This is a collection of products that I ended up really disliking.
Most of them have already been thrown away so I decided to use photos easily found in google search.
Essence Glossy Lip Balm in Strawberry – Essence is a cheap brand with (mostly) quality products. This lip gloss, however, was terrible. It smells cheap, it looks cheap, it tastes cheap. This is like child’s play makeup. Nowadays it’s tough to find a lip gloss this bad in the beauty department of a store. Fortunately I don’t think they sell this product anymore.
Covergirl Clean Makeup Remover for Eyes – Honestly, this product works fine but it smells SO BAD. The smell is similar to that of white glue/paste. It’s easier to just use a body lotion than using this makeup removing lotion.
Mirabella Prime for Face & Eyes – Although this product worked nicely, it made my skin look TERRIBLE after a day of using it. Even after reading reviews (a lot of other people have had complaints about breaking out/allergic reactions to this product), I decided to try it since my skin has never reacted poorly to any makeup/skin care product. I don’t know if I broke out or if I had an allergic reaction to it but my skin is still healing after a week of extra TLC. I don’t have sensitive skin and I’ve always been able to use makeup freely without being concerned about quality of ingredients. So it’s very shocking for me to experience a skin reaction like this from a makeup product. I wouldn’t recommend this to ANYBODY, especially not for $29.00.
Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads – This product didn’t do much for removing fully done eyes (mascara, kohl liner, gel liner, primer, shadows, paint pots, etc). I would have to use 4-6 pads just to get all of my eye makeup off if I wanted to skip washing my face. These oil free pads are good for after the shower or after washing the face. It’s good for getting rid of any smudges left under the eye or any glitter traces. That’s about it. I think baby wipes would be more cost effective choice if you were considering buying this product.
Stila Rollerball Trio – I purchased this mainly because of the brand name. I also saw a few reviews of people jumping for joy because apparently Stila discontinued the Creme Bouquet fragrance and then brought it back. You’d think that out of three fragrances, I would have liked one. But I couldn’t really stand any of them. Midnight Bloom and Creme Bouquet are really strong musky/spicy florals. Mandarin Mist is your average orange/pith (white part of the orange) body mist fragrance. These were a little disappointing but at least the price wasn’t terrible ($25.00 for the trio).
L’Oreal Refreshing Eye Makeup Remover – Ugh. This product seriously stinks at removing makeup. It’s about the equivalent of using water but with a burning sensation if it gets in the eyes. I highly suggest avoiding the blue bottle makeup remover. Opt for the green (I hear it’s great).
Maybelline Color Sensation Lip Stains – Fail. These are simply okay upon application but it’s all downhill from there. The color payoff is medium and it takes several layers of product to build it up to a medium tint. However, the longevity of these lip stains is terrible. The center of my lips will start to lose color within the hour while the edges of my mouth keep the color. That’s the ONE trait that I absolutely cannot stand in a lip product. I can deal with feathering or short wear time so long as the product fades evenly. But I absolutely hate it when the color disappears from the middle of the mouth but stays around the edges of the mouth. Also, I don’t know if I can really call these lip markers a true stain because you can wipe the color away with ease if you use a lip balm underneath or over it (and why wouldn’t you? Lips would look terrible if they weren’t plump and hydrated).
Cailyn Gel Eyeliners – I have several shades of this eyeliner. Upon application, these products seemed really great. They were pigmented and applied very nicely. However, they smudge under the eyes after a few hours and nothing I do will fix it. But at $21.00 each, I would expect these to apply flawlessly and to stay flawless all day. I shouldn’t have to use other products to help my eyeliner stay perfect. It should be perfect on its own considering their price.
PIxi Lash Booster Mascara – For a high end mascara, this product is terrible. I consider this high end because you can get true high end mascaras for a cheaper price. The name suggests that the mascara should “boost” your lashes by giving them volume, adding length, and overall give the lashes a plush (luxurious) appearance. This mascara just adds a black tint to my lashes. It’s sold at Target for $17.00. At Target, you can choose from dozens of other mascaras in the store, and I feel like most of them would be better than this Pixi mascara but at less than half the price. I honestly can’t think of a single reason to buy this mascara over another one. Who would pay $17.00 for a “my lashes but slightly better” look? Not I.
E.l.f Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks – It’s such a shame how poorly these jumbo shadow sticks perform since they are so beautiful. No matter how I use these eyeshadow sticks, they will find a way to ruin the rest of my eye makeup. As an eyeshadow, it creases. As a base, it creases. As a highlight for my brow bone, it’ll move around and somehow end up creasing my shadows and smudging my eyebrows. The only “highlighting” shade that there is (French Lace) has silver glitter chunks so I can’t really use it to highlight my face. If I use it under my eyes as a liner, it’ll smudge and settle into my fine lines.