Skincare Products That Don’t Work For Me

There are a few skin care items that I’ve been wanting to tell you about, but I don’t want to dedicate the whole post on one product just to tell you how it doesn’t work for me. So I decided to lump them together, because a mass whining session is more fun. LOL! I have a cleanser, a toner and 2 moisturizers that don’t work for me.




Philosophy Purity Cleanser

I know many people like this cleanser. But to me, first of all, I hate how it smells. It smells like liquid detergent, or some sort of bleach or medicine. I don’t know. It’s just bleh. To top it off, it actually dried out my skin, so no thanks. I stopped using it after 2 weeks and it is now used to clean my brushes. It is not strong enough to clean out my synthetic brushes used for cream and liquid products, but it’s good enough to wash my brushes used for powder makeup, like my eye brushes 🙂


Lancome Tonique Eclat Clarifying Exfoliating Toner

Oh gosh, this is the only toner I’ve tried that stings my eyes. The alcohol in it is so strong that the fume made my eyes tear. Seriously! Just the smell choked me to death. The Lancome SA recommended this because it exfoliates the skin and she was going on and on about how smooth the skin is after using this. That’s the first and last time I trust any word spoken from her mouth. I used it once, and put it back in my skincare cupboard immediately. I took it out again half a year later, just to give it a second try. I wet the facial cotton pad, closed my eyes and in circular motion, wiped my entire face. This didn’t sting my eyes, but I still smelled alcohol. Fair enough, I could see some greyish brownish residue on the cotton pad so I’m sure that’s some sort of exfoliation. I used it again for the next 3 evenings, and my skin did feel ‘cleaner’ in a way. However, I wouldn’t use this every day and night or it’d strip all natural oils from my face. I still don’t like the strong alcohol content and I doubt I’d ever use up this toner. Currently, I’m using it only on my neck.


[A’kin] Purely Revitalising Brightening Day Creme & Firming Night Creme

These 2 products were sent by PR for consideration purpose. I was testing out these 2 moisturizers and I really like that the day creme absorbs into skin very quickly and keeps my skin moisturized, and the night creme is rich enough without feeling greasy. However, this combination made my skin peel after 2 weeks of testing. Uh huh. I’ve never used any moisturizers that made my skin peel and this is the first time. After 2 weeks, I noticed a rough patch on my left cheek, and a few days later, I noticed slight peeling. I stopped these moisturizers immediately, and went back to the Estee Lauder moisturizer I was using before. A week later of using the EL moisturizer exclusively (and lots of masks), my skin went back to normal. I tried another round of this A’kin moisturizer combo and true enough, the peeling occurred again! I haven’t used these moisturizers since, and my mom took them into her custody. She hasn’t complained though, so I guess they’re not making her skin peel.


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Have you purchased any skin care products that turned out wrong for you? Anything you avoid?


xoxo Lily



  • Liz

    Oh, wow. I have a giant size of Purity sitting in my online cart and I’m super interested in the Lancome Tonic. But my skin is like leather compared to yours, LOL!

    • Lily

      Hahaha Liz! I suppose if you don’t mind the strong whiff of alcohol, the tonic does do its job 🙂

  • Emma Bovary

    I’m not a fan of Purity either, the smell isn’t pleasant at all and it made my skin feel tight and dry!

    • Lily

      Same here. I’ll stick to gentle cleansers for now!

  • I was going to suggest using the Philosophy cleanser for the brushes :p It actually breaks foundation down really well for me!

    • Lily

      I prefer my soap cleanser for foundation. So easy to come off!

  • Jaa

    I don’t get the Purity cleanser, either. I don’t think it’s the most effective for waterproof makeup. The smell is blah. The performance is blah. It just doesn’t do much for me. That toner sounds awful. LOL. I like that it exfoliates well but at what cost? Strong alcohol scent, umm, no, thanks. Hehe

    • Lily

      I got it because of all the raves back then. I’m surprised nobody complained about the smell.

  • I like most of the other Philosophy skincare products that I’ve tried, but I’ve never tried their cleansers and those are the ones that interest me the least. Right now I just use a cheapie Neutrogena one that’s been working pretty well!

    • Lily

      Oh, I used to go through Neutrogena cleansers like crazy when I was in college. And the Neutrogena hydrating sheet masks too. Too bad they don’t work that well anymore. Would’ve been so good for my wallet otherwise!

  • Kudos to your for sharing the not-so-great things as well. I haven’t tried any of these four products so I can’t judge them.

    • Lily

      Well, if you get to try them, do let me know if you like them or not 🙂

  • Bella

    I was seriously underwhelmed by the two Philosophy products I have tried: that cleanser and the lip balm. I seemed to be allergic to the latter and the former just did nothing. I shall avoid the brand like the plague in future of course, haha!

    • Lily

      Lol I’m like that too, Bella. I tend to avoid the brand completely if one or two products don’t work. Doesn’t seem fair but why try my luck when I know there are others that work so well, right?

  • Thanks for sharing! I def don’t want anything to do with an eye-stinging toner! I have to avoid sunflower oil in products because it causing volcanic acne eruptions (acne-ruptions?)! Sunny @mostlysunnyblog:disqus was the one who figured this out for me after I told her about some alergic issues I’d had to a very popular cleanser. Gotta love dedicated beauty friends!!

    • Lily

      YES! I learned so much from blogging, reading AND from fellow bloggers. I probably won’t know better if I didn’t blog or read blogs!