This is the second installment of my Products That Didn’t Live Up to The Hype series. There are a few reasons that certain products get a ton of hype. One of the biggest reasons nowadays is that influencers are gifted the product or even sponsored by the brand. When you’re gifted a product, it sucks to have something bad to say about it. I’ve been sent products I really did not like. Unfortunately, when you speak out about a product you risk being taken off PR lists. I personally believe it’s my duty as a blogger to never mislead my audience on my thoughts (it’s actually illegal to do so, but that’s a whole other story). Sometimes, the product really is just that good to a majority of people. I’m going to break down some of the products I tried this year that we’re super hyped up that fell flat for me. I’ll also try and tell why I think the product got so much hype.
The Hype Fails: Makeup
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer $11 seems to be all anyone can talk about this year. I hate it. Now, Physicians Formula has never been known for diversity. I think they offer all of three base shades which range from white girl to white girl went to the beach for a week. Unsurprisingly, their shades lack diverse undertones. I’m pale, but I have strong yellow undertones. This bronzer is orange on me. It’s unflattering. Everyone who I’ve seen rave about it has that more peachy-toned skin that tans orange.
I’ve seen people compare this to Hoola or Laguna and as someone who uses and loves both of those products, I can safely say that it does not. One more complaint I have about this product is that it the fragrance is really intense. I knew from reviews it was going to smell of coconut, but I thought it would be less intense. In person it smells like I dove face first into a Piña Colada. And that shit lingers. This is a big fail for me, but I’m happy for the people who love it. Basically, if you’ve got the right undertones for this it does live up to the hype. But if you’re majority of people without that skintone, good luck.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara $25 is also getting a ton of hype right now. It’s supposed to give massive, fluffy lashes with tons of volume. Maybe I need to wait for the tube to dry out, but so far it’s been a wet mess. It doesn’t layer. It doesn’t add a ton of volume or length. It goes everywhere because of how wet the formula is. I don’t know what I’m missing here, but I really can’t stand this.
The Ultimate Hype Fail: Hair
In my last empties post, I showed you all that I chose to replace my Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt $53 in favor of Le Labo’s Scrub Shampoo $35. You can check out this Instagram post I wrote the day I tried this product. Suffice to say this is one of, if not the most disappointing beauty product I’ve ever used. Basically, if you don’t want to read that post, it turned stuck in my hair like glue and didn’t rinse out even after three washes (with shampoo). So, the hype for this product, for me, was mostly on Instagram.
Many of the people I follow received big gift packages from Le Labo’s new hair + body line. Now, these packages have been out for weeks and I can’t find a single review for this product online. That should have told me something was wrong with this product, but I was sucked in by FOMO and aesthetics. I firmly believe this is karma for ditching my man Christophe, who has always been faithful to me. But don’t worry, for $53 he took me back.
The Hype Fails: Skincare
Next up is the Lapis Facial Oil $26-72 from the majorly hyped-up Herbivore Botanicals. There’s not much actively wrong with this, I don’t notice anything when I use it. It’s touted as a balancing, calming, oil for acne prone skin. I have dry skin, but am prone to breakouts so I tend to accept that I’ll have to use a few more drying products. I don’t find this very effective and much prefer U.F.O by Sunday Riley $80. Also, the stench is strong with this one.
Creme de La Mer $85-$2,095 is such a massive failure of a hyped up product that I wrote an entire post about it. Overall, I find this product too heavy for daily use as it can easily congest the skin with its occlusives. I also did some research into the ingredients and found that they’re all quite cheap. Specifically, the “miracle broth” that supposedly justifies the price tag is seaweed extract–one of the most abundant resources on the fucking planet.
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