Products for LookinGood in 2009

Posted on January 28th, 2010 by Gina

We’ve been waiting for the results to come in so that we could tell you about the best and worst products in 2009, and have at last landed on two reader feedback sources that we might trust – and Allure Magazine.  Let’s start with the worst. regularly publishes “The 9 Worst Products of the Month,” and for the better part of last year, with a couple exceptions, the lists have been the same.  They are:

  1. Conair Shiny Styles, $25  (it’s a flat-iron-type-thing)
  2. Sally Hansen No-Heat Gel Hair Remover For Face and Body, $10.99
  3. Philosophy Dark Shadows Illuminating Eye and Upper Lip Cream, $33  (December) and Philosophy The Supernatural Blotting Papers, $10.00 (November)
  4. Rene Furterer Triphasic Anti-Hair Loss Regenerating Serum, $53
  5. Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Night Time Eyelash Conditioning Treatment, $125
  6. Smooth Away Hair Removal (as seen on TV!) $9.99 (Michelle reviewed this, too, but didn’t hate it.)
  7. Avon Healthy Remedies Detox Patches, $15 (put them on your feet at night and forget about the bad gin by morning)
  8. Stila Lip Rouge, $24 (Gina tried it. She hated it.)
  9. Wet ‘n Wild Ultimate Cover Smooth Foundation, $7.50

Rating the best products is a bit more problematic, of course.  Best for what?  50-year-old hair?  25 year-old adult acne?  TotalBeauty has the “Members Top 100”, but too many of the products only have 9 or 10 reviews.  Our rule is, we’ll try most any product, but want more than 10 other strangers to try it first.

One product of the Top 100 is worth noting with almost 350 reviewers giving it 9.9 out of 10:  NuSkin ageLOC Future Serum.  Reviewers on the site are wildly enthusiastic about it, with quotes like “my skin has become more luminous, vibrant, firmer and lifted” and “I can’t believe the dramatic difference!”  To that we only add, it better work –  it’s $224 an ounce, and only part of a whole skin kit that is another $410.

We save other people’s best for last and turn to Allure Magazine to give us a Top 9 “Best of Beauty Breakthroughs” from 2009.  Most are more within our financial limits:

  1. Dove Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture, $6 (Michelle uses it, but hardly thinks it’s a breakthrough.)
  2. Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion, $4 and up
  3. Neocutis Blanche Skin Lightening cream, $105
  4. Orlando Pita + T3 Renew Dry Conditioner, $25
  5. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color, $5
  6. Latisse, $120 for a one-month supply (I am a walking Latisse ad.  It works.)
  7. Shiseido Future Solution LX Loading face cream, $230 for 1.8 ounces
  8. St. Tropez self-tanners, $25 to $45
  9. OPI Axxium Soak-Off Gel Lacquer, $30 and up

There are more than 250,000 active cosmetics products listed in the US Patent and Trade Office database.  Eighteen down, 249,982 to go. Any ones you want to know about specifically?  Ask LookinGood, we’ll find out for you.

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