Monday, October 7, 2013

Product Review: Aveda Tourmaline Charged Skin Care Kit

As a child, my Polly Pocket collection was pretty insane. My love for all things miniature naturally translated over into my adult life in the form of mini beauty products. Not only are they perfect for tossing into a travel makeup bag, but they are also a great way to to try out a product before committing price and time to a full-size. Before I realized the true purpose of sample sized products, there have been many a time that I ended up purchasing a massive honker of a product (I'm looking at you, Aveda Toning Mist in a 17 oz container!) that just ends up sitting on my bathroom shelves because it doesn't work with my skin. Having learned my lesson, I've since made an effort to be a more educated consumer and test products and do more research before going for the larger sizes. 

This is why I am absolutely heads-over-heels in love with Aveda's new Starter Sets. Aveda has skincare lines that are tailored to work with different types of skin (you can take the quiz here and see what line fits your skin type the best), and you can target your problem areas and focus on what results you want from your skincare products. There is the Enbrightenment Starter Set (for smoother, brighter skin), Outer Peace Acne Relief Kit (for reducing blemishes), and various other kits, but I went for the Tourmaline Charged Starter Set for increased radiance. I'll describe the products below in the order that I would apply to my face. 

First is the Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque. God knows I have more than enough face masks (see here, here, and here), but I use this with the rest of the products in the kit for maximized results. A smooth creamy texture, I put it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off. I would say the texture is very similar to the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser Masque in that it's clay-like, but it didn't crust over like the Kiehl's Masque. While I like to think the signs of a face mask working is the tightening effect it has on your face, this Aveda mask is good for sensitive skin because it purifies WHILE moisturizing. 

After I wash off the Tourmaline Radiance Masque, I wash my face with the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. This one caught me by surprise because I didn't expect there to be little beads in it. Unlike other exfoliating cleansers that I own, however, this cleanser was a PLEASANT surprise because it didn't slough off half my face. A gentle exfoliating cleanser? Gasp! It leaves my face feeling extremely clean (thank goodness because then it would be a total fail as a face cleanser) but I also like the dual exfoliating duty it takes on. Saves me a step in my beauty routine!

Ooh, there is nothing like that sparkly clean feeling your face gets after using a good cleanser! I wanted to keep the good feelings rolling with the Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid. Unfortunately, this serum-like product was probably the most disappointing of all four products. It does give a tightening effect due to the alcohol content in the product but as it is cold weather time, I don't need any more dryness in my face, thankyouverymuch. I've had a bit of breakout with this so I'm going to take it out of the 4-step routine for now, and maybe use it in humid seasons. 

Tied with the cleanser as my favorite products of the four, and also the product I will definitely purchase as a full-sized version, is the Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. A lot of my bias towards products are heavily swayed not only by my skin conditions at the time, but also due to weather, which is why the Radiance Fluid gets such a bad review, but this Hydrating Creme gets a glowing one from me. This is absolutely perfect for my wind-chapped cheeks. The texture is a bit firm when you apply it but it softens up when your face heats up the formula. It's heavy, but I need heavy duty moisturizing at times like this. It is very similar to the Nuxe RĂªve de Miel Ultra Comfortable Face Cream in its luxuriously thick and creamy texture, and both are absolute MUSTS in my beauty regimen for cold seasons. 

I paid €45 for the entire set, and considering I found a definite buy and, more importantly, avoided a pitfall of accidentally buying the Radiance Fluid in its larger size, I think the money was definitely well-spent. 

What starter kits or miniature-sized products would you recommend I try?


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