Amongst the plethora of skincare products that I try out or are gifted with, or buy, there are loads of good stuff. I share those good stuff with you vocally and often. But quite often as well, I run across duds. Not duds in the true sense of the product being a dud, but a dud for me because I wasn’t wow-ed by it the way I should be.
These, I don’t share often enough. But instead of dedicating a whinging post on one product (as much as I like whinging posts, I prefer writing happy ones, although some do deserve their own whinging post) I thought I’d pull together a bunch of products I don’t like, or more accurately, did not work for me, and share them all in one post. Tried them, didn’t like them so here they are! Incidentally, most of these appear to be quite popular products, so I’m clearly in the minority here!
I’ll share below why these didn’t work for me and if you’ve tried any of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts as to whether you liked them (and why I should) or if you didn’t like them. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you! :)
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate – RM199/30ml
I got suckered into this purchase a year or two back, when I had just started out with AHA and chemical exfoliators and I generally quite like REN as a brand. This is a AHA Concentrate, that contains lactic acid, pineapple fruit extract and sodium hyaluronate. You apply it to your skin and it will exfoliate your skin gently, like a retinol but more gentle, and reveal brighter, more radiant and smoother skin. I was advised to use it for 7 days straight and then stop for another 7 days before continuing and I’d be amazed at my newly smoothened, radiant skin. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this.
Why don’t I like this: It did nothing for my skin. I used it for 7 days (evenings only) straight. It wasn’t unpleasant to use but I didn’t notice my skin looking any better. I stopped for 7 days and then came back and did this for a month, and then I just used this straight every night. Effect? Nothing, nada, zip. No effect whatsoever. Expensive purchase and I’d rather just use the Mad Hippie Vitamin A serum that actually did something and didn’t cost half as much as this one did.
* L’Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield SPF50 – RM178/30ml
This one, despite the name is a sunblock/sunscreen. Part of the newly revamped L’Occitane Reine Blanche whitening/brightening skincare range, this product not only protects your skin against harmful UV rays, but also treats, so your skin is more even toned and more translucent and clear. It comes in a lovely glass bottle with a pump. What bothered me is that the cream itself contains little bits of shimmer. That, I’m afraid is what gives the illuminated effect on skin, because I did notice that when I use it, my skin gave off a bit of a cast.
Why don’t I like this: The product itself is quite creamy but didn’t sit well on my normal-dry skin. It would slip and cause my skin to feel oily after a few hours, and the illuminating shimmer in the cream gives off a strange glow to the skin and for a strange reason, messes with my foundation. There is also quite a strong scent that I didn’t appreciate. For the price, I’d rather use my HG sunscreen which, although expensive, is cheaper than this and in my view, works a heck lot better. Because I have it, I use it on weekends, but it’s not a product I like.
* Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF50 PA+++ – RM180/30ml
Another sunscreen that didn’t work, PB? Unfortunately so, my friends. I’m afraid all sunscreens I use have a very very high standard to live up to because I’ve already found my HG. It’s perhaps unfair then, but it also allows me to realise that not many products out there are HG material as far as I’m concerned. Estee Lauder rebranded their Cyberwhite range to Crescent White this year, and because I no longer use whitening products, I didn’t cover this. But I was sent the sunscreen to try, because we can all do with more sunscreen right?
Unfortunately for me, this was the sunscreen that taught me to look deeper for a problem when my foundations go wonky.
Why don’t I like this: I find the texture much too creamy, and this is bearing in mind that I have normal-dry skin so I should technically find this formula comfortable. But it had a tendency to slip and oil up after a few hours, and more so than the L’Occitane one above. In fact, I’d rather use the L’Occitane than this one, which pretty much tells you how I feel. Also, the creamy formula means you might feel it safe to use less, but we know that you need a certain amount of product to properly protect skin and “sufficient product” will be just too uncomfortable. I also felt it was just too expensive to warrant a purchase because sunscreen is something we should feel comfortable using generous quantities of, without worrying about the cost of replenishing. With this, I’d be worried and so it’s not one I’d personally recommend. Again, because I have it, I’ll use it but not otherwise.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – US$33.99 / 30ml
I bought this one off iHerb a while ago, because I wanted to incorporate some Vitamin C products into my routine and because I thought it was cute. Sadly, despite almost finishing up the bottle and despite all the glowing comments I’d read online, this one did zilch for me. There was no improvement in my skin and I just felt I was using a placebo. Bleh…
Why don’t I like this: It did nothing for my skin. Not. A. Thing. Now, the Vitamin A serum on the other hand, is a true winner, so I’m glad I wasn’t too put off by this product to try another from the brand.
* Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate – RM265/50ml
Uh, I’d love to tell you this works, because I enjoyed using the other Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate I’d tried before this (2 bottles in fact!), but with the theme of today’s post, I think you can guess my conclusion. It didn’t work on me! The Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate promises to lift skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and being an anti-aging product, is supposed to combat the signs of aging. Just not for me, I’m afraid!
Why don’t I like this: The product, although rather thick, absorbs very easily into the skin without any greasiness or sticky feeling. However, 2 months after using this diligently, I noticed no results. Maybe my skin is sagged beyond help, or my pores are open windows to my soul, but as diligent as I was, this product did nothing noticeable for me and so I regretfully retired it.
Have you tried any of these products and did they work for you?
Please feel free to share if you feel I might be mistaken. After all, we all have different expectations and preferences and skin types so naturally, what doesn’t work for me might work well for you and vice versa! :D