10 Beauty Products I Regretted Buying

Here’s the season for sales! This is the best time to be in Singapore for the annual Great Singapore Sales. If you are heading for a shopping spree soon, pause for a minute because I’m going to share with you 10 beauty products I regretted buying.

These products missed the mark miserably for me and were given a star-rating of 2.5 stars and below. I’m sharing this list because I don’t want to see you waste your hard-earned money on products that may potentially not work well.

Beauty Products I Regretted Buying


Can online reviews these days be trusted? 

In today’s world where biased and fake reviews are plentiful, it’s easy to be misled into buying something that over-promises and under-delivers. These fake reviews can reside everywhere from small-scale blogs to established giant portals.

I’m so disappointed because I have been misled many times, especially in recent years. One instance was how I traveled all the way to some restaurants overseas only to find the place unpopular and serving substandard food. Shopping online was also getting more challenging because I found myself having to spend time deducing which are genuine comments among the overly-positive reviews flooded online. 

I’m doing whatever little I can to fight fake and biased reviews! 

I launched myBeautyCravings in 2014 with a single objective to provide 100% honest reviews. While honest bloggers like us may offend some companies in the process of publishing truthful reviews (truth hurts at times!), I will persist on. Hopefully, whatever little I’m doing can help contribute positively to the world – be it in helping someone save money or avoiding adverse consequences of using a ‘bad’ product.

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Honest bloggers may not be popular with companies as they would rather offer free products or fees to others who would rave about their products unconditionally. It is logical and there’s nothing wrong in businesses behaving this way. I may react similarly if I’m a business owner.

What this means is that honest bloggers like us may have to (or prefer to) fork out money on our own to test products. For instance, I have rejected expensive aesthetic treatments amounting to thousands of dollars when a particular clinic wanted to control too much of my editorial opinion.

To be transparent, I do receive press samples occasionally and was mostly happy receiving them. But I have to admit that it takes a lot of effort to remain 100% unbiased and sometimes I do feel conflicted. 

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10 Beauty Products I Regretted Buying

Sorry I made you wait. I was just in a sudden rambling mood. Without any further ado, let’s see which beauty products and services got an F score on myBeautyCravings.com.


1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

This has received quite positive reviews online. So I’m not quite sure why Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask didn’t work for me. It gave me pimples and did not offer sufficient hydration.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Recommended Alternative: Nature Republic Shea Butter mask (Review | Latest Price


2. New York Skin Solutions (Singapore)

If you read this review in full, you may find the sales pitch to be a little over-the-top and irresponsible. I would not recommend New York Skin Solutions to anyone.


3. Kose Medicated Sekkisei Day Essence

It took me a long time to finish using Kose Medicated Sekkisei Day Essence. I tended to spot pimples whenever I was using it.

Kose Medicated Sekkisei Day Essence


4. Oshima Tsubaki Oil

It’s a little controversial for this product. Many people have expressed online that they love Oshima Tsubaki Oil and I do not doubt their genuine love for it. Oshima Tsubaki Oil just didn’t work for me – it was too heavy. The product also smelled bad after a short time, relative to the industry norm of 2 to 3 years.

Oshima Tsubaki Oil


5. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

Oh. I hated this so much I just threw it away – 90% full. A total waste of money. I should have bought a tub of glue instead.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque


6. TheFaceShop Real Nature Pomegranate Mask

My friend recommended me to this sheet mask. Unfortunately, it clogged my pores and caused me to break out quite badly.

THEFACESHOP Real Nature Pomegranate Mask

Recommended Alternative: Hada Labo Gokujyun Mask (Review | Latest Price



7. Innisfree Gel Liner

This was supposed to be holy grail material but took a drastic plunge in rating after I sharpened it for the first time. No wonder I see a mix of either very positive or very negative reviews on Innisfree Gel Liner.

Innisfree Gel Liner

Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder

Recommended Alternatives:


9. Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder

I think Lancome Teint Miracle Pressed Powder went a little over the board with its glitter powder. It made my pores look bigger than concealing it. I didn’t want to waste it and gave it to my mom as I thought she could take the glimmer and sophistication better than me. But she returned it to me a while later.

Lancôme Teint Miracle Loose Powder

Recommended Alternatives: Shiseido Integrate Loose Foundation (Review | Latest Price


10. Benefit the POREfessional: agent zero shine

Get this powder if you often feel bored and enjoy taking 10 steps to apply powder. :)

Benefit thePOREfessional Agent Zero Shine


Bad for me, but may not be bad for you

I have to be responsible here by putting up a disclaimer. Products that didn’t suit or work for me may work for others. This is because we have different needs and skin condition.

For instance, I am prone to pimples but you may be fine. I have enlarged pores and can’t take shimmery powders but you may benefit from the radiance boost if you have flawless skin. So do visit the product links for full reviews and recommendations before writing them off completely.

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