Friday, December 27th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last product you bought that didn’t work out for you? Share!
Temptalia's AnswerMAC’s Punk Couture Cremesheen Glasses!

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

67 thoughts on “What was the last product you bought that didn’t work out for you?

  1. Shu Uemura Holiday Palette, the pink one. Too much creasing for a $70 product.
    Rikki Recently Posted: REVIEW: OCC Lip Tar – Memento

  2. Chanel Bagatelle lip gloss. I have to dip the applicator back in the tube like 10 times to get enough to cover my lips because hardly any product comes out and then it’s crazy sticky, too.
    Audrey Recently Posted: What I keep in my Train Case!

    • AudreyNZ

      Me too! I wanted that lip gloss so bad. It was my very first splurge and all the rave about Chanel lip glosses being not sticky at all. I wanted one which is sparkly and a little pinky and decided Bagatelle was it. The Chanel SA was a little reluctant to sell me it, she kept showing some other which wasn’t on my wish list…I should have listened to her. Now, I’m wanting to get the Chanel JC Espiegle but she’s against my choice…should I listen to her?

  3. Vanessa

    Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer just did not work for me. I found it to be too wet and sticky. It never dried to a nice finish. I also found that none of the shades were quite right.

  4. I’ve had a few disappointing hauls recently:

    The Balm: Batter Up Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows — the formula was sheer and cheap. Instain blush — colours were completely different from how they were represented on the website, and the awful blendability was really not up my alley.

    Almay: intense i-color defining liner. Sparkly eyeliner at at drugstore price seemed like a great idea at the time until the result was chunks of low-quality glitter landing in my eyeballs. The painnnn….

    Revlon: limited edition Colorburst lipgloss in Embellished — the colour and sparkles were MINDBLOWINGLY beautiful in the tube, but the result on the lips was sheer, dull, patchy awfulness. Why oh why couldn’t this gloss have the opacity and true-to-tube beauty of every single other one in the line??

  5. Avatar of Nikki Nikki

    Covergirl’s new Bombshell Volume mascara was a flop for me. It looked so fab on Kandee Johnson, but it just doesn’t work on my lashes. Plus, I’m so mascara-brush klutzy that the short wands equaled me with mascara allllll over my eyelids — not a good look on me! Sticking with Maybelline The Rocket and Benefit They’re Real.

  6. I think it must have been the Balm’s Balm Girls Lipstick in Ima Goodkisser. The colour is so pretty but the texture is so odd – it has almost a ‘curdled’ look. Perhaps I got a dud tube, but it certainly didn’t work for me!

  7. Anne

    Rachel K CC Cream. Makes me look like a greasy ghost! What a waste of money!

  8. Avatar of Tigerlily Tigerlily

    MAC lip pencil in Dervish. It worked well when I tried it in the store but the one I bought is as solid as a rock :-(

  9. Elf’s eyeshadow palette! I guess you get what you pay for…..

  10. C

    Estee Lauder translucent powder.. just makes me look like I’m red in the face, somehow.

  11. Avatar of Ann Ann

    I would have to say a Barry M blush from June of this year. It lays untouched, bought it on a whim. That is what happens when I buy things and don’t research. Oh and MAC’s MSFN in Medium Dark.

  12. Tina

    NARS Laguna because it makes my face look dirty, and MAC Landscapade which makes my face look oily.

  13. Esmeralda L

    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
    It gives me breakouts and oily skin

  14. L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur didn’t work for me. It didn’t blur or mattify my skin at all.

  15. Chantecaille Bio-Lift Concealer. How can such an expensive product fail on so many levels???

  16. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    While I didn’t exactly “buy” it (I cashed in some Sephora “points”), I’d have to say tarte Exposed. I had really wanted to try it, so when the opportunity arose to get it for “free”, along with several oyher tarte items, I jumped on it. However, it’s just too pink for my taste. My skin os so neutral that that the undertones of any product are amplified, and it applies as Pepto Bismo-pink on my skin. A sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes was also included, but I knew from past experience that wouldn’t work for me, either.

    I’ve been pretty fortunate in that I know what colors I like, and what works for me, and I stick to the same brands that I know have been consistent over the years, so it doesn’t happen too often.

  17. TheMissus

    YSL Youth Liberator Foundation…which was a bummer because it’s a beautiful formula…unfortunately I have no shade match :(

  18. Avatar of Jaimee Jaimee

    Oh, where to begin! Hourglass ambient powders – none of the colors looked good on me. Nars Loose Powder – the white color – looked chalky. The pressed version is a HG product. Guerlain Lingerie foundation is a so so fit for me. Marc Jacobs Showstopper lipstick – lovely color but bleeds after a few hours. The list can go on and on….

    • The HG Ambient powders didn’t work for me either. I have three, too. :/ The Dim one makes my face look dirty. The other two I have–Diffused and Mood–only work to bring color back to my face when my foundation is too light. Otherwise, they make me look more yellow/sallow or I guess red. Mad at myself for not returning them.

  19. I would say , Thebalm meet matte palette … i dont know what wrong with it but i dont like it at allllll , too sheer for me :D
    and also MAC RIRI WOO .. too drying although am not getting rid of it but its not something which I see myself wearing too often considering i love reds

  20. Anna Fantasia

    Didnt work out is a bit of an understatement. I had a HUGE reaction to YSL’s Youth Liberator Serum and Foundation. I love trying everything new on the market and loved the finish of the foundation. Boy did I learn my lesson. My face was covered in red itchy welts. Its taken weeks, a prescription steroid cream, Creme De La Mer, and First Aid Beauty to regain most of my face. Only two spots left to go. Funny how one persons HG can be someone else’s allergic reaction.

  21. rachel

    estee lauder lipgloss in violet rain….it just was too bright on my fair skin i felt like a barbie doll but then again some people like that :) i like dark berry colors , sometimes you just gotta try new stuff though so i bought it. i stll put it on for fun at home but ive had it for two years only wore it once to work and people were staring at me all weird.

  22. shelley

    Chanel Spring 2014 L/E release. Out of it all only the cream blushes were a hit. And 4 shade eyeshadow pan was a dud for me. Its going back today. :(

  23. Monica

    Smashbox Photo Finish primer, it did nothing for me :-/

  24. Avatar of kellly kellly

    Naked 3. It was nearly impossible to get it with it being sold out most of the time. I ended up ordering it at 4:30 am the day it became available at Sephora. When I got it, I found out it had whatever is used in some pinks and purple shadows that I.AM.ALLERGIC.TO.
    Total bummer.

  25. The last product that I bought that didn’t work out for me was the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Foundation. It broke me out so bad that it felt like it was burning on my skin.
    Cassie Recently Posted: My Top Ten Posts

  26. Avatar of Chelsea Chelsea

    I’m having surprisingly good luck with my new finds lately (knock on wood). Things that didn’t work out were the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (broke me out in hives), Evening Primrose Oil (gave me nodular pimples), and the Sephora Sculptor makeup sponge (tore after only a few uses, and the blue dye comes off in water).

    • I went through a tube of the Effaclar Duo & didn’t notice a dramatic difference like so many other people have proclaimed. Compared to the rave reviews about it, it didn’t deliver forme at all! I did work my way through the tube for a few months regardless. I felt it was too expensive to chuck or give away.. And I figured it may have taken a while (like a month) to start working but it just didn’t and I haven’t missed it in my routine at all.

      • I think sometimes with expensive or hyped-up products people get a placebo effect – they want so badly for it to work since they paid so much for it that it actually does make a difference, or they imagine it does. Most of them only have pseudo-scientific evidence to back up their claims.
        Plurabelle Recently Posted: Spending less on makeup

  27. The Becca Mineral Blush in Damselfly. It just doesn’t really who up on my skin, which is unfortunate since I’m pretty light. I had it all built up in my mind especially after seeing someone use itin a YouTube video, the colour just wasn’t for me.

  28. The Becca Mineral Blush in Damselfly. It just doesn’t really show up on my skin, which is pretty light. I had it all built up in my mind especially after seeing someone use it in a YouTube video, the colour just wasn’t for me.

  29. Nicole

    The Lancome Hypnose star mascara. I had the feeling that my eyes tend to tear after wearing it for a whole day.
    For skincare it were the cleansing oils by Shu Uemura. I recieved uneven skin on my t-zone and some redness.

  30. J

    Marc Jacobs blush. It had ZERO pigmentation. Also the two faced natural eye palette and anastasia catwalk palette. I returned all 3 pretty recently.

  31. Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Tommy Jet. It glides on like butter and is highly pigmented. However, on me it smudges and melts into a raccoon mask.

  32. Margarita

    Too faced Joy to the girls palette. I love their stuff but these shadows were sooooooo powdery and not very pigmented. Disappointing.

  33. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I was so excited for this product, but unfortunately, I broke out after using it. Bummer. :(

    • Oh boy, I used that to set my foundation one day last month and had a HORRIFIC breakout afterwards. I blamed the foundation and returned it, but now I’m wondering if it was the lighting powder. I never used it on the entirety of my face afterwards just because I didn’t like the finish of it as a setting powder, but now I can’t be sure which was the culprit! :/

  34. Jane Iredale cream eyeshadow – creased all over the place and made my eyelids stick! Jane Iredale is usually so good, so this was a disappointment. Luckily I bought it from Nordstrom, so I was able to return it.

  35. The Real Techniques duo-fibre brush set – the small one’s too scratchy for my crease, the bristles on the mid-sized one just FELL OUT, and the big one’s all right but sheds all the time. What a waste. Also, the Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in Velvet Beige. The colour is beautiful which is why I got it, but the smell is just nauseating – one whiff and I have a headache that lasts all day. I’m off all Maybelline products because of that. I also got a blush from Essence that was a fuchsia pink and I realised that fuchsia pink blushes have never looked good on me (warm NC40-42 skin tone). I could list about 40 more items which I recently threw away as a bid to reduce my makeup collection. Most were funky-smelling lipsticks…
    Plurabelle Recently Posted: Spending less on makeup

  36. Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Blissful. The color showed up on my finger but there was no pigmentation at all when I actually swatched it on my hand. I think I got a dud and I’ve heard of this happening to others as well.

  37. Currently I am testing Tarte’s “Lights, Camera, Splashes” mascara because I need a waterproof one that’s preferably cruelty free. It’s just okay, but for the price it should be something I love. I guess that makes it my most recent “miss.”

  38. UD’s setting spray… the de-slick one. the regular one works better on me.

  39. A pair of funky lace eyelashes on sale @Sephora because I wanted some points perks. I’m not going to be a Rouge though. Few hundred short buying comfortably this year. I’m happy. ;)

  40. Avatar of Maggie Maggie

    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Fiend…settled in lip lines.

  41. YS

    Some cheap lipstick below $5, it was too drying, had a strong smell and broke after 2 uses.

  42. I bought MUFE Mat Velvet+ but it didnt work out for me at all, didnt control my oils and didnt offer the coverage I wanted, i still prefer Mac Pro Longwear

  43. I must be doing better at picking new products that I’ll like because I only have one dud..the Smashbox palette for green eyes…the shadows were way too powdery with fallout all over my cheeks…blech

  44. Avatar of Jerrilyn Jan

    Urban Decay Primer Potion – don’t know why – it seems to work for everyone else I know.

  45. All the Chanel eye makup. It causes to me severe allergy. The face treatment products works without problems :)

  46. Avatar of Jackie Jackie T

    MAC Archie Girls lipstick in Betty Bright, it’s a gorgeous color in the tube but pink corals do NOT work on me, I need more orange/red

  47. Avatar of Steffany Steffany

    Urban decay anarchy face case, I dont know. It didnt work out for me

  48. Okay. Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks. I swatched a dozen, bought three, gave away two and am trying to sell one. Please don’t send me hate mail for saying that!
    Renu Recently Posted: Beautyblender Detailers makeup brushes review, usage and photos

  49. Avatar of Patricia patsyann

    City Lights eye cream: it made my eyes red, itchy and sting.

  50. I’ve had many. Mac’s Studio Fix foundation in NW18. Oxidized bad and by the end of the day, my face had more lines on it than a road map. Talk about emphasizing wrinkles! Also It Cosmetics CC cream- way too yellow and burned my skin.

  51. JG

    The Milani Liquid Eyes eyeliner pencils… I’ve heard so many rave reviews about them and I’m always looking for a super long wearing, cruelty free liner that’s cheaper than the UD 27/4 ones… they were great, pigmented and longwearing, but they irritated my eyes like no one’s business! My eyes are not particularly sensitive, but they were bright red and swollen by the end of the day.

  52. Maybelline great lash mascara. I really dont get the big hype surrounding it :(
    Gemma Recently Posted: Wish List #7

  53. Revlon Age Defying foundation and concealer. The foundation didn’t look very good after a couple of hours and the concealer was just too dark (I chose light/medium and it was too dark and too orange for me). I returned both. I might give the concealer another shot later on.