As a beauty blogger, I’m fortunate to be sent products for consideration. I don’t get a lot of makeup sent to me for review as my blog does not concentrate very much on makeup, but more on skincare. Sometimes I wish I could concentrate more on makeup reviews. It’s still not an area I’m particularly good at but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s far easier to review makeup than it is to review skincare products.
For makeup, I can try out a particular mascara, lippie, eyeshadow, etc for a week, and if I like it (or not), I can review them very quickly. Unfortunately, this is not applicable to skincare products. Skincare products take at least 6-8 weeks per item for the effects to really show. The minimum amount of time for trial should be at the very least 4 weeks. I normally wouldn’t trust any reviews of skincare products that have taken less than 4 weeks to trial (this does not apply to cleansers though, or anything that can be washed off in less than 20 seconds).
I’m quite particular when it comes to trialing skincare products. For me to fully grasp the efficacy of the product (and to write an accurate review), I cannot and will not trial more than ONE product at a time. The only time I trial two different skincare products at a time is when one of the items is a facial cleanser or scrub. For serums and moisturisers, only one new product will be trialed at one time.
Now you will think “Geez Louis, I’m never going to go through all my products if I am to only use one new product at a time!” Well, that’s where my friends come in. I give them some of the products to use (especially if they aren’t suitable for my skin type) in exchange for a review. If I trial a new serum and moisturiser at the same time, then who’s to know which product works better? Was it the serum that gave me the glowing skin, or the moisturiser? Did that moisturiser break me out, or the serum? I think you know where I’m going here.
I cannot, in good faith, review products if I cannot be 100% certain that it was product X that gave/did not give me the results I wanted. It’s not fair for my skin, and it isn’t fair for my readers who read the reviews. That is why sometimes you’ll read reviews of products that have been launched months ago, if not years.
As much as I can, if the product works for me, I’ll try to use it up before moving on to another. This is getting a bit difficult with the pressure to “trial more, review more” on the blog. I’m not in the habit of opening a new skincare product, use it for 6 weeks, then leave aside and move on to another. I would be stuck with heaps of opened, half-used items (funny, because I do it with bodycare products. Go figure *shrug*). I could give them away to friends, if they don’t mind, but deep down, I just don’t feel right doing so. I very much prefer to give them new, unopened items; not something my fingers have dipped into.
I hope this gives you an insight to how I review skincare products on the blog. It takes a lot of time to review skincare products properly as I do only have one face.
How do you trial your skincare products? One at a time, or a few at once?