The Pearlescent Illuminating Serum from the Pleasing brand.Amanda Krause/Insider
Harry Styles recently launched a line of beauty products that includes nail polish and skin care.
I tried the brand’s face serum and dual-use pen, which includes a lip oil and eye treatment.
The serum was good, but I thought both products were too expensive and didn’t help my skin enough.
Harry Styles launched his beauty brand Pleasing in November.
Harry Styles wears nail polish during a performance in 2020.Brendan McDermid/Reuters
Speaking with Dazed at the time, Styles said the company was an idea he’s “kind of had for a while,” which became a “fun little project” during the pandemic.
“Firstly, I just thought it would be fun but, in actuality, Pleasing is about a couple of things,” he said. “It’s starting with nail polish, because that was kind of the birth of what it was for. Me seeing a color on a flower or a wallpaper or something and thinking, ‘Oh, I wanna put that on my nails.'”
“I really think that the essence of Pleasing is finding those little moments of joy and showing them to people,” Styles added.
I tried both of the brand’s skin-care products. First, there’s the $30 Pleasing Pen that includes two different serums.
The Pleasing Pen costs $30, and includes eye and lip serums.Amanda Krause/Insider
One side of the pen features an eye gel, which is said to “awaken tired under eyes,” “diminish signs of aging,” and leave “lasting hydration” with ingredients like lingonberry, okra, and hyaluronic salt.
The other end is an oil made with marshmallow to replenish lips and leave a matte finish.
The eye serum in particular is described as “potent” with the ability to refresh tired eyes, but I didn’t find that to be true.
Before I used the product (left), and while I used the product (right).Amanda Krause/Insider
I hoped that it would quickly minimize the bags under my eyes and add some moisture to my skin.
But unfortunately, it felt sticky when I first applied it, and later dried and all but disappeared from my skin. In my opinion, my under-eye area looked exactly the same as before I used the product.
I had higher hopes for the lip oil, but it also let me down.
My lips before the lip oil (top), and after I applied the product (bottom).Amanda Krause/Insider
When I applied the lip oil, my dry lips felt soothed thanks to the the slick texture of the product and the pen’s steel roller, which creates a cooling effect.
But after 20 minutes, the oil dried into a matte yet shiny layer that gave the illusion of moisture, but actually made my lips feel more dry than before.
At that point, I just wanted to wipe it off my skin.
Next, I tried the $35 Pearlescent Illuminating Serum.