Happy Thursday Everyone!

So, as you all know, I write a lot about products that I love. I really do. If I don’t much like a product, I don’t really end up writing about it unless it’s just that awful to the point where I feel obligated to. Otherwise, it just ends up underneath my sink, unused and forever alone or I return it if I can. That being said, I’ve tried sooo many products. A few have been great, a lot have been just okay, and some have been downright horrible. Since I have never really shared too much about the products that I loathe or done a whole lot of negative reviewing, I thought it was high time I wrote a bit about some products that, not only I didn’t like, but that also had huge hype in the beauty world and never lived up to those expectations in my opinion. So, here they are.

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Back before I knew anything about, well anything, I used to purchase my cosmetics at either the mall or the drugstore. I thought, well it’s a brand, it’s expensive, it should work right? If you’re as much into beauty as I now am, you’ll know this simply isn’t true and when you shell out the cash for something as expensive as Lancome, the cries of utter disappointment can be heard around the world. Twice. So when I tried this serum, of course I believed everything the makeup counter lady told me about hydration, fine line smoothing, blah blah. The only problem? It sucks. It’s a silicone-esque type moisturizer that doesn’t really do much of anything. It mildly hydrates, at best. Not only that, but it ended up making me break out in the 4th day using it. Thank God for Macy’s return policy.

Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK1

I picked this one up in a little beauty boutique near me, thinking to myself Oooh it’s like calligraphy makeup! Yeah, I’m not sure what that was about, but it was around the time Memoirs of a Geisha (the book, not the movie) came out and I was all into the art of applying makeup like I’m freaking Monét or something. Also, it had gotten rave reviews on all the blogs I followed (back in the days before I blogged anything). Anyway, so this eyeliner worked okay for the first day, you know, if I applied like 4 layers of it. After that, it stopped wanting to layer over and if I tried, it would basically wipe all the layers out that I already applied on. Apply eyeliner on, wipes off. Aside from that, it would dry up once applied and then flake off in a seriously unattractive way. Gross. No thanks, I’ll pass. I threw it away.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I wanted so much to like this one! It gets rave reviews to this day and I still don’t get it! It was actually purchased for me by my boyfriend’s mom who loves Clinique like it’s going out of style. I was super excited to try this out and it does go on really nicely. It feels like a really hydrating, but surprisingly light face lotion. It was only after a few days that I noticed I was getting a bunch of ugly white heads popping up in my T-zone. Eww. And back to Macy’s I went.

Loreal Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Wow, I tried this one some time in middle school before I knew anything about makeup or how to apply it. You know, back when I thought it was a good idea to apply stick foundation in that orange color that had no semblance to my actual skin color. Those days. So, it’s actually not surprising that I bought this purely because it’s Loreal and I saw all those fancy shmancy (it IS a word in my world!) commercials for it with models and splashing water. It looked legit, right ? I could not have been more wrong about this one. This sh*t actually burns going on. It burns your eyes, your skin. I seriously hope they’ve re-done the formula since I used it back in 2000 because this stuff is hazardous.

Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleansing System Set

This is one of the more recent errs in judgment I had. I purchased it because I was still too cheap to take the plunge and splurge on an actual Clarisonic and this seemed like a nice, affordable option. At this point, I’d already tried the cheap $10 electronic face brushes from Ebay (Thanks China, you rock!) and I thought this would be a more refined option, but this thing is worse than the $10 one. Seriously, all it does is spin in a circle on either high or low. It also runs on batteries which run out pretty frequently so it’s not green or economical, really, at all. The brush attachment isn’t really that soft and actually causes redness after continued use. The cleanser that comes with this sucks too. I would’ve been better off putting my $30 ish dollars away to save up for the Clarisonic than purchasing this piece of crap. Just saying. Anyway, thank God I now own a Clarisonic. I’m definitely never looking back.

Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

really wanted to love this mascara! I don’t know if my lack of skill makes this mascara total crap to me or if it just sucks overall, but it sure was disappointing. The round wand sounds like a fantastic idea when you see it on commercial, but in reality, it’s a smudge death trap because you inevitably end up getting mascara all over your eyes and lids with this thing. The formula seemed to be okay, but the wand is just too annoying to use and it clumps up mascara after the second layer. What a mess.

Dr. Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenation BB Cream

So, this last one was the first ever BB cream that I tried back in 2009. I purchased it at a little Asian beauty boutique in Rowland because it was reviewed on a lot of blogs as a great BB cream to try for those who have trouble, oily and acne prone skin. Within 2 days of using this, not only was my skin breaking out more than ever, but it was also inflamed, irritated, and it had a lovely greyish tint thanks to Dr. Jart+. I hope they’ve re-formulated this one since officially releasing it in the states and now being sold in Sephora because, if not, awful. It’s just bad.

Are there any products which had such big hype, but that ended up leaving you disappointed?

Please Share in the comments; I’d love to hear your experiences!

12 thoughts on “7 Products That Don’t Live Up To Their Hype!

  1. masquerade21

    Glad you told me about the loreal mascara, I had been thinking of trying it hoping that wand would be some kind of miracle worker, too bad xx

  2. Liss Cope

    I tried the lancome serum and exactly the same hapened to me, my skin break out horribly in the first week 😦
    In the other hand I have used the clinique dramatically diferent…and I love it! Is really light and keep my face nice and hidratate ^_^

  3. tribalfaerie

    Totally agree on all these products. Tried to the Generique Lancome stuff…did nothing. The L’Oreal makeup remover was an oily mess on me, and the Telescopic mascara is glop city. Trying the Givenchy one right now in the same form and so far, there is such a precise way to apply it that I am not sure what to think yet.
    I really like these kinds of posts. Really informative. ❤

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      Glad you think so! Yeah the Genefique has such a following but i don’t get it. The telescopic looks so simple to use from the commercial unlike reality lol . Glad you fond it helpful! Perhaps I’ll do it again sometime x

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      It is right? Some people really love it though. I don’t get it. I know a lot of people who like the Pro X brush too, but I hated it. It might be better than using your hands, it’s true. Thanks for commenting! x

  4. wheetnee

    Dang, I wanted a cleansing brush and I was considering the olay one, but now that you mentioned it.. I guess I’ll hold back! Not a fan of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion either, I tried it once on some dry patches on my nose….SOOO not helpful 😦 I actually like the moisturizing GEL better.

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      I don’t think it’s a horrible cleansing brush as far as budget brushes go, but for my experiences, I had better success with the cheap sets from China on Ebay. And obv the Clarisonic is even better than all the cheap ones, though it’s considerably more expensive. ProActiv now has one, but I’ve never tried it and I don’t know the price on it. You could try that one out? Lol sorry! As for Clinique, I haven’t tried their gel, but I do seem to fair better with gel textures so perhaps I’ll try that one in the future. 🙂 x

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