Worst Of Beauty 2010

Hello everyone,

yesterday I blogged about my favourite products of 2010 but not all products are good. In our search for the best beauty products around we are bound to stumble on a few that don’t work for us or just completely suck. So, now I’m gonna tell you all about the worst products I tried this year and I understand that some of you may disagree with me, so feel free to share your experience. And if you tried some horrible products too this year, do let me know in the comments. :) Here we go then:

1. Avene High Protection Cream SPF 30: although this is a valid sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, it is the greasiest thing ever! It never absorbs into the skin but stays on top and for the entire day it makes your face a sticky mess! Unless you have extremely dry and dehydrated skin, this stuff is totally and completely unwearable!

2. Deborah Eyeliner Precisione Waterproof: although this eyeliner has a lovely shiny finish, the brush applicator doesn’t allow for a precise application and, because it dries too fast, mistakes aren’t easy to correct. To make things worse, the formula is also very clumpy. And even if you manage to apply it properly, it’ll smudge pretty soon.

3. Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in Party Animal: this is not a really bad product, but disappointing nonetheless. The four pastel shades are very sheer and they’re never gonna look as bright as in the pan. In addition, they crease and fade soon without a primer. I don’t think one can complain too much considering the price but I was expecting a better performance. Also, keep in my mind that I only tried Party Animal. Other quads in this range may perform better.

4. L’Erbolario L’Aloe Refresh & Tones Fresh Moisturizing Cream: despite the fact that this cream doesn’t contain any comedogenic ingredients, it still managed to give me one of the worst breakouts ever! And it doesn’t really have any benefits apart from moisturizing skin, which is something that every moisturizer does. There are much better options available, especially for the price.

5. Maybelline Express Finish Nail Polish in Mauve Diamonds: I have only tried this shade from this range so I don’t know if the others are just as bad but I sure am in no rush to find out. This is the less pigmented polish I’ve ever come across and I lost count of how many layers I had to apply just to make it show up. And it takes ages to dry! It chips pretty soon too. A total fail!

6. Sleek Glo Face & Body Highlighter in Peach Shimmer: I wouldn’t say this product sucks, it just didn’t work for my pale skin as the shades are just too pigmented and frosty to work as a highlighter on me. They just make me look like an orange disco ball! They work quite well as eyeshadows though.

7. Wet n Wild I-Sparkle Eyeshadow Quad in Utopia: this palette was such a disappointment! I bought it because the flower design was just too pretty and usually wet n wild eyeshadows have good color payoff, but three out of the four shades in this palette are very sheer and hardly show up on my pale skin, doesn’t matter how much product I apply. The texture’s not very soft either and they don’t last long without a primer.

8. Wet n Wild Kabuki Powder Brush: I usually love Wet n Wild products but I don’t seem to have had much luck with them this year. This must be the worst brush ever: the bristles are hard, scratchy, shed and if, you wash it, they’re never gonna reshape properly. Oh, and application isn’t precise at all.

9. Wet n Wild Mega Plump Lipgloss in Cairo-Mel: it breaks my heart to feature another Wet n Wild product but alas, this is a plumping lipgloss that doesn’t plump. At all. You’re still getting the uncomfortable stinging sensation though. Also, this apply sheer and any trace of color disappears soon. It’s just a basic clear gloss really.

What were the worst products you tried this year?

Disclosure: all the products in this post, apart from the L’erbolario cream which was a present, were purchased by me and reflect my personal and honest opinion with them. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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  1. says

    Per me il miglior smalto in assoluto è sempre stata la colorazione 30 della Maybelline Express Finish, un bel color ciliegia, uno dei migliori smalti che io abbia mai provato. Asciugatura rapida e durata incredibile, ma… io ho la vecchia versione. Della nuova non ho ancora provato nulla, se dovesse essere come dici per me sarà un vero e proprio lutto.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Marguerite, lo smalto della Maybelline è disponibile in diversi finish: pearl, lacquer e diamonds. Io ho provato solo quest’ultimo quindi può darsi che gli altri due funzionino meglio. Onestamente però non ho assolutamente voglia di provarli visto che quello che ho è una vera schifezza! E’ un peccato ma spero che gli altri colori siano meglio anche perchè se hanno cambiato la formula per renderla così orribile avrebbero fatto davvero una grande cavolata.

  2. says

    I was sure I was going to see the Avene sunscreen and the WnW lipgloss here!

    My worst product of 2010 is the Elf white eyeliner pencil, it’s so soft and pigmented when applied on my hand, but I get zero color when I apply it on my waterline :( Another one is the Avene Cleanance sunscreen, which is supposed to be for combination-oily skin, yet it’s so greasy!! Oh well, this goes for most sunscreens anyway! lol

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Stavroula, eheh! That Avene sunscreen is really horrible! It is designed for people with dry skin but I honestly don’t see how even they could wear it (unless their skin was seriously dehydrated and cracked). It is the greasiest thing ever and I’m sad to know that other Avene sunscreens don’t seem to be much better. They should really do something about that if they want to people to use them!

      That’s too bad about the ELF pencil. I hate when products look promising when swatched but don’t deliver when you apply them on your eyes and waterline. :(

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          yeah, what’s the point of creating a sunscreen for people with combination/oily skin if it’s so greasy they can’t wear it! :)

          I know. I feel like that with wet n wild. I usually love their products but I got a few that weren’t good at all this year. What a shame. :(

  3. says

    People tend to forget the worst list is as important as the best list. It helps people weed out the bad seeds and save them a lot of money. Thankfully, I didn’t buy anything in your worst list but I’ve had some bad experience with makeup products this year.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Dao, I agree. Worst list help you save a lot of money and I think every blogger that makes a best of list should also have one with products they didn’t like. It would be very helpful for their readers. :)

  4. says

    hahahah I usually try to block the bad products out of my mind, but right now I’m thinking of Lumene Vitamin C+ Age Defying Arctic Cloudberry & Brightening Lingonberry Invigorating Eye Serum. hmm maybe they made the name that long to detract attention from the actual product…
    I like a lot of Lumene’s stuff, but this one was just awful for me. It irritated my skin and made my dark circles look even worse. Do not like.
    I did just do a best of 2010 list though :) That one’s much more positive lol. I will make sure to steer clear of everything you put on your worst list.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I tend to forget about bad products too eheh. I had to go look in the archives to write this post lol but it needed to be done. I like to share the worst products as well as the best so that you guys can avoid buying them. :)

      Wow, that is a really long name! It’s too bad it didn’t work for you, it sounds like a horrible product and I’ll make sure never to try it.

  5. says

    Totally love this list and thankfully I haven’t tried any of these kids. But you’ve saved me some money. I think I’ll draft a list like this too. Such an inspiration you are!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Brittany, aww you’re too kind. These are really bad products and if I can avoid anyone else making the same mistake I did and try them, then I’m glad.

      I’d love to read your list. 😉

  6. Mylanqolia says

    The Essence e/s palettes aren’t very convincing, so you don’t have to worry about your observation. 😉 I like some mono e/s much more but I dont feel the urge to stock up as I have my Sleek palettes. Besides, duochrome e/s are on my radar and Essence doesn’t have any of them. :-(
    Anyways, have a very happy NY with less make up disappointments! 😉

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mylanqolia, I haven’t heard many positive things about the Essence palettes either. Apparently there is one of them with natural shades which is good but the others seem to be so-so or worse. It’s a shame really. I like some of their mono eyeshadows as well, but like you I prefer palettes (especially Sleek’s eheh). 😉 It’d be great if Essence released some duochrome eyeshadows, more brands should actually, they’re awesome! :)

      Thank you! Happy new year to you too hun! :)

  7. bagaela says

    altough its march, I found your blog 1 day ago and have been reading since.
    I truly agree with you about the Avene sunscreen! The cream is a disaster. But i have to admit,that my favourite sunscreen is also from Avene, it’s the emulision version of the same.(and I also like some of the Bioderma dunsreens) I have to mention that the good sunscreens are almost all oil-like or thick formulas, as the phisical sunscreens are very havy and have to use much, and most of the chemical screens are oily-molecules.
    I have combination but highly dehydated skin, and my fabourite combination is to use a hyaluronic acid-noacinsmide serum first (like skinceuticals’ b5 serum or dupes) and than the sunscreen, this way my skin will be moisturezed enogh, so it produces less oil, and stsys supple and fresh. It’s amazing how important the hydratation is when it comes to sunscreens.

    Other product that I also don’t like is the essence palette, i have a lots of mono and duo shades, but not even one quad, i guess it’s because of the poor drugstor tests. I juzt don’t understand the big difference.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Bagaela, I’m glad you stumbled on my blog. I hope you enjoy it and to see you around often in the future.

      The Avene cream sunscreen is awful indeed! It’s good to know that the emulsion version is much better and I may give them a try as I liked how the sunscreen I tried performed, it’s just the texture that’s too greasy! I also agree with you that most of the good sunscreen have heavy, thick formulas and usually I don’t mind too much as I see that as a small price to pay for sun protection but I have to admit that Avene sunscreen is the worst I have ever tried and I’m not sure who could possibly use it as it feels too uncomfortable on.

      As for Essence, I think their singles eyeshadows have better pigmentation than their quads. The eyeshadows in the quads are really sheer and you definitely need a primer to make them work.

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