A lot of people do “Anti-Hauls” on Youtube. If you aren’t familiar with these, these are videos where people talk about what they aren’t buying. With so many launches, I love the premise of this. It gives us a reason to talk about what’s new without actually participating in this makeup economy of “BUT THIS LIMITED EDITION THING!”.
Inspired by my fellow Lipstick Leaguer¹, Phyrra, I’ve decided to put together my own monthly Anti-Haul (sans Youtube/video because I can’t find the time nor do I appreciate the harassment).
I’m talking about things that have launched or will be launching soon that have been receiving hype in the Beauty World.
ANTI-HAUL MARCH 2017
These are the things I’m very, very certain that I won’t be purchasing.
This entire concept is so stupid to me. First off, it’s so expensive for a mask even with “three uses” (who wants to store that thing when it’s not in use?) I imagine it’s like putting a dry paper towel on your face. If you are that bothered by liquids/moisture then why are you even buying skincare? Like just go sit around in the dark with dry paper towels on your face. Anyway, read Tracy’s review here. She truly convinced me that I do not need this thing in my life.
SauceBox Mermaid Life Palette (pre-ordering now, ships late April)
It’s just too big. I have no idea how I would store it or use it. The colors aren’t anything I’m interested in either. I hate it because I like to support indies and I like this brand. However, nothing about this product appeals to me. I mean, it’s cute but it’s something I can easily talk myself out of.
How many of these will this brand launch? All these citrus things smell the same. At this stage, I don’t think any of us can distinguish any of these glorified 4711 wannabes from each other.
MAC x Beauty Gurus Campaign (launches spring through summer)
This doesn’t launch until late April, but I already know I’m not interested. #1 I miss makeup artists and I’m so sick of “influencers”. This isn’t me being a hater. I just don’t feel influencers represent “me”. Many are of the same age range, etc. The all use the same techniques and products. I’m bored. #2 The shade reveals have been boring stuff that I already own (but with different names). #3 I honestly thought it was the same lipstick being used and then I realized they were supposed to be “unique” shades. I didn’t realize they were different until I saw the random, lone berry one!
You know, the more I think about this, the more I don’t think that a brand could come up with such an accurate visual representation of my feelings of how bored I’m with “beauty influencers”. It’s almost like poetry in that regard. (If you want to see a lot of beige, go here).
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Collaboration (launches mid-April)
I merely being a contrarian butthead with this because the colors are rather classic and very much “French beauty”. But, I have stuff like this already. I also feel the brand has stuff like this already that isn’t limited edition (and without the Gainsbourg name). The packaging isn’t pretty enough to convince me to buy any of it. I wouldn’t be upset if I received of it as a gift, but it’s not something I’m going out of my way to buy. (Swatches here).
These are the new things I’m tempted by. You can maybe talk me in (or out) of these.
The Entire Urban Decay x Basquiat Collab (launches April 20th)
I still don’t know how to feel about this because I’m weird about artist collabs, especially when the artist is no longer with us and there’s no way they knew anything about the brand they are currently collab’n with. Saying this, the Basquiat Estate has down a great job introducing Basquiat to a younger audience through partnerships with brands like Uniqlo and Alice + Olivia. But, I’m still torn because that’s just how I am.
But, then I saw the pictures of the products and the palettes are gorgeous. They’re so gorgeous that it may tempt me rethink my personal dilemma. Plus, in today’s political climate, it’s a great time to celebrate 80’s artists like Basquiat, right? (Close-up pictures here).
OK, so I have colors like this already so please talk me out of it. It’s just that they are the type of colors I love to wear (because they’re flattering on me). Plus, they’re indie and I like them. In reality, I know I already own so many shades like this and I can effortlessly make my own Marvelous Mauves dupe. (Video review/swatches here).
My hope is that this is like a good but really cheap version of Annick Goutal Petite Cherie. It may be garbage but The Body Shop has some really great cheapies. I’m holding out hope. Have any of you guys tried it yet?
MAC x Min Liu Summer Collection (launches April 14th)
I don’t need any of this but this concept is so what I need in my life right now (AKA F U WINTER concept of glowing reds/pinks). It’s rather simple but the reds and pinks pack a real punch. Plus, there’s tassels! (Swatches here).
I tried talking myself out of this but I’m certain this will be something that I buy with my Low-Buy Monthly Allowance (there’s no rush – it’s permanent). I don’t own any Glow Kits; I love ABL formulas; I want a “weird” highlighting kit. These are DUOCHROME and strangely flattering. (Close-up and swatches here.)
So, what do you think? What are your anti-hauls? What are your newly launched temptations? Any makeup/fragrance rants? Now is the time to let it all out!
¹The Lipstick League contains a group of bloggers with various specialties (I’m fragrance!) that share our favorite blog posts for the week on our individuals sites. I post these every Sunday so you can get your weekly beauty fix.
*Nordstrom and Uniqlo contain affiliate links . Product pics from the brand except for MAC Beauty Gurus (Temptalia) and NARS (Nylon).