The promotional card that came with this package reads, “Whether you’re heading into a new school year, or starting a new adventure it helps to put your best face forward!” I’d maybe prioritise personality over face, but there’s not much Unilever can do about the former, so fair enough. I got three things in this package, all of which I’ve been using over the past few weeks. Here’s what I think of them.
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips ($3.47)
They claim that this lip balm ‘gives lips a light tint and natural glossy shine while helping to heal dry lips’. I like it a lot as a lip balm, actually; it lasts a nice, long time, even if I’m drinking water or something. My lips don’t feel dry after it’s worn off, which is a common complaint with lip balms. It also comes in a nice tin, if you’re into that sort of thing.
There are some downsides. The biggest is the smell. They describe it as ‘a sweet fragrance with hints of rose, vanilla and red berry’, but what they meant was ‘a sort of plasticky, sickly-sweet abomination that doesn’t go away’. It’s gross, and if you’re sensitive to these things, it will probably make you feel sick. But the lip balm is effective enough that I still use it. There also is no tint at all; my lips look exactly the same when I’m wearing it. That’s fine by me, though, and I don’t really consider it a downside. This is a good product and I’m glad to have it.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Exfoliating Apricot Scrub ($7.49)
This is an exfoliating face wash that you’re supposed to use 3-4 times a week. I usually just use a flannel and soap in the mornings, but this has been a nice addition to my nighttime routine. I like that it uses natural exfoliants (no microbeads), and it’s sulfate- and paraben-free. It’s also not drying, and it leaves my face feeling really soft. I wouldn’t say that there’s any particular downside to this, but a washcloth is a much cheaper way to exfoliate.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($8.27)
This is another product that’s fine, but I just don’t have much use for it. The wipes remove my normal, everyday makeup very well. They claim to be equal even to waterproof mascara, but they really aren’t effective against any sort of serious eye makeup. I recently had to wear full-on 60s makeup with big eyeliner and everything, and the wipes did a good job on everything except the eyes. I needed oil for that, as you would expect. If you like makeup wipes, I don’t think you’d be disappointed by these, but I don’t think they’re worth the money (you get 25 wipes to a package). Just use toner (or whatever astringent you want; don’t let me dictate your life) and a cotton pad, with oil for the tough stuff, then wash your face.