Follow our "Tried and Tested Panel" every week on TV3's Xpose to see which products our testers have voted the best
Tune in over the next weeks as we try foundations, serums, mascaras and eye creams and concealers to see which ones got the highest scores!
Links to these 6 videos as they go live on Xpose. put up as they are broadcast
POLL TOPPERS FOR "HAIR PRODUCTS"
Week 1 - 27th Feb 2012 - hair products link
1) AUSSIE MIRACLE MOIST CONDITIONER - €6.99
The hands down favourite, everyone loved the smell, except Liz – pregnancy hormones! It did a great job of moisturising and conditioning the hair without weighing it down, locks left glossy and manageable and a snip for €6.99.
2) JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ-EASE 3-DAY STRAIGHT - €7.03
This split the group's opinion in two; half were not too bothered by it whilst the other half said they would sell their Grannies for a lifetime supply. It holds your style in place for three days or more and banishes frizz, while making hair much healthier and shinier looking with just a few sprays pre blow-drying.
3) PANTENE MOUSSE VOLUMN - €3.59
None of our testers were mousse users beforehand, all fearing it would make their hair sticky and hard but this changed their mind pretty fast. A few blobs and their hair was more volumnised at the root, thicker all over and softer too , due to silk particles.
4) PENNY'S HASK ARAGAN OIL - €2.50
The much cheaper cousin of the very pricey Moroccan Oil came out trumps with our testers. A few drops makes naughty hair more manageable, less frizzy, shinier and speeds up drying time. Although a tiny bottle, our testers though it was great for travelling and it is" a must have product" for anyone who suffers form holiday hair!
5) REDEKEN BODY FULL SHAMPOO, €16.00
All our testers were sold on the volume boosting powers of this sci-fi salon shampoo which gets deep down into the cuticles of each hair strand and plumps them out from within. It is a splurge product but lasts forever and a little goes a long way.
POLL TOPPERS FOR FACE SERUMS
WeeK 2 - 6th March 2012 - Face Serums link
1) CLARINS BI-SERUM - €53.89
This Bi-Serum left skin feeling positively perky and a great deal softer. The serum is best applied in a patting motion, remembering to shake well before use. The Bi Serum is a winning product day or night.
2) YSL FOREVER YOUTH LIBERATOR - €72.00
Skin felt plumper and suppler after use. The luxurious feel pampers the face and fills fine lines. The handy applicator means product is not wasted unnecessarily. If you are searching for “eternal youth” this may just be your redeemer.
3) HARLEY MEDICAL GROUP ANTI-AGING YOUTH SERUM - €83.00
Another triumph from the Harley Medical Group! This clever serum’s deep anti-oxidant effect promotes collagen formation and left the skin feeling very smooth and firm. Don’t let the price dishearten you; a little went a long way. Phew.
4) VOYA MY LITTLE HERO FACE SERUM - €38.00
This little beauty was a blissful experience in home treatments. This product had gorgeous aroma and felt like a trip to the spa in the comforts of your own home. Although very oily it was luxurious in texture and found it was best applied in the evening for maximum benefits.
5) OLAY REGENERIST SERUM - €35.99
Nicely hydrated and nourished the skin. A good product, but didn’t fill those lines as much as we would have like. It is fragrance free, not to mention, more affordable than many of the other contenders.
6) SEAVITE ANTI-AGING SERUM ORGANIC SEAWEED - €35.00
This all-Irish brand provides a wide range of natural products, which combine a potent blend of organic seaweed and quince extracts. Great for sensitive skin, it did, however, look more like a moisturiser than a serum, but had a nice spreadable texture.
7) MARKS AND SPENCERS FORMULA CERAMIDE COLLAGEN SERUM - €13.00
More of a moisturizer than a serum, this product really didn’t rate on our radar. Considering it’s consistency, it’s not worth it’s seemingly “bargain serum” status.
MASCARA POLL TOPPERS
Week 3 - 13th March 2012 - Mascaras
1) LANCOME HYPNOSE PRECIOUS CELLS - €25.50
The out and out winner gave great length and definition to lashes. A strong black pigment, that was natural enough for day yet buildable for a more dramatic evening look. We liked it; a LOT! If only it really made your lashes grow...
2) NYC HD MASCARA - €2.99
This fantastic find left us flashing our lashes shamelessly. The very affordable brand’s mascara provided great definition for the lashes. Lacked in its lengthening capabilities, but its wand was the perfect applicator.
3) MAX FACTOR FALSE LASH EFFECT - €15.99
While we didn’t achieve our anticipated power lashes, Max Factor False Lash Effect is still a good product. The spiky plastic brush coats and separates lashes well, providing a strong black coverage with good staying power. Not bad at €15.99.
4) YSL VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS - €31.00
The beautifully packaged product didn’t live up to expectations. A good every day mascara, although it did tend to smudge and wasn’t particularly volumising. Good coverage, but hard to budge before bed.
5) NYC BIG BOLD - €3.49
Big Bold was more expensive and less effective than NYC’s HD Mascara. The Big Bold wand was just way too big. Neither thickening nor volumising a single lash, the only positive is that there is very little flaking from the product; but then there’s very little anything else happening either.
6) NO 7 LASH ADAPT - €16.77
A wonderful wand and buildable product, left us somewhat underwhelmed. If you are a fan of the layering effect this product is a day-to-night must have.
7) MARKS AND SPENCERS PERFECTION MASCARA - €13
The large brush makes this mascara’s “smudge proof” claims, increasingly difficult! Choose from three colours; the black/brown is quite nice for day, but at €13 a pop, we think we’ll pass.
8) CATRICE EVOLUTION REVOLUTION - €4.99
The ‘one brush, two separate brush-stripping system’ claims to create a natural day, and more dramatic night look. It was almost impossible to spot any difference between the two applications. Bit of a disappointment, from a brand that is normally full of surprises.
POLL TOPPERS FOR "FOUNDATION"
Week 4 - March 29th - Foundation link
1) GIORGIO ARMANI DESIGNER LIFT - €49.50
This coveted foundation had almost won the race before it even began. A gorgeous matte, full coverage foundation, that still manages to feel light on the skin and illuminates without looking overly shimmery! To add another “pro” to an already long list, it’s available in 9 shade and were it not for the price, we’d be stocked up ‘til Christmas.
2) RIMMEL WAKE ME UP - €10.95
A surprising favourite amongst all ages! The Wake Me Up foundation livened, illuminated and provided good coverage to the skin. A sizeable bottle, that comes complete with pump for quick application, felt light in texture when applied. Really lasted on the skin.
3) DERMA BLEND FOUNDATION CREAM STICK - €22.00
Most were fans of the Vichy Foundation, but some found it more useful as a concealer, due to its thick texture and heavy feel on the skin. Does really give a full coverage and is great for under eye areas. Wasn’t as greasy as many other cream-stick foundations.
4) MAX FACTOR SMOOTH EFFECT FOUNDATION - €19.99
A middle of the pack pick. “Pros” include good value and a nice spreadable consistency, while regular top ups peaks our “Cons” list.
5) LANCOME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA 24HR - €35.00
Scored surprisingly lower than expected. Although we didn’t sleep with our makeup on to see if the 24 hour claims are infact true, this foundation certainly lived up to expectations in terms of durability and providing a natural looking high-coverage. A great matte finish option.
6) BARBARA DALY FACELIFT FOUNDATION - €12.95
Not one of “Tesco’s Finest” moments, with this foundation getting no mention at all from our panel. The foundation, designed by the late Princess Diana’s makeup artist, is a matte mousse that glides quite nicely on the skin. It does seem to run out fairly quickly and smelt a little potent too; oh dear.
7) YSL TEINT RADIANCE - €42.00
Two thumbs down was the general consensus for YSL, with the majority finding the product to be quite powdery. It was quite a thick consistency and felt very drying on the skin. Not for oily skin, possibly more suitable for mature, the yellow based product seemed an awkward to match up.
8) NYC SKIN MATCHING - €4.95
Rated bottom of our list despite it’s alluring price tag. The product was very watery in consistency, but would be suitable for teenagers looking for a very light coverage, natural looking foundation.
POLL TOPPERS FOR " EYE CREAMS AND CONCEALERS"
1) CLINIQUE ALL ABOUT EYES CONCEALER - €24.50
A firm favourite for the judging panel; oil-free, this little gem concealed under eye circles without looking caked or creasing. Loved for its long lasting superpowers; a winner all round.
2) YSL TOUCHE ECLAT - €35
Despite being the most expensive in this section, Touche Eclat still ranked high on our lists! Although more effective as a highlighter than a dark circle corrector, the product did give a great glint when applied to the cheekbones, cupids bow etc.
3) RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION CONCEALER AND HIGH LIGHTER - €7.65
This 2 in 1 concealer and highlighter, unlike many 2 in 1 products that leave you feeling a little underwhelmed, actually seems to have hit the nail on the head. The product brightened the eye area, while still providing medium coverage for under eye circles. Handy packaging means you get to squeeze out every last drop. And €7.65 aint bad either!
4) LANCOME TEINT MIRACLE - €30.00
This entrant caused a bit of a ruckus amongst our normally civilised panel! However, majority ruled declaring the product drew too much attention the area it should be concealing. Making your sizeable spot sparkle... not ideal.
5) RIMMEL HIDE THE BLEMISH - €5.95
The cheaper, but also, less effective sister of Match Perfection Concealer, did provide good coverage for under eye. Still, for €5.95 it’s still a good item to have in the makeup bag just in case of emergencies all the same.
6) MARKS & SPENCER PERFECTION - €10.00
Coming in last there were no real takers for poor old Perfection. Available in Light/Medium or Medium/Dark, it is designed for mixing to create your ideal shade of concealer. Alas, with such a small amount of product and poor applicator it came up short.
1) HARLEY MEDICAL PERFORMANCE EYE LIFT - €59.00
Deemed the perfect product it many respects, this eye gel is a force to be reckoned with. Results were recognisable rapidly with skin around the eyes feeling tighter and smoother. What makes it so great? A Peptide and Vitamin E anti-oxidant, combination, increases collagen production and helps to improve the texture of the delicate skin around the eyes. The “rested” look has never been so achievable!
2) CLINIQUE ALL ABOUT EYES - €32
The gels remained firm favourites in this category. This felt lovely and moisturising on the skin, and did live up to its claims of reducing puffiness and under eye circles; although don’t expect miracles. Although a little shiny when applied, it did feel lovely when it absorbed into the skin. A more affordable alternative to our winner makes it a strong second.
3) BURT’S RADIANCE EYE CREAM - €26.86
The eye cream was moisturising, but a little watery in texture. Its natural ingredients, including replenishing royal jelly got a big thumbs up from the majority but did seem quite expensive, considering the jar’s size.
4) PREVAGE ULTRA PROTECTION EYE - €102
Finishing fourth, this products ULTRA price tag was a definite drawback. Felt it was not suited to all skin types, but did have fairly rapid results, smoothing out fine lines. It contains SPF 15 and the little applicator was a handy inclusion.
5) ROC MULTI CORRECTION - €25
This had a nice texture, which was very moisturising, leaving us neither impressed or disappointed. It did take a while to absorb, with some product left sitting on the skin for some. For €25, not the best buy.
6) AVENE ELUAGE CONTOUR CARE - €35.07
Despite scoring lowest on our charts, Eluage Contour Care was still a lovely product to use. Best for sensitive or mature skin, the product is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It did have a slight peachy tint that didn’t flatter everyone’s skin tone.