I wanted to do a beauty post but felt like it was a little too late for a favorites post (to be honest, the only new products I’ve been using are body products, so I will do a post on those eventually). I haven’t been tempted to buy any new products recently… new launches haven’t really been “speaking” to me. A lot of bloggers have been sharing their “anti-hauls” recently and I think it’s such a fun idea!
Kimberly Clark started this trend a while ago, but I felt like with all the ~brand new summer launches~ now would be a great time to help you guys save some change, and to share with you the products that I’m not going to buy.
By the way, I think you guys know that I’m not fond of (and don’t support) certain brands because of their business practices, beliefs, and philosophies. Some makeup brands adhere to certain ideals that I personally do not support. I didn’t want to beat a dead horse and to be negative on my blog by showcasing or sharing my beliefs on those brands, so the products I chose in this list are not because I don’t support the brand. I chose these products because they just don’t work for me. Some of the products on this list are even by brands I love!
Anyways, let’s get started!
The beauty blender people sure are continually finding ways to make bank, huh? Just when you think they’ve pretty much come out with every gimmicky version of the blending sponge, ideas like this come out. I have never been a fan of the beauty blender because I admittedly think it’s a glorified makeup sponge and has the value of a dollar, along with the fact that the two I’ve owned have molded in a week.
I think when it comes with new beauty blender launches, it’s either a new color that’s honestly unnecessary, or a new beauty blender that’s supposed to have a “life-changing” purpose (like the beauty blender for blush or eyeshadow…). The folks at BB already changed the makeup game with the original, and I think they really need new ideas because everything since has been less than revolutionary.
This new cleanser from Boscia seems like an overpriced gimmick to me. Not only would a container of cleanser last way longer, but it seems like it would be a lot more sanitary. I’m not fond of rubbing the same dirty ball (okay… I set myself up for that one, didn’t I?) on the daily when I’m trying to wash my face! I can’t even begin to imagine all of the bacteria build-up and how gross the cleanser ball must get!
Additionally, I feel like the cleanser ball would disappear pretty quickly if you’re continually using it. Or that it’d pop while you’re in the middle of your nighttime routine.
I love Urban Decay. It is my favorite high-end makeup brand and if I had to pick only one brand to use for the rest of my life, it would be this one. They do so much for female empowerment, have cruelty free products, and are always innovative as a company. Their products are absolutely amazing and phenomenal.
But this palette just doesn’t speak to me. I usually swoon over their Naked Palettes (the second one is my holy grail), but this one just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not a fan of the red/orange/super warm palettes that have been blowing up everywhere recently and I’ve been growing tired of the trend. The packaging is beautiful and the shadow quality is great…but the shades just aren’t for me. I feel like they’d just look like Justin Bieber’s pink eye on me.
Back in undergrad, I was absolutely obsessed with “fun” and “bright” lipsticks. The first fun lipstick I ever got was actually a violet shade from Bite Beauty. However, as I’ve gotten older I find myself wearing the same usual shades and seldom touching my “bold and bright” lipsticks.
Although I’ve rocked blue lipstick before, this launch just doesn’t feel fun, fresh or exciting to me. Bright lipsticks are a dime a dozen at this point and although Bite always has the best lipstick formulations, this summer shade launch just didn’t get me excited.
Although ColourPop usually tempts me with their new launches, this one just seemed a little strange to me. I’m not a huge fan of crystals and I honestly don’t fully understand the hype over them. Besides the fact that they’re shiny and unique….what’s so special about them?
The metallic lip balm looks tacky to me and definitely doesn’t suit my style or aesthetic, and the highlighter is a little “too much.” I don’t really want my lips looking like they’re covered in shiny glue, and my skin is way too oily for liquid highlight to look anything less than greaseball!
This launch seems a little uncharacteristic for the brand, since they’re very effortless, simple, but chic with the packaging and this design and launch just seems a little bit tacky and low quality to me.
Guys listen, I’m going to be honest with you guys. I can’t even be bothered to use one primer for my face, so to have to buy a separate primer for my FOREHEAD? Revlon must think that I’m Boo Boo The Fool! This honestly just seems excessive to me and I honestly wondered why they couldn’t just formulate their face primer so that it’s extra awesome instead of making this second primer for your forehead. I mean…besides to try and get some extra coin from all of us.
This just seems so extra to me!
Okay, the truth is, when this product first launched I was actually going to purchase it. I was really curious….and then everyone and their momma started posting videos on Instagram. And the truth is, after watching everyone pipette and then drip this foundation down their faces, I’m no longer interested. There’s nothing that’ll turn you off a foundation faster than watching it drip from someone’s forehead to their collarbone. The super liquidy formulation just makes me uncertain, and if I’m going to be really honest….I’m tired of seeing it all over Instagram.
I definitely think there should be a study done on the effects of marketing and social media promotion once people are tired of seeing the same damn product on their timeline!
INSTAGRAM, if you are reading this- why do I see this foundation all the damn time, but I’m JUST seeing everyone’s Fourth of July pics now? Please fix your algorithm.
With so many makeup launches, it can be hard to resist the temptation. However, it definitely helps if you think about what products are worth the money, or which ones you probably won’t use (or buy!) Plus…you can buy tacos with the money you don’t use on makeup.
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”
What products are you excited for? And what products will you pass on?