Hi everyone! Today, my blog post is all about the products I regret buying. I do quite a lot of research before I buy makeup, so I tend to love what I buy, but there have been a few bad eggs that have snuck into my collection over the last year or so. These mostly tend to come from online orders where I can’t test or swatch products – online shopping is a blessing and a curse at the same time! Without further ado, here are the products I regret purchasing.
Jouer Highlighter in Rose Gold
This highlighter looks like a gorgeous golden peach in the pan, and I bought it in hopes that it would be a dupe my beloved Becca Parisian Lights highlighter, which I have decided I want to keep as a collector’s item. Swatched, Rose Gold looks almost exactly like Parisian Lights, which made me so excited. Unfortunately, applied to the face, it leans very gold, and doesn’t flatter my skintone at all. I wouldn’t classify this as a glittery highlighter and can’t see any glitters when swatched, but the shimmer particles are larger than I prefer and look quite apparent on the cheekbones. Overall it’s just not a good look, and while I do still want to try some of Jouer’s other highlighters, Rose Gold isn’t for me.
Ouai Wave Spray
I’m quite well-versed with wave sprays because they’re a staple in my hair-curling routine, and I have used a fair few that I love. Ouai’s Wave Spray falls short of other ones – while wave sprays tend to give your hair a bit of gritty texture (like the way it feels after it’s been windswept at the beach), Ouai’s version makes my hair feel sticky and crunchy, the way old-school hairsprays feel. This is something I’ve never experienced with other wave sprays, and on top of that, the Ouai Wave Spray is really expensive, too. Luckily I bought this in a set of minis, so I’m glad I didn’t shell out full price for this.
ColourPop Salvaje Palette
ColourPop palettes are notoriously high quality at an affordable price, and the colour story of the Salvaje palette completely caught my eye when I first saw it online at the end of 2018. However, the reality is that I never reach for this palette, and I find it really difficult to pull together a cohesive look only using the shades in it. Every time I look at the promo pics of Becky G wearing this, I want to bring it out to play with again, but I can never create nice looks with it. It’s a beautiful palette, but I regret having it in my collection!
ADDICTION Eyeshadow Quad
ADDICTION is a luxury Japanese beauty brand, and is only available in Japan. I bought this at the airport in Tokyo because I had heard so many good things about the brand and was dying to own something from them. This is a custom quad and I chose all the shades in it. They are all stunning colours, but honestly, I regret this purchase. Because ADDICTION is a Japanese brand, it follows the Japanese aesthetic of a sheer wash of colour over the lids, whereas I prefer a more pigmented look. The quad works out to almost $100 CAD, and I really don’t think it’s worth the price for something I rarelyreach for.
ColourPop Jelly Much Eyeshadows
I bought these Jelly Much cream eyeshadows last year when the Sweet Talk collection came out. That purple shade especially is sooo beautiful, but both shades are unique and full of depth. However, they both completely dried out on me a few months after I purchased them, even though I had even kept the stopper they came with. Not worth buying, you guys!
Fourth Ray Beauty Products
I did a review of the Wide Awake set last year, where I said the products were pretty forgettable. I ended up decluttering everything I bought from them because overall I find they don’t do anything for the skin and just take up space on my vanity. The oils have terrible packaging on top of that, so I just don’t reach for them when I own so much skincare that actually gives me results. I actually own two more products from FRB, a facial spray and a face milk, but I have no idea where those went! I’m not necessarily saying that FRB is a bad brand, but I’m definitely less interested in trying more of their products.
Shiseido Aura Dew Highlighter
I did a review of this cream highlighter two months ago, where I mentioned I had bought this to use it as a highlighter. However, it’s just too glittery, and I ended up using this as an eyeshadow topper instead. While it’s beautiful, it’s not a WOW product, and it’s disappointing because I hadn’t meant to buy a $40 eyeshadow topper.
Sol Body Pink Champagne Highlighter
I purchased this highlighter hoping that this would be a dupe for my beloved Becca Parisian Lights highlighter (are you seeing a pattern here?) However, it’s WAY too glittery to be used on the face. Let me be clear that this isn’t a bad product – it’s a stunningly metallic peachy-gold that was designed for the body, so the noticeable glitter is technically a non-issue. I’m just disappointed because it can’t do what I was hoping it could do. I purchased this powder body highlighter and a Sol Body Glow Oil at the same time, and I don’t need two body glow products in my life. I probably would have bought only the Glow Oil if I had known this wouldn’t be a dupe for Parisian Lights as well.
Essie Go Go Geisha Nail Polish
Nail polish is always a tough one because what looks good on one person may not suit your own skin tone. I saw this shade online worn by a nail polish instagrammer and it looked so beautiful on them, so I bought a bottle for myself. This shade is so light and milky on my skintone, it almost looks white and is too stark on my skintone. I haven’t reached for it since!
That’s it for the products I regret buying! What’s on your list?