Oct 15 2014

Products That Failed: Cleaning Out The Collection


Now it’s not my style to say something is the worst beauty product ever – but sometimes thing’s just don’t work. And because we are all different, products that failed for me, may not have for others. But I find “negative” reviews helpful not only when weighing the pros and cons of something – but sometimes, the very reason someone dislikes something, maybe the very reason I like it.

Anyway, I was cleaning out my collection, which, for a beauty blogger, is not that large, and came across several items that I never reach for. Before I throw them out – I thought I’d offer some brief thoughts on why I’m getting rid of them.


Products That Failed


Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation: My most beloved matte foundations (so far) are high-end. So, I thought it might be interesting to test out some drugstore alternatives. On that quest, I purchased this Rimmel offering from Walmart during a trip to the U.S. It only cost me $4.00 USD so I’m not going to be too hard on it, but it just didn’t work on my skin. It breaks down within two hours and separates – it also clings to any dry patches. Rather than hang on to it and suffer through, for a handful of dollars, I’d rather just get rid of it.

Wet N Wild Mega Last Liquid Lip Color (Shade: Click On My Hyperlink): Now, I think my issue with this product is the colour more than anything else. It’s just too bright of a pink for me. From what I understand, this entire line is very pigmented, so perhaps I would have liked another shade better. When applying, the formula feels slightly tight and strange on the lips (like you’re applying liquid latex) – this mean’s it lasts forever! It really has to be scrubbed off. Anyway, on me, this bright pink sits somewhat unevenly on the lips and really yellows the teeth.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Shade: London): Again, it’s a colour issue. I don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased this. London is a beige-brown nude that is highly pigmented. Because you’re dealing with a cream formula that is also matte, I don’t find that this combination along with the beige-brown colour family is particularly flattering. In a sheerer formula or more traditional lipstick, fine, but not this thick concealer-like variation. But I hear good things about some of the other shades, so there’s that.

Lorac Tantalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer: I think I used it once on my chest area. I am not one to be obsessed with having a tanned complexion so this isn’t a product for me. That being said, I remember it  transferring easily.

Wet N Wild Mega Shield Lip Color (Within These Adobe Walls): A pinky-coral color that applies like butter. However, I find that the formula settles into lip lines and can accentuate dryness.

Elf Daily Moisture Stick: I didn’t get this stick, I just didn’t. I tried to use it as an on-the-go option to apply to dry patches of the skin (not directly but with my finger as most reviews suggest) but, to me, it didn’t do much of anything. Also, the stick itself is not creamy but quite hard and solid, requiring the product to be warmed up prior to application.

O.K. so these are the products I’m getting rid of. Before I conclude, let me be clear. Most of these products are drugstore but that is no way, shape or form reflects how I feel about drugstore products nor any of the brands mentioned. In fact Rimmel, NYX and Elf make some of my all-time favourite products. The Elf Powder Brush, for example, beats out many of my more expensive brushes and I use it on a daily (which is why I have four of them). 🙂



Have you guys taken a good look at your collection lately and wondered if some spring cleaning is in order? What are some products that failed you?





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  1. I really need to do this as well! Have lots of stuff hanging around in the drawers which can probably just be chucked! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm
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      It happens. You hold on to something thinking…oh I may use this one day (same with clothing). There are a few other items that could probably stand to go…baby steps. 🙂

  2. I absolutely loved reading through this post. It’s great to read something a bit different and, as you say, things you dislike may work a dream for others 🙂



      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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      Thank you, Karen, I appreciate your perspective on these types of posts. 🙂

  3. Interesting!
    As a random fact we do not have Wet’n’Wild or Lorac (and NYX and ELF are hard to come by) in Aus.
    I also like to read about what people didn’t like – and as always your thoughts are always genuine and a delight to read!
    Also I really want youto teach me how you get your clickable link at the end of your comments? Am I just a tard?
    Kelsey x

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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      Thank you, Kelsey, that means so much to me – and is what every blogger (hopefully) wants to hear. 🙂 We actually can’t get these brands either (though recently some drugstores started carrying ELF), but I have pretty easy access to the U.S. so that’s why most of the products I have are U.S. brands. I’ll send you DM on Twitter later about the link. 🙂 xx

  4. Love reading these kind of posts. Then I know what products to stay away. I haven’t used any of the products you mentioned. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xo’s

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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      Thanks, Laura! xx

  5. I’ve never tried any of these, but I always love to read posts like this. I haven’t been finding too many products I don’t like recently as I’ve become quite good a beauty shopping (years of training, LOL!), so I always sound rather enthusiastic when sharing things on the blog! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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      I’ve had some of these for a while. Usually, I’ll do a whole lot of research and analysis before buying something “high-end” but not as much with the “drugstore”, so I think that’s why I end up with drugstore products I don’t like to much (plus it’s difficult to test drugstore products until you’ve actually purchased them). I agree with you, 90% of my collection I’m in love with, so I’m mostly always happy talking about those things, hehe. 🙂 xx

  6. Hey Kimmy, I haven’t tried any of these! So sorry to hear they failed you. It’s good to get rid of stuff you no longer want though. More room for stuff that actually works!

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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      Yes, Sunny! There is no point in keeping things you dislike. Also, making room for shiny, new things – is a great motivator, lol. 🙂 xx

  7. Better to just chuck ’em out then! Thanks for the heads up.

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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      You’re welcome, Melissa! xx

  8. interesting post! i have the elf but not sure if i still have it?

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm
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      Thank you, Elle. I actually though I’d chucked this but it was hiding in my drawer. 🙂

  9. I’ve found I have that very issue with every foundation, which is why I wish for clear skin every day! Eh. lol. Nothing I’ve tried so far matches my skin tone and/or flakes up! Thanks for the honesty, as always. ;D

    ♥ | http://www.connect-the-cloths.com | xoxo

      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm
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      That’s too bad, Carsla. You’re skin does look great though so you don’t need it. 🙂 But I can see how it would be a pain. Some of the lighter weight foundations they are coming out with these days are really awesome though. I recently picked up Dior’s new Star Foundation and they match you in tone and undertone which I thought was pretty cool. Unfortunately, there are more options for lighter skin tones than darker which is so annoying! :/

  10. I absolutely love reading when a product has been a disappointment because it makes you more weary when you’re out shopping! Thank you so much for the lovely & thoughtful post 🙂

    Serene xoxox


      • Kimmy on October 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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      You’re welcome, Serene! I agree, it’s always interesting to see what didn’t work for someone and why. I’ve been able both to avoid certain things as well as discover others that way. 🙂

    • kpsays on October 18, 2014 at 7:35 am
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    I love reading these posts also. It helps to get an opinion on something you might be on the fence about. I do agree with you that high-end matte foundations seem to be better than drugstore. I have much more luck with those!

      • Kimmy on October 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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      Thanks hun! I’m still searching for a good drugstore matte foundation. I picked up the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous which is really good but still not quite a replacement for my favourite higher end mattes. 🙂

  11. I’m really bad at this, I’m definitely a hoarder at heart. I’m going to be off with a broken foot for a while so think I’ll use my time to try and follow your lead! Cece xx

      • Kimmy on October 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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      Oh no, Cece! I hope you’re OK and recovering well. It’s very satisfying to do a cleanse once in a while. I find that when I get rid of a handful of products at a time, rather than a whole lot, it makes it easier to part with things (especially if you are never using them). 🙂

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