Product Reviews

Most Disappointing Products I Tried in 2016

January 15, 2017

Hi Everyone!

It appears that we are going to start of 2017 with my least favourite products from 2016. I figured we should just get these out of the way so we can start fresh. Now for a lot of these I don’t have a picture to go along with the product because I returned some of the ones that were 100% not worth it. I feel like now that I have been “collecting” makeup for a few years now, I look for quality over quantity. I probably tried less in 2016 than in previous years because I don’t want to purchase products that are identical to ones I already own. In general, I am much more selective in terms of the products I buy. I have a pretty good idea of what works for me, so I was really surprised by how disappointed I was by these products.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

I’ll start off by saying that this foundation is crazy expensive (I purchased during the VIB sale), so I had really high expectations. The Make Up For Ever stick is my holy grail, so I thought I would give this a try to see how it compares. It seemed like a lot of people loved this, but this was one of the worst foundations I have ever used. My first problem was the shade. I chose the shade Blanc as it was described as very fair and cool toned, which is normally a sure match for me. This was by far the worst match I have ever gotten in a foundation. It was too light, which I’m not complaining about because I’m all for brands having a wide variety of shades, but this made my face look so ashy and almost grey. I had to layer on the bronzer to make this look alive. I could have overlooked the shade issue and exchanged it for a different shade, so that wasn’t a deal breaker, although it was bizarre. What really made this a fail was the texture of this foundation. The claims of this foundation basically said that it had more pigment so you would need less. I didn’t agree with this claim, but even if I did a light layer it looked very cakey. For the price of this, I was definitely disappointed and happy to get my money back to try something else.

Marc Jacobs Undercover Coconut Primer

This next product definitely isn’t a bad product, but I was really disappointed with it for my skin type. I purchased this primer hoping that it would give me an extra boost of hydration, make my skin look really healthy and provide a good base to build a dewy finish on top. I have very normal skin so I just felt like this didn’t do enough for me to justify the price. The results I got from this were what I would get from any moisturizer, so I just didn’t think it was worth it. I could see how someone with very dry skin would like this though, so I definitely don’t think it’s bad but it wasn’t a good fit for me.

Morphe 35O Palette


This palette was RIDICULOUSLY hyped up and it looks like it would be right up my alley, but I basically never reach for this. I don’t think the shadows are bad or anything, but I don’t feel inspired when I look at it. When I do pick this up to see if I can love it, I find that I reach for the same few shades and my looks come out similar. This wasn’t expensive so I don’t regret purchasing it, but it did not live up to the hype it got, so I do feel disappointed by it. Even looking at it, I’m sad that it’s in this post because it is a pretty palette, but it got hyped up to the point where I was expecting it to become my everyday palette and it’s not.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Now if you’ve been here for a while, you may be wondering, Chelsey why is this in a disappointing products post? I featured this as a 2015 favourite, but after some consideration I feel that it belongs in this post, as 2016 was the year when this started to disappoint me. Like many of the others, this product isn’t in here because it’s bad, I actually liked the glow it gave me. It became a disappointment for me once I got near the end of the bottle. Now this is ridiculously expensive, so I expect to be able to use every last drop to get my money’s worth. Once I got near the end of the bottle and went to go spray it, it did not spray out evenly like it did originally, instead it sprayed out all thick and white (my mind is in the gutter at this point) and sat in globs on top of my skin. After you have spent all that time doing your makeup, the last thing that should ruin it is a $60 setting spray.

Too Faced Born this Way Concealer

When I saw this was announced, I was so excited. This was marketed to be hydrating and radiant, 2 claims I am a sucker for. I didn’t find this to be particularly radiant looking, although it did smell like coconut which I liked. This creased immediately on me, no matter how quickly I set it. Also the shade very fair, was not very fair in my opinion. I currently use this only to even out my eyelids before shadow and never under my eyes or on my face.

The Edit Eyeshadow Palette*


I was sent this item from the Estee Edit and I was not really impressed by anything that I tried, but especially not this palette. I can’t find this online anymore, but I will mention it anyway in case it is available somewhere that I missed. This palette just did not do it for me. I found the matte shadows to be dry and lacking in pigmentation. I was super confused by the glitter toppers that they included, as it didn’t look right on top of the mattes, but didn’t make sense on top of the shimmers. The split pan format was not my favourite either, but that might be picky. When this was available it was around $60 and I feel that you can get way better palettes in that price range or for less.

Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

I broke down and ordered the Shape Tape Concealer as you would have seen in my 2016 Favourites and I got this mascara as a sample. This just really didn’t impress me. I kept trying to get it to build up my lashes, but even with a few coats, it just didn’t do it for me.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

This was a product I tried very early in 2016, basically as soon as it was released. I am a huge fan of the Ultra HD line, but this was a miss. This settled funny under my eyes, creased and faded quickly throughout the day. I passed this along to my sister and she ended up really liking it, so it just goes to show that different products work for different people.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Cushion Foundation

This is another product I tried early on in 2016. The cushion trend definitely hit North America in 2016 and I was curious so I tried this out. This was expensive for drugstore (around $25) and it was just not worth it to me. This range has a super limited shade range so the lightest shade was slightly too dark for me and dried down orange. I think that you can spend less at the drugstore and pick up something a lot better, which is why I was disappointed by this.


So there you have it! What products were you disappointed by in 2016?

Bye for now!



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  • Reply Morgan January 16, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I looove tarteist lash paint mascara! My new go to. I got a sample of it and immediately fell in love, and bought it my next sephora trip !

    • Reply Chelsey January 16, 2017 at 12:35 am

      So weird! I am pretty picky with mascaras, but I couldn’t get it to give me volume or length

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