5 Beauty Products That Are Not Worth Your Money

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve shared some skincare, makeup, and body products that I’ve repurchased over and over. Now it’s time to do the opposite: beauty products that I didn’t enjoy, possibly returned, barely tolerable to the point that I managed to finish, or threw out and never looked back at it again.

#1 Laneige Multi-Purpose Cleanser

I was really excited to see Laneige appear in Target and it does seem like this retailer is trying to appear more high end than it use to be. But if it works for their business model, I definitely don’t mind the extra convenient options around. But boy, was I disappointed in this cleanser.

It reminded me of a Shisiedo cleanser that I used in my earlier days that seemed to absorbed all the oil in my face. I feel like I was cleansing my face with a body soap rather than a gentle cleanser. That said, it doesn’t break out my skin nor am I allergic to any ingredient, but simply the cleansing process is not pleasurable.

Apparently, many online reviews claim that the cleanser does the same thing to their face, but I’ve heard rave reviews on their other products so I’m not completely traumatized by this one product.

#2 Michael Todd Organic Aloe Vera Oil

I definitely learned my lesson of not listening to the online reviews of how greasy this can be before I made this purchase. I have super dry skin during the winter and I wanted to try something other than lotion. Perhaps a “healing oil” would heal or make the skin better over time. The product works well, but it’s too greasy for anything that you’ll want to rub all over your body. The scent also smells like many Chinese oils I’ve seen my grandmother use.

I don’t find myself reaching for this bottle frequently and it took me 2.5 years until I decided to throw the rest out.

#3 Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser

It seems like my problem more than the product itself, but the product had great reviews on its website, but it simply doesn’t have any effect on my skin, good or bad. It claims to get rid of impurities and makeup like many other cleansers out there and while it did that, it didn’t do what it’s name promised: detox deep pore cleansing. My skin was too indifferent to this not to mention it didn’t have a pleasant scent at all. Because of the charcoal, the cleanser was a liquid black, also not the best color to wipe all over your face at the end of the day.

I didn’t want to waste product so I did end up finishing this, but didn’t look forward to washing my face during that time period.

#4 Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombre Blusher – In a Purple Haze

I’ve had good luck with Wet n Wild blushes, but what caught my eye for this one is it’s purple ombre. I mean who wears purple on their cheeks? (insert chuckle emoji) The product was beautiful on pan, but shows up with a shimmery, frosty silver white finish on the face. The purple barely shows up and at the best it offers a slightly cooler effect on the cheeks.

I’ve done some research online and others opinions of this blush and most were average to positive, claiming that that it works on pale skin tones like my Asian one. I can’t agree with that statement though. Since I’m a bigger fan of matte blushes, the frosty finish actually makes it look as if my skin is really drying out (especially when I’m wearing a matte foundation).

#5 Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream

I bought this over three years ago so my reasons for purchase a bit of a blur, but I’m sure it was somewhere along the lines of it being inexpensive and I was testing Asian beauty products. This BB cream was not the real deal and my face got oily after about an hour after application. For reference, this BB cream never made it passed the experimental phase for me so I never wore it out, but merely tested it’s staying power at home during a hot summer season. Perhaps it works better during winter? I would not count on it. Perhaps it works better on dry skin (I have combo)? Maybe.

I’ve purchased and used other Lioele products so it’s definitely not the brand itself, but this specific product. I quietly buried this away in my trash pile and never thought of it again.

What about you?

What are the beauty products that you swear you will never use again?

  • Ivana B. Anonymous

    I actually really, really dislike Neutrogena deep clean cream cleanser. This stuff is touted like one of the best cleansers (back then), but i find that most Neutrogena facial care products are too harsh and pH too high for any useful skin purpose.

    I also don’t like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser mostly because this stuff has parabens, which I’m allergic to. Also, the ingredients are really harsh too – contains SLS. Totally overrated.

    Bare Minerals mineral foundation used to be good, until they added a filler called Bismuth Oxychoride. Now it breaks out my skin because it’s so harsh.

    MAC lipsticks are cool, but I don’t think they’re really all that for the price they charge. I much prefer Rimmel Exaggerate lipliner in “Addiction” and “East-End Snob.” On fair/pale/neutral Asians I find that these muted colors really look great on our skin-tone.