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Review: Skincare Sample-palooza

Sunday, 12 October 2014
I have a full draw of samples either from my Bellabox subscription or purchases, not to mention the huge bag of goodies I got from the Priceline event last month. I love receiving samples but I am always so bad with not using them because I tend to stick to my favourites. This week I committed myself to getting through as many as possible and providing you with some first impressions.

Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur $16.99
I have wanted to try one of these blur creams for ages but never go around to it. Unfortunately though, I had a few issues with it. When I first applied it my pores were definitely minimized and it did what it said it would but I found it almost greasy. It didn't seem to set like, for example, the Benefit Porefessional does. When I applied my foundation over the top it just felt like it was sliding around everywhere. Maybe I'm just being weird about it but it definitely felt weird so I won't be purchasing this one but I am going to try some other blur creams because the effect is great, I just didn't like this finish and texture. Do you have any suggestions for other blur creams I can try?

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser $24.99
I actually really like this one! It is a medium weight moisturiser that absorbs quickly which means it works well under makeup. Of course I didn't use it for long enough to test the "skin perfecting" claims but it feels like a great, reasonably cheap day cream for normal, combination or dry skin. It doesn't seem to have any mattifiers so this one probably isn't for oilier skin. While I am very happy with my current Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel I will probably get a jar of this next to try it over a longer time period.

Lancome Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser $60
First of all, they kinda lie a bit in the description by saying it is non oily. This is definitely an oil based makeup remover which you can easily see by the way it separates when the bottle is left to sit. Using this reminded me why I adore my micellar waters so much. Man, do I hate oily residue from makeup removers. It works well, but no more so that the Garnier or Bioderma Micellar waters, both of which are cheaper (the Garnier one by a long way) and don't leave any residue behind. I also found that it did in fact irritate my eyes. I'll be giving this one a miss when it comes to buying the full size. In fact I doubt I will even finish the sample.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes $7.99
This was another sample I was excited about trying but ultimately won't be buying. I know people love them and they are really popular but, like with the Lancome one, they leave a slightly oily residue which is a bit of deal breaker for me since discovering micellar. I don't use makeup remover wipes often, preferring to just use Bioderma and cotton pads and proper cleansing straight after. If I'm stuck or travelling I would still prefer to use the Swisspers wipes which don't leave any residue.

Elemental Herbology Cell Food Radiance & Vitality Serum $84
I got this sample when I last shopped at Mecca because a face serum is something I've never really included in my skincare routine. While I do like it I find $84 for such a small amount (30mL) is still a little bit rich for my blood. I obviously didn't use it for long enough to see huge differences but it did seem to moisturise well and made my skin look a little more radiant and healthy. Maybe I will stay on the lookout for a cheaper alternative.

So there are five of the skincare samples I made my way through and what I thought of them. Would you like to see another sample-palooza or even a makeup edition of first impressions? Have you tried any of these and either agree or disagree with my initial impressions? Let me know below in the comments.

Stay Rosy.

2 comments on "Review: Skincare Sample-palooza"
  1. Hi Emma!
    I had the same experience with garnier blur cream! There is a sample of loreal revitalift blur cream in Marie Claire this month, and if you buy at a newsagent you get a maxfactor mascara and deluxe sample pantene shampoo and conditioner with purchase. Loved the post, definitely more first impressions for any products!

    1. Yay! I'm glad to know it wasn't just me :) It made my foundation feel so weird and... slippy? I dunno it was so odd. Also I wanted to grab that Marie Claire because I really like the model on the front after I watched a great interview with her. I will check it out, thanks. I still have tons of samples to get through so keep an eye out for another sample-palooza! Thanks again for your comment, Kia!


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