I love reading products not worth the hype posts, and I have been wanting to write one for aaages but I never had enough products to fill a whole post... and then all of a sudden I realised that I have enough products for a couple of posts! I will try to make this post brief because there are quite a lot of products to get through, and I will also be mentioning a couple that I no longer have, but I will mention them anyway.
Just to clarify what this post is, it's about hyped up products that I don't think are worth the hype and also some products that I think are disappointing in general... so that includes products that I hate and won't repurchase, but it also mainly includes products that I actually like, but I think they aren't as good as what people make them out to be. These are the products that I bought purely based on peoples reviews, and then when I tried them all I could think was "meh". If some of these products are your holy grail products, I'm not intending to offend you, but for whatever reason they just didn't work for me.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold and Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum: I bought these products purely based on the hype surrounding them, but after trying them I wasn't impressed. These are not cheap, the Liquid Gold is around $55-$60 and the Intensive Night Repair is more like $75-$80. I bought these because I was struggling with my oily combination skin and spots, and this is supposed to help clear out your skin. Pretty much Alpha-H is a chemical exfoliate, which does make your skin feel nice the following day, but it doesn't have any long term benefits for my skin. Also, when you use this you are supposed to use it alone on clean skin, without a moisturiser... my skin struggles without moisturiser so I don't look forward to using this. Not being happy with the Liquid Gold alone, I thought I should buy the serum to add some long term benefits. The night repair serum is a thin serum which contains a lot of alcohol, and like the Liquid Gold, and I didn't see any skin benefits. I am using these only to use these two products up, definitely not worth the hype... or the money
Revlon Lip Butters in 060 Gumdrop and 096 Creme Brulee: I know this is controversial, but I bought these two lip butters and I hate them! Firstly, these cost around $22 in Australia, which is WAY too overpriced, and these shades are just bad! I do have one other Lip Butter in a brighter shade, and I do like it... but I bought Creme Brulee because I wanted a wearable nude, but it is way too light and shimmery, the frostiness makes this shade look bad! Likewise, I bought Gumdrop because I wanted a wearable lilac, and this is far too light and cool toned to look good. These two shades have really put a bad taste in my mouth and have put me off trying any other shades. If you want a decent nude or lilac toned lip product, get one of the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains in Honey or Darling... they are much more wearable shades and there's no shimmer in sight! So just to clarify, I'm not saying Lip Butters in general are bad, but these shades are horrible and dated colour choices by Revlon.
Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Glow in Baby Pink: I have no problems with Baby Lips in general, but this "baby pink" one it has no pink to it what-so-ever! If you wanted a pink tinted balm (which I did), then then will not cut it! It has been pointed out that this does develop over time, and it does... but I find that on my lips it only starts to show up once I have applied and reapplied this a few times, and then it builds up a slight stain. One application doesn't show up on my lips.
Burt's Bees Lip Balms in Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit and Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil: I love the original Burt's Bees Lip Balm, but the passion fruit one and the pomegranate oil ones aren't good! The passion fruit one smells nice, but it is a thin white tinted balm that doesn't feel nourishing, but also it leaves a hideous white cast on the lips that takes a lot of rubbing in to get rid of. The pomegranate one has a great formula, but it smells bad! This smells almost like a burnt chilli scent that lingers... its hard to describe. If you can put up with the scent, you will love this balm, but if you hate this scent (which a lot of people will), then you will hate using this. Moral to the story, smell the Pomegranate one before you buy it! See my original review of these here.
Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos: This is another controversial one. Although I do like these color tattoos, and I have six of them, I don't think they are as good as people make them out to be! These are great for an affordable cream base, but don't believe the hype, they aren't anything compared to their higher end alternatives. A lot of people like to claim that these are just as good as MAC Paint Pots or Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liners, but they just aren't. In my opinion these can't be used as cream eyeshadows because they aren't very pigmented, and they crease after a few hours if you don't set these with powder shadows (and I don't have oily eyelids). In addition to that, they don't apply as smoothly as other cream products, and they dry out in the pot much quicker than higher end cream shadows. What these are good for is to use these as a eyeshadow base, these do help enhance the vibrancy and longevity of eyeshadows, but they aren't good on their own. In addition to this, they have a woeful colour range, there are no everyday nude shades. I would repurchase Bad To The Bronze, and if they bring out other wearable shades I will buy those as well, but I will buy them only as a base, and not as a cream shadow to use on it's own. If you want a cream product to use on its own, then try the Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liners, they are amazing!
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers: This is another product that I bought purely based on all of the hype. These are liquid lipsticks that are soon to be released in Australia (but you can get them on ASOS for around $7 each). Whenever I read a review about these, it's a rave review. These have great pigmentation, apply easily, and look fabulous... but they never set, are very wet, smudge easily, wear off quickly, and are all round high maintenance lip products. They look stunning, but I would only reach for these if I want to look great for an hour max. Once again, I'm not saying that these are bad, but they have their flaws and they aren't worth the hype. See my recent review of these for swatches and more information.
Bourjois Liner Feutre: I don't think there is any hype around this product, so this is more of a disappointing product. This is a felt tip liner type liner, and even though it applies easily and is very pigmented, it isn't water resistant and if you apply this towards the inner corner of your eye it will, more often than not, bleed into your eye. Gross. These are not worth the $24 that they retail for, there are much better ones available, such as the Liquid Define Eye Liner by Eye of Horus which is amazing!
Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara: I have heard a lot of good things about this mascara, but I hate it... and a few of my friends who have tried this also hate it. This is a really watery mascara that never drys out to become good. Since it is so watery, it doesn't build up much volume, and when you try to build up the volume it clumps your lashes and makes you look like you have four lashes. It also doesn't make my lashes grow at all.
Rimmel Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black: I haven't heard any review of this, but I hated it. The giant tube and giant brush are definitely compensating for something. I opened this last week and it does nothing for my lashes... no volume, no length, no nothing. I am waiting to see if it will become good in a week or so, but if it doesn't (I'm putting my money on it doesn't), I will throw it out... it's a waste of space, and for a mascara it takes up a lot of space!
Onto the products that I no longer own...
Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner range: I used to use this a while ago, and even though it made my hair feel nice, after a few weeks of using this it gave me dandruff. To use this up I had to alternate using this with using Head and Shoulders. After finishing the bottles, it took me a few months to get rid of my itchy flaky scalp. I also know two other people that have used this and have had similar reactions to it. I haven't had the same problem with any of the other Redken ranges I have tried.
Edit: I according to comments, this isn't even good for sensitive skin, and it dries out skin in some people and causes breakouts for others... eek.
Anyway, those are the products that I think are not worth the hype. I hope this was helpful, and I hope I didn't offend too many people. If you want to see a post on products that are worth the hype, just let me know!
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