Beauty Products You Regret Buying


My dresser and bathroom cabinet are littered with beauty products that I once had such high hopes. From coconut oil to lipstick, I have made my fair share of purchases I wish I could take back.

Below are just a few of my beauty missteps- please share yours as well.

1. Coconut Oil: This beauty cure all has received a lot of hype lately. Hype I gladly bought into. However, after about six months of using the stuff religiously I can safely say the hype is unwarranted. It doesn’t do anything for dry skin or hair. I put coconut oil on after a shower, go to bed and wake up with ashy legs. Seriously. As a matter of fact, I actually find the stuff to be quite drying… even when used liberally.

2. Mac “Freckletone Lipstick: For some reason MAC’s “Freckletone” appears on quite a few “Lipsticks every black woman should own” lists. I fell for the hype and purchased this color from Nordstrom’s online. The shade looked iffy to me, even though sistas like Beyonce and Fantasia are rumored to wear it. I should have listened to my gut because when it arrived and I put it on, I looked like a damn fool. Even with lip liner I looked ridiculous. Sure, I could have “worked” with the color, tweaking it to match my skin tone, but for $15, it needs to be rockin’ straight out the box for me. This shade is the mother of all fails. Stay away from it… far, far away.

3. Flexitol Heel Balm: Now, I don’t have busted feet like those shown on the box for this foot cream. However, I was attracted to the great reviews this cream has received from those just looking to keep their feet well groomed and moisturized. However, after using this cream I have found it to not be worth the $12-$15 you are likely to pay for it. The soles of our feet are one of the hardest places to moisturize on the human body and this cream, like most, does a terrible job. At this point I have actually given up on finding a good moisture cream for my feet.

Feel free to add on, ladies.


  1. Where do I begin?
    Most of my poor beauty buys have been lipstick based. Pink lipstick is in so I have spent a pretty penny looking for my perfect shade. I finally found it in MAC’s Girl About Town, but not before buying lousy colors like Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday and Revlon’s Pink Pout.

    Sista, coconut oil did not impress me either.

  2. I have Pink Pout as well and it is a terrible consistency. The color is fine and I can work with it for the price. But the consistency is very poor. It never goes on evenly, no matter how many layers you put on. Very cheaply made product. Not worthy of its $8 price tag.

  3. Coconut oil is my friend, but I purchased the wrong kind–refined, non-virgin. It is sitting in my cupboard taking up space.

    Stuff from Motions’ Naturally You line. Namely their Hydrate my Curls Pudding. I hate that stuff. It’s the mineral oil. Makes my hair greasy and crunchy. If I had of read the ingredients before buying I wouldn’t have that problem, and now it’s just sitting on my shelf.

  4. I have wasted tons of money on expensive cosmetics used by the famous and promoted in magazines. I once bought eyeliner for $20 and it was the worst eyeliner I had ever used. Too creamy. Melted easily and smudged to no end. MAC Cosmetics are highly overrated and rarely worth the price even though they are rather cheap in comparison to other department store brands. I rarely spend more than $10 today on anything except foundation. Lipstick, mascara, blush, eyeliner, lip liner, all of it I pay $10 or less. I see no need to pay more.

  5. Lele Love, I made sure to purchase the right kind and still I didn’t like it. It’s not that it was bad. It just didn’t do anything I heard it would. I actually prefer slathering with plain old baby oil after a bath or Neutrogena’s Sesame Oil. I have ended up using all of my coconut oil, but only because I wanted to get my money’s worth.

    By the way, I also tried olive oil after reading great things about it too. Can’t say I was impressed with it either.

  6. Not impressed with coconut oil either. It’s relatively cheap so I wasn’t too upset when it turned out to be a bust. My biggest beauty regret is MAC’s Candy Yum Yum. Turned out to be too loud and too cartoonish.

  7. Sista, maybe light oils just aren’t right for your skin type. I have to try that Neutrogena sesame oil. And Salina, I kinda agree on the price of makeup. I splurge maybe once per year.

  8. I don’t wear make up, besides eyeliner, so I can’t help much with that… However the eyeliner I stick with is cover girl, not expensive & u can buy at anywhere and it works just fine for me.

    Now about your feet, im all about saving a buck so I try things I own already before making special purchases and my bf tells me all the time about how soft my feet are. At night, right out of the shower, I put on baby gel. I it’s like baby oil but it’s a gel instead and it’s by j&j too. Rub the gel on, put on some socks and call it a night. Simple.

    Hair products: I stay away from motions because it dries out my hair. The BEST conditioner I have come across is Giovani deep moisturizing. I LOVE IT. the only place I buy it, or even seen it sold in store, is target. It will be will the make up not the shampoos and conditioners though. Also I like miss Jessie’s pillow soft curls. But I can’t say the same for miss Jessie’s curly pudding.

    Hope that helps somebody

  9. Wow, I was planning to buy the Mac Freckletone Lipstick. Not gonna do it anymore!

    Thanks for sharing! Great post!

    Maria CD

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