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Are there any types of beauty products you don't use that seem to be popular with others?

Are there any types of beauty products you don’t use that seem to be popular with others? Share!

Face primers and bronzers are definitely things I don’t use very often for personal use.

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John S. Avatar

For me, these definitely include bronzers (although it can be argued that contours powders are interchangeable product types) and highlighters for every day use. I can understand using these for certain types of photo shoots, but with every day lighting and face-to-face interaction, they just seem too obvious, especially highlighters. And I’m including the Hourglass Ambient and NARS Crystal Powders in this category.

Maybe I just haven’t encountered anyone who wear them convincingly…

xamyx Avatar

The same could be said for bright, pigmented blush, especially in shades like orange & coral.Blush is a “complexion” product, and should look therefore look as natural/seamless as foundation, but people still seem to like the “fun” shades. Who naturally “blushes” orange (or purple)…?

LMM Avatar

If your skin’s yellow-toned, you do blush a little orangey; likewise, if your skin’s very blue-toned, you blush a little purple.

xamyx Avatar

The key-word is “little”; I’m talking about vivid mandarin, bright orchid, etc… Yes, there are some people who wear them, and they look quite natural. Likewise, there are those who wear them and they are very obvious. I simply prefer “complexion” products to look natural, and not every shade will look natural on every skintone, whether it be a blush or a contour/highlight product.

Karen Avatar

Make up can be an art form to express one’s self. Some enjoy making blush and highlighters look obvious, and are not trying to be convincingly natural.

Sometimes it just fun to have fun with make up on a daily basis for freedom of self expression. 🙂

xamyx Avatar

The response was simply to point out that while the OP doesn’t think contours/highlights look “natural”, neither do many blush shades that are ever so popular, and that *I*, for *myself*, prefer all “complexion” products to look seamless & a part of the face. I wouldn’t personally wear a foundation that left a line of demarcation, but if others want to, that’s their prerogative…

Amanda Avatar

I really hate using foundation and concealer. I have yet to find any that look good, so I just stick with BB creams and tinted moisturizer. I don’t need/like a lot of coverage anyway, so it works for me.
I also rarely use eyeliner, lip gloss, and bronzer (aside from contouring)

Emy Avatar

Lip gloss and bronzer I never use. Ditto blush, because I have a lot of residual red acne scarring on my cheeks — and blush only seem to highlight them.

Also mascara. I’d love to be able to wear them, but for some reasons they always weigh my lashes down and smear on my glasses.

Sparkle0901 Avatar

Foundation, primers, contours, bronzers, any kind of eyebrow product, I don’t even tweeze mine because I know I would screw them up.

TR Avatar

False eyelashes. Never worn them, don’t ever plan to. And red lipstick. 10 years of buying makeup and I have not found a single red lipstick that works on me.

It’s also rare that I wear eyeliner, even though I actually love eyeliner. But I’m fully blind in one eye thanks to a skateboarding incident in HS and it takes me a good 20 minutes to apply it evenly. Eyeliner has henceforth been strictly reserved for VERY special occasions! Lol

Tara Avatar

Cream shadows and bronzers. Too oily of lids, can only use powder shadows. Too pale for bronzers, but will use darker blushes for contouring.

zainab Avatar

Bronzer, lipgloss, liquid or cream blush and illuminator, powder foundation, glitter, nail polish, lip primer, lip scrubs… there’s actually a lot now that I think about it. Bronzer and nail polish are probably the ones people seem most surprised I never use.

yellowlantern Avatar

Oh, plenty of things: eyeshadow primer (I think that’s the big one that most people use that I don’t), face primer, bronzer, cream products (i.e. cream blush, eyeshadow, foundation etc. they just tend not to work well with my normal to oily skin), and pencil eyeliners.

Erin Avatar

I don’t use bronzer much. I use it in maybe 1 out of 10 looks. Those looks are either too smoky for full on blush but I need something or very natural looks where I’m already flushing. I never use primer. 90% of the ones I tried have clogged me after one use. Since I don’t need my make up to last more then 6 or 8 hours usually, I just don’t use it. I also don’t really use brow products. I tweeze stray dark hairs. I don’t have any major patchiness though I’m sure I’d look better filling in the outer 1/3 I just can’t be bothered.

CatherineM Avatar

For me it’s eyeliner pencils. I only own a few in staple colors like black, brown, grey and bronze by UD and Bobbi Brown, but I rarely reach for them. I find that lining my waterline doesn’t suit me very much, and whenever I line my lower lashline I tend to smudge the pencil out anyway, because I don’t like very sharp lines. An eyeshadow does the job just as well, and it’s one less product I have to reach for.

Aneta Avatar

Eye make-up removers.
I have tried plenty, but gentle face wash gels seem to work much better for me, even for eye make-up (= remove anything fast, don´t irritate eyes at all).

I love wash gels by Yves Rocher for my combination hypersensitive skin: hydrating gel wash for summer and their nutritive one for winter. Both remove waterproof make-up too!

CeeBee Avatar

Eh, I like to try everything.

However, bronzer is not a requirement (although it can look amazing, I have more than a few and Guerlain’s Terra Inca is FABULOUS) and while I have recently experimented with contouring, it’s too much like hard work for me.

I never bother with more than one application of mascara though, lip liner is a bust for me and I rarely ever bother with brow wax, even if it’s in the same compact as the powder.

Also, I find cheek stains to be more trouble than they’re worth…

Alison Avatar

Bronzers – they just don’t seem to work on my skin tone at all. Foundations (I don’t seem to need/like a lot of coverage) so I tend to go more for a primer/bb cream/powder combo – if someone is reading this and thinking “that is insane, a foundation could do all that for you!” then please feel free to recommend some light, non-cloggy foundations!

Quinctia Avatar

I wear blush less than once a week. I usually don’t do anything to my brows, makeup wise. I’m so iffy on gloss, 9/10 times I’ve got all my hair stuck to my lips, and I’m wondering why I put on gloss again.

Product types: Cream nail polish. Liquid foundation. Marker eyeliners. Opaque nude lipsticks.

Larissa Avatar

Lipliners. I just… never saw a need to get any lipliners. I’d rather buy more lipstick colors than lipliners. I also don’t use false lashes because I don’t have the practiced hand for them and it takes too much time to apply them properly. I like my natural lashes ok! They are quite long, but not all that thick. I just volumize them with a good mascara. 🙂

BB/CC creams are another I don’t use, but I am totally interested in trying them out sometime to see what all the fuss is about!

Daniela Avatar

I keep my makeup very simple so there’s a lot of stuff I don’t use haha
I never use: bronzer, face primer, eye primer, eyeliner and when I apply nail polish I never use a base and a top coat.

Amy BS Avatar

Bronzer and contouring products… and nail polish! I hardly ever do my nails until it’s a special occasion. Oh and lipstick – it always wears off immediately, I’m more of a chapstick girl!

becca Avatar

I don’t use self tanner, lip liner, lip scrubs, cream blush, tinted moisturizers, bb creams, colorful eyeliners, or false lashes.

Christina D. Avatar

I do not wear foundation and/or face primer. I find that a tinted moisturizer is more than enough coverage, thankfully. I agree with you and don’t like bronzers either.

Joyce Avatar

No brow products. I have thick, very full and jet black Asian haired eyebrows so I don’t feel that I need to use brow products to fill them in. I’ve tried filling them in with eyeshadow but I feel that they did nothing for me. Instead, I spend my money on a good eyebrow wax job every month that defines eyes and works with the shape of my face.

LU Avatar

Bronzers, but that’s because I don’t feel comfortable contouring, I’m aiming to learn at some point! The others would be cream cheek products, lip and cheek stains, bb/cc creams, and lipgloss.

Barbara Avatar

Primers, loose powders/pigments, and blush. Primers just add to the “weight” of makeup and make my face even greasier than usual, loose powders are a MAJOR hassle for me, and blush would be overkill for my naturally flushed complexion (however bronzers as blush work great for me)

CatG Avatar

For me it would be tinted moisturizers and I’ve never even tried a BB or CC cream. I also don’t own or intend to buy any cream face products. Not my thing.

Veronica Avatar

In terms of makeup, there’s a few. Bronzer is one. I really only use occasionally it in the summer, and only then to darken my chest if my face picks up a significant “tan.” The fact that I’m fair and cool-toned means that it’s also very difficult to find bronzers that work with my face, and I don’t really wear it often enough to justify going after some of the pricier ones out there. Likewise, I don’t own any dedicated contouring products (though I have a few eyeshadow shades I use for it). I dislike the look of strong contouring on my face, and subtle contouring isn’t enough of a difference to inspire me to do it often. I also haven’t touched any of the BB/CC cream products – they all run too yellow for me and most are just glorified TMs here in the States. Lastly, brow gel. Hate the feel, hate the look, don’t use it. My brows tend to more or less behave as it is.

As far as tools go, the biggest one is probably eyelash curlers. I don’t even own a pair. My lashes are long and tend to curl on their own with mascara, but more importantly, they tend to smear against my brow area if they’re curled too much. I let those babies fly free. My lower lashes also smear, so I won’t wear mascara down there or only a clear coat. I also don’t own a dedicated crease brush – I have hooded eyes, so why bother? I just use the MAC 217 to blend into that area if necessary. I also tweeze my brows probably far less often than most women; I’ll remove the occasional stray hair, but otherwise I like my natural brow shape (again, my eyes are hooded, so the arch would only emphasize that). My brow area is also sensitive, so plucking can be quite painful and therefore becomes a procrastinated activity.

keG Avatar

loose pigment-too much trouble
highlighters for face-always seem to make my skin look worse
false eyelashes-haven’t quite gotten the hang of it
foundation, and face powder tend to emphasize my wrinkles
lip balm- I would rather have some color on my lips

ceebee_eebee Avatar

Bronzers and contour powders. I would love to get into them just because I find all cosmetics pretty fun to use, but I can’t work out HOW.

Chris Avatar

BB/CC Creams, bronzers, lashes for everyday, lash curlers, liquid eye liners, loose pigments (too messy), tinted face lotions/creams.

Dreamer19 Avatar

Brow products, false lashes. I only use bronzer sometimes for my neck as it tends to be lighter than my face. Highlighter for face – only once in a blue moon.
And eye pencil – only rarely on my waterline. I can nver get it close enough to my lashes, I prefer to use gel liner with a brush or I want to try felt tip liner.

Ann Avatar

Brow gels, waxes, and powders (I do use brow pencil though); bronzers; face primers; self-tanners; and above all else….eyelash curlers, those freak me out so much I won’t even try them :-\

xamyx Avatar

Bright/neon lipstick; it just tends to look cheap & juvenile on me, no matter how “luxe” the brand.

Unnatural blush shades; “complexion” products should look like ones complexion.

Eyelash curlers; they just aren’t necessary for me, and are more capable of damage than the end result is worth.

“Colored” eyeliners; I just prefer black, and rarely use anything else. I look like I’m trying too hard to recapture my youth if I wear lighter/brighter shades, and darker ones just tend to blend in with shadow, so why bother?

“Asian” BB Creams; often the ingredients aren’t written in English, and since there are a few ingredients I prefer not to wear on my face every day, I like to know exactly what’s in those products. Besides, I don’t need a lot of coverage most days, and there are several US brands that suit my needs,

Concealer; I just don’t have a need… I am looking for something that brightens & moisturizes under the eyes, but until I find that product at a reasonable price, it’s not something I find necessary to use on a regular basis.

Jane Avatar

Cream blushes! Especially the ones that are supposed to be able to multitask as something else (highligher, lip stain, etc). I don’t understand them, I don’t like them, but they are absolutely EVERYWHERE right now!

Vee Avatar

Lipliner — I can’t be bothered with this extra step. Lipgloss — I usually prefer lipstick. False Lashes — never tried them and don’t really want to, even though I have short lashes.

Melissa Avatar

I don’t use contouring/highlighting products, false lashes, bronzer, lip gloss, brow kits, bb/cc/dd creames, tinted moisturizer, loose pigments, or finishing powder.

Deb Avatar

Cream blushes, cream eyeshadows, cream eyeliners. Basically, I can’t make cream products work! MAC paint pots are just uncharted territory for me.

Also brow fillers. I know it would help but I just don’t bother.

Vanessa Avatar


They’re fun to look at and play with, but too uncomfortable to wear or not the look I’m going for.

Amanda Avatar

Brow products, highlighters, and false lashes.

When it comes to eyebrows, I’ve always preferred a natural brow, never got into the “bold brow” trend. As for highlighters, I have oily skin, so I feel like they just accentuate the oil. I would love to try false lashes, just haven’t found the time yet.

julieta Avatar

-Primers because i have super sensitive skin and they break me out
– Eyebrow productos (besides clear gel) because i’m lucky enough to have full eyebrows
– Highliter because it’s always really sunny and hot where i live and i hate looking shimmery,
– Gloss because it sticks to my hair and i can’t kiss my bf if i’m wearing it!
-Bronzer because i’m very pale and it looks too obvious on me

Wow, seems like i don’t wear a lot of stuff haha, but i make up for it with other products that i do love and seem to have a lot of 😉

Quinn Avatar

Powder (pressed, setting, etc) – I don’t have a need to use powder to set my foundation or anything. That’s just putting too much products on my face.

Concealer – I hate using concealers actually. I especially hate that highlighting under eye effect using concealer thats 5 shades lighter than your skin. (Ok, only some people do this but it annoys me). I find it unnecessary and foundation is all I need.

kellly Avatar

I am using more products lately than I used to but still avoid bronzers, anything to do with countouring (i HAVE cheekbones, thank you) or mess with my brows. My lips have a natural darker line around them so lip liner is a definite no for me, too. I don’t currently use eye liner outside of my waterline but have in the past when I wanted to create that look. Other than those few things, everything is go for me! I NEED my concealer and I can never have mascara that makes my lashes too thick. 😀

MizLottie Avatar

False eyelashes, I’m all thumbs with them yet I have about a dozen pair. I had friends from back in the day who were experts with them, could slap them on in a couple of minutes and they never pulled off and were never crooked.

Karen Avatar

I never use foundation. I don’t even own any! Instead I use BB cream or tinted moisturizer. I also don’t use lip liner (or very rarely), false eyelashes, or pencil eyeliner (I like gel and a brush or eyeshadow as liner), although i have about twenty pencil eyeliners!

Lotus Avatar

BB and CC creams as well brands like Laura Mercier that I just can’t use. I still haven’t gotten the hang of foundation for my skin type and my skin care seems to be flopping after all invested.. So I’m failing in most things. I’m not a false eyelash wearer or big into contour either. Also not too much about lipstick but I love to have it. Sorry if that’s weird. My face is reacting to something lately and I’m not sure what to do!!! :O

Elise Avatar

I don’t use blush, bronzers, mascara (because of my allergy, my laziness to clean it out properly, my cheapness), and false lashes… I only like crazy eye and lip looks but other than that you still see me, so for me bronzers and blushes are very dramatic to me

Laura Avatar

Face highlighter and cream blush. I have large pores and oily skin, and neither of those go well with highlighter and cream blush. I pretty much have every other type of product out there.

Aida Avatar

Highlighter, bronzer, brow gel, lash primer, glitter polish, shimmery blushes, false lashes… I’m sure there are more, but this all I can think of at the moment :).

Malia Avatar

Whew what a relief I’m not the only one lacking bronzer use!! And false lashes… Never worked and never will, although I like the look the effort is too tedious!

Monica G. Avatar

sparkly/shiny/shimmery highlighters. i find the step completely unnecessary for my oily skin. i prefer a matte highlight shades that have brightening properties.

JG Avatar

MAC eyeshadows (and MAC products in general) **ducks for cover** I have one eyeshadow and one blush, and just don’t get the hype. Definitely won’t be purchasing any more.

Also, cream eyeshadows. They crease so badly on me, even with a primer.

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