Beauty Product Fails

As a complete makeup addict and product junkie, I am always trying new things. Although I do consider myself to hold pretty high standards to the products I test out, I usually like most of it. However, there are a few times where I just really don’t like something and I purposefully set it to the back. Most of the time, they aren’t products that require an entire separate post and they don’t get mentioned in much detail. Recently I’ve had more products than usual that I haven’t been impressed with, so I figured it’d be a fun idea to gather five of them together and talk about why I consider them fails for one reason or another.
This one was mentioned a while ago on my blog in a separate review of Ulta eyeshadows, but I just have to show it again. Ulta eyeshadows usually always impress me and I’m constantly recommending them in both my reviews and tutorials. This complete eye palette in Indie is one I would definitely suggest staying away from, though. I think these are a little pricey for what they are. Only five eyeshadows are included in the palette and they sell for $12. I know that’s not that high of a price, but it is for the quality you’re getting in this.
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The idea of it is that you can use this to complete an entire eyelook without having to reach for anything else. I do agree with that whenever I’m looking at the color selection that they provided. The problem is with the pigmentation and texture. These aren’t very smooth and they don’t have a lot of color payoff, which makes it more difficult to work with. The brown is the only matte shade in this palette and I have a single matte brown eyeshadow from Ulta that I love, so I was disappointed to see that the quality was completely different. In the picture below, you can also barely even see the middle shade. Although it is close to my skin tone, it would still be noticeable if the pigmentation was there. Unfortunately, this is just one big dud product.
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Another product that was just a complete fail is the Revlon Rose Glow Highlighting palette. I’m not sure what I was thinking picking up a pink highlighting palette at the time, but I remember wanting to double some of these as eyeshadows. Unfortunately, when I got it home and swatched it I had the same problem as I did with the Ulta palette. The pigmentation was nowhere to be found. Looking back, I probably should’ve just returned this because I don’t think I’ve used it more than once.
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I keep swatching it, hoping the color will show up eventually. But just look at my hand in the swatch picture below. Can you even see where the product is? There’s a little bit of glitter specks if you squint your eyes enough, but otherwise you can barely see anything. No matter what I do or how hard I swatch, I cannot seem to get the color to show up.
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These next two products were both included in my January Boxycharm. This one is the Pür Cosmetics Cheek Stain in the shade Peach Bellini. I do really like Pür Cosmetics and although I’m not the biggest fan of cream blushes, I was willing to give this a try because I know it would be good for keeping color on my oily cheeks. The brush seemed to be a nice addition, but that also turned out to be an issue. It also has a nice scent to it, although I can’t make out what scent it is exactly, and the color is really nice.
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It’s definitely not lacking as far as color payoff is concerned. The problem that I had with it is that it emphasized the texture on my cheeks and it was difficult to blend both with my fingers and the brush, which in turn pulled at my foundation and concealer. The brush is soft and attaching it to the product seems nice, but it reduces the amount of product you’re getting (not much for the $26 price tag) and it’s difficult to put the cap back on without catching the bristles. If you do like cheek stains, I think there are much better options available.
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Another product I wasn’t super excited about, but was willing to try is the Adesse Matte Top Coat. I’m not usually interested in matte nails, I like mine to be so shiny that they basically look like wet for the entire week. I put this on my toes, just in case I didn’t like it and I think that was a good idea. Had it gone on my nails and this would’ve happened, I’d be devastated and have to start all over immediately.
I don’t shake my nail polishes because it creates air bubbles inside the bottle and thickens the polish faster. Instead, I always roll the bottle in my hands for about 30 seconds to mix things around and warm it up. My big toe is the first nail I painted and just look what happened! I was left with huge white streaks that looked awful. Although it didn’t happen on any of my other nails, I wasn’t happy with the finish on those either. Instead of being matte, it looked more like the nails were dirty with oil or lotion. If matte nails weren’t my thing to begin with, they certainly aren’t now.
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This last one isn’t a fail as far as the product is concerned, but more so something I wanted to point out that companies are doing and it’s making me furious. Let’s start this out by saying that I love Pantene. I’ve talked about them many times on my blog and they are the one and only shampoo and conditioner brand that I keep in my shower. I recently ran out of shampoo and had to purchase a new bottle. I noticed the writing on the label was different, but that’s no big deal. It didn’t say new formula, so I thought everything was fine.
When I opened the bottle and got some product to massage in my hair, I noticed it was a different color. That worried me because I knew I love the formula and I didn’t want them to change it. But still, there was no “new & improved” advertisement on the front, so I continued on. Thankfully, the product is still the same formula I love. But noticing these two changes, I examined the bottle more. And does Pantene think I’m really that dumb and that I wouldn’t know an ounce missing from the new bottle??

Companies do this all the time and it drives me insane. I understand that it’s only one ounce, I’m not being a stickler about that. What makes me angry is that they do it without notification and just keep the price the same. It may only be one ounce difference right now, but how long have they been doing it and how long will they continue to do it? It’s the principle of the matter and disrespectful. I’ll still continue to buy this same shampoo because I love what it does for my hair, but I really wish companies would stop doing this.
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This post is a little bit different than what I usually do, but I hope you enjoyed. Negative reviews aren’t the easiest to write, or post on the internet, but they are just as helpful (if not more helpful) than positive reviews. If you have any other questions, please leave them for me in the comments! I hope you have a beautiful day!


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