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We are all searching for the best makeup, but sometimes we end up seriously disappointed by epic beauty product fails.

Today we’re sharing the 10 biggest beauty products scams.


 Beauty products make all kinds of claims. They’re actually about how the makeup will affect your appearance.

 It’s not that often that you find a cosmetic that claims it will affect your mood.

 But that’s just what Physicians Formula happy booster glow and mood boosting blush does.

 Read the label on this so called mood enhancing blush, and you’ll find some grand claims.

The product is infused with a happy boost blend, which contains natural plant extracts that have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins.

 Not only that, but there’s a violet scent that is said to provide a feeling of joy each time you apply.

In the reviews of this product some Beauty experts have noted that there is no research showing that applying plant extracts to the skin can make you feel happier.

 And there’s more, although a pleasant fragrance has been shown to improve one’s mood fragrance isn’t good skincare if you want to improve your mood with scent, you’re better off wearing perfume.

 Fragrances makeup can cause irritation, and appears in lists of the top allergens.

 Many customers do actually love this product, not only because of the way it looks on their skin, but also because of its cute presentation.

 The pink hearts could certainly raise a smile. But anyone looking for an instant mood boost probably isn’t going to find it in a compact of blush, right ?


 If you’re cynical about blush that claims to enhance your mood, then you’re probably skeptical about lip glosses that claim to change color in line with your mood.

 This type of product certainly makes it into makeup gimmick round up posts.

 If you were a teenager in the 90s, you probably remember the craze for color changing products :

 Tops that showed where you were hot, and mood rings that reflected your State of Mind, and in the beauty world, its lip glosses that are tasked with the beauty of showing your mood,

Only they don’t.

 Yes, they do subtly show up in different ways on different lips, but they’re not really adjusting to indicate your emotional state.

 They’re actually reacting to your pH level and body chemistry, the Sales Coordinator for mood matcher even explained that’s how their mood glass works.

These color-changing products are responding to your temperature. Lots of brands have these kinds of glasses on the market, and many of them have one main ingredient in common red 27.

 This red dye is colorless when dissolved in a waterless space, but when it comes into contact with moisture, it turns bright pink, that’s because of the change in PH levels.


Ads for beauty products are usually beneficial, that’s the goal of marketing and advertising departments, after all.

 But sometimes, adverts can actually create a bit of a problem, like when they build up a product to be amazing.

 There’s actually only one way that will go, and that’s down. It’s the whole expectation versus reality problem.

 Very rarely will you find a product that lives up to the hype, and Revlon sugar suga lip topping certainly did not manage to do that.

 The model looks amazing when wearing the product, of course. But that’s not the look that most customers were able to achieve.

 Amongst the bad reviews disappointed beauty fans for writing about the difference between what it looked like in the magazine ads, and what it looked like on them.

 Some felt dupes that it didn’t actually taste like sugar, despite its name.

 Others were annoyed by the sugar like, gritty texture, which made their lips lookscratchy and like sandpaper and there were those who are upset by its lack of staying power.

 Many struggled with the application, which they found difficult to achieve, particularly given the lackluster applicator.

 You’ll also find lots of complaints about the stopper, and how easy it is to spill. All in all, this wasn’t a particularly successful product for the brand.


 The 3d extreme waterproof mascara was another less than successful release for Revlon. And again, the advertising had a big part to play.

 Many of the comments from disappointed customers mentioned the fact that Jessica Alba was in the commercial.

 They bought the product because they had been so impressed by the look of the actresses lashes in the ad.

 But the reality was far from the expectation. And they couldn’t believe that the movie star was actually wearing the product in the ad.

 Disgruntled users described how the ‘’clumpy’’ mascara gave them ‘’tarantula’’ lashes, which flaked after a couple of hours.

They couldn’t see any ‘’3d extreme’’ effect as promised, unless that was describing the spider likes their lashes turned into.

 There were a lot of complaints about the brush as well, and how the mascara clumped to the wand.

 it wasn’t as large as it appeared in the marketing for the products, either. One of the few positives that came out was about the tube, which was at least pretty.

 But as we all know, you should never judge a book by its cover. Or a mascara by its tube. as far as beauty product sales go, this is a pretty big one.


We’ve just seen the problems that adverts can cause for beauty companies. There can also be issues created by the name of the product.

 Clairol’s touch of yogurt shampoo is a prime example of this, in fact, it was such a disaster, that it often gets included in the worst product fails of all time lists.

 In 1979, Clairol decided to capitalize on the fact that yogurt contains lots of vitamins and minerals by releasing the shampoo with it in the name.

 There was a ‘’back to nature’’ movement during that decade, and Clairol’s parent company Procter & Gamble had begun emphasizing the natural ingredients in his products in the 1970s.

 However, consumers weren’t sold on the idea of putting yogurt in their hair instead of in their mouth.

 Most customers did not take to the idea, and unfortunately, many who did get on board with the notion took it a bit too far.

 As in they mistakenly ate the shampoo, and got sick, this isn’t so much of a scam as an unfortunate misunderstanding that proved that the world wasn’t quite ready for dairy products in their hair care just yet.

 Perhaps Clairol should have learned from its’’look of buttermilk » » shampoo, that

Also sold poorly. It seems the 70s was not the time for milk based hair products.


There are lots of different ways that beauty products can be considered scam. They might be disappointed, not live up to their claims, or simply fail to deliver.

 They might also turn out to be gimmicks. or in more unusual circumstances, they might anger the beauty blogger community with talk of trademark disputes.

 ‘’Ciaté caviar’’ nail polish check some of those boxes. when the British brand brought out its beaded nail look.

 That resembled the tiny fish eggs of cavia,r the blogger community took note ;

 Many DIY versions came out. Usually, beauty brands appreciate the blogger community creating buzz for a new look, even when their products aren’t being used.

 But ciaté was not happy. it was in the process of trade marking the terms ‘’caviar manicure ‘’ and ‘’caviar nails’’, and the company began sending cease and desist letters to bloggers, claiming that they were infringing on their intellectual property by using those terms.

 Bloggers express their outrage of the company, and their solidarity with each other by posting their versions of a ‘’fish egg Friday’’.

 They all did their own DIY manicures in that style, but under this more generic name. There are also disputes about who actually invented the look in the first place and let’s not forget, many Beauty fans now consider this kind of manicure to be a massive disappointment and fail anyway.


 There are certain parts of our makeup routine that are more challenging than others, applying perfect eyeliner is definitely one of the trickiest techniques to master.

 There are so many tutorials online showing you how to get the ideal flick, wing, and cat’s eye.

You can even use all kinds of household objects to help guide you, from spoons and forks to business cards.

 Hands down, this is one of the hardest things to get right when putting on your face.

So it’s no wonder that some enterprising cosmetics companies have brought out to stick on eyeliner.

 It totally makes sense in principle. After all, plenty of people use false eyelashes. So why not extend that stick on idea to eyeliner as well ?

 As it turns out, there’s a pretty good reason why they shouldn’t bother. Eyelids come in all shapes and sizes.

 That makes it pretty much impossible to make a curve of an eyeliner that would fit all lids.

 As beauty bloggers found, the stickers tend to be too big. They overwhelm the eye area, and they’re also really tricky to get to stick down properly.

 Particularly around the inner tear-duct part of the eye. This beauty product is a great idea in theory, but unfortunately, in practice it often leaves users wanting more.

 It’s back to practicing a straight line with a pencil in front of the mirror for most of us then.


It makes sense that cosmetic companies want to release products that capture attention. One way of doing this is to bring out a different kind of applicator to use with the makeup.

 That’s exactly what L’Oreal did, with it’s true match roller. You can just imagine the company execs sitting around, trying to come up with a novel way of applying foundation.

 Picture the conversation: ‘’forgets sponges, brushes and fingers what about a roller? Nobody’s done that before, right ?’’

Well, there’s a reason why foundations don’t come with this kind of applicator. It doesn’t work.

And it makes sense that it doesn’t work. after all, rollers are typically used when painting walls.

 And walls have flat surfaces most spaces are not flat. They have rounded cheek bones and Chins.

 There are crevices and curves to cover. Unsurprisingly, a roller applicator doesn’t cut it.

 This is one Beauty invention to file under the ‘’gimmick’’ category. When you read customer reviews of the L’Oreal True Match roller, You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who raves about the applicator.

Some customers didn’t like the foundation or the roller, but many did quite like the makeup

Itself,  but found the applicator to be useless.

 No wonder many people felt disappointed. After all, they probably bought into the hype about the novel way to apply foundation.

 It seems like some things are best left on paint store shelves, and not let anyone near the cosmetics aisle.


 The beauty products we’ve looked at so far have disappointed customers. But this one is actually an outright scam.

 Thousands of angry customers in the UK complained after they were duped into signing up for a face cream subscription service.

 Companies like radiance ran banner ads on mainstream newspapers websites for their free trials, and huge numbers of women signed up for their free pot of cream, not realizing they were locking themselves into a recurring payment situation.

 Most of the customers paid a small amount for shipping to receive a pot of cream. And that’s where they thought the deal stopped, but the real deal was hidden amongst the small print in the terms and conditions.

 A line stated that the customer would have to cancel within 12 days to avoid enrollment in a monthly delivery program, which would ship a fresh supply every month, and that shipment would cost them around 100 dollars each month.

 the majority of customers didn’t realize what they have signed up to until they noticed their bank account being debited by this large amount one of the main issues is that they were unable to cancel the subscription.

 That’s because it was set up as a recurring payment Authority, which is also known as a continuous payment.

 Unlike a direct debit, it cannot be cancelled by the customer. it can only be stopped by the company you set it up with.

 And that company made it very difficult for disgruntled customers to get in touch. Talk about a scam.


 If anyone knows about beauty bloggers wrath over expectation versus reality, it’s Kim


 There is a whole load of hype when Kim released her k’kaw Beauty contour and highlight kit.

When you see the advertising pictures, you can’t help but be disappointed that you can’t get the same results in real life.

 Take a look at photos of Kim IRL versus the marketing shots, and you’ll see that they don’t add up either.

 And there are yet more issues. Customers felt scammed because of the tiny amount of product that was actually in the tube.

 This is particularly evident when you compare the length of the usable product itself against the much longer bullet that comes out of the NYX wonder stick.

Given that this alternative is less than half the price of Kim’s product, there’s a big question mark over value for money, and there’s more.

 Many Beauty vloggers found that the sticks broke from very little pressure the twist up sticks easily snapped as they were raised.

 That’s partly because the bullets themselves were very creamy and soft if you’re using one, you’re best off only twisting it up a little way definitely don’t wind it all the way out.

 But that does make it awkward to get enough of the product out and on to your skin. There a thumbs up for the blends ability and shade range.

 But as for the usability and value for money, that’s questionable.