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!”. Here’s my version, sans video. Here’s my additional comments¹.
In May, Maybelline launched a ton of things. I don’t really need any of them but I’m curious about the Fit Me Powder (if I ever run out of loose powder). Ulta started carrying Sleek. Overall, it really wasn’t that busy of a month for launches. It looks like most of the new stuff will be “officially” launching in June.
Here’s some things that have launched or will be launching soon that have been receiving hype in the Beauty World.
It’s a cute collection but not really any cuter than any other k-cosmetics that we can get if we have the patience to wait on international shipping. Here’s swatches of the entire collection. And here’s the brand’s fashions in case you didn’t realize ruffles are really, really in right now. Save me.
When I saw the pre-release swatches, I thought I would end up buying this. But, once it launches I easily talked myself out of it. It’s expensive for what it is. Like it’s pretty but it seems pricey for such few shades. Or maybe I think that because in reality, I just want 3 of the 6 shades. (More swatches here). Any dupes for Midnight Swim (the deep brown) are greatly appreciated.
Cute concept with a lackluster execution. YET, I still want a Globo-inspired lipstick because I have problems.
I can not keep up with ColourPop’s collections. They are launching something new all of the time and discontinuing all of my “old” favorites. This collection is really pretty. I admit that I’m so tempted by Mamacita (a goth-y burgundy). Honestly, I don’t need it. I have stuff like that already. Look at me being so responsible! (Swatches here, the shadows look great).
There are beauty bloggers that predominately deal in skincare that can tell you why this isn’t such a great buy. I can tell you why I don’t want it. It’s expensive for what it is (1 oz is $34 – that’s about a month’s worth of sunscreen). I can buy Japanese sunscreen for less. I worry about the stability of the actives in the Glossier and I don’t like the addition of essential oils. Overall, I think it’s probably just fine but I think you can spend less money for a better product.
It’s a cute set, even if it is a bit “late” to its appointment, but it’s cute. However, I never liked any of the unicorn makeup stuff so of course, I’m going to pass. Even with my “pass”, this stuff sold out really quick. Here’s swatches; I think some of the products are still available individually. The lip products look cool.
I’m so curious about this collection. It sort of k-beauty for the US drugstore market (high SPF, massage creams, hydration). I have used elf skincare in the past was surprised by its quality. There’s a few products in this collection that sound very promising.
It’s just so pretty. I mean, look at these swatches!
Not many temptations in May. I’m getting better at talking myself out of stuff.
Oh, has anyone tried that new L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara? Could that be a Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara dupe? Also, are those even words? Listen to those word salads!
So, what do you think? What are your anti-hauls? What are your newly launched temptations? Any makeup/fragrance rants?
¹ Oh, and here I am quoted in The Outline. I’m sure not fighting capitalism talking about luxury consumer products so that’s an overstatement. But, I feel like these make me a more conscious consumer and evaluate what I want, own and what gives me joy.