Disappointing Products: Makeup, Skincare & Haircare

It’s been a year since I last wrote a blog post about disappointing makeup & skincare products that didn’t work out for me. I recently had my eyes opened to the fact that makeup & skincare can work entirely different based on climate. The skincare and concealer I brought on vacation was useless to me in Costa Rica, my makeup slid around and looked oily the whole time, but at home it works for me just fine.

I’m going to start taking reviews with a grain of salt because we all live in such different parts of the world and climate can totally change your skin or makeup products! For this post I’m talking about products that didn’t work out for me in my home of Alberta Canada where my skin is dry instead of oily AF like it was in Central America 😄

Doucce Click Lipstick

Doucce Lipstick 💄

I’ve had this lipstick since last spring but I’ve worn it literally once. I wore this red out to dinner and it just didn’t look cute when I was finished eating. I need to let go, it’s not getting used.

Living Proof Night Cap Overnight Protector

Living Proof Night Cap Protector

Honestly I’m still not completely sure what this was supposed to do for my hair. It smells peppery to me and I noticed absolutely no difference in my hair while using it.

Life Grapefruit Acne Face Wipes.

I bought these for my vacation because they were cheaper than the simple wipes I normally buy. BIG mistake, they stung my face and made my skin feel sticky. Especially when removing eye makeup my undereyes would burn and it was awful. It didn’t even do that good of a job of removing my makeup…

Beauty Creations Matte Lip Gloss | May Boxycharm 2018

Beauty Creations Matte Lipgloss

I received this lip product in my May Boxycharm, and let me tell you, there is no such thing as a matte lipgloss. NO. SUCH. THING. If it’s not Glossy it’s not a lip gloss. If it’s matte it is most definitely a lipstick. I had a few complaints about this lipstick and after using it two or three times I couldn’t stand it anymore. First, though it initially smells nice I noticed that there was a plasticky chemical smell underneath it. Second, when it dried down matte my lips still stuck together. I’m not a fan of sticky formulas, even though the colour was really pretty.

Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream | June Boxycharm

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I was so excited when I got this little sample pot in my Boxycharm last month. I’ve been wanting to try this cream for years, but as soon as I opened it the scent assaulted my senses. I know a lot of people absolutely love this cream and I have friends who do, but the scent was just too overpoweringly sweet for me. It’s not a bad scent but it never seemed to dissipate. Scent is so subjective and there are products that will smell amazing to some people but not to others. I will agree that it is highly moisturizing. To everyone who loves and swears by this cream: I’M SORRY!

JontéBlu Eyeliner & Ofra Liquid Lipstick

JontéBlu Eyeliner Pencil

This eyeliner is $5 and I can tell. It drags on my eyes when I try to apply it and it applies next to no pigment when I try to tightline. Pencil liners aren’t my favourite to begin with, and this isn’t an exception.

ColourPop MAR Pressed Powder Palette Review

ColourPop MAR Palette

This palette is waaay too much effort for my liking. The mattes are fine, the metallics are fine, but the satins absolutely sucked in my palette. I’ve been told that maybe I got a bad formula batch, other people seem to have had no issues with the satin formula so I don’t know what’s up. Regardless, I don’t like them. They take way too long to build, especially when applying them dry. I had to play with the Mar Palette at least five times before I finally figured out what brushes worked best with it and that’s four times too many to figure out a palette for me. You can read my first impressions Here!

What products have you found disappointing lately?

Keep in mind that just because these products didn’t work out as well as I hoped for me that doesn’t mean they are bad products. We all have different skin and hair so what works for one person won’t work for everyone. These products are not my personal favourites and won’t warrant a repurchase from me, but if you like these products that’s great, I wish they worked for me too! Thank you guys so much for reading, please remember to like & subscribe <3



  1. September 3, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    I found the scent of the Bum Bum cream too strong too! Some people love the scent but it’s a bit fake in my opinion. also find the product to be a total gimmick. xo J

    • AlwaysCleia
      September 6, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      There are so many nicer smelling body butters out there that are cheaper, it’s so expensive Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. August 17, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Omg, I’m so surprised that no one liked the bum bum cream! I can’t believe it! I’ve never tried it, but it’s such a hyped up product in the beauty world. I’ve been dying to try it on my butt! I’m still disappointed to hear that the Mar palette didn’t work with you. Oh well, like you said, what might work for one person might not work for another. Great post! xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 17, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      It’s just the smell that bothers me, if it was less strong I’m sure I would have been a huge fan. So many people love it that I’m sure it’s just me haha
      I think I’ll still reach for the Mar Palette, I just need a lot of time to work with those shades. Thanks for reading Melina! xx

  3. August 15, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Such a good post, Cleia! You’re always so detailed and informative about each product. 💓The matte lip gloss….lol very very true! Like how can gloss be matte?! I’ve never even heard that before in my life….so weird. Yuck about that plasticky chemical smell too!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 16, 2018 / 9:37 am

      The matte gloss just baffles me 😄 it’s not a real thing! Thanks for reading Nunzia! ❤

  4. August 14, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I hated that pencil too! 🙄 You’re right about products reacting differently in different climates. Whenever I go home (to Kentucky where it’s humid) I can’t wear most of my makeup! My skin totally changes!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      That sucks! It’s like you need a whole new set of products for when you go home 🙁

      • August 15, 2018 / 12:48 pm

        I guess next time I go home would be a good time for me to try a matte foundation! 🤔

  5. Rebecca Allatt
    August 13, 2018 / 12:36 am

    Scent aside, would you say the bum bum cream is worth the buy for the effect? Been thinking about picking it up!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      I wouldn’t personally recommend it, I find the body shop body butters to be more hydrating for a fraction of the price. I didn’t really notice any of the firming effect that it advertises either. It’s good, I just don’t know that it’s worth it for the price! But lots of people love it so I would check out some other reviews 🙂

  6. August 11, 2018 / 9:18 am

    I think I didn’t even use that pencil, lol. I don’t remember if I gave it away or decided to save it for my giveaway I’ll have to check. But good to know it sucks lol. When I saw the price on boxycharm I was like, uhmmmm…..
    and that matte lip gloss was one of the worst products I have ever gotten in a box lol. I’m not keeping mine either, i just have to find the time to clean my vanity lol.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Yeah it was awful, you aren’t missing out!
      I’m still mad about the marketing on the matte lip gloss, it doesn’t exist! grrr.

      • August 11, 2018 / 11:41 pm

        I know!! I knew I wasn’t going to like it and I was so right about that LOL

  7. Makeup by Erin
    August 10, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I think the only one that I’ve tried on this list is the matte lipgloss, which I also hated, and the bum bum cream, which I loved. I think it’s so funny how products work so differently for everyone.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 9:08 am

      It’s so interesting, everyone likes such different things! I know people who really loved that matte lip gloss 😄

  8. August 10, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Totally agree with you on the bum bum cream the smell is just overbearing it’s not a bad scent it’s just too strong. I don’t get the hype around it. I mean I like some scent in my body creams but not like this. Definitely don’t recommend it just for the scent.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 9:22 am

      Glad it’s not just me, the scent is so overpowering! Thanks for reading!

  9. August 10, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    That’s too bad that you don’t like the bum bum cream scent! I often think of myself as nose-blind, as I don’t think I have a very good sense of smell, but that might come in my favour sometimes with stronger scents! I’m still very sad that the Mar palette has given you trouble!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Ugh I know, what’s wrong with me? Everyone seems to love that cream!
      Me too, the eye looks I do with the mar tend to turn out nicely but my palette takes forever to build. I’ll keep using it though!

  10. August 9, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Matte lipgloss doesn’t make sense! What does the Bum Bum cream smell like? Will you still be keeping the Mar palette now you’ve found the right brushes to use with it? x

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 9:57 am

      I know it’s so strange!
      Yes I will be keeping the Mar, I really like how my makeup looks when I use it, it just takes a while to build 😅

  11. August 9, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I kinda want to know what that matte lipgloss looks like on the lips. Like matte lipGLOSS…how does that even work? haha

    The Bum Bum Cream was also disappointing to me, but for a completely different reason. I LOVE the way it smells, but I don’t find it moisturizing enough. It’s passably moisturizing in the summer, but for that price, I’d rather spend it on the Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Butter which works for all seasons. Also, I’ve discovered it smells like baby powder on me after wearing it all day and having the scent fade, which I can’t stand lol.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 10:42 am

      It doesn’t! It’s literally a matte lipstick, the only glossy part about it is that it’s went when you initially apply it but after a few minutes it completely dries down. Marketing is so dumb!

      I remember you telling me that! It’s so expensive, I think you’re better off getting something that you really love for that price. I just bought another the body shop body butter and I love it soo much more than the bum bum cream. Really, baby powder? That’s unfortunate, I wouldn’t want to smell like that either!

  12. August 9, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I hate it when products don’t work! 🙁 I was excited about the Mar palette, but since I read your review I started feeling like Colourpop is trying way too hard to put lots of products out instead of working on improving the formulas… and I don’t know how to feel about that. Thanks for sharing, it’s very useful!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 10:45 am

      They really need to cool it with all the new releases. I guess it works for them as a company but I can’t keep up with all the new products.
      I hope the formulas do improve in the future! Thanks for reading! xx

  13. August 9, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Eye pencils that drag are the WORST, especially because there are great affordable options out there that work really well. I luckily have not come across anything too disappointing recently (knock on wood).

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      Agreed, there are so many better eyeliners out there for around the same price. I hope your luck continues!

  14. August 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Ughhh I hate a lipstick that doesn’t stay in place. I pretty much only wear red and I do not want to look like the joker!
    Also I love Living Proof, but I have no idea what that does either. Lol. Thanks for sharing beauty! <3

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      That’s my biggest fear with red lipstick, I need something that will stay in place all day.
      I have enjoyed other living proof products in the past, this one just confused me haha! Thanks for reading! xx

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