Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well today! It has been a crazy month and a half for me, hence the shitty upload schedule. But here I am with another post, today discussing some major holiday cruelty-free releases that I will not be purchasing. With the holiday’s right around the corner, it is easy for us all to get sucked into pretty packaging, pretty products, and FOMO. Most products that launch this time of year tend to be Limited Edition which has the potential to cause some to almost go into a panic wanting to purchase all of the new products. However, like most products, they get talked about for a bit, put into a drawer, just for the cycle to continue. Well, here are some of the products that I found that I will not be purchasing this holiday season. If you are interested in what they are, just keep on reading! All images were pulled off of the Trendmood Instagram.
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Fenty Beauty Holiday Collection
Fenty Beauty is a line that I appreciate and value, but unfortunately doesn’t really appeal to me. The foundation, primer, match stix, and highlights didn’t work for me. With this release, although absolutely beautiful packaging, you should NOT buy products for the pretty packaging. It is an absolute waste of money. This collection seems to mostly focus on sparkle and shine, from a mini Fairy Bomb, a Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette, Metallic Eye & Lip Crayons, Frosted Metal Lipsticks, Metallic Powders, shimmer Match Stix set, and a couple of sets of Mattemoiselle lipsticks. Again, looks absolutely beautiful, but I am not a fan of super shimmery, glittery, metallic products like this. These products would never get touched in my collection.
Dose of Colors MICKEY MOUSE Collection
I currently have two shades of the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks and they are probably my favorite if not one of my favorite formulas. They also have out some glosses, stick lipsticks, eyeshadows, and highlighters. I am quite interested in trying those formulas down the line, once I’ve used up more of my products. This collection offers a few liquid lipstick shades, 3 regular lipsticks, and an eyeshadow palette that has a highlighter in it. This, in theory, would be a great way to sample a few more products. I’m not interested, however, because the shades in the palette are shades I know I already have in my collection and the shades for the liquid lipsticks and regular lipsticks would not be that unique to my collection and seem to run a bit warm. I do not like most lip products that run warm, they look weird against my skin tone.
Jouer, in general, is a brand that unfortunately doesn’t interest me. They have beautiful packaging, but beyond that none of the lip shades, face products, eyeshadows have caught my eye and lured me into purchasing. Same goes with this collection. Packaging is an absolute A+ from me. I love how beautiful and classic the packaging is, but the products inside. Meh. The eyeshadow palette is a massive turn off for me, because for one all of the shades look very glittery, which is not my style, and for me, those shades would be difficult for me to work with because I don’t feel I can make a completed and cohesive look. After working on the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette and trying to use it up, I will never buy a face palette. Several of the lip products look similar in shade and the blush is a shade I do not wear.
Makeup Geek At The Stroke of Midnight Collection
Now, this is one of the Holiday releases I am actually really tempted into purchasing. Not so much for the lashes or lip products, but for the palette. Those matte shades are right up my alley and those metallic shades look stunning. I love Marlena and I love Makeup Geek shadows. However, the reason I won’t be purchasing this is again, I feel I have very similar shades in my collection.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics ALIEN Collection
If anyone knows how to do colorful and unique collections, it is Jeffree Star, this collection being no exception. From the design of the packaging, shade selection, and names, he really knows how to pull it all together. I’ve purchased his lip scrubs before, great quality and flavors, but they ended up going to waste because I do not use lip scrubs. I’m currently panning a Lip Ammunition and even though I love the color, the formula isn’t anything spectacular. The liquid lipstick formula is honestly hit or miss for the shades I have purchased. Unicorn Blood & Dominatrix were a bit patchy for me and wore off pretty quickly (granted, I’m pretty hard on my lips hehe), but Celebrity Skin & my personal favorite Posh Spice were great. The reason I’m not interested in anything with this collection is the shades. None of the shades for the lip products appeal to me and the only shade I’m interested in in the palette is the dark grey shade, which I have in my collection.
Now, I know there are tons of holiday releases happening, honestly they happen every year, but those are the ones that A) are Cruelty-free and B) caught my eye. What are some holiday beauty releases that have caught your eye? Any that you might purchase or are there some you will definitely pass on? Let me know in the comments below! The only item I picked up for the holiday releases was the Anastasia Beverly Hills SULTRY Palette. No regrets! Anyway, that does it for me! Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of your day!