1. Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Emulsion – part of the Blanc Expert range which is Asia-exclusive. I purchased this during my Lancome phase mainly to upgrade my Loyalty status and not really because I wanted/needed it. Ironically, it was one of the few products I truly enjoyed and loved from the brand.
Sure, it’s not earth-shattering and I won’t recommend you to run out and buy it (because it’s expensive for what it essentially is). But it’s a super lightweight moisturizer that sinks into the skin easily and hydrates the skin well enough. If you’ve drier skin, this may not be enough in which case you’d have to get the Super Moist version. This would be best for oily-combination skin. Repurchase? Though I liked it, I’m on the lookout for newer alternatives so I will not be repurchasing this right away.
Dark Spot Corrector
2. Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser – my main purchase during my Lancome phase. Got it together with the DermCrystal (which I haven’t used up yet). I would have to say this worked to an extent but I needed to use both together and continuously. They were too rich for morning use, so I only used them at night. I did notice an over-all brightening effect on the face and evening out of skintone but very minimal fading of dark marks, especially old ones. Repurchase? Nope! On the lookout for dark spot erasers.
3. Alpha-H Liquid Gold Radiance – was curious about the original Alpha-H Liquid Gold serum, but ultimately went for this because I’m a magpie to anything ‘radiant’, ‘brightening’, etc. This contains ferulic acid aside from the glycolic acid in the original Liquid Gold. This was to be used alone with no other skincare product in conjunction. I went from thrice a week to every night and it evened out my skintone pretty well. I did have more radiant skin that my mom bought one for herself, too. It also majorly helped in clearing small bumps and whiteheads.
However, since I think my skin got used to it, I feel like I need to upgrade to a product with higher glycolic acid percentage as this only had 5% (which made it okay for daily use). Also, if you have ultra-sensitive skin, use this with caution because it may lead to overexfoliation. Take note also that if you’re already regularly exfoliating and using AHAs or BHAs, the results upon using this won’t be as visible or spectacular.
4. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – got this as a press sample from the Paula’s Choice Philippines launch. My sister and I shared this bottle and it worked better for her than it did on me. She had major breakouts all over her face – chin, forehead, cheeks and this ultimately cleared up every single bump of it with continued usage. It didn’t fade marks easily but it smoothened her pimply, bumpy face in less than a month’s time.
On me, it was meh, most probably because I was already using an AHA product (Alpha-H above there) and that BHA never really worked well for me. We all react differently to skincare ingredients so I suggest if you find one that works for you, stick with it!
*Note: I used to read and memorize Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia where she rates all skincare and makeup products. I blindly believed her every word and then realized that she analyzes all these skincare items by ingredients alone without even trying them. That’s like saying a cake will taste bad because it contains these ingredients without even trying the cake at all.
The same ingredients at different percentages will yield different results just as the amount of sugar and vanilla extract you put in your cake mix will yield different tastes. Also, she dismisses any skincare item with silicones yet I’ve tried her Radiance Serum which contains high amounts of silicones. Tsk. But if you do follow and/or read her reviews and recommendations, I suggest to take everything with a grain of salt. Repurchase? Nope.
5. La Mer Creme de la Mer (mini version) – I won this in a giveaway from Linda and am super thankful because I would never have the guts to purchase this, especially locally (Philippine retail price is around $325 when converted and that’s not even the biggest tub yet!). Anyway, I would want to dismiss this as bollocks (to save everyone a few hundred bucks), but it did make my skin ultra soft and plump the next morning.
Although it’s probably because I wasn’t used to applying cream moisturizers like it, only using emulsions at most. When I had dry patches of skin, this was more than helpful. If you want a high-end, luxurious moisturizer, then this may be for you but I can recommend moisturizers just as effective without the ouchy price tag (Physiogel Intensive Cream, for one (locally) or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream).
Repurchase? Haaale no. Although effective, it’s frikkin expensive for a bunch of seaweed (algae) juice that ultimately does the same job as my beloved Physiogel Intensive Cream or Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Although, I would not discount the genius marketing it employed. I mean, why wouldn’t you use it – a NASA physicist invented it! Like WHOA~*