Today’s post is a bit of a negative one: beauty brands I’m not interested in trying. I came up with this idea as I was browsing Trendmood and found myself scrolling right past new product releases from certain brands without even looking at the post. As a beauty blogger, I should probably want to try everything out there to test out, but there are just some brands that I just can’t get into for whatever reason. Obviously, if you love any of the brands mentioned, I don’t mean any offense – each and every one of these brands are immensely popular, so I’m probably in the minority!
Natasha Denona is quite possibly the #1 brand I have no interest in trying, although at one point I did want to buy their palettes. The high price tag of their products would be justified if 100% of the shades in their palettes performed amazingly, but I’ve swatched a number of their palettes at Sephora in the past, and the glittery shades seem like a hot mess with so much fallout. I do like that they have been coming out with smaller palettes that are more affordable for people who want to try the brand but don’t want to make the investment.
Kylie Cosmetics/KKW Beauty
I know Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty are technically different brands, but the Kardashians are all kind of the same to me, so I’m combining the two together. I personally don’t follow the Kardashians at all, but no hate to people who like them and buy their products. Their makeup products actually seem somewhat decent and on trend – I just can’t get on board because I don’t do my makeup the way the Kardashians do with all the crazy contouring, baking, or super nude matte lips. I also feel like their products are popular because it’s from the Kardashians, not because their products are necessarily spectacular – but I’ve also never tried the brands, so I can’t claim that as a fact!
I’M SORRY, don’t shoot me. I know everyone LOVES this brand but nothing has appealed to me since its launch in September, which is very unusual for me. I don’t even want to try the highlighters, which is usually my kryptonite. The new Body Lava products and the Fairy Bombs that make your body shimmery and glowy? No, no, and no. There’s only one item I’m remotely interested in trying – the Gloss Bomb, which I only became interested in months later, after so many of my trusted blogging friends raved about it. Still, I probably will not be purchasing the Gloss Bomb anytime soon. I’m hoping that FENTY will come out with products that I am interested in this year!
I don’t think I was ever really particularly interested in Morphe to begin with, but the fact that ALL the big beauty YouTubers had kept pushing their discount codes down our throats turned me off even further. I think when I first started getting into beauty, the size of these palettes would have been very appealing to me – you get so many choices for such a low price. However, after collecting makeup for so many years, I know that these palettes are WAY too big for me. I have heard that their brushes are pretty decent, but don’t last in the long-term compared to more expensive brands. Overall, this brand is a pass for me.
The packaging of Tatcha’s products are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Last year, I really wanted to try this brand. However, Stashy brought to my attention that this “Japanese” brand isn’t actually Japanese. While most of their products are actually made in Japan, the company is headquartered in the US. Okay, well, I guess that is fine. Maybe the skincare line was inspired by Japan and ingredients the owner learned about there. But if you read into Tatcha’s “story”, the brand appropriates the geisha culture, using it as a marketing ploy. Not only that, but it does not even sell their products in Japan – probably because Japanese people would probably be offended! However, a lot of people don’t seem to know about this – when you do some researching, there’s only one or two places you can find information about this, including this blog post.
I think Farsali only has about half a dozen products out, but all of them look and sound so gimmicky. Maybe part of the reason why I think this is because the brand first blew up on Instagram, where all these Instagrammers dripped the Unicorn Essence right onto their faces. I mean, who actually does that in real life? Anyway, maybe products like the Rose Gold Elixir and Unicorn Essence actually works well on the skin, but I can’t get past the marketing!
On paper, Milk Makeup sounds perfect: their products are innovative, they are cruelty and paraben-free, and their packaging is aesthetically pleasing. A millennial blogger’s dream! I do think that having a lot of their products in a stick applicator (eg. primers, serum) does make application easier, but overall this brand seems gimmicky. The glue stick-like applicator seems more of a marketing ploy to me!
Jeffree Star Cosmetics
I know Jeffree Star is a massive YouTuber, but I just can’t support him, and therefore can’t support his brand. I think it’s good that content creators with a big audience will call things out when something isn’t right, but Jeffree Star seems to thrive on drama, which I’m not about. Plus, only a small selection of his collection appeal to me, anyways.
That’s it for my list! What brands have you not tried yet and never plan to try?