Best skincare we tried in January 2020: YSL Beauté, Lush, Skin Inc, and more

Best skincare we tried in January 2020: YSL Beauté, Lush, Skin Inc, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

We get it, you've been burned before. 2019 alone had Millie Bobby Brown pretending to use her new line of skincare products in an IG video, Sunday Riley being exposed for sham reviews, and Kylie Jenner's infamous foundation-stained towel after using her "ultra-potent" Foaming Face Wash. We hate to say it, but false claims and exaggerations now run rampant in the skincare industry, leaving consumers feeling unsure of who to trust in this dog-eat-dog sphere.

That said, we can't blame you for eyeing this article with a (healthy) amount of scepticism, though we'd like to believe that we've a stellar track record in delivering reliable, relatable reviews that have earned your confidence. In fact, that's pretty much our thing as you can tell from regular series, Buro. Beauty Club. Just remember: no matter if you're a cynic or loyal reader, we're not here to convince you of anything — but rather, to share our expertise and experiences with the latest and greatest in skincare. Whether you choose to take our word for it is entirely up to you. Now, let's get down to business, shall we?

YSL Beauté Pure Shots Night Reboot Serum

Believe it or not, YSL's brilliant innovations and formulations go beyond makeup. The brand's latest venture is a series of serums to suit your every need, from radiance-granting to face-contouring. Our pick of the lot is the Night Reboot variant. Crafted for the jet-setting urbanite, it gently exfoliates, refines, and moisturises in one fell swoop, granting a healthy glow to even the most hungover of complexions. Its light, watery texture does make a mess if you pump it on your fingers or a cotton pad, though, so we recommend holding it slightly above your mien and dispensing it straight-on. All the better for absorbing that concentrated, skin-nourishing goodness, right?


Skin Inc Beauty Jelly Dose

We've only recently become beauty supplement converts — and that, in large part, has to do with Skin Inc's first-ever skincare edible. While we've only been slurping it down for the past two weeks, these peach-flavoured confections have already left its mark in the form of brighter, clearer skin. Hormonal-related breakouts don't appear as angry or aggravated as before, and we feel less guilty about inadvertent skincare sins (read: sleeping with our makeup on) thanks to its reparative abilities.

Lush Unicorn Lip Scrub

Call us biased, but it was love at first sight upon spotting this delectable lip scrub. We suspect the gorgeous azure hue might have something to do with it, but this bad boy did prove its worth after with its highly-exfoliating, hydrating blend comprising organic virgin plum oil and blueberry. Lips were left delightfully soft once the solution was rinsed off, and smelled like our favourite Plum Rain Shower Gel.

Jurlique Nutri-Define Supreme Restorative Light Cream

There's nothing we loathe more than thick, heavy moisturisers sitting on our face, which leaves us feeling sticky and wondering if it is akin to being doused in maple syrup. Thankfully, it's a pitfall Jurlique's revamped Nutri-Define offering deftly avoids. Picture a whipped, light-as-air texture sinking into your complexion in a matter of seconds, firming and smoothing whilst also rebalancing oiliness in your complexion. To say it holds true to its word seems an understatement, with skin remaining grease-free despite hours spent languishing in the hot sun (read: walking to our lunch destination).

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Le Concetré Pure Bright Activating Serum

Admittedly, we have high hopes for this skin-brightening serum that promises results in a mere 15 days. And while it didn't exactly grant a dewy, glassy complexion to rival a K-Pop star, it did discernably diminish the appearance of dark spots and uneven patches. There was no sensitivity experienced, either, which is an unexpected bonus considering previous encounters with such potent solutions.

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