Staff Picks: What's on our not-to-buy list
I say this with all honesty: the thing I love most about my job as PV's managing editor is working with an amazing group of women whom I'm happy to count as friends. The sort of hard part? These same beauty-crazy girls are such enablers! When your job requires you to know about each new makeup and skincare release, you are going to want to buy a lot of things. If your co-workers happen to be anything like mine, you'll probably go broke within the first week.
There's nothing wrong about wanting more stuff - if you can afford it comfortably without going into debt or sacrificing your basic needs, I think you should go for it! That said, it's important to put a lot of thought into your purchase and consider if it's going to be worth your money. Just ask yourself one question: is the product really good or are you just buying into the hype?
In something of an anomaly, we PV girls talk about our anti-hauls - products and brands that everyone else seems very excited about but we refuse to buy into. Maybe it's the lackluster reviews, maybe it's a matter of principle. Here's what made it to our blacklist:
Den: Probably a very unpopular opinion but despite being very much in love with their signature "look", I'm unlikely to be getting anything from Glossier. Nope, not even the Cloud Paint. As much as their products would look pretty on display on my vanity, nothing in their current lineup excites me. Based on reviews I've seen, their makeup is "for people who don't need makeup" as Kim aptly put it, after having major #ragrets about her haul. And their skincare seems overpriced for stuff that are just "okay". I've been doing the no-makeup makeup look okay without their help and can continue on without it.
Marielle: Kardashian-brand products, particularly makeup from Kylie and Kim. I do occasionally find myself keeping up with those Kardashians a few times a year when I binge watch their show, and there was a point where I was curious about their first attempt at a makeup line, Khroma Beauty, especially since the reviews were not half bad. But their drugstore makeup line was pretty much condemned by reviewers, and their luxe offerings strike me as overpriced and overrated. And in the episodes of the show where I've seen the sisters working with their glam squads, the products set out are usually the likes of Nars or MAC! I'll stick to those instead.
Crystal: Like Marielle, I don't think I'd ever spend my money on any makeup by the Kardashians/Jenners (haircare not included) because I think they are way overpriced for the quality and packaging. I would also never buy anything from Jeffree Star. He is a controversial person and I don't want to condone his behavior (racism, rants, bad-mouthing, etc.) no matter how fantastic his products are.
Gett: I love watching anti-haul videos, particularly the ones by Kimberly Clarke on YouTube. Her videos have a lot of great insight on consumerism, and she deconstructs a lot of the marketing hypes used by brands. I'm pretty open to buying anything, but as much as I love makeup and skincare and all, I only really buy stuff when I need it or if I love it so much because I know it works.
However, if there's one thing (or brand) to anti-haul, it's probably Jeffree Star anything. Aside from the fact that it's not easily accessible (online vendors aside), I just can't bring myself to buy products from someone who doesn't really practice what he preaches. Sure, it may all be a social media disguise but I don't really condone the drama he's surrounded himself with. I've heard a lot of positive reviews on the liquid lipsticks, but I can't bring myself to support his business.
Kim: My makeup collection will forever be Lime Crime-free. There are several good reasons why they should be on your beauty blacklist - website security breaches, harmful ingredients, the owner's legal actions against negative reviews, and racism doesn't even encompass it all! I keep wondering how this company manages to stay afloat in spite of the kind of bad business they uphold.
Nina: There’s only one thing I can say to Maybelline’s Hypercurl Mascara - bye, Felicia! Personally, I don’t mind a bit of clump in my mascara since it gives my lashes the volume it needs, but this one was simply too clumpy. It has a very strong odor, and the brush doesn't distribute the product on my lashes properly. Whenever I see this in anyone’s makeup kit, I can’t help but want to tell them about other mascaras! Spend your money on something like the Colossal Big Shot mascara instead.
Is there a brand or product that you wouldn't buy, even if you can well-afford to? Why is it on your anti-haul list? And what are your favorite tips for avoiding an unnecessary beauty purchase?
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