Makeup Anti-Haul 4 – Makeup I Won’t be Buying

May 20, 2020
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It’s been a while since my last makeup anti-haul, and after some very questionable releases lately, I think it’s definitely time for another!

Jeffree Star Cremated Palette

Where do I even begin with this? The poorly timed release date or the dull shade range? Admittedly I’m not a fan of Jeffree Star and his products, but this is just really taking the piss isn’t it?

With all the death and tragedy happening in the world right now, the last thing I think people need is a palette called ‘Cremated’. I understand he had planned this entire concept before Coronavirus was a thing and it wouldn’t have made sense financially to have changed the packaging and the marketing. I also understand that there’s always going to be a tragedy, someone will always be offended by this concept. But, with this virus, which has infected approximately 4.71 million and killed approximately 315k people as of this moment, it seems very insensitive. He could’ve easily delayed it by 6 months to a year. It’s not like he’s struggling financially right now.

Now, moving onto the shade range. I’m all for a gothic palette, but gothic and death doesn’t just mean black and white. There could’ve been so much potential with this. Choosing colours that represent death in different cultures could’ve been interesting…rather than a row of white shades. Dark purples, navy, maroon, this could’ve been so much more. It feels a little lazy, to be honest. How many shades of white and grey do we really need?

Jeffree Star Cremated Palette

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Pat Mcgrath Divine Rose 2

There is so much hype around these palettes and I 100% understand why. They are stunning. The Divine Rose 2 palette looks really beautiful, the shimmers seem incredible and the colour story is perfect. But it’s $125! And, in reality, there’s only one shade in that palette that is actually unique which is the green/purple shift. The rest of the shades you can easily find in other, more affordable but still just as good quality palettes. Spending $125 for essentially one shade is insane to me.

Pat Mcgrath Divine Rose 2 makeup anti-haul

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ABH Norvina Vol. 4 Palette

Anyone else getting a little sick and tired of how quick ABH are throwing out new releases? There’s no excitement for them anymore. No anticipation or build-up. I remember when they would release a new eyeshadow palette maybe once or twice a year and it was such an event. So much more time and effort would go into the palettes and the marketing material. Now, they release a palette, talk about it for a few weeks and then release something else. And I’m just tired of it all. I can barely keep up!

I don’t own any of the Norvina palettes, there’s probably only two that I would want and it’s not this one. Nothing about this is really special or unique to me. I know I own every single one of those shades in other palettes (mostly in ABH palettes too). It just doesn’t excite me at all and at £60 too it’s really not worth it.

ABH Norvina Vol. 4 Palette makeup anti-haul

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

So, the foundation isn’t new…but for some reason they’ve decided to package it in a plastic pouch. Why? Not only does it look gross but why would you go from a pretty much recyclable glass bottle to non-recyclable plastic? I just do not understand the thought process there! It feels like a real step backwards.

I’ve seen that it’s supposed to be easier to get every last drop of foundation out of it, but I feel like it would just create such a mess. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a messy, half squeezed up plastic pouch on my makeup desk.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation makeup anti-haul

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Inc.Redible Juicy Pair Boob and Bum Mask

Really? Is this really necessary? A sheet mask for your boobs and bum. I just can’t. As if women’s insecurities aren’t exploited enough, now we need to worry if our boobs and bums are nourished, bright and bouncy enough? Um no!

I’m so sick of seeing stuff like this. A few months ago it was cleaning products for your private areas which could’ve potentially been dangerous and now this. These are not things we need. These are things to make young, impressionable girls even more insecure. The beauty industry can really be such a scam at times.

Inc.Redible Juicy Pair Boob and Bum Mask

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That’s everything on my makeup anti-haul Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on these products. I’d love to know everyone’s opinions, good or bad. If you feel there is a need or a demographic for boob sheet masks and an all black and white palette.

I hope you all enjoyed this makeup anti-haul post, and I didn’t offend too many of you. If you did then don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!


  • ❥ D

    May 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I always love reading posts like these. I can’t believe Maybelline is doing that with the Fit Me Foundation! It’s the only foundation I’ve used for the past 3 years but with that packaging… I don’t know. And those masks are ridiculous, thank you for pointing out how bad of a message it could send.

    1. Hollie

      May 22, 2020 at 9:45 am

      I know! It was very surprising, no idea what they were thinking with it. Honestly I’m so sick of seeing things like those masks pop up all the time ? There is absolutely no need for them!

  • Chanelle

    May 20, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    That Maybelline foundation in a pouch is just weird! The packaging would be so messy and wouldn’t be travel friendly either I’d imagine, I’d be paranoid the pouch would burst and product would get everywhere ?

    You’re right about the Cremated palette, too much grey and white. Some of the shades palette are really pretty but if it was a smaller size like the Mini Controversy that would have been better x

    1. Hollie

      May 22, 2020 at 9:47 am

      It’s very weird! I really don’t understand the thought process there. And yeah you’re right, I wouldn’t want to travel with it either, way too risky.

      A smaller palette probably would’ve worked better but even still there’s really only a couple of looks you can really get out of it. Definitely not worth it!

  • marsybun

    May 21, 2020 at 5:11 am

    I have so many issues with that Jeffree Star palette – cannot believe he thought it was a good idea! Very disappointing.

    ? Marissa Belle | x ?

    1. Hollie

      May 22, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Tell me about it! Jeffree is a pretty controversial character anyway but this is just a bit too much

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