When I review products, I try to test them out for a length of time that gives me confidence that I know what I’m talking about, lol. For skincare, I aim for about a month before reviewing a product. But sometimes, when I use a product till I use it up, I change my mind and alter my opinion. Here are just a few where I’ve had a change of heart.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer: ⇑
When Tarte released Shape Tape earlier this year, there was a lot of hoopla around the introduction. I decided I needed to try it for myself. When I first started using it, I wasn’t bowled over it, and I decided not to review it. One thing that I still don’t like is the thick, stiff doe-foot applicator. Why is it so fat and so rough feeling? But truth be told, it’s not a deal-breaker.
As the months have passed, I like Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer more and more. I bought the shade Light (the second lightest shade after Fair), and it is quite Light (in other brands, it might be considered “fair”.) I love using it under my eyes as a highlighter. I sometimes layer it over my foundation and the Judith August Orange Mask Concealer that I use to color correct my dark circles, or just over my foundation. The thick, creamy, very pigmented concealer definitely makes a difference. I don’t set it with powder because my skin/undereye area is too dry.
Tarte Frxxxtion Stick: ⇑
Here’s another product that when I first got it, I was underwhelmed by it: Tarte Frxxxtion Stick. In fact, I received this deluxe sample in a Sephora Play bag during the winter at the same time as I received a full size PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser. Because they perform the same function, I compared them, and I thought I preferred the PUR Joystick. In fact, over time, I have come to appreciate Tarte Frxxtion Stick. The Frxxtion Stick is a deep purple waxy balm that turns my face purple when I use it. Initially, I disliked the deep purple color. Now I’ve decided that I like that I can see where I’ve applied it! The “grit” that does the exfoliating is a fine caliber. The FrXXXtion Stick deep cleans my dry skin that doesn’t have a lot of visible pores, and it isn’t irritating to my somewhat sensitive skin. The waxy balm leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. So I decided I like this handy, gentle exfoliating cleansing stick after all.
MyChelle Quick Clean Micellar Water: ⇓
MyChelle is a natural skincare brand that I like a lot. Their affordable products that you can buy at Whole Foods and natural products stores are effective and within reach.
I received a bottle of MyChelle Quick Clean Micellar Water to try out several months ago. I’m a big fan of micellar water and I was eager to try this one out. First, I noticed that the bottle had a handy-dandy push-down top that brings up the liquid onto a cotton pad.
The top works the same way that Zoya Nail Polish Remover does. Over time, I found that the push-down top doesn’t work as well to bring up the micellar water onto a cotton pad as it did when it was new and filled to the top. It requires multiple pushes to get enough on the cotton pad.
Another thing that was different about this micellar water from others I have used is that it says to shake the bottle before pumping some out. That implies that something has to be mixed. The other brands of MW don’t need mixing. I know shaking before use isn’t much of an issue but it makes me wonder what’s different about what’s in it.
Most importantly, I don’t think MyChelle Micellar Water is as effective and easy to use as my two favorite micellar waters, BioDerma Hydrabio and Garnier. I have to make more passes on my eyes especially to remove my eye makeup, and I don’t like having to tug at my eyes. Disappointing.
So as much as I like MyChelle, I can’t really recommend the micellar water. 😥
Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Face Cream with Hyaluronic Acid: ⇓
Mineral Fusion, like MyChelle, is another affordable, high quality natural brand that’s sold at Whole Foods and other retailers that sell natural cosmetics. Mineral Fusion also sells makeup as well as skincare.
Last winter, I received Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Face Cream with Hyaluronic Acid to test. It’s handy plastic tube makes it a great choice for travel or to bring to the gym. Receiving it in winter, I was impressed with how rich and thick the white cream moisturizer is.
The trouble that I am having with it over the months is that it seems to just sit on top of my skin rather than sinking in and hydrating my dry skin. I thought that it would work like a sleeping mask, giving my skin a serious and apparent boost of hydration. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to do that. It just sits there on top. Oh well, I’m glad I got to try it. I’ve taken to applying a serum or oil first and sealing it in with Mineral Fusion Intense Hydration Face Cream.
So here are two products that got better with use and two that did not. How about you? What have you liked more or like less over time? Spill it!