Beauty Products That Don’t Live Up to The Hype


The ultimate disappointment is being let down by a beauty product that you really wanted to enjoy. This post isn’t meant to be a full review of these products, it is meant to serve as a lesson to us beauty lovers. So, you’ve read all the reviews, swatched the product in person, seen all the beauty guru’s raving about how amazing this product is and how it changed their life. You wonder to yourself, “it must incredibly emotionally draining to have your life completely changed so often“. You buy the product anyways, everyone else seems to love it and theres no doubt you will too. Well…some of these mistakes are more expensive than others, but even the little one’s add up. Pictured above are some of my mistakes. The hype surrounding them was undeniable, and I went for them anyways. I regretted it. Here’s a little lesson I learned from each product.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, a $68 mistake: Charlotte Tilbury is the car salesman of makeup. I think she’s a wonderful artist, but goddamn the woman is a smooth talker. Maybe this product is a lemon. I know a lot of others love it still, but I find the highlight portion to be completely lacking. And I don’t want to have paid $68 for half a bronzer. What looks good on others, or what other’s look for in a product varies. Thoroughly examine a review to meet your standards of a product. For example, people who enjoy a very subtle, light highlight (chalky, in my opinion) would probably enjoy this product. Someone like me, who thinks that a highlight should almost look glossy, is not going to enjoy this product. Reading a review of someone who wants their highlight to be subtle is of no use to me. Lesson learned.

RMS Buriti Bronzer, a $28 mistake: Just because you love a brand’s products does not mean you will love everything they put out. Form is not consistent among all uses. Most of RMS’s products come in the exact same container. A nice, heavy glass twist-off lid pot. The formula of the products is mostly the same too: a smooth cream product with extreme pigment. For highlighters, blushes, concealers, cream eyeshadows, and lip products, this is a normal and effective packaging. For a bronzer? Not so much. I should have considered the fact that one use of bronzer must cover a much larger portion of the face than any other product, therefore rendering the actual CPW of this product much more expensive than one would think. It’s a small amount of product for a bronzer. I should have also considered where the product would go on my skin, and if the formula was effective for that intended use. RMS’s products are incredibly emollient. I tend to stick to more matte bronzers, but don’t mind a bit of shimmer occasionally. What I did not consider was how incredibly glossy this product would be. A full face of gloss is not ideal. Bronzer is meant to warm up the skin and create hollows. The glossiness of the product does not lend itself to creating hallows, instead it highlights them, bringing them forward much like an illuminator. Lesson Learned.

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Seductive Rose, an $85 mistake: this one hurts. This one really, really hurts. The lesson here is to dig deeper than a swatch. What looks like beautiful, smooth shadows, can fall away to hard, chunky, glitter that will become impossible to get the fuck off of your upper lip after it falls down all over your face completely ruining your entire base. The prettiest Tom Ford quads feature a glitter eyeshadow. The concept is amazing, but the execution of the glitter is not for me. At $21.25 per eyeshadow, this is incredibly disappointing. Lesson learned.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Fluid #6, a $62 mistake: I don’t even know what to say about this one. These products are a mess. You would have to layer it 10 times to get any color build up and by then it would be dripping down your cheek like sad pink tears on the clown face that you are for shelling out $62 for this. Im pretty sure that the advertisements for this product had a different cream blush underneath to enhance the product. Honestly, that might be generous. It was probably just a load of photoshop. Don’t rely on an advertisement (or beauty guru’s, honestly, they stay photoshopping themselves) to see how a product will look. Lesson Learned.

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter, a $7.99 mistake: the lesson here is probably not something I should write, but fuck it I’m going to anyways, bust open a product in the drugstore and swatch it. There is nothing more irritating that products without testers. Just bust it open and do it when no one’s watching. Lesson Learned.

It took a total of $251 of mistakes for me to realize I needed to do better research/testing on a product before I purchased it. I don’t know about you all, but I certainly can’t afford to keep making mistakes like this. I have no problem paying more for something that is effective and will be used up, but sometime’s we make mistakes and end up with a dud. I have one final lesson I think is the overarching theme here, and I would like to share it and hope that we can all abide by it. Here it is: if you don’t like the product, fight the shame and just return it. BE. THAT. BITCH. Seriously, just do it. You might get a nasty look from a bored counter girl, you might be embarrassed because you used it. Let those feelings go, and return it anyways. If they have a policy allowing returns, it’s meant to be taken advantage of. The minute you walk away those feelings will be gone and your money will not. Big amen to that!