My cosmetics history: Five products I will never use again


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I’m in my late 30’s, and I’ve used plenty of makeup and skincare products over my lifetime. From the cheap eyeshadows of my teenage years and everything tea-tree to the wonders of MAC and Elemis, I’ve used or tried a lot of stuff.

Some products have stood the test of time and some I won’t be using again. They are by no means terrible, they just don’t work for me. Some of them are products I’d used for a long time as well, so it’s almost sad that I won’t be using them again. Skin changes as you get older, so it’s perhaps not surprising that there are some products I won’t ever use again.

So what does this thirty-something not use any more? Read on to find out.

Benefit Porefessional Primer

I can hear a chorus of indignant noises emanating from the Internet with the inclusion of this on my list, but this is a primer that never worked for me, no matter how much I wanted it to or how many times I tried it. I found it too slidey, and my makeup never lasted longer if I used this underneath it. I prefer the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, which is similarly pore-filling but doesn’t slip around under my foundation. It is a shame about the Benefit primer, because I rate their concealers and their foundations really highly (and who doesn’t love their Hoola bronzer?) but the Porefessional was, for me, a product that did not work.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

I feel vaguely guilty about including this one on my list, because I loved the All-Nighter spray for years, right up until my skin went super-dry. For some reason, when I sprayed this over my makeup, it made my foundation cling to all the little dry patches on my face. It didn’t matter how well I exfoliated or moisturised or primed, as soon as the setting spray went on, you could see every flake. I now use the MAC Prep+Prime Fix+, which doesn’t glue my foundation to all my dry patches. I’m not sure what’s different about the MAC one and the Urban Decay one, but there’s obviously something. And I’ve not changed the makeup I wear since I switched setting sprays. It’s odd! And it is a product I miss, because the packaging was so nice and it looked good on my dressing table.

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

This is another product I used for ages, but mascara formulas have moved on and this one doesn’t do it for me anymore. It’s by no means a bad mascara, but I prefer a blacker, more spidery look than the Masterpiece can give me. It’s still a firm favourite of my mum, so there’s always a tube of Masterpiece in our house. These days I’m using the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, which gives me the look I want. I might use this again when I’ve outgrown the super-black super-long slightly-spidery lash look, but for now, it’s not for me.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream

I think most people have had a tub of this at some point in their lives. It was a staple when I was a teenager, but now, it does nothing for my skin, even though there’s a formula specifically for dry skin. It does nothing at all – the moisture lasts about ten minutes, then I can feel my skin going papery again. The products I currently use from Elemis are much more effective on my skin than this cream is. But back in the 90’s, this was the cream I used every day. There’s still a tub of it in the bathroom, so I guess someone in my house still uses it (I don’t know who), but it’s not for me anymore. A pity, as it is a good cream, and did the job nicely for years. A classic example of skin changing over time right here!

Simple Eye Makeup Remover

This is another product I’d used for years, and only stopped using when I was forced to buy something else because it was out of stock. I now use the Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover and it’s far better than the Simple one. Yes, it’s oilier, but the fact is that I don’t have to scrub to get liquid eyeliner off anymore. I had to with the Simple one. And the Nivea one does remove a smokey eye in one or two swipes. I still have a travel size one of the Simple makeup remover that lives in my holiday bag, but when I’m on holiday I don’t wear much makeup at all, so don’t need to swipe off a smokey eye and it does the job just fine. So I guess I do still use it, just not as much as I used to.


Do you readers have any products that you used to use but don’t anymore? Do you regret that you’re not using them, or that they don’t work for you now? Let me know in the comments!

(All opinions in this post are my own and I was not paid to review any of these products.)

One thought on “My cosmetics history: Five products I will never use again

  1. When I was a teen I bought a eyeshadow quad from the body shop-it was expensive and after a while I realise the colour didn’t stay on for long! The colour payoff too. I now use Urban Decay and Innisfree eyeshadows.
    Was a big fan of Body Shop skincare products as a teen, until I learnt about preservatives and I had to change everything I used after that. My skin has changed from oily as a teen to combination with dry cheeks, so now I use Hello FAB cleanser, Thayer’s lavender toner and Innisfree sparkling water moisture cream for times when I need extra moisture and ANIA argan oil and Shea butter hydrating cream when I intend to wear make up, so that my face doesn’t feel like an oil slick several hours later.

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