Thanks to our friends at Lab Series, I was able to test out some amazing products. As a recap, Lab Series Skincare for Men is a brand with a history that spans decades and was formulated especially for men. So after 3 weeks of continuous use, I think I got a good sense of the products. Some I absolutely loved and some I thought were great but wasn’t for me.
Lab Series Root Power Restorative Style Wax – It has a great smell and it washed out of my hair really easily. It didn’t leave an icky feeling that is usually associated with styling products. However, this wax felt more like a cream than a wax. It didn’t have much of a hold. If you like to create a lot of height in your hair, you probably wouldn’t like this product. But it did feel very light, so I think it is perfect for guys that don’t like the feeling of styling products in their hair but need a little bit of product to calm their hair or push hair out of their faces. $18 for 1.7 oz.
Lab Series Root Power Restorative Shampoo - According to the Lab Series website, the “advanced formula helps repair, strengthen and protect hair while optimizing hair growth. Helps to minimize the amount of hair lost each day.” I loved the smell of the shampoo and my hair felt soft and looked great after each use. The only thing that I thought was unusually was that it didn’t really bubble up, but my hair still felt clean with the rinse. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me but it is something that I had to get use to. I also didn’t feel any tingling sensation from the shampoo, but I was happy with the results, so it wasn’t a big deal for me. $24 / 8.5 oz
Lab Series Power Brightening Eye Balm +DR4 – This product was AMAZING. It helped get rid of the dark circles under my eyes, which is what was promised on the product description. “High performance eye balm with breakthrough ingredient combination of DR4 treats all causes of dark circles and undereye puffiness.” I also liked the metal tip which I used to apply the eye balm. For other eye gels, I usually just used my finger, but I do prefer using the metal tip as applicator because it prevents any tugging on the eye tissue, which should be handled carefully at all times. I’ve been really working late recently because of Urban Cargo, so I’m glad that I don’t look it because of this eye balm. $28 / 0.34 oz
Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF35 – This is a great moisturizer with SPF protection. My skin is smooth and moisturizer is not oily. The tinted nature of this moisturizer is a bit different than other face moisturizers I have used in the past. At times, I thought I was applying a women’s concealer to my face, but don’t worry, it is not actually concealer, so there is nothing visible on your face. I think Lab Series probably added the tinting to counterbalance the SPF protection. Moisturizers with SPF tend to make your face a bit pasty, so I didn’t mind the tinting after I realized that it doesn’t add color to my face. $38.5 / 1.7 oz
Lab Series Power Brightening Serum +DR4 - I thought this serum was great. It absorbed very quickly into my skin and made it very smooth. This serum includes DR4, which according to Lab Series “is an exclusive Lab Series complex, that works to diminish the appearance of dark spots, hyper-pigmentation and dullness by treating the root cause of these skin concerns. With continued use, skin’s clarity, texture and tone are improved and skin appears brighter, healthier and more youthful-looking.” I couldn’t tell if helped to diminish the dark spots on my face though, but when used in combination with moisturizer, I was very happy with the look and feel of my skin. $59 / 1.7 oz
Michael is the Fashion and Style Editor for Urban Cargo, a men’s e-commerce site focused on helping men improve their looks so they feel more confident at work and in their love lives. At Urban Cargo, members have the ability to sample body care products from premium brands such as Malin + Goetz, Kyoku For Men, and Baxter of California on a monthly basis. For $12 / month, men get a themed box that focus on one particular area, whether it be Shaving, Face, Body or Hair. We serve the modern man who is too busy to take care of himself, so we do it for him. Our blog provides men advice, products suggestions and tips on areas related to grooming, fashion and fitness.