Worst Drugstore ProductsThe Worst Drugstore Beauty Products

We recently shared our list of the best drugstore products but this week we’re divulging some arguably more important information: the top drugstore products to avoid at all costs.  These products all fail for an assortment of reasons but they share one commonality; every cent you spend on these drugstore duds will have been wasted. Trust us, we have the receipts, as well as the ragged soles and frazzled locks, to prove it.

Don’t try this at home

The professionals at your local upscale spa are not allowed to use similar tools, purportedly because they can spread blood-born diseases, but with the risk of sharing bodily fluids with a stranger eradicated, we settled down in the safety of our own home to test Tweezerman’s Callus Shaver and Rasp ($8.99). Apparently the danger of infection is the least of our concerns, as the product went to pieces in our hands, and the razor tumbled into the bath water. A complete lack of instructions on the packaging provided no assistance but, we persevered, and finally successfully assembled the product.  Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t effective at removing dead skin, earning this product a spot on our worst list. When we risk life and limb for beauty, we expect results.

Lip Service

After seeing an advertisement featuring Eva Longoria looking stunning thanks to L'Oreal’s new Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss, we headed right out to CVS and picked up a tube in “Plumped Coral” ($9.99). According to the ad, our lips would appear fuller and the gloss would last 6 hours. Impressive! After applying the gloss, we definitely didn’t notice any plumping but we were willing to overlook that if the gloss simply lasted as promised. One hour and one veggie wrap later, the gloss was nowhere to be found. Perhaps the claim that this product would last six hours was aimed at fasting supermodels?

No pain, no gain?

We’re accustomed to feeling the burn, but only at the gym. Nair’s Moisturizing Face Cream ($4.99) promised to remove hair in five minutes, but what we experienced was hair raising. After five minutes, we removed the product as directed, only to find that our skin was highly irritated, visibly red and days later, still chapped from the harshness of the product.  

Just walk on by

We picked up a variety of self holding hair rollers at our local drugstore in an assortment of brands and sizes. Some, such as Conair’s Thermal Ionic Rollers in Extra Large ($5.29) had no problem staying put, but clung to the hair so well that removal damaged our locks. Others, such as Scunci’s Easy Out Self-holding Rollers ($4.49), didn’t pull the hair, but lacked the teeth to stay put, falling out very shortly after application and leaving us frizzy, frazzled and fed up.

There are good and bad products at every price point and while we’ve certainly discovered some drugstore darlings in our beauty travels, what appears to be cheap can sometimes be costly. Thankfully, our beauty advice is always free.


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