It’s happened to the best of us: we hop on the “hype” train when a new product comes out, only to discover it really wasn’t worth the trip in the first place. Bummer. For drugstore products, you usually have to bite the bullet and pass them on to a friend (or a garbage can), and, so long as you’ve purchased those higher-priced items at Sephora, you’re in the good hands of a solid customer return policy. The following are items I regret buying, as well as those I recommend you spend your hard-earned dollars on instead.
1. First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream $50.00
When purchasing this product, I’d already become a big fan of First Aid Beauty’s “Facial Radiance Polish” and “Daily Face Cream“, so I was disappointed to discover that this eye cream did nothing for me (especially at such a high price point). It didn’t moisturize or calm my skin, (in fact, I actually had a reaction to it). In it’s place, I’d recommend Jurlique’s “Herbal Recovery Eye Cream”, that gently hydrates and smells amazing.
2. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Remover $22.00
They’re Real Mascara is my an all-time favourite of mine (I posted about it previously here), and I was thrilled to discover that Benefit had come up with a solution to the sometimes-hard-to-remove holy-grail mascara. I wanted so badly to love this product as much as I love the mascara, but sadly, all it did was burn and sting my eyes, and barely removed the mascara at all. There are two products I’d recommend in this remover’s place: 1. Clinique’s “Wash-Away Gel Cleanser”, and 2. The Body Shop’s “Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover”. Both of these remove makeup like a pro, and have been longtime favourites of mine.
3. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush $15.99
To be fair, the idea behind this blush is adorable: “Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress. The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply!” (Well.ca). The packaging is cute, the colours in the mix are pretty, and the payoff is good, I just can’t say this blush made me any “happier” than others I own. For drugstore makeup, it’s also on the higher-priced side, and I think there are others you can buy that will make you just as…happy. For example, the Hard Candy boxed blushes I talked about here for a fraction of the price.
4. Essie Sleek Sticks Nail Appliques $12.99
It’s no secret that Essie is a front-runner in the nail polish industry, so I assumed their nail stickers would be equally as impressive. Wrong. The application was fast and easy, but within less than 24 hours of wear there were chips on almost all of my nails. As I have many times before, I highly recommend purchasing the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. These are the only strips I’ve found that live up to the “long-wear” claims (mine really do last upwards of 10 days).