Happy July — the official season of frizzy hair, melted makeup (unless you’re using SeneGence, that is…), and an unbearable humidity that makes me question why I’m still living in the South. In lieu of my least favorite month (sorry, not sorry), I thought I’d share something a little different on my blog this week: a (short) list of products that I don’t especially like.
I feel like I’m constantly sharing things that I love on here, and whereas that’s super useful for you all, why don’t I mention the products that I don’t love? There’s very few things that I’ve recently found a distaste for, but I wanted to share with you why I’m just not loving them.
Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions, and these products may work differently for different people, but I’m sharing my real experiences with the following products. Let me know if you’ve experienced anything different!
I’ve also decided to give a review of each item based on a 5-point system (‘0’ being absolute shite and ‘5’ being likeable), and have listed them from best to worst below.
Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream (4/5)
This nighttime facial lotion really isn’t that bad. It has no fragrance and keeps your face hydrated as you sleep. It’s very thick (hence the term “cream”) and inexpensive at the drugstore. But why won’t I be repurchasing this product? I just simply haven’t been “wow”ed by it. I’ve used evening moisturizers that instantly add a glow or surge of moisture to my skin overnight… for a comparable price. I just believe that with some quick research, I could find an easily as affordable cream that actually impresses me.
Neutrogena Face Lotion w/ SPF 15 (3.5/5)
I’m not trying to hate on Neutrogena here (whoops) — I used their foundation for years before switching over to my current MakeSense Foundation by SeneGence. Like the previous product, I wasn’t super impressed with this morning moisturizer. It does moisturize your face, but it feels very greasy going on. It literally feels like I’m just putting on sunscreen — not the first thing I wanna feel on my face in the mornings. (Note: since I wear SeneGence foundation, I don’t have to use this moisturizer every day for sun protection, but I choose to so I can have double the protection from the sun.)
Soo’Ae Revitalizing Rose Mist (3/5)
I bought this toner on a whim when I ran out of my LUSH Breath of Fresh Air toner a few months ago. I found it at Walmart for a good price and figured “well, as long as I have a toner, it will be okay.” I naturally have a splotchy, uneven skin tone, so toners are pretty essential for my daily routine (and they actually work for me). This toner was very cool on the skin (great to use during a hot summer day!), but it didn’t work as well as my LUSH toner, as I began to notice some of my splotchiness coming back. It also had a very sweet, fragranced smell of roses that absolutely drove me crazy. Buying rose-scented products from the store can be a hit-or-miss for me, and this was a complete miss. I just felt like I was spraying some overly-scented chemicals on my face that weren’t doing anything, so I wasn’t a fan.
Bath & BodyWorks Shea Butter Hand Cream (3/5)
This was another product that I just bought on a whim because I needed it. I haven’t been a huge fan of Bath & BodyWorks’ lotions since I was in high school, simply because they don’t moisturize very well. I’ve noticed that they’re pretty watery and leave your hands feeling dry at the end of the day. This lotion was a little bit better, but it wasn’t significantly better overall. It’s a cute design and great to keep in your purse, but I experienced the same watery consistency I’ve found with many of their other lotions, as well as, the feeling that it wasn’t moisturizing my skin that well. Ultimately, I’ve used other shea butter lotions that worked a lot better.
NYX ‘Stay Matte but Not Flat’ Powder Foundation (2/5)
I bought this NYX foundation when I was in the need for a powder foundation that didn’t completely take away from the dewey glow that MAC’s Strobe Cream gives me with my regular foundation. Whereas this foundation does exactly what it says, it’s super messy and gets everywhere — and I hit pan on it within just a couple weeks of use (for reference, I used this Neutrogena foundation for years and it would always take me a few months to hit pan, and about six months to run out). I’m about two months into this NYX foundation and I’m nearly out. For the price, it’s not worth it at all.
PRETTY WOMAN Nail Polish (1/5)
I received this polish in an ipsy subscription bag a while back and decided to use it for the first time this past week — and I was completely appalled. I received a beautiful, blush pink color (of which I have a polish color almost identical) but the color didn’t apply well at all. The formula was watery and it was hard to apply it without it getting everywhere or globbing up thickly on my nails. I couldn’t get a good, even, non-streaky look with this polish and that was super disappointing. I threw it out after trying to paint my nails three different times. (Note: after looking on ipsy’s website, I noticed a lot of similar reviews were left about this product.)
NYX ‘Doll Eyes’ Waterproof Mascara (0/5)
There’s waterproof mascaras that are a gift from God and there’s waterproof mascaras that are a child of the Devil. I was finally able to somewhat get the hang of this mascara after about a month of use, but it’s still not enough to get me to actually purchase it. It’s incredibly clumpy and can go from ‘doll eyes’ to ‘spider-goth-wannabe’ in about two seconds. Essentially, you have to be very careful with this product. It’s also not easy to remove at all. I’ve used plenty of waterproof mascaras that remove fairly easily when taking them off in the evening, but this one requires some serious elbow-grease, double-cleansing, and some tears if you end up getting it in your eyes. I seriously resent buying this, and just plan to stick to the $5 mascaras that work great for me at the drugstore.
I guess I didn’t have a whole lot of products to complain about (though I had a lot of complaining to do…), but I’ve yet to find many products that just really don’t work for me. With patience and time, I can usually learn to like a product, but that just wasn’t the case with these. Let me know if you have any products that you had bad experiences with! Comment them below or let me know on Twitter @MiaReneeCole.
Until next time,
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