Is It Too Late Now To Say Sorry To The Products We Hated On?

It may not be fair, but it's human nature to judge books by their covers; Bumble matches by their hairlines; and beauty products by their price, color, or packaging. And Refinery29 editors admittedly do the latter in spades. But, deep down, we've done enough testing to know that just because something comes in a plastic bottle with a sticky label that peels at the corners, or happens to be sold by your mom's friends on Facebook, doesn't mean it's not amazing. Sometimes, it's just a slow build to those cartoonish hearts bursting in our eyes.

That was the case with the products ahead. We wrote them off at first, but when we finally gave them a chance, we fell in love and had to do something no one likes — admit how wrong we were and ask, Is it too late now to say sorry?
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Cat Quinn, beauty director
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Dear Suave Hair Oil,

I'm sorry I thought you were cheap. I spent so many years in college surviving off Top Ramen and your $2 shampoo that when I worked my ass off and finally made enough to afford the fancy shit (or rather, got a job that gave me the fancy shit for free), I became an Oribe snob and left you in the dust.

But you're good. Like, really good. Like, best-blowout-of-my-freaking-life good. You moisturize my strands, stripped dry from overpriced highlights — without turning me into a greaseball. If I poured you into a plain bottle, I honestly wouldn't be able to tell the difference between you and my $45 stuff.

Groveling at your feet,

Suave Professionals
Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, $6.79, available at Walgreens.
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Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor
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Dear Beachwaver,

I talked a lot of shit about you. I called you a gimmicky, infomercial product without even knowing if you were sold through infomercials. (And who am I to talk? I've gotten sucked into more day-long HSN marathons than anyone I know.)

I don't remember the exact day I tried you or why, but I probably did it in secret. I do, however, remember that everything changed after that. I've used you every single day for almost two years now — save for the time you blew a fuse in Paris and I had to spend Fashion Week with bad hair.

You've consistently delivered the cool waves I thought were only real on Jen Atkin's Instagram feed. Anyone who says you're just a curling iron doesn't know what they're talking about; you're a wand more magical than the Hitachi.

Love you,

Beachwaver Pro, $199, available at Beachwaver Co.
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Maria Del Russo, beauty editor
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Dear Kylie Lip Kit,

I'm sorry I thought you couldn't possibly be good. I'm sorry that I allowed my not-so-subtle disdain for celebrity products cloud my judgment and lead me to believe you'd be the worst-smelling, worst-performing liquid lipstick on the market.

But, of course, I was hooked after the first swipe. Your color payoff is incredible, and you somehow stay on all day without drying my lips out. I will spend the rest of my life swiping you on, as evidenced by the half-dozen tubes of you that now reside in my bathroom.

Forgive me,

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Lip Kit, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics.
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Lexy Lebsack, West Coast beauty editor
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Dear Tangle Teezer,

I thought you were, well...pointless. I didn't understand how something so simple could possibly make my knotty, bleached ends easier to smooth and style.

I was lured in to use you with a pro trick for volume: Massage roots with your stacked bristles and — BOOM — Bardot hair! Only then did I realize how amazing you really are on the rest of my strands. I'm sorry, Tangle Teezer.

Never leave me,

Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush, $15, available at Sephora.
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Kelsey Castañon, beauty news editor
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Dear Isdin Flavo-C Serum,

I’m sorry I kept you hidden under my desk for weeks. When I first rubbed a drop of you onto the back of my hand at your launch event, I knew I liked you, but you just looked so clinical, so...well, boring.

Finally, though, I took you home and started using you consistently. My skin has never looked brighter or felt softer — and my hunch says it’s all thanks to your potent blend of antioxidants, which I rudely ignored before. I couldn't have imagined how much I truly needed you.

Never again,

Isdin Isdinceutics Flavo-C, $84, available at Isdin.
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Samantha Sasso, beauty editorial assistant
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Dear Kiehl's Creme de Corps,

When I first saw your egg-yolk color, I personally felt a little nauseous. I stereotyped you by your appearance and assumed your scent would be repulsive. Oh, but I was so wrong.

The first time I had the chance to try you was in the Equinox locker room — and I simply couldn't get enough. Your sweet, sugary aroma was magically delightful; your formula hydrating. I believe you are the reigning champ of body lotions.

Yours forever and always,

Creme de Corps, $18, available at Kiehl's.
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Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer
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Dear CeraVe AM Lotion,

I'm sorry I thought your packaging was snoozy back in 2013. When my sister finally forced me to try you, I fell in love with your hydrating, yet lightweight formula. Three years later, and I'm fully obsessed with you. If you had a number, I'd be texting you 24/7 with heart emojis.


Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30, $14.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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