It was either Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Sunday Riley’s UFO. They both do what they’re supposed to do as far as I can tell, but I don’t have particularly problematic nor reactive skin, so it’s not like, “My skin went from F to A!”
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I can’t recall! I have the privilege of buying products as they release so I am typically reviewing before lots of review come out. But I love reading answers to these types of questions!
I picked up a few within the same time frame, so they’ve been tested in some mixture. Bad Habit Beauty, which has been a mixed bag but some worthwhile palettes for sure but has really come down to the formulas used in a particular palette. Flesh Beauty, which I did not try a full assortment but liked the majority of what I tried. Dominique Cosmetics, which I’ve tried their palettes, and both I enjoyed.
I am torn; there are some good aspects, like when we collectively voice to brands that a shade range is poorly done or that we see through misogynistic and pandering marketing campaigns, because our voices are louder together and it’s easier to tweet than it is to write a letter into corporate. The former also alerts news publications or larger influencers/celebrities and can get them involved, regardless of whether it’s on a surface only or because it’s a genuine issue for them. I do think it humanizes people and gives fans access to people (from actors to scientists to artists) and can help build more connections to each other. It is also a great way to share behind-the-scenes information, ask questions, and interact with people that are similar to us or that we admire that we can’t in person.
On the other hand, much of social media, particularly the image-based platforms, reinforces the idea that we selectively share only the very best parts of our lives. Even when we see “real life” sharing, it can sometimes feel as curated as the good stuff. There is also wide use of filters and editing, which I have conflicting feelings on.
Probably Revlon, since they’ve been around for a long time but I feel like they have the weakest offerings among the big drugstore brands (like Maybelline, L’Oreal, etc.).
Guerlain. I feel like their launches are a little erratic, ultra predictable, and I barely hear about them these days. As someone who’s favorite brand used to be Guerlain, I’m barely paying attention to them.