Has there been a product you didn't like initially but later loved?

This is another question that has me stumped! I think it’s because I don’t revisit much given I am usually testing something new, so when I don’t like something… I move on immediately. I feel like there are products that I didn’t LOVE initially but ended up loving a lot, like Fenty Gloss Bomb.

— Christine


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DVa Avatar

Becca Dewing Tint.
Bought it, considered returning it, then figured out it’s better mixed with another foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturizer.
I ended up buying another, 3 shades darker, for summer when it went on sale.

Lesley Avatar

I can’t think of one. The best I have been able to do is make something wearable by mixing it with something else or by changing the application technique. At my age I should not be hate panning but I do it anyway.

Nancy T Avatar

Generally speaking, dry-down liquid lipsticks. I really hated how dry and powdery they made my lips feel when I bought my first two by KVD. I much preferred the satin finish, not fully dry-down of Ofra’s and CP’s USLS formulas. But then came the once in a hundred years pandemic and masks. Well now I have learned to at least like those dry-down lipsticks!

kjh Avatar

Meteorites. When you put the originals in context (late 80s) they were far too subtle for a loud age (disco, big hair, etc.) Now I love them and use them nearly daily.

Ana Maria Avatar

Usually for me it’s more of a products I didn’t liked, made them work decently, but I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase.

The latest product I didn’t quite like at the start was the MAC Veluxe eye brow pencil. At first it was so strange not using a year drop applicator (my favorite), but once I got used to it I really like using a classic pencil that needs sharpening.

Most times it happened with foundations in the past (I haven’t tried a new one in years, I go back to old favorites). At first I didn’t liked specific ones, but after trying them with different primers or different application techniques, I liked the results.
Most likely I don’t think I liked Estee Lauder Double Wear from the start. 😅 I only started to love it once I realized than only a small amount is needed, half a pump, maybe a little bit more; certainly not even half of what all those makeup gurus put on their face.

CeeBee Avatar

I tried Estee Lauder Night Repair ages ago and didn’t think much of it. Got a free deluxe sample a couple of months ago and was AMAZED at the difference in my skin (probably because I’m a lot older now, LOL) and immediately went out and bought the biggest bottle I could find.

I also didn’t get my skirt blown up by the Fenty Gloss Bombs, but I got the Xmas quad from last year on sale in January and put it away in my dresser and just recently re-discovered it and now I really love them. I’m wearing Cake Shake the most, despite brown not really being a “me” sort of lip shade…

And I have like a million neutral eyeshadow palettes already, picked up the BH Chilling in Chicago for super cheap $ and now it’s the one I reach for the most. Yep, even over my ND Bronze palette, which I adore!

Latika Avatar

Chanel les beiges illuminate healthy glow powder- I love the bronzer and originally bought this as a highlighter -way to subtle for that but then I took my big face brush and lightly dusted all over my face! Beautiful subtle luminous glow!

Genevieve Avatar

It took me quite awhile to use Dior’s Bonne Etoile eyeshadow quint – now I am not sure why, but once I decided to give it some ‘love’ I have used it ever since. I use the teal and mint shades in summer and the olive, pearl and brown shades in autumn/winter. Fabulous.

Rachel R. Avatar

Fenty Cream Bronzer in Amber. I bought it when my cheeks were going through a prolonged drier phase, but I could not get the hang of it. I used way too much the first time. I never got the hang of blending it. I tried it a few times, got fed up, and let it sit unused for several months.

This summer I brought it out again, after watching some cream bronzer tutorials, and I finally have the hang of it. I really like it now. The color is perfect when applied very lightly. I don’t know why I couldn’t master it before!

Valerie Avatar

Tom Ford shade and illuminate face cream palette – I couldn’t make the highlighter work and I thought it was greasy. Then it got lost in a drawer. I recently dug it up and it hadn’t gone bad, surely thanks to minute amounts of preservatives. I’ve been using a makeup sponge for face application and it works beautifully with a sponge. I actually like the dewy finish, what I previously thought of as greasy, and it’s perfect for a summer glow. The contour shade is perfect and very easy to blend out. I’ve made two satisfying dips in it 😌

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