feat. Paula’s Choice, Tatcha, Sunday Riley, Drunk Elephant, and more : SkincareAddiction

**ETA: is there a approach to flip my pictures into an album? I did not intend for this, however proper now the best way I’ve posted them they’re on the backside of this big publish**

Evaluation of what is at present on my shelf and the way it compares to different comparable merchandise I’ve tried

About me: dry dry dry pores and skin, no wrinkles, very occasional pimples – my main points proper now are brightening and night and the cussed sebaceous filaments on my nostril

Routine: combine and match relying on how I am feeling. Lazy nights = acid + one product slathered on my face. Fancy nights = acid + therapy + oil + cream/sleeping masks

TL;DR: the substances that actually appear to work for my pores and skin are BHA, AHA, and L-Ascorbic Acid. Niacinamide, arbutin, acetyl glucosamine, blah blah blah do not do something. Try Cosrx BHA, Sunday Riley Good Genes, and Nufountain C20+Ferulic.

Storage: Jerrybox 360 blahblah rotating make-up organizer (Amazon)

I actually like this BUT I might be very cautious about buying it – I needed to buy my Jerrybox organizer THREE instances from Amazon as a result of every time it could arrive broken. Spoiler alert: all three had been broken, so I ended up protecting the least damaged one and returning the opposite two. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon and 1000’s of critiques so I am undecided why nobody else appears to have had this difficulty?

The primary time, the rotating base had a big 3-inch crack and the “partitions” had a number of scratches that had been additionally about Three inches lengthy. The second time, the rotating base had a smaller crack (in all probability solely 1cm), and the partitions had scratches, however smaller ones, BUT the little notches that hook onto the bottom had been fully smashed and so I could not assemble the organizer. The third time, the bottom was cracked once more, and the little notches had been smashed once more.

The corporate packages each bit individually in plastic wrap and your complete factor is encased in bubble wrap, so I am actually confused how the plastic items are getting broken.

The Jerrybox is a lazy susan divided into 4 quarters – that is how I’ve break up my pictures.

Tatcha water cream:

Is not going to repurchase. Does nothing besides (type of) moisturize. I haven’t got a lot to say about this as a result of it was such a bland product, and never in a great way. Texture may be very silicone-y regardless of being a water-gel cream.


When you just like the gel cream texture, strive as an alternative the Gekka Sleeping Masks (AB) – it is one in every of my favorites, comprises licorice, and I’ve repurchased the Gekka twice.

Tatcha lip balm:

Is not going to repurchase. The gold flakes are a flowery concept, however VERY impractical in actual life. They don’t dissolve, so you’ll be able to’t put on this out in public since you’ll have gold flakes in your lips. And no, not in a cool Pat Mc-Grath editorial make-up type of manner. Additionally, the packing seems and feels very low cost for the worth you pay. It is moisturizing however not as a lot as Smith’s rose salve. I needed to love this as a result of I noticed squalane within the substances, however I actually can not justify a lip balm that I can not put on in the course of the day on account of gold particles.


I’ll keep on with my authentic Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Garnier miceller water (blue cap – waterproof make-up):

Mild, takes off waterproof make-up, would not irritate eyes, that is my 12th or so bottle.

In comparison with:

Bioderma pink cap – I do know that is the OG however it stung my pores and skin and did not get off all my make-up

Bifesta Make-up Remover – Bifesta appears to have a bit extra cleaning energy however leaves an oily filmy feeling

Garnier micellar water (pink cap) – weaker cleaning energy than the blue cap; due to this fact I desire blue cap

Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Energy Liquid

Whoa that is STRONG tingling/stinging on my pores and skin. I have been utilizing BHA for Three years now and I can use Good Genes and Framboos, however this stings probably the most. After I do get the heart to make use of it, I get silky pores and skin afterwards however because it hurts greater than GG/Framboos and would not have higher outcomes, I feel I am going to keep on with these. In any other case, it is a nice acid for the worth.

Sunday Riley Juno oil

I prefer it however my pores and skin is not tremendous choosy about facial oils. Not a lot to say about it – it does the job, moisturizes my pores and skin and performs properly with the opposite elements of my routine. Has an natural scent that I actually get pleasure from. I purchased this in the course of the Skinstore 30% off Black Friday sale, so look forward to a sale in the event you’re . Most likely will not repurchase, however solely as a result of there are at all times ~new~shiny~ facial oils to strive, not as a result of I do not like Juno.

Tatcha face mist

I do like this as a result of it is probably the most hydrating mist I’ve discovered. However once more, it is overpriced and I am certain there’s a higher mist someplace on the market. That is my second-and-a-half bottle (I’ve already gone via 1 full-size and 1 travel-size bottle). I complained in regards to the lip balm packaging earlier – this mist has none of these issues. It is in a luxe glass bottle with a goldtone steel pump. The mist may be very high quality and even. All the pieces is nice, besides the worth. Most likely will not repurchase.


I think that any of Hada Labo’s lotions could have the same impact, so after I end this I am planning to see if I can refill it with Hada Labo.

Leejiham (or leegeeham) Develop Vita Propolis Cream

Very good and moisturizing. Plush creamy texture. BUT…that is so perfumed I can not stand it on my face. Smells very floral. The scent isn’t disagreeable and can be a pleasant actual fragrance, however on my face it is simply an excessive amount of. I am very unhappy as a result of LJH has been a strong model for me previously (propolis + tea tree ampoules). Will repurchase ampoule, is not going to repurchase this cream.

In comparison with:

LJH vita propolis serum/ampoule – no comparability. I used to be utilizing my fourth bottle after I dropped it on the bottom and it shattered (therefore, why it isn’t in these pictures). The ampoule is equally hydrating and soothing and IS NOT PERFUMED. I might say it is well worth the increased worth.

Paula’s Alternative 10% Azelaic Acid Booster (mine is the previous packaing/title, RESIST Pores and skin Reworking Multi Correction Remedy)

Alas, this does nothing for me. I’ve very crimson pores and skin and this did not scale back the redness or have another impact. It is surprisingly hydrating and has a pleasant creamy texture (it is like a cream in a tube reasonably than a watery serum). I feel AzA may not be for my pores and skin – I used it manner again when Curology was PocketDerm, and it did nothing for me then both (and I went via two bottles of the Curology). Will end however will not repurchase.

Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid

HG. That is my 4th bottle. I’ll maintain repurchasing. Retains my pores and skin clear, retains the sebaceous filaments down, and I really discover this sort of moisturizing! (On actually REALLY lazy nights, I am going to slather a number of layers of this and nothing else and get up with respectable pores and skin.) Will repurchase, and have already got.

In comparison with:

Paula’s Alternative BHA (the traditional one) – I’ve seen critiques right here on SCA that say that PC is stronger than the Cosrx, and I am unhappy to say that wasn’t my expertise. Now that I have been utilizing the Cosrx for therefore lengthy, I hoped to seek out one thing stronger as a result of I really feel that it is good at upkeep however not at actually kicking out the final little bit of the SFs on my nostril. PC feels stronger on my pores and skin in that it is much less hydrating and feels extra irritating, however I have not seen stronger outcomes. Cosrx is cheaper for me and I desire the pump packaging, so I am going to maintain shopping for the Cosrx.

Tatcha The Essence

Good job Tatcha! The substances record on that is fairly good (I do not suppose I noticed any silicone)! But in addition, it is just about the identical as each different FTE – Missha, Secret Key, Cosrx, SK-II, Manyo Manufacturing facility, Neogen, and so on… Is not going to repurchase.

In comparison with:

Cosrx Galactomyces – I discovered the Cosrx a bit extra moisturizing (possibly simply as a result of Cosrx being barely extra viscous) and it is manner cheaper. Will repurchase Cosrx, not Tatcha

SK-II – I had a deluxe pattern of this and I appreciated it quite a bit; if I had been to splurge I might select SK-II over Tatcha

I have not tried another manufacturers of FTEs however they’re much like Tatcha simply primarily based on the substances record.

Ocusoft Lid Scrub Foam

My eye physician suggest this as a watch wash to me. It is certainly very mild on the eyes – BUT it additionally is a good, mild face wash! I think it has a really low pH on account of it being simple on the eyes, however I haven’t got any pH testing strips. Regardless, I take advantage of this on my face and it would not dry my dry pores and skin out. Additionally, two pumps as soon as every day and the bottle lasts me anyplace from 5-7 months, relying on how constantly I take advantage of it. Bought on Amazon. Will repurchase – that is my second bottle.

Paula’s Alternative RESIST Brightening Essence

I purchased this as a result of (1) arbutin, (2) licorice, (3) acetyl glucosamine. Sadly, it did nothing besides very very barely hydrate my pores and skin (and never as a lot as say, Cosrx Galactomyces). I noticed some brightening on the very first evening I used this, however after that – zilch. Nota bene: if you would like this, purchase it from Amazon. It is actually half worth ($21 vs $42 on the PC website). And it is offered by PC/Amazon, so I am assured it isn’t pretend. (Additionally, Amazon is listed as an accepted retailer on the PC website.) Is not going to repurchase.

That is lacking the lid as a result of I dropped the glass dropper cap and it shattered. This was the identical day I additionally dropped my LJH propolis serum and shattered that. Was a really unhappy day. It is skinny sufficient which you can simply pour it out of the bottle although.

Sunday Riley UFO face oil

My pores and skin loves the Cosrx BHA a lot I made a decision to strive different types of BHA. I purchased this throughout Sephora’s 20% VIB sale. The SA tried to speak me out of it as a result of she stated it was “actually robust” and “for shiny pores and skin” – I’ve dry and considerably delicate pores and skin – however I like it. It would not irritate my pores and skin, I do not thoughts the scent, and I do really feel prefer it appears to assist de-congest my pores. NB: do not buy from Sephora @ 20% off; wait till the Dermstore/Skinstore/Lookfantastic 30% off gross sales. Will in all probability repurchase.

Paula’s Alternative 10% Niacinamide Booster

Most likely will not repurchase. Niacinamide would not appear to do something for my solar freckles, and even my skintone. To check this product, I have been utilizing it neat and I actually have not seen any outcomes. Thanks, subsequent.

Sulwhasoo In a single day Vitalizing Masks

I REALLY needed to love this. r/AB raves about it. But it surely simply appears very meh. Hydration? Sort of, I assume. Brightening? Not likely. Chok chok pores and skin? Meh…

I might say I will not repurchase this besides I did, after I was on the airport responsibility free (I hadn’t tried my pattern but however it was on sale). So now I’ve one full-size, unopened tube of this that I want to complete, along with this deluxe pattern.


Gekka in a single day masks (AB). I like this. Plump, bouncy pores and skin. Appears to brighten. Tremendous hydration in a light-weight, watery gel cream.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream

Most likely is not going to repurchase. I actually, actually appreciated the feel of this. It was lush however not oily. It did hydrate. It has ceramides and vitamin C and licorice and a bunch of different goodies. However I really feel just like the substances record is not as wonderful as C-Firma or Framboos. And it is costly (I purchased in the course of the Sephora 20% sale.) And I in all probability appreciated the feel as a result of polymers. Ack. That is the primary eye product I’ve purchased, and I am certain I can discover one thing simply pretty much as good. Perhaps I’ll repurchase.

Drunk Elephant Framboos AHA

I am torn on this one. The primary few instances I attempted it neat, I felt prefer it did not hydrate and shaped a movie. After I layered different merchandise both over or underneath, it left a movie that pilled. I finished utilizing it for awhile for these causes. However just lately, I’ve gone again to utilizing it solo and located that it really appears extra hydrating than I bear in mind! It would not tablet anymore! So possibly my pores and skin was in worse situation again then. It performs similar to a normal AHA – retains my pores clear and my pores and skin clean. I wasn’t going to repurchase this, however possibly now I’ll. TBD, as a result of I even have Good Genes and Farmacy Honeymoon Glow to take the place of an AHA serum.

In comparison with:

Sunday Riley Good Genes – I feel I like Good Genes higher; it appears to be extra hydrating and efficient.

Farmacy Honeymoon – I am simply now beginning to use the Farmacy, and I actually prefer it to date. It’s extra of a serum/lotion texture so it undoubtedly doesn’t kind a movie (not like the clear gel of Framboos). Farmacy smells like actual honey (not the pretend sugary “honey” scent that magnificence corporations make). If I needed to decide one to repurchase, it could in all probability be the Farmacy. Higher texture, higher worth, higher scent.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

GG has been lined earlier than so I am going to simply say that I prefer it so much. I like the feel (though typically if I layer too many merchandise underneath or over, it begins to tablet). GG appears to hydrate, which is very nice with an acid product. Retains my pores away from sebaceous filaments. It is costly however I am planning to repurchase in the course of the subsequent 30% off sale (b-glowing, dermstore, skinstore, lookfantastic).

In comparison with:

Farmacy Honeymoon – see above for extra ideas. I am simply beginning to use Farmacy Honeymoon whereas I am virtually completed with my mini bottle of Good Genes. However to date, I actually like Farmacy. If I nonetheless prefer it on the finish of the bottle, I’ll repurchase Farmacy as an alternative of Good Genes.

Nufountain C20+ Ferulic

BUYBUYBUYBUY this. If you are going to buy it from Amazon they make it recent to order. Provides me loopy glow.

In comparison with:

Drunk Elephant C-Firma – I completed a complete full-size bottle of C Firma and did not see the results that I noticed with the Nufountain.

Melano CC – I completed a complete tube of Melano CC and did not see any results. I learn someplace on right here that Melano CC was additionally LAA, however sadly I did not see outcomes.

Timeless – everybody cites the Timeless as an alternative of Nufountain when speaking about SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic dupes, however I *hated* the Timeless. It had an odd texture – it was very thick and never watery like Nufountain/SkinCeuticals. It did not do something, both. I ordered it from Amazon and possibly I did not test the vendor rigorously, however I had a tough time ending the Timeless bottle. I feel I might need really tossed it after I completed 75%. Purchase the NuFountain, individuals.

Lancer Omega Oil

Is not going to repurchase. I needed to love this as a result of fermented, however this was such a disappointment. Initially, clear bottle = omg oxidation. Second, it smelled barely rancid on the primary day I opened it, proper after I purchased it from Sephora. I thought-about returning it however I reside actually removed from Sephora, so I made a decision to maintain utilizing it. It is a very skinny, runny oil however I desire thicker oils. It’s simply okay. I am fortunate that my pores and skin is fairly tolerant of any facial oil, however which means that my oils have to have some aspect of skincaretainment (Sunday Riley Juno = good scent, fairly bottle, plush texture). This oil was so boring (clear bottle, meh scent, skinny texture). I do not suggest it to anybody – it isn’t low cost and there are SO many different oil choices.


Actually another facial oil. Dr. Lancer, strive once more.

Paula’s Alternative RESIST BHA 9

Sigh. My pores and skin loves BHA however this did nothing for me. It was very extremely really helpful by a number of individuals on totally different discussion board I frequent, and Ratzilla additionally positively reviewed it, so I purchased it. It is obtained a texture like glycerin – thick and sticky. Does not irritate my pores and skin, however it didn’t do any of the standard BHA issues both. Will not repurchase. Do not suggest. The bottle is tiny.

Shu Uemura Ultim8 Cleaning Oil

Shu had a 25% sale earlier this 12 months so I purchased the jumbo measurement cleaning oil. I would heard good issues in regards to the Ultim8 line, however it’s actually meh for me. Shu is only a luxurious cleaning oil in my thoughts – there are different nice cleaning oil choices, so I solely purchase Shu as an occasional deal with for myself. The final Shu oil I purchased was the inexperienced one (Anti/Oxi?) and I appreciated that one higher as a result of scent and barely thicker texture. I will not repurchase Ultim8, and if I do repurchase a Shu cleaning oil it will be the inexperienced one.


Illiyoon cleaning oil – beautiful hanbang scent and plush texture

Pond’s Cleaning Oil – this may be an Asia unique; it is available in a goldenrod-colored bottle and is made from (comparatively) fancy oils like rose and grapeseed and it is grime low cost. I purchase about 4-5 bottles every time I am going to Asia. That is my regular cleaning oil.

In comparison with:

Tatcha Cleaning Oil – I completed 2 full-size and a couple of journey measurement bottles of the Tatcha camellia cleaning oil. It is a very serviceable oil, however I felt the feel was too skinny (once more, I desire thicker oils). The scent was very generic. I strongly desire the Pond’s and Illiyoon oils. If you wish to deal with your self, get the Shu Uemura inexperienced oil.

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