I’ve talked a lot about exciting new launches in the last month (see: new drugstore releases; see: more Pillow Talk products), so it’s time now to talk about five beauty launches that I’m not so keen on. It’s my beauty anti-wishlist February 2020 edition! If you’re new to the blog, this is a monthly series where I talk about new or upcoming beauty launches that won’t be making it into either my virtual or physical cart.
Obviously I have not tried any of these products before, so I realize it is a bit like judging a book by its cover. But hey, we all do that from time to time; it’s allowed! Of course, no disrespect is intended and if you are excited for any of these launches, that’s awesome. I’d love to know why too, so tell me in the comments!
If you like this kind of thing, you can catch up on my previous few lists below:
January / December / November / October
So without further delay, let’s get into my beauty anti-wishlist February 2020 list!
BH COSMETICS TRUFFLE BLUSH COLLECTION
BH Cosmetics just came out with these adorable scented blush palettes in a total of 9 different color stories. Even though I loveeee blush very deeply, and I do think BH Cosmetics produces some bomb makeup, I just don’t tend to reach for blush palettes. I had a limited-edition blush palette a few years back from Benefit, and while I really liked customizing my colors, I ended up having to declutter it because it just wasn’t getting the necessary amount of love from me. I’m definitely more partial to cream blushes for a start (these are powders). Plus with palettes, I feel “obligated” in a way to use every color in order to justify the purchase. I’d rather buy singles of colors that I really, really want, you know? So these are a pass for me.
If you’re interested in more information on these palettes, click here.
JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS BLOOD LUST EYESHADOW PALETTE
I’m sure the whole makeup-loving world knows that the new Jeffree Star Cosmetics collection drops today. The Blood Lust Collection includes an eyeshadow palette, lip glosses, a bundle of liquid lips, a highlighter and merch, but of course everyone will be focusing on the 18-pan palette. There was red with the Blood Sugar Palette, blue with the Blue Blood Palette, and now purple with the Blood Lust Palette. There are a variety of finishes in the palette including matte, shimmer, and a brand-new formula that is described as very “wet-looking.” Honestly I just don’t go for purple shadows, like at all. I find them super hard to use and all too obvious on the eye for my taste. Also, Jeffree’s palettes are more like collector’s items with seriously over-the-top packaging (this is hexogon-shaped and covered in velvet). I’m definitely a less-is-more kinda gal with my packaging, so this is a pass for me.
If you’re interested in more information on this palette, click here.
BITE BEAUTY CHANGEMAKER COMPLEXION SYSTEM
Bite Beauty recently expanded beyond lips with the debut of their whole Changemaker Complexion System, which consists of primer (either hydrating and mattifying), foundation (buildable medium coverage) and pressed powder. I’ve heard mixed reviews to be fair, but I definitely will refrain from this launch (or any launch from Bite). Years ago I fell in love with the famous Agave Lip Mask, but after several months of use it nearly killed my lips! I got a horrible allergic reaction that made my lips swell and blister to three times their normal size. It was awful and easily the worst allergy I’ve ever experienced. It’s put me off the brand ever since sadly.
If you’re interested in more information on this complexion system, click here.
GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON GLOW LIP POP
I’ve never tried anything from Glow Recipe yet – I’m curious to try something one day – but I’m afraid this Watermelon Glow Lip Pop isn’t it. Granted it’s multi-purpose and I usually love multi-purpose products; it’s a no-rinse, scrub-to-balm product that also gives your lips a bit of color. But I just don’t believe in spending more than $10-$15 on lip care on principle. (This is $22.00 for reference.) The packaging and marketing are very, very cute without a doubt, but it almost looks like it’s made for kids. Am I wrong?
If you’re interested in more information on this lip product, click here.
WISHFUL YO GLOW ENZYME SCRUB
So Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty fame just debuted a new skincare brand called Wishful. The Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub is the inaugural launch, and it’s a chemical exfoliator that promises to also hydrate and provide radiance to the skin. I have to say, while this product sounds really nice, I’m just not excited by it. I’ve never been one for a facial scrub, and as is, I fall in and out of love with exfoliation. I’m definitely not about to splash out nearly $40.00 for a product that I may barely use.
If you’re interested in more information about this scrub, click here.
What’s on your beauty anti-wishlist this month?? I’d love to know!
The Blood Lust palette is more appealing than the Controversy palette, the majority of the colours look nice. The way the shadow are laid out looks annoying though, so much wasted space!
I think if you love purple and pink and don’t mind the large packaging, I’m sure it would be an amazing palette to have. I guess because of the odd shape it must have been a challenge to lay out the colors!
Oh no! That’s terrible that you had an allergic reaction to the lip mask! I think I’ll stay away from their products.
Yea it was so awful! By far the worst allergic reaction I’ve ever had, ever. Ugh. 😨
I could totally see myself buying the glow recipe lip thing because you know me and anything like that is my kryptonite but I can’t get the brand here. Other than that I agree with you on everything else
Rossy Galaxy says
I am so glad that BH Cosmetics is finally getting some recognition or at least it is becoming more known. Those blush palettes look so amazing and so cute and I don’t doubt that the formula is good, but I don’t reach for blush palettes as much either. Powders are so hard to hit pan on too, I’ve had to declutter so many and I still feel like I have a lot lol.
As a lover of purple, it is my favorite color, I wasnt as thrilled when he revealed the palette lol. And even less so when he swatched some of the shades, it just didnt wow me
as great as the formula is I had to pass on it too. I’m sure that he also wanted to do something different packaging-wise, but I also feel like it looks out of place with Blue Blood and Blood Sugar, if that makes sense. I would not have been bored by the rectangle shape again because at this point after two palettes, in my head, that’s what the collection looks like lol. Anyway, yeah, not a fan of the palette as a whole, only a few shades caught my eye.
Mmm, not sure what to think of the Bite Beauty expansion. Their lipsticks are amazing though lol
That Glow Recipe product doesnt look appealing to me. You’re right, kind of kiddy lol
I’m not a fan of Huda Beauty’s products, I’ve never been attracted to them so I’ll probably pass on Wishful too lol
I really want to try more stuff from BH cause I think they’re such good quality for the price. But blush palettes…nah.
It’s funny, I’ve heard a lot of people were disappointed with the Blood Lust Palette. But you know it’s still going to sell out!! Haha!
I just passed the Glow Recipe lip product in Sephora today. Still not into it!
I do really like Huda’s shadow formula actually. I think her palettes have beautiful quality, and I appreciate that she started a new brand for the skincare rather than bringing it out under the Huda name. But it’s just not a product for me.
Rossy Galaxy says
Yeah it totally sold out, LOL. Good for those people who got it haha. I had hoped to like it more to include the third palette in my collection but I’m fine with saving that much money for now haha
Yea it was very pricey!
🌸 Lily 🌸 says
Very good and interesting post. Sorry about your allergic reaction.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! It was a bad reaction for sure, so I’m not looking to recreate that anytime soon!
I was drawn to those BH blushes at first too, then I remembered that I’m never actually excited about blush once I have it xD So I’m passing on that release too.
It’s awful that you had a reaction to the agave mask! I’ve heard that the new formula is completely different from the old one, which I do like so I sadly won’t be repurchasing. I can understand why a reaction would make you stay away from the brand entirely.
I was wondering what was up with that Wishful brand I saw at Sephora. I didn’t know it was by Huda. I wish that brands would just stick to one thing, skincare or makeup. I find that it’s rare that both are done well when brands try to do both.
Even though they changed the formula, I’m still so hesitant to try anything from Bite! It’s a shame because I’m drawn to a lot of their products naturally. Oh well!
Huda supposedly brought out the skincare under a different brand because she normally doesn’t trust makeup brands that also introduce skincare too. (Supposedly Fenty is bringing out skincare soon from what I’ve read.) It’s a tough call because I normally agree with that way of thinking, but then there’s a brand like Clinique that (in my opinion) does both amazing skincare AND makeup. So I think it depends on who you’re talking about.
That’s too bad. But there are so many other products out there to spend your money on, bite beauty is small in the big picture.
I guess that’s true, I didn’t think about Clinique at all. I guess I’m just tired of every brand thinking they need to do it all. Especially when the releases come out too fast.
Clinique gets forgotten a lot now, which is a shame because they have such amazing products that are great particularly for sensitive skin. If a makeup brand can produce great quality, efficacious skincare I’m all for it! But I’m with you on those brands that tread between the two without really committing and doing the necessary clinicals particularly on the skincare. It’s not cool.
Oh! I didn’t know the Blood Lust palette had a new “wet-looking” formula. I’ll have to look at some swatches & looks created with it to see that!
That is so scary what happened to you with the Bite lip mask. Crazy that it only happened after several months of use, too. Totally understandable why you’d stay away from the brand from now on.
The watermelon lippie sounds super cool, how it turns from a scrub to balm & even gives you color. $22 is a bit much for something so small though. I still haven’t tried their sleeping mask that I got from Boxy a couple months ago but, I can’t wait to.
Always love when you do these anti-wishlists, Erica!
Thanks for reading Hunida! I love a wet-looking eyeshadow, but I definitely wouldn’t buy Blood Lust just to get it. I just can’t stand purple eyeshadow! Plus his stuff always sells out so quickly and I can’t stand the hype.
Yea, no more Bite for me! I thought it was funny too, that I didn’t react for months after using it, but I remember my dermatologist said that is not unheard of. You can develop allergies over time, or something to that effect. Weird though.
The watermelon lip does sound cute, but not for $22, thanks so much!
I am sure there are other options for wet-looking shadows anyways, right? 🙂 & yeah, I totally believe that you can develop allergies over time. I even heard your skin can stop reacting in any way, positive or negative, if you continue to use the same products?
Lol I feel ya!!!
Oh definitely! A lot of shimmery loose pigments can have that wet appearance on the eye, so it’s not unheard of.
Yes, I’ve also heard that your tolerance to certain things can vary over time. For instance, my younger brother used to get sick every time he ate peanut butter. This was ages ago. Now he can eat peanut butter any day of the week and not get sick.