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3 Drugstore Beauty Products to Avoid


Drugstore beauty products to avoid

Although I try to keep my posts positive and let you know about beauty products I’m loving, I also thought it was time to let you know about some makeup to avoid.

Over the past year or so, I’ve purchased quite a few drugstore makeup products, and while I liked many of them, others weren’t so great. Read on to learn about three drugstore products that earned two thumbs down from me:

(Quick disclaimer: just because I’m telling you to avoid a product that you might already love doesn’t mean to stop purchasing it. It just didn’t work for me! Makeup is so subjective. As always, try something out! Who knows, it might work for you.)

Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

Maybelline new york lash stiletto ultimate length mascara
$7 at Walmart

Maybelline has some of the best drugstore mascaras out there, but I had a hard time with this one. The packaging is gorgeous and the name draws you in, but the product itself is not that great. It barely coats your lashes! Yes, it’s a lengthening formula, but is it supposed to be that subtle? I was sort of surprised since they used the word “ultimate.”

When I used it, I applied two coats, and the second coat basically clumped up and then flaked off two hours later. I don’t understand why the reviews are so great, since this mascara didn’t do a thing for my lashes. Let me know if I’m not alone on this one!

Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel stay matte foundation
$3.99 at Ulta

Okay, let’s discuss the price. Four dollars? Amazing. I was already a huge fan of the Stay Matte setting powder, which I use every day, so I figured why not try the foundation? I went to the drugstore, and had the hardest time finding the right color. There are eight shades, but most of them fall under two categories: too light and too dark. There was no in-between, and the in-between shade was way too pink.

However, I picked up the shade “Ivory” and tried it out anyway. I figured it would look better on my skin. I moisturized, primed my skin, and then used my favorite buffing brush to blend it in on my skin. Well… that was horrible. It stuck to dry patches, didn’t look smooth, and it must not have liked my primer because it clumped up on top of it.

Long story short, this didn’t work at all. I was very surprised considering Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation is one of my favorites. So strange!

NYX Cosmetics’ Powder Black Liner

NYX powder black liner
$5.99 at Ulta

In theory, a powder liner is an awesome idea. It would create a softer, more natural-looking smokey eye. However, this can already be done so easily with a damp brush and a black eyeshadow. NYX tried to complicate things with this product, where you basically stick a small brush into a container of grayish-black powder that you have to put on your eyes. Horrifying, right? There was no tester, so I didn’t know that was how this product would work.

I really tired to make this product work, but even after tapping off excess product and making sure I had the right amount on the brush, I would still get black powder all over my face. It was not a good look, and it was not easy to remove. Overall, this product is really a miss! NYX, what’s up with this one?

What do you think?

What are some disappointing makeup products you’ve tried? Have you tried any of these? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

Posted on on July 15, 2014 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , ,

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28 Responses to “3 Drugstore Beauty Products to Avoid”

  1. 1
    July 15th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I had that same issue with the stay matte foundation! Ugh, it looked so bad. I thought maybe my skin got really terrible. I’m glad I’m not the only one who had that experience!

  2. 2
    July 15th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I can understand why you wouldn’t like the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation (I’ll be the first to admit that the shade selection SUCKS!), but for super oily skin girls like me, it’s been a God-send. Instead of being a big grease ball by midday like usual, I can get away with just a light blotting near the end of the day :)

  3. 3
    July 15th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I have to respectufully disagree with you here, Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara is pretty much the only mascara I’ve been able to find which lengthens my lashes without volume, meaning that I don’t end up looking like I’ve spider’s legs stuck to my face like most do. As someone who doens’t want volume on her lashes – which many products seem to promote, Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto was the best mascara I’ve ever used. Unfortunately, it is no longer available in the UK. It also lasts for a long time which was a bonus, and didn’t smear and run during the day.

  4. 4
    July 15th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I thought this article was going to talk about how bad they are for your skin because of the ingredients it contained. This is such a misleading title considering these are YOUR opinions. The same way I would recommend that mascara to everyone – we all have different opinions about products because we don’t all have the same skin type. Please use a different title next time, such as, products I dislike from the drugstore.

  5. 5
    July 15th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi ladies!

    As I wrote in the opening section of this article, everything is subjective. If it works for you, that’s wonderful! Unfortunately, none of these products worked for me, so I wanted to do a different type of article just to get my opinions out there. Also, like I said, I am not expecting you to agree with me on everything. Some readers may have the same skin conditions (or eyelash conditions) as I do, and some readers may not! I love hearing others’ opinions. Isn’t that what comments are for? As always, thank you for reading, and have a great rest of your day!

  6. 6
    July 15th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I am so relieved to hear that you had issues with the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation. I have heard nothing but praise for it, but I bought three shades and they were all just- like you said-totally wrong and not even close to a match. Three of the eight shades and not one was even close…ugh.

  7. 7
    July 15th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I agree with IsabelLA – I don’t think this type of article is really that great just because it is basically like reading a review on Makeupalley but with pictures. I think a better type of article might be listing types of makeup products that in general are scams or don’t really do much (like cellulite creams?? – just an example). Another would be how to know when the amount you are paying is just markup vs if you are actually paying for a better quality product (but more general tips rather than recommendations). An example is a show on CBC called “Marketplace” where they reviewed face moisturizers, and they came to the conclusion that basically, if you are paying more than $30 for a face cream, you are being ripped off. They had listed the ingredients that are typically in moisturizers, what they do, and which extras are pretty much fillers. More of that type of info with other kinds of makeup products would have been more helpful.

  8. 8
    July 15th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I love the Maybelline Lash Stilleto! It’s one of the only mascaras that I think I actually like!

  9. 9
    July 15th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    What are your “skin and eyelash conditions”?. Including those details would be a big help in understanding WHY you didn’t like these products. I liked the stiletto mascara for the same reason as Sarah. Maybe next time give a little more description of yourself?

  10. 10
    July 15th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Same here! I loved the Maybelline Lash Stilleto. However, Maybelline Falsies (waterproof) is still my ultimate favorite Mascara you all should give that a try if you haven’t yet!

  11. 11
    July 15th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I liked that you tried something different, Sarah! I’m always glad to hear about people’s experiences with certain products (since who in their right mind has the time or money to try them all themselves, am I right?). Maybe if you did describe your skin type, we would have a better idea of why a particular skin product didn’t work, but as for other cosmetic facets, I’d LOVE more subjective product reviews.

  12. 12
    July 15th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    interesting article! i’d love to see one with more high end products- i’d definitely love to hear opinions on which more expensive things are worth the money :)

  13. 13
    July 15th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Hi again, girls!

    Sometimes I feel as if I’m beating a dead horse by writing about my skin issues in every post, but I have rosacea and sensitive skin! I also have sensitive eyes, so some mascaras don’t work for me (like this one).

    I also need to clarify–there are 2 Lash Stiletto mascaras. I didn’t like the one in the black tube. I liked the red tubed one!

    I’m taking all of your suggestions into consideration, and Emma I love your high-end products idea, I can definitely do a post like that!

  14. 14
    July 15th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve never tried the foundation from Rimmel, but the Stay Matte Primer is amazing! I have super oily skin around my nose and T-zone, especially during the summer. The primer really has great staying power!

  15. 15
    July 15th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Rimmel Stay Matte foundation works wonders for me, maybe you’re not oily enough? I’m with the others who have really oily skin and I have none of the aforementioned issues.

  16. 16
    July 15th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love the Maybelline Lash Stilleto (black tube)! It’s one of the only drugstore mascaras that I like!

  17. 17
    July 15th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I had almost the same problem you’re describing, but with the Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation. I personally prefer them for lip products and mascara. I have had no luck with their face products.

  18. 18
    July 15th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I actually love Lash Stiletto! I use the waterproof formula though, so maybe that had something to do with it. I love that it holds a curl, and gives my lashes length and definition. I know it’s not advertised or supposed to be for volume, but it gives me just enough, so it’s perfect for me! As for the other two products, I think I’ll take your advice and avoid them, especially the powder liner.

  19. 19
    July 15th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I am legitimately so sad to hear that the Stay Matte foundation hasn’t worked for some of you ladies! I’ve been singing it’s praises high and low since it came out, and every friend I’ve recommended it to has loved it as much as I do. Since it is a matte foundation though, I can see how it might not work for someone with a sensitive or dry skintype.
    I have to agree with you about the Lash Stiletto mascara though. That’s definitely not Maybelline’s most shining moment.

  20. 20
    July 16th, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I thought it was interesting to see a real-life perspective on the products from a website we know is legit! It doesn’t necessarily mean that the products won’t work for you, but this a helpful addition to the library of product reviews online that you can read through and make your own decisions based on.
    Fun to read!

  21. 21
    July 16th, 2014 at 12:20 am

    If you’re looking for a non-volumising (spelling?! is that a word?) mascara, try the yellow covergirl lash blast one. The length isn’t incredible, but it’s a regular re-purchase for me because it is very much my lashes but better. I’m a blonde, so I have basically invisible eyelashes and it just makes them look naturally black and a bit longer- perfect for every day :)

  22. 22
    July 16th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I liked this article. i really like when persons talk about which products don’t work for them so I have an idea of how they work for others. I have extremely oily skin and I was wondering if the Rimmel stay matte foundation would work for me.

  23. 23
    July 16th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I tried the E.L.F. Cosmetics Eye Primer & Liner Sealer and promptly threw it in the trash. It reminded me of a really bad concealer stick. It was thick, tacky feeling, and was tough to blend into the lid and who wants to be tugging on delicate skin on the lids?

  24. 24
    July 17th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I personally disagree with you about the Rimmel foundation. I have oilier skin and it has been wonderful for me.
    Also, I really do not like the negative connotation for this post. Maybe next time you could say “products that didn’t work for me, and here is why” and give readers the opportunity to make their own decisions, or clarify why it didn’t work for you in the title. I love college fashion for the fashion advice and weekly roundup of awesome links, but I have been wholly unimpressed and actually quite irritated by most of the makeup articles. They either verge on the side of negative like this one, or touting expensive products out of most peoples price range. Editors, please review these articles before they are posted, and please stop with the negativity .

  25. 25
    July 17th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Katrina!

    I’d like to personally respond to your comment, and apologize to you. I am sorry that you have been disappointed by this article and others that you mentioned.

    I write these kinds of articles because time and time again, girls comment asking to know about products I didn’t like. This is the first article I have ever written of this nature. There are thousands of YouTube videos that are just girls slamming products (and people!). I find those videos negative and harmful, and I tried to write this post in a respectful manner.

    I absolutely clarified a bunch of times in the article that this is a subjective article, and that I am not telling you to stop using these products. I even placed a disclaimer in the article. Unfortunately, that was not enough for you or other readers, and I am sorry if I caused anyone harm with this article. I rarely respond to negative comments and I rarely let them get to me, but this time, they have hit me.

    If you or anyone else has any problems they would like to personally discuss with me about this article, or basically anything else, PLEASE shoot me an email and I would love to talk to you more. I want to know what readers want, and I also just like to hear differing opinions! My email is Thank you for reading!

  26. 26
    July 17th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Katrina, the author is reviewing products, if she neglected to mention products that didn’t work for her at some point, that would only be giving one side of her shopping experiences.

    Her honesty is refreshing and informative, and she clarified many many times that these were her own views. As a reviewer, she doesn’t have to like everything as you suggest she should. I would personally rather have an honest writer. It makes the positive articles she writes even more genuine because I know she isn’t afraid of being straightforward or pointing out things that she doesn’t enjoy.

    I would love to see more of these kinds of articles. It makes this website and its reviews even more trustworthy. Comments people, please stop badgering the author about it being “negative.” It was clear from the beginning that this was about products she didn’t like (see the title), so if that isn’t your thing, don’t read it.

  27. 27
    July 19th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Sarah, you’re not alone. The Maybelline mascara was such a disappointment for me too. :(

  28. 28
    July 19th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I don’t understand why people are getting upset about this article being “negative.” The author is just trying to keep you from wasting your money on a product that might not work for you. It’s not like she’s insulting the company.

    Sarah, I loved the article. I would be interested to read more like it. I think it would be really cool if you could do some brand focus articles. Or maybe you could do an article about all of your favorite mascaras, or blushes, etc from drugstore and high end brands.

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