For quick reference, WNR stands for Would Not Repurchase/Recommend and WR is Would Repurchase/Recommend.
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Creme Fortifying Replenishing Hydration ($125*): For a product with the word ‘hydra’ in its name, this is really not hydrating enough for somebody with dry skin. My skin felt thirsty and dry mere hours after application, which is not what I expected for the price. I also HATED the smell, it is between nail polish remover and too-ripe mango. WNR
- Chanel Le Lift Firming – Anti-Wrinkle Creme ($170*): My skin fared better with Le Lift, even though its claims are ridiculous. Chanel says this cream has the technology to figure out your emotions, lifestyle, and environment to provide targeted treatment, which is a load of, well, you know. Hydrating, sure, but also smelly! That same nail polish remover and mango cacophony from Hydra Beauty. I think your and my money could be better spent elsewhere. WNR
- LUSH Cosmetics Avocado Co-Wash Solid Shampoo ($15.95*): I’m usually pretty good at deciding what I think of products on the first try, but I had to give this several tries before making up my mind. I kept tossing between the idea and the reality of this product. This solid shampoo is made with more nourishing cocoa butter and avocados than it is with foaming agents, but it still has them so don’t be fooled into thinking this is a “clean” option. It made my hair feel nice and hydrated, and it smelled incredible. I think it’s also super cute looking, but I would probably get a piece without the red wax (which is useless and gets in the way). I’m going to tentatively recommend this, but if you’re trying to avoid SLS altogether then this won’t be for you. WR
- Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Eye and Lip Contour Cream ($238*): I enjoyed the Orchidee face cream so much despite the price that I thought I’d give the eye cream a try, too. Big mistake! This cream goes on thick, but absorbs into the skin practically instantly. My eye area felt dry and leathery, with bits of dried cream residue left over. I can’t imagine anybody with real anti-aging concerns enjoying this. WNR
- Christian Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Creme ($120*): Call me biased, but I’m always excited when Dior’s skincare labs cook up something new. The new Capture Youth line is especially intriguing because it ticks off all the right boxes for me: customizeable, natural, and effective. This cream, for instance, is over 88% natural, which is amazing. It is good for the face and eyes, though I only tested the sample on the general face area. It has a creamy texture and smells lightly of iris, similar to Dior Homme Eau cologne (so it appeals to guys, too!). The iris in the formula provides powerful antioxidants, doubling the skin’s protection is just four hours. It is 100% designed as preventative antiaging rather than repairative. I loved everything about it, but unfortunately I did not find it hydrating enough for the nighttime, when my skin needs the most moisture. Even coupled with an oil, my face felt tight and dry in the morning. I will still definitely recommend this to combination and oilier complexions than my own, or perhaps paired with a deep serum in the daytime. I would still like to continue testing this product, but I can’t see myself spending the money when there are many other options that I know work better for me. WNR
- John Varvatos Artisan Acqua ($110*): This cologne is as generic as they come, I’m afraid. I already have Artisan, and I’d be hard pressed to point out their differences. Fresh, clean, but with a bit of a synthetic spicy edge. Not something I would spend so much money on. WNR
- Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation ($50*): I think this is a good medium-full coverage foundation with a natural finish. It lasts all day without creasing and has some antioxidant ingredients. However there is absolutely nothing at all that excites me about it, from the plain packaging to the lackluster claims. Finally, this formula really needed a decent amount of sunscreen to be worth the price. WNR
Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this season?
*Prices true at time of writing.
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