First up are MAC products. MAC has released an endless amount of limited edition collections. The hype coupled with rave reviews on the blogosphere makes you think you need to purchase everything. In my case, these 5 products surely did not live up to the hype or promises of turning me into the next Ms. Universe.
MAC Fix+ - It's touted as a magical elixir, potion, spray, whatever you want to call it. I purchased it after reading numerous reviews. It's great as a mixing medium for pigments, but that's about as far as it gets for me. When I sprayed it on my face, it felt like a liquid version of hairspray that's extremely sticky on my skin. It didn't keep my makeup on longer, fresher, or improve my skin texture. In fact, I broke out terribly afterward.
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish (Medium and Shimmer) - This is advertised to be much better compared to traditional powders because it's made of minerals. I was struggling with mild acne at the time and thought this would be the answer to my prayers. What it gave me were cystic pimples that took months to recover. This powder completely clogged my pores just like Bare Escentuals. I learned that just because it's "mineral" doesn't mean it's better for your skin, especially for those who are acne-prone.
MAC Shadesticks - The two I picked up were from the Sugarsweet Collection in Butternutty and Lemon Chiffon. I was at a duty free shop and impulsively purchased them. They're tough to apply on the lids, dried up easily, and crease instantly.
MAC Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme - There are very few reviews on this product but those that did use it said it gave them brighter skin. I asked the SA if it contained alcohol, she said no. The creme arrived and there it was..alcohol. It is slightly sticky and dried out my skin instead of moisturizing it. Brightening effect? Zilch. You're better off spending your $38USD elsewhere.
I have a very small collection of NARS products and quite frankly, most of them don't get used that often. However, these 2 were truly disappointing to say the least.
NARS Tzarine - I still kick myself for missing out on Rajasthan but that's a story of the past. Tzarine swatches beautifully on my arm. I was mesmerized by the shimmer in both shades. Yet, I walked away from it at least a dozen times. For some odd reason, I purchased it during Sephora's recent F&F sale. On my lids, the shades were mediocre at best. The gorgeous shimmers didn't show up and it became yet another greyish smokey eye.
NARS Multiples Duo (Orgasm/South Beach) - This was either limited edition or maybe it performed so poorly that NARS yanked it from their permanent lineup. It is incredibly tough to get the colors to show up on my cheeks. To this day, I still can't figure out how to pick up the colors from the pan. I think my fingers work best since none of the brushes work with them. Thank goodness NARS came out with the new Illuminators.
I blame both of these purchases on jet lag. I purchased both of them while traveling overseas. Your mind can play tricks on you when you've been sitting on a plane for 15 hours.
Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse - A foundation primer that's a mousse coupled with 2 gwp made this sound like a great idea at the time. Imagine applying hair mousse on your face and you get this. It does absolutely nothing to increase foundation wear time.
La Mer Blanc de La Mer Infusion - It was midnight and I was at a duty free store. That's the best explanation I have for purchasing this product. It doesn't brighten my skin in any way, shape, or form. In fact, it is incredibly expensive. I think it was $175USD at the time of purchase. If you're looking for a product to give your skin a brighter complexion, this is definitely not it.
At the end of the day, there are some rules I have learned to follow when it comes to purchasing cosmetics:
1. If I've seen a product, swatched it, and walked away the first time, there was probably a good reason why I didn't buy it. Stick to that decision.
2. Don't purchase cosmetics when you're jet lagged. All logical reasoning goes out the door when there's lack of sleep.
3. Listen to your instincts. If it tells you that a particular texture will not work, it's probably right. You know yourself best.
4. Don't give into hype. No matter how much everyone else tells you a certain product works, if it has an ingredient you know will break you out, skip it.
What are some of your regrettable purchases? Any rules you abide to when making purchasing decisions?