Beauty bloggers and vloggers, including myself, are always on the hunt for innovative, new, and hot products to add to our beauty collections. It’s a ‘give me, give me, give me’ mentality, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I have a pretty hefty makeup collection, and most of it is completely unneeded; however, I do know my collection. I know what I have, and I use what I have. And what I don’t use, I pass on. Makeup is my hobby, and it brings me a lot of joy, truthfully.
I’m always talking about products I love and products I recommend so you can know what I think is really worth your hard earned cash. But I also want to be a resource you can turn to when you want to save your money and know the products you maybe don’t need. So today I bring to you an anti-haul. This has been floating around YouTube, and I love watching the videos, so I wanted to add my two cents as well, because we don’t need everything new and hyped that hits the shelves.
There are a few disclaimers, however:
- These are my opinions. We all have different skin, different tastes and preferences, and different standards for makeup. If you like these products, keep using them. They’re probably great. I just don’t want to buy them.
- This is nothing negative toward the brand (unless otherwise stated). A lot of the brands mentioned I really like, but these products specifically just aren’t my cup of tea.
- While these are my personal opinions, I’m not just pulling these thoughts out of nowhere. I scour Youtube videos and blog posts with swatches and reviews of these products–some I swatch myself in store. I put a lot of thought into what I purchase, and what I don’t. So I do thank some beauty bloggers for purchasing and using these, so I can use them as research.
Ok. So…the things I’m not buying:
Clarisonic Foundation Brush Head, $30
So this is a replaceable head you can click onto you Clarisonic device for foundation application (compatible with all Clarisonic face brushes). The claims include being able to use less product and in under a minute. It sounds enticing and cool.
But to be able to use this, you need to already have a Clarisonic cleansing device, and if you don’t, you’ll be spending a lot more than $30 to get one. Which leads me to my next reason to avoid it: I have a Clarisonic, and I hate it. I can’t use it. It irritates my skin to no end. Also, the point of the cleansing brushes is to get deep into pores, and that’s what I credit the device with. So I immediately think the foundation brush will push the product into my pores, and then I don’t know how I’d get my face clean at the end of the day.
Bottom line: I have favorite foundation brushes and Beauty Blenders that work just fine, and I already know the Clarisonic devices don’t agree with my skin. I’ll pass.
Check it out at Ulta.
Becca x Chrissy Teigen Face Glow Palette, $46
This looks really pretty. I love the packaging, and I like Becca’s powder products. They’re really nice–pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, the works. I also love Chrissy Teigen. But I’m not going to get this. I’m not even tempted, honestly. The colors just don’t look like they’d look good on my skin, and that’s fine. Not everything has to work for ghost pale white girls, but that’s also why I’m not buying it. I don’t think I’d use it, and it’s on the pricey side.
Check it out on Becca’s website.
Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set, $45
People are always getting sucked into sample sets. I know I’m really guilty of this. You see these sets, and your immediate thought is “Ooh, more” or “I can try a lot of stuff out at once.” And that’s true. I agree with you there. But do you need it?
This is a set of mini lipsticks. I always glance right over minis in my collection and wind up not using them at all, and then it’s pointless. You could pick one or two colors you think you’d actually wear and buy the full-size lipsticks for the same price, and you’d actually use the product you’re spending money on.
I also am bored by these colors. They aren’t, for the most part, colors I’d gravitate toward. However, I will say, I do like her Rock Candy lipsticks. I like the formula; they’re comfortable, pigmented, and long-wearing. So I’d recommend these for the quality, but just buy a few full-sized lipsticks.
If you love these colors and have never tried Kat Von D lip products and want to, yeah go for it. But if you only like one or two colors, don’t spend the money on the minis.
Check it out on Kat Von D’s website.
Lorac Pirates of the Carribean Collection (any of it), $26-$52
Quite frankly, I’m just not interested. I saw this launch, kind of shrugged, and moved on. The quality is probably really good. I like Lorac–their original pro palette is one of my most used eye shadow palette. Their quality is awesome, but the colors in the entire collection just aren’t inspiring to me. I don’t think I’d reach for any of the products frequently.
The eye shadow palette is bulky, and that’s not what I’m used to from Lorac. Their packaging is usually really slick and chic, and this collection just isn’t. I get that the eye palette is meant to house the cheek palette, but am I going to do that? Probably not. I’d never reach for it for travel.
If you’re a die hard Pirates fan, maybe you’ll like it for the memorabilia, but otherwise, it just seems meh to me.
Check out the collection on Lorac’s website.
Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eye Palette (will be released in August)
Stop. Making. Peach. Palettes. Too Faced. (:
I love warm eye shadow palettes–I love the peaches and oranges and reds and warm browns. I love it. But I’m so over these peach palettes. 1. None of the palettes and colors ever look inspiring or remarkable to me. 2. Every time I see a tutorial with the palettes, they all look the same. I don’t care how many shadows they use to create a different look. They look the same. 3. I don’t need my eyes to smell like peaches.
While I love warm colors, I’m ready for a brand to be innovative. And I hate the stupid peach logo. SAID IT.
Check out the rest of the collection on Too Faced’s website.
Natasha Denona Sunset Eye Palette
I’m not going to lie, I want this. The colors look gorgeous–as I previously said I love the warm tones. I’ve also heard amazing reviews of Natasha Denona eye shadow. I believe everyone, too. I believe it’s fantastic. But it’s $130, and that’s a lot of money to spend on an eye shadow palette. I do have a few other reasons and some thoughts on these larger palettes within this brand.
My initial thought (after gawking at it) is that I have palettes that look just like this. If you have something like the Anastasia Modern Renaissance or Mophe 35O or the Violet Voss Holy Grail or Tarte’s Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay palette, you don’t need this too.
Then I started comparing it to those other similar palettes. Let’s talk logistics for a second. This ‘Sunset’ palette contains 15 shadows at 0.08 oz. per pan. For comparison:
- ND Sunset palette: 15 shadows, 0.08 oz. pans
- ABH Modern Renaissance: 14 x 0.02 oz.
- Morphe palettes: 35 x 0.05 oz.
- Violet Voss Holy Grail: 20 x 0.06 oz.
- Tarte Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay: 20 x 0.035 oz.
Ok. So you look at it, and you say, “There’s so much product in this palette, and if I bought them individually, I’d be spending 5x the amount.” True. Very, very true. But think about your palettes. How many shadows have you actually hit pan on? I’ve hit pan on like 8 eye shadows in palettes to date. Yeah, you’re getting a ton of product, but realistically, are you even going to use all of that product?
She puts out 5 pan palettes that I would consider buying. They’re significantly cheaper (still pricey), but I might actually use them enough to make it worth it.
You don’t need this (but I want it to, so it’s okay to stalk it online.)
Check it out at Sephora.