Your Say: Would you use an unknown brand of skincare even if it’s damn good?

by xin on January 15, 2013

A while ago, my mom mentioned to me that about a brand of skincare that her friends are using, and have been using for 2 years. They really have glowing skin in their 40’s & 50’s …and of course having seen the transformation, my mom was tempted!


So…to debunk the myth, she got a mini set to try out. And this ‘mini set’, is smaller than a deluxe sample, it’s all a 10-20ml product vial.

It comes with cleansers, toners, serum & moisturizer. And how much it cost? RM300+!

Okay that’s an insane price for a brand that is unheard of.

My mom was only using the serum for 2 weeks, and indeed, her skin was magically brightened, and those black spots are lightened now!

Now, that is fishy. There is no ingredient list nor where this product is made…I am all for effective products, but when a product is too effective, it scares me!

Would you dare to use an unknown skincare brand even if you have witnessed the results yourself?

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Paris B January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

At one time of my life, I might have. At this point of my life, I say no. In fact, I will not even use skincare from certain KNOWN brands once I’ve had a look at the ingredients or to see what it targets. If it is unknown and if there is no ingredient list, I’d be worried if it worked as quickly as you said it did. So my answer is yes, if there is an ingredient list and I’m convinced by the product, where it comes from, its formulation and its backing (At some point, all brands were unknown) but no if otherwise.
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xin January 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

fully agreed. i guess we all had the ‘one time’ when we were just desperate for solutions
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Tine January 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

Good question. A couple of years ago my mum was recommended a skin brightening product by her beauty therapist after her usual facial. She’s never heard of the brand and when she told me about it, neither have I. Since it came highly recommended by her beauty therapist, she thought she’d try it out on her hyperpigmentation (mum has a severe case of freckles that she detests). Lo and behold, a few months later she saw the results and it was good. She told me she’s never had a beauty product lighten her freckles that well before.

Fast forward to about 6-9 months later. She found out from the newspapers that the brand of the miracle product she’s been using is actually banned in Malaysia because some of the products contained mercury. It shocked her to bits when my dad did a bit of digging and found out that the miracle serum she’s been using to lighten her freckles, that came highly recommended by the beauty therapist, did contain mercury and was actually banned in Malaysia. Suffice to say she chucked it immediately and had more than a few words with the beauty therapist who was absolutely clueless.

I’d say, best to Google the product and see if you can find the ingredients to the product. If you can’t find it on Google at all, contact the brand. If they don’t get back to you on it or are shady about it, then you’ll know that they’re dodgy 🙂
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xin January 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

ouchhhhhh! it’s also the mercury i am afraid of. i am not encouraging my mom to keep using but, u know, the peer pressure is there. and after 2 years their skin hasn’t been thinned down nor….rotten yet. i don’t hope that this product will appear in the papers because of the bad ingredients, but i certainly hope it’s a fad that will die soon. i couldn’t find any info online, and certainly is a bad sign already
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Theresa July 21, 2016 at 8:42 am

It’s a pleasure to find such ratatnilioy in an answer. Welcome to the debate.


Lily January 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

I won’t use it, all reasons stated by Paris and Tine already. It IS absolutely scary when something is too effective -_-
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xin January 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

and we complain when a product shows no effects right? 😉
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Vivi January 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I think I asked something similar previously but it was more of lack of ‘labels’ and not really about unknown products. About 5-6 years ago, I definitely would have had! I was and still am obsessed with trying to get rid of my pigmentations and achieving really even skin. There were only 2 products that worked for me like a miracle! And they were both ‘unlabeled’. I highly suspect now that they were both high in hydroquinone and probably had traces of mercury, too. My skin lightened up to 3 shades and my pigmentations disappeared, I had an almost perfectly porcelain skin. The products made me peel regularly, though, but apart from that my skin was really at its peak. But oh well, it was too good to be true and it probably was.

And by the way, most products that are high in mercury and hydroquinone usually gives a ‘bounce back’ result if one had used them for too long. The pigmentations might return far worse than before due to the accumulation of toxins under the skin. 🙁 I guess that’s what happened to me now.
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xin January 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

i read about the vengeance of mercury and hydroquinone before and they are really dangerous if used sparingly! I hope you will regain the glory of skin again soon 🙁
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beetrice January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I wouldn’t use a brand of skincare that didn’t have its ingredient list listed, known or unknown. The thought of these “miracle” skincare is a bit scary – am reminded of the saying “if it sounds/looks too good to be true, it usually is”. That said, I was probably a little bit more adventurous when it came to trying unknown brands of makeup rather than skincare – given that makeup (technically) sits on the skin and can be washed off, compared to skincare that’s absorbed.
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xin January 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

when u mentioned unknown makeup, i thought of those in pasar malams!
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Jennifer January 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I think if it’s too good to be true, most likely it’s too true to be good 🙂 My mother might sometimes fall into this sort of “trap” as she’s so innocent and trustworthy. Granted, seeing is believing until we find out the truth much later.


Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog January 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

Just found your blog and I love the question you raised in this post. Personally, I would love to try out a new brand that I’ve never heard of, but definitely a no if it doesn’t have an ingredient list or where was the product made. Those are red flags for me.
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Nikki January 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

No ingredients list? Hmm..NO, bye bye I guess….I’m scared it may come from somewhere with ingredients that could harm our skin! Maybe if its a blush or just plain makeup, I COULD give it a try but not skincare!
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gio January 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I would only if the products contained safe ingredients proven to work. If a brand doesn’t list its ingredients anywhere, then I’d stay very far away from it. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Beauty Box January 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Yeah I don’t dare to try “unknown” brands. If I can’t find it on Google, then I would deem it too unknown for me. I also have problems trying brands that are lesser known recommended by facialists too – I had a friend who swore by these Italian products her facialist sold to her but I couldn’t understand the Italian description and so never took the extra step beyond listening to my friend’s raves. Her skin was good but I just like to know what I am buying.
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Connie De Alwis January 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I’m usually very skeptical of miracle products. Perhaps before I’d have the guts to try but these days, I’d prefer to stick with reputable brands.
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Reply January 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

It would entirely depend on where it came from 🙂 If it arrived unsolicited through the mail or mail order through an unknown Internet company, no way. From a kiosk at the mall, no way. If I got it from a reputable beauty source, maybe. It might be hard to resist miraculous results! I have been researching beauty chemistry and have been surprised at what I’ve learned. It is possible to create fabulous products in a variety of price points.


Jen March 8, 2016 at 2:12 am

Oh dear?…I worked cosmetics for Nordstrom 16 years and thought nothing of putting anything on my skin…then I ended up with Hodgkin’s lymphoma 6months of horrible chemo, no hair, and who knows why, BUT I have a suspicion it has something to do with all the chemicals I put on my body and was around….my son, also was born with autism, which mirrors Mercury poising ??? I was pregnant with him while I was working???? It’s not just in our skin care products, it’s in our hair products, make-up (you can’t imagine the crap they put in there), fragrances, we inhale loose powders etc., it’s in our food, I mean we are goners FOR SURE!!!???. Any way… Have you seen this website..? It’s not very complete, but you are able to look up some beauty company’s, products, etc., and they will give you ingredients and a rating of danger- kind of interesting. I’m glad I found your site, I was looking for reviews on lamsamyick brushes-can’t find them here-bummer. Kind of nervous to buy through Amazon-never know what you’re going to get?. Ciao


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