I Tried The Best Selling Amazon Skincare Products…Hmmmm ✖ James Welsh
Hello everybody, welcome back to my channel, where skincare is all about progression over perfection. Because, perfection doesn’t exist. Today, we are checking out the best selling skincare on Amazon, and I’m just gonna let you know, in my opinion, if it’s worth it, if it’s not, and even if you’re being scammed into buying bad skin care, in my opinion.
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I already know what they’re like. Some of them I haven’t though, and one of them is a complete scam in my, in my opinion. So, let’s start off with the Garnier Skin Active Pure Active Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Cleansing Gel.
The name felt so long, unnecessarily long. Garnier is one of those drugstore brands that really, really do the typical for teenage skin products that I grew up with, essentially. There wasn’t as much skin care around as there is today, and you know what, they’re fine, they make very decent products, at a very affordable price.
This product would lead you to believe, that Charcoal kind of sucks out everything from the skin, almost acting like a pore vacuum suction kind of ingredient. When it’s not, it’s kind of like clay, if it touches something it’s going to help absorb it.
Is it ripping blackheads out your skin? Absolutely not. The real blackhead fighting ingredient is, of course, Salicylic Acid. It’s oil soluble, so it gets down into the pores, and can essentially exfoliate from within, making your pores look a lot clearer.
Now, this is my issue with old-fashioned cleans… and it is an old-fashioned cleanser. This was still around back when I was like, in my early 20’s, so just a year ago, no, about 10 years ago. You know this kind of concept, this kind of idea, and the problem is with, these is they rely on gimmicks too much, nowadays, when we live in a time where people know skincare a lot more, had they have called this just a Salicylic Acid exfoliating cleanser, I feel like it’d feel a lot more modern, a lot more up-to-date, not that they need to change, because their sales are obviously doing very well.
I feel like all brands like this just need a bit of a an update, you know. Much like a lot of the teen targeted cleansers in drugstores. This contains a few questionable ingredients, including Menthol, which gives you that horribly familiar tingling sensation.
I feel like brands put this in their products, to make you think it’s invigorating, like oh, I can actually feel my pores closing, you know. Oh, it’s working, that kind of feeling. Again, very old, very outdated.
Skincare education has come such a long way. Take all that crap out, and it’s a decent cleanser. I would say though, I’m glad that they said that this is oily, spot-prone skin, because this is quite drying, and I would go as far as saying completely avoid this, if you have anything other than extremely oily skin.
Overall, I give this a three out of five. I feel like CeraVe’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser is a much better alternative, you get a lot more for your money with that as well, and it is also in the top selling products on Amazon.
There was no toners, so I’m obviously absolutely furious, so I couldn’t use a toner but the next stage would be a mask, which I do have. But I really, really want to talk about this product, that for legal reasons, I have to say now everything I’m about to say in this serum chapter of the video, is speculation, on my behalf, and just my opinion, and not fact in any way, whatsoever.
In my personal opinion, allegedly, for legal reasons, thank you. So, one of the main brands that you will see within the bestsellers when it comes to serums is this Éclat… Éclat, Éclair Natural Skincare.
This is a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, they also had a Retinol, and a Vitamin C serum within the best sellers, and I will not use this, and here’s why. I had a sneaky suspicion that there was something dodgy going on with this brand, and a sneaky suspicion that it’s in the best sellers, because of fake reviews, basically.
In my opinion, purely speculation. I noticed that there were a lot of reviews for this serum, over 16,000, and as I mentioned when you look at the other brands in the best sellers list, they’re all brands we’ve all heard of, and even if they’re not mainstream brands, they’re still independent brands that we know, and are popular.
I have never heard of this brand, and I am obsessed with skincare. I’m well into the skincare world. I’ve not seen one review. When I typed into YouTube I didn’t find anything. This isn’t to be confused with a very popular Indian brand.
So for a product to be on Amazon’s best selling skincare, and for there to be no reviews, real reviews, I found very, very suspicious. So, because of this, I found their website. I Googled them, went on to their website because I now have a sneaky suspicion that they’re a drop shipping company.
What that means is, they bulk buy products from places like Ali Express, not really knowing what the serum really actually contains. Labels and packages it all themselves, to make it more customized to their brand, and then sells it off for a profit.
So I went onto their website, scrolled through it, looked fine, looked very semi-professional, and then I saw these video reviews at the bottom. So I watched them, I was like, oh okay. You know, these people seemed a little bit awkward on camera but not everyone’s a YouTuber, not everyone feels confident talking, and reviewing about product on camera, gave the benefit of the doubt.
So then, I saw their customer service number, so I thought I’d ring it, and it rung something weird, it rang this, “Thank you for calling your ethics and compliance hotline, all information you provide will be kept confidential.
” Like what is that? I don’t know what that is, so I then Googled the number, when you Google the number, another product website comes up, this is for some kind of back thing, protection. I don’t know.
What do we know, we scroll down to the bottom, and see the same three people from this serums website reviewing that product. For me, this is a big red flag, because these people essentially don’t really know how the ingredients are sourced, the quality of the ingredients, and for this price you may as well be safe, and get a brand like The Ordinary, or the Inkey List.
From their Amazon page, I also reversed image search their founder Nicole, or Gemma, I can’t remember now, and it’s just a stock image from Adobe Stock footage. So, fake founder, possible fake reviews, fake video reviews, fake number, this rung alarm bells.
So I would personally, in my personal opinion, stay clear of this brand. I’m not putting it on my skin. This is why, I personally, don’t like buying skincare from Amazon, unless I know that the brand officially sells, and retails on Amazon, because you just don’t know what’s in there.
There’s a lot of fake products from The Ordinary on there, there’s a lot of fake K-Beauty on there as well. Again, bought from places like Ali Express, and then sold on Amazon. Okay, let’s get back on track, and talk about one of the best selling masks.
This is L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Mask. I’ve tried this before, I’ve tried all these colored masks before, and essentially it’s just a clay mask. For this particular mask, they’ve included Marine Algae to help with blemishes.
Now, when we talk about Algae, I don’t, Brown Algae to be precise actually, in this one. When we talk about Algae, I don’t think it’s particularly known for its blemish clearing properties. I know it’s known for its like occlusive, and emollient kind of properties but I don’t think it’s known for its blemish properties, and when you look through the rest of the ingredients, there’s nothing else in there that could very possibly help with that.
So essentially, this is just a clay mask. Actually, it’s around £5, and honestly, I think that’s absolutely fine. I think the colors, and the different things that they do are a bit of a gimmick, I wouldn’t really rely on wash off clay masks to give you any kind of results on the skin, other than absorbing excess oil, making your pores look temporarily smaller, maybe reducing some inflammation, and some irritation in the short run but in the long run, I wouldn’t rely on the clay mask for blemish removal, you know.
And there’s not a whole lot to say about that, that other than it is a decent clay mask for the price. Three out of five just, because it’s, it’s just a clay mask, that’s it. Oh, here might be a surprise for you, the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream.
If you’ve watched my channel for a long time, you know I reviewed this, maybe two years ago, and it’s one of the only eye creams I actually enjoy using. I’ve got a couple that I really, really like now.
The more I’m trying to get into eye creams, as I get older, and more tired looking. So they target, this eye cream, so they say this eye cream is for dark circles, and puffiness, and like all CeraVe products, we have Ceramides in here.
We also have Cholesterol, both helping to repair and protect that skin barrier, we also have Glycerin, and Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, and plumpness, as well as Niacinamide. Again, really in this case, I think it’s just more about that barrier repair.
As with all CeraVe products, this isn’t exciting, it’s got the texture of a moisturizer but it does do its job, and I must admit, when using this I found it very good, very enjoyable to use. With a lot of these kind of like, thicker textured eye creams, I feel like during the day it’s almost like, it’s got like an oil level that separates, and you end up just with really greasy under eyes that you have to kind of wipe.
This just stays nicely hydrating throughout the day but if you do want an eye cream, the CeraVe is a great all-rounder for everyone of all skin types. I actually give this five out of five, I really, really do like it.
We have two moisturizers, because I thought one of them was a serum. So let’s start off with that one, that is the L’Oreal Paris. Again Hydra Genius Aloe Water. This is a hydrating, really hydrating moisturizer for normal and combination skin.
Again, when we take a look at the ingredient list, there’s nothing really to write home about in here. We’ve got the usual suspects when it comes to hydrating moisturizers, Glycerin, Aloe which I actually really like.
Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, and that really is it, that’s really it. Like, I would just use a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, not this one. But this, right, okay, right, you, I always say this but you know I don’t mind fragrance in my skincare, it’s not something that seems to bother my skin but this stinks, this absolutely stinks, this smells like a men’s locker room.
No, no, no, this smells like a 15 year old boy locker room, is that, I don’t know what that is, at school, you know. It’s got a hint of too many men’s aftershaves, and Lynx Africa thrown in, and something.
.. When it comes to fragrancing your products, obviously I’m no professional, and people tend to opt for no fragrance nowadays, why would you make such a signature scent in a product? That is so strong, to the point where it kind of battles against your own fragrance.
I find it really weird, and in such a manly, typical, stereotypically, manly scent, and it’s really what, it’s not, it’s really nothing special. It’s super light on the skin, it has, does have a really serumy texture but absolutely stinks.
Absolutely stinks. I really, really hate this. I, it stung my eyes, like you won’t see me putting this on. I’m not going to put a clip of me trying it, because it stung my eyes, it made me cough. The, the fragrance is just so strong in here, that’s all I really have to say about that.
On, one out of five, because it does what it’s gonna do. Two out of five, because it does what it says it’s gonna do but the fragrance is just like, you may as well be dabbing on your neck like this, because the fragrance is so strong.
So another moisturizer I picked up was, the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer 12 hour Moisture… Moisturization Light. We all know Simple products, right? They are simple, and they’re fine, they’re just fine.
A lot of people like the toners, the cleansers, the moisturizers, the makeup wipes but that’s the whole point right. They’re not meant to be fancy, they’re meant to be simple, they’re meant to be just what your skin needs.
This actually has some very nice ingredients in, it has Panthenol, and Allantoin, so nice and soothing. Glycerin for hydration as well, and Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, I think spell check might have changed that.
Basically that’s soothing, and very, very good for sensitive skin as well. Mica, not sure why, and then Urea as well which is great for barrier function. This is a nice moisturizer. I would say, as the name suggests, is super light, so strictly, strictly for oily skin, because even in my oily t-zone, when I applied this it pretty much disappeared.
There wasn’t a lot as far as like, feeling like I had any protection, or much nourishment, like I felt moisturized, my skin didn’t feel tight. But I personally do like to go that little extra way, where I feel a little bit more dewy, and plump, and then throughout the rest of the day I did start to feel a little bit dry.
Doesn’t mean you can’t reapply though, and I think during Summer when you’re layering sunscreen anyway, and a lot of people opt not to use a moisturizer, if you do want to continue to use a moisturizer this will do no harm, because it sinks in, very well, a little too well.
So strictly for oily people, in Summer. I’m actually going to say four out of five, because if you don’t mind reapplying this, if you are, if you are feeling a little bit dry throughout the day it’s a good option to have.
Very affordable, and Simple make good products you know. I’m just not interested in them. Let’s talk about Dots for Spots, you can see I haven’t opened these. So like most pimple patch things you get 24 in a pack, all the same size.
These are pretty much exact… where are they? Exactly the same as the Klair’s ones, I’ve used them before. I honestly don’t have a lot to say about these, they’re good, they’re hydrocolloid patches that you put on top of a pimple, protects it, it creates a nice healing environment for it, especially if you’ve picked it.
You can see that kind of absorbs all the excess oil, and gunk overnight. It’s great, I like them. Good price, for a good amount of money. Five out of five. They’re all the same really, they’re all the same.
Although I find COSRX ones are just a little bit more superior but yeah, great, I really, really like them. I’ve used them a ton before. Let’s end on Bert’s Bee’s All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm with an SPF15.
God I hate this so much, so, so much. This made my lips sting so bad, and I’m not 100% sure why. The problem with this as well is, it’s got such a pungent fragrance to it as well, and a taste, because you put it on your lips, and you can feel it just, every time you talk every time you take a breath in, you can feel that flavor going into the back of your throat, and it really does hit the back of your throat.
It’s like an odd citrusy flavor, that just made me cough every time I went to apply it. You do actually get quite a strong white cast, I don’t if you can see that very well, probably not. No. It’s not really worth it, I’ve got SPF30 lip balms up there, that are pretty much sheer.
So for a factor of 15, I just don’t feel like all the coughing, and the the extreme fragrancy smell, oh it’s horrible. It’s just not worth it. It’s got chapstick ingredients in, fragrance, Beeswax, and it’s just a bit like ugh, you know, so what.
You get similar price chap sticks, lip balms, that are much nicer, they may not be SPF but I do feel for a good SPF lip balm, you have to pay a little bit more money. Not crazy amounts of money but this is just horrible.
Horrible, horrible, horrible. It’s funny because it doesn’t have great reviews either, so I’m not sure how it’s such a best seller when the reviews aren’t great for it. Like I can smell it now, it’s on my hand I can smell it now, it’s really strong.
I just, I just don’t like it. I will put an Amazon alternative in the description box down below. But there we have it, they are Amazon’s best sellers, and my personal experience with them, and my own personal opinions.
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