Sadly, not every product has the ability to wow us and make it to holy grail status, so we have complied a list of some products with really disappointing science behind the formulas, to save you the trouble (and money) of trial and testing products that can’t live up to their claims.

Estee Lauder New Dimensions Expert Lifting Tape

Estee lauder claim that “every angle becomes your best angle” with this treatment and that the New Dimension Expert Lifting Tape’s “pro-collagen technology” will help to firm, tone and give a more sculpted, lifted look around your eyes.

Although the lifting tape does contain some great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and moisturising ingredients, some of which may be able to stimulate collagen production, we feel that the application process involved in this treatment takes away from these benefits. As the product is only applied to specific regions of the skin, it means only those areas will be able to benefit, and ultimately the Geeks think the application process is a bit of a gimmick. Even despite the price tag of £46, we feel this product can’t rival the effects of a good anti-ageing serum (with more proven ingredients!) or a facelift.

You can read our full product review here.

You can find Estee Lauder New Dimensions Expert Lifting Tape here.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser contains a blend of natural ingredients, which claim to make it “ideal” for cleansing, hydrating, tightening and firming the skin. It promises to leave skin “soft, refreshed and luminous”.

Although it contains several different oils including strawberry oil, sunflower seed oil and coconut oil, which can act to hydrate the skin by reducing the amount of water that is lost into the atmosphere, we were unimpressed by the other ingredients in this formula. The hydrolysed wheat protein has left the Geeks feeling disappointed, as there is a lack of research supporting this ingredients use in skincare.

Unfortunately, this product isn’t really very exciting and we haven’t seen anything in the formula that can set it apart from any of the other ‘run of the mill’ cleansers. Yes it will be able to clean your skin, but the Geeks were hoping for a little something extra for our money and so we won’t be investing in this one.

You can read the full product review here.

You can get hold of Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser here.

Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Crème

We expected luxury from Dior with this product, but they didn’t deliver. We were really disappointed with the lack of scientific evidence supporting the concept behind this product. Dior claims to reinvigorate the skin by stimulating aquaporins (channels that allow water to pass through cell membranes), using three active flower extracts. It claims hydra life will refresh our complexion, to leave skin looking healthier as a result of the extra water delivered to our skin.

Unfortunately, Dior couldn’t deliver on these claims, as the two flower extracts that they claimed to act on the aquaporin channels had no independent evidence to support them, leaving the Geeks unconvinced. Although this treatment does contain several great hydrating ingredients, which have loads of research to support their use as moisturisers, they are found in the majority of high street products and so aren’t really revolutionary or worth the £52 price tag.

You can read the full product review here.

You can get find Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Sorbet Creme here.

Benefit Puff Off

The Geeks are always on the look out for a great eye cream, so we were initially really excited by Benefit Puff Off, which claims to ‘iron out’ wrinkles and solve all of your under-eye worries (not to mention it has the cutest applicator!).

Although it contains flavonoids that have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which could help reduce under eye puffiness and prevent premature skin ageing as well as several moisturising ingredients, the science behind this product just isn’t enough to impress the Geeks. Puff Off could be effective as a quick fix with its hydrating properties, but it’s definitely not the long-term fix we were hoping for. Online reviews of this product have shown that puffiness an fine lines and wrinkles have remained a problem for a lot of users, which is why this treatment has ended up on our disappointing list.

You can read the full product review here.

You can get Benefit Puff Off here.

Palmers Bust Cream

With many of us looking for alternatives to surgery to enhance our assets, we were looking forward to putting this product under our Beauty Geek microscope to see if it could live up to its claims.

The soluble collagen and hydrolysed elastin in their formula are too large to penetrate the skins barrier, so won’t be able to integrate into the skins structure where they could be of benefit. Palmitoyl oligopeptide was thought to increase collagen synthesis, which could have helped breasts to appear ‘plumper’, however, the Geeks couldn’t find any solid evidence to support the claims of this ingredient. All we can say is that this product can act as a good moisturiser and can hydrate the skin, but we aren’t convinced that this will be a ‘boob job in a bottle’.

You can read the full product review here.

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