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Items to avoid at all cost.

Since the sale is rumored to be coming up, I'm just curious as to what products or even brands I should be avoiding in general. There are posts for overrated products, but being overrate indicates that there is something decent about it. But I am interested in items and brands that you absolutely hate.



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I had the same experience with BM foundation, jaha8005! Smiley Sad

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I did too but only after I hit 32. Before that it was really a beautiful finish that I had used for 5 years. 

NO to Bare Minerals. The Mineral veil on the other had does look pretty nice with most foundations. 

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Things I'll never repurchase:

Urban Decay Pencil Liner (smudges like crazy)

Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (not good to use as a base, they crease like crazy)

OCC Lip Tars (difficult to work with and keep in place)

Stila Illuminating Foundation (I found this to accentuate my spots and make them look worse than they were)





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The UD 24/7 pencil eyeliner? Smiley Surprised

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I agree that nothing is hit or miss for everyone.  There is not a single Smashbox product I have ever liked.  All of the primers give me a rash.  The shadows do not work for me.  I am not fond of the mascara, blush, lipstick or gloss either.  The entire line is wasted on me.  Whereas, I adore Benefit.  Other than They're Real Mascara, which I am not a fan of at all, I have yet to try a Benefit product I do not like.  My favorites are That Gal (primer), Hoola (Bronzer) and High Beam (highlighter).  I just feel like they freshen up my face in a very subtle way.


I am just hoping Sephora releases some more makeup kits for chic week.  Those are my favorites.  Since I have more skincare products than I can ever use from all my Lancome GWPs and am not fond of many perfumes, I am so over the current kits.  Kits are the best way to discover new products that work for you and the ones that do not without spending to much money.  That is unless you are lucky enough to get a sample of the exact thing you want to try.


I got a sample of Benefit's The Big Easy last week.  It is AMAZING.  If I do not sccop it up during the 21 days of beauty at Ulta, I will get it during chic week.

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I initially started this thread because I was curious as to what you guys don't like. I absolutely did not expect this at all! This thread is so entertaining and it's a nice pickmeup after my rough day! Thanks for the laughs! Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy

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The newest NARS eyeshadow and cheek palettes.

They are disgustingly terrible for the price.

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Can't stand Clinique  Burns my face. Absolutely hate BB creams. Too thick and difficult to wash off. Glam glow doesn't get rid of my blackheads. Porefessional did nothing to make my pores smaller. 

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Yes, me too with the Clinique!  It burns us.  It once left my eyelids so inflamed that I couldn't wear any eye products for two weeks.  People thought I'd suddenly discovered hot pink eyeshadow for some reason.

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Hehehe. Just read through this entire thread. Comedy!

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1. Benefit Stay Don't Stray: I really wanted this to work, but it was just awful. It completely dried out my lid and under my eyes, creased too.

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder: I have pretty dry skin, and when I finally splurged and got this in Ethereal I was so disappointed-my skin was super flakey after applying this, and no glow.

3. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick: The shades and initial application is great, but this dried out my lips so quickly. Wearing lip balm underneath it didn't help. It's also really hard to get off.

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You should exchange the HG ambient powder you have for dim or diffused. I have normal/dry skin and it's good, plus I find those powders better than ethereal.

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I'll preface my statement by saying that I absolutely LOVE MUFE's products. However, if there is one product I would avoid like the plague, it is the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation--if your skin is oily like mine. I bought into the hype, went to Sephora and got color-matched (on the advice of others) and happily went skipped home with my new purchase. I've had a love-hate relationship with it since. It goes on beautifully, but within an hour or two, it oxidized on my skin and I looked like an Oompa-Loompa.

So if your skin is oily, I would suggest getting the MUFE Duo-Mat powder foundation, which the company was going to discontinue a few months ago. Thankfully, they came to their senses!

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On my third or fourth one now Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy Smiley Very Happy



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Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara is a HUGE disappointment! It clumps and gives me spider lashes, and the "ground breaking" brush is not user friendly. From what I've been told you're supposed to rotate when applying so lashes can be coated evenly, but all it did was leave a lot of muck behind. I can see small clumps of product in between the bristles when I pull the wand out of the tube. Yuck! Not a fan of the formula, either - it's in between wet and dry, definitely on the waxy side. 


I love Bare Minerals and am a huge fan of their foundation, lip gloss, and shadows, but this product is a dud.

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I'm laughing so hard reading further in this thread! You ladies crack me up, I Heart you! Smiley Very Happy 


Back to the actual topic, I agree with those who say to avoid Benefit products...quality really lacks! Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer was not good, especially if you have sensitive/acne prone skin! I also agree that BM's Lash Domination mascara is a huge disappointment.

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smashbox primers are a definite no for me. I tried one once, and when I applied my foundation after, it wouldn't go on! When I used my brush to blend the foundation, it would just pill off...gross. I think it was the smashbox photo finish blemish control primer.



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I do LOVE a few Benefit products, and i was SO excited to try the erase paste and boi-ing concealer from them. BIG disappointment. I got the lightest shades, as i have very fair skin but bad dark circles, and both concealers were cakey on my skin and too dark. So sad these didn't work for me.

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Glamglow... it is over priced for what it is and you have to use it within 2 months once you open it or it turns into a brick. Not what I would pay 69.00 for. ( white one) I have enough black ones in the samples to last me most of the year and I did like the eye pods but would never pay full price for a box. 

Guerlain Meteorites primer- pretty but overrated and did not work like I expected. 

Benefit besides lemonaid is a flop for me, but that is personal. 

Dior skincare is highly overrated as well. Swatch their shadow before buying as some formulations are different and are chalky.

Evian water in the spray can. Buy the Vichy for more than half the price. 

I don't care for the Korres overnight masks but I do adore the boscia tsubaki one. 

Marc Jacobs foundation. I don't like the feel and wears off very quickly

Urban decay BB cream-  I know i may be in a minority but I hated it. But then again the only BB cream I do like is the black JDart and the Bobbi Brown one. 


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I guess I better use my glam glow soon ... Smiley Sad I have the youth mud and the super mud ... ugh

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