whopping $179. $179! Insanity! This precious bottle of essence is by far the most expensive skincare product I own. Luckily I didn’t purchase it myself. My Mom kindly re-gifted this to me. She didn’t like it and thought I might like to review it for the blog. (Thanks, Mom!)  It’s supposed dupe, the Missha Time Revolution Essence, which I also own, is also highly regarded in the skincare community. Sadly, neither rocked my world. While I wanted to include both, I decided to only write about the SK-II essence in this post to limit myself to five products but my thoughts on the Missha one are the same. Since they are considered dupes – the Missha is much more affordable (yet still expensive at nearly $50) – to me, they fall into the same category.

I tried desperately to love this essence! I used it religiously for about a month. Day and night, if I remembered to apply it, the SK-II essence was a part of my skincare regimen. Not a single result! Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Even before I started using this, I was hesitant. The Missha Time Revolution was a staple in my skincare routine for months yet delivered no discernable results. Could the SK-II do what the Missha didn’t?! Unfortunately, no. Ungodly expensive water that does absolutely nothing. That’s what this is! I even stopped using this for a week to see if my skin looked worse off without it. Nothing. My skin was the same with or without. If it did anything for my skin, it was minimal. My advice is to save your hard-earned cash. This essence isn’t worth the steep price tag. Invest in serums. Invest in a dope moisturizer. Invest in literally anything but this waste of money!

Clinique City Block SPF 25

Clinique City Block SPF 25

Sunscreen is a product I never bothered with until this year when I resolved to start applying one every single day. I hated sunscreen! It stank. It was greasy, pore-clogging. It pilled on my skin. Too often it left a bizarre white cast. It didn’t layer well with makeup. This year, however, I committed myself to discovering new facial sunscreens that weren’t like the rest. Sunscreen is a crucial step in any skincare routine. I’d rather not risk prematurely aging my skin, developing sunspots or, worse, getting skin cancer.

This Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 (Whew! What a long name!) was the first one I picked up. This was on my wishlist for years. I’d seen so many online articles that said this was a perfect pick for anyone looking for a non-greasy facial sunscreen. In many ways, this is a perfect match! This doesn’t have that gross sunscreen smell. Instead, it smells faintly of citrus. It also doesn’t pill or leave a white cast. Unfortunately, this is too heavy on my skin! I found that this creamy sunscreen is too thick. It leaves my skin looking a bit greasy. By the end of the day, my face is an oily mess, which is never a good look! I know the label says oil-free but my combination skin certainly did not agree with that statement. I’d also like to point out that, though the product description never mentions it, this does have a slight tint to it which works for my pale skin but I don’t think would work for darker skin tones. An odd choice, Clinique! Not a huge fan of that! I don’t find that it does anything to even out my skin like a tinted moisturizer. In fact, it’s undetectable. Again, I’m not sure this would work for non-pale skin tones! Moreover, it only has SPF 25, the bare minimum. They do have one with higher SPF, which I should have picked up instead perhaps. Too late now!

Shortly after purchasing the Clinique City Block, I picked up the Bioré UV Aqua Watery Essence SPF 50 which quickly became my favorite. The gel-like Bioré is extra lightweight, and non-greasy, unlike the Clinique City Block. The Clinique sunscreen has been left untouched for months. In that regard, it wasn’t the best investment!

There you have it! My top five most disappointing skincare products from these past few months. Do let me know if you disagree with me! Maybe the SK-II Essence is a holy grail item in your skincare regimen? For next week’s blog post, I promise to be more positive with my reviews!


  1. baumanolly

    I love your warning post 😉 Actually I have in mind to review one very expensive product from well-known brand that is absolutely terrible in terms of ingredients. Now I feel inspired to do this! P.S. You was not negative 🙂 There are bunch of products and some of them are failures, so we have to say it to our readers!

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