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The Bad Bin: Saying Goodbye to What DIDN’T Work

The Bad Bin: Saying Goodbye to What DIDN’T Work

Initially I was hesitant to do this sort of post, because it is negative. But I tell you so much of what I DO like, there has to be some misses in there too, right? I keep a collection of items that don’t work in what I call the Bad Bin, for products that didn’t work how I had hoped. These products have been consuming a drawer in my bathroom for too long, it’s time to give them a proper sendoff.

All of these products come from brands I absolutely love. It’s just this product didn’t work for me. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for other people. Some of these are misses because they don’t work with my skin type, and some are products I’ve seen others rave about. After all, it is just my opinion!


I have two primers that didn’t work for me, and the miss comes in similar reason for both.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

Let me start by saying I know people love this. It’s considered a universal dupe for the Benefit Porefessional primer. It is a silicone based primer, which is the reason why it didn’t work for me. I have combination skin, and where I would want to press the primer into my skin to get the poreless effect is also where my skin is very oily. I tried this primer, put on my foundation, like I normally would, and went about my day. By noon, if I touched my face, my foundation was wiping off. The primer was not settling well with my skin, and the foundation was sitting on top of my skin, rather than blending in.

I did give this product quite a few tries and only found the same result each time.

Maybelline Master Primer in 100

This primer is also a silicone based primer, which means its story is going to be about the same as the baby skin primer. When I tested this primer, it automatically made my skin feel oily, and did not settle into my skin. My foundation again was sitting on top of the primer and not blending down. The foundation would wipe off if I touched my face, and I remember one day I was testing this, I answered my phone and when I hung up and removed my phone from my face, it looked like all my makeup from that side of my face was on the phone screen. The main reason neither of these worked for me was my skin type. I couldn’t get it to settle into the skin enough to blend out the rest of my face makeup.

BB & CC Creams

I’m a big fan of BB Creams. I think they’re great for a light handed natural makeup look. I also like a lot of them have SPF in them, so it serves as a tinted sunscreen. They’re also an insanely weird market. Most lines only have 3 or so shades, making it really difficult to color match.

Almay Smart Shade CC Cream

I picked this up thinking it would be a good fit because it had SPF and it had the gimmick of the color supposedly matching you. Unfortunately I could not test this color before I bought it, so I was going in blind. I got the lightest shade, which has the problem many BB and CC creams have, which is that lightest shade is often orange toned. The ‘color’ this decided to be on my skin was darker than my skin tone, and it never dried down into the skin. So while it sounded all too good in the bottle, in actuality it didn’t serve on the skin. Another problem with this product in particular is it only comes in 3 shades. Even thought it had the formula to match your skin tone, I don’t think it works for everyone.

An interesting note I’d like to make is in looking for the product while writing this post, I can’t seem to find it. It seems Almay had discontinued the product and replaced it with a smart shade foundation. I don’t know anything about the foundation, but it is not the same as this product. They also claim to have more shades, which I know is a common complaint with their face products anyway.

E.L.F BB Cream

E.L.F. gets a lot of love on this blog. Their powder formulas are great and affordable, their beauty tools are great quality and affordable, and their lip products are great and affordable. Some of their liquid foundation formulas are not so hot. The BB Cream is offered in a color that matches me (Whoo!) but the formula is not like any other BB Cream I’ve tried (Boo). It’s thick and almost acts as a full coverage foundation, when I was looking for a natural sheer coverage. It also has a very apparent scent to it, which threw me off all day. It also never fully blended into my skin, and sat on top of the skin all day. If I touched my face it would wipe off with ease, and all day I was worried about patches from having wiped it off.


You wouldn’t think this is something to be super picky about, but it absolutely is. I’ve been using liquid liner for years because it dries down, and stays in place through the elements. I took a little trip trying out different eyeliners.

NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Black

I don’t have many issues with felt tip liners. They’re not as pigmented as I’d like them to be, but the application is fairly easy. This one I found that at times the liner transferred when I opened my eye. I also found if I applied it on top of eyeshadow, the shadow would get on the liner. This isn’t too much of a problem, but I found the tip dried out pretty quickly. After about a week I was struggling to get the same pigmentation I originally had. I even did the trick where you flip the tip over, and that only lasted about another week. The longevity of the product is not very good, and to me it’s not worth $10 if you’re going to be buying it every other week.

Wet ‘n’ Wild H20 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black

I almost wrote a whole post just on this. Almost. This liquid liner is on a whole other level. First of all, I don’t like the applicator. It’s a hard plastic tapered end that makes it difficult to apply because it’s not flexible. The tapering is also not enough to get a skinny line. It’s basically just thick. Also, because the tip is plastic, it’s not absorbing any of the product. So basically whatever comes out of the tube is going on your lid. Aside from the actual design of the product, the formula is not great. It promises to be waterproof. I’m a fan of waterproof eyeliner, mostly because I don’t like my eyeliner transferring or smudging throughout the day. I applied this, as I would with any liner, and it felt wet on my lid. I kept my eye closed for a couple minutes so it could properly dry. It didn’t feel completely dry, but I don’t have ages to sit around waiting for eyeliner to dry, so I was on my way. I wore this liner to school and only 2 or 3 hours after I applied it, a friend pointed out it had transferred on the top of my lid. This was really disappointing because it means either the liner did not completely dry down when I thought it has and set with setting spray, or walking throughout the day had worked up enough sweat to smudge it. Again, this is waterproof eyeliner. So that was disappointing and led me back to my old favorite, the Maybelline Great Liner Waterproof Eyeliner. Lesson learned, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Beauty Tools

Up & Up Super Blender Makeup Sponge

For those who don’t know Up & Up is Target’s house brand, and they make a variety of beauty tools. I wasn’t sure how I felt about beauty blenders and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that I didn’t know if I would like so I bought this dupe sponge. I have a hard time calling it a dupe because I don’t think it works the same as the beauty blender. I’ve tried everything with this sponge. I’ve tried it dry, I’ve tried it damp and it just really doesn’t do much for me. It’s hard, so you can’t really bounce it like a beauty blender. It also soaks up a lot of product in the process. I also just didn’t like the finish it gives on foundation. I’ve always been more of a brush person, but even still I think disposable cosmetic sponges do a better job than this sponge.

That’s it for now! I think I might do these over a certain period of time, just to explain why certain products didn’t work! x


2 thoughts on “The Bad Bin: Saying Goodbye to What DIDN’T Work”

  • I found the same with the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, which is such a shame because I’ve heard so many good things… It sounds like we might have similar skin, are there any primers that would love?! xoxo

    • I totally agree! I’ve been looking into primers recently, and I’ve only tried a few from samples. I did really like the Smashbox photo finish primer (the package for it is blue) which I got as a sample in an online order from Ulta. It is pretty pricey to buy, I did think about biting it and buying it, but haven’t yet. I also just recently tried the Kat Von D hydrating primer that goes with the Lock-it foundation, and the formula for that one goes on really nice. I think it’s water based so it blends in like a moisturizer into the skin. I haven’t settled on one I really love, and is affordable, so I don’t really have one to recommend at the moment! Looking for water based or moisturizer formulated ones is definitely a place to start for combination or oily skin!

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