Lip products that do not work for me

Lipsticks, crayons, tints and stains I cannot stand.

 Check out the lipsticks, lip crayons, tints and stains that do not work for me, and why.

Time to spring-clean, and that includes my makeup stash. I found about half a dozen lipsticks I haven't used in ages, that I cannot stand. Terrible staying power. Caking. Flaking. Burning reactions. Blotchy formula. Whatever be the reason, these lip products simply do not work for me.
Before we go any further, here is the disclaimer: Just because something does not work for me it does not mean it would not work for you. You probably love many of these lippies. No fighting or bad-blood intended. I do sound harsh. I will mellow after the weekend, but I still will not like these lipsticks. 

Check out the lipsticks, lip crayons, tints and stains that do not work for me, and why.


Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb, reviewed here

Tagline: One thousand and one acid-injection needles burning the skin.
Within seconds, my skin began to burn - "burning, searing pain" - and turned terribly red, and the discomfort did not go away for a while even after dousing with cold water and applying lotion. Look at my review here and see what happened to my skin.
Did I get a dud? I doubt it. Brooke of Blushing Noir had told me last year that she had the same reaction - check out her experience here - and there are others who have had adverse reactions to this, as you can see from Brooke's post. Stay far away unless you want your skin to feel like a bomb exploded. They clearly warn you in the name, you know.
This is an old photograph, from my review post. Can you imagine this on the lips?
Lip products that do not work for me

L'Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain

Tagline: More streaking than seen on Wimbledon Centre Court.
Look at my review of Rimmel Apocalips here. THAT is what a glossy stain must look like. Even. Homogenous. The Body Shop, Benefit and so many other brands have far better lip stains. These go on uneven at first swipe and you need to work on building the colour and blending it to develop some semblance of an even lip. Yes, I'm probably too harsh. I'll mellow next week, promise. But I'm still not going to like this lip stain. Life is too short to work with difficult makeup.
Dud? Nope, bought multiple shades and tried testers.

Maybelline Superstay 14hr Lipstick

Tagline: Super shame 14 minute lipstick
It neither stayed nor was super. I cannot believe I actually went out and bought this; a total waste of my money. A dry, non-lasting formula. Did it last 14 minutes on me?? To rub salt into my wounds, Maybelline sponsored a blogger giveaway to launch these and I won, but never received my prize. Not after two years and multiple emails to the sponsor and the host. Boo!
I was SO mad at not receiving my prize that I didn't even bother to review it and give the brand a mention here. Sometimes, a grudge isn't just a place to park your car, not when people withhold your rightfully-won makeup prizes.
Dud? Nope, tried multiple shades; you're better off buying the £1 lippies from MUA.

L.A. Splash Chubby Twists, reviewed here

Tagline: It took the cake. 
Reviewed here, so you can see how dry and cakey this thing was. I got this in a beauty box and you can see the cakes in the centre on the lower lip - this is worn over EOS lip balm on exfoliated lips, and you can see the caking in the swatch as well, so it isn't my dry-lip-flakes to blame.
Lip products that do not work for me
Lip products that do not work for me
Dud? I got this in a beauty box and haven't got any duds from said box. But that is no conclusive proof.

Origins Liquid Lip Color

Tagline: Baby you set my lips on fire. 
The strong menthol smell should have warned me. You know that uncomfortable cold sensation that some lip products have? The fiery cold sensation. Yep. Very uncomfortable. This is not an adverse reaction or an allergy but even the SA says this feels cool on the lips. I LOVE Soap & Glory's iconic Sexy Motherpucker, reviewed here, and that contains bee venom, so my tolerance level is quite high. 
Dud? Because the shade was dusty rose, I had bought TWO of these from Macy's. Both feel exactly the same.

Dior Serum de Rouge

Tagline: Lips VapourRub
It seemed to evaporate from my lips. I bought this after a break-up (one MUST buy makeup after a break-up, see?) and loved the packaging. Sad part is, the packaging is the best thing about this lipstick. You don't even need to sip water; the colour just vanishes by itself. Check out an old review here, posted during the Dark Ages of this blog. 
Dud? At this price? Seriously??

Legally separated

Where the colour is divorcing the gel.
Lip products that do not work for me
Both these are soft lip creams with a hint of colour and are not full coverage.  Problem is, the colour part comes out in little globs, and neither of these is an old, separated product!
Again, I know these are not duds because I ended up buying the entire range from Bourjois when La Creme Des Levres came out. As for the Rose Mine tint, which I got in a Memebox, it comes out from the tube in clumps of gel-colour which is hard to even out.


And the worst lipstick ever; binned, so not in photo. Go here to see a photo. Drumroll...

M.A.C ProLongwear Lip Colour

Bits of flaked strips 
Hanging from my lips
Down towards my hips....
Sorry about the bad rhyme, but that is pretty much what it did. Buy it if you want to dress up as a cannibal or zombie. Double ended. With and without the glossy topcoat, it dries terribly, flakes off after a while and the flaky bits hang off the lips like flesh (dusty rose shades do look like flesh). Yes, I have had embarrassing moments around my colleagues.
Dud? I bought Passion Preserved, Stuck on You and For Keeps and all three flaked off my lips. Double-ended liquid lipsticks have been perfected by Rimmel, CoverGirl, Stila, MUFE, Estee Lauder, Chanel and other companies, without flakes.

Ever had a lipstick that did not work for you? Tell me about it in the Disqus comments widget below.

  1. TY for the link love! That TF product was SO painful. It's a shame they haven't reformulated. NONE of their other lip products (or ANY products for that matter) have ever given me issue.

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  2. A lot of matte lipsticks just don't stay on my lips which is such a bummer! Great post!

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  3. I'm glad I do not have any of these then!

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  4. Very interesting. Before I became a blogger, I swore by Maybelline 14 Hour. I had no idea if they really worked on me, but I had little to compare it with at that point. Now I never use them. I should toss 'em too. I got an LA Color Lip Crayon in a beauty box in the fall, and I love it. It may be the same one as yours, so go figure! For me, lipsticks that disappoint usually are ones with peppermint oil in them that my lips can't tolerate: OCC Lip Tar, Stila Lip Balm and even TF Melteds that don't have peppermint. On a different topic, did you change the name of your blog or is Cosmetopia Digest a blogging collaborative?

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  5. So scary about that TF product!! It's something I probably would've tried eventually too, so I'm glad I read this first. I love Too Faced, so it's a bit sad that this happens with this one product!

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  6. LOL it's funny how products I thought were amazing before I became a blogger are now cast aside as "non-pigmented, creasy, bothersome" and whatnot. Was your lip crayon LA Color or LA Splash? The former is a great brand; I've had problems with the latter. Erm. I'm in the process of rebranding. The title is cut and dry but the tagline isn't finalised. Feedback on that name and tagline welcome!

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  7. I love their La Cremes and Melted lippies so much, it's hard to believe these are from the same brand.

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  8. Thank you! Is that because they flake off, or is it because they're applied below balm, or general lack of pigmentation/staying power or something else?

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  9. I wish I didn't have any of these either LOL.

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  10. O.o at that Two Faced product! Oh my word!

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  11. Yikes! But you know...out with the old - in with the new! :D

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  12. I love that you did this! We always do great products and forget to show everyone which ones to stay away from. You saved us time and $$

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  13. that TF one burned my lips like hell! Won't ever use them again

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  14. Oh no...that TF Injection thing sounds terrible! I remember using a "lip plumper" way back when that just killed my lips and didn't even do anything!

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  15. Glad to know what to avoid!

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  16. I know I should be sad for these duds, but your descriptions made me giggle. I just bought one of those L'oreal ones on clearance, but haven't tried it yet. Now I am sad again. LOL!

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  17. Great post. I can't wear the Too Faced either. It stings my lips.

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  18. OMG! I am glad I havent tried the TF one yet

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  19. Yay, you officially changed your blog name?! That TF is one of the worst ever!!!

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  20. I had a hard time with the Lip Injection too.

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  21. I've never tried any of these and right now I'm really happy I didn't!

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  22. I actually really love the Too Faced one! It didnt do much plumping but the color was fab.

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  23. For some reason, they haven't reformulated or withdrawn! A bunch of people have complained about the burning reaction.

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  24. Ooooh I need the "new" - LOTS of it!

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  25. I think pretty much everyone who tried that has had this reaction! They should seriously pull that product from the shelves!

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  26. I wish I didn't either, LOL.

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  27. LOL at least it was on clearance... I paid the full price and not even my friends want it.

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  28. The only lip plumper that has worked for me was Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker. And I love that name LOL.

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  29. A number of people have complained about it and TF hasn't reformulated or withdrawn!

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  30. I wish I hadn't tried it either :(

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  31. Hehe yes, I wanted a more unique name than the other one, and everyone was abbreviating it to My BJ....

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  32. I wonder if they'll reformulate or withdraw it.

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  33. I wish I hadn't tried these either LOL.

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  34. And apparently my reaction was milder than some people's!

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  35. I haven't tried any of these lipsticks and now I'm glad, because I really wanted to try the TF one. Thank you for the honest review!

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