Nowadays, it would be strange if a celebrity did not have their own beauty brand. Whether it’s a luxury skincare or haircare brand, it seems that they all have something to offer to the rapidly-growing industry. Celebrity brands have been popping up everywhere since Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty’s success, so it’s no surprise that many people are complaining about the beauty industry’s oversaturation and how it’s overrun with celeb beauty brands. This begs the question: Are they really worth trying, or is it just another celebrity cash grab? Today, we’ll be looking at some celebrity beauty brands that you should try out and some that are not worth spending your money on.
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Dope: Good Dye Young – Hayley Williams
The first thing that often comes to mind when we picture Hayley Williams, the lead singer of Paramore, is her perpetually bright hair colors, cuts, and styles. This is all thanks to her longtime hairstylist and makeup artist, Brian O’Connor. So it’s no surprise that the both of them decided to start a hair color brand called ‘Good Dye Young’! Their semi-permanent hair color is adored by many thanks to their wide color range, which spans the entire rainbow, with high-impact red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, and pink hues. Besides, many people have claimed that this is one of the longest-lasting direct-deposit hair dyes they’ve ever used. So if you’re looking to change up your hair color, and want something that has long-lasting pigmentation, you should definitely give this brand a try.
Lipstiq’s pick: Good Dye Young Semi-Perm Hair Dye
Nope: SKKN – Kim Kardashian
At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised that Kim K came out with a US$673 skincare line. This nine-step skincare collection includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, face cream, eye cream, hyaluronic-acid serum, vitamin C8 serum, oil drops, and a night oil. Honestly, the skincare line as a whole is not bad, and most of them do contain great ingredients such as squalane, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, glycolic and lactic acid. However, it does not justify the hefty prices of these products.
Nowadays, you can easily find these ingredients in products that cost way less, and work way better! Though the brand claims to have sustainable packaging, it just seems like they’re creating more waste… since they’re literally just switching out bottles. Is an outer layer packaging really necessary? So maybe stick to your regular skincare routine for this one, unless you’re willing to splurge on overpriced skincare to experience the Kim K skin ritual.
Dope: JVN Hair – Jonathan Van Ness
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. They have long hair, they’re a hairstylist, they’re literally known as the hair guy on Queer Eye, so it’s only natural that Jonathan Van Ness would come out with a hair care line. All JVN products are cruelty-free, vegan, color-safe, and free of silicones and sulfates. The product that stands out the most from this line is their Complete Air Dry Cream, which is made from recyclable aluminum with a PCR plastic cap. It’s basically a styling cream designed to give your hair soft volume, and it’s formulated with chia seed and linseed extract for hold, and moringa seed oil for shine and softness. Plus, it’s suitable for all hair types, and we LOVE inclusivity!
Lipstiq’s Pick: JVN Complete Air Dry Cream
Nope: Le Domaine – Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt unveiled his genderless skincare line recently, called ‘Le Domaine’, and you already know how we feel about it. First of all, skincare has no gender, so the ‘genderless skincare line’ just seems like a marketing ploy. Plus, people have pointed out how expensive their products were. According to Le Domaine’s website, the facial serum costs US$385, while the moisturising cream is US$320. So what’s with the expensive prices? Apparently, the main ingredient of Le Domaine, is derived from grape, which is known for its antioxidant properties. Their products feature two patented molecules, GSM10 and ProGr3, derived from grape seeds and grape tendrils. So it is backed up by science, but they’re not exactly revolutionary, and it certainly doesn’t justify the crazy price points. It’s definitely an ambitious figure for a brand who’s backed up by a person who has zero experience in the field of dermatology!
Dope: Rhode Skin – Hailey Bieber
When Hailey Bieber first announced her skincare line, many people were looking forward to giving the model’s skincare ritual a try, and finally get that “glazed doughnut” look. Let’s just say the brand performed better than expected, and the products received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Developed for all skin types, the products are noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), nonirritating and non-sensitizing. The products feature beneficial ingredients, including peptides (which is their main ingredient), niacinamide and shea butter. While all of their products are under US$30, they’re still on the pricier side. But, their products bring something new to the table, and are a great addition to your regular skincare routine. So if all of that sounds good to you, it’s definitely worth a try. Who can say no to beautiful, dewy skin?
Lipstiq’s Pick: Rhode Skin Peptide Glazing Fluid
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