While it always seems like happy-happy-joy-joy on blogs where we rave about the latest discoveries and new products, out there in the sidelines and out of the limelight lie a fringe of discards. Products that don’t perform as they say they do, products that for one reason or another doesn’t agree with our skin and products that we just don’t quite like at all. It happens. Not everything is or can be a new favourite.
Here are some products that I’d been trying and testing off and on over a few months trying to decide if I like them or I don’t. If I like something, I usually form the impression quite quickly. When I don’t, I like to take a longer time to see if it grows on me, just to be fair.
These didn’t, although with one or two of them, I don’t dislike them enough to bin them immediately but will finish them up. So, in the middle of all my raves for skincare I like, here are the ones that didn’t make the cut one way or another.
Melvita Prosun SPF50 High Protection Sunscreen RM150/40ml
I admit that when I first laid eyes on this certified organic high SPF sunscreen from Melvita, I was very interested in it. The reason is because we don’t get many high protection broad spectrum sunscreen that is certified organic. SPF50 is rare enough in regular skincare and to find this sort of protection in an organic product was a bonus, and I hoped that I would like it so I could tell you all about it. I know the organic skincare movement is on the up trend locally so it would have been nice to share thoughts on a product that worked. The UV blockers are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, a good combination for broad spectrum physical blockers. Unfortunately however, I didn’t like it
Why don’t I like this: The texture is very thick and leaves a visible white cast on the skin, and takes a while to absorb. It also turns my skin oily and there is a strong scent I find unpleasant to my nose. I tried my best to like it but the scent and texture got the better of me. I also find it pricey for a product I dislike, so I’m afraid this was one I just couldn’t bring myself to like.
Kate Eye Make Up Remover
I’d run out of eye makeup remover (yes, I use separate makeup removers for eyes and face before cleansing) and rummaging around my “store” yielded this one from Kate, which is a sub-brand of Kanebo Cosmetics. I can’t remember how much this retailed for but it isn’t terribly pricey and I can’t remember when I bought it either. It’s a usual bi-facil style makeup remover with oil that you shake up to mix before using to remove makeup.
Why don’t I like this: I didn’t think this eye makeup remover to be very efficient especially to remove waterproof eyeliner. It takes quite a lot of work to get this to remove the Bobbi Brown gel liner pencil. I don’t wear mascara much anymore but when I do, it doesn’t do a good job of removing. I was using Maybelline before and I liked it. I like the L’Oreal one too. This one? I’ll finish it but I’ll never repurchase.
Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Bain Satin 2 Shampoo (RM78/250ml) and Lait Vital Conditioner (RM90/200ml)
Kérastase makes pretty good hair care products and if your wallet allows it and it suits your hair (like skin, not every hair care product suits everyone) then it’s pretty good. When my hair was much longer than it is now, I loved keeping a tub of Oleo Relax mask on standby in the shower to use occasionally because it literally relaxes my hair and makes it soft, shiny and manageable all the time. The Nutritive Irisome is a new range to provide long lasting nutrition to hair by infusing dry hair with nutrition and keeping it nourished and protected and looking good.
They both smell pleasant. Not too strong, nor too chemical and I liked how neither the shampoo nor the conditioner felt too slippery with silicones. I don’t like that overly slippery feel any more in hair products. Yet, despite being about halfway through both products, I finally decided I don’t quite like this range.
Why don’t I like this: For some strange reason, despite everything that this Nutritive range claims to do, my hair actually started feeling drier and drier with regular use. I don’t have a sensitive scalp and my hair, while a little dry is fairly normal for non-treated hair. It didn’t feel like straw, but I noticed it was losing its lustre. I broke off for a spell, tried out Sachajuan (which I do like!) and my hair felt better. Came back to this when my Sachajuan samples ran out and it’s just “like that lah!” I will finish it because it’s there and my hair doesn’t feel like straw, but I don’t like this enough to recommend it nor to repurchase the way I have Oleo Relax.
Lancôme Blanc Expert Melanolyser III Intensive Specialist Spot Eraser – RM370/30ml RM490/50ml
This one’s a new formulation from Lancome and while I had a decent enough result after trying a version from years ago, it was surprising that I derived no benefit from this product this time. I’ve given it 2 months and I’m at the stage where I’m quite unfazed by having pigmentation, and where I think my existing skincare routine which is devoid of whitening products, is doing a good enough job at keeping things under control. It’s not to say I’m against using whitening products, but all I’d say is that they are no longer on my radar nor on my dresser.
Why don’t I like this: It absorbs into skin quickly but I didn’t quite like the texture nor the strong scent. I couldn’t bring myself to be diligent enough about using it because whitening serums no longer fit in my routine and I just didn’t like it. It’s one of those things, and although I kept to a minimum 1 month use, I saw little to no results and 2 months use didn’t yield any better.
Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Intensive Brightening Serum and Brightening Hydrating Emulsion
Clarins reformulates their White Plus every year or every other year it seems. Last year they’d done away with their signature Sea Lily Extract and the formula now not only brightens but makes skin more luminous. While I think Clarins does well for my skin with their hydration range that comes in the blue packaging, my skin has never taken very well to the White Plus range which is why I chose to not try this one but gave in when pressed. I’ve tried White Plus over the years with different incarnations and the result has always been the same – I find it too drying. It’s not unique to Clarins. I find most whitening products drying with very few exceptions which I attribute to the formula.
Why don’t I like this: I thought the serum was ok. It absorbed well enough into skin and although I initially didn’t like it I found that what I really did not like was the Brightening Hydrating Emulsion which now comes with SPF20, for the reason that it is not hydrating at all for my drier skin and it doesn’t absorb into my skin, and causes my sunscreen and foundation to ball up. It’s very strange because the previous formula was fine by me. I had no complaints. This time, the emulsion refused to absorb and when I layered my sunscreen over (Shiseido Perfect UV has a very light texture) it balls up and then I get worried that I wasn’t getting the due protection the sunscreen should give me. I even used other sunscreens over and it caused them to ball up too (Kanebo Impress IC and Kose Sekkisei). As I’m not one to mess with my sunscreen, the answer was simple, this product had to go.
Have you used any of the products here and have a similar or different opinion?
Please feel free to share your view. Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means I don’t like them I’m always happy to hear alternative views, especially if you happen to love any one of them.