Disappointing Beauty Products 2015 {Drugstore Edition}

Every year right before NYE I make a valiant attempt to declutter my makeup collection with a combination attack of chucking and sharing with my mom or sister. This year though I ended up with quite a lot of disappointing products, both from the drugstore and high end. I'm not sure if it's because I was pregnant for the majority of the year and then stuck in the leggings/ratty tee/messy bun/omg! I need more sleep and alone time because I have a colicy baby and everything feels miserable mindset for the rest of it, but I found that a lot of products just didn't quite measure up. 

For something new, I thought I would share my findings in the hope that it will help save you some money and valuable space in your makeup drawer (or bag, or neatly organized bin system, or all over the bathroom counter with no sign of the granite in sight)!

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My two disappointing mascara products {besides the one that must not be named} would definitely be the NYX Le Chick Flick and the ELF 3-in-1. I found that these two mascaras did absolutely nothing except brush out my lashes. There wasn't any colour payoff, no lengthening, no volumizing... just nothing. I had huge hopes for both as it was my thinking that the ELF could replace my Benefit They're Real and the NYX could replace my Smashbox Double Exposure, but they definitely failed to deliver on all fronts. However, with that said, there are some really good mascara products from both companies. If  you are looking for a great NYX mascara, try their The Skinny Mascara. If you're looking for a great e.l.f. mascara to pick up at Target, try their Mineral Infused Mascara

For eyeshadows I feel like there was a lot of flops this year in terms of quality and staying power. Now, coming from the drugstore I don't have a lot of hopes for the products to have a lot of oomph, but I expect at least something out of them. This year I was most shocked to come up disappointed with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo suede collection. I expect a lot out of the Colour Tattoos but this collection was a huge {I'm talking massively huge} disappointment. I purchased three of them and each one of them was hard, not easy to blend, and literally no colour payoff. A waste of $6 each down the drain. If you're looking for a reliable cream eyeshadow, pick yourself up some of the Revlon creme shadows.

I was also a bit let down with some of the NYX single eyeshadows I purchased. I don't know if they have changed their formulations, but I found the pigmentation really lacking in the shadows I purchased this year. If you're looking for a great buy on single shadows that deliver a good punch, try the Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dusts.

Normally I'm also a huge fan of loose pigments, but I majorly regret the Mica Beauty eyeshadows that I purchased. While they are strong pigments and mineral based, they are a total mother to blend, especially the darker colours. In my opinion, if you're going to pay $14 for an eyeshadow, you might as well go on ahead and purchase an Urban Decay shadow that blends beautifully and wears for hours.

If you've read some of my earlier posts this year you can tell that I've become a convert for the e.l.f. eyeshadows. My favourite palette of the year is suprisingly the e.l.f. Prism palette. I reach for it daily over all the Naked palettes and my Lorac Pro palettes. It's perfect for an easy ready to go look that stays! So, you can imagine my disappointment with their Everyday Smoky and Clay palettes. I found that the Everyday Smoky was difficult to blend while the Clay palette just didn't have any real pigmentation to it. However, this has not deterred me from trying new products from e.l.f.! The Prism palette really showed me that they are stepping up their game!

When it comes to primers, I tried two new ones this year- the pixi flawless beauty primer and the wet-n-wild Fergie eyeshadow primer. I have long loved Pixi products, especially their under eye dark circle corrector and their moisturizing glow mist. I found both to be wonderful dupes for their high end counterparts and I had high hopes for the primer as I thought it would be a great dupe for the Benefit "that gal" but sadly it fell short. It irritated my skin, caused a rash, and just made everything a mess. I ended up having the same reaction to the Wet-n-Wild Fergie eyeshadow primer. It was cakey, didn't apply or dry well, and left my eyes red and sore. If you're looking for a good drugstore eye primer, try the Milani Eyeshadow Primer.

Moving along, I also tried some new brow products from NYX this year. I absolutely fell in love with their Tinted Brow Mascara and have repurchased it twice. Another great product I tried and loved was their Brow Marker. So... seeing as how I was on a roll, I thought to purchase their Tame and Frame Brow Pomade as it's been touted as a great dupe for the Anastasia counterpart, but it was a total fail for me. It didn't blend, dry, or apply well. I definitely wouldn't recommend this product.

As for lips, I had some flops this year. There were lots of formulation issues, colour mishaps, and odour fails {Rimmel, I'm looking at you}. I won't go through each and every one, but the ones pictured all had something wrong with them that I just found them hanging around like lost puppies at the bottom of my makeup drawer. I think when it comes to drugstore lip products, just stick with NYX. They offer so many shades with outstanding pigmentation and staying power. Plus at only $3 to $6 you can't beat the price!

As always, thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post which will feature my current favourite skincare and makeup products! Happy New Year!

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