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Products you regret buying in 2012?

I really enjoy watching youtube videos on products and today I watched a few about products that people regretted having purchased. I also just went through my products for the 3rd time in the last month and tossed/gave away to pare down. I thought I would start a thread where people could talk about which products they regret having purchased and why.


Here are mine :


Clarisonic Plus - short lived thrills. Did nothing for my face despite trying different cleansers, brush heads etc. By far the biggest and most expensive product let down I've ever had.


Edward Bess Monte Carlo quad royale - beautiful in the pan but the sparkle and shimmer was over the top when applied to my face and looked very obvious.


Becca eye tints - great products. Long lasting and natural looking. The problem? I'm just too used to applying powder eyeshadows and getting to use my brushes so these kind of sat around for awhile before I gave them away


Pantone Tangerine Tango lipgloss set - I got caught up in the "color of the year!" moment but only one of the four looked flattering. The whole boxed set got thrown out because I couldn't convince anyone else to wear hunter orange lipglosss. I don't know what I was thinking Smiley Tongue


Hourglass femme rouge lipstick - too heavy to feel comfortable and for the price point I just didn't enjoy wearing


Smiths Rosebud salve - Was it pink, rose scented vaseline? I have my suspicions.  Guess I'll never know.


All in all I had very little regrets compared to product purchases I loved and use regularly. How you about you ladies/gentlemen?










Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

This is a great topic! Its just as important to see what people think are duds as it is to see what they think is awesome :-)


I'm sure I could think of a few more if I really try....but off the top of my head my 2 biggest duds of the year are: Origins GinZing (seems to be a popular dud! Haha) and the Tarte Into The Wild Eye Shadow Pallette. 


I absolutely love both brands...Origins became a holy grail skincare line for me this year, but I felt that GinZing did nothing. The shadows in the Tarte pallete are not easy to work with and are quite chalky. Bummer!

Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

Me too! I love my Origins skincare but the Gin Zing made me sad Smiley Sad lol

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

We can shed a tear for GinZing! lol


Ginzing was actually the first Origins product I ever tried and turned me off from the brand. I am so happy that I received a sample of the Checks and Balances cleanser because i fell in love with it and have now discovered so many great products from Origins! My skin has never been better! Smiley Happy

Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

Oh gosh....the two that really pop out at me are:


NARS Multiple in Riviera----I ADORE the color and absolutely LOVE cream sticks/cream blushes/all in one products but this just doesnt compare in quality to my other less expensive color sticks/pot rouges that I love much more (Josie Maran, CARGO, Stila Convertible etc). Out of my whole blush drawer this one is my most expensive. The multiples are advertised as being 3 in 1 products and I dont find that to be the case. There's no way that I could use Riviera on my eyelids, and it leaves a satin finish that its not comfortable on the lips, not without gloss. My other colors sticks work just as well on lips as they do on the cheeks. And, unlike all my other blushes, this product doesnt last all day on me. It fades after 2 hours or less. With such an expensive product, I should not have to reapply several times throughout the day just to keep some color on my cheeks.


2. Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme


Geez. This product was the biggest waste of money I've ever spent. Its just a basic white face cream, you need more pumps than you think to cover your face, it didnt improve my complexion at all, it doesnt moisturize enough, it comes in this pump bottle that you cant see through or open up so there's probably a lot of wasted product in there that you cant reach, and to add insult to injury, it broke me out. I bought it because I wanted to treat myself to one luxe item because I never have before, and back then I had some red acne scars that I wanted to get rid of (I no longer have this, thank god) and this was the only product that was recommended to me by a sales woman. She assured me that even though it was pricey, that it would work. It didnt. I wish that Sephora sales woman would stop *personally guaranteering* that a product will work. You just cant do that.

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@sephoramusthave - I totally agree with you on the NARS Multiple! I am adding that to my list of regrets too! I would only wear mine on my cheeks too. It fades on me so quickly also.  I really liked it at first because the color looks great on my skintone (south beach), but i stopped wearing it once Inrealized how quickly it faded! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with that problem! 

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Yea I bought a NARS Multiple few years back and I completly agree that it fails!  I try to use it every now and then but it just doesn't last and it fraustrates the hell outta me!

Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

This is a really great thread -- I love reading the replies! Smiley Happy


I definitely had a few duds, myself -- mostly things that fall under the "had to have" category. These are not poor quality products in and of themselves, but because I never reach for them, they were basically a waste of money:


Tom Ford Cheek Color, Narcissist -- the most beautiful fuschia blush, but because it is *so* vividly pigmented, it's very hard for me to use, so I never bother. These blushes are expensive (but very large in product size), so they're really only worth it if you get use out of them. (Wicked, however, was a better investment because it's a much more user-friendly shade for me.)


Red lipstick: I love it, but I should have one very good red lipstick or a few inexpensive ones; spending a lot of money on color(s) I rarely use is not a wise investment.


As for things that just didn't work for me:


Benefit "They're Real" -- this did nothing for me. Again, it's not necessarily a bad product, but I think you do have to have the right type of eyelashes for it to suit (and I do not). If you already have thick eyelashes, I could see it being really effective at defining them, but it didn't look anything like false eyelashes on me.


Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream, White Russian -- I *love* the color, but it was too irritating (to the point of causing redness / splotches around my mouth and chin).


PTR Glycolic 3% Facial Wash: I bought this while traveling as a temporary replacement to my normal cleanser (either Anthony Logistics Glycolic or Skinceuticals Glycolic Face Wash) that I left at home. I'm not sure what the issue was (I think most people love this cleanser), but it dried my skin out.  The Skinceuticals cleanser actually has a higher concentration of glycolic acid (5% -- and while it's not listed, I think the Anthony Logistics cleanser has around the same) and it never dried out my skin. I think the other two (and particularly the Anthony Logistics one) have more nourishing ingredients...but for me (particularly with Retin-A), I did not have luck with this one -- I think it's probably better for oilier skin types / summer use.


Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

That's how I feel about "They're Real" too!


Not to mention in Texas humidity and the fact I wear contacts and occassion add eye drops, the formula ran a little bit for me. I have friends that love and swear by it and it looks wonderful on them, but it was just a miss for me.



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My big disappointment of 2012 wasToo Faced's Better Than False Lashes. 


I like a ton of drama and volume with my lashes. Unfortunately Better Than False Lashes failed to deliver that for me Smiley Sad. It did provide a bit of length, but it was relatively subtle.

Whimsically yours,

Re: Products you regret buying in 2012?

Have you ever used the Lancome Hypnose Drama? I love it!

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