Mediocre Monday – Disappointing Beauty Products

I’ve tried hundreds of beauty products over the years, some were highly recommended and others were impulse purchases. Clearly, each and every person has their own favorites that work for them that may not work for others. Below are a few products that I found very disappointing despite their great reviews.


1.) Benefit They’re Real Mascara Benefit’s products have never disappointed me. Although they are a bit pricey, the quality is great and usually well worth the price.  It was time for me to purchase a new mascara and after reading all of the great reviews, I decided to try this one. While it does make your lashes look full and longer, I found that it left a residue under my eyes by the end of the day. Meaning, it left tiny black flakes under my eyes. This is an on going issue that I have with mascara. Besides the flakes after two weeks the part where you twist on the lid broke off so I had to throw it out.

2.) Malibu C Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer  This is a product another blogger mentioned on their site and highly recommended. My highlights get brassy because we have hard water. It is not that big of a deal, but I thought I’d try it out to see if I could brighten them up and maybe last longer between hair appointments. The product consistency is a bit weird because it is a white powder. I expected it to be more like a cream conditioner. After a few uses I found that I didn’t notice a difference other then the fact that it majorly dried out my hair.

3.) NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Besides their blushes this is the only other NARS product I’ve tried. Again, it had high reviews and I was looking for a quality eye primer. Through out the years I’ve tried many different primers and many of them ended up leaving creases in my eye shadow. After a few hours the shadow would settle into the creases and look clumpy instead of smooth. This product is very sheer and has an applicator that you’d normally find on a lip gloss bottle. Using the applicator was a bit difficult and the primer did not lock my shadow into place. By the end of the day, all of my eye make up wore off.

4.) e.l.f. High Definition Powder When I ran out of my go to Make Up Forever Powder, I decided to purchase this one to use in the mean time. It was cheap and I just happened to be at Target, so I picked it up. It comes with a powder puff applicator which picks up way too much product. I used another brush, but still looked pale white. The product isn’t translucent and does not sink into your skin to hold in the foundation. Again, you get what you pay for.

5.) Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush This is another product that had great reviews. The consistency is really odd and almost rubbery. I applied it with Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman Stippling Brush and it went on okay and actually was a pretty color. A few hours later, it wore off. Isn’t the point of a cream brush to actually last longer? If I used blush powder over it to set it, it did last a bit longer but was still disappointing.