Sunday, 11 September 2011

Products I regret buying

Ooh, sorry chicks it's been a whole week since my last post! I've just returned from a very long shift but I've been meaning to do this for a while and there's no time like the present!
An infamous title among YouTube beauty gurus; basically products I feel I've wasted money on, and hopefully, this might stop you doing the same! (Though please remember all opinions are based on my personal experiences etc etc.)

Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser (£6-10)
It didn't break my skin out, it cleared away remaining traces of makeup (as far as I'm aware) and the battery life was very reasonable. I bought it on a whim, working on similar ideas to the Clarisonic, but cheaper (much, much cheaper!) I didn't use it regularly as it only gave me average results; nothing which couldn't of been achieved with a cleanser and a muslin cloth or scrublet and if used daily, wouldn't work out too cheaply anyway, as the replacement pads are difficult to find. I find it a bit too much of a hassle and so it sits in my bathroom looking cute (oh yeah, I like the design)

Fade Out White Original Moisturising Cream (around £8)
I suffered with mild acne for about 6 months last year, once my skin had cleared up (with a little help from prescription treatment) I was left with some bad pigmentation scarring on my cheeks, long story short I decided to try this out as it seemed to have good reviews. Unfortunately it just doesn't work for me. I find the smell repulsive and the packaging very awkward (It's a very heavy glass jar, not very handy at all) As for the actual product, it left my skins very greasy/ oily looking and broke my skin out in lots of little whiteheads (sorry for graphic description) Consequently, I have not being able to judge/ see any visible results as I simply could not continue to use it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (around £5)
Firstly, the colour range is dreadful. Yet another brand falling at the first hurdle with the orange undertone which to my knowledge, no human actually possesses naturally. I bought the lightest shade (100 Ivory) and even when blended still had clear orange marks on my jawline. I found the coverage to be very poor and it actually stung my face if I did not wear a primer underneath. As for the 'mattifying' properties, I found these to be pretty much nonexistent. It lasted all of about 1 hour before my t-zone became shiny (and my skin is not particularly oily) I tried to persevere with it but it just didn't do what it claims to.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (£16.50)
Possibly the biggest disappointment, and the most expensive. It claims to be an 'Industrial strength concealer' surely this would mean decent coverage right? Wrong. It comes out quite sheer and greasy and didn't have much staying power. The jar feels quite cheap and it had only been about a week before the name began sliding off. I was really disappointed as I know quite a lot of people swear by this but everything about it just feels cheap, which really isn't what you want when you're paying this price.

ME ME ME Flawless Concealer (around £5)
Once again, it had good reviews but just didn't live up to my expectations. The packaging is quite cheap, I hadn't had it very long until the lid split causing mass leakage in my makeup bag! The colour range was a lot more realistic but it had very little coverage which blended away to nothing. Clearly, this was before I discovered the miracle product that is Collection 2000's lasting perfection – my faith has now been restored in the concealer world :)

Maybelline Dream Creamy Foundation (around £8)
(Known as 'Dream Smooth Mousse' in the US) Hands up, this probably was more a fault of my own than the product - I clearly bought the wrong shade. Even so, I find that it doesn't great coverage without quite a lot of product and then I feel it can look quite cakey. It's aimed at people with normal to dry skin as it's quite moisturising. Unfortunately, I found it clung to dry areas on may face making it look patchy.

Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (£4)
One main problem. Orange colour range again! There is only one shade available, 'Natural'. For my skintone, there is nothing natural about it. Sorry Nivea!

Phew, I feel better after a bit of a rant. Any products you regret? Let me know :) xx


  1. had the exact same problem with boi-ing! i persisted myself to keep using it cause it was so expensive! never buying foundation/concealer from benefit ever again!.x

  2. I have the Nivea tinted moisuriser and love it! But i have to admit mine does not look anywhere near as orange as yours! xo

  3. mm i bought the rimmel stay matte foundation - under the impression that it would 'stay matte'. my face did not stay matte - it did not. haha, great helpful post though, i've always been tempted by the neutrogena power cleanser but can never stick to a routine

  4. ughh that sucks, i mean boi-ing is pricey!>.<
    i have the neutrogena wave and i bought it for almost US$30, i cant see any difference so far, but i just love the thought of this thing cleansing my skin.lolll

  5. i love benefit, but boi-ing is definately a no from me too.
    My fave concealer is maybelline super stay 24h concealer, it really lives up to it's name!


  6. I love these types of posts, saves me a lot of money! I was tempted to try "Boi-ing" as everyone seems to love it but I don't think I'd risk it for the price as I like a full coverage! I totally agree about the "Stay Matte" foundation it was soo orange on me, disappointing! xx

  7. i've bought the Bo-ing concealer and i usually used it under my eyes, although i have no idea why, because i don't have any dark under-eye discoloration to begin with. but the makeup tutorials on youtube insisted that you need it, so i went out and bought it. i guess it just goes to show how easy manipulated i am, ha ha!
    i actually ended up liking it, but i wouldn't buy it again. i feel like concealer is just another layer of makeup that you really don't need, unless you have a few annoying spots on your face.
    i'm glad i stumbled on your blog -- i'll definately be checking back more often!
    take care dear :)


  8. Love posts like these as it's always good to know what NOT to buy! You have managed to sway me against buying the Neutrogena Wave! I do think ultimately it would have been a waste of money. xCx

  9. Rimmel stay matte made my skin really oily, ironic x

  10. Love this post... you should right more posts like this. It's always good to know what not to buy in the midst of so many beauty products!!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm following you here :)


  11. Great blog post! I was really debating whether to buy the rimmel stay matte foundation and thank goodness i never did!
    Lovely blog :) xx

  12. Nice blog !

  13. just happened to come across your blog, got to say ...i love it!!
    i totally agree with the nivea tinted moisturiser. it's so orange and im not really that pale! luckily, i bought it in superdrug when it was discounted to £2.
    i do love the boi-ing concealer though!! i have shade 01 & 02 in the Confessions Of A Concealaholic by Benefit and since im in between shades, its perfect when i mix them!! i find they are a decent coverage for those big, nasty red spots.....