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Ten Worst Beauty Products of 2015

There are so many terrible beauty products. Very few of us come close to trying them all (thank goodness). Of all the ones I tried this year, I selected my ten least favorite. I limited the list to products I tried for the first time this year, but that does not mean these items were all released in 2015. Sometimes getting the best deal means I discover products after they are no longer new to stores. When they are terrible products, it really is no deal at all. Maybe I should re-evaluate my policy of not returning things, because I kept all these train wrecks. It was really hard to narrow this list down, because you have to kiss some frogs to find your prince.

#10 Hourglass Modernist Atmosphere Eyeshadow Palette. At a whopping $331.43 an ounce, I had high hopes for this. The powders are so soft that picking up a small amount is nearly impossible. These prices are way too high to not sweat the waste. There is not a lot pigment and some shades are powdery. I did like the overall look (even though it was not easy to work with) and they did remain crease free all day. That is the only thing that keeps this from being lower on the list. Read my review from Redeeming the Sephora VIB Discount to see why I hated this so much.

Hourglass Atmosphere with Flash

#9 Julep Eyeshadow 101 crème-to-powder shadow stick orchid shimmer. I seriously do not know what is worse, the uneven, creased mess this creates or that this shade makes me look ill. The only thing that keeps this from dropping lower on the list is it works nicely under a powder shadow. That essentially defeats the purpose of this type of product though. Other cream shadows stay put better with a light setting powder on top. Read my review from my Julep October 2015 box to see why I hated this so much.

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#8 L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream. I love the hand cream, so I thought it would only be natural I would love the foot cream as well. Wrong! This is much thinner than the hand cream (which is odd because feet have thicker skin). After using it for a while, my feet started cracking. In order to finish this, I had to pair it with Egyptian Magic (which I adore). Read my review from October 2015 Empties to see why I hated this so much.

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#7 de-luxe creme de-luxe luxury body creme vanilla citrus. There are occasionally things so awful that I cannot bring myself to finish them. This is one of them. It smelled bad, left my skin sticky, and was probably expired when I received it. The only redeeming quality is the retailer refunded me when I called to see check the expiration date. They did not know, but I tossed it after the first use and would not even consider purchasing anything from this brand again. Read my review from November 2015 Empties to see why I hated this so much.

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#6 Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (any color). These feel and look awful. They set you back too much for both of those qualities. No thanks. Read my review in May 2015 Empties to see why I hated these so much.

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#5 Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm. There is nothing bronze about this. It is Oompa Loompa orange on fair skin. Mixing it with something else could not save it, but I definitely cannot (or at least should not) wear this alone. Read my review in September 2015 Empties to see why I hated this so much.

Stila BB cream

#4 Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Homegirl. I really liked her Painted Love and Foiled Love Lipsticks, so I wondered what the new Studded Kiss Formula would be like. This particular lipstick is terrible. The application is patchy. It does not feel moisturizing and balls up. In an otherwise stellar kit, this was the one big disappointment. From swatches alone, this was my favorite color. It would have been nice if the formula was worth wearing again. Read my review of Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip to see why I hated this so much.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Homegirl

#3 Estee Lauder deluxe Eye Palette with 12 Eyeshadows (from the Holiday 2015 Blockbuster). At first, I was disappointed these shadows were so small. It is probably for the best they’re small, because I will waste less. There is nothing special about these tiny eyeshadows that lack pigment, are very powdery, difficult to blend, patchy, and crease. The only thing that keeps this from being my #1 disappointment is there were lovely things in the kit that made it worth it even though this was a complete dud. Read my review of Estee Lauder Holiday Blockbuster to see why I hated this so much.

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#2 Julep Clean Slate Polish Remover Single Use Pad. For a company that does nail polish so well, I cannot understand how they own the worst wipe remover I’ve ever tried. The only thing these were good for was when I swatched a few nails for an article. If I did my whole hands, it took at least 3 of these and Q-Tips to remove them. One side is useless, and they’re too small. Read my review from February Empties 2015 to see why I hated this so much.

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#1 Dior Contraste Horizon. This looks so beautiful in the pan and swatched nicely, but it was one of my weaker performing shadows all year. Considering the cost, I cannot think of anything that disappointed me more. While the price per ounce of this is actually cheaper than #10, this did not stay crease free all day. Shadow creasing is the worst, but it is not acceptable from high-end brands when some drugstore brands get it right. Read my review from SAKS Fifth Avenue 20% off Plus 16% Back from ebates to see why I hated this much.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

3 thoughts on “Ten Worst Beauty Products of 2015 Leave a comment

  1. There is nothing more pathetic than a high end product that fumbles on things that drugstore products got right. I’m very forgiving (and often pleasantly surprised) when it comes to drugstore makeup, but I judge the hell out of high end. When the difference in price could have paid for new brushes, the product better be phenomenal.

  2. I could not agree more with everything you said. If brands want to market themselves as high-end and charge a premium, it better be worth the extra money. When I have drugstore brands that outperform my high-end products, it irks me. The Dior palette in particular is weaker than a Wet n’ Wild palette I own. That palette set me back $5, so I would have been fine with it not working out. It is incredible though.

  3. Absolutely! Wet n Wild is one of the surprising drugstore brands (at least for eyeshadow). I love my Comfort Zone palette.

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