5 Disappointing Beauty Products


Disclosure: All opinions are my own and don’t reflect how a product may work and benefit the majority of people.

We all like to spend our money on worthwhile products and it’s always a shame when you try something that doesn’t live up to the hype or you don’t get along with a product for whatever reason. I try to research and read reviews before I commit to buying products but sometimes no matter how many glowing reviews a product has there will still be people it doesn’t work for. I love reading these types of posts and I haven’t talked about products that disappoint me before so I thought it was time to change that!


#1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Buenos Aires

I was super excited when I saw NYX in New Zealand and even more excited to buy/try one of their Soft Matte Lip Creams. In August I purchased the shade Buenos Aires which is a soft coral. Because this is a light colour it doesn’t apply smoothly and applies patchy. I find blotting in between coats helps slightly but this colour doesn’t live up to what I thought it would. I have heard other shades in the range are hit or miss when it comes to formula and application and it has put me off purchasing more colours. I have barely worn Buenos Aires and I’ve come to the conclusion that orange tones don’t suit my lips (apart from I Found Nemo by Tanya Burr).

#2. Simple Moisturising facial wash

Fellow bloggers are always talking about the importance of skincare and I purchased this facial wash in an attempt to get into a skincare routine. I started off well, I would wash my face with this in the morning before applying my trusty Simple moisturiser but I quickly began to notice a difference to my skin. Thankfully, it didn’t break me out or cause a reaction but it made my skin feel and look greasy and it didn’t feel very moisturising. I still have this product sitting in my beauty basket on my dresser. It’s nearly a year old and it’s almost full but unfortunately this will be going in the bin.

#3. Garnier Micellar Water

This is one product that I have a love/hate relationship with. When I first got this I really liked it and even included it in a monthly favourites. It removed makeup well and again didn’t cause my skin any problems but it didn’t do anything for my skin either. This is still in my beauty basket as well and it hasn’t been touched for months. I noticed a six month expiration date on the bottle and I purchased this mid 2015 so I think it’s time to go! It baffles me how quickly bloggers go through one of these big bottles and if I try this again I will opt for the travel size or try one of the other types of micellar water.

#4. W7 In the nude eyeshadow palette

I bought this eyeshadow palette because it was $12 (NZD) and I thought I was getting a decent dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette. Truth is, I have barely reached for this palette since purchasing it in March and that’s down to the formulation of the shadows themselves. I love the pink, bronzey tones of the palette but the pigmentation is dire and a lot of the shades feel chalky and powdery. I’m considering passing this on and perhaps purchasing the Iconic 3 from Makeup Revolution instead.

#5. Maybelline Colour Tattoos

I can’t speak for all shades of Colour Tattoo but the two I have aren’t outstanding. They don’t feel very creamy and apply patchy on my eyelids. I only wear Barely Branded as a base before applying the gold shade from Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ palette over the top. Inked In Pink is such a beautiful rose gold shade but because it feels dry and doesn’t apply smoothly it makes my eye area look red. I don’t know whether I got bad batches or if these shades are patchy for everyone but I much prefer the formula of Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer shadows. There aren’t as many colour options but I haven’t stopped reaching for Copper all year!

Have you tried these products? Were you impressed or disappointed like I was?


18 thoughts on “5 Disappointing Beauty Products

  1. Rachael Styles - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    It probably takes me about 3/4 months to go through one of the garnier micellar waters – they do work really well for me, I think I go through them so quick as I also use it to clean any products I’m reviewing before photographing so they’re nice and clean and shiny!
    how disappointing about the W7 palette, I’ve only tried one that’s a MAC dupe and that’s great – I do recommend Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 though, it’s the one palette from them I reach for all the time.
    I only have one maybelline colour tattoo and I didn’t get the hype about it so I’ve never purchased another.

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    • Chanelle says:

      I possibly maybe just got a bad palette, I’ve got a couple of other things from W7 which I like 🙂 I’ll definitely look into the Iconic 3. Glad I’m not the only one who isn’t a fan of the colour tattoos x

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  2. danniijane says:

    Totally agree on some of these! I personally hate the NYX lip creams, partly ‘cos I’ve discovered I don’t love mattes but also it looked patchy and messy. The micellar water is the same. Liked it at first now I never reach for it. It seems to dry out my skin x

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    • Chanelle says:

      I don’t mind matte lip products but ones that aren’t patchy and apply well. I know they have come out with a few more miceller water for different skin types, maybe one of those would be more beneficial?! X

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      • danniijane says:

        I wasn’t keen on them. If I reapplied my lips would look dry and cloggy from too much product😔 I have oily skin and a lot of the others are more for dry skin types. Loads of oils in them etc. I thought I’d be okay with the normal product x

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  3. Claire says:

    I think that the Colour Tattoos are hit and miss really, there’s a couple of mine which are patchier than others, but the ones that aren’t, I love so much!! These being Crème De Rose, On and On Bronze, Immortal Charcoal and Timeless Black (which works well as eyeliner too). I’ve tried the face wash before and thought it was okay but it didn’t become a favourite! I have 2 of the NYX lip creams and do really like them though, I think again some can be a hit and miss really, but Stockholm and Transylvania work well for me!
    Great post and always good to know other people’s opinions of other products that have or haven’t worked for them!

    Claire xxx

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    • Chanelle says:

      I have heard On and On Bronze is a standout but I’ve got quite a few bronze shades in palettes etc. I will Google the other shades you mentioned though! I think if I had done more research on the SMLC I might have picked a ‘hit’ shade. Thanks for reading Claire xx


  4. stashy says:

    Similar to favourites lists, I love reading about what people don’t like as well! Very useful for me if I
    I’ve read mixed reviews about the W7 palettes – I am still curious about since I was so impressed with their foundation which cost less than $5!
    And yes, I did not end up loving the Maybelline Colour Tattoos – they dried out in the pots so quickly. Some shades are better than others but in general, not fantastic. I did have Ink Pink and you’re right, it feels gritty.
    PS. Secretly, I drank the Garnier micellar water… 😉

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    • Chanelle says:

      I’ve got a couple of other items from W7 which I like so it’s not all of their products 🙂
      I think the Colour Tattoos would be so much nicer if they were a creamier texture or came in a smaller pot so there’s not so much wastage and product to dry out.


  5. hoiyinli says:

    Love this list because it’s controversial! I personally think the Garnier micellar water is overhyped and I myself, almost fell for it too. I had used 3 bottles, but I started to lose my interest more and more, and I don’t think it removed *everything* nor did it hydrate my skin or anything. I much prefer Simple’s version!

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