After losing nearly my entire collection in a historic flood I’ve been slowly replenishing my makeup stash. Like other makeup consumers, I’ve been steered wrong by beauty influencers on YouTube and wasted a lot of money along the way. I’ve compiled this list to keep my readers from making the same mistakes I have. Some products you will recognize from older posts, while other products may come as a HUGE surprise. The year isn’t nearly over, but these products are so bad the list couldn’t wait!
Top 10 Worst Makeup Products of 2017
Let me start off with a quick disclaimer: This list was created by combining my and my regular reader’s opinion. That doesn’t mean the product will not work for you. If you like it, continue buying it. Being upfront and honest is my priority and I don’t want my viewers to waste money. Without YOU, there would be no blog. Since we got that out of the way, let’s dive in…
1. YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation – this foundation is one of the worst I’ve ever tried. I’m not sure what happened through the years because this foundation used to be great. It goes on very streaky regardless of how you apply it. It also oxidizes like crazy and breaks up within just a few hours. This foundation isn’t worth $58. Instead, try the Loreal Pro Glow foundation. It’s $7 and the coverage, finish, and lasting power is top notch.
2. Milk Makeup Shadow Quad in Day Goals – I wrote a separate review on this product (and blamed by husband for making me buy it) but in summary, the formula is dry, pigmentation is awful, and there was zero lasting power. For $9 per shadow or $36 a palette, that is more expensive than Viseart shadows. This palette was a huge let down.
3. Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition – For $18 a pop, beauty consumers deserve better. I was one of the first to fall into the hype of Jeffree Star lipsticks. From the first swipe, the texture was grainy, sandy, and unbearable on the lips. Talk about uncomfortable!! His highlighters are not much better to be honest, but what do you expect from him? Thanks to a few of my readers for providing the pic. Instead, try fun colors from Makeup Geek. They are less expensive and wonderful quality.
4. Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer – The coverage of this concealer is great, but the formula is just too wet and oily. Running at $30, it must be “baked” heavily with setting powder or it creases. After you brush the bake away it STILL CREASES! Instead, try Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. For around $6.50 this concealer does it all. Good coverage, beautiful finish, and it looks like real skin.
5. Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss – I am a fan of the wet eye look, but this product was a mess to work with. It moves around everything underneath, including foundation, and creases like vaseline. In fact, I think that’s what it is! I wrote a whole review (click here to read.) I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone.
6. L.A. Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation – Another hyped-up product that was utterly awful in every way. The coverage is streaky and patchy. It clung to every hair on the face and that is not a good look. It also didn’t last for more than an hour or 2 without breaking up on my forehead, nose, and chin. Like I said in #1. My favorite foundation hands-down is Loreal Pro Glow. It’s great!
7. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Highlighting Blush in #20 Pure – I can’t say the entire blush line is terrible, but the one I’ve tried left me feeling very underwhelmed. What happened to my beloved Neutrogena blushes? They used to be such great quality. The pigmentation in this shade is non existent even when swatched. For $12 each, this product should be fantastic from the drugstore.
8. Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads – I remember buying these for $5 from Amazon and being so excited. The colors were beautiful and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I did a full review (click here) and spoiler alert, they were one of the worst eyeshadows EVER! Pigmentation was terrible and application was patchy. I’ve been hesitant to buy anything from Revlon ever since. Instead, try the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes. They are inexpensive and great quality for the drugstore.
9. ImPress Press-on Manicure Nails – Now, I know this isn’t technically a makeup product, but it has to be mentioned. Press-on nails have come a long way from the 80’s and this company claims to have revolutionized the industry. Ha! Yes, the adhesive has a good, solid hold. That’s also a negative because there is no wiggle room when you apply them. Once they are on you can’t readjust, so you’re left with wonky nails for a week. Instead, try the Kiss Gel Fantasy glue-on nails. They look natural and last up to 2 weeks. Plus, the glue allows time to get them in the right position every time.
10. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter Eyeshadows – I bought TOTALLY into the hype with these. In the short-term, they really are gorgeous. Beautiful colors, with bright, in-your-face glitter that catches the light to create dynamic eye looks….for about 10 minutes. After that, it’s all downhill from there. By downhill, I mean on your cheeks, chin, crevices, and unmentionables. I bought several colors in the range and while some behave better than others, over the course of the evening they all disappoint. $24 a piece to look like you spent 5 minutes on your makeup. Hey, I can do that for free!