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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.

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I didn't even think about Burt's Bees either... I know they're famous for their lip products, but of all of the things I've tried- they're the bottom of my list.

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My eyes water too with the black mask!

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It's so weird how differently people's skin will react to a product. I love the yes to cucumbers wipes, but my skin has never reacted badly to anything so I'm not the best source for sensitive skin products :/

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ANY of the products from the Caudalie line, I don't understand why they need to add fragrance or alcohol into the products I want to try... just dries me up or breaks me out. So much for "natural" branding...

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Haha, Caudalie is such a hit or miss. I love Caudalie beauty elixir so I decided to try more of their stuff. I got a set, and for the first time ever, I'm getting a full face of breakout/unmistakable allergic reaction from the product I'm trying, and it's either the Caudalie moisturizer or serum. X.X

 

ps. Some alcohol are naturally derived, and some formula actually have moisturizing properties. I looked it up after finding "xx alcohol" on my alcohol-free toner.

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BB creams - Don't get me wrong, I love the BB creams in Asia (currently waiting for one to come in the mailSmiley Happy) But all the ones I've tried from drugstores and high end just don't seem to work well with my skin. Some are too liquidy, orange, makes me oily than ever. I keep trying them and trying them but I think I'll just stick with the ones from Asia. 

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics - I do have it. Just don't use it as much anymore. Literally 3 of the 6 colors are identical.. Except one is a satin finish. Idk I think there should have been more variety between the six colors. 

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@sephoralovex

I agree with you. I think the western cosmetic industry just completely ruined the meaning of bb creams and transformed it to whatever they want, creating crap products that are supposed to live up to the standard of but cannot compare to asian brands. 

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i agree with this, the original BB cream is like a white paste that completely COVERS pimples and redness & i think most of them are made with green tea. 

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To add more products:

 

BB Creams- Until being introduced to my new favorite TM, I would've lumped all TMs in with BB creams. I haven't found a BB that does anything great for my skin- and the US-based ones tend to be too dark.

 

MUFE Foundation: I see this being recommended as a full-coverage foundation.  I see that being the case. However, I've never had a product break me out like that before!

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A couple others:

 

Benefit Bad Girl Lash/They're Real!: Again, I know people rave about Benefit everything, but especially these mascaras. I didn't find them to be anything special- or really a good buy.

 

Most Benefit Products: I think the packaging is adorable... but aside from a couple of products I like (Boi-ing, Dandelion), I find the line to be all about packaging and not worth the pricepoint.  I know lots of people rave, but I just can't get behind the hype.  I've certainly tried!