Today’s review is going to be a little bit different than my usual ones. As you can tell by the title, these are all palettes and lipsticks that I found disappointing. I originally planned to do separate reviews for all of these, but I was doing some spring cleaning and decided I don’t want to keep makeup I don’t use or like. It’s most efficient to group them all together in one post.
I know some of these may be unpopular opinions (I don’t like the ABH highlighters?? Gasp!) but I want to share my honest thoughts on these. For most of these products, there are no bad reviews. I researched all of these and feel like I wasn’t given accurate information. The problem with beauty gurus that get sent products for free is that they tend to give more favorable reviews just because it was free. I too would be much more lenient on a product if I didn’t pay for it! There are few things I hate more than wasting money, and some of these were quite expensive. If you work hard for your money, you should be given accurate information when buying something!
I’m not saying these products won’t work for everyone, but there are definitely some issues with formulas and/or quality control in some of them. Research as much as you can and decide for yourself!
Naked 2 ($54)
I know it’s sacrilegious to say, but I HATE this palette. This was the first high end palette I bought when I was about 18-19 and I was so excited for it to arrive. After using it a few times I quickly became disappointed in the color payoff, and after buying better quality palettes I decided this palette is a piece of garbage.
The colors are not very pigmented and the black is patchy and uneven. It also claims to be a mix of matte and shimmery shades, but every color except Foxy is shimmery. My biggest beef with this palette is how flimsy it is. It came with a mirror which fell out within a week, and a cheap, scratchy double-ended brush which also fell apart and ended up getting thrown out. These shadows also dried up really fast. Within a month, the texture had changed and the shadows were very dry and dusty compared to when I first bought it. I carried it in a makeup bag in a suitcase while traveling and upon arrival I discovered that the whole palette had splintered into a million pieces. Some of the colors like Suspect and Chopper were beyond repair. I couldn’t believe this, especially since I hadn’t had it that long. Overall I feel cheated out of $60 (including shipping). There are WAY better neutral palettes than these that cost the same or even less. Sometimes I think the people at Urban Decay product development are sitting around a table saying, “How many times can we repackage the Naked Palettes and sell them as something new?” Urban decay is a great company with some awesome eyeshadows, but this palette SUCKS.
ABH Glow Kit ($40)
I was SO stoked to get this palette because I wanted a good highlighter to give me that bright, Kim Kardashian under-eye. These palettes work for a lot of people, but this definitely did not work for me. These highlighters are almost too good at what they do. Even the tiniest amount applied lightly with a brush shows up white under a camera flash. If you have oily skin or even slightly oily skin, these highlighters will make you look greasy. My skin looked like a big greasy mess in pictures when I wore this, even if I was wearing matte foundation, primer, and setting spray. If you have oily or combination skin, definitely use a highlighter that’s less intense.
I passed this on to a friend because I barely used it. Hopefully it goes on to a better home.
NYX Liquid Suede ($8 each)
These make me angry because I watched so many youtube videos of beauty gurus that I trusted and they all gave these glowing reviews! I picked up two because I wanted to test the formula, and these are probably the worst lip products from Nyx. Even after 5 and 10 minutes, these don’t settle on your lips and stay sticky and slippery. They never matte up. It’s like wearing a lipgloss. I also hate the colors. Life’s a Beach is a cheap looking, chalky coral and Sandstorm just looks bad on my skin. I’ve looked so hard for a greige that looks good on me but I think I might give up because every one I’ve tried makes me look dead.
LASplash Lip Couture in Ghoulish and Latte Confession ($14 each)
I bought these two because they are dupes for Lime Crime’s Cashmere and Riot, respectively. I didn’t buy the Lime Crime ones because I got these around the time that LC couldn’t keep their website stocked and Cashmere was perpetually sold-out. I don’t like Ghoulish because, once again, greige colors look awful on my skin. But the biggest disappointment with these two is that the formula is one of the worst liquid-mattes I own. The formula dries matte, but remains sticky like a thick lipgloss throughout the day. It’s incredibly drying and made my lips a cracked, crusty mess in a matter of hours.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes ($10)
I’m a big fan of Maybelline’s The Nudes palette and was expecting something similar from this. I don’t like how every shade is shimmery, but I’m not a big fan of shimmery eye shadows. More importantly, the pigmentation of this palette sucks. I don’t know how some people online create looks they claim are from this palette because none of these shades are dark at all. I suppose it’s an okay selection of pinks and rose-golds for everyday use if you prefer muted shades. It’s not for me though.
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base ($12)
How CUTE is the packaging? Needless to say this was an impulse buy because of how cute it is. I’m really not sure what this thing even does. I’ve looked all over the internet and there’s no clear description of what is in it, or how it works. Everything online just says it “brightens” the under-eye area. The birchbox website says it is basically a concealer that gives the appearance of lightening the under-eye area, but doesn’t say that it’s a treatment of any kind. I’m kind of suspicious of this because here in the US, Asian cosmetic companies use the word “brightening” to mean “skin lightening” a.k.a. some sort of bleach. I might change my review on this later as I try it out, since I’ve only used it two or three times so far; it might work well as a primer. I’m going to talk about the Tony Moly products I picked up on impulse in a future post!
Benefit POREfessional Pro Balm ($31)
This is another popular product that I keep trying and it keeps disappointing me. I really don’t have good luck with anything from Benefit Cosmetics. I got this hoping to do something about my orange-peel skin on my nose. Although it does blur pores and greatly reduce their appearance, this does not sit well under makeup. Whenever I use this as a primer, it makes my foundation clumpy around drier patches of skin and my foundation slides right off. I suppose this works best on people with oily skin because it’s mattifying effect is really drying.
Pixi Natural Contour Powder ($20)
I actually posted about this before when I first bought it in my October Favorites post. This powder gets really good reviews everywhere but I found it really difficult to work with. It is very pigmented, which is good, but it’s not a nice color. It’s a kind of ashy gray on my skin tone (this might mean it works better with cool-toned skin). It’s also pretty difficult to blend so I don’t recommend this to beginners. I’m not very good at contouring either so this product ended up in the trash. I also think this whole brand is very expensive for the quality. I think it’s better to go to Ulta or Sephora and spend a similar amount of money on a better bronzer that’s easier to blend.
Have you tried and liked any of these? What products have you bought that turned out to be disappointments? Are there any popular products out there that you really want to love but can’t? I love hearing from you!