Before I make a skincare purchase, I always make sure I do a decent amount of research: read up the reviews, and read off the ingredient list. However, there are still times that I jump on a product that suppose to be the cult favorite, but end up not working well for me. It just comes to show that skincare is very personal, and something that works for others, may not work for you. I have accumulated a few disappointments, please allow me to tell you why.
A bit information about my skin type: I have combination to dry skin, often dehydrated as I spent most of my day in air conditioned room. I don’t have sensitive skin, not prone to breakout, and have pretty good tolerance level for acid based products.
Kate Somerville Exfolikate: Probably the most famous product in the whole Kate Somerville skincare line? At least this is how I was introduced to the brand. Dubbed “Hollywood’s 2 minute facial”, this exfoliator has quite an impressive list of loyal customers, but after a few uses, I have to say I’m not impressed. It’s formulated to gently exfoliate the skin, while deliver a brighter, healthier complexion thanks to its lactic acid and fruit enzyme. Yes, I did feel a bit of tingling sensation, and yes, the exfoliating part is quite gentle, but neither of the effects was mind blowing (actually it kind doesn’t do anything to my skin). I would prefer the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher for exfoliating any day. And if you are looking for retexturizing/resurfacing facial mask, I would recommend the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial.
Oskia Renaissance Mask: Given how much I love the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I’m really surprised this mask was underwhelming to me. It has a similar value proposition to the Kate Somerville Exfolikate, in the sense that it gently exfoliates the skin (with fruit enzyme), and leaves you with a softer, brighter and glowy skin. I love the idea of it, and enjoy the luxurious texture and scent, but I just don’t see much difference after using this mask. The Renaissance Cleansing Gel (with regular use) actually gives me more glow than this mask.
Sisley Cleansing Milk with White Lily: This is my least favorite out of all the products in this post. I received this small size as part of gift with purchase, and let me just say, I’m so glad I didn’t spend money on this. I do have a soft spot for milk cleanser, because they tend to be very gentle, great for dry and sensitive skin. But this cleanser is too gentle, to the point that it does literally nothing as far as cleansing goes. Not only that, it leaves a slippery film on the skin that I need to follow up with another cleanser to just clean off the residue. A cleanser that requires another cleaner? Do not recommend at all. If you are looking for a gentle milk cleanser, try the Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser instead, which is much more wallet friendly, and a fabulous cleanser for dry and sensitive skin.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30: It’s another product that has an intriguing concept – sunscreen and primer in one, but falls short for me in exeuction. I absolutely adore the package: it locks tight which makes it great for traveling, see through bottle so you know exactly how much product there is left, and the twist up pump makes sure no product is wasted. However, as a primer, it does not sit well under makeup at all. All of my foundations peel with this product underneath, and what’s worse is that even without makeup, it would still peel on the skin. How bizarre is that? I couldn’t be more happier when reached the last pump, and trashed it right away, hence its lack of appearance in the photos.
Are there products that everyone seems to love, but didn’t work out for you?