Hello Babes! Being a makeup and beauty blogger (also maybe a little crazy obsessed), I try a lot of products out throughout the year. But with the good, there is also the bad so here are the products that disappointed me the most in the year of 2016.
Before we begin I do have to say just a couple things. First, I am in no way trying to bash these companies. Many of these brands have lots of products I really enjoy, these particular products just didn’t work for me. Second, everyone is different, so even though these products didn’t work for me for whatever reason, that doesn’t mean they won’t work for someone else. If you ended up liking these products then great! I am happy they worked and it wasn’t a waste for you.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick: I feel like 2016 was the year of foundation sticks so when this came out I was so excited. Especially because ABH came out with a ton of shades so everyone could find something that worked.
Why it’s bad: This was a huge let down though because it had everything I didn’t want in a foundation stick. The product itself was so tightly compact and hard that you 100% needed to add drops of a facial oil or spray just to apply the products on your face. After only one swipe the product got dry and hard again so you ended up tugging on your face. This was geared towards oily skin people so I assumed matte finish and with full coverage. Well the product was so dry that you needed more than 2 layers to get an even complexion and when you actually did apply the product it was very streaky and hard to blend out. It also didn’t last long.
Alternative: Lancôme Tint Idole Foundation Stick. This one is a matte finish and has medium/full coverage that can easily be built up to extreme full coverage. Also not streaky, smoother application and lasts up to 12 hours.
Ciate London X Chloe Morello Palette: So this one is one of those “YouTube Made Me Do It” purchases. I kept seeing lots of people post and talk about it, plus the colors were all right up my alley, and the set was $45 and it came with a pouch, mini mascara, mini liquid lipstick, and the palette so I mean how could I not get it?
Why it’s bad: This turned out to be a major hit and miss product. I realized when I was using it that I had to constantly go back in with most of the colors just to get enough pigmentation. When I did end up finding a good shadow in the palette, it applied nicely but blended out very streaky. I had such a hard time working with this palette I haven’t used it since my IG video I posted.
Alternative: Tartlette in Bloom Palette. Although you don’t get all the extra goodies and as many shadows in the Tarte palette you do get a good mix of some warm neutral and mauve tones that you see in the Ciate palette. Not to mention that the palettes are the same price and the Tarte palette has amazingly pigmented and blendable shadows.
Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay Palette: I feel like this one is more of a shadow preference thing. I’ve never been a fan of UD shadows but when this first launched back in January it was mega hyped and the shadows looked different but close enough to what I like so I figured why not.
Why it’s bad: Like I said, this could just be me but I just found the shadows to be too dry. This made it difficult to get enough product out, to properly blend the product out and when you finally did, the shadows were also streaky. Not to mention that when I actually looked at it, the color scheme made no sense. Lots of neutrals very similar in shades then very heavy darks, a lime green and a blue.
Alternative: Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. I love this palette. The shades all work nicely together and are similar but not too similar. These shadows are pigmented, blend nicely, and can be built up for a darker color and depth. You won’t get a lime green shade here but the blue is one that actually holds it color.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Another “YouTube Made Me Do It” purchase is this one. I heard Lustreluxe rave about this, then LauraLee rave about this so I thought I would give it a try. This is supposed to smoothen your features, tighten pores, and give your skin a radiant finish.
Why it’s bad: For me personally, it did nothing. I have oily skin so naturally there is some dewiness but even after spraying this on my face, I didn’t see any additional radiance, my features looked the same and so did my pores.
Alternative: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. So this one won’t tighten your pores either but it will give you a flawless canvas for makeup application and a radiance after your makeup is done. I can’t exactly tell you what it does to my face or how, but all I know is that when I spray my face with this before doing my makeup, my makeup looks so much better.
Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette: Let’s talk about a product that was HELLA HYPED for 2016. For months this was all anyone could talk about and when I heard it was going to release on Huda’s website AND Sephora’s I knew I needed to set my alarm and get it.
Why it’s bad: This one isn’t actually bad, but it’s just okay and it fell really short of the hype it had. First off, although the packaging is cute and I like the clear cover, it’s made of thick cardboard. A $65 palette and it’s not even going to be made out of cheap plastic but straight cardboard? Not to mention that if you weren’t fast enough to get it on Sephora’s site you needed to pay $20 more for shipping! That’s $85 for a palette…The mattes in this palette are good but the pigments in this one fell short. They were supposed to be “incredibly creamy and pigmented with one swipe” but they actually were a pretty stiff formula and in order to get good pigmentation you needed to use your fingers not a brush. This one was just too much high maintenance for the price you pay, if I’m being honest.
Alternative: Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette. Not only is this palette cheaper, it comes with more shades and all the shades are crazy pigmented, buttery and smooth. You also get the same array of more warm shades as you do in the Huda Palette and you can use a brush or your fingers.
Beauty Blender Minis: This one is actually an“Instagram Made Me Do It” purchase. I kept seeing people make those mini videos with these and how they used them so I of course, I told myself I needed them too.
Why it’s bad: These aren’t bad per say but these just did nothing new or something I couldn’t have done with my original Beauty Blender or sponge. It’s an extra product you have to go get and because these are tiny, you’ll most likely end up losing them.
Alternative: Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponges. If you really want to have these mini sponges for some reason, try the RT ones. They are cheaper, feel the same and these actually are supposed to help clean up your makeup mistakes. Something a traditional beauty blender can’t do.
Jaclyn Hill X BECCA Eyeshadow Palette: So we all know that YouTuber Jaclyn Hill knows her makeup. BECCA Cosmetics also has amazing makeup products, so when we people heard they were teaming up to release not just a highlighter but an eyeshadow and face palette too, people legit lost their minds. Like those people, as did I. I was so excited to see a basic neutral eyeshadow palette that you could wear for day or night makeup and being BECCA, I expected a good formula.
Why it’s bad: This was such a huge let down for several reasons. First, not everyone got the same formula. For some reason BECCA produced 2 palettes, one with the intended good formula and one with a really bad formula. The shadows were chalky, powdery, and streaky in the bad one but even though I got one of the “good” batch ones, the shadows still didn’t blend that well, they weren’t all that creamy, and I noticed that when applied them on the eye, the shadows came out a lot darker than the pan color. The pictures show a neutral and warm brown toned palette but in person it’s actually a lot more mauve toned. Though I like Jaclyn Hill, this was just such a bland and not impressive palette that I’ve literally only used it once.
Alternative: Viseart Theory Mink Palette. If you’re looking for a neutral everyday palette that that isn’t boring this is the one for you. The formula of these shadows are creamy, pigmented, and blendable (everything we expected in the JH X Becca palette). And though the colors are basic, standard colors, they are so vibrant and true to the pan color that you will want to and can use them for any look. These also pop out and you get an extra shadow for the same price as the other eye palette.
MAC X Selena Collection: When MAC announced that after years of requesting and petitioning for a Selena Collection the fans would finally get one, we were all over the moon about it. For most Latinas, like myself, Selena was a hero. Not only did she show us how to fight for what you want but also that smiles, makeup, and a little bling was A-Okay.
Again, although I love Selena, this collection just (in my eyes) didn’t really capture what we all were expecting. A MAC spokesperson mentioned that the collection was inspired by products in Selena’s makeup bag but honestly, I had never seen Selena wear purple or black eye shadow so why include those in the collection. They included some nice neutral shades but these weren’t anything special or something you couldn’t get from Wet n’ Wild for a way cheaper price. Selena was known for her winged liner and red lips so of course MAC released those 2 products but the wing liner was streaky and patchy and it felt like MAC just slapped Selena’s name on their original formula. The red lipstick was ok but why make it glossy and not a long lasting matte lipstick? MAC has one of the best matte lipstick formulas in the world, why they wouldn’t make a special red lipstick for Selena with that formula, is still beyond me. I have the collection but honestly with this one you’re paying for the name and packaging because the products inside were nothing special.
What were some 2016 disappointing products for you? Do you agree?
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