It takes some serious dedication to completely finish a beauty product. Whether you used it up because it's just that good or you were determined to get your money's worth—or both—there's great satisfaction that comes with scraping the bottom of the bottle or squeezing the last drop out of the tube. We can relate! That's why we're sharing with you the products we finished each month in a series we're calling Empties. Here you'll get the honest low down—the good and the bad—about the beauty products all of our Influenster editors have used to the very last drop.
What it is: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Why I bought it: I’m somewhat of a Glossier fan girl. Or I was. Every time the brand releases a new product my online shopping trigger finger starts itching to hit ‘buy now.’ When I saw a GIF of a Glossier staffer removing a bunch of heavy makeup from her hand with this cleanser I purchased it immediately. I wear more eye makeup than anything else and the ability to remove it is my cleanser litmus test.
Pros: The packaging is playful and the light, rose scent is lovely. I also like that this cleanser didn’t dry me out—even when I was using it daily.
Cons: So, real talk, I have a few cons here and they are deal breakers. First of all, I never felt as though my skin was clean after using this. I almost always felt the need to double cleanse. Secondly, try as I might with multiple washings and minutes spend slowly massaging the cleanser in, it did nothing to remove my eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadow. Lastly, it just wasn’t enjoyable to use. The texture of this cleanser is more jelly than milky and it was tough to spread around my face.
Will I buy it again: Nope. I love Glossier’s makeup products but this foray into skincare left me unimpressed.
—Bethany Cantor, Director of Content
What it is: Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
What it does: Washes away makeup and impurities
Why I bought it: I love Tata Harper's products. Period. The natural ingredients, the stunning packaging, the small-batch philosophy. It's all music to my ears. So when I was in the market to replace my cleanser, I actually decided to give the double cleansing trend a shot. So I got my hands on this milky cleanser as well as the Nourishing Cleansing Oil to accompany.
Pros: The texture is so smooth and creamy that I feel like I'm getting the royal treatment each night. I use this following the cleansing oil, which dissolves away all my makeup (even mascara) and leaves my skin supple and hydrated. (This is another product I finished this month!) This particular cleanser is ideal for pairing with an oil because the milky formula melts away any excess oil and washes away any remaining impurities, leaving skin squeaky clean—without feeling raw and dry. I found it incredibly nourishing as well. Sometimes, admittedly, I skipped my moisturizer! But my absolute favorite part about this cleanser is the smell. The sweet florals are basically reminiscent of spring and wildflowers. What more could you want from a cleanser?
Cons: I really do not have any complaints about this product—a rare thing for me, I assure you. I suppose my only "issue" would be that it really works best paired with the cleansing oil, so you might end up spending more than you originally planned on a cleanser!
Will I buy it again: Absolutely. This has been my favorite cleanser to date—and I've tried a lot of different ones out there. Paired with the Nourishing Cleansing Oil, this is my double cleansing dream. I finished both products at the same time and let me tell you, I was so heartbroken to see these products go. I will be hitting purchase in three, two, one...
—Caitlin Miller, Site Editor
What it is: Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask
What it does: Spot treatment for blemishes
Why I bought it: I fell prey to the Proactiv commercials in the early 2000s. Someone spoke about the refining mask being like a skincare army working overnight, so I tried it, and felt like I too was battling my blemishes. Julianne Hough wins again.
Pros: If I feel a pimple developing under the skin, I put this on at night and by the morning it seems to have kept it at bay. It does feel like it's a proactive measure to prevent poor skin from occurring.
Cons: The price has increased over the years; the packaging and branding has changed, but the product has remained the same. I wish I could still purchase it for the same price that I did in high school.
Will I buy it again: Yes! You can find the original on Ebay, because who doesn't love a 10-year-old skincare product?
—Samantha White, Video Strategist
What it is: Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
What it does: Makes my skin look #flawless.
Why I bought it: I’ve been hearing about it for a long time, everyone who uses it loves it and it’s Dior so it’s got to be good, right?
Pros: This is hands down the best foundation i’ve ever used. It’s lightweight, it takes two seconds to apply, gives my skin an airbrushed look, is long lasting and I did not break out at all! I either sprayed directly onto my face and went over with a Kabuki brush or sprayed onto a Kabuki brush and applied from there.
Cons: It is definitely an investment. ($$$$)
Will I buy it again: Yes. 100 percent worth the price.
—Carson Mehl, Senior Social Media Strategist
What it is: Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara
Why I bought it: My sister has naturally thin lashes, and when I saw her use it I noticed an immediate difference in volume. I had to try it for myself!
Pros: It makes my eye pop! The formula is really thick and adds intense volume without clumping. Plus, you can’t beat the price.
Cons: At the end of a long work day I tend to notice a bit of fallout.
Will I buy it again: Definitely! It’s become a drugstore must-have.
—Claire Rodgers, Junior Editor
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