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By now, you've likely heard of Wish, the Amazon-esque app where you can buy all sorts of generic products for the price of a dollar-menu taco. There, you'll find a slew of Instagram-worthy beauty products at prices you thought you'd have to kill for.

But is it too good to be true? I placed an order and discovered the truth the hard way.

Honestly, for what you pay, Wish's beauty tools aren't completely terrible.

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This 18-piece brush set cost a mere $10 after shipping fees.

These ones didn't look too far off from their pictures, but they did have a few downsides.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Each of these individual brushes felt either incredibly soft or completely frayed. They also didn't feel very sturdy — I'd give them a few months of frequent use, tops. The fake leather brush roll these guys came in gave the bristles a smell that I can only describe as "chemical." 

Were I to actually use them, I'd clean them thoroughly beforehand.

This cute little pack of beauty sponges offered drugstore quality for just $1.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

These little guys are super dense and not nearly as soft as an actual beautyblender, but I've seen worse at a higher price.

This chubby mermaid brush, also $1, wasn't chrome like it was in its photo — but that was really the only thing wrong with it.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

This adorable $1 silicone sponge was one of the only things that looked exactly like its photo (and didn't make me fear for my skin's safety).

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

The same goes for this crazy cat eyeliner stencil, of which I got five for less than $2.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

But, uh, it didn't exactly work. The hard plastic couldn't conform to my eye and made applying my eyeliner harder, if anything.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

This tool was definitely designed with hooded lids in mind, which is fine but was certainly not made clear in Wish's product description.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Wish's makeup, on the other hand, is an outright scam. None of it seemed safe enough to put directly on my face — especially this foundation.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

It only cost $2, but it smelled like toilet cleaner and had the consistency of carnival face paint. And did I mention there was practically no shade range?

This $1 eyeliner pen felt less like eyeliner and more like a sharpie marker.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

The bright side? It stayed put. The downside? It bled. A lot.

photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

I could tell before I even opened this eye shadow palette that it was broken.

photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

And I was right. An entire pan had shattered and spread over the entire palette, which was barely the size of my hand.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

For $3, you could fine something better at the drugstore. These swatches took several heaping layers of shadow.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Most magnetic false eyelashes cost upwards of $50, but these were only $1.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

And, much to my surprise, they worked. They didn't offer a whole lot of volume, though.

photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

For $1, I got this nail polish that was advertised as "mirror chrome," which it definitely WAS NOT.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Yeah, that's just straight-up metallic.

This clear knockoff of Cover FX's Custom Enhancer Drops cost $3, and I'm pretty sure it was literally just glitter and oil mixed together.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

And, finally, this $1 "long lasting matte" liquid lipstick couldn't provide an even swatch. It was THAT patchy.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Was it worth saving those coins? Absolutely not. The downsides heavily outweighed the benefits, and I haven't even told you about the shipping yet.

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photo: Carmen Hurtado-Esteve/Revelist

Because Wish's products are all sold by different vendors, they all ship at different points of time and in separate packages. And they all ship from China, so they take FOREVER to land on your doorstep.

After making one single order for all of these items, I waited just over a month for all of them to arrive. Woof.

BYE, Wish.

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I'll sacrifice my hard-earned money for stuff that actually works.