Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BeautyMint Review Continued

Alrighty. I've used the BeautyMint products for about a week now and feel like I can give a better review now that my skin seems to have adjusted. I think I'm going to make individual posts for each of the products and use this post to detail my overall experience with BeautyMint as a whole, because otherwise, this post is going to be ginormous. Plus, the products are supposed to be used together, so it makes sense to me to do a review of the set as a whole before I get into the nit-picking details.

When I first started using the products, my skin was NOT happy. It felt dry, tight, and I started breaking out a little bit. Some people get breakouts from having skin that's too oily, but I get breakouts whenever my skin gets too dry (dry skin cells clog your pores, leading to pimples). Also, there was a little stinging at the end of all the product application, of which I was not a fan. At first, I was trying to follow the little card they gave me: Essential Cleanser with Aloe, Ultra Replenishing Serum with Marine Collagen, Sculpting Treatment with Peptides, and Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin during the day, and the same regimen with the Resurfacing Treatment with Retinol instead of the sculpting treatment at night. This didn't work for me, because it left my skin too dry. Since I can get away with washing my face only once a day, I decided to use all the products together at night to see if it made a difference, which it did.

I'm not sure if I'm technically supposed to be able to combine all 5 products, but it's working for me. I'm no longer breaking out and my skin doesn't have that tight, annoying dry feeling. I'm also seeing some improvement in my skin's texture, because while it's still a little dry, it's quite soft. Also, my freckles have faded quite a bit. Impressive! But I'm not seeing any real difference in my fine lines, which, if anything, are only being enhanced by the dryness of my skin. All in all, I think I'll continue to use them, because I love that my freckles are disappearing and that the products are largely unscented. However, I don't think they're worth $49.99 (I got the pricier set).

After using them for a while, I have come to the conclusion that the set I received was definitely worth the $29.99 I paid and not worth the $49.99 I'll be charged for my next set. The products perform, but I don't think they perform to the level that they're advertised. Also, the packaging is cheap. Really cheap. They come in this little BeautyMint travel bag (apparently it's also biodegradable?) that, in theory, should neatly display your products and hold them upright for easy access. In reality, if you try to display your products as they want you to, the bag topples over. Since it's closed with 2 flimsy plastic snaps, once it falls over, it opens up and all your products roll right out. The products themselves are in cheap packaging as well. The pumps for the serums dispense varying amounts of product and the caps fall off constantly. It's incredibly annoying, especially when you're supposed to be getting "$150" worth of product with every order. Pfffft. Speaking of that...

I just went to BeautyMint's website, and all of the pricing information has been removed. Um... Whaaaaaat? They used to have a couple references to your BeautyMint set being $150 worth of products. In November, they were all like, "Look at how affordable we're making these products for you!" and now... Nothing. Smart on their part, because you're literally getting a travel-sized/sample sized set of products, and I can't find a single $150 skincare travel set on Sephora. I find the disappearance of pricing to be extremely interesting, because it seems to coincide with their Plumdistrict deal, where people were misled, in my opinion, to think they were getting an amazing deal. Instead, they were getting the same $20-off deal Beautymint was offering to all new members.  I'm sure tons of people bitched them out for it...

At the end of the day, the products have faded my freckles and my skin seems improved, if a titch drier than normal. I love that they have very little scent and think they'd work wonders on people with combination or mild-moderate dry/oily skin. People on the more severe end of the dry/oily spectrum should probably look elsewhere. For me, these products aren't worth $50 a month, and I'm not impressed with their program as a whole. I'd much rather get a full-size set that works with my skin type and lasts me 3-6 months.

1 comment:

  1. I got the Plum District Beautymint deal for a 'beauty basket' of beautymint products. Basically, it came with the cleanser, the ultra replenishing serum, the moisturizer with spf (strengthening hydrator...what's up with the 'strengthening?') and a soy-based lip balm. So far, I'm not impressed any of the products(3 days into the routine). I basically got it for free using my plum dollars, so I'm not too irate about the lost of $$$. If I had paid the $39.99 for a set, I would be kinda pissed. It's supposed to be $150 worth of stuff, and there was no basket. I have now tried all the BeachMint lines and I am just not impressed. Their customer service also really sucks. At first you think they're helping you but then you quickly realize you're just getting the run around. Long story. I don't think I will be getting more beautymint products in the future. I'll just stick with Sephora.