Five products that perform better than they look

Would you buy a product with plain or downright ugly packaging? It's easy to buy something you've never tried when it's eye candy, but some would pass on makeup items for the simple, blunt reason that these products aren’t pretty to look at. Personally, I lust over items that would look great on my vanity, but I do have a few "ugly" products that I hold dear to my heart. Here are a few of them!

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Wet and Wild Megalast Lipsticks

I will always sing praises for the Megalast Lipsticks by WnW. At the affordable price of just P299, it’s one hell of a creamy, one-swipe lipstick! You can’t go wrong with the color selection too. The only downside to them is the flimsy and rather boring black tubes. Also, you can’t retract the lipstick all the way down so be extra careful when closing the cap.

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Lucas Papaw Ointment

This unassuming red tube is a favorite of many beauty bloggers for a reason. If you constantly suffer from dry, cracked lips and even dry patches on your face and body, the Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a life saver. It also works wonderfully to soothe insect bites and minor scrapes. The bold red packaging with the plain black text can look like something from the pharmacy, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a balm that performs quite as well.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I used to be an all Cetaphil baby until my early teens. As a kid, I suffered from a severe rash condition whenever I ate anything that’s malansa. That meant no seafood, no chicken skin, and no eggs for me (it’s a sad life, I know) or I’d be itchy the whole day and the next. So I was prescribed by my doctor to only use Cetaphil for my face and body until I outgrew my allergy.

After writing about pH conscious skincare, I decided to give Cetaphil another go. It’s not doing anything mind-blowingly magical right away but I’m slowly regaining the natural state of my skin sans the stress-induced blemishes, which is how it should be. I admit that I’m itching for flashier, prettier facial cleansers because well, Cetaphil looks bland and unattractive. I guess in this case, it’s what’s inside that counts!

A Bonne Body Scrubs

I rushed to the nearest Watsons after reading Liz's review of the Spa Milk Salt. That was in August 2015, and it has since become one of my bath time staples! It is truly that good. Never mind that the packaging is ugly as ugly can get (especially the refills), this truly exfoliates, smoothes, and lightens my skin despite the unbelievably low price point.  

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Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner

Mane ‘n Tail promises fuller, stronger, longer, healthier hair and I believe them. I used to get my hair rebonded in high school and this was my go-to shampoo and conditioner. No BS, I would tie my then sleek and straight hair up in a pony, and the band would slide off whenever the car passed through bumps. That’s how smooth my hair got with Mane ‘n Tail!

If I’m shopping blind (aka no Internet connection to check PV!), I do tend to pass over ugly products. Do you do the same? Which unattractive-looking products do you consider as HGs?