My Worst Beauty Purchases in 2014

I’m a consumer first and foremost. My money, my opinion. While there are products that sent me to nirvana countless times, there are those that disappointed me beyond reasonable doubt last year. I’m generally forgiving but if I spent considerable amount, I look for acceptable quality if not perfection. Ready to read my worst purchases? There’s a runner-up and grand winner…

The runner-up award goes to Boscia Luminizing Black Mask ($34, 2.8 oz), a peel-off mask supposedly. It claims to detoxify, purify and brighten the face. 

worst beauty purchase 2014, review, boscia luminizing black mask

Misleading, what more can I say? Put less in your face (as written in the box) and you hardly peel anything. Put more and you’re peeling your soul. Good luck if you accidentally put over your brows. I’m no noob to masks, I’ve tried aplenty so I know first hand if I did reap results or it’s major tomfoolery. This one was a complete waste of money, just a black mask you slather on and pretend something is happening within those 20 minutes or so of “me-time”. No brightening of sorts, it’s neither detoxifying nor purifying. It lists Vitamin C and a unique clay discovered in France in the 1800’s consisting of 67 minerals but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. If you’ve tried this and had better experience, good for you but count me out.

Ingredients: Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77499).

…and the most (un)coveted award for the worst beauty purchase goes to… Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Three Way Lift, Shape and Shade Tool. Quite a mouthful but for Plain Jane, it’s just an eyebrow definer with built-in brush and negligible highlighter.

worst beauty purchase 2014, review, charlotte tilbury, eyebrow three way shade lift shape, swatch

Remember the case of the missing liner I posted back in October 2014? this has the driest texture thus creating the most unflattering eyebrows. It’s so dry that you have to drag it and line heavily just to see some color. And the worst thing that happened? it broke on my third attempt to use it. And the worst EVER thing that happened? it disappeared in oblivion as if some dark forces connived to insult me more. I even feared that my furry baby may have eaten it. Surprise surprise, when I decluttered my woman cave not too long ago, I found the teeny weeny liner tucked behind my dresser after all this time!  Oh well at least now I can show you that it was a total ripoff, considering the amount of product in it. Mind you, this flimsy and low-quality product is worth $30. 

worst beauty purchase 2014, review, charlotte tilbury, eyebrow three way shade lift shape, swatch

Photos don’t lie. That’s all you get from this eyebrow product. Add $14 and you get thicker and more bang for your buck with Tom Ford Brow Sculptor. I pay for quality, who doesn’t? But don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Charlotte Tilbury; in fact the Filmstar Bronze and Glow (sculpt/highlighting kit) and Kissing Fallen from the Lipstick Tree in Hepburn Honey made it to my top beauty releases in 2014. So offhand, we can all agree that high-end does not always equate to ooohs and aaahs. Horrid experience charged to ailing wallet.

What about you? do you have any horror stories to share when it comes to your own beauty purchases? Warn me please!



    • January 14, 2015 / 7:06 am

      Thanks Arielle 🙂 yeah, consider yourself warned….

  1. January 13, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    I like the Boscia mask, but I think of it as a liquid pore strip, so I just use it over my nose and forehead and nowhere else! I agree that it really doesn't work much as anything else hahaha.

  2. January 13, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    I bought the Boscia mask and only used it once. I've seriously considered taking it back to Sephora!

  3. January 13, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    I adore posts like these because they are so helpful!

  4. January 13, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    It's a shame that Boscia didn't work for you. I had heard complaints from some of my friends too but then there are others who love this mask. You never know…

  5. January 13, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Wow, those 2 are awful! I had issues with bareMinerals bare Skin foundation, Maskcara IID foundation, Kat Von D studded kiss lipsticks being inconsistent and several others.

  6. January 13, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Omg that black boscia mask is SO painful!!!!!

  7. January 13, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    You saved me some money. I was curious about that Boscia mask, but i'll pass now.

  8. January 13, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    I have a mask similar to that one but its an off brand and it work GREAAAAAATTT and its only $12!!

  9. January 13, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Thank you for your honest assessment! I tried that Boscia mask and really didn't like it at all, either! Removing it felt like it was going to rip my skin off! I can't believe that happened with the CT brow pencil, and at that price point you certainly expect more!

  10. January 13, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    Oy to the vey. I'm about to tear a very popular brow product a new one in an upcoming post. It's not going to be pretty. But it has to be done… Hey, not everything can be a winner. lol I have a pile of stuff in a drawer that is ready to be featured in a "Worst Of" post. Guess I should get on that. I am such a lazy slag, lately.

  11. January 14, 2015 / 4:24 am

    Kind of always wanted to try that mask (I've tired similar from other brands though.) Too bad it's such a loser!

  12. January 14, 2015 / 5:31 am

    Love seeing what doesn't work for some people, it's refreshing!

  13. January 14, 2015 / 6:29 am

    I love Boscia products. I have the mask but yet to use it. Now I'm actually a bit afraid to.

  14. January 14, 2015 / 6:56 am

    I think I may have a sample of that Boscia mask. I have a black mask from a korean company I liked a lot. It was from Memebox, I believe.

  15. January 14, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    I hated this mask too! I had the same experience as you. So horrible!!

  16. January 14, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Mine was definitely the Benefit Push Up Liner!

  17. January 14, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    LMAO Peel Your Soul! I've never tried that mask and I certainly won't now. I bought that CT brow and haven't even tried it after months. I'm definitely curious but IDK if I want to know LMAO

  18. January 17, 2015 / 6:51 am

    Oh no! That brow pencil broke my heart when I saw the photos of it… and that boscia mask is great but it's not for everyone. I have accidentally peeled it off from my brow before and it hurt, too. Ughhh. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though… I love reading posts like this! xx

  19. January 19, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Yikes! That mask sounds frightening and it looks like tar! Good to know though, thanks for keeping it real~

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