It’s time for the worst in Beauty for 2018. Few things suck worse than spending hard-earned money on an awful product. Whether low-end, mid-range, high-end, or luxury, any money spent is a bad deal when the product is terrible. I really could call this article the 10 Worst Beauty Deals of 2018. The more you spend the more disappointed you are when there is no return on your investment. It is also the reason we are more forgiving when drugstore products let us down but feel more disappointed when a high-end product is a bust. This is why high-end and luxury products make these lists more than drugstore items. Some are just not a fit, but others are universally bad. Okay, nothing is universally good or bad, but some products come close. Of all the products I tried this year, I selected my ten least favorite. I limited the list to products I tried for the first time this year. Deal shoppers do not always try things the moment they release, so these things did not all launch in 2018.
Since I do not return things, I either reluctantly kept or gave away everything on this list. In the scheme of things, this list is a reminder that I test a lot of beauty products every year. No one can like them all. Those who cannot fill a worst list are either fooling themselves or do not try a lot of new things and already know what they love in most categories. You will notice a theme. Many of these products might be wonderful for those of you with normal to oily skin. On my dry skin, they were awful!
This is so drying. You cannot add a moisturizer to the area it cleanses, so it leaves you with tight, itchy skin. No one needs that anywhere, especially there. It was so uncomfortable that I could not even finish it in the designated area. I used it on my body to get through it. In my mind, there is a moisture sucking ingredient somewhere in here. On a minor note, I hate the brand name of this product. Every time I hear it, a healthy vagina does not come to mind.
No setting spray has ever dried my skin out more than this. After a few short hours of wear, I get desperate to run home and wash my face. There are times when I actually like having a matte look. Finding one that mattifies without dehydrating it has been a challenge. The worst part is how long I had to shake this before I could apply it. When I did not shake it for a long time, it left little white dots all over my face. I did like the mist, like the way it smells, and think it does help my makeup last longer. Between the white dots if I did not shake this forever and how dry it makes my skin feel, I can safely say this is the worst setting spray I’ve ever tried.
While I cannot name too many scents I love, I can name even less that I hate. This new scent from the brand has to join my hate list though. I was only able to tolerate it twice. The notes are Ginger, Lime, Sandalwood. Woodsy scents are usually my preference over florals. Nothing in there gave me cause for concern, but I just felt I smelled awful when I wore this. It is possible that it does not go well with my body chemistry, because it has decent reviews. Like Not a Perfume, this has a powdery fragrance when it is first applied that lessens throughout the day. Powder scents do not bother me, but there is something almost artificial about this one. Between the powder and the mismatch to my body chemistry, it made me think it was what a mannequin would wear.
The funny thing is on paper it seemed like a perfect match for me. In reality, I couldn’t get past the artificial scent that gave me a mild headache and light dizziness. Fragrances typically only do that when I cannot tolerate them. Thus far, I cannot pinpoint what makes them intolerable.
I finally tried this in 2018. The more I used it the more I disliked it. There are some redeeming qualities. It is very full-coverage. My under eye circles rarely require that much coverage, but I wanted to see what the hype was about. If you set it quickly, it does not crease that much. Without a doubt, that is my favorite thing about this. The reason it made the list is no concealer I’ve ever used dries out my under eyes more than this. When your under eyes are already dry, this is almost unbearable. No matter how good it looks, it feels awful. Yes, it can look a little cakey up close, but it looks beautiful from far away. Because I invested in the full-size, you bet your ass I will keep using it. After I finish the tube I paid for, I will not repurchase it. I will also use double the eye cream and reserve this for days where I need to look snatched from a distance. For beauty, I can put up with a little discomfort. It better be a short event.
After unsuccessfully trying the other deodorant that made this list, it pleasantly surprised me that I did not smell bad at the end of the day when I used this. The scent of this one is not the best. I love vanilla, but I can only smell the rose. It is a strong artificial rose scent, too. Anything smells better than body odor, which is the only scent I had experienced with natural deodorant until that point. Within a week, it started feeling like I was applying sandpaper. The texture was changing into something more rough. Around the second week, my under arms starting hurting. To say schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant gives me a rash is an understatement. My armpits also started getting acne. Between the rash and the acne, my underarms were raw. Since natural deodorants do not block sweat, I felt pain every time I got sweaty. It got so painful that I could no longer tolerate it. This was around the one-month mark. Once my armpits healed, I wanted to give it a second chance. The product was full of mold. I took that as a sign that the product was not for me, and am happy I did not have to force myself to give this a second chance. Read more about my experience with this product.
5 Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
This is a sulfate free shampoo that has a nice lather, but it does not leave hair with a squeaky clean feeling. You can feel the oil in your hair no matter how much you rinse it out. Despite the oil in my hair, it felt stripped. It took a long time for my hair to dry. Once it did, I noticed it was very dry and frizzy. My hair stayed dried and frizzy over multiple days. It usually gets oily at the roots in less than 24 hours (to overcompensate for how dry my hair is). While I always thought I would love that, my scalp felt so tight and itchy that I actually wished for the oily scalp I usually have. What is really odd is my hair still looks super dry and frizzy on the second and third day as well. My hair usually looks less frizzy as time goes on and my natural oil works its way through my hair. I cannot think of a single shampoo that makes my hair look more dry and frizzy than this one. That is a major accomplishment for someone with dry, frizzy hair. Read more about my experience with this product.
This turned my hair orange. You know you want to look, so feel free to click that link. Not a flattering orange, but a brassy, no one wants to look like you orange. I decided to try it a second time to see if it was a user error. Silly me. It gave me orange hair again. At least I can say with 100% confidence, it was not user error. Bonus points that my gray hairs remained gray. It only turned my dirty blonde locks orange. Considering the only reason I tried it in the first place was to cover the gray hair, it failed at its only job.
Fresh scents are my favorite, and this smells like fresh and soap had a beautiful baby. Without a doubt, it is the best smelling deodorant I have ever applied. Sadly, that amazing scent does not last long on my body. Within a few short hours, it turns to body odor. I had never experienced body odor in my life, but I had used aluminum based antiperspirants for over 25 years. No matter how much I tried to wash the odor away, it never fully went away until days after I stopped using this product altogether. That led me to believe using this was worse than nothing at all, which is crazy given how amazing it smells. You might ask yourself how a deodorant that I did not have an allergic reaction to scored higher on the list than one that did. Smelling good is very important to me, and nothing has ever made me smell worse than this. It had me questioning how bad I would smell had I never discovered aluminum based deodorants. People claim there is a detox period. After 3 weeks, I still smelled very bad every day. With the weather warming up, I decided to take a break from smelling bad. If it takes longer than that for this to start working, I need a really cold season (like now) to try it again. Yes, I am going to try this again soon. My expectations are low, and I really expect I will smell awful again. Wish me luck. Read more about my experience with this product.
My face felt like it was on fire when I used this. I have sensitive skin, so the allergic reaction itself is not the only reason this made my list. It also made my skin feel very sticky and the moisture did not even last until the morning. A sleeping mask has one job, and this failed. Make skin hydrated overnight, so it looks plump in the morning. When I woke up in the middle of the night to pee, my face already felt tight and uncomfortable. This could not even hydrate my skin until the morning. As if I did not inflict enough pain the first time, I tried it again. The same cycle repeated all over again. There is no way I would be dumb enough to try this a third time. If you have very dry skin or even normal to dry skin, I seriously doubt this will work for you. Listen to me and ignore the hype. Either pass or get a sample before you purchase it.
I went back and forth on whether I wanted to give this the top spot. It does provide some de-puffing and is okay as an eye primer. My under eyes crease whether I use a primer or not, so skipping that step is one less layer for products to cake up on. Because of that, I have only used this as a primer twice. As an eye gel, it is the worst I’ve ever tried. This was sent to me, so I am sure my disappointment would be substantially higher (as in easily reaching the top spot without debate) if I purchased it myself. Whenever we try something everyone says is amazing and we find it is awful, it only adds to our disappointment. People who get disappointed in products will often write, I wanted to love this but … No, you will not see that sentiment from me. While I hope I will love everything I try, I know I cannot. There is not a single product I want to love and fail to. They are usually overhyped products and either not deserving of their hype or worse, awful products falsely boosted by word-of-mouth campaigns. It seems like Sephora employees in particular really push this product. Maybe they really love it, but I am here to tell you I hate it. Full disclosure is extremely important to me, so I need to share the bad along with the good.
This makes me look 10 years older. That is awful for someone who already looks older than her age. At 38, I look around 40. With this, I look about 50. It gives me lines under my eyes that I have never experienced with anything else. Adding this as my eye moisturizer is worse than using nothing at all. There is something in it that catches on and emphasizes everything. My under eyes are very dry. On top of showing wrinkles I did not even know I had, this makes them seem even more parched than usual. They almost cry out for moisture within hours of applying this. Most of the people who push this appear in their 20s. If you are 25 with normal to oily skin and little to no wrinkles, you might love this. Those with dry skin, regardless of age, need something with more moisture. Dehydrating that skin will make wrinkles look worse and skin beg for mercy.
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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.