My Search For The Best & Worst Beauty Products In 2011

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Woof! Time really flies, it’s already May 2012! It’s truly my bad for taking years to write this long overdue post! So so sorry to have kept you waiting.

My actual plan was to publish this blog post between January to March 2012, but but due to loads of urgent review requests and launch preview events popping up this year and plus my long holiday in Japan in early March that has caused my backlog posts to pile higher, I therefore have to put it on hold for a while. Hee hee excuses excuses excuses……….. :D big grin

The products featured in this blog posts are the products I’ve tested in 2011 and that doesn’t include the products I’ve received in 2011 which I have not tested. If you cannot find the category you want, it means there is no best or worst product under the category.

You will realize that most products that contain bad alcohol ingredients are often listed as worst products cos my sensitive skin just hates it!

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My Search For The

BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2011

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MAKEUP CLEANSING OIL

BEST – Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil

WORST – NA

I did a comparison review on 4 cleansing oils received in 2011 and realized that Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil is the best in terms of effectiveness of dissolving and removing stubborn makeup, the consistency, the after feel and many more. Stay tuned for the comparison review post for more details.

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CLEANSER CREAM / LOTION

BEST – Dr. Cilabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage

WORST – NA

Click here to read my full review on Dr. Cilabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage.

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CLEANSER WASH

BEST – Vichy Normaderm Purifying Cleansing Gel

WORST – Vichy Anti-Imperfection Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream w/ Salicylic Acid

Verdict :

Vichy Normaderm Purifying Cleansing Gel cleanse away the makeup residue while maintaining own skin’s moisture.

My skin actually feels tight and dry upon using Vichy Anti-Imperfection Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream. I passed this product to my sister-in-law and her skin actually loves it.

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LOTION / TONER

BEST -Sofina Beaut© Whitening Lotion

WORST – Avalon Organics Essential Lift Fortifying Toner

Verdict :

Skin feels smooth and soft after using Sofina Beaut© Whitening Lotion. I actually love its silky smooth consistency.

I actually encounter minor irritation after using Avalon Organics Essential Lift Fortifying Toner. It probably due to the irritating ingredients such as cedar bark, lemon, balsam and lavender in it.

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SKIN SOFTENING ESSENCE

BEST – Dr. Cilabo Aqua-In-Derm

WORST – NA

Verdict : Love the texture and my skin feels smooth upon application. It helps to prep my skin by loosening the surface barrier that allows better penetration of the nutrients from the next products into deeper layer of the skin.

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HYDRATING ESSENCE / SERUM

BEST – SKII Cellumination Essence

BAD – Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum

Verdict :

Skin actually appears slightly brighter, even-toned and less dull. I will be publishing my full review on SKII Cellumination Essence soon. Stay tuned.

This new improved Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum actually contains alcohol which may cause dryness on the skin. And that makes me very uncomfortable whenever I use it.

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EYE SERUM

BEST – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex

WORST -  NA

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex contains beneficial antioxidant ingredients that are gentle for the eye areas. It is free of fragrance and alcohol.

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EYE CREAM

BEST – Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

WORST – Vichy Anti-Dark Circle Whitening Corrective Eye Care

Verdict :

Click here to read my previous post with short review on Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment.

Since Vichy Anti-Dark Circle Whitening Corrective Eye Care is designed to help reduce dark eye circles, unfortunately there’s no improvement on dark eye circles at all.

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BRIGHTENING PEEL

BEST – Clarins White Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Clarins White Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.


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EXFOLIANT

BEST – Clarins White Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Clarins White Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator.

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FIRMING/ANTI-WRINKLE SERUM

BEST – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

WORST - Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum

Verdict :

Click here to read my review on Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

Although Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum gives a tight feeling upon application due to its thickener ingredients in it but unfortunately no lifting is taking place. It contains handful of irritating ingredients that occasionally cause skin inflammation.

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LIGHTENING SPOT CORRECTOR

BEST - Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser Whiteness Activating Spot Eraser

WORST - Vichy Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention

Verdict :

I have received a small sample packet of the Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser Whiteness Activating Spot Eraser during a Lancome event. It actually lasted me for about 2 weeks. I super pleased to see significant result on the stubborn dark spots. The spots appear lighter and the sizes seem smaller. Just gotten a full-size from Lancome, will be providing a full review soon.

After using Vichy Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention for more than 2 weeks, there is absolutely no improvement on the stubborn dark spots at all. Sadly, it is not formulated with any significant ingredients that can help target dark spots anyway.

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WHITENING SERUM

BEST – Shiseido Haku Melanofocus W Whitening Essence

WORST -Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating Serum

Verdict :

I does see a significant improvement with Shiseido Haku Melanofocus W Whitening Essence. My skin appears more even toned and brighter. Shiseido Haku is currently ONLY available in Japan. Stay tuned for my full review on this product.

Origins Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating Serum doesn’t really brighten or even up my overall skin tone. The result is so superficial that I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the before and after using it. It’s completely wasting of my time.


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SKIN BRIGHTENING BOOSTER

BEST – Dr CiLabo Photo-White-C Laser Plus

WORST - NA

Dr CiLabo Photo-White-C Laser Plus is one of the effective whitening products I’ve discovered in 2011. It has this light creamy texture which doesn’t feel like a serum hence I categorize it as Brightening Booster instead. After using it for a month, my skin appears brighter and radiance.

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WHITENING MASK

BEST – NA

WORST – For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask

Click here to read my review on For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask.

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WHITENING NIGHT MOISTURIZER

BEST – Clarins Whitening Repairing Night Cream

WORST – Vichy Whitening Night Cream

Verdict :

Click here to read my review on Clarins Whitening Repairing Night Cream.

Vichy Whitening Night Cream contains alcohol that causes minor irritation to my skin. The alcohol also dries out my skin too.

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DAY MOISTURIZER (with SPF)

BEST – Sofina Beaut© Whitening Emulsion with SPF 50 PA+++

WORST - Paula’s Choice Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 & Antioxidants

Verdict :

Sofina Beaut© Whitening Emulsion with SPF 50 PA+++ has a super lightweight non-greasy texture that is extremely suitable to be used in the day. My skin feels smooth and moisture without any greasy feeling at all. One of the best Day Moisturizers with SPF I’ve used so far!

Click here to read my review on Paula’s Choice Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 & Antioxidants.

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DAY MOISTURIZER (without SPF)

BEST – NA

WORST – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

Unfortunately Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream contains alcohol that causes irritation to my skin. I actually not in favor of its gel-like texture too.

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HYDRATING MOISTURIZER (for day & night)

BEST – Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

WORST – NA

Click here to read my previous post with short review on Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.

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HYDRATING MASK

BEST – Leaders Clinic N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask

WORST – Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask

Click here to read my review on Leaders Clinic N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask.

Click here to read my review on Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask.

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BLACKHEAD NOSE PACK

BEST -Leaders Clinic Sulfur Blackhead Suction Nose Pack (Pore Stamping Serum)

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Leaders Clinic Sulfur Blackhead Suction Nose Pack (Pore Stamping Serum).

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NECK CREAM

BEST – Sothys Shaping Neck Care

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Sothys Shaping Neck Care.

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LIQUID FOUNDATION

BEST – Clarins Skin Illusion SPF 10 Natural Radiance Foundation (in shade 105)

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Clarins Skin Illusion SPF 10 Natural Radiance Foundation.

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COMPACT FOUNDATION

BEST – Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

WORST – NA

Click here to read my review on Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation.

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MINERAL POWDER FOUNDATION

BEST – Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++

WORST – NA

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++ provides a semi-matte finish on my skin with a tinge of shine. It also offers sufficient sun protection, thanks to its pure titanium dioxide. Love its packaging and kabuki brush too!

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LINE SMOOTHER

BEST – Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate

WORST – NA

Click here to read my previous post with short review on Clarins Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate.

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BLUSHER

BEST – Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color

WORST – NA

I have received shade 01 Lovely Rose. This shade is extremely suitable for my fair-looking skin. As the palette actually comes in 4 complementary shades, I can choose individual shade to highlight or contour my cheekbone area or blend altogether for a natural glow. The result is super natural.

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EYE LINER (liquid)

BEST – Avance Joli Et Joli Et Liquid Eyeliner

WORST – Clarins Instant Liner

Verdict :

Avance Joli Et Joli Et Liquid Eyeliner is considered the best liquid eyeliner I’ve used so far! I can easily create a fine hair-thin line with it. Thanks to its thin and skinny brush with a tip of 0.1mm only. It’s waterproof, sweatproof, smudge-free and long-lasting. I actually can’t leave without it!

Clarins Instant Liner has a pretty thick brush which I find it hard to draw a perfect thin line. Not in favor of the thick brush size.

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MASCARA

BEST – K-Palette 1 Day Volume Real Lasting Volume Mascara

WORST – NA

K-Palette 1 Day Volume Real Lasting Volume Mascara (in Jet Black) is a film type, clump-free waterproof mascara that adheres well to each lash to create dramatic lashes with volume. Love it cos it doesn’t smudge at all and most of all it is water, sweat and oil resistant.

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LIPSTICK

BEST – Clarins Joli Rouge Brillant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick (in 13 Cherry)

WORST - NA

First of all, I extremely love this red shade (13 Cherry) so much! Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant gives an intense shine that makes my lip appears fuller-looking. Color glides on easily on lip and it’s very hydrating too.

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LIP GLOSS

BEST – Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm (in 04 Raspberry Smoothie)

WORST – NA

Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in 04 Raspberry Smoothie creates an irresistible smoothing glaze with a transparent shine on my lip. I like the light and natural look. Love its non-sticky texture, the color and the fruity scent.

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COLORLESS LIP BALM

BEST – Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

WORST – Paul Frank Lip Smacker

Verdict :

Click here to read my previous post with short review on Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips.

Paul Frank Lip Smacker doesn’t provide long-lasting hydration for my lip. Upon application, my lip still feels super dry and it doesn’t help to improve my chapped lip. I have to reapply again even after applying it a minute ago.

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BODY LOTION

BEST – Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion w/ Shea Butter

WORST -Nivea Angel Star Body Soft Souffle

Verdict :

Love the scent and texture of this Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter. Skin feels super moisturizing.

Hate the Nivea Angel Star Body Soft Souffle weird jelly-like creamy consistency that makes it hard for me to scoop out the cream. It really drives me mad! Considered the worst body lotion I’ve ever used. :-(

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BODY EXFOLIATING SCRUB

BEST – The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Scrub

WORST – Tony Moly Berry Berry Body Scrub Wash

Verdict :

Super refreshing scent that keeps me awake and it smells great! The ground corncob and kiwifruit seeds feel great on my skin. This Body Shop Scrub gently slough away dead skin cells and it leaves no residue after washing.

Tony Moly Berry Berry Body Scrub Wash is the mildest scent scrub I’ve used so far. Or rather I can’t really smell much of the scent actually. I have stopped using it due to the lack of fragrance scent. :-(

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SPA TREATMENT

BEST – Angelface Oxygenating Skin Therapy

WORST – One Beauty Spa Jamu Power Tummy Slim Treatment

Click here to read my review on Angelface Oxygenating Skin Therapy.

Click here to read my review on One Beauty Spa Jamu Power Tummy Slim Treatment.

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Have you tried any of the products / treatment above? Do you share the same feedback as mine or otherwise? We will love to hear from you too!

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32 Comments on "My Search For The Best & Worst Beauty Products In 2011"

  1. Happy says:

    Hi Shireen,

    How about anti-ageing night cream?

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Happy,

    I can’t find any best and worst under this category.

  3. annette says:

    Shirleen, do you have oily skin type or dry? Thank u

  4. Shirleen says:

    Hi Annette,

    I would say a little dry overall but oily on my nose. :-)

  5. Shirley says:

    hi Shirleen
    i am about to buy the For Beloved whitening mask n hesitated after your review. is it that bad? like to check with u as the price is quite steep.

  6. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shirley,

    I didn’t really like the unique material actually, find it too thick. Although the mask can be reused again, I’m actually not comfortable with it. The price is too steep to justify the end result.

  7. Leslie Leong says:

    Hi Shirleen,
    I love mascara & eyeliner, and have tried every brand possible with 4 points in mind – smudge-proof, waterproof, glossy looking & clump-free(mascara). I found only ONE brand that fulfills all the criteria – Kiss Me Heroine Make Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner from Japan, available at Sasa & Watson’s! Looks as good as falsies, virtually indestructible for almost 24 hours – lasted me from work thru to clubbing AND breakfast the next morning! Everything else faded – foundation, eyeshadow, even my eyebrow pencil, but my eyes still had the falsies look with ZERO PANDA EYES. Do try it! :)

  8. Shirleen says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for sharing. Gonna check it out soon. :-)

  9. Jayce says:

    Hi, how about slimming cream / face slimming cream? Have you try any of them

  10. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jayce,

    Though I’ve a few body slimming creams with me, I have yet to try any of them. For face slimming cream, I’ve tried the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum. I have voted it as the best face slimming product in 2010.

    http://womenlovebeauty.com/skincare-product-101/8009

  11. Kenneth says:

    i feel the same as kiehl’s ultra facial oil free gel cream. this particular line won some awards for best oily skin moisturizer. i apply it for the first time & felt a stinging sensation on my face & my face turned super red, my fren even thought i had sun burn. plus it doesn’t do what it claims. even after a hour, my skin is still sticky & shiny (the shine came frm the gel cream) i dun even know why they won an award for this series. but i love the cleanser though, the kiehl’s ultra facial oil free cleanser smells a little nutty & it felt quite creamy while cleansing. it can even removs light mke up. this cleanser probably is the only product i like frm this line.

  12. Shirleen says:

    Hi Kenneth,

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. :-)

  13. Princess says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Can you please suggest which one is a better blusher, clarins or clinic. I know you said here tht clarins is the best, but why it is?why it is not clinique?

    Really, i am looking for a longer lasting one!

    Many thanks;-)

  14. Shirleen says:

    Hi Princess,

    The best and worst products stated above are based on the products I’ve tested within the year of 2011. I have never tested Clinique blusher before hence I can’t comment.

    I like Clarins blusher for its color and texture.

  15. joyee says:

    Hi Shirleen

    I’m looking for some whitening mask for face n neck. Any good recommendation ? My skin type is sl8ghtly oily and certain parts are dry, also have slight sensitive. Very headache to choose new products:( currently I have sample from taut collagen mask from gnc and skII facial treatment mask. But I would like to know more and hope to choose the correct mask :)
    Thanks

  16. admin says:

    Hi Joyee,

    That’s a tough one. So far, I’ve yet to find a good whitening mask. Unfortunately, most of the whitening masks are not able to reduce the look of pigmentation, they can only ‘superficially’ brighten up the overall skin tone. Off hand, I can only think of My Beauty Diary Sage or Red Wine Mask. Not the best for sure but I do see a very superficial brightening result from both.

  17. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Are both the tags : What beauty products am I using now? And what are my favorite beauty products on the top left of your site – not working? No windows pop up.
    Can you have shortcut or tag for posts like this , best and worse of year XXXX? as i have trouble looking for it.

  18. Claire says:

    Thanks. Shirleen.
    Thanks for your effort in replying every query.
    So far i haven’t found a blog that the blogger shares honest reviews of products except yours.

  19. Sofie says:

    Hi Shirleen… Is the Clarins Whitening Repair Cream highly recommended? I have never use whitening night cream as i thought its not important for the regime skin routine.Recently only i have been looking around for it and would love to add that to my daily skin routine.Like yourself im super into beauty products.Always get tempted to try new product…but am cautions at time..hopefully to get that suit my skin type.Anyway do i still need to apply night moisturiser if i were to apply the whitening night cream? Im using day and night face serum in my daily skin routine.How do i go about it first.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Sofie,

      I have never tried the Clarins Whitening Repair Cream before hence I can’t comment on that. Since whitening night cream is also a moisturizer, you do not need another moisturizer again.

      The correct regimen is :
      Cleansing > Toner > Serum > Moisturizer > Sunscreen (day only)

  20. suruchi says:

    my upper lip is very dark almost black and lower one has black outlining by birth.is there any cream out there which can make them pink.if yes pls share

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Suruchi,

      I have no idea what will help to reduce the darkness of your lip. Maybe you may want to try the The Body Shop Lipscuff (to exfoliate the dead skin) and Sisley Lip Balm or Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (to hydrate your lip).

  21. Sandra says:

    Hi, any recommended facial slimming products? I have a chubby cheeks even though my body weight is normal. Thanks

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Chubby cheeks are hard to reduce using products. You may want to check out the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift.

  22. Jen says:

    Hi shirleen I want to ask some suggestion about whitening cream in Japan, I’m living in Tokyo right now for couple of weeks.i read some site about whitening cream to be use but it’s too many to choice which one is really good.. Can you suggest which one is better usually i can buy here in Japan ? I want to use some cream which can help to lighten my pimple scars, . Looking forward to your replay .. Thanks

  23. Jen says:

    Thanks shirleen for the info, I read some good feedback review and I find out one of best product is shiseido here in Tokyo , I buy aqua label gel just this week ,I want to try it ,and I’m looking forward for more improvement hopefully after one week but I want to try also your recommendation shiseido haky serum soon..

  24. Jen says:

    Thanks shirleen for the info, I read some good feedback review and I find out one of best product is shiseido here in Tokyo , I buy aqua label gel just this week ,I want to try it ,and I’m looking forward for more improvement hopefully after one week but I want to try also your recommendation shiseido haku serum soon..

  25. Shirley says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Do u apply Dr. Cilabo Enrich-Lift Cleanser using dry hands to dry face like I did? Its seems that i need to apply at least two cherry/grape sizes to be suffice and i find that it is easier to massage by adding a bit of water or it would be quite dry and hard to massage.

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