If you're a fan of cosmetics or beauty products of any kind, then there's a high chance you've shopped at Ulta Beauty in the past. Ulta's online store has basically everything you could ever ask for beauty-wise: haircare products, a bath and body section, makeup, skincare products... You name it, they stock it! While Ulta does make their own range of affordable beauty products, they also stock big names and famous brands. No matter what your budget is, you'll probably find something on Ulta's website that fits your cosmetics shopping needs.
The vast majority of the products stocked by Ulta go down pretty well amongst customers. They kinda have to if Ulta wants to stay in business! However, not every single beauty product out there is created equally, and you'd better believe that consumers are willing to share their criticisms of less-than-perfect purchases. Ulta's simple five-star rating system makes it fairly easy to see which products have performed well and which are total flops.
Still, it's a bit of a slog trawling through all of Ulta's products to find the best ones, right? Wouldn't it be easier if there was a list somewhere of all of the beauty products stocked by Ulta that you shouldn't bother buying? Well, that's where we come in. Here are some of the beauty product missees stocked by Ulta that you probably shouldn't add to your basket...
While the Ulta-exclusive Catrice All-Round Contouring Palette may look inviting with its range of highlighting and contouring shades, its one-star rating suggests that it might be a product to avoid. According to one unhappy customer, the allegedly "creamy" consistency of the contouring shades is better described as "slimy". Gross! On top of that, the product simply doesn't blend when it's applied to the skin, which is a pretty awful trait for a contouring palette. All in all, if you're hoping to create a sickening contour look, this might not be the product for you!
On the face of it, the LA Girl Double D mascara is a pretty effective product. Reviews on Ulta Beauty's website suggest that it lengthens, volumizes, and defines the lashes without having a clumping effect. What more could you want from a mascara? However, don't rush out to buy this product quite yet: there's a major catch that leads to it getting just 1.5 stars in total on Ulta's website. Apparently, this mascara dries up almost immediately after the first use, and sometimes before it's been used at all! Not great...
The Bronx Colors Flavoured Lip Balm is a cheap and pretty quirky product that's tempted quite a few customers on the Ulta website. Bronx claims that the balm is infused with shea butter, moisturizing oils, and Vitamin E - all of that sounds great! However, in reality, this balm seems to have disappointed the Ulta website's reviewers. It apparently smells and tastes pretty bad, despite the fact it's supposed to have a fresh, fruity scent. The product also apparently broke after just two uses by one very disgruntled consumer. Oh dear!
In general, Real Techniques' range of makeup tools and sponges gets positive reviews from beauty gurus and consumers alike. However, there's one product in this range that seems to have hugely disappointed Ulta Beauty customers. Even when damp, the sponge is apparently too stiff and rough to apply foundation effectively and doesn't blend your makeup at all. If anything, it actually absorbs your foundation and therefore wastes it! A lot of reviewers admitted that while they love other Real Techniques sponges, this product is a definite miss.
Opi's range of Pop Culture Nail Lacquers had such promise when they were first released. The products came in refreshingly bright colors and boasted a "fizzing" effect thanks to "bubbling translucent particles" in their formula. However, in reality, these lacquers have proved to be something of a disappointment. According to Ulta Beauty customers, the "fizzing" actually creates a texture on the nail that feels like grit, and the lacquer generally chips very easily. Sure, it dries quickly, but it hardly matters when the finished effect is this much of a letdown!
There are a lot of gel nail polishes on the market at the moment, most of which really do give your nails a glossy, professional-looking finish. Unfortunately, if Ulta Beauty customers are to be believed, Red Carpet's gel polish collection doesn't live up to expectations. While the colors are vibrant and the polish easy to apply, the product chips insanely easily - sometimes after just a day of wear! A couple of customers even reported experiencing pretty bad nail bruising thanks to these products. Ouch!
The beneficial effects of charcoal on the skin have been widely discussed in recent years, with charcoal face masks and scrubs becoming super popular products. While many charcoal-infused products have received glowing reviews, the Yes To Detoxifying Charcoal Deep Cleansing Scrub is not one of them. Many reviewers reported that the scrub actually made their skin's quality worse! A cleanser should surely reduce how many breakouts you have, not directly cause one. On top of that, a lot of customers received defective cleansers that had totally solidified before even one use.
In an ideal world, those of us who want to shield our skin from the sun's rays would have access to a product that contains strong SPF protection but blends nicely into the skin. Nobody wants to walk around looking like a ghost all day because their sunblock simply wouldn't rub in! Unfortunately, this seems to be the effect that the Skyn Iceland Icelandic Moisture With Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has. Multiple reviewers reported that this cream leaves a white cast on the skin, which is less than ideal.
We all need a good pamper session from time to time, and what better way to kick back and relax than to apply a face mask? Paper masks are just one of the many forms of facemasks out there and there are a ton on the market. While the Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Ultra Hydrating Sheet Mask is definitely one of the cheaper offerings at just $2.99, Ulta customers haven't been impressed with its results. Almost three hundred reviewers reported that the mask irritated their skin, with 65 people claiming that it actually burned.
Is there anything worse than a beauty product that was once holy-grail levels of amazing getting a new formula that totally ruins it? Sadly, it looks like this has happened with the Origins Salt Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Salt Body Scrub. Multiple Ulta Beauty customers have reported their disappointment regarding their former favorite product's new, wholly ineffective consistency. The quality of the scrub has reduced, it smells weird, and it no longer has its formerly amazing exfoliating properties. Why would Origins ruin such a great product? If it's not broken, don't fix it, guys!
While hairbrushes featuring natural bristles are an inviting prospect for a lot of haircare gurus, in practice, these products don't always provide the amazing results you'd expect. A lot of real-hair brushes are simply too soft to cope with anything but the thinnest, shortest of hair, which isn't great for a lot of consumers! The Revlon Perfect Style Medium 100% Boar Brush is a great example of this. While some customers found that it worked really well for their hair type, others were left sorely disappointed.
Considering most dry shampoos tend to come in spray form, the idea of a foam version of this product is a pretty inviting one. Could this unique formula by Marc Anthony have results that are even more impressive than our favorite dry shampoo sprays? Well, apparently not, according to Ulta Beauty customers. Apparently, this foam does basically nothing positive at all. It doesn't make your hair feel cleaner: it just adds extra grease and leaves an odd residue behind in your locks. But hey - at least it apparently smells nice!
Considering the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Aqua-Gel Conditioner has a pretty hefty price tag of $34 per bottle, you'd expect it to be able to work wonders on your hair. Unfortunately, if the reviews are anything to go by, it does quite the opposite. Instead of making your hair feel smooth and hydrated, it leaves it frizzy, dry, and smelly. The product is apparently nearly impossible to actually work through your hair because of how heavy the gel is, and doesn't wash out effectively either. All in all, it's a no from Ulta Beauty customers.
Redken's Clean Maniac Micellar Clean-Touch Conditioner is another haircare product that basically does the opposite of what it says on the tin. It doesn't leave your hair feeling smooth, hydrated, or even clean: it only adds grease and causes your locks to tangle. That's if it does anything at all! A number of consumers suggested that when they applied this conditioner to their hair, it did literally nothing. No improvement, not even any negative effects... Just nothing. While light conditioners can sometimes be great for thinner or damaged hair, this product has transcended "light" and become non-existent.
Considering a fair number of Yes To's products have received enough negative reviews from Ulta customers to make it onto this list, you've got to wonder whether there's a quality issue across the board at the company. Just like the Coconut Paper Mask, this Cucumbers 2-Step Eye Kit isn't just ineffective: it's actively damaging to the skin. Multiple customers reported that the kit caused a burning sensation on their skin, extreme redness, and generally irritated their under-eye area. Considering how sensitive this area of our bodies is, that's really not great.
Can someone please tell Drybar that a dry shampoo is supposed to make your hair feel cleaner, not ten times dirtier? They don't seem to have gotten that message when developing their Detox Dry Shampoo For Brunettes (or the version of this product that's for all hair types, actually). The product is apparently ineffective when it comes to soaking up oil and making your hair appear fresher and cleaner. It smells good, and the brown tint is great for covering grey hairs, but the product is otherwise pretty poor.
While Hot Tools may claim that their Satin Foam Rollers can stay put in your hair overnight without pins or clips, the reviews of this product on Ulta's website suggest otherwise. Numerous unhappy customers reported that the rollers either shifted position during use and created kinks in people's curls, or just fell out altogether. The rollers are apparently too flimsy to be effective, which isn't great considering they cost $10.99. All in all, it doesn't sound like they're worth the money - unless you're willing to use clips after all!
For the uninitiated, dermaplaning is an exfoliation technique that basically uses a tiny electric razor to scrape the dead skin and small hairs off your face. If this sounds like something you'd want to try, there are a wide range of dermaplaners on the market - but perhaps avoid Tweezerman's Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner. According to numerous reviewers on the Ulta Beauty website, this bit of kit does nothing at all. Like, nothing. No dead skin is removed, no hairs are shaved... Nothing happens! Awkward...
If a company has gone to the trouble of putting a light inside one of its mirror products, you'd assume that the light in question would be a useful addition to your getting ready routine. Well, according to Ulta reviewers, Revlon didn't exactly check beforehand whether their mirror light was actually bright enough to be effective. Spoiler alert: it's not! The light bulb used in the product is simply too dim: many customers reported barely noticing a difference between the light being on or off.
If you're going to drop almost $50 on an Eau Fraiche, you'd expect it to actually have a noticeable smell, right? Sadly, this isn't the case with the Clean Air & Coconut Water Eau Fraiche, which sells for $48 on Ulta. Apparently, it really isn't worth the money at all: the Eau Fraiche barely smells of anything at all. Within a few minutes, any faint trace of scent that it actually imparts fades away completely. Sure, it's not supposed to be an overpowering fragrance, but you'd expect to be able to smell something after using it! Anything!
With a name like Le Fizz, this bath bar from Zoella Beauty basically promises the customer that it's going to, well, fizz. It literally says it right there on the label! However, it seems like the product itself doesn't live up to its name. Apparently, it barely fizzes and doesn't have much of an effect on bathwater at all. In fact, one reviewer noted that they had to essentially smash the fizzer up because it wouldn't dissolve! Plus, while the product is supposed to smell like macaroons, in practice it smells of approximately nothing. How disappointing!
Another product that claims to fizz and bubble, another massive letdown. Fizz and Bubble's range of bath products generally gets good reviews on Ulta Beauty's site, but this product is something of an exception. The Birthday Cake Bubble Bath Candies fall at quite a few hurdles: they don't actually smell like birthday cake, they don't actually bubble or fizz, and they barely even dissolve in your bath water. Sure, these "candies" look cute, but that doesn't make up for the fact that they don't work.
On Ulta's website, Frank Body describes its Magic Shimmer Oil product as an "entire body Insta filter." That's a pretty bold statement, and while the oil may make your skin look flawless and sparkling, it has a certain downside that makes it a less-than-ideal product. The smell of the oil is apparently pretty bad. Two reviewers described the scent as being like "burned french fries" or "like someone had thrown up." No matter how sparkly you look, that doesn't make up for the fact that this oil basically makes you stink.
In theory, Shea Moisture's BeautyHack 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil sounds like an incredible product. It's packed full of nutrients to keep your skin feeling as healthy as possible, and it can be blended with other oils to create the scent or effects of your choice. However, according to Ulta reviewers, it has a major flaw that makes it basically unusable. The oil is so thick and gloopy that it's barely possible to get it out of the bottle, let alone massage it into your skin! One customer claimed that it's also as sticky as glue. Oh dear!
The idea of a selfie light is a great one in theory. Who hasn't faced the struggle to get perfect lighting in a snap? This product should fix all of those issues... But "should" isn't quite the same as "does". According to Ulta reviewers, while the light definitely does provide illumination, it also leaves a "halo" or weird band of light across all of your pictures. It can also cause your photos to look distorted or blurry, which probably isn't what most people are going for!