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Beauty Brands I Won’t Ever Purchase From

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I’ve done anti-hauls and have mentioned a few of these brands before. But I thought I would just have one single post of cruelty free beauty brands that I’ve never purchase a single product from. Some of these I have tried in the past while other ones I have not, because I seriously can’t stand them. If you enjoy any products from these brands, keep using them. There are no rules to beauty. Things I might not like, could be your go-to. You keep doing you, and I’ll do me. Alright now that we have all that out of the way, let’s get into it.

I’m going to be keeping this post updated over the years as things come up, so it’s all saved in one place versus in multiple different articles. This was originally posted back in December 2017, and was last updated in January 2019.

Kylie Cosmetics

Kylie Jenner is part of the Kardashian clan so her name alone add additional price to the products. That’s not the thing I have a problem with. I have a problem with the fact that I can get the exact same products from ColourPop for like nothing in comparison. The two brands do share a sister factory/manufacturer, so that does lead to similar products. But the quality of Kylie’s products just flop, there’s nothing luxurious about them to justify the price. A lot of times the applicators are sub-par and never get addressed until some big influencer or YouTuber makes a stink about it. Unless that happens they are tight-lipped with horrible customer service. So no thank you.

Also she recently came out with brush set for $360 then pretended that was her option for the price, when they look cheaper than my e.l.f. brushes which are like $1 to $3 each. You don’t need expensive brushes to get amazing looks, you just need to know how to use your tools. I use my fingers sometimes and can get the same amazing result. It’s all about technique. And that kind of a result is bull shit! Pardon my language but seriously?!?! Also labs give you the price to make the product, and then the brand chooses the mark up. In this case several hundred dollar mark up. And if my mind wasn’t made up beforehand about this brand, this really just pushed my opinion over the edge to no way in ever hell! I’ll stick to my Morphe, e.l.f., and ColourPop brushes and be happy as a clam.

KKW Beauty

Again overpriced for nothing but a name. And I don’t just have hundreds sitting around for product with hardly anything in it. And I hardly hear anyone talking about or using those products except for when they first launch. Kim did launch contour palettes for each skin tone range, and the colors were off for darker skin tones. They were all grey toned which doesn’t work for most skin tones.

Too Faced

I’ve been pretty vocal about my opinion of this brand in almost every anti-haul. I’m allergic to all of their eyeshadows and nothing else I’ve tried has ever made me want to use it again. Like to a point where I found after applying the Chocolate palettes my eyes were insanely itching. And then they would start to burn, but at this point I’m already taking off almost all my makeup directly after I applied it then starting over from scratch. After trying numerous times with a variety of their palettes, not just the chocolate ones, the result was the same. And I returned to all the other amazing palettes in my collection that do a hell of a lot better. Including the Makeup Revolution dupe ones, sure I have to work at them more and watch for fall out. But I know how to deal with it, and my eyes don’t burn with them! Plus as a cherry on top, this company also just has awful customer service. I’ve never directly dealt with them but how they treated their customers over the whole “there aren’t unicorns in the rainforest” thing just was the icing on the cake to never make me want to try another Too Faced product ever again.

Credit: Allure

Huda Beauty

Similar to KKW Beauty and Kylie Cosmetics I think this brand is just very over priced for no reason. Not to mention they basically copied the campaign for their setting/loose powder from an indie brand called Beauty Bakerie. Check out that post if you want to learn more about it. Long story short, Huda Beauty came out with the Easy Bake Loose Powder when their branding is all around the desert and set up a photoshoot for their brand focused on baking in the kitchen which is the branding of Beauty Bakerie. And as of August 2018, they have not acknowledged or commented about it. And that’s just bad taste so I’m just not going to support this brand for that reason.

Kat Von D Beauty

This brand I have used in the past and still have some products of theirs. But I will not be purchasing anything new from them going forward. I will be using up the last of those products then when they are gone, they are gone. I can’t stand behind a brand that doesn’t support vaccinating children. Sorry but no thank you, so goodbye Kat Von D Beauty.

Laura Lee Los Angeles

Oh Laura Lee, I used to watch her videos regularly until Summer of 2018. I have never tried her brand and after all the drama that occurred honestly I don’t want to. Plus I’ve never heard a single good thing about her brand from people who weren’t her BFFs at the time. Then she’s come out with mini palettes that aren’t cheap but look hella cheap. So just overall no thank you I’ll stick with brands that I know come out with great palettes every single time they release one.

Lunar Beauty

Yes, I have purchased from this brand in the past. Life’s a Drag was something I reached for a lot in 2018 and something I still enjoy not that I’m going to feature it anywhere now since the brand has been “cancelled” following the drama in the beauty community in summer of 2018. And I agree with that mindset on this one as Manny MUA just past the blame off to everyone else for racist remarks, used people, and just overall was an awful person. Now I know this might have people go “but what about Jeffree Star Cosmetics, he has said racist things too in the past?” Yes, I realize that. I’m not cancelling Lunar Beauty because of that, I’m cancelling it for how Manny MUA addressed it and the actions he took when it was brought back up. He didn’t apologize, he just past the blame off to others. Jeffree Star acknowledged it and has been very vocal about making things better for POC when it comes to beauty.

What brands do you avoid?

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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  1. January 7, 2019 / 12:46 AM

    Kylie Cosmetics is so overpriced. I have one of her lip kits that I won in a giveaway a few years ago but I’ve never been able to justify the price, especially when as you said ColourPop has very similar products for a fraction of the price. I’m also not buying into KKW Beauty, the collections are so boring to me and I’m just not a Kardashian fan.

    That sucks that you’re allergic to Too Faced’s eyeshadows, but at least you can save your money since MUR always has dupes!

    I was over KVD the moment she posted she wasn’t going to vaccinate her children. I also included the brand in my 2019 antihaul, and I’m hearing from a lot of people that they stopped purchasing from her for the same reason.

    I thought that the Lunar beauty palette was really pretty, and it’s expensive too so I don’t blame you for continuing to use it!

    • Mae Polzine
      January 7, 2019 / 7:11 AM

      Yes, KKW collections are all so boring. Love the nude but seriously a little more variety. At least her products aren’t almost literally repackaged Colourpop.
      ♥ Mae

  2. January 8, 2019 / 9:21 PM

    Interesting post, I really like it. I won’t buy anything from Jeffree Starr, he’s too shady and I swear he has drama with every single beauty Youtuber. And he still says racist things to black Youtubers and I really don’t know why he doesn’t get called out on it. And honestly, I don’t find the other gurus’ tweets offensive, especially since they are POC (besides Laura). I am from the South and it’s still scary to go through certain towns nearby, so I look at racism a little different.

    • Mae Polzine
      January 8, 2019 / 10:20 PM

      A very fair point, and I totally respect your POV on Jeffree Star. I do agree, he gets into so much drama with like everyone.
      ♥ Mae

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