Things the beauty industry tells you you need but you actually don’t

Things the beauty industry tells you you need but you actually don’t

Sometimes, when the mood strikes, I spring-clean my beauty stash. I often end up throwing away a lot of half-used products that just don’t work anymore. I’ve realized over the years that the things I chuck into the bins are the ones that I’ve blindly bought after reading about rave reviews in magazines and on social media, such as:


Eyeshadow primer

Time and again, I’ve noticed that eyeshadow primers don’t stay as long as they claim to. My eyelids get oily after a long day, and silicone-type eyeshadow primers just have too much slip to feel like they’re doing anything substantial for my eye makeup. Yes, they look and feel nice within the first few hours, but that’s about it for me. I usually prep my eyelids with nude-toned matte eyeshadow or powder foundation before applying any sort of eyeliner, then go over the lines again with black powder eyeshadow. Works like charm every time.




A lot of people advocate the use of lipliner, but unless your lipstick is the creamy, ultra-pigmented type, there’s absolutely no necessity for a lipliner. Especially with matte lip creams – a lipliner has a different texture, and tends to leave an outline around the lips, long after your lipstick has disappeared after a meal or a long day. And modern lipstick textures, with their sheerer, stain-like finishes, do not warrant the need for a lipliner.


Pre-essence/first essence


In my humble opinion, a pre-essence is just a fancy name for a toner-serum hybrid that’s designed to ‘facilitate product absorption and boost the benefits of your skincare’. It does the job like how any hyaluronic acid-based essence would. Personally, I’d spend the same amount of money on a clear, fluid-type hydrating serum or ampoule that promises more intense hydrating effects, and follow that with a more targeted essence like a whitening or brightening one.


Cushion anything


BB cushion, cushion blusher, cushion eyeliner… what else can they come up with next? Firstly, product wastage. Secondly, you’re paying for packaging, not product. Basically, you’re better off with a conventional product in a tube/bottle that gives you more value for money, instead of paying premium price for a sponge soaked with ‘some’ product.


Lip scrub


Lip scrubs don’t come cheap, but spending north of RM40 for a product that only serves to remove dead skin cells from your lips – is it really worth it? An equally-effective but way cheaper alternative is to mix a bit of brown sugar (the fine type) with honey or water, and rub the paste all over your lips. Follow with a generous slick of lipbalm after, and I promise you won’t be able to tell the difference between a DIY lip scrub and a store-bought one.


Solid perfume


Granted, solid perfumes cost less than spray-type perfumes, but the sillage (lasting power) is not as strong. To date, I’ve yet to come across a solid perfume that has great lasting power, and smells strong enough to suit my liking. If you really want something that’s more portable, sample vials are a far more viable option.


Dry shampoo


Never have I used a dry shampoo that managed to make my hair stay grease-free for extended hours. No matter what it says on the canister, my hair always looks sad, limp and grimy after using dry shampoo, and I hate the ‘powdery’ feeling it leaves behind. In fact, baby powder works even better – just sprinkle onto roots, massage it in and towel off the excess so there’s no white residue on your locks. Just remember to cleanse the scalp properly after that to avoid clogging pores.



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