This week, it dawned on me that (after reaching out to my lovely Instagram followers) I’ve written a number of posts emphasising my favourite products and fashion pieces, but not so many about pieces I don’t like.
Due to the huge number of different makeup and skincare products out on the market, it’s only guaranteed that you’ll find a few that don’t do the job as well as you’d hoped. I try to research items, either by reading reviews or asking others, before buying them to avoid wasting my money – but occasionally I do come across some that disappoint me. Posts like these can be helpful to those unsure about whether to buy a particular product, as you’re able to read a genuine opinion from somebody who tried and tested it in the hope that it would work!
From looking through purchases I made both recently and in the past few months, I’ve put together a small list of 6 beauty items that I’ve tried numerous times, but that haven’t earned their place in my favourites. Some I may use up, others may continue to sit in my collection until I pluck up the courage to just throw them away (I’m such a hoarder. I like to think of it as being sentimental but really I’m just a hoarder). Either way, I won’t be repurchasing them.
Sadly, No7’s Beautiful Skin day cream won’t be something I’ll repurchase. I was keen to try this daily moisturiser as I’d heard so many great reviews about it – I loved the fact that it contained SPF and came in multiple different versions tailored to particular skin types. I chose the green version (for normal/oily skin) in the hope that it would improve my oily complexion.
Unfortunately this cream just isn’t to my taste. The main issue I have is actually the formula itself. I tend to prefer light, refreshing moisturisers (such as my Clinique moisturising gel I’m always raving about) that dry quickly and smooth skin. I find that this cream is quite thick and feels a little heavy on my face after application. I try to use a smaller amount, but it doesn’t spread too well across my skin so it’s tricky.
I’ve also found it doesn’t do a whole lot to combat my oily complexion. Of course, you need multiple products to achieve this rather than relying on just one, but I don’t feel as though it did much at all.
I’m super disappointed as I had such high hopes for this moisturising cream! I’m pretty picky when it comes to skincare products so I think I should have tested this before purchasing a whole pot. It’s entirely down to personal preference, though – my Mum loves a creamy moisturiser so this is great for her!
Benefit’s new BAD gal mascara is also making an appearance. This has had very mixed views from those I’ve spoken to, but again, I think it’s down to personal preference.
I’m a huge fan of Benefit’s mascaras, so I was super excited to give this latest version a try. I was happy when I pulled the spoolie out of the tube: the bristles are separated and the formula isn’t too thick. It did look promising!
Sadly, this product just isn’t for me. As many of you will know, I prefer natural-looking makeup and this is therefore a little too much for my liking. When I tried it, my lashes began to clump a little and attempting to separate them just made things worse – for those who love volumised lashes, this is great! But, for me, my lashes just look too intense and contrast hugely with the rest of my minimal face.
Also on my ‘do not repurchase’ list is the 2in1 dry shampoo by Batiste.
I’ve always been impressed with their dry shampoos (blush being my favourite) and was excited to see this product launched, as I do love a multi-tasker! I love having smooth, conditioned hair, so this looked ideal for me.
You guessed it – it’s not. I’ve tried this so many times in so many ways (it’s actually almost empty) and it just doesn’t do as good a job as my standard Batiste dry shampoo. After spraying it onto my roots and lengths as per instructions, my hair doesn’t feel a whole lot different and I end up reaching for my normal version and applying that, too. I assume it’s due to the extra products in it or a different consistency – the addition of ‘conditioner’ seems to limit the effect of the product on my roots and does a poor job of removing any oil.
I was pretty bummed to find that the scent wasn’t as lovely as I’d hoped either, compared to other dry shampoos I’d used in the past. I wish I had positive points to say about this but it’s just nowhere near as good as the original version…
St. Tropez is a pretty respected brand, well-known for its great tanning products! Although I don’t use their fake tan, I was keen to try their tanning mitt when I came around to needing a new one. It looked like fairly decent quality.
I wasn’t impressed. By the second use, I took my hand out of the mitt to find that my pinky fingers had become covered in tan which is an absolute nightmare to fix. You can see clearly the discolouration in the picture above on either side of the mitt, where the product has leaked through the fabric.
I definitely won’t be using this mitt again! Please do comment below if you use tanning products and can recommend a good mitt!
NYX’s HD finishing powder also just doesn’t do the job for me and won’t be repurchased. This has been sitting in my makeup collection for way too long, not being used, so I think it’s about time I said goodbye.
There are a number of reasons I struggle with this product. Firstly, I find that it’s not so great for oily skin. When wearing the powder, I’m forced to top it up numerous times over the day because it doesn’t stay matte for very long. It didn’t get on well with my T-Zone at all.
I’m also, since trying this product, now very aware of ‘finishing’ or ‘setting’ powders that contain the word ‘HD’ or ‘luminous’. I find that they certainly don’t look great when I’m out at night in limited lighting and need to use flash photography for any photos. The flash seems to cause my entire face to shine horribly.
A final reason (and one I’ve begun to consider very important) is due to the ingredients in this product.
It contains a couple of ingredients I’ve started to watch out for because my skin is pretty sensitive and I like to look after it as much as I can. The NYX powder contains talc, which can be irritating for skin and harmful if too much ends up in the wrong places (in 2016 Johnson & Johnson were forced to pay $72 million to the family of a woman whose death was linked to Talcum powder). I also try to avoid preservatives such as phenoxyethanol which, again, can cause skin irritation.
I’ve begun to prefer using products that contain much more natural ingredients and are almost guaranteed to do no harm to your health or skin.
Clinique’s Dramatically Different moisturiser is something I’ve tried a fair number of times because I’m a very dedicated Clinique fan. I figured it could work well for my skin due to the fact it’s aimed at combination/oily skin and has had pretty good reviews.
The only thing I could fault about this product is that it feels heavier on my skin compared to their Moisture Surge range and doesn’t hydrate it as well.
It’s only on this basis that I’ve decided I won’t be repurchasing this once it’s used up – I’m sticking to my favourite!
My reasons for deciding not to repurchase any of these items are, of course, my own opinion and are completely down to personal preference. I found that they didn’t work for me in the ways I would have liked them to, or simply weren’t as good as other products I’d already tried!
I’d love to know if you have tried any of these and what you thought of them – good or bad!
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