There is something so incredibly satisfying about completely using up a product. Of course, sometimes it’s a little sad, but mostly, I get a deep sense of accomplishment when I finish a face cream or hit pan on a powder. I’m not going to ponder too deeply what that says about me.
Empties posts are the only time I tend to talk about skin care (I’m a total skin care junky, I just find it difficult to give a comprehensive review of most products) so this post is about to get lengthy. Yay!
Shiseido Facial Cotton
Not so exciting, but something I use most days. A package of Shiseido Facial Cotton is around $9-$10 so it’s pricey for what you’re actually purchasing. I don’t tend to go through a package very quickly though so I don’t mind the price tag. I use two of these cotton squares each day to remove my mascara. Occasionally I’ll use them to apply an essence or toner but typically I just use them for makeup removal.
Pros: SOFT SOFT SOFT. Seriously. So soft. These don’t fall apart like some facial cotton I’ve used in the past and frankly, that’s what I love the most about these.
Cons: Technically they’re over priced, but also, $10.00 isn’t a huge sum of money over all so I suppose the price justification will depend on how much you do or do not like these.
Number of times I’ve purchased: 2
Will I repurchase: I already have!
Price and Availability: Around $10.00 and I purchase this from Sephora
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
SK-II Essence makes some pretty hefty claims about preserving youthful skin. The ingredient in this product that is marketed as being a miracle worker is pitera (found in sake). This smells faintly like sake but I don’t find the scent unpleasant. Did I notice magical things in my skin? No, not really. I do notice when I use this that my skin looks and feels better in a rather undefinable way, I just can’t quite put my finger on exactly what is better, it’s just…better. I wish I could be more specific but I really can’t! The consistency of the product is similar to water.
Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.
There isn’t really anything incredible in the ingredients list is there? And there are other yeast based essences available (Missha has one although I haven’t tried it). According to CosDNA this isn’t too bad in the irritants category. Butylene Glycol is the only ingredient that registers as an acne irritant and it only registers at a 1.
Pros: Adds an extra layer of light moisture. Absorbs quickly into the skin. Gives a marginal improvement in skin texture and moisture retention.
Cons: Holy crap is this shit expensive. For the price, I’d like to be able to really pin point thatt the product in question is doing very specific and noticeable things for my skin and I just can’t.
Number of times I’ve purchased: 1
Will I repurchase: Sadly no. While I really enjoyed this, I absolutely cannot justify the price tag.
Pricing and Availability: $105.00 for 2oz (this is available in varying quantities). I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus but it’s also now available from Sephora as well as directly from SK-II.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I truly enjoyed using this product. It has a faint herbal scent that I actually quite liked. This is a runny consistency that is a tad milky. I did notice that my skin was a smidgeon softer when I use this. I’m currently working through a small sample size but we’ll see if I notice a difference in my skin once I discontinue usage.
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin,Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.
Estee Lauder doesn’t provide an ingredients list on their website so I pulled this list from Paula’s Choice.
On CosDNA this has a few ingredients that actually rate quite high on the irritant list which is unfortunate.
Pros: Pleasant to use. Added a noticeable (if slight) softness to my skin.
Cons: It would seem that there are some relatively irritating ingredients in this product. It’s quite pricey.
Number of times I’ve purchased: 1
Will I repurchase: No
Pricing and Availability: I purchased this at an Estee Lauder counter but it is also available from Sephora (I believe). $62.00 for 1oz.
Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Eye Cream
This came as part of a gift with purchase when I bought the Night Repair serum. I quite liked this for a daytime eye cream. It was decently moisturizing, and almost seemed to give a brightening effect over time.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyethylene, Cetyl Esters, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Sucrose, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Limonium Vulgare Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phytantriol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Trehalose, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Centarium Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Caffeine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Polybutene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lauryl PCA, Hexylene Glycol, Whey Protein, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cholesterol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phospholipids, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Linoleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Stearic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Tiolein, Cyclodextrin, Potassium Sulfate, Linolenic Acid, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Magnesium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
Holy guacamole, that’s a serious ingredients list! There are definitely some nice ingredients in this eye cream and for the most part, none of them are high on the irritants scale with the exception of BHT which is a preservative.
Pros: Nicely moisturizing, not overly greasy.
Cons: There is some added fragrance (which isn’t noticeable). Jar packaging. Again, a bit pricey and for something at this price point, I’d like to see more noticeable results.
Number of times I’ve purchased: Just the one gift with purchase sample size.
Will I repurchase: No
Pricing and Availability: Available anywhere that Estee Lauder is sold. $58.00 for .5oz
L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Gold Balm
I actually feel like this moisturizer does a nice job of making my skin feel more comfortably hydrated. It is however, VERY rich and even though I have dry skin, this was a bit too rich for me and I can only use it every other night or I start experiencing clogged pores. It has a very thick texture, almost like a balm (no way!) rather than a cream.
AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL • ISOCETYL STEARATE • HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE • DIMETHICONE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER • CERA ALBA / BEESWAX • CETYL ALCOHOL • GLYCERYL STEARATE • PEG-100 STEARATE • CAMELINA SATIVA OIL / CAMELINA SATIVA SEED OIL • HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID • ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL • ORIGANUM MAJORANA LEAF OIL • ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER OIL • PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / APRICOT KERNEL OIL • CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL / BITTER ORANGE FLOWER OIL • CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS PEEL OIL / ORANGE PEEL OIL • ZEA MAYS OIL / CORN OIL • CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX • PARAFFIN • ROYAL JELLY EXTRACT • SORBITAN TRISTEARATE • CALCIUM PANTETHEINE SULFONATE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CARNAUBA WAX • ISOHEXADECANE • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • HYDROXYAPATITE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PASSIFLORA EDULIS OIL / PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL • XANTHAN GUM • POLYSORBATE 80 • ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER • ACRYLATES COPOLYMER • ORYZA SATIVA BRAN OIL / RICE BRAN OIL • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE • CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 • CI 47005 / YELLOW 10 • GERANIOL • EUGENOL • COUMARIN • LIMONENE • CITRAL • CITRONELLOL • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE
Water, Squalane, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Myristyl Alcohol, Ozekerite, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Lanolate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Petrolatum, Lanolin Liquida (Lanolin) Oil, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Lanolin, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Cholesterol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flower, Propylparaben, Lanolin Alcohol, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Lecithin, Butylparaben, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, TBHQ, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beta-Carotene
Active ingredients: Phenol 0.5%. Inactive ingredients: Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire d’abeille), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Tea) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Component of Natural Flavor.
- Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mica, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Castor Oil Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Laureth-12, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide