5 Beauty Products That Are Totally Overrated
There are thousands upon thousands of beauty products out there, and they all make big promises to transform you into a dewier, younger, more glamorous version of yourself. Some products are worth the hype and are legitimately life changing. These are definitely not.
Yes, this is a product endorsed by every beauty blogger known to man, and yes, NARS products usually garner a cult following, but there are so many other concealers out there that do more for less money. For one thing, the Radiant Creamy Concealer settles into fine lines almost immediately, making under eye baking damn near impossible. Also, while it has a nice, light constancy for comfortable wear, it doesn't fully cover up eye bags or dark circles without the help of a color corrector. It isn't hard to layer this concealer on top of a corrector, but don't you want a concealer that does everything that it promises without the assistance of additional products?
Product You Should Be Using Instead: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer
Why: It's a little bit cheaper, has fuller coverage, doesn't settle into fine lines, and is one of the most comfortable concealers on the market. Bake it with a setting powder for a few minutes and your under eyes will be bullet proof.
This seems to be everyone's holy grail setting powder lately, but for makeup lovers with dry skin, this is the absolute worst thing you could be putting on your face. It is great and preventing oily skin from getting out of control throughout the day, but for anyone with dry/combination skin, it is going to make you skin look crepe-y, settle into any lines or large pores, and age your eyes by at least 10 years if you try baking your under eye concealer with it. A setting powder should be easy to apply and blend into your makeup, so don't run out to your nearest Sephora and pick this up just because a YouTube beauty guru threw it in her holy grail vlog. Read the labels carefully for recommended skin types and, when in doubt, ask a beauty store employee for their recommendation.
Product You Should Be Using Instead: Coty AirSpun Loose Face Powder
Why: It's way cheaper, comes in a variety of finishes from translucent to tinted so that it can act as a powder foundation for days when you want extra coverage, and you get more product for your money. A little goes a long way, so don't be surprised if it last you more than a year.
While this was a valiant attempt on beautyblender's part to try and come up with a better way to blot, it misses the mark a bit. First, if you don't wash this after every use, you are just pushing dirt, oil, and makeup back into your skin, which is the opposite of it's purpose. Second, washing this daily is hard to remember and a general pain in the ass. Sure, we all let it slide for the original beautyblender applicator sponge because that thing is pure magic, but I only want to cater to my brushes and sponges once a week, not every day. They are also so fragile that they start to rip apart after a few washes. Not at all worth $20.
Product You Should Be Using Instead: Sephora Blotting Papers
Why: They are less expensive and way more sanitary because instead of having to remember to wash them, you can just throw a paper away after using. Not the most environmentally friendly option, but way better for your skin.
I'm going to go against the grain and state that MAC is overall an overrated brand. The quality of their products is not that great, and you can find better options in more colors for less money at other brands. Out of all of their products, their lipsticks have to be the worst. Sure, the packaging is beautiful and they have a great color selection, but the formulas are generally drying and leave an uncomfortable feeling on the lips, while not lasting nearly as long as other brands. Every veteran lipstick wearer knows that for the most part, you are accepting the fact that you will have to constantly reapply your lipstick whenever you wear it, but there are lipsticks that can withstand way more than MAC lipsticks can.
Product You Should Be Using Instead: Model Co Cosmetics Party Proof Lipstick
Why: This brand is a favorite of Birchbox, having been used in many of their subscription boxes over the years. The Party Proof line is well priced, comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and is virtually food and kiss proof (as much as a lipstick could be, that is). This should be your go-to option when you want to rock a bold lip at a party and still be able to eat food, drink wine, and kiss your date.
I have never understood why anyone ever bought this product. I'm convinced that there is nothing but tap water in this bottle because you spray it on your face and nothing happens. Sure, it feels great and your skin gets a little more hydrated, but it doesn't effect makeup in any way. If you just want to only refresh your face with some water and not extend the life of your makeup, just go to a sink and splash water on yourself. It's cheaper.
Product You Should Be Using Instead: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Why: To be quite frank, this is a setting spray that actually works. Instead of feeling like you've been conned and that you've holding a spray bottle full of water, this product hydrates skin, preserves makeup, and refreshes it if you are spraying mid-day. I highly recommend spraying this on your face before applying makeup to get more wear out of your foundation. Oh, and buy it despite the price. I know it's expensive, but it is totally worth it.
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