3 High-End Makeup Products That Aren’t Worth the Splurge

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  1. Haley
    July 22, 2014

    When you use the Benefit Push-Up Liner you don’t want to use too much or it does get flaky and crumbly. When I push up some more liner I grab a piece of toilet paper and wipe the excess off. When I do that it still leaves me with enough liner for both of my eyes. I know it seems like somewhat of a waste of product but when I do that I have absolutely no issues with it. I really love that liner.

  2. Joanne
    July 22, 2014

    Ugh I hate the Benefit liner! I figured out the best way to do it was to twist it up until there was a tiny bit of excess, wipe it off on the back of your hand, and then apply it… But it causes you to waste product, and creates a mess on your hand. Not at all worth trying to figure out a new technique for a mediocre formulation.

    I didn’t find the Nars Glass to be that sticky; I avoid all Buxom lip glosses for that reason. It’s not the most smooth ever, but the slight stick helps it to stay on longer.

    100% agree with the mascara though. It just doesn’t work how you expect it to, so no matter what you try it’s always kind of annoying.

  3. Cami C
    July 22, 2014

    I think the Benefit push up eyeliner just requires some practice. I purchased it online and went to the Benefit Bar in Ulta before it arrived so that the girls could show me how to use it. It took some practice but now it applies flawlessly and it stays on all day. I would definitely say that it is waterproof for me, as I’ve worn it to the pool, the lake and the ocean, and it’s stayed on through it all. I suggest removing it with a cold cream, as it can be a little tough to remove and you don’t want to be too harsh on your eyes.

  4. Kaitlin
    July 22, 2014

    I agree about the Too Faced Mascara. I have used Better Than Sex before and it is way too wet compared to other mascaras. In general, I think drugstore mascaras now are really good, even as good as the high-end ones.

    I’m also not going to venture into the Benefit liner…too gimmicky for me. I have seen so many mixed reviews and I just don’t feel like eyeliner should be so difficult to apply, especially at that price.

  5. Kelly
    July 22, 2014

    I find the Benefit eyeliner works well if you take the pen and put it in your bra while you apply other makeup? Then it heats up without wasting product. Also I find it helps me to apply less product or else it does get flaky. I have two or three gel liners of different brands and I find they absolutely must be warm or else they’re useless. I used to use the back of my hand to warm it before I heard about the bra trick…sounds weird but I like gel formulas!

    I also got the Nars lipgloss and returned it the next day, found it way too sticky! I’m not sure why companies keep producing sticky lipglosses- does anyone actually like them?

  6. Nadia
    July 22, 2014

    I agree that the Too Faced mascara isn’t worth it for everyday, but I actually like it for occasions where I just don’t have the time or energy to fiddle with putting on false lashes! I’ve found that using my favourite volumizing mascara as the “base coat” has best results for me.

  7. Morgan
    July 22, 2014

    I love the benefit liner. A little goes a long way so one-two twist can do both eyes. I am not the best at eyeliner and this really does make it easy for me. Of course I was skeptical and didn’t plan on buying it but figured why not if I can return it. Remember** just use a little bit!

  8. graceRy
    July 22, 2014

    I am actually in love with the Benefit Liner as welll! and I completely agree with morgan! A little goes a long way. I remember my mom trying to use it and she went twisty happy and too much of the product came out and it was hard to apply without half the product just ripping off. I just twist it so that I barely see the product rise out of the applicator and it glides on perfectly! It does take practice as Carol also mentioned but once you’ve mastered the technique it’s an amazing eyeliner to use.

    I may be biased because I am in love with gel liner.

  9. graceRy
    July 22, 2014

    I mean “Cami” not carol
    SORRRRY!!!! >__<

  10. Julia
    July 23, 2014

    Totally disagree about the Benefit liner. It’s actually a great product, just tricky to use. A Sephora employe told me it’s designed to be used with one “click”‘s worth of product for each eye to keep it from getting panda-y, and slow strokes so the product is evenly distributed.. The way it gets right up to the lash line is unlike any other liner I’ve tried, and if you don’t put too much on it stays on for DAYS. It’s glorious.

  11. Mariah J. White
    July 23, 2014

    Younique’s Moodstruck 3D lash kit works well, and I think you’d like it better than the Too Faced system. It’s around the same price. The fibers are black and there are ways to get the length without the clumps that I couldn’t seem to achieve with the Too Faced.

    Also, I was super disappointed in benefit’s they’re real mascara. it did NOTHING for me and I felt like I gave into the hype.

  12. Sarah
    July 24, 2014

    Thank you for these posts. While I’ve never tried these high-end makeup products in particular, I love the overall message of this post. Sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes you are paying simply for name brand, not quality. And sometimes a lesser known brand, or even cheaper product will do the trick just fine.

  13. Noemie
    July 24, 2014

    If you are shopping at Sephora, don’t miss out on the 10% student discount from studentrate. you can add it to the VIB coupons and other weekly beauty deals http://studentrate.com/itp/get-itp-student-deals/Sephora-Student-Discounts–/0

  14. Bonnie
    July 25, 2014

    I way prefer Kat von D’s tattoo eyeliner that a sephora employee recommended b/c I’ve tried most of the eyeliners @ sephora and this is my fav, I’m not a “tattoo” girl so I never would have tried it on my own. I give the benefit mascara a 8 out of 10 tho.
    As for Too Faced, the product worked like it said but it is time consuming and those little fibers ended up in my eyes a few hours later and hurt like hell. I vote for “better than sex” mascara for bombshell lashes along with some cheap falsies. *always apply glue to false lash and never to eyelid and you will get a better result every time.

  15. Sara
    August 4, 2014

    The “81% waterproof” thing actually makes sense to me. If you sweat more than average, then nothing is waterproof. I have hyperhidrosis as a side effect of medication, and I actually have to smear clinical strength antiperspirant on my face under my makeup.

  16. Jes
    August 11, 2014

    NARS recently refomulated their gloss to be less sticky and they now have a regular applicator. You may want to give them another try.

  17. Julia
    August 28, 2014

    I love the Benefit liner! It is so easy for doing a winged liner. You can’t use too much. I do one turn of the bottom at a time and try it on my lid until I start to see product on my skin. It stays all day and I have to use eye makeup remover to get it all off so I believe it is waterproof.

  18. Jasmine
    August 28, 2014

    That benefit mascara..thick n cakey,does not glide as smooth..thumbs down

  19. Jodie
    October 7, 2014

    I thought that was a picture of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for a moment, and I was about to kick off, haha. Definitely a product worth splurging on IMO. Couldn’t agree more about the Benefit eyeliner – I bought it, wore it twice and then gave it away to a friend. It flaked an fell off about an hour after application, biggest waste of money ever.

  20. Cynthia Neal
    November 22, 2014

    Thank you for these discussions. I too go into Sephora, and ‘I want it all’.
    So sifting through these products is a big plus. I am a Big Kat Von D – reasonable, unique, and they Work.

  21. denise gvardian
    November 27, 2014

    As a pro makeup artist at Sephora
    for over 10 years I’ll spill my faves..Lancôme still makes the best mascaras. Armani and Dolce Gabbana have the best concealers. Stila and Eyeko have the best liquid eyeliners.

  22. Fashion and Frappes
    December 3, 2014

    Your post is great. I understand what you mean by makeup being subjective but its a great idea to us why you didnt like it – if the same issues are important to us, it makes sense.

    For instance, I found Eyeko eyeliner and have not bothered with any others since! Its easy to apply and I am just not interested in those that are not. So I am definitely going to avoid spending that much on the Benefit one.

  23. Hope
    December 4, 2014

    I own and LOVE the Benefit liner. I was turned on to the product by an employee at Sephora right around the time it came out, so I got a demonstration before I ever tried it. I think that might have been an advantage I had. For me, it’s waterproof, smudgeproof, EVERYTHING proof, and wear it when I need a bulletproof liner (unless I opt for Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – also bulletproof). The only thing I’ve noticed is that it does transfer just a tad if you have hooded lids, like me, and wear nothing on your lids as far as shadow, because the oils from your eyelid will pick it up. Also, when you dispense too much product, it will form a ball and fall off of your eye, but if you have some practice with it, it’s a truly amazing product. I’ve repurchased it twice now.

  24. Katie
    December 17, 2014

    I agree on the Benefit liner. I’m a Sephora Rouge member (aka I spend way too much money in there) and it’s one of only TWO items I’ve ever purchased that I have wanted to return. I’ll just stick to my eyeliner pots and brushes for a better result. But I guess if I just wanted to throw it in my purse to do a touch up at a party or something that wouldn’t be to messy, it might be okay for that. Otherwise, it’s not really that revolutionary.

  25. FashionableLena
    December 19, 2014

    YSL lipstick was the biggest waste of money. I have big lips so I love a full-coverage lipstick, and I was told that this one was. Not so much. I have to pile it on to get the full effect. The only reason why I didn’t return it is because I adore the color. My Laura Mercier lipstick is the best and costs half as much.

  26. Anna Szoke
    January 3, 2015

    Benefit’s eyeliner was one of the biggest disappointment during my beauty blogger career so far. It was so well advertised, and hyped I thought they’ll really come up with something fantastic. I love Benefit products in general (their Big Easy is one of my fav base) so I expected real greatness from the liner, but it failed over and over again. I experienced the same as you wrote above, the line was always uneven, dried out way too quick so there was no option to fix it or at least smudge it, and it was a nightmare to remove it.

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