Testing Conditions

To better understand how I approach writing reviews and how I evaluate products, here is some information regarding my skin condition and also products I use.

About Me

  • Skin type: Oily
  • Skin concerns: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne, oiliness, dullness, anti-aging
  • Skin shade/tone: Fair, neutral
  • Foundations I use: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder 1 Fair, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup 110 Ivoire, Kjaer Weis Lightness Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 1 Fair, Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation 10
  • Concealers I use: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Light 1 Chantilly, Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Fair Neutral, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat 02 Luminous Ivory

Testing Conditions

How long does it take for me to test a product?

For skincare products, I give at least 2 weeks for moisturizers, toners/skin, face oils/balms, cleansers, and exfoliators. Sheet masks depend upon the product itself, sometimes I feel like I need to try it more than once. I give at least a month of usage for essences, ampoules, eye creams, and serums. If I feel that I have fully assessed the product/s accurately with understanding my skin, the timeline may be less than indicated. It also may be more if I need some extra time to see how the product/s is working for me. 

For makeup products, I usually test all products for at least 2 weeks and then I can make my decision. It really depends on the product itself sometimes, in general foundations and powders I take closer inspection of compared to other products.

How do I assess and form opinions about products?

There are a few conditions on how I make opinions about products (in no specific order): 
  1. It lives up to its claims.
  2. How my skin reacts to it and the benefits I see from it.
  3. For skincare, the ingredients list.
  4. The quality of the product. 
  5. If it's worth the retail price. 
After taking these all into consideration, I can then form a concrete opinion. Other factors may come into play also and I may add more conditions, depending.

*Updated 6/2017

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