Hi, babes! Happy Thursday!
Today’s post is a collection of my least favorite products from 2017. I have a small bin full of products that were rather disappointing and I’m here to share them with you. Grab a snack, grab some tea, let’s go!
Note: please excuse some of the horrid photos! My camera failed to load the images properly so I just retook them on my phone in night lighting!
First up is the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine smoothing cream that is designed for “frizzy, dry, and unmanageable hair”. I have naturally curly hair that likes to frizz out whenever a brush comes into close proximity with it so I had high hopes for this product. It is supposed to 1) make your hair smooth and sleek, 2) make your hair 10x smoother, and 3) last in up to 97% humidity. Let me tell you, it does not work on my hair. I used the amount suggested and my hair laughed in its face, so I added some more product to tame (or in my case, slightly control) the mop of curls, but it only ended in my hair feeling thick, greasy, and overall gross. I tried a few different ways to help my hair with this product and it just didn’t do what it said it would. Into the “Bin of Shame” Garnier went.
While I was shopping at Rue21 months ago, I found a cream contour and correcting concealers palette and decided to give it a go. Previously, I had never worked with cream contours or concealers, so I watched a load of videos to get an idea of how to apply them. Even with the help of skilled direction, it didn’t work. The brush is absolutely disgusting and clogs up with product, making it nearly impossible to use. The creams didn’t want to blend out well and it was kind of chunky. If you are looking to invest in a cream contour or color corrector palette, don’t get this one!
There are two more Rue21 Beauty products in the “Bin of Shame” and both of them are lip products with their own set of problems. The first is a silver metallic lip cream with a matte finish. This stuff does not budge! It dried into any and all fine lines in my lips and refused to come off, even with the power of a makeup remover wipe and scrubbing. It isn’t very pigmented and you have to layer the product to get semi-decent coverage.
The nude lipstick in the shade (you guessed it) “Nude” is very strange. When you roll the tube out, it has an ombre look of me with a bad sunburn to a tan nude shade at the very tip. The lipstick itself has a very nasty formula and it is so incredibly sheer. It spreads around way too much and there is no way I would pay the $3 it retails for. It was on clearance when I bought it and I paid $1, thankfully.
The next product that calls the “Bin of Shame” home is another nude lipstick. It is the first and so far only product I own from Flower Beauty by Drew Barrymore. I love me some Drew, but this lipstick is a no go. I bought the shade “Nude Narcissus”, which looked like a darker nude with brown tones. I do love the packaging, though! Fun story: when I bought this, I thought the little clear part at the bottom had a lip balm in it like e.l.f. lipsticks do, so I hacked away at it for a good 10 minutes with a small utility knife. I finally moved it enough to find out that it was painted and very much hollow. I popped it back in its place and felt like such an idiot, but now I know that they don’t have a matching lip balm! Anyway, back to the product: I’m not a fan. It doesn’t apply the same color on my lips as it looks like on the tube and I don’t like the formula. It spreads around too much and I don’t like the coverage. I do want to try other Flower Beauty products in the future, though!
Lastly, we have a age defying serum roller from Skin Nutritions. The packaging said it was comparable to the age defy roller from Garnier, I believe, so I got it at the fraction of the price of the original. I wore the formula under my eyes all night and it was really sticky when I got up the next morning. I had to wash it off (which I don’t think you are actually supposed to) because I could not touch my under eyes. It also makes your hands really sticky if you touch it. It was another product that went into the “Bin of Shame”.
There you have it! The “Bin of Shame” is now empty and I hope it won’t have any products in it in 2018.
There will be a new post on Saturday and it is going to be the last post of 2017 on Glitz & Glitter! Stay tuned!
Lots of hugs!
6 thoughts on “Get Your Money Back: 2017 Product Flops”
Hey Mimi! LOVED this post. Sometimes you have to share the worst products so people can actually see that it doesn’t always work for everyone. Especially ones that are hyped up. That garnier sleek crime I have used and it does nothing special it’s so upsetting. I too have curly hair so managing that frizz is always a bear. Have a happy holidays babe ❤️
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Thank you so much, sweets! I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, but I’m happy it wasn’t just me that the product failed to work for! Curly hair gals unite!
Happy Holidays and New Year!
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This was such a great post. So often you see others promoting things and I think people are scared sometimes to give bad reviews or don’t know how to do it in a contructive way. I haven’t tried any of Rue21’s makeup but thanks for the warning. It always disappoints me when a brand doesn’t perform the way it’s advertised esp if I had high hopes. Get that money back girl!
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Hi, Lena! I agree! I like reading posts about product fails because sometimes the products have been ones that I thought about purchasing. I love Rue21 but their beauty line needs some work! And yes, big brands are notorious for having great ads but their products fail to meet the standard they have shown. The Garnier smoothing cream is one of them!
Thanks for reading!
That’s such a disappointment about the Garnier. Generally I’ve had great experiences with their products – I actually have the Age Defy roller that Skin Nutritions one is supposed to be a dupe for and love it. That said, the last time I used their products that are aimed at curly hair was back in high school when I had an (ill-advised) perm, sooooo…. lol
I think the roller from the original company would definitely have a better formula than the cheap dupe. Haha the perm days! I wanted a perm so badly but I have incredibly thick and curly hair, so it would have been a nightmare!
Thanks for reading!