Going Against the Grain: Products Others Rave Over, You Don't

starletta8

Going Against the Grain: Products Others Rave Over, You Don't

Alright, this is a thread that I've thought about starting for a long time but have been trying to consider how best to approach it without starting a flame war or offending anyone.

 

Disclaimer: this thread is not for people who love these products to try to convince those who don't love their favorites that they're wrong, to try again, etc.  Trying to make anyone feel bad for their opinion will not be tolerated. Nor will "beauty evangelizing." Likewise, please remain polite when you talk about the products you just don't like.

 

So, what products do you go against the beauty grain?  What are those consensus favorites that you just don't like?

 

I'll start.

 

I'm just not a fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I know they're widely considered a HG product and everyone "has to have them!".  I understand why they're considered a value from an intellectual perspective.  But I don't own any of them, and won't. I often bite my tongue because they seem to be the only answer repeated thread and after thread.

dianabt

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Where do I begin!

 

-Lancome Bi Facil used to be my #1 until I got allergic and the oily finish turned to a horrible powder finish on my lids. :smileysad: no fun!

 

-Clinique Dramatically Different I've never been a fan of. Now that I know the difference between the lotion and gel and what they're for, I've found neither likes my skin still. I need much more hydration.

 

-Blockbuster palette. It's gorgeous but I can't imagine what I would do with so many shadows :smileywink: 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana
ezinabee

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The Maybelline Falsies mascara. I have not used it with success, and I own two different ones. I like their colossal lash mascara, but the BEST drugstore mascara is Loreal Million Lashes. I love it. 

janinebt

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I'd have to agree with most of what's already been said!

 

I don't really understand the whole limited edition products thing. People rave and dash to get new items that will only be around for a while. More often than not I find myself a little underwhelmed by limited edition things. I DO love the Tarte Aqualillies collection though.

 

Limited things are usually cute, but I'm not one to sulk if I don't get something. Besides most makeup only lasts a couple of years anyway, so eventually things will have to be tossed.

 

Whimsically yours,
Janine
CaitlinBrunson

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The only "limited edition" think that I have ever been bummed about not being able to pick up is the Hourglass Lighting Palette. Other than pretty packaging, I don't get buying a "limited edition" product. If I do like a product and am impressed with it, It creates some frustration with me and the brand. Like why create something so great and then take it away?! Feel similar to when a company discontinues a GREAT product but keeps the mediocre or even poor ones on the shelves! 

annonymous1

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i completly agree! also, if you fall in love with the product you wont be able to buy it a second time :smileysad: 

rtista

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I have three: Lancome Hypnose Star mascara just doesn't work on my lashes.  I have naturally long, curled lashes (though not very voluminous), and that mascara makes some of my lashes pin straight and clump together...it's NOT a good look.  I couldn't wait to finish my sample (which I did). 

 

I also dislike the Sugar lip treatments, which did nothing to moisturize my lips this winter.  To be fair, perhaps they're not supposed to be *that* moisturizing, I dunno. 

 

American BB creams:  Tried the Smashbox, Tarte, and Boscia and just found that they do nothing for my acne-scarred, oily skin.  I tried authentic Korean BB creams (Lioele, Dr. Jart + Silver, Elisha Coy) and I LOVE these.  The coverage is infinitely superior, and my complexion is so much brighter and clearer by the end of the day.  Interesting thread!

marydiva

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GlamGlow! UGH. I just didn't feel like it did ANYTHING for my skin. 

starletta8

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Ooh, that makes me nervous since I have some to try!

xshell

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I love this thread!

 

I read every beauty blogger and editor rave about the Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation and unfortunately bought 2 shades out of hopeful excitement of the next coming. And now they sit in my drawer collecting expensive dust. UGH

 

I found it extremely drying and highlighted the flaky patches (I don't even really have dry skin!) and it was an ugly sallow matte on the skin. An utter disappointment.

michmo

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As some others have said Bare Minerals.  There is a great match to my color, but I just never liked how it felt for me.  I always felt like my face was dirty when I was putting it on.  Plus there was the fact that it just didn't make me feel pretty like some other foundations do.  I keep my jar around and every once in a while try it again, but every time it's the same thing.  

yaning

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I agree, I bought them when I was in university now I still have the blushes. The brush is of poor quality as well. 

brennn

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For me it'd be the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.  This is one of those YouTube cult products & at the price I figured there was nothing to lose by trying it. I find it to be so chalky & even with a very light hand it looks ashy on my med/tan skin. I also find that it does absolutely nothing for oil control. I'm better off just blotting rather than blot & apply this. Somehow this makes me oily faster; literally within a half hour post blotting my t-zone is shiny compared to 4-5 hours post blotting without it!

brittieeee

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The Sugar Lip Treatment (or any other pricey lip balm for that matter) - just a glorified and slightly flavored petroleum jelly 22x the price.

dannyc

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Have you compared the ingredients? The Sugar Lip Treatments are PACKED with moisturizing ingredients for the lips with absolutely no petrolatum! Petroleum Jelly is actually not supposed to be used on the lips. It's full of mineral oil which can cause breakouts, it doesn't moisturize the lips, because it can't penetrate & it's carcinogenic. 

Beeswax is great for the lips, petrolatum, not so much... 

manniface

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Please check your facts: refined mineral oil doesn't cause breakouts more significantly than any other oil, it is an effective occlusive moisturizer and IT IS NOT CARCINOGENIC. 

 

That being said I personally prefer the feel of wax based balms like burts bees but I agree with a lot of people who think that the sugar lip treatments arent worth the money. Also they are terrible if you live in the desert as they melt like crazy :smileysad:

nathaliew

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For me it would be the Dior Show mascara....The brush is pretty good but the formula is clumpy and drying and for the price it's really a bad product

emmaclaire

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I've been thinking about this topic for awhile now since I first posted, and I've come to realize I generally don't like palettes in general!  I own a few eyeshadow palettes that I like and use, but I don't have ANY where I love/use every single color.  I don't have any lip palettes, but I'm so particular about lipstick I couldn't imagine wanting one and using more than one or two colors either. And generally I HATE face palettes - I'm too pale for them most of the time anyway.

 

It's silly because sometimes they're a great way to save money, but 99% of the time I'd rather just buy the individual products I know I'll love and use.  Less wasteful!

pinkonyx

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Wen shampoo, urban decay in general, eye shadow primers, and Murad skin care.

CzaCee

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Revlon Lip Butters. i freakin hate that this product is soooooo raved about. like i don't see anything special about it. arghhhhh.

miabt

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Fun topic!  I totally agree with a lot of you on not caving to the hype!  I will admit that in my earlier years of makeup, I was quick to fall into fads & listen to these so called "beauty bloggers" that rave about products, especially when they dupe products with lower end drug store products.  I also fall prey to the "limited edition, online only, for 2 hour" sales that MAC tends to have (case in point, todays RiRi Collection), but I've been trying to be more conscious about the so called must haves :smileyhappy:  I feel your beauty pain, ladies!!

 

xo, Mia

jlynndoeshair

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face primers! i think in general they are just a big gimmick and i will probably never waste my money on one again. i have the too faced primed and poreless face primer, and while i admit it does make my skin feel softer and has a nice matte finish, i don't think it actually makes my makeup last any longer. and i am a big too faced fan, so for me to write a bad review for one of their products is very out of the ordinary. however, i do think a good eye primer makes all the difference in the world! too faced shadow insurance has literally changed my life :smileyhappy:

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