You know what they say, “You can’t win them all!” and that is definitely true in the beauty world. One person’s holy grail is another person’s bad makeup day. I’ve had the privilege to try a lot of beauty products in the last few years and while the wins are mighty, the fails are kind of epic too. Here’s a few best selling beauty products that I just can’t get behind, as well as the replacement products I highly recommend!
When this first arrived on the market it was touted as THE PRIMER to use. Personally, I have never been a fan of silicone heavy feeling primers; I need something hydrating and I feel like my foundation slides all over. Sadly, this really emphasized dry patches on my face while simultaneously breaking me out!
Who might like it: Those with oily/combo skin, large pores.
What I recommend instead: Smashbox Primerizer
The original formula of Laguna has been around for absolute ages and people love it. Like really love it, and I just don’t get it. It runs very yellow on me and disappears within a couple hours of wear. I have a yellow undertone to my skin and find Laguna resembles nothing like a day in the sun for me.
Who might like it: Those with cool/pink undertones will find it much more neutral.
What I recommend instead: Tarte Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer
Another product people might be shocked I hate! Sadly, this does nothing but flake off my lashes and I find it really hard to build volume without getting it all over the place. I am blessed to have long lashes, but they are super fine and the chunky brush on Better Than Sex bullies them a bit!
Who might like it: Those with thick or coarse lashes, and/or short lashes.
What I recommend instead: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara
I’m still a bit salty about this one. I used this for about a month before I finally caught on that it was causing my lips to blister. Yep, you read that right – they were blistering. I woke up one morning with red, flaky lips with tiny water blisters. I assumed they were a little burnt, and slathered on more of this stuff… and well you can guess the rest. It took days and lots of cortisone to heal them, and I am still slightly traumatized. I later tested out a Bite Beauty Lipstick (the things I do for this blog!) and hello reaction again! So now, I don’t touch the brand. I talked to the girl at my local Sephora who said she also couldn’t wear Bite due to an oil they use, and I am guessing that is what I am allergic too (It’s not lanolin, I am fine with that). After a quick google search, it turns out there are more of us that have the same issue – what a shame!
Who might like it: Anyone who isn’t allergic – I highly recommend testing first.
What I recommend instead: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
A simple, unscented cleansing balm that everyone loves… except me. Sadly, I don’t find this removes my eye makeup particularly well and worse, it leaves a horrible film clouding my eyes. I tried to love this, I really did, but I felt my vision was still cloudy the next day and that’s just not acceptable.
Who might like it: Those without sensitive eyes or don’t need it to remove eyemakeup.
What I recommend instead: Biotherm Biosource Balm-To-Oil