Have you ever been so excited for a new cosmetic product to launch? You’ve followed the brand on every form of social media to stay updated. You’ve forced yourself to wait for others to try this awesome new thang before you buy it so you could read the reviews. Now you’ve finally bought this supposedly spectacular new foundation or mascara or lipstick and you are SO PUMPED to use it!
And it’s got as many cons going for it as it does pros, if not more. Such a bummer! It is for that exact reason I’ve listed a ton of awesomely-hyped-up products that were less than fantastic for me, and what I started using instead!
1.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Fully-loaded lashes? Yep.
Black as night? Yep.
Flakes all over my face? Oh yeah.
After reading a ton of reviews on the Sephora website, I dropped the $25 and left the rest up to this little pink tube of magic. I saw results almost immediately as I applied this mascara, but within 3 hours I had major fallout. Black flakes were ALL over my face–way more than any mascara I had previously tried. Honestly, I can’t imagine the waterproof version being anything but worse, although I couldn’t bring myself to try it because waterproof mascara is always impossible to remove. I loved the look of my lashes from this product, but definitely would not recommend it for every day wear. I use it now for only special events, and I can’t say I will be repurchasing any time soon.
Try Instead: Buxom Lash Mascara
This mascara I found was a super similar formula, though not as thick, but separated and lengthened equally as well without the crazy fallout. Not to mention it’s a few dollars cheaper!
2. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Freedom
My obsession with the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits is oh so incredibly real and unfaltering. At least until I purchased this “I-had-to-have-it-or-I-was-going-to-die-from-lack-of-having-this-color-in-my-life” navy blue lip kit the day it was released. I put it on as soon as it came in and my heart just broke. The formula felt like I was just trying to watercolor my lips and Monet I am not. Even when the formula dried it was not a rich and pretty matte color like the rest of Kylie’s kits. Complete bust.
Try Instead: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet
OR Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Jellies
Although the argument remains that Kylie is using nearly the same formula as Colourpop, I beg to differ. On my lips they apply completely differently. Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks are so hard to come by, but so worth it! Try them both for less than the price you’d pay for Kylie’s lip kit!
3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’
The perfect fine-tip liquid eyeliner is hard to find. Seriously. It’s like a mythical creature. I was really excited to try this eyeliner that had been recommended to me by more than a few friends. It lasted really well for the first couple of uses…..and that was about it. After that I felt as though the tip wasn’t as firm as it should have been after only two or three applications, plus the color faded on my lids too much after so short a period of time.
Try Instead: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Sharper. Longer-lasting applicator. Richer, longer-lasting color. Love this eyeliner.
4. NYX Cream Highlight and Contour Palette
Holy crap is this stuff just completely befuddling to me. To transfer from the pan to my face was an adventure. Then, once on my face to blend was yet another chore. Brushes, beauty blenders, fingers, I tried using them all! It’s not an easy formula/consistency to work with, period.
Try Instead: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Using her contour brush, this powder contour kit literally glides onto your skin, contouring it like a friggen’ pro. ***Side note: I have very oily skin so powder contour formulas work better for me! If you have the opposite skin type, the opposite product formula types might work better for you!***
5. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
I promise this is not a Too Faced bashing party, lol, I love the brand and have an obsession with their bronzers. But this foundation was a bust for me too. First of all, I found it more difficult than I’d like to find a color match, which I wouldn’t really consider my skin tone a difficult shade to match. I guess in this one instance the foundation is similar to brands like BECCA whose shades favor certain skin tones and skin types. The Born This Way formula is light and creamy, which I love because thick foundations cause me major breakouts (i.e. MAC). The consistency makes it easy for buildable coverage based on your preference. The biggest let down for me though, was how within the next hour or two, the foundation looked like it was literally melting off of my face. Whew! It was unattractive, y’all. ***EDIT: Foundation primer, translucent powder, and setting spray made worlds of difference when I wore this again. Loved it!***
Try Instead: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation
OR Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
I found that the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation is not only a similar-feeling formula, but it also has a ton more color options! The Covergirl Outlast foundation felt like a similar formula on my skin, and it lasts through the day. (Even without primer or setting spray or powder.)
Have you ever waited for a product to launch, only to be disappointed by it? Let me know what you liked instead in the comments!