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Have you thrown away a beauty product because it was so awful?

I have....what comes to mind first is the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. It made my face burn so bad and it turned me bright red, I looked like I had a bad sunburn and it hurt until I took an ice cube and ran it all over my face, then rubbed on Ocean Potion ICE (blue bottle, HG sunburn product). Right now if there's something that I really hate, I just put it in a large zip loc bag and give it away because money is money.

 

The Devil....

 

 

The Angel....

Re: Have you thrown away a beauty product because it was so awful?

Yep!  Pro-Activ, Differin, Retin-A Micro, Tazarac. Luckily some were samples given to me by the dermatologist at the time.  I just tossed them in the trash after I had really bad skin burning and severe redness and irritation.

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Well, I just use it for a different part of my body. I got a .5oz of Clinique Even Better Moisturizer SPF20 during their bi-annual big GWP thing and it breaks me out so now I apply it to the top of my forearms and back of my hands since they are not as greasy as sunscreen and I'm still protected when driving. I think I kept the clinique yellow gel for too long (half bottle, 2 yrs) and it burned on my face last time I tried it, so now I use it to moisturize my neck and it's working very well.

 

Oh I just remembered....yes, I threw out Clinique City Block SPF 40 I brought like 7 yrs ago. That was when I was a teenager with no means of transportation so I couldn't return it. I want to like it but it breaks me out over the chin each time. I recently got a sample of it again, the packaging and formula have changed and now I like it. I'm SO glad I didn't buy Boscia black mask. I'm using Sekkisei black mask, which is precursor to Boscia except it dries better and cleans better. When I tried the sample of Boscia, the fume was so strong I was crying the whole time and when I peel, it took off nothing compare to Sekkisei.

 

Angel:

Devil:

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Hey sephoramusthave - I've definitely had this happen numerous times and I do try to give it to somebody who might be able to use it. However, you can very often return it to the store where you purchased, CVS and many stores will give you a refund or at the Very least, a store credit. (the stores get compensation for the returned item)

 

You can also sometimes return it directly to the manufacturer, don't know if that's if the store gives you a hard time or how it actually works, Very often you can look on the bottle or the packaging *******Always Keep The Packaging******** even if you tried it a few times and it seems okay, sometimes it doesn't cause a problem after a number of uses.

 

There is usually a phone number on the package or product, if not just look it up on the website, they should have one, although they sometimes make it very hard to find. It's worth making a call. I don't know what happens, every company is so different. I do know that a couple of times I had questions or a problem and they sent me coupons for products in their line. Sweet! So it's worth a try. It makes me nuts too though.

 

BTW - loved the devil/angel comparison Smiley Happy

 

ps - also loved beautytesters idea of using something on a different area, a moisturizer that bothers your face might be ideal for use on your feet - patch test first.

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Anything I could not return, YES. 

 

Although I cannot name all the products, a lot of them were drug store items (both makeup and skincare) in the past.  Mainly because of no return policy for opened items.

Things I can recall pitching:

Philosophy Hope in a Jar

Clinique Bar Soaps (these things kept returning as gifts for many years...)

Bath and body works body lotions

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

 

 

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I did not like Philosophy Hope in a Jar either! I always hear good things about them, but it definitely doesn't work for me! I used to throw things away before all these stores came up with the return policies.

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Yes! I hate to do it if the product doesn't work for me though. I try to pass it on to my sister, or things I may have tried once to my fellow beauty junkie friends.

 

Among my list?

 

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads (nearly fried my skin off Smiley Sad )

 

A Tarte mascara that did nothing but fall into my eyes and flake EVERYWHERE.

 

yuck and sad all at once! 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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I had to toss my Hope in a Jar as well! I was so sad when I did because I had such high hope for the thing! Smiley Sad

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Usually if the products don't work I use them on my mom when I give her at-home facials. She doesn't have sensitive skin or any major skin problems, so I don't have to waste them. However, when I was in New York for school, I had to leave my Clinique 3-piece set behind. I know it's a lot of people's favorite, but it was not working for me and I had no room in my suitcase. Great question!

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Yes! I'm always so bummed when I try products that fall short of their hype for me. Below are a few of mine.

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Pencils: They work so well for some people, but for me they almost always smudge Smiley Sad.

 

Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash: The formula clumps and leaves my lashes flakey.

 

Hope in a Jar:  Like many of you have already said...It just doesn't do anything for me.

Whimsically yours,
Janine

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Oh my goodness I heart this post!!

I totally hate throwing things away, but sometimes it must be done!!!

 

Here are some of my recent horrors...

L'oreal Voluminious Million Lashes..Clumps like you wouldn't believe then flaked on me. For some reason I held onto this for about a month until I just tossed it.

 

 

Makeup Forever Smokey Lash - Not only did this clump like crazy but it actually made my eyes tear and burn.

I'm so glad this was only a sample!

 

Tarte Lipsurgance in Amused - this made me look like I had clown lips. Not meant for light skin with neutral undertones. It made my natural skintone look gray. Yuck!

Tarte - LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Stain

The worst: Clean & Clear Morning Burst In shower facial - This stuff did absolutely nothing. It didn't even leave my skin feeling clean, but it was very difficult to remove all the little scrubbing beads from my hairline and the residue.

 

MORNING BURST® In-Shower Facial

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I have a big history of purchasing beauty products, then getting home and finding they are awful. Of course, by then I have either thrown out the packaging or lost the receipt, so it ends up going in the trash.

 

Most recent ones are the Boscia BB cream sample, that one turns orange on me after a few hours, Neutrogena gradual tanner (it smells and didn't do much except get my legs sticky), Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer (the peppermint smell/taste is overpowering and it isn't particularly hydrating for me).

 

Love the angel/devil comparison!

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I usually hold on to the packaging and receipt since I try to first use the product on the day I buy it or the next day. 

 

Last week, I bought the Salon Express nail stamping kit at Sally's to try.  That thing is a piece of crap.  The stamper needs to be improved, and the designs in the plates need to be deeper.  When I used the scraper, it took off too much polish.  I also tried using other items as scrapers, and the same thing happened.  I returned it to Sally's and bought something I knew would work and I would use: nail polish lol.

 

I just threw out a sample of the Smashbox TM.  After a few uses, I broke out more than usual.  Usually, I have the "under the skin" blemishes.  This time, I had 4 red bumps at once.  Two on the forehead, one on the cheek, and one on my chin.  I was not a happy camper lol.

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What a great topic!

 

I have recently tossed out...

 

Make Up Forever Smokey Lash- It was SOO dry and it did nothing but dry out my lashes and it irritated my eyes

 

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Adrenaline - bright fuchsia sparkle, the glitter made my lips peel! However, I also have it in Lovechild and love it. I think it was just glitter that dried out my lips.

 

Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub- It was too harsh on my skin. I personally like something with smaller beads.

<3 Melissa

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Hmmm, I usually keep the packaging and recipt, I am a big returner if I don't like something. However, if it's a sample, I may give it away or toss it out since I didnt pay for it and there's so little of it in a sample. Some examples of giving away...Philosophy's Hope, every time I get a sample I give it away, usually to my mother in law bc I already know I don't like it. My mom in law is usually happy to receive them. I also got rid of the Revlon? Baby Lips lipgloss, I lost receipt and tossed packaging figuring I'd love it, I mean it is just lip gloss...but there is no such thing as "just lip gloss.". So I trashed it. I also always gave away or trashed the toner to Pro activ, I'm not big on toner at all. also, when I did the Clinique 3 step, I hated the bar soap, and later came to hate the toner so I just stopped buying it. I've received some really bad samples of BE bronzer colors, especially in the sun safety kit. That went into the trash, I don't know anyone that color would look good on. I also hated the Blinc mascara that tubes lashes...it came In a Sephora sampler and I immediately knew it wasn't for me, but who wants used mascara, so trash it went. The thing is, it usually takes me a while to realize I won't use it and I should let it go as the real estate in my makeup storage is hot and I need the space for new stuff. I just can't bring myself to get rid of makeup or clothing items Neil its been quite a while. Throwing out is harder than giving, at least I will see it being used by someone.

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Sephora is a dream when it comes to returns, so the only things I've ever thrown away because of how bad it was was Stila's Forever Your Curl Mascara. Smudged like crazy! By the end of 3 hours, I was already having raccoon eyes. Threw it away when I got home. 

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I've thrown away a few things, but not very many. The only recent thing that comes to mind is the stila eyeliner in stingray. The top broke, which has happened to TWO of them!! AGHH. And it got so dried out that it was unusable. It also was not "waterproof" for me. The cap would just crack along the side. I also saw it on pretty much every one in the sephora store that I went to but I figured it was just because people are stupid and are too aggressive with them. I'm nothing but careful with my makeup and within 2 days the top was broken. And since my nearest store is over 2 hrs away I couldn't return it. I wasn't going to drive 2 hrs to return a 20 dollar eyeliner and I can't send things back to them through the mail. I pretty much prefer to shop online because I rarely go to my location. I usually like to go in, swatch things, then order what I like online because then I am covered if I want to return it. Their return policy is good, but I wish I could return things through the mail that was bought in store.

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Usually if it's skincare and I end up not liking it, I give them to my fiance (he refuses to buy his own cleanser >.<), that and on occasion if there is a manly moisturizing perk I will give him that (he likes the LAB, and it doesn't break him out)  I'm gathering that he definitely has sensitive skin though, poor guy gets a red nose every time I visit, not sure what it is in my regimen that bothers it so badly :/  I've tried changing makeups too!

 

If I really don't like it, I will return it, if it's past that point, and the fiance won't use it, I will generally pawn it off on my friends, it's rare that I end up throwing any beauty item out to be honest, the only ones to date have been old mascaras and eyeliners!

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Wow! I loved reading everyone's responses to this topic, because now I've learned some new products to stay away from! I was actually planning on purchasing the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara, but after reading this post I think I'll try something different. Thanks everyone!

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Recently I've thrown away-

 

Hourglass lipstick

Dior Extase Mascara-old

Bare Minerals eyeshawdow

Stila Eye Shawdow palettes

 

Re: Have you thrown away a beauty product because it was so awful?

Yes, Benefit's They're Real Mascara.  Ugh, hated that wand and brush!

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