January 16, 2017

Some of the Worst Skincare Products from 2016

Wondering what some of the worst skincare products were from 2016? I got you covered! Here lies a tale of woe about skincare products I’d avoid if you haven’t already tried them.

Thankfully there aren’t too many that made the cut.

Take a look and see if you agree!

Equate Wipe the Day Away Cleansing Balm
Ah yes, Equate Wipe the Day Away Cleansing Balm! Available at Walmart this cleansing balm held the promise of being just as good if not better than our beloved Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and at a fraction of the cost. But man, this was a hot mess. It failed to emulsify and left a big old sticky mess on my face. What was the point? I say avoid it.

E.L.F. Micellar Cleansing Water
This one ended up in my garbage can after a single use. Why? Because it STINGS eyes like crazy! One swipe and my eyes were crying out in agony and left tearing up and red after use. Thanks but no thanks.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
I guess Confidence in a Cream isn’t the worst product but it sure isn’t the best either. I expected a lot from this little jar of wonder but mostly it was a fairly basic moisturizer that didn’t do much in terms of hydration for my drier skin plus, hello, it comes in a jar.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer
It smells incredible but this little mist made my skin and eyes burn rather badly not to mention it doesn’t exactly hydrate but feels more like it is absorbing moisture from my skin. Skip!

Lush Papa Noel Face Jelly
It sounds great in theory! A solid jelly face wash that breaks down and lathers up to cleanse your skin. Cool and unique right? It’s awful! Sadly, most of it ended up down the drain and the pieces I did get on my face didn’t do a great job cleansing my skin. Not to mention the amount of fragrance in this is bound to be a sensitive users nightmare. Thankfully it’s limited edition.

What are some of the worst skincare products you tried in 2016?

Do share them!

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  • Susannah

    I love the IT confidence in a cream as a true moisturizer. I am not a big believer in hocus pocus ingredients that will stop aging as I don’t believe it can be done. I just want moisture and this does it for my 45 yo skin. Great piece but I agree about the jar a pump would be great.

    • Isabella Muse

      You’re lucky it worked out for you! My skin must be super dry as it was a nice formula but I expected way more moisture from it 🙁

      • Kelli Rae

        The It was a bomb for me too. Also I read on Paula’s Choice about it being in a jar. All of the antioxidants and special ingredients get ruined by being in a jar. It’s unsanitary too. I truly believe that and won’t spend that kind of money on it and have you seen how long the list of ingredients is? It’s insane. Canola oil? Nope….

    • CC

      I’m 47 and would consider myself having combo skin that gets extremely dehydrated. This. Has saved my skin last winter and continues this winter as I haven’t felt that extra tightness as of yet here in the Midwest

    • Betty

      It reminds me a lot of Clinques dramatically different lotion. Except Clinique is twice cheaper with less harsh ingredients.

  • Erin

    I’m always interested in the elf and physicians formula skincare items because they just seem like they won’t work to me. I usually am skeptical when it comes to cheaper skincare items.

  • varya

    The worst was Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask. It did not burn when it was on but as I removed it my skin started to flame up……my skin was a sensitized, hot,suppurating (no exaggeration) mess. Just awful and it took a while to fully recover. To be fair,this happens to be a product that works for many people, so it was me 🙁 I have noticed that TH used to have a “mild” version of this product on their site but it isn’t there anymore.

  • Ada

    although expensive , Darphin’s INTRAL Redness Relief Recovery Balm is my savior on super dry , irritated days. when things are just dry Erborian’s Yuza Sorbet Night Reinforced Nighttime Emulsion does the job (day or night)

    • varya

      Another vote for Darphin’s Intral. The serum,the cleanser and that balm are the bomb. ( my skin is very sensitive & on the light side of the rosacea spectrum) Right now my nightime routine ends with the balm mixed with Avene’s anti-rougeurs Calm masque. I have to warm it up in my hands,press in and wake up to perfect skin.No redness,no flakes. I kinda wish this stuff was a little more glamorous but then I always want more,more,more.

  • Christina

    I got an email from ELF yesterday (or day before) that they have removed the alcohol from the Micellar Water formula!

  • Susan

    Wilma Schumann hydrating collagen eye pads burnt so bad I couldn’t stand them for even as long as 2 minutes. I’ve never had eye pads burn like that before.

  • Penny

    Love a lot of It’s products, but I can’t stand the smell of Confidence in a Cream…if I don’t like the smell, then it’s not going on my face. 🙂

  • Ricci

    I use Eminence skin care, organic, pure from Hungary, pricey but totally worth it. from all the money spent on cheap product you can use on something that works .