welcome to Glamor Roomour new beauty destination where we put celebrity-founded beauty brands through their paces. As A-listers continue to release new ranges on a regular basis, we use our beauty editor expertise to detect which products in the range are worth a shot – no lies, no publicists, no advertisements. The first standing: Pleasantcreated by singer, songwriter, icon and idol, Harry Styles.
I still remember the day I was like, “Oh fuck, I think I like Harry Styles.” I spent most of college putting down my friends who had their One Direction phases while I listened to the White Stripes, feeling superior. But then his first solo album came out and I heard an amazing song playing on the radio. When I found out who sang it, I sent a bunch of apologetic texts to the people I had made fun of. Alright, so Harry Styles is cool. I get it.
Her beauty line, Pleasing, spear with a mix of skin care and nail polish. Her second drop solidified the line for me, kicking off the vibe that if we’re going to emulate her look, all we need is some cool polish, a sense of 70s nostalgia we weren’t alive for. , and beautifully, shining the skin. As it stands, he has eight nail polishes, an eye and lip serum pen, a glowing skin serum, a brand new hand cream, and an acid night treatment.
I love the occasional manicure, but to be honest, nail colors don’t hold a special place in my heart. Maybe because I played musical instruments for so long (where are my harpists!) that required short, bare fingernails, or maybe because I’m a serial chipper. Either way, I’m not very interested. I have tried the Pleasing polishes and in my opinion they are doing well. Like most nail polishes. What intrigued me the most was the skincare: the hand and nail balm, the Acid Drops Lucid night serum, the pearly illuminating serum and the pleasant pen. Here are my honest thoughts on each.
The Hands + Nails Balm
I am perhaps the most critical hand cream tester and I score points for the slightest infraction. The Hands + Nails Balm is great. It’s super thick without being greasy and has the most subtle scent that makes my hands feel fancy and my cuticles aren’t terrible.
Lucid Acid Drops Night Serum
Acid Drops Lucid Overnight Serum has one of my favorite skincare textures: it’s very moisturizing on the skin, but sinks in quickly, leaving you with a slightly sticky, very dewy look that I just applied. This serum uses naturally sourced, ethically harvested acids to brighten and replenish dull skin, use once or twice a week. It didn’t irritate my skin at all or feel tingly, which is a big plus when you’re dealing with anything with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), but it left my skin looking brighter and healthier .
Pearly Illuminating Serum
I consider Pearl Illuminating Serum more of a primer than a skincare product: despite its skin-boosting abilities, it has a subtle glow and hydrating finish that pairs well with my cosmetics. I also dab a tiny bit on my makeup for a faux glow that works well for a slightly rosy look.
The pleasant pen
In my opinion, the Pleasing Pen works best for people who enjoy the experience of applying skin care – the roller balls are really nice and refreshing. One side of the pen is a lip treatment and the other is an eye serum. For me, who prefers to smear things in a really ugly, non-TikTokable way, I don’t have a ton of patience for tricky manipulation. Nevertheless, I liked the shine of the lip product and the softness of the eye cream.
It was a tough call, because I really love Acid Drops Night Serum and I’m excited to continue using it. But let me just say that I’m not easy to please when it comes to hand creams. I’ve tried fancy options, mid-range options, and cheap drugstore choices, and none of them are, well, nice. My ideal hand cream is thick, non-sticky, sinks in but lasts for hours, doesn’t smell too strong, and comes in a container that doesn’t block the last drops from getting out. The Hand + Nail Balm does all of these things and more.
Especially when it’s cold outside and my hands get dry and crumbly, a product like the Hand + Nail Balm is something I will treasure. I’ve already added it to my nightstand – the biggest compliment I can give – and am thinking of buying another one to throw in my purse. It’s an added bonus that it gives my nails a manicure-ready look, which is great for someone like me who doesn’t get manicures often. All in all, if you only buy one Pleasing product, make it the Hand + Nail Balm. I can’t wait to meet Harry Styles one day, especially now that I know his hands are baby soft.
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