Last week, I published my Best in Beauty 2014 list. I had a tough time limiting it to 18 products, and I tossed in two extras at the end. I discovered so many great beauty products this year, it was almost overwhelming.
But what about the duds?
Fortunately, I had very few major disappointments. Two key disappointments were both mascaras. There are so many good mascaras available now that clearly the technology to make a decent mascara is definitely there. So how did these fail?
The other product that I have a bone to pick with is lash adhesive.
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara
I received the BAB Lash Out Mascara in an ipsy bag in the early part of 2014. I was excited about it because I like the lip/cheek stick, the lipgloss and lip crayons that I’ve purchased from BAB.
Lash Out Mascara was supposed to be a lengthening formula, but I have no idea whether it delivered on that promise or not because I never put it near my eyes. When I and lots of other ipsy subscribers opened the tube, it smelled terrible, horrible, disgusting! Definitely not something that I wanted to put on my sensitive eyes. I tossed it.
I complained to ipsy about it, and they sent me a replacement product from another brand. What was so odd, I thought, was that Be A Bombshell didn’t respond at all. Lots of women received the BAB Lash Out Mascara and had the same bad experience that they also reported to ipsy. Why wouldn’t BAB address the issue? Say it was a bad batch that sneaked through, or just say “I’m sorry”. Send out a replacement BAB product instead of a random brand. My confidence in BAB definitely took a hit.
Paula Dorf Teal Mascara
I love colored mascaras. I have for years. I’ve tried all shades of blue, purple, brown, green. So I was so excited when I had a chance to try Teal Mascara from Paula Dorf.
I also got to try out Paula Dorf’s beautiful Aztec City Eye Palette, 5 desert-inspired shades, that I loved.
The teal mascara came in a very upscale looking rubberized black tube. I had great expectations. But what a letdown! I applied coat after coat of the thin mascara trying to get it to show up on my blonde lashes. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No length, no volume, no teal color at all. So disappointing. I threw it out.
I reviewed it for Brandbacker who provided the products. And to their and Paula Dorf’s credit, they published my review without changing a word. However, I was disappointed that again no one got in touch to say anything about the product. Was it a bad batch? Are they reformulating it? What the heck happened? I guess I’ll never know.
Ardell LashTite Adhesive
In early December, I applied false lashes for a holiday look I was creating. I used strip lashes, but by mistake (my mistake!), I applied Ardell LashTite Adhesive for Individual Lashes.
Since individual lashes are meant to stay on for a couple of weeks, the adhesive is very strong, super strong. I didn’t realize that I used the wrong adhesive. And I didn’t realize that you need adhesive remover to get the lashes off.
One of the strip lashes went on perfectly, but the other one didn’t. Unfortunately, it adhered and I was having a heck of a time trying to get it right. Somehow I got it on well enough to take some pix.
Then, my eyes started watering like crazy. And itching. I could hardly wait to take those lashes off. Then I realized I couldn’t get them off easily like I could when I used the adhesive for strip lashes.
I freaked out. I appealed to my “fellow” beauty bloggers, and they had a number of suggestions when I explained that I used the wrong adhesive. I went to a couple of nearby CVS and Walgreens, and there was no individual lash adhesive remover to be had. Sally’s Beauty was too far away to try. So, I tried using coconut oil, literally soaking my lashes in coconut oil, and then yanking the lashes off. OMG, that was awful.
I have since looked at lots of reviews of Ardell LashTite Adhesive for Individual Lashes, and others have complained that their eyes water and itch from this adhesive. Some complained that Ardell LashFree Adhesive Remover wouldn’t remove the glue, that it took a long time to work to release the lashes, and that the lash remover burned like crazy if it gets in your eyes. Some complained that after the lashes finally fell off (after a couple of weeks), the glue remained behind. Something seems wrong here. I think I’ll be passing on both LashTite Adhesive and LashFree Adhesive Remover.
BTW, I do not have this problem with the Ardell Adhesive for Strip Lashes.
Does anyone have any better suggestions for applying and removing individual lashes?
So I was lucky: only three truly disappointing products this year. I have other product disappointments, but they weren’t bad products…more like my own issues.
For instance, I am very sensitive to peppermint oil, and I wish that OCC Lip Tar and Tarte and L.A. Colors would take the peppermint oil out of their lippies, but I’m sure they won’t since most women do not have any issues with it.
How ’bout you? Any products you would add to the list of dogs for 2014?