I never thought I'd have enough products to do a brand new Anti-Haul before the summer was out, but somehow, I've managed to find quite a few things that are getting raved about. As always, these posts are not meant to make you feel bad for liking a product or spending your money; I'm just trying to think carefully about my own consumerism and maybe encourage you to think carefully about yours. Once again, mad props to Kimberly Clark for popularizing and promoting the Anti-Haul movement!
1. Jeffree Star Skin Frosts, $29 -- Let's just pretend that all of Jeffree Star's racism, misogyny, and bad behavior are not a factor in this "I'm not gonna buy it" decision. We'll focus on the product itself, which I can do because I borrowed a friend's Ice Cold Skin Frost for comparison. First, I hate this packaging. I get that uber-pink is Jeffree's thing, but these huge plastic compacts just look and feel like Barbie compacts with no heft. The look on the skin isn't my favorite, either, since there's some very obvious glitter that seems to flake all around your face throughout the day. If that's your thing, more power to you, but I like my shimmer to be decently refined and to stay where I put it. Lastly, how likely is it that you'll ever finish this powder?! It's 15 grams of product, which is equivalent to a standard powder foundation. You won't go through this or even hit pan unless you practically bathe in the stuff. Now, I might be okay with "a lot for your money" if this was something a person might buy as their only highlighter, or one of two. But we know that's not the consumer base for Jeffree Star products--most of the people buying these Skin Frosts already have a few other highlighters.
2. Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint, $42 -- I admit that I've been very critical of Milk and their gimmicks, but I've still given quite a few of their products the ol' college try. With that said, I'm getting pretty tired of the roller ball applicators. They're not very sanitary, and my experience with the Coverage Duo shows that they don't always work properly. The price is also too high for what you get: $42 for 0.7oz of product in a plastic rollerball tube. Really? Really? Most foundations and tinted moisturizers are a full ounce at that price range! As a final note, this is yet another Milk base product that appears to have a very pink-leaning shade range and a lot of oils in the ingredients, so fair warning to anybody who is neutral or yellow and/or sensitive to stuff like coconut and jojoba oil.
3. Overpriced Skin Mists Packed With Potential Irritants -- This particular "I'm not gonna buy it" moment is brought to you by my own skincare philosophies and the fact that I'm kind of cheap, so I totally understand if you disagree with me here. But really, what is with some of these face mists?! The Son and Park offering, for example, is mega-cheap for what you get (that bottle is HUGE), but the ingredients list is the stuff of my nightmares. And there's very little in the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist to warrant the $48 price tag. My biggest disappointment, I think, is that so many supposedly hydrating mists are listing drying alcohols and added fragrance in their ingredients. I think I'll stick with my under-$20-a-bottle, short ingredient list, alcohol-free options.
4. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, $60 -- I'm totally going to buy this product, actually, but a few things are going to have to happen. Number one, I'm going to have to work up the courage to spend $60 on a skincare product that will likely need repurchased 3 or 4 times a year. $240 a year for moisturizer would be numbing unless the shit makes an angel choir sing on the dewiest, most plump and healthy skin I've ever had. Number two, Drunk Elephant needs to update the packaging. Yes, I know, my current moisturizer is in a jar, but it's cheap as shit (I never pay more than $5 a tub) and doesn't really contain any "special" ingredients. Drunk Elephant has done such a good job formulating and packaging their other products that the jar packaging for this one is a bit of a disappointment. They're supposedly re-releasing this product with more hygienic packaging, and I won't be dropping $60 until that happens.
5. Sweat Cosmetics -- Okay, so I don't really wear powder and I dislike loose/mineral makeup. This line was doomed from the start. But what really gets me here is this awful brand name. Sweat?! How is that a cool or attractive name for beauty products?! I get that this is a range designed to appeal to athletes, but there are so many more interesting aspects to athleticism that could have inspired this besides sweating. What about vigor, strenuosity, fleet, endurance? What about mythological characters and historical occurrences that are closely tied to athleticism, like Hermes and the Olympics, or modern female athletes like Serena Williams and Tianna Bartoletta? Cripes, even a silly name like "Discus" sounds better than "Sweat."
What do you think--do you agree or disagree with me? What are some products you're not going to buy?