Most of the time, I buy things after reading ratings & reviews online (a term called “webrooming”) so it’s uncommon for me to not like something. But of course everyone is different, and there will always be products that work for some people, and don’t work for others. This is my first post about products that didn’t work for me. They don’t necessarily suck, but if I went back in time, I wouldn’t have bought any of these items.
Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Toner
I saw this in a k-beauty store here in Toronto and decided to pick it up while I was in Asia. It’s an alcohol-free toner that is made to brighten the skin (in k-beauty, “whitening” doesn’t mean bleaching) with 10% tomato extract and other ingredients. You can’t tell in the picture but I used up more than 3/4 of it before I stopped lying to myself and admitted that it didn’t do anything. Seriously. After 2 months of using it, it didn’t help my skin whatsoever. I expect toner to smooth out my pores and improve skin texture, but it didn’t do any of that. Any brightening effects that did happen weren’t noticeable.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 – Combo/Oily Skin
This is a horrible product. This is similar to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub – it has a cult following of people who swear by it, but there are others who equally hate it. I recently switched from the first side to the second, after I realized that this toner is basically just alcohol. It completely dries out your skin, which as we’ve learned from my previous post, is really bad. It is important to note though that this toner is very harsh because Clinique’s cleansers are very mild – they’re made to be part of a routine. Still, I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone at all. I have 1/4 of the bottle left that I actually now use as a surface cleaner in my room! All the alcohol makes it a good disinfectant lol.
Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Setting Spray
Pro tip: try to buy items in a travel size if you don’t think you’ll use up the full size, especially if you’re trying something new. I’m glad I didn’t buy the full size of this, because this spray didn’t do anything for my face or makeup. I have oily skin 3/4 seasons of the year (like really oily skin) and this spray does nothing. I might as well use the all-nighter setting spray which I absolutely love because at least I know that it’ll prolong and un-cake my makeup.
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick
I first saw this years ago as one of Tony Moly’s top sellers and I immediately wanted it just for its packaging. Look how cute it is!! How can you resist the little panda? Besides the adorable exterior, this is a gel stick that you apply under the eyes for a cooling and de-puffing effect. I’m not a fan for many reasons: I’m not sure if it works, the product doesn’t melt well into the skin, and it pills under makeup. If I ever do use this, it would have to be on a non-makeup day because concealer and powder grab at this and look horrible on top of it. I can’t bring myself to throw this away though because I’ve wanted it for so long and it’s just too cute.
Missha M Magic Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ – Shade 23
The Rilakkuma bear packaging is from a limited edition collab with Missha – the regular packaging is white with silver details. This is a pretty highly raved BB cushion in the k-beauty community but I bought it because it’s one of the more affordable cushions out there. It didn’t work for my skin in any way though! It wears off very fast and ends up looking very cakey on my face. No matter what primer or powder I use, by half of the day it will collect and get crusty around my nose, mouth and chin. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this cushion, especially when there are so many out there that work better.
Nyx Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner – Black
I got this because Kathleen Lights on YouTube says it’s one of the only black liner pens that stays in her waterline. As someone who doesn’t tightline often (or ever, to be honest) I wanted an affordable black pencil eyeliner in case I ever did. This pencil really sucks though as you can maybe see in the first picture. I had to press down pretty hard to get pigment, and even then I couldn’t get a smooth line without skipping. I tried to use this on my eyes after I got this too and I couldn’t get anything to show up. This product has some pretty good hardware though – the pencil twists up from the bottom, and underneath that is a little concealed sharpener. I did hear somewhere online that the Tres Jolie pencil used to be amazing and the formula might have changed recently.
Deciem Hylamide Pore Delete Instant Surface Perfector
Part of Deciem’s Hylamide brand, the Pore Delete is a finishing liquid that claims to blur out pores and imperfections like a heavy duty photo filter. I was also told that it’s very good for oil control, and can be worn with/without makeup. I bought this tiny 10ml trial size of it in hopes that it would work so I could come back and buy the full size. I have a few problems with this: it looks horrible with makeup, and it doesn’t control shine in any way. You’re supposed to wear this as the last step without makeup, or after foundation and before powder with makeup. I find that when I pat this on top of foundation, no matter how I do it, the powder grabs onto the patch of this product and you can very clearly see that something is on my face. If there’s a correct way to use this for beautiful results, it’s too hard for me to figure out.
Tarte Tartelette Tease Eyeshadow Palette
I wanted to pick up a compact, everyday eyeshadow palette that would be easy to travel with. I heard good things about this and bought it without swatching it in-store. Out of the 6 shades in this palette, only the 4 matte shades are of good quality – whisper, wink (the 2 pale shades), heartbreaker and bff (the 2 dark shades). The 2 shimmer shades though, crush and first kiss, are very chunky. They go on the eyes lacking pigment and instead there is a lot of glitter fallout that, after a few hours, leaves my eyelids bare and my cheeks sparkly. The swatches on my hand make the shadows look pretty good but I promise you on my eyelids (even with my holy grail primer), the shimmer shades do not show up. Otherwise though this palette is pretty good! I love the size, magnetic closure, pan sizes and the fact that there’s a high quality mirror. I just can’t use a palette with only 2 dark shades and 2 light shades. I’d rather bring one of my full-size eye palettes with me instead because I can at least create a full look.
And that’s it! Thanks for reading 🙂 and of course leave a comment if you agree/disagree with any of these products. Maybe I’m using some of these wrong, or got a lemon.