The media plays a big part in what we purchase and the products we see on a day to day basis. Even on Facebook and Instagram, every fourth post is an ad for a service or product. While cult favorites are usually great products, there are also a few products that slip through the cracks as not really being the best. Below is a list compiled of skincare, hair care, and makeup products that I’ve personally tried that didn’t meet the mark for me. 

Elf Poreless Primer Putty 

This primer was raved about all throughout the internet and I was super pumped to try it. Retailing at $8, I figured if I bought it and didn’t like it that there wasn’t a big investment spent and no harm would be done. The first few times I tried this primer, I felt like the formulation was okay but wasn’t anything special. The more I used it, the more I detested it. I felt like my foundation was splotchy and separated easily every time. It didn’t help the foundation stick to my skin and actually made me super oily and shiny. If you’re thinking about purchasing this primer, leave this off your “must try” list. 

Try this instead:

The Ordinary’s High-Adherence Primer is now my go-to for primers and is effective in blurring out my pores

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

When I first heard about this CC Cream, I was really excited to have something for the days I didn’t feel like wearing a full coverage foundation but still having a good base for my face makeup. The first time I tried it, I was immediately unsatisfied with the results it gave me. While it had great coverage and formulation, the CC Cream was way too heavy and was not a good fit for me. I immediately returned it and never looked back.

Try this instead:

Instead or purchasing this CC Cream, I highly recommend Glossier’s Skin Tint.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara 

Where do I even begin with this monstrosity of a mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and while I enjoyed it the first few times I used it, I began noticing that it was burning my eyes after a while of using it. I chalked it up to it being too harsh for my lashes but decided to give it a few more uses before chucking it in the trash. I quickly noticed the mascara would be clumpy on my lashes and start to flake throughout the day and it made me look like I had serious under eye circles.

Try this instead:

I immediately tossed Better Than Sex and switched it to Thrive’s Liquid Lash Mascara.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation 

While I lived for this foundation my freshman and sophomore years in high school, I figured a few months back that I would start using it again. After doing a full face of makeup, I quickly remembered why I stopped using it. Unless your skin is flawless, the foundation looks cakey and the clay foundation enhances any texture you may have in your skin.

Try this instead:

If you’re looking for a full coverage foundation, I recommend Fenti Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Foundation.


Glossier Boy Brow 

While I had read amazing reviews and wanted to like it, Glossier’s “Boy Brow” was a massive let down. While the consistency was decent, I felt as if the product itself was very dry and cakey. It wasn’t easy to blend the product into my brows. I had a difficult time maneuvering my brows into the shape and form I wanted them to be in. The price point for a brand that wasn’t on the top of my list was also a draw back for me. I feel as if the price point was steep for the brand and amount of product I was getting.

Try this instead:

I recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills’ DipBrow Gel


Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit

Over the years, I have seen a ton of hype over the ABH Contour Kit, but it is less than desirable to me. While the concept of this contour kit is really great, the powders in these contour kits are very lackluster. The pigment in them is subpar and seems to have to be packed onto your brush to get any sort of coloring. By the time you go to use it and pack it on, the contour seems very muddy and gray. This palette definitely needs to be retired or reformulated.

Try this instead:

The Tartiest Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette is my go to when it comes to contour and highlight palettes and blows the ABH palette out of the water. 


Dry Bar’s The Double Shot

Dry Bar normally makes amazing products that I can truly stand behind such as Triple Sec and Southern Bell but the Double Shot is truly a let down. After growing accustomed to the Dyson AirWrap, the Double Shot is unnecessarily loud and obnoxious. I also have very small hands, so holding it was very awkward and uncomfortable. While there is an extreme price difference between it and the Dyson AirWrap, it also has many different attachments. It is less than all of Dry Bar’s styling tools total cost together. If you had to pick between the two, the Dyson Air Wrap is definitely the way to go. 

Try this instead:

Dyson AirWrap


Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit

I have the biggest qualm with the Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks and the lip kits that she has branded herself on. While they seem great, they are very overpriced and overrated for the ingredients in the products you’re paying for. With the Kylie lip kits, she charges $29 for a liquid lippie and a lip liner whereas ColourPop charges $7 for a regular matte liquid lippie and $6 for a lip liner. The main issue with that? ColourPop and Kylie Cosmetics use the same formulations and the same labs.

Try this instead:

If it were me, I would save my money and get the ColourPop Lippies instead.


I have definitely found some diamonds in the rough when it comes to beauty cult favorites, but these have definitely made a mark on me enough to not purchase some of these products ever again. Let us know about some beauty cult favorites that you’ve tried that you didn’t like and wouldn’t purchase again!

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