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What do you do with all those foil packets you collect? I have so many foil packets and rarely use them, because I prefer not to make snap decisions. Like with everything else I do, I put thought and consideration into product reviews. Trying a foil is a great way to see if your skin reacts to the product, you cannot tolerate the smell, the consistency is annoying, or if there is anything about the product that bothers you. Sampling a foil and thinking you need to have that product in your life is rare, but it does happen. This is most likely to happen with products where you can see instant results. In February, I want to challenge myself to try a foil of something new every single day. Feel free to take part in this challenge with me. If you are a fellow deal shopper, I bet you have a lot of foils stockpiled in your collection.
Trying a foil of the same type of product each day would probably wreak havoc on my skin. Too much change can irritate the skin, and it easier to see how a specific product reacts when you are not introducing new items to that area too often. I will be trying different types of products throughout the month. My skin is sensitive so I never introduce new products to my face more than once a day. When I try a new sheet mask, foundation, serum, eye cream, etc, I make sure everything else I apply that day is something I’ve used before. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend you do that as well to know what is causing irritation should you react to something. Since there are 28 days in February, I want to try 28 new products via foils this month. On any day where I run out of a full or sample size skincare item I am already using and do not have a backup of the same item or an item I’ve used in the past, I will try a foil of a new hand cream, hair product, body lotion, etc.
The 28 products I’ve selected for this month are below. What is great about some of these foils is I have bigger sizes of them. This challenge can help me see if any are worth opening or if I should just donate or gift them. Those I am unsure about can go into a maybe pile. As I use them, I will edit in my first impressions. They will not necessarily be used in the order listed. I want freedom to grab whatever item I want each day and write about the products when I choose to. Some foils are big enough for multiple uses so I may come back and edit more detailed reviews if I notice anything else from extended use. If I enjoy this challenge and have enough new products to keep it going, I may do this in future months as well. We’ll see how my skin reacts to the changes, because I am usually pretty consistent with skincare. Other than hand creams, hair products, and lip balms, I usually only have one type of product open at a time.
I realize sheet masks are technically not foils since they are usually full-priced items I purchased. Including them in this challenge is the best way for me to make sure I use them. In the past year, I’ve purchased countless masks, but I barely use them. That needs to change. Shampoo and Conditioner pairs are one foil. They will always be used together when I own a matching set.
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel
Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional Instant Wipeout Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne, Natural, and Smashed – This feels like a very thick, slightly sticky lip gloss. It even imparts color nicely. Those who do not like the taste of Agave should avoid this, because it is heavily Agave flavored. After the color and product fades, my lips still feel more moisturized than they did before I applied this. They definitely penetrate the surface of the lips, but I am not a fan of anything sticky on my lips. I still need to try this in the regular version (which I purchased a deluxe sample of before the holidays), but I am certain these colors are more like lip gloss than lip balms. There is enough for about 5 applications in each little slot. That means this 3-pack gives 15 applications. It is a very generous foil.
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask – This left my skin feeling very soft but a little dry at the same time. I expect clay masks to leave me feeling dry and this one gets tight on my face in less than a minute. My pores did not look any smaller after using this, but they did seem cleaner. It definitely detoxifies.
Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum
Charlotte Tilbury Luminous Modern Lipstick Amazing Grace
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 3 and 4 Fair/Pale
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel
Clinique beyond perfecting powder foundation + concealer 9 neutral
DevaCurl Buildup Buster gentle Deep Cleansing Serum
dr. brandt Do Not Age beauty sleep serum
Etude House Mugwort Soothing & Bright Sheet Mask – This did seem to soothe my skin, which was not overly upset. In retrospect, I should have saved this for a day my skin needed to calm down. If I buy this again, I will do that next time. I did not notice any brightening. As with most sheet masks, my skin did feel more hydrated when I removed. It is not the most hydrating one I’ve tried, but it was enough to justify using it.
fresh Peony Brightening Night Mask
Guerlain Abeille Royale Night Cream
Julep Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System – This is my new all-time favorite sheet mask. I applied this before I went to bed. Step 1 is the serum, step 2 is the mask, and step 3 is the sleeping pack. My skin still felt soft even after skipping my morning face wash (had no plans to go anywhere). It even left my forehead feeling hydrated, and that almost never happens with any product.
Kate Somerville KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum – This is a thick serum. It is so hard to judge serums from a foil. I can say I did not have an allergic reaction and due to its thickness my skin feels more moisturized. Those are the only claims I am comfortable making. If I got a bigger sample, I’d love to see if this does anything else.
L’Oreal Mythic Oil Masque – This leaves my hair soft and less frizzy than usual. I definitely want to try this again, because parts of my hair look a little oily. I wonder if I just put more hair oil than usual in those places or if oil from the mask stays behind. Considering how smooth my hair looks, I am guessing this leaves behind some oil. On certain parts of my hair, it looks great. The oily parts look greasy. If I do this challenge again in March, I will use my second sample of this.
Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Firming Moisturizer
Laura Geller Spackle Treatment
Leaders What Happened Last Night Radiance Revitalizing Mask
Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer – This hydrates extremely well for a thin moisturizer. A little goes a long way so this foil is enough for 2 uses. The scent is somewhat refreshing.
Skin Inc Pure Renewal Peel
StriVectin Max Volume Conditioner – This sample was not enough for my hair. My hair was very hard to comb through, but it is hard to say if it would have been easier if I had enough product. Whenever my hair is really tangled, it gets frizzy when I brush it. It looked frizzy with this. The formula is thinner than most conditioners.
StriVectin Max Volume Shampoo – This sample was not enough for my hair. Because I was unwilling to leave my hair dirty, I had to add some of my regular shampoo to supplement this. That leaves me unable to render a proper review. Unless I receive a bigger sample, I can only say it smells nice and does not have much of a lather.
tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating maracuja self tanning face towelette
tarte Shape Tape Concealer
vitabath Grapefruit Vanilla Body Wash – This is a thick soap, but it lathers really well. It surprised me to see that this 0.25oz was enough for a liberal full-body washing. When samples are too small and I have to mix them with other things, it is harder to tell how well it works. The smells is nice, although I could not pinpoint the grapefruit or the vanilla. My skin did not feel especially soft after using this, but I applied a body cream afterward anyway. Based on the sample alone, I would not purchase this. If another sample made it my way, I would try it again.
Thanks for reading about this challenge, and a special thanks to anyone who follows along with the challenge. It only makes it more fun to complete it with other people. See more challenge articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.