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Makeup Flop(s)

So I discovered what could possibly be the worst makeup item of the year (so far) today:

 

Urban Decay's 24-7 Shadow Pencil in the color Sin! I've tried many other colors from the line and have loved them, but seriously, what's with the formulation of the Sin color in particular? It goes on patchy on the eyes -- not to mention tugs on the eyes -- and nearly impossible to blend! It also creases like no tomorrow, even with my NARS Smudgeproof primer. The color, on the other hand, is beautiful.

 

What makeup items have disappointed you so far?

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Hi poshified, 

 

I'm sorry to hear that! I am always disapointed when a product I am so looking forward to try fails me! I try to make sure its not user error either as I'm pretty familiar with most tips and tricks for products. Smiley Happy

 

The great thing is you can return the items or make an exchange with us if you need to!

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Sephora's generous return policy is the reason I would much rather shop there than, say, Ulta. This one came in a set of five other shadow sticks, so I'm not too too bitter about it Smiley Happy

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I just had an eyeshadow fail.  I bought the BareMinerals Ready Duo in Scenic Route.  It is a golden ivory and a golden olive.  They are beautiful.  I literally lost my breath when I swatched them when they arrived...BUT...

They look awful on me.  I think it is a lot of shimmer for me to carry off.  It seems to age me.  And the color just seems to wash my face out.  I was so bummed out.    

 

I don't feel right returning a perfectly good product just because I don't like it on me.  So I'm trying to work with it.  Tomorrow I am going to try to tone it down with some of the matte nudes from the naked2 palette tomorrow.  

 

I completely understand how you are feeling.  

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Olive colors on my eyes make me look really tired. Same with grays. Have you tried layering the ivory and olive shade? You can never go wrong with popping Tease from Naked2 or Naked from the original Naked palette in the crease Smiley Happy

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@poshified, great recommendation!

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I really really hated the Clinique shadow crayon.  It felt wet yet too chalky all at the same time, creased immediately, and somehow there was fallout everywhere.  I couldn't build up the color AT ALL and it wouldn't blend out.  It was the absolute worst product I've tried from the brand and top contender for worst product this year. I also REALLY hated Amazing Cosmetics concealer.  It made me oily yet flaky, was patchy, and didn't fully cover my redness.  Ugh.  

 

Both of those went back ASAP haha.  I love Sephora's generous return policy - I have yet to return something without making an equal or more expensive purchase within 2 weeks.

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Oh no! Thanks for the heads up on the Clinique sticks! I was eyeing the amber colored one. Looks like I'll be passing! I know I always feel bad whenever I make a return, I always end up spending more than the item I took back lol.

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I would recommend trying it out, because it might be one of those products that different colors seemingly have completely different formulations, but I really hated it lol!  The colors were very tempting, which is why I initially went for it.  Then again, I'm VERY particular about the quality of my eyeshadow - I wouldn't use Urban Decay until this year because I felt their shadows weren't up to par.  So I might also be nuts, I know how much everyone loves UD shadows!

 

I'm the same way with returns!  I always feel so guilty because I know the product can't be resold, so it's technically a loss for the store.  Especially when it's something my store doesn't carry, so it's probably a pain in the butt to do the return. Then again, they get my money anyway LOL!

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I was really bummed by the OCC Lip Tar.  I think part of it is that I can't find a color that works for me, but it also doesn't seem to agree with my lips.  It is super drying, it rubs off everywhere even when I only use a tiny bit and when it gets close to wearing off (which is also when it looks best) it starts to flake.

 

I really wanted to make that work, but i'm thinking it probably won't.

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Lip Tars are too high maintenanced for me and extremely drying for me. I hear they have lip gloss formulas now or something along that line Smiley Happy

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i tried one of the gloss formulations, it didn't seem noticeably different from the regular.

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@poshified I've had the same feeling about OCC lip tars- the little case and brush is cute but I like to swipe and go. Smiley Happy I finally found a shade I love (Sci Fi Lullabies in Pris) and it's not too drying and gives a really cool opal shiny shade to anything.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Sci Fi Lullabies Lip Tar Collection

 

One product that doesn't agree with me? Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes. My lashes looked amazing but wow was it flakey and drying. Smiley Sad very sad but just not for me.

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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I was disappointed by Lip Tar as well - I really really really wanted to love it, especially with all the hype, but it was just bleh.  The color I have is gorgeous enough that I decided to keep it, but I won't be buying any more.  They also settle (at least mine does) which is a seriously annoying trait because it's SO HARD to mix them back up again!

 

Sigh.  Sephora addict problems!

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First world issues! lol

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LOL exactly!

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For goodness sake, take them back! You can't tell when you ordered that things just won't work out. Sephora has a great return policy. 

 

I guess my fail was the "Ten" palette from Tarte. I wanted to try a bit more color and thought these would work, and it was on sale. I kept trying to find some way to make it work, but for some reason everything looked bad on me. I took it back and was much happier with other things. And Sephora has a customer who is more likely to shop there than anywhere else because I know if it doesn't work, I can return it. 

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Tarte's powder eyeshadows never really impressed me, minus the ones from the Aqualilies palette. I definitely am thankful for Sephora's amazing return policy (unlike certain department stores'!)

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most of what I've tried from Physicians Formula has disappointed me. I do like their shimmer strips trio eyeliners (waterproof thou)- not the kohl but the eyeliners.

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Have you tried their eye booster eyeliner that is a silver pen?  It's my absolute favourite liquid eyeliner, and I have used it since ever since it came out (in 2011?).  The 'ultra black' colour is really nice; I had made the mistake of getting the 'black,' and it wasn't very intense.

The tip is more of a brush which I love versus felt tip liners.

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good to know! thanks ladies Smiley Happy

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I have to agree with Superjulienne on the Eyebooster eyeliners from Physician's Formula! It's an exact dupe for the LORAC Pro Eyeliner for a fraction of the price Smiley Happy. I've tried their face products in the past and it broke me out, so I've stayed away ever since.

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I like sin, but I've never used it on my lid... I always apply it to the brow bone as a highlighter, or in the corner of my eyes. In a pinch I can use it as a highlighter on my cheek bones, I need to rub it on my finger first & then blend it in. 

 

One of my recent disappointments was the Dior brow pencil everyone raves about. Even with the lightest hand it still made my brows look to bold. I exchanged it for the tarte brow mousse & I couldn't be happier. 

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I'm always on the lookout for a good brow product, so I'll be sure to give the Tarte one a go! Also, great tip on the uses of Sin! I have to try them sometime!

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I've had pretty bad luck with the BB creams the Dr. Jarts water activated one was probably the worse thing I ever put on my skin! I also have bad luck in general with most foundations I think they're just too heavy for my skin. I've just stopped trying to buy foundations and stick with a dusting of powder.

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