5 Products From Sephora That Aren’t Worth The Splurge

After years of shopping at Sephora and accumulating a collection of over $1000, I’ve found a lot of hit and misses in each brand. Although it may be tempting to buy something because everyone is raving about it, there are simply some items that are not worth the splurge. It’s good to purchase things that you know will go well with what you have, and what you need.

There are those products that you know are the “holy grail” and some are just… not. They might have been marketed very well to the demographic, but truthfully, these products were misses for us:

1. Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection

The Two-Faced Matte eyeshadow palette was the first palette I tried from Two-Faced. I’ve been using Urban Decay for palettes (my favorite being the original Naked for neutral tones), and the Two-Faced palette just does not match up. I got it because I loved the packaging, but after using it for a few days, I realized the pigmentation was awful. With a primer, the color still didn’t stay on very well and it wasn’t very vibrant, and it was incredibly hard to blend. On top of everything, it has parabens. I returned it within the week.

2. Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick

Maybe it didn’t work well with my own lips, but the Chubby Stick “Moisturizing” lip colour was not moisturizing at all. After a few hours, it dried out my lips more than anything. The colors were nice, but not for the $19 you’re paying for it. A way better alternative, which I swear by, are the Tarte LipSurgence lip tints for $5 more.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is said to be the best glow palette for a “dewy looking skin”. After trying this palette, I noticed that rather than dewy looking looking, you get a shimmery finish that is a lot like a glitter. If you brush on too much, you end up looking like you sprayed way too much glitter on your face.

4. Benefit Stay Flawless – 15-Hour Primer

Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer

The 15-hour primer from Benefit is one of the least beneficial primers I’ve ever tried. Sure, it really depends on your skin type and your skin tone but according to my own experience, and other reviews, it breaks your skin out, and it does horribly for both dry and oily skin. It may be better than not having a primer on, but not worth the $32. If you can invest in a good brand, go for a primer like the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer which is twice as much in price, but 100 times better.

5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil


The Urban Decay eyeliners have been said to be the “best” eyeliners on the market. I’ve tried them for over a year and I’ve tried to love them, but they just don’t match up to my expectations. They work okay when I put them on lightly, but without primer, they smudge like crazy. It’s also extremely hard to shape with them, even when sharpened. They don’t last that long either, because sharpening them diminishes it down by at least 2 inches, even using the eyeliner sharpener I have from Urban Decay. For the price you’re getting, you’re better off with the $5 Jordana liquid liner.

What do you think is the worst item you’ve ever splurged on in Sephora?

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  1. It seems like there’s a trend with Benefit primers. The Porefessional was one of the worst purchases I ever made. I mean, yes, it did cover pores and prolong makeup wear — but at the expense of accentuating every dry patch on my face. Plus it costs C$36 for 22ml 😛 waaaay to expensive for what it is

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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