If you had to discard three products to discard immediately, which would they be?

All the Kat Von D blush duos. I could live without those, so that takes me up to six one shot.

— Christine


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Dev Avatar

Those KVD blushes have been pulled from Sephora.com so I am hoping they are being reformulated. How no one checked the quality before they were shipped is beyond me!

Now onto the question, probably my Tarte blushes. I know people love them and while they are okay, there are many brands of blushes that I like much better.

Ray Avatar

L’Oreal blush – I love the color but it contains dimethicone, and I’m trying to cut down on face products with silicones.

Naked 2 Basics – I haven’t used it as much as I expected to and the UD formula is a dud on my oily lids.

A have a bunch of “natural” lip balms from the last time my friend (manager at a health food store) dug through the freebies bin. Those balms are universally weird and bad.

I could also do without about half of the lipsticks in my “work purse.” A handful of boring Cover Girl lipsticks that I’m trying to use up.

Ray Avatar

Our favorite oils are already liquid or melt down too easily so they can’t be used too prominently in a solid balm stick. I’d actually be interested in a natural version of the tinted lip oils that high-end brands (YSL I think?) are starting to launch. A little doe-foot tube of tinted argan and coconut oil would be fun!

Nancy T Avatar

Oh, trust me, it’s more than 3! But because I’m a hoarder, I do not know where to begin, but I’ll try. Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer Coral, some really old WnW eyeshadow palette from before Color Icon 6 pan palettes, and a few L’Oreal lipsticks from around 6 years ago? And….probably that ancient bottle of VS Rapture Perfume that my ex gave my as an “apology gift”, but I think the bottle is really cool looking.

Lacey Avatar

That’s pretty easy at the moment because I have some things that are about to be used up, anyway! Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation (two shades that don’t work alone and only somewhat work when I mix them), an Urban Decay Perversion mascara that’s almost done, and a YSL lipgloss that’s almost empty.

xamyx Avatar

If you still have them, Sephora will exchange for store credit. Also, from what I’ve heard, the blushes are being reformulated, so you might want to hang on to them and switch them when the time comes.

Anne Avatar

Ack that’s tough. I’d do more passing on than discarding, as nothing of mine is expiring at the moment, and I can’t do the throwing away of things I can give to a friend/family member thing.

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream, as I got it when the Dr. Jart one was sold out, and while it’s good, I’ve since gotten the Dr. Jart one which I like better. My sister could use it in the winter months when she’s more my shade.

I’d toss my older beauty blender as I think it’s time for that one to go.

I’d pass on my ColourPop LippieStix in Choker to my sister as well as it kind of washes me out, and that was the one out of the set that was going to be a “pass” for me anyways but I’m still compiling her care package so haven’t gone through my stash yet.

Katherine T. Avatar

Anne, thanks for the rec on The Body Shop Aloe Restoring Protective Mask! The Aloe value kits were always sold out at Ulta, but I finally snagged one @ 20% off that included the day cream, night cream, and restoring mask. They’ve become my new faves 🙂 I use retinols and lactic/glycolic acid treatments, and those creams are so soothing and hydrating. The day cream will be nice for summer, but the night cream and mask are perfect for now. Especially love that mask – I didn’t realize you could leave it on as a night cream. I left it on overnight, and it left my skin very smooth and hydrated in the morning 🙂

Tammy B Avatar

I am going to check out that aloe mask. I use retin A. I am curious, Katherine T., what lactic/glycolic products do you like? I am almost done with my glycolic acid and would like to try a different brand for comparison.

Katherine T. Avatar

I’m 46 yo, been using these Peter Thomas Roth products for almost 3 yrs and love them, have re-purchased many times. Sephora or QVC usually has value kits. I find that a combo of products work better than just one, so I use these weekly, in rotation with Paula’s Choice retinols and hydrating creams, including the aloe ones
*PTR 10% Glycolic Acid Hydrating Gel -it’s not hydrating but you can put a moisturizer on top and leave on overnight. I spot apply on the more oily areas – cheeks, chin, nose. Clears out clogged pores, tightens them up, gets rid of dead skin
*PTR Firmx Peeling Gel -rub in, and all this dead skin rolls off instantly, a fave pick me up
*PTR 40% Triple Acid Peel – pricey at $80 but I stock up during Sephora sale. There’s 12 tubes, but there’s so much, I can get 3 uses from each tube, so 36 peels. Got this tip from readers–after using 1/3 of the tube, stick a toothpick through the tube to shut out air, wrap tape around it, store upright for next use. The instructions say to wash off after 2 minutes, but I always leave mine on for 10-15 minutes, no problems. After using this, I notice my foundation glides on much smoother the next morning.

Katherine T. Avatar

Oh yes, PTR has some nice masks, like his cucumber and rose one. And I still have his pumpkin scrub that came in a tube, smells great. I’m curious if you’ve tried his gold one yet? It’s so pricey, curious if it really works

Tammy B Avatar

Katherine, thank you for your detailed reply. I am 50, so your skincare regimen is not too advanced for me. I had the PTR glycolic acid gel in my Sephora a cart, so I was moving the same direction. May give the Drunk Elephant T. L. C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum a try. The PTR 40% Triple Acid Peels are not currently available: hope they are not discontinuing these!

Katherine T. Avatar

Noooooo, I hope they aren’t DC’ing the PTR 40% Triple Acid Peel!! It is out of stock both at Sephora and PTR website 🙁 I signed up for notification email, and as soon as it comes back in stock, I’m stockpiling it. Thanks for the tip!

Anne Avatar

In reply about the PTR Gold Mask, I got it in one of those mini sets Sephora does (along with the cucumber and irish moor mud ones) and I wasn’t wowed by it. It’s supposed to be firming and tightening and it didn’t really do much at all. The rose one was MUCH better for that, and it’s cheaper. Have you heard anything about/tried the new Blue Algae mask? I’ve been wanting to try it but I usually go for the mini mask sets when I try it out first as I can’t really get a sample of it.

Katherine T. Avatar

Anne, thanks for the feedback on the gold mask! I figured since you tried so many, you would be a good person to ask. No, I haven’t tried the Blue Algae one yet, but curious. I’ve been watching for free samples, so if I can snag one, I’ll let you know. And please let me know too if you try it. Thanks 🙂

Rachel R. Avatar

.LORAC Skinny Palette in Navy, MUG eyeshadows (except Bitten and Charmed; they’re OK), and ColourPop Ultra Matte in Trap. All among the worst products I’ve ever used. If I could have returned them, I would have.

No offense to anyone who likes these products, but they just don’t work for me and I hate them.

Lisa Avatar

My Dr. Brandt face products I got with Sephora points. I’m not impressed at all! The Colorpop matte liquid lipstick I got yesterday which still left stains on my mug this morning and wore off unevenly. My chocolate bar palette — the colors have never worked for me.

Shana Avatar

Dior’s Fluid sticks, the texture made it not that easy to wear. And too shiny and artificial.

Guerlain petite robe noir lipstick, don’t like the sent and the taste, it bothers me when I eat and drink. Lipsticks don’t need to have a perfume and a taste ! Feel like eating chemical or perfumed cream. 🙁
(Exception : YSL’s tint-in-oil, sent like tropical fruit, but no taste, light oil texture, the best MLBB product imo, L.O.V.E. them).

NYX eyebrow pencil in Dark brown, it’s too much of a chocolate brown, it’s too warm, and not enough dark. It’s enough natural on me. I need the brown to be more neutral and dark.

Ray Avatar

I’m not the original commenter, but if you’re willing to dig through ColourPop’s site, they have a lot of good neutral singles. It all comes down to preference, but I’d rather build a small set of individual shades than a palette where I don’t love all the colors. I would be perfectly happy to only have Girl Crush, Mixed Tape, Hanky Panky, and Acorn for the rest of my life. Perfect cool-toned (on me) neutrals.

If you prefer a palette, IMO Too Faced’s Boudoir Eyes (cool) and Natural Matte (warm) are the best on the market. They’re not hyped up like the scented chocolate and peanut butter ones but they’re worth a look.

Mariella Avatar

If it’s colour cosmetics, it would be the Cargo “The Essentials” eyeshadow palette and 2 Maybelline Colour Tattoo shadows: Creamy Beige (too dark to be the sort of beige I was hoping for) and Barely Branded (just ugly and way too frosty). If it’s just general beauty products, for sure I’d pitch Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask and Olay Regenerist Thermal Daily Mini Peel (I looked long and hard for both of these products and was so very disappointed with both of them) and some Annabelle Primer/Corrector that does absolutely nothing.

Donya Avatar

A little behind in reading some of these qotd. Amen! on that Nars tinted moisturizer. The hype on that was so crazy and I was just NOT impressed.

Thought I would share that the It Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC cream (I have the luminizing) has some awesome coverage, and is very moisturizing. Everything Nars was hyped to be and more.

Fran Avatar

This is hard, because I mostly only keep what I love, but maybe the few liquid lipsticks I own (Too Faced Melted, YSL Glossy Stain, OCC lip tars). Even when I love the color and the formula, they seem fussier than traditional lipsticks to reapply during the day, so I don’t choose to wear them very often.

Fran Avatar

I’m laughing at my own reply, because I just bought a Tom Ford patent finish lip polish this week (in Infamy) — but I’ve been thinking of it as a hybrid of stain and gloss, what I’m hoping is that it will last through the day, including lunch, for me without needing any reapplication. Even if I do have to re-apply, it seems like it will be super-easy to do; no long wand that makes me inaccurate, no too-much-brightness from an extra layer of the Melteds on my lips if I don’t remove it all before re-applying.

Julia Avatar

Haha, I love this!

1. Lorac 3D Liquid Lustres (Holiday 2014) – They are old, but they are still 99.9% full because they are TERRIBLE. One of the worst products I’ve ever bought.
2. Stila Stay All Day Foundation – do not love the heavy formula, and is also slightly too light and more than slightly to yellow for my skin
3. ColourPop eyeshadows – I tried, but I just can’t get with the cream shadow thing. In fact, take the strobing kit too… I give up! Give me powder, all day every day 🙂

jaz Avatar

Omg. If we are talking about the same product, I bought one for my 25th birthday because I wanted to really shine. As soon as I put it on, my eyes started to burn. I brought it home , never used it again and finally threw it away

Julia Avatar

I am guessing yes – they come in little glass bottles with black droppers. I bought the whole holiday set and was soo excited, but they are truly the worst! I can’t get them to go on evenly no matter how I apply, and then when they dry the fallout is as bad as dry microglitter! I think I have only kept them because they look pretty in the bottle and because I am so angry that I spent (full price) money on them. I guess I am holding hope that I can find a way to make them work at least a little… Boo, Lorac.

BonnieBBon Avatar

I have that exact set too and I loathe them! In fact, I think I’m going to go trash them right now because I get mad everytime I see them lol I would have enjoyed setting my money on fire more than I did trying to work with those “Lusters”

anne Avatar

cream shadows don’t make it for me either. i love colourpop in theory, but i can’t use anything but a finger to apply, and blending? forget it! i’ve tried many of my eye brushes, natural and synthetic, but the shadow stays where my finger put it, and i’ve given up. the same with their blushes–they blend out horribly for me. and the gel potted liners irritate my eyes. the low price point idea i love, but i can’t make the products work for me except for a one-and-done shadow that i barely have to blend to fade the edges. i wish it were otherwise.

Ray Avatar

Haha, I love ColourPop so much I should just marry it already, but yeah, the shadows really don’t blend. They’re only worth it if you’re the type who puts a shade over the whole lid and maybe a brow bone highlight. It’s baby makeup for people like me, who can’t do intense smoky looks and whose oily skin eliminates powder products.

Laura_Lou Avatar

Clinique 2-in-1 perfecting foundation – it’s too dark
MAC studio sculpt powder – the colour payoff is rubbish
Bare minerals 10pm around the clock eyeliner – it smudges and transfers

Kimberly Avatar

MAC Sushi Kiss (WHY DID I BUY THIS??? argh.), Maybelline Rocket Volume mascara (cop out – I no longer have this and for good reason: clump AND smudge city!), Tarte lip gloss (not a fan of the smell or colour but it came in a set so…)

Andrea Avatar

No comments yet? Obviously no one wants to let go of anything in their stash. LOL!

I’ll bite… I’d throw away the liquid eyeliners I have because I am so terrible at their application I might as well give up on them. My It Cosmetics Universal Brow pencil because I hardly ever use it (I have thick brows to begin with), and my Simple Micellar Water because I don’t really like it.

Aj Avatar

– WnW Vamp it Up – bought it for the color, dislike this shade’s formula and application, love the color
– Both my Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencils in 2E and 30E – they don’t last at all and can be quite patchy
These are the ones that stand out on the top of my head as of now, but there’s probably a few more. I clean out my nail polish collection more frequently than my makeup collection – I should probably go toss these 3 later today.

Nicole Avatar

Assuming old products that need to be tossed anyway don’t count, I’d go with my two Too Faced sweetheart Bronzer/blushers. Those are pretty disappointing and I got them from Too Faced’s website. I just was lazy and never returned. It was a cute packaging thing. My daughter will love them though(But, she is only 10 not sure when that happens. But, it seems it’s coming quick!). For the third, I could easily part with one of the few loose powders I have hanging out. I’d probably loose the MUFE HD. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used it honestly. 🙂 This post reminds me that I need to learn to sell online or trade. Good one Celia! 😀

Laura Avatar

1. Colourpop Spoon Highlighter because…glitter. Major, obvious glitter. I don’t know how I missed that while researching.

2. Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pencil. I’ve never had so much trouble removing a product in my life. Bioderma, cleansing oil, cleansing balm and there was STILL some left behind.

3. TheBalm Frat Boy because it’s just way too pigmented for my preference. I always have to work really hard to not look clownish when I use it.

Penny Avatar

Urban Decay “Waterline” pencils……love the 24/7 ones, but fell for the hype when the waterline ones were introduced, bought several and dislike them all. Much better waterline pencils out there including the UB 24/7. Very hard, not smooth glide….

Tracy Avatar

My drug store lipsticks from Loreal and Rimmel (too heavily scented), all of my Mineral Fusion cosmetics (splurges from when I worked at Whole Foods and I never wear them), and my Clinque color quad eye shadows as I have much better eye shadows I prefer to use.

Meghan Avatar

Probably the Laura Mercier face palette I have, it has a setting powder, secret camouflage concealer, a solid tinted moisturizer… It’s just not great and dried out. I should actually clear out my palettes so there’s likely a few I can get rid of!

Janeen Avatar

Hmmm…Even though my stash is small compared to most beauty enthusiasts but I still feel like I have so much and it will take years to go through. I just recently purged and gave my cousin a ton of make up. I’d get rid of some lip products because I have a bunch. I wouldn’t be so bad if I wore full face make up all the time but I don’t. Nothing lasts long enough on my oily skin for work (12 hr shifts..end up being out of the house for 14hrs at least) so I don’t bother that much. Plus I switch back and forth between loving full on glamour make up and wanting to be more natural.

Anna Avatar

I have a bottle of the Mac Mineralize foundation (before it was reformulated) and that one goes from good skin match to all of a sudden medium skin tone within a few hours so it is unwearable. Only reason I kept it is so I can remember which color I was matched to.
Mac lipstick in Angel. Looks horrid on me.
Nars lipstick in Catfight. Nothing comes off from the lipstick when I put the lipstick to my lips. I don’t mean that a little bit comes off and it is too light, I mean nothing comes off at all. I kept it because I will bring it to Nars at some point and ask what they meant when they made that lipstick but we have no Nars counters where I live. Of course that means it will be too late to return but maybe they will give me some samples to make up for the bad lipstick.

Celia Avatar

Some of my questions are too tough for me haha! But nah, actually this is fun to think about.

I did discard my IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol.1 palette (it’s very nice but just not enough oomph for me), but I gave it to my mom who does enjoy more muted colors and doesn’t treat herself to nice makeup often. But I suppose that’s over and done with so I have to pick three new ones!

While I love ColourPop overall, the Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks are so very far from my favorite liquid lipstick formulas. There are a few I quite like like Clueless and Trap, but there are some that dry far too powdery/ashy/flaky/uncomfortably and don’t wear well enough. Mr. Blonde, Jellies, and Guess are all good examples of ones that don’t work for me. I wouldn’t pass liquid lipstick on unless it was to my best friend or sister and they’re good on such things so those would probably be discarded and that’s three right there.

But in a similar vein, I’m not at all feeling the NYX liquid mattes either. The Soft Matte Creams can be very nice, but the liquid lipsticks dry to a similar powdery/ashy/flaky/uncomfortable finish as the miss CP shades. I would keep Stonefox because I really like the color but the others I have can go. I’m just going to stick with the tried-and-true liquid lipstick formulas I love and not experiment so much with less-than-great ones.

Alice Avatar

Unfortunately I’ll have to say the first thing to go is KvD “Poe” lipstick. I’ve tried it half a dozen times using different primers & pencils, always using lip scrub first, and even mixing it, and it always ends up patchy and settling into my lip lines in under 2 hours. It’s in my destash box right now, so next time I do a sell/trade post it’s going up.

ColourPop “Zipper” ultra matte I recently tossed out because it was so patchy even with 2 coats, it flaked off quickly, and was just so uncomfortable to wear.

My old Sephora Electro liners. They crease out and run so badly.

Pearl Avatar

MAC Butterscotch – bought this is in a frenzy when I got an email about their Goodbyes, right when I was in my buying/collecting/hoarding frenzy. It is still untouched, I have no idea what to do with it.

Damnit but my recent UD palette purchases of Wende’s Contraband and Vice 3. I am just not an edgy color person, but they looked so pretty and from the little that I’ve bought, I do like their eye shadow formula. I thought I would get these and it would make me want to incorporate more color, but I open it, look at it and then put it back and grab one of my neutral palettes. I think I’ve swatched a few but haven’t worn any. I’ll probably give them to my best friend or my nieces.

Brandi Avatar

My OCC lip tars. I’m wearing one right now and have been ranting all day. These things get everywhere!!! My Vice4 has such gross fall out it’s almost not worth the hassle. And, my looxi Aurora eye shadows. The highlighters are amazing but the shadows give absolutely no shadow whatsoever. Unless I was going to spend all day packing on shadow, I’ll use something else.

BonnieBBon Avatar

Hi Erin 🙂 You may have just saved me a big chunk of change! I love pretty much all things Korres and have the black pine night treatment in my cart right now just waitin on my paycheck. Is it ok if I ask why it’s on your toss list? I would really appreciate your advice before I pull the trigger on something that expensive.

Erin Avatar

I also love all things Korres. I wasn’t going to to do a review today but I will and it will be on that. Things are crazy over here. I just spent the day/night at the ER vet clinic. I need something to keep myself busy though.

BonnieBBon Avatar

Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that. I really hope everything turns out well and am sending you my best wishes. Thank you very much for the review!! I will go check it out right now.

xamyx Avatar

It’s easy to come up with products that are incompatible with my skin type, are a bad color, or simply “duds”, so I thought I’d take it up a notch, just as a challenge, and come up with 3 great products that I just don’t reach for (but still really like!).

First, any of my Too Faced 9-pan eyeshadow palettes. I adore the products/formula, but the packaging just irritated me, so I depotted them. For some reason, I still don’t reach for them…

Second, my Smashbox Softbox eyeshadow palette. Again, great quality, beautiful shades, but it lacks deeper shades; a deeper matte brown (or 2) & a matte black would make it more “complete”. I don’t like neutral palettes that require me to reach for other products.

Third, it would have to be Stila naturaleyes palette. It’s beautiful, but I just keep forgetting I own it…

I realize all of these are pretty old palettes, but they are practically untouched, so I can’t bear to just toss them. Maybe I’ll put them in a “travel bag”, and force myself to use them when I’m away…

Katherine T. Avatar

*PTR Neuroliquid Volufill Moisturizing Gel Cream -not hydrating at all and LOADED with heavy silicones, which my skin hates. I’m normally a big fan of PTR but this was a total miss
*MUFE Lipstick – can’t remember the color, but it’s scented, and the scent seems to grow stronger the longer it sits in my stash, uggh
*City Color Cheek Stains – I got these on sale, but forgot to check ingredient list, they are heavily scented, will need to toss or donate

DT Avatar

Oh definitely Coloured Raine metallic liquid lipsticks in Rockstar and Fame. Lovely colours, but they apply very streakily and crack once dry. Third product is a little more difficult; Mac Matte primer probably which is quite useless at keeping oil at bay.

Rachael Avatar

Great question!!
I have a few drugstore lipsticks I’d be happy to toss (they have the weirdest chemical scent) and my naked 1 palette (too warm). The KvD shade n light is also too boring and warm.

Eri Avatar

Funny you should post this, cause I’ve been thinking a lot lately how I wish I could return some stuff .. .I’d discard massively by category or brand:

1) all expensive lipsticks..as if I’ve used any one of them more than twice 🙂 except Bite mauveber
2) Kat Von D shade and light contour palette **I must have a dud because they are too dusty and don’t blend in my skin, i feel like that palette is laughing at me every time i touch it :p **
3) Narssisist eye palette **what a waste of money**; nars multiple sticks
**extra: most drugstore eyeshadows**

Ludo Avatar

Hmm. Probably just a bunch of lipsticks I don’t use, but if we’re going for big ticket items that disappointed me:
-Too Faced Natural Matte eyeshadow palette, because my Stila one is better and I don’t reach for the TF anymore.
-MAC Viva Glam I. That lipstick is so drying and ages me terribly.
-My MAC shadows, I’m just not impressed with them.

Stephanie Avatar

1. Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony. I got it in a set at Sephora with a mini Melted Metallic Dream House (when the Metallic ones first came out). It didn’t look bad swatched on my hand, but once I put it on my lips…oh, God no. “Not my color” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Way too pastel pink (“dusty rose”, my foot), which is not a good look for me. I’ve tried everything to get it to work, but the only use I’ve ever had for that shade is as part of the makeup for my crazy cat lady Halloween costume last year. (All my other Melted/Melted Metallic lipsticks are great.)

2. This shimmery pale pink Ulta sheer lip gloss I bought a couple years ago. The shade itself isn’t bad, but I’ve never been able to get past the scent long enough to use it.

3. Tarte concealer in Fairly Light Neutral. This shade turned out to be WAY too light for me to use for much of anything other than drawing negative attention to my undereye area. (The formula isn’t bad, though, so I bought it in the correct shade later.)

Erica Avatar

Becca’s Ultimate Complexion Creme foundation – its not a great fit for my complexion and its doesn’t blend well. I blend it with other foundations to get some use out of it, but I’ve had it 2 years now…I’m done.

Loreal Creme blushes. Hate them.
Mac Soft Ochre paint pot: it’s so dry compared to the others. Back 2 Mac immediately.

Maybelline color tattoos: too patchy, all of them. Too much better stuff on the market now.

Genevieve Avatar

From reading all the comments, there is a stack of beauty products that just don’t work for us. My list is:
1. EL Film Noir palette – a golden oldie that has had its day
2. L’Oreal Mascara that just clumps my eyelashes together and forever smears my glasses
3. A couple of Revlon lipsticks that last about 2 seconds on my lips. Never buying Revlon anything again.

Kate Avatar

Probably some MAC lipglass that I’ve had for longer than I should. I’ll probably Back 2 MAC them the next time I send in my depotted shadow containers. And some bare minerals shadows I never opened. Literally sitting in my drawer, unopened, collecting dust.

ShirlJ Avatar

1) Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer: Started smelling rancid very few days after opening. Not sure if I got a bad (?previously opened) bottle or if the doefoot applicator resulted in contamination. Either way, it’s gotta go.

2) BeautyBlender original: I like the varying shapes, sizes and contours of the Sephora sponge better. Personal preference, perhaps, but I like the big flat surface for even quick foundation application. Never use my Beautyblender any more.

3) BlenderCleanser solid: Why’d I get talked into an expensive bar of soap to save a few days of the life of my makeup sponge? My Body Shop coconut bar soap does a lovely job of my hands as well as my brushes/sponges.

4) ELF lipsticks: I like the concept of ELF and like goofing around with it with my 14 yo daughter (I’m a huge fan of the studio line brushes, esp the kabuki brushes, sunscreen powder SPF 45, HD powder, exfoliating makeup wipes and even their blush and foundation palettes), but it is kinda hit or miss. The $1 lipsticks are definitely a “miss”. Patchy & gloppy with awful colors (at least for my deep shade, warm-toned complexion). Too bad.

5) Stila Stay All Day brow gel: The tube gets obstructed with dried gel every single time. Not even funny. I just don’t use it any more and I think they’ve stopped making it. Doesn’t seem to be on the Sephora site.

6) Any green eyeshadow I own. I just look like an Orion Slave Girl Wannabe when I wear green eyeshadow. Probably my own bias.

BonnieBBon Avatar

Ok here goes…..
1. Benefits Benetint. It’s a great product I just never ever use it
2. Every Lorac skinny palette Hautelook has suckered me in to buying. I have like 4 or 5 and they all are dry dusty and have pitiful pigmentation.
3. YBF foundation. There should be a special place in product hell for this stuff! My hg foundation was discontinued so I gave this a try since the owner lady gave such a great sales pitch. Cut to my Mom’s 60th Bday huge party where tons of pics of me were taken by friends and family. In every picture I’m full on Oompa Loompa orange!!! It oxidized SO BAD and ORANGE?!?! UGGHH!! Now there are framed pics of my Mom and her children on friends and family walls everywhere with moi looking radioactive in every single one. Sometimes ya just gotta lol
The Lorac Liquid Luster set I already commented on

Katherine T. Avatar

LOL! I have some old family pics where I looked like the family ghost. I think my sunscreen or foundation had titanium dioxide in it, and it turned my face ghost white, and some even had me with red eyes, so I looked like a demon. And this was way before digital cameras, when you could delete bad pics or photoshop stuff.

BonnieBBon Avatar

Oh my word Katherine ??
You have me laughing so hard!
” turned my face ghost white, and some even had me with red eyes, so I looked like a demon ” ?? YEP! Still hilarious.

Mo Avatar

MUFE Velvet + Mattifying Foundation — I would have probably loved it when I was 18 and very oily, but at my current age, it simply makes my skin look flat and lifeless.

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner – All hype, hard to use and just not worth the price or effort.

Pretty much any MAC LE holiday palette in the past few years.

jazzy Avatar

1- Nars Narcissist palette, what a horrible palette especially for $79.99
2- Colour pop glo up highlighter ( to dark to be a highlight on me), every colour pop lip product. Liquid lipstick to thick and drying. The lipstix smell like wethers candy and that drives me nuts in a bad way.
3-urban decay anti aging primer. God i hate that primer it does nothing for my oily lids and my eyeshadow fades in less then 2 hours. Im just trying to use it up because im cheap and hate to waste my products 🙁 lol

The struggle!

Claire L Avatar

Haha, this post encouraged me to throw out 10 items! 9 of which were all old drugstore lipglosses, they go gloopy pretty quickly plus one old mascara. I’m pretty good though at throwing out things that don’t work for me or that I react to. An example is micellar water which doesn’t suit my skin or moisturisers that I’ve reacted to, I’ve put them aside to send to ‘Give and Make Up’, a charitable imitative in the UK that gives them on to women in women’s refuges. I can’t return products in the UK so there isn’t that option ?. I do have a tub of Clarins Extra Comfort foundation that looks a bit heavy and dry(!) on me but I’m reluctant to throw it away because it’s one of my most expensive foundations. Maybe it’s time to give it another go and see if I can get it to work.

VeraLynn Avatar

Ooh, what an intriguing question…definitely my L’Oreal lipsticks; I only own 2 and I love the colors but can’t stand the smell. I haven’t been able to bring myself to throw them out though because they look so pretty…I’d also trash my KVD Brow Tattoo that came in a Sephora Faves set b/c it’s just straight up bad (actually–I am going to throw it away now, which is saying a LOT about the quality b/c I am such a makeup hoarder!!). I’d also throw away my only VS eyeshadow (a quad that an ex bought me many years ago) that I only keep around for the cute packaging. Oh, and the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald…literally have used it never, and I’ve owned it for probably 2 years now. Aside from those items though…I actually really love just about everything in my collection. Kind of surprised/proud there aren’t more things for me to get rid of!

Morgan Mckenna Avatar

•All of my urban decay pallets they sit in my drawers
• Colourpop blushes/highlighters to much effort required
•dose of colors liquid lipstick not as amazing as the hype
• morphe eyeshadow pallets
• sigma brushes
• Cosmo cube the drawers stick , crappily made
• Elcie cosmetics foundation, horrible shade range for women of color and it not that great of a foundation

Marlee S. Avatar

1) Hourglass Immaculate Foundation – this makes my skin look horrible. Settles into any lines (I am only 25!!) and makes my skin look old and dry. I have the lightest shade also, and it is SO ORANGE. And it honestly gives NO COVERAGE. Just makes me look old… for $55. *die*

2) Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – I used to absolutely love this foundation, I went through an entire tube of it at one point, which for me, is saying something. I re-purchased it (the old formula, not the photo one) and I don’t like it anymore. Hate it actually. I think it is because it feels heavy and the color is a bit off on me. I hate to say it but I swear the LM counter people are THE WORST at color matching in my area. For years they have talked me into buying a shade that deep down I know isn’t right for me.

3) Not sure, but I HATE THOSE TWO!

Gamze Avatar

Just did: All my Bobbi Brown lipsticks, they smell rancid and yucky.

My Dior quints: Their texture somehow highlights all the newly-appearing texture problems on my lids.

ShariP Avatar

1) All of my Tarte eyeshadows.
2) The Too Faced eyeshadow palette from Christmas 2015…3 booklets with eyeshadow and a blush/contour…absolutely hate the formula. Love the colors.
3) Benefit They’re Real mascara. Hate the little plastic wand…prefer an old fashioned brush.
Bonus (because once I started thinking about it I couldn’t stop):
4) Lancome 12 pan eyeshadow…formula seems different from their single eyeshadows which I absolutely love.
5) L’Oréal eyeshadow dupe for the UD Naked palettes. Not much color payoff.
6) MAC Viva Glam VI. Just don’t like the shade on me.
7) UD Smokey palette. I’m a true UD eyeshadow lover. I have a HUGE stsh oh UD eyeshadow. I just can’t get into this palette. Is the formula different?
8) Many, many lipsticks that just don’t work for me.

Looking back, I seem to have a eyeshadow addiction, lol. Great question!!!

Kim Avatar

Great question! Inspired me to purge several old items I never use: WNW Comfort Zone palette, Too Faced Summer Eyes palette, Stila In the Moment palette, Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre (forgot I had them until I read others’ comments), some old Urban Decay chubby 24/7 shadow pencils, NYX Butter Gloss in colors I don’t wear, Vapour Mesmerize eye color stick (disappointed with this product – sheers out to nothing when blended.) I have nicer dupes of everything I pitched. Freed up some space for new MUG and Morphe palettes 🙂

Astrild Avatar

Easy question:
1) MAC matchmaster foundation. It’s not bad but the shade it’s too dark for me. I can’t use it even in summer so It’s probably expired.
2) Benefit Benetint. I never ever use it.
3) A bunch of NYX round lipsticks. i don’t like the smell, most of them are brown-toned and not flattering at all on my complexión and they’re so creamy that I’m not comfortable wearing the bold shades.

Blysse Avatar

All of my Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow palettes. I bought into the hype and have 15+ trios, 4 of the 6pans, and 4 of those 8 pans. There’s maybe 1 shadow in each palette that I think is okay =.=

Hannah C Avatar

What a question! I recently purchased some drugstore makeup, and I hate 99% of it, first to go would be the barrym contour kit – this made my face look muddy and disgusting.
Then the bourjois bronzer – this is awful! it’s supposed to smell like chocolate but smells of chemicals and is pressed so hard it’s nearly impossible to pick any product up, and then aside from all the stuff i got in my little haul (as a sidnenote the sleek makeup highlighter palette in solstice made it worthwhile) I would definitely get rid of the MAC cream colour base in luna, no matter how hard i try this ends up so dirty, covered in little brush hairs that you can’t swipe off, it’s a real shame because it makes a great dewy highlight, but it also seems to strip the foundation from my face where I apply it, not the best!

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