My Search For The BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2010

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2010 passes in a blink of an eye, don’t you agree?

Well, 2010 has been a rewarding year for me. It was a eventful year too, with plentiful of irresistible opportunities offering to me and I was glad to be able to preview bountiful of new launched products too.

One thing I have never stopped doing for the entire year of 2010 is painstakingly searching for the BEST beauty products, not just for myself but also for my readers too. And during the search, I was glad to uncover a couple of great products which I have never came across before.

In fact six months ago, I have published a post on ”My Search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products In First Half Of The Year 2010“. The post featured all the BEST and WORST beauty products I have tested during the first half of the year in 2010.

And now as we have already embarked into 2011, I’m here to share with you my search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products during the entire year of 2010.

All the BEST and WORST beauty products that are featured below are the ones I have tested in 2010 only. That does not include those products I have yet tested but were received in 2010. These products will be bought forward to 2011 instead. The products include Tony Moly, Kiehl’s, Vichy, Perricone MD, L’oreal, SANA, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Dr Cilabo, Benefit Cosmetics and many more.

And those products that I have used and tested in 2009 were featured at “My Search for the BEST & WORST Beauty Products in 2009.

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My Search For The

BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2010

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EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

BEST – Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Cleanser Sensitive Eyes

WORST – NA

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CLEANSING OIL

BESTSANA Medicated Natural Resource Cleansing Oil

WORST – NA

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CLEANSING CREAM / GEL

BEST – Dr Cilabo Super Cleansing EX

WORSTClinique Take The Day Off

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CLEANSING WASH / FOAM

BEST – Dr. Cilabo Super Washing Foam EX

WORSTPhysiogel Cleanser

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EXFOLIATING SCRUB

BESTKiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

WORST – NA

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LOTION / TONER

BEST - Bioelements Calmitude Hydrating Solution

WORSTEstee Lauder Soft Clean Silky Hydrating Lotion

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ESSENCE LOTION

BESTSK-II Facial Treatment Essence

WORSTSANA Medicated Natural Resource Essence Lotion

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EYE SERUM

BESTPerricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum –  Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Eye Advanced Anti-aging Serum

WORSTKiehl’s Eye Alert

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EYE CREAM

BEST - EUOKO Eye Contour Nanolift  -  Elizabeth Arden Prevage® Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15 PA++

WORST – Kinerase Under Eye Rescue  -   Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream

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PORE REFINING RANGE

BEST – NA

WORSTb.liv Shrink & Tight Large Pores Reducing Serum & Diminishing Night Complex

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ANTI-AGING SERUM

BEST – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair  -  Elizabeth Arden Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

WORST – SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX+


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FACE LIFTING / CONTOURING SERUM

BESTClarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum

WORST - Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum

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SKIN LIGHTENING

BESTPaula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion

WORST – Retacnyl Tretinoin 0.025% Cream

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HYDRATING SERIES

BESTHada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion, Hydrating Mask & Moist Essence EX

WORST – NA

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HYDRATING MASK

BESTHada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Mask

WORST – My Beauty Diary Camellia Mask

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WHITENING MASK

BESTEstee Lauder CyberWhite EX Extra Intensive Purifying Treatment

WORST – NA

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DAY MOISTURIZER (with SPF)

BESTElizabeth Arden Prevage Day Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 PA+++ –  Physiogel AI Sun Cream PEA with SPF 25 PA+++

WORST – Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Day Cream SPF 15

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LIGHT MOISTURIZER (without SPF, ideal for day & night use)

BESTSANA Medicated Natural Resource Milk Lotion

WORSTb.liv Quench Me Moisturizing Gel

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RICH MOISTURIZER (for night use)

BESTClinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer

WORSTPhysiogel Cream

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SUNSCREEN

BESTKiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++

WORSTSANA’s Natural Resource UV Milk SPF19 PA++ –  L’Occitane Veil High Protection SPF 30, for Face/Eyes

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MAKEUP BASE / PRIMER

BEST – NA

WORST - Urban Decay Complexion Primer Portion (Brightening)

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CONCEALER

BEST – Benefit Erase Paste

WORST – NA

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CONCEALER / PRIMER

(specially for redness/red bumps)

BESTBenefit You’re Bluffing!

WORST – Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer (Green Shade)

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EYE PRIMER

BEST – Paul & Joe Eye Color Primer (#1 Shade)

WORST – NA

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LIQUID FOUNDATION

BESTLancome Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator Bare Skin Perfection Foundation SPF 16 PA++

WORSTSANA Natural Resource Liquid Foundation UV SPF22 PA+++

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BB CREAM

BESTSkin79 Diamond Absolute Total BB Cream SPF37 PA+++

WORSTSkin79 The Oriental Gold BB Cream

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LOOSE POWDER

BESTSANA Pore Putty Face Powder Moist SPF19 PA++

WORSTSANA Natural Resource Loose Powder UV SPF19 PA++

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LUMINOUS FACE POWDER

BEST – Shiseido The Makeup Luminizing Brush Powder

WORST - Chanel Poudre Douce Soft Pressed Powder

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COMPACT PRESSED POWDER

BEST – SANA’s Make Essence Face Powder

WORSTSANA’s Natural Resource Compact Pressed Powder

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BLUSHER

BESTClarins BAROCCO Face Palette

WORST – NA

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EYESHADOW

BESTClarins BAROCCO Eye Colour Trio

WORST – L’oreal Paris HIP Duo Eye Shadow

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EYE LINER (liquid)

BESTHourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner

WORST – NA

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MASCARA

BEST – Lancome Virtuose Precious Cells Mascara

WORST – Dejavu Lash Knockout

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LIPSTICK

BEST – Maybelline Moisture Enrich Lipstick

WORST – Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick

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LIP GLOSS

BESTHourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss

WORST – Maquillage Glossy gloss

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LIP LINER

BESTHourglass Trace Lip Liner

WORST – NA

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EYEBROW LINER / MASCARA

BESTSANA Styling W Brow

WORST – NA

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MAKEUP ERASER

BESTTony Moly Makeup Eraser

WORST – NA

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MAKEUP BRUSH

BEST – Benefit Concealer Brush

WORST – NA

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CLEANSING COTTON WIPE

BEST – LilyBell Cleansing Cotton Wipe (from SaSa)

WORST – NA

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BODY LOTION

BEST – The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Hand & Foot Butter

WORST - Ginvera Green Tea 2-in-1 Cracked Heel & Elbow Cream

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BODY EXFOLIATING SCRUB

BEST - Sisley Energizing Foaming Exfoliant

WORST – The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Ximenia Salt Scrub

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COLLAGEN / BEAUTY DRINK

BESTAFC Japan Tsubaki Perfect Beauty Drink

WORST – NA

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BEAUTY GADGET

BESTBBS Care 5000P Pro

WORST – NA

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SPA TREATMENT

BESTDermalife Spa Jet 2G Capsule Spa Treatment

WORSTJamu Power Tummy Slim Treatment

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NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT

BESTCooling Sculpting Treatment

WORSTFacial Slimming with Botox

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10 Comments on "My Search For The BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2010"

  1. Shirley says:

    Why do u think that Estee Lipstick is the worst? It is because it is too drying due to the long lasting effect?

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shirley,

    It’s too soft and it breaks at the base.

  3. Pynk says:

    Hi shirleen,

    Thanks for sharing on ur blog!
    I’m curious though, how do u decide if any product is good/bad? Eg for eye products that claim to get rid of dark eye rings, prevent wrinkles etc – I’ve tried numerous products but never really could tell if any product worked for me :(

    Or like for sunscreens/ sunblock, how do u tell if they are good or works for u?

  4. Shirleen says:

    Hi Pynk,

    How I determine if the product is good or bad depending on various factors. It could be the texture, the colors, the packaging, the irritation occurs, the effectiveness, the finishing, the results and many more…

    For the sunscreen, it will strongly depend on the SPF factor, the finishing (white cast for eg), the protection against the sun and the ingredients contain in it.

  5. Shirley says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I have heard or spot on net that many chemical suncreen are “bad” or could cause skin cancer and recently about the zinc oxide with potenial harm. Foe oily skin like mine, SPF 50 seems to high so I prefer SPF30/40. Hence i guess mineral suncreens may be safer. What do u think?
    Shirley

  6. Shirleen says:

    Hi Shirley,

    In fact, zinc oxide is a mineral sunscreen ingredient. For now I will try to avoid this ingredient until there are more reports on its safety.

  7. rachel says:

    Hi shirley,

    why did you say that facial slimming with botox is the worst non invasive treatment?

  8. Shirleen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    The facial slimming with botox performed by Dr Z is the worst non-invasive treatment I’ve done in 2010.

  9. Chloe says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Why you think SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX+ the worst anti-aging serum? I thought Vitamin C is an effective anti-oxidant and anti-aging ingredient?

  10. Shirleen says:

    Hi Chloe,

    It caused severe irritation on my skin. Yes, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant but it can be very unstable and I guess 20% concentration is too strong for my sensitive skin.

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