Before I buy a product, I usually do a ton of research to help reduce the chance that I’ll end up disliking or wasting my money on it. Though I aim to keep things pretty positive on this little blog, I think it’s really helpful and important to be honest and report back what was disappointing and why I didn’t like something. I want to keep everything balanced and if I can help save someone some money, even better!
1. Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil $20 – Guys, I love Mario Badescu products. They’re the first higher-end skincare brand I purchased from and I started using them over 10 years ago. This is the first product I bought from them that I wasn’t head over heals for, and it’s a shame because I had such high hopes. Rose Hips Oil is supposed to be really nourishing and healing, which is why I picked it up to treat the hyper-pigmentation I’ve been dealing with. Maybe I just have high-standards since I’ve been really into face-oils and have been trying out a lot lately, but this just didn’t cut it. The oil seems watered-down and though it absorbs nicely enough, I honestly didn’t see any results after a few months of use. I’m not giving up on Rose Hips Oil, but I will definitely be looking elsewhere for it and I highly recommend you do too.
2. Benefit POREfessional Agent Zero Shine Powder $30 -As I mentioned in my Products Worth the Hype post, this was one of the products where I fell for the hype and ordered it before I could properly research it. Well, the upside is I learned a valuable lesson– but the downside is that even though the packaging is cleverly designed on this, I was still really disappointed by the performance of this product and regretted buying it. You can see why I didn’t like here, but long story short, save your money on this and buy the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder instead. It’s way cheaper and does the same job.
3. Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner $8 – Let me first start out by saying I bought the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Gel Cleanser at the same time and I absolutely love it. I can’t even comment on if this product actually works because I was only able to use it a few times. I usually use a cotton round to apply my toners, and this one has so much alcohol in it, that I can’t even apply it without coughing from the smell (fumes?)! I’ve never had this problem before and didn’t know it had such a high alcohol content, or I wouldn’t have purchased it in the first place as alcohol in skincare is really damaging/drying on your skin.
4. Earth Therapeutics Hydrogel Under-Eye Recovery Patch $9 – I was looking for something to use after a flight and thought this looked really good. It wasn’t too expensive, got good reviews, and had natural ingredients which really appealed to me. Unfortunately there is something in this that stings my under-eye area and makes it impossible for me to use it for the recommended 30 minutes. I used it twice and each time it stung, but I tried to keep it on for at least 10 minutes and couldn’t make it. I don’t have sensitive skin so I’m quite perplexed as to what may be in these that doesn’t get along with my under-eye area.
As with anything, we all have different skin types and preferences, so even though these products didn’t work for me, they may work for you.
Have you tried any of these? Have you been disappointed with a product lately?