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9 Beauty Products That Aren't Worth the Hype

They're the products everyone tells you that you simply must try—the beauty products that will change your life. But for various reasons, they just don't live up to their grand claims. (Of course, these are all just my opinions, formed from personal experiences from using these products. If you love any of these, I'm stoked for you!) Here are nine much-raved-about beauty products that simply don't live up to the hype.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant

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Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara was hyped as 4-D—whatever that means. But it does nothing beyond the average drugstore mascara, and the brush is a direct ripoff of Lorac Pro mascara brush, which does it better.

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Benefit Stay Flawless

2 / 9

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Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer looks and feels like a glue stick. While it does give foundation good staying power, it has a sticky and heavy feel.

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Lip Plumpers

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Lip plumpers, as a rule, slightly irritate lips, temporarily enlarging them but not truly plumping. They can burn and sting and dry out lips. The only one I've had decent luck with is Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker.

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Glamglow

4 / 9

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The $70 price tag of Glamglow creates high expectations. While I find all the masks enjoyable to use, the results of this product aren't much better than traditional—and less expensive—clay masks or peels. Plus: It's a small jar, and I always feel the need to skimp when applying.

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Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

5 / 9

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The color selections are beautiful, but the formula of Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss is one of the stickiest, and the scent is plastic-y and off-putting.

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BareMinerals

6 / 9

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Often touted as the best makeup for your skin, BareMinerals always feels dirty to me, and it covers only if you have great skin to begin with. And if you have dry skin? Well, forget it. Get your makeup professionally done, and I doubt the makeup artist will grab this mineral makeup. The original formula also has tiny sparkles in it and SPF, so it's not ideal for flash photography. Although it is a mineral makeup, some people might still be sensitive (or possibly allergic) to certain mineral ingredients, so it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Let's not forget that it started out on an infomercial.

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Maybelline Great Lash

7 / 9

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I will never understand how Maybelline Great Lash became so popular. With a mediocre brush and wet formula, the immense popularity of this mascara has always boggled my mind. With innovations in cosmetics, there are more effective formulas on the market.

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Nars Blush in Orgasm

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While Nars Blush in Orgasm is pushed as a universally flattering peachy-pink, it's not right for everyone. The gold sheen makes it too metallic for mature skin. The formula could also be silkier and have a higher pigment payoff. I would actually suggest Nars Blush in Dolce Vita as a safer, non-sparkly bet.

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Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

9 / 9

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Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner is a bit gimmicky and unnecessary. This does what any gel liner and brush can do but worse. Too much always comes out, and the tip is incapable of creating the finest of lines. Stick to the mascara, Benefit!

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