Hi ladies! I thought before I debut my super nail polish swatch-a-thon post that I would do a little write up of some products I have tried and just didn’t like or they just didn’t work for me. Most of these products have been endlessly hyped up on blogs and YT everywhere, which is what led me to them in first place.  Please PLEASE understand that the items that made my list didn’t work *for me*, which is not to say that they are necessarily not able to work for others.  Keep in mind that we all have different skin tones and types and that our tastes may be completely different.

Alrighty, then, with that out of the way, I present the products I regret buying, or that were  “not worth the hype” for me.

  1. Benefit Sugarbomb “blush”

Benefit Sugarbomb- Image from Sephora.com

I bought this in April sometime after seeing video after video of how this was someone’s “go to” blush and was their all time favorite and so on and so forth. I just don’t get it. My skintone doesn’t seem too far from those making that claim so why it *barely* showed up on my cheeks, I won’t know. There was absolutely, positively nothing special about this blush for me. So uneventful in fact that I didn’t even manage to take a photo of it and swatches before I took it back to Sephora. I have $3 blushes from ELF that are better than this. I honestly and seriously cannot see how someone of my skintone could ever wear this as a blush. Someone with VERY fair skin could probably do it, and well perhaps. I wouldn’t be so hard on this blush if it weren’t for 2 things: the hype and the price. I would be ok paying may $5-$10 for this blush. But certainly not $28, which is more than MAC, NARS, Tarte, or Sonia Kashuk which make far superior blushes to this one.

Alternative: Benefit Bella Bamba which is my favorite Benefit blush.You can see my review here.

2.  Dior Amber Diamond

Dior Amber Diamond

Ok, I get it. It’s Dior, it’s pretty, it’s soft, the packaging is cute. But this did not give me that “natural” glow that so many people have talked about this giving. It gave me a more subdued  frosty shimmer. It certainly wasn’t ugly on my cheeks, but it wasn’t any better or any different than my Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips, which are around $9 compared to Dior’s $44 price tag. In my opinion, this is worth no more than $15-$20 at best, and the rest is paying for the Dior name. Maybe it’s because I had heard so much about it that when I eventually tried it my expectations were so high that it could never possibly live up to it. Kind of like when I finally watched the movie ‘The Ring’ years ago. Climatic build, huge let down. Whatever the reason, I tried it for two weeks and returned it to Sephora. I am not opposed to some day trying out a different shade if they ever choose to make more. But $44 is an awful lot to spend on a highlighter, so when I do drop that cash it needs to be *Ah-mazing* and this just fell very flat for me.

Alternative: Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold which is by far the best highlighter I own, period, end of report. It gives me the natural glow I want, with the cream formula I love. Or, if you are looking for a powder, try the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips–they make several shades and they are a bargain at $9.

3.  MAC Feline Kohl Liner

I had heard that this the THE black eyeliner to have. It was the blackest, and therefore the best. Not true, ladies. I don’t normally have issues with liner staying put for me. I use an eye primer and have several liners that don’t budge all day. I am not kidding you when I say that MAC Feline smudges on me EVERY single time I wear it. I end up looking  like a hot mess in short order with this liner. I don’t know what it is about it that either doesn’t last or doesn’t agree with my skin, but it is quite possibly the worst eyeliner it was ever my misfortune to purchase. Unfortunately I still own it because I didn’t realize how bad it was until several weeks into owning it. Trust me when I say you don’t need to hunt this one down. There are so many others out there that work so much better!

Alternative: Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Perversion is just as black and stays put on me on all day. For a gel liner, try MAC Blacktrack fluidline, which does last on me or Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner which is lovely as well.

4. EOS lip balm spheres

EOS Lip Balm Spheres

At first when I saw these cute little “dumplings” I was oh so excited to try them out. I mean, really, I love the presentation. But unfortunately for me, this were all show, and no substance. They really don’t do anything for moisturizing my lips at all. The red one actually made my lips for more dry than they did prior to using it. I don’t think I will ever purchase another because these two were just so uneventful. Unless they change the formula, these are complete duds.

Alternative: My favorite lip balm/chapstick is my Blistex Medicated lip balm. It soothes, protects, and moisturizes. It’s definitely not as cute as the EOS, but it performs like a star.

5 & 6.  Benefit Benetint and Posietint/ Tarte Cheek Stains

Benetint and Posietint

I am sorry, but these were  just plain bad for me. The Tarte Cheek Stains are equally bad on me. I don’t have them pictured here, but I have quite a few minis that have come in sets and the only one I like is ‘Eco Cheek’.  The Benefit ones have a horrendous taste which immediately rule them out for use on the lips. On the cheeks they don’t blend well and they dry so super fast. The Tarte stains are so sheer that you have to keep swiping and swiping for color. They are sticky and greasy as well. They slip and slide on my skin and never quite feel like they have ‘set’. I actually had to dig through my drawers to find them because they are buried in the abyss–which says something about a product for me when it’s at the bottom and the back of the drawer, ya feel me?

Alternative: I actually enjoy the Stila Crush lip and cheek stains immensely and own a couple of them. I can do a review if you are interested. Not budget friendly, but I enjoy the Beaute Flouron stain as well. The Body Shop made cheek and lip stains last year and I picked up an orange-y one. I am not sure whether they still make that shade or the line at all, but it is very nice.

7. Guerlain Meteorites

Guerlain Meteroites in Beige Chic

Ahh, one of the single most disappointing products ever. When I just entered “make up addict land”  MakeupAlley was the place I found first, because mostly I was looking for plain vanilla swatches. This product was one I saw frequently on there. Girls who had all the shades, loved them etc. So when Sephora (2 years ago?) had a set for sale that included this baby, I snatched it up, full throttle. Actually, this has a bit on sentimental value because I bought it in Vegas 🙂  at the Sephora just outside the Venetian. But upon trying it I could not see what so many others see in this product. The price is outrageously expensive, and again I think this is more “paying for the name” than anything else. I think the price is around $56 for a full size. Are you kidding me? Plus, I really *really* don’t like the smell of them. I would never buy another of these.

Alternative: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Translucent powder gives me the glow I thought I would get with Guerlain. Plus, the smell is 100x better. Better still is the fact that it costs around $11.  🙂

8. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer

Rimmel Fix & Perfect

I don’t know that this can fall into the category of  “Hype” or not, because I don’t know that I have really heard a lot about it. What I can tell you is that this is a truly awful product (my experience) and I would never recommend this to anyone, especially oily/combination skin ladies. It did nothing in the way of smoothing or making my face feel more ready for foundation in the way of other primers, like my beloved Guerlain (review here). It made my face feel worse and like I had this heavy layer of moisturizer that was quite greasy. It was cheap and performed poorly. I really ought to just throw it away. I just have a problem wasting it. Do you ladies get this way too even if you absolutely hate something? Blech.

Alternative: Certainly loads more expensive, but I love my Guerlain primer. For a more budget friendly option, try Laura Geller Spackle ( I really enjoy this) or Smashbox Photo Finish primers.

9. MAC Nail Polishes

MAC Polishes Mean & Green, Bad Fairy

I can’t say whether it’s MAC’s formula or whether it’s me but these are probably the worst polishes for wear time ever. They chip so easily! It doesn’t matter what kind of top coat or base coat I try, they never last. When OPI, China Glaze and Essie are half the price and last 3 times or 4 times as long there really is no comparison. This is one MAC product I have zero interest in. The colors are gorgeous, but I expect (who knew) to be able to at least get through one day without any wear ‘n’ tear on my nails. Never happens when I wear MAC polishes, which is why I haven’t touched them at all in 2011. <—-not kidding 🙁

Well, I suppose I will end with that. Mostly, I have had fairly good if not great experiences with makeup and beauty products. The occasional fail does not stop my quest or my love for trying new things! I think it’s important to remember that beauty is subjective and ultimately lies in the eye of the beholder. How about you, what products have you tried that didn’t meet your expectations?

14 responses to “TAG: Not Worth the Hype”

  1. Jessica says:

    I agree about most of these except Dior Amber Diamond – I’m still shocked you don’t like it! It’s my HG gold highlight (my fave pink-toned one is YSL Metallic Colorama) I also have to PARTIALLY disagree about MAC polishes – they’re hit or miss. I’ve had a few I’ve LOVED – Soiree, Mischievous Mint, Abalone Shell – but just one I’ve really disliked – Jade Dragon (stained HORRIBLY!). I always like this type of post – it’s so interesting to read what people DON’T like, as we bloggers tend to always be raving about things! haha

    • Jessica- I know! I love “not worth it” or product fail posts because you are right, so many times we all rave, rave, rave about the stuff we love and forget about those things that we really didn’t like.
      I know so many people enjoy Dior Amber Diamond, but it did absolutely nothing for me 🙁

  2. Kelly says:

    i love this post. i have never tried and of the benefit stains but i feel like stains are for people with perfect or almost perfect skin. i have lots of scars and stains just really bring the scars out. and i totally 100% agree with you on the EOS balms…i thought they were so cute but they made my lips sooo dry that they peeled and blistered! but…i like amber diamond (even if its overpriced ha)

    • Kelly-
      Yeah, I could totally see that a stain would accent imperfections! Yup, I think many of us were lured in by the cute factor of the EOS balms, it;s horrible that your lips peeled! Mine didn’t get that bad, but bad enough to make me want to trash them completely. Yeah, Amber Diamond is overpriced, imho. Especially considering how many highlighters I have tried, own, and love significantly below that price tag!

  3. Kayla says:

    Love this! I’m not at all offended that you didn’t like Sugarbomb. I mostly love it because it’s so sheer, but I can already tell that I’m going to have to put it away until winter when I’m pasty white again.

    I haven’t tried any of the other products in this post, but I’ve been contemplating Guerlain Meteorites for quite some time. The price is really why I’ve been holding out on them for so long, so I might see if I like the Physician’s Formula version you mentioned before I take the plunge.

    • Kayla- I know, and I am glad Sugarbomb worked for you! Whenever I try a product that has been much talked about I want to love it, I want it to be THE best. But, everyone is so different. Especially for skin tone.
      Definitely give the PF a whirl, I really *really* like that powder!

  4. Kizzy says:

    This is very helpful! I know that everything is subjective, but still…

    I agree with you on the EOS balms, by the way!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I love these types of posts! Although I have to respectfully disagree about Dior Amber Diamond, I completely agree with the eos lip balms! I haven’t tried any of the others but now I know I don’t have to! Yay 🙂 I also loved that you included alternatives…very helpful!

    • Thanks dear! I knew you would disagree about Amber Diamond, as have/will many others 😉 I cannot understand why it didn’t work for me, I just know that it didn’t. Yeah, the EOS=bad all the way around on my lips.

  6. Jessica says:

    I TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT EOS BALMS! Don’t get me wrong … I had the lemon drop balm and I used it up for the sake of it, but they’re just sub par lip balms.

    I think hype can be fun, but definitely dangerous. So much in makeup is a matter of preference (and sometimes even chemistry!) that hype can lead someone astray.

    I have to say that agree with almost all of your choices (with the exception of Amber Diamond)! I’m hoping Benefit’s Cha Cha tint rises above it’s lackluster sisters. I’m on an orange kick so I couldn’t pass it up!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Jessica- I can’t wait to hear about Cha Cha tint! I have seen some swatches floating around but am not convinced it’s for me based on the experience I have had with the other two. I hope you have better luck with it, and that they have changed the taste of the formula so that it can be used as a lip tint! 🙂 I am totally on an orange kick too…I think a lot of us are!
      Very true, each person is so different that what is HG material for one, may be a complete fail for another. But I always like reading about the fails because it gives me insight into products I may not have tried, and to lower my expectations I bit if I do try it. I think sometimes we get so excited about a product that it becomes legend before it’s even had a chance to fly, so to speak! 🙂

  7. Kelsey says:

    I’ve never seen the meteorite things.. what are they?

  8. Justine says:

    MAC polishes have really improved over the years. I have seasonal peach from a few years later and that one is bad streaky and horrible. But the Jin Soon ones that come out here and there were totally great pigmentation.

    Sugarbomb was a huge waste of space in my makeup drawers, the hard candy smooth talker is so similar, and besides smelling pretty, they aren’t something that I reach for.

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