Disappointing Products

As a makeup obsessive I’ve tried out a lot of products, and whilst I’ve found a bunch of great ones there’s also been a few duds. I thought I’d share these items in a disappointing products post, as I’ve become totally obsessed with this style of post and I want to take part in the fun! I also find these posts super helpful as I hate wasting my money on things, so hopefully you’ll feel the same way.

If I end up mentioning one of your favourite products then I’m really sorry and this post doesn’t mean that the product sucks, it’s just that it doesn’t work for me (in most cases)! Without further ado, here are my disappointing products.


I actually didn’t have a problem with this product up until recently. Initially I was a little unimpressed as I felt that I couldn’t see much difference after using this, my dark circles looked a tiny bit better but not much, however I was still hopeful that in the long-term I would see amazing results and this would keep my under eyes hydrated. Annoying I recently realised the opposite was happening; my eyes has started developing dry patches and this product also started to irritate my skin. I’m really disappointed that this hasn’t worked for me as I’ve heard so many great things, but I don’t think it works well with my dry/sensitive skin.


I can’t believe another product from The Ordinary has ended up on this list – I honestly love most of the products I’ve tried but these two just didn’t work for me! I had actually read before ordering this that it had made someone’s skin drier, but that was one bad review among a ton of great ones so I had hope that this would work for me. Unfortunately I had the same experience as that reviewer – somehow this moisturiser actually made my skin drier than it’s been in ages, and since switching it out of my routine my skin has gotten so much better. One thing I noticed about this moisturiser is that it felt sort of like a primer – almost silicon-y – which I found really strange. The only good thing about this is that it’s only £4.90, so at least I haven’t wasted too much money on something that doesn’t work for my dry skin.


I originally loved this foundation, but it was only when I started using this during winter that I realised it doesn’t look great on me. It looks beautiful during summer when my skin isn’t as dry, but this is such a matte foundation that it just clings to all my dry patches during winter, which definitely isn’t attractive. I would 100% recommend this foundation if you have normal/combo/oily skin because it does look stunning, but unfortunately this doesn’t work on my dry skin.


As soon as I tried this concealer I knew it wasn’t for me, it has very little coverage but somehow still manages to look dry and cakey. It also doesn’t blend out very easily, and the hard sponge applicator makes this quite difficult to apply. That being said, I absolutely love the foundation from this range, but the concealer doesn’t really do it for me.


I had heard such amazing things about this powder, so when Glossier launched in the UK I knew I had to pick it up – boy do I regret that decision. This powder makes my skin look so dry and cakey, plus the shade is way too dark for me even though it’s the lightest shade. I actually haven’t even reached for this powder since I first tested it out to review it, and the fact that I wasted £30 on this makes me so annoyed.


I bought this purely because everyone was obsessed with Kylie Cosmetics and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and honestly this is one of my biggest regrets. Not only am I pretty much never going to wear a metallic lipstick because it just looks ridiculous on me, but the weird light pink/peach shade looks horrific on my skin tone. The formula is also awful; it’s super patchy and slippy, has absolutely no wear time and dries out my lips like nothing else. I can definitely say that Kylie Cosmetics didn’t live up to the hype, and ever since this lipstick I haven’t even been interested in trying any of her other products.


I was so excited to try out this palette because I knew how much people raved about MAC shadows, but honestly this was one of the reasons I stopped buying stuff from MAC. As you can see from the photo, I had to scratch the top layer off of the shimmer shades in order to get any pigment, and even now they’re barely there. The matte shadows are more impressive in terms of pigment, but they apply really patchy and somehow turn grey/purple on the lid despite being warm neutrals and burgundys. These also don’t wear well, they fade super quickly and unevenly. I’ve truly never been more disappointed in a palette, give me Colourpop over this any day.


I totally blame myself for being disappointed in this palette, because mostly the formula of this is pretty good. Mostly. You can probably see from the photo that mine is smashed, it was actually delivered that way but since it was the last one in stock it was either no glow kit or a broken glow kit, so of course I went for the latter. I don’t know if this has affected the shade ‘Butterscotch’ or if I’m just not a fan of the formula in general, but this shade is so much chunkier and more glittery than the other shades – the two things I hate most in a highlight.

The only other reason that I’m disappointed in this palette is because I’m not a huge fan of the shades, they’re definitely not the most wearable for everyday. This is really my own fault though, as I bought this palette just because I wanted a Glow Kit knowing that the shades definitely weren’t my favourite. Ultimately I would buy another Glow Kit as I do really like the formula of most of these, but I’d probably go for more wearable shades next time!


This is definitely top two in my biggest product regrets, £37 for a ‘bronzer’ that pretty much has no pigment. I stupidly was convinced by the guy behind the counter to buy this powder to give my skin a natural glow, but in reality this powder does absolutely nothing. It’s pretty much the same shade as my skin tone, so there’s no way that it could bronze up my skin, and the tiny section of blush is impossible to use. I really wish I’d been more sensible and gone for the original terracotta bronzer (which was what I had wanted), but you live and you learn I guess. At least it smells nice.


This is, by far, the biggest product regret of my life. I spent £41.50 on a ‘highlighting’ powder that is literally pure glitter. You can’t use this as an illuminating face powder because you just look like a Cullen, it doesn’t work as a blush because there’s no pigment, and the glitter is too sparse (and too glittery) to use as a highlight. I am so mad at myself for spending this much money on something that I actually never use, it’s so ridiculously overpriced for what it is.


So those were my disappointing products. If you managed to get to the end of this then a huge well done, and I hope this wasn’t too negative! 

Let me know in the comments if you liked this style of post and if you’d like to see more of it, and also what your disappointing products are. See you next time,

A x


  1. Parie Joshi November 16, 2017 / 12:04 PM

    I am not the biggest fan of the concealer either, the applicator is just a pain to use! x

    Parie x

  2. Ellie November 25, 2017 / 11:54 PM

    Omg I hate it when you buy such an expensive product and then it’s the complete opposite of what you wanted! But I loooove reading these posts as they’re super helpful. I have a couple of The Ordinary products that don’t work too!

    Ellie x


  3. Rachel November 26, 2017 / 3:28 PM

    I’ve not tried any of these products before but it’s so infuriating when you spend money (especially for high end products) and they end up being disappointing!

    Rachel // http://www.thebeautyisabeast.com

  4. Emily November 27, 2017 / 7:06 PM

    Such a shame that MAC palette didn’t work for you. I usually love MAC shadows but I have never tried this palette before- don’t think I will be either haha!

    Emily xo

  5. Alice November 28, 2017 / 2:51 PM

    That’s awful that you had to actually scratch away at the Mac eyeshadows to get any pigment, considering how highly priced their products are I’d be expecting amazing things! I hear so many people talk about The Ordinary products but I honestly don’t even know what most of the things are for, I just found it so confusing browsing their website haha x

    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

    • The Auburn Agenda November 30, 2017 / 11:45 AM

      Right?! They actually have a chart on their website that recommends different products depending on your skin concerns! X

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