I Wouldn't Bother With These Hyped Skincare Products If I Were You
I have to admit. I am such a sucker for hyped products.
I think I can safely say that most of the products in my makeup and skincare stash are positively reviewed by so many of my favourite vloggers and bloggers.
Now, here is my philosophy in life: keep the expectations low. Because low expectations = low chance of disappointment.
It's easier said than done, but it does work. But no, no. Not with skincare. I am so hopeful when it comes to it, and I don't give up on them easily. It's like skincare brings out the best in me. But this post is about me being the real me, and shutting down your hopes (and mine, if that makes you feel any better!) because these products have disappointed me.
1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate - Kiehl's
If you have a social media account, and/or have the most basic of knowledge about skincare, then you'd probably know that this is a cult product. This product will haunt you, wherever you go. Whether you're looking at the archives of a blog, or just scrolling through your Instagram feed in 2018, you will see this product pop up every now and again.
I was so excited to finally have the product that has helped so many people with their skin concerns as I've never heard any mediocre reviews. But here I am, writing said mediocre review.
The bottle suggests that your skin will be replenished the next morning. I don't know how many hours are in Kiehl's days but it's been many mornings for me and I ain't seeing no replenishing every time I use it. It's not cheap, and that's why I held up for years until finally giving it a go, so I'm pretty disappointed with this. I also find it pretty annoying that I can't use it every single day, at least that's what I heard.
So if I were you, I would save those bills in your pocket.
2. Salicylic Acid - The Ordinary
I don't want to start a war or anything... but I am braving my soul to raise a question about every acne-prone-skinned people's saviour.
I don't see it! I have used up at least half a bottle of this thing because I was using it all over my face to prevent future blemishes popping up. Which is based on the instructions on the bottle. But someone at the Deciem store told me I'm not supposed to do that (?!) so I end up using it as a spot treatment. Even though it's a serum. I know, I'm confused too.
Because of that, it makes application so annoying because you're supposed to apply ONLY on spots, but it has the consistency of a serum that doesn't dry down very quickly at all. I don't want the product to move around and end up being everywhere else on my face when I massage my moisturiser. I find that I have to sit around for almost an hour until I can FINALLY finish off my routine with a moisturiser. And during that time my face feels so uncomfortably dry because even your oily mama needs some moisturising love.
I already talked about giving up on AHA's and BHA's on an article I wrote for VICE Indonesia... But maybe they're just not for me!
3. Moisturising Moon Mask - Glossier
This mask does the total opposite of its own name.
I can't believe a moisturising mask would dry out my face!
Like any regular old mask, you're supposed to leave it on for a bit, and then rinse it off to find your face feeling as soft as a baby corgi's fur. Without the fur element. But I feel like all the mask does is strip out every last bit of moisture in my skin, and it goes down the drain along with the mask.
Uhh.. I'm no skincare expert but that's... not... supposed... to happen... when you use a moisturising mask...?
I'd want to try leaving it on as an overnight mask to try again, but it is pretty damn thick. I feel like I might be setting up a trap for myself like Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap... setting up a trap for, urm, herself in that campsite, as she wakes up with honey and feathers all over her face.
4. Drying Lotion - Mario Badescu
You can't lie to me, Mario Badescu. With your on trend, cute powdery pink liquid.
The fact that this product stings my face almost every time I use it is enough to put me off. Makes me pretty reluctant and think twice if I want to put it on.
Yeah it does... kind of... dry out your spots but just not enough to make it go away.
Lesson learned: Just because Kylie Jenner likes it, doesn't mean it's gonna work for you, hun.
(I mean I'm probably the stupid one right? To believe in Kylie Jenner...)
5. Cicapair Re-Cover - Dr. Jart+
I am placing this product at the very end of this list because the title only applies if you have a similar, medium-tan skin tone like me. Some people swear by this stuff, but they have a much lighter complexion than me, mind.
It might be because I put a little bit too much on, but it just makes my skin look white. In a pale, weird, and unnatural way. Notice how my face looks a teensy bit more pink on the "After" pic? (Or should we blame this on the iPhone? IDK)
I'm not quite sure if the product is worth the hassle and price tag, considering it only seems to slightly tone down the outer edges of the blemishes. Nothing too revolutionary at all, to be honest. I was willing to give it a good go because I can use it as my moisturiser. *gets hit in the head* I was pretty wrong. It actually doesn't moisturise... at all. My skin is pretty dehydrated so I definitely needed a proper moisturiser underneath because this doesn't cut it. Which leaves me thinking that this is more of a makeup product than skincare.
As with most skincare products that I buy, I still have a little bit of hope for this product. Maybe it does help with pigmentation / redness in the long run, but the slightly unpleasant feel that it leaves on my skin just kind of puts me off from wearing it consistently enough.
So that's my 2 cents on some of these products.
We all know that everyone's skin is different, and what works magically on someone may not work for you.
If you have tried any of these products, please let me know what you think! I am curious to know if you maybe agree with me, or did you feel that fire boiling at the bottom of your gut because I don't like one of your skincare saviours?