Products I Wouldn’t Recommend

As you might know, I tend to try out new products and a lot of the time I find great cosmetics and skin care. Unfortunately there has also been a fair amount of products that didn’t turn out so great, so I thought I would save you the trouble (and the money) and list out some products I’ve tried that just didn’t live up to their potential.

For reference, I have combination skin so these comments are based on performance on uneven skin with acne, dry zones and oily areas.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation.

This product just did not want to do its job. It was not long wearing though it claimed to be 24HR wear. It flaked off quickly, sunk into my skin (no matter what primer I used) and made my skin itch like you wouldn’t believe.

Rimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lip

This lipstick was streaky, smelled like crayons and smeared like you wouldn’t believe.

Tarte Amazon Clay Blush

If you like a very discrete blush this might work for you, but getting out of the pan is not easy or fun. I needed to push the hairs on my brushes into the pan with my fingers to pick up any pigment. Perhaps I just had an over-pressed pan, but from what I’ve seen when I looked at other shades in Sephora, they all seem to be like this.

NYX Total Control Foundation

This product does have its use as a lightening agent to add to other foundations, but on its own it just doesn’t have any coverage. Now it is supposed to be buildable, but after a couple layers it just looks incredibly cakey and doesn’t sit well on the skin. I’ve used it as a contouring liquid under my eyes with some success but would not recommend it for anyone who wants coverage from their products.

La Senza Metallic Lips

This product comes with a very low price tag which does explain why the formula isn’t on point. It’s incredibly thick, sticky and smears in seconds. Good luck keeping it off your teeth. It does have a nice scent but with its almost slimy texture it just isn’t a good product.

MDM Flow Liquid Lipstick

While the colour, applicator and general formula feel great, the product dries down too much, leading it to flake off within 20-30 minutes. It suffers from the same issue the Colour Pop lipsticks do.


While there is a lot of great out there, some products just don’t make the cut. There are about 20 other products I wanted to add to this list, but in the interest of not being too nit picky I reserved only the worst offenders for todays list.

If you have some products you have had issues with, please share them in the comments to help keep everyone informed!

EVA BLAKEMAN – NO BUY LIST – MAKE UP

Published by Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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