Semi-regularly, I go through my vanity to look for stuff to give away so they don’t go expired with me. Unfortunately, I found 4 products that went bad.
It could be hard to believe but I loved all of them. This is the reality of buying more than you need; You could end up with many things going bad if you’re not on top of shelf lives and expiration dates.
The Face Shop Miracle Finish Long-lasting CC Cushion | V205 Dark Beige
This is one of the face bases that got me a lot of compliments. It’s skin-like, semi-dewy, diffuses pores, and doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of my skin. I was so happy when The Face Shop released darker shades that are yellow enough for me.
When I noticed that I was down to my last few uses, I picked up other bases to ‘save’ this cushion until a refill of my shade becomes available, but I recently found out that the brand doesn’t carry refills of the darker shades. All they had were the lightest shades. Are there really that many more pale relative to brown people in the Philippines? My skin tone isn’t even that deep (MAC C30-depth).
I don’t feel inclined to repurchase another compact. Aside from the refill issue, I believe cushions go bad faster because the product is exposed and you have to double-dip every time.
Inglot YSM Cream Foundation
Before trying out Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation, this was my favorite matte foundation. It doesn’t look like it, but I got past half-way through the tube.
It gives a soft-focus matte finish (i.e., skin-like + pore-blurring). Inglot YSM is like a blur cream and foundation hybrid. It feels mousse-y and sets the bar for me in terms of lightweight-ness. Coverage is low-medium, buildable to a medium. I don’t understand how it doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy even when I layer too much.
My oils start to show by the 4th hour but it doesn’t look bad in person. I look dewy rather than greasy when my oils break through. Note that I have high tolerance for shine. I’m not really buying matte foundations for them to stay matte all day. I’m more into looking fresh and healthy.
I’m shade 49 when I’m NC30 and shade 50 when I’m nearer NC35. Php 1,195 for a 30ml tube.
Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot
This is one of my favorite spot treatment products. I first featured this two years ago and my thoughts on it remain the same. It can significantly reduce inflammation overnight and while it can dry out a pimple, it doesn’t irritate the skin to cause dark marks. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t get to finish it. The past two years, I didn’t experience a bad breakout.
Aromatica Tea Tree 53 Blemish Spot (Treatment)
I usually use this under a hydrocolloid pimple patch. It has tea tree extract and salicylic acid. It helps calm down inflamed pimples. I think I should no longer consider myself to be as acne-prone as I was in 2008 to 2011. I overestimated my need for acne spot treatment products. I still have 2 unopened pouches of CosRx pimple patch and a 30ml bottle of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid.
Skincare gods, please grant me the wisdom to know when it’s time to give my backups away so they don’t go bad with me again 😬