You’ve probably noticed that there are – and I’m estimating here – about a gajillion skin care products for men on the market, and they can get pretty expensive pretty quickly.
The problem is, while the price of these products is pretty consistent (and for most of them, pretty high), their effectiveness can vary wildly.
As a result, trying out every skin care product under the sun is prohibitively expensive and pretty much out of the question, leaving you to settle for the next best thing: a firsthand review from someone who has tried the product you’re interested in.
I spent 30 days thoroughly testing out the Tiege Hanley skin care system and following their instructions as closely as I could in an effort to fully test their product.
In this Tiege Hanley product review I’ll share my experience and reveal the pros, the cons, and my overall impression, to help you decide whether or not you should slather this shit on your face. (I definitely could have worded that better. Leaving it in!)
This review came about because Tiege Hanley reached out to ask if I would review their product. In response, I told them I’d be happy to try it, but would only write a review if there were NO STRINGS ATTACHED. I made it clear that any review I write would be A) completely honest and B) completely transparent about how it came about. To their credit, they agreed and sent me the product. What follows are my honest, unfiltered thoughts.
So with that disclosure out of the way, let’s dig in and find out if Tiege Hanley is up to snuff.
Tiege Hanley Skin Care System Review
What is Tiege Hanley?
(And how does it work?)
Tiege offers multiple products, but the one I tried was what they call their Level 3 line, which included a variety of creams and washes, each of which complements the others while serving a specific purpose.
The instructions included with my kit recommended applying specific products at two different times each day, once in the morning and once at night, for 30 days. As mentioned, I followed the directions as closely as I could, though I have to admit I didn’t quite do it every day.
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons I noticed while using Tiege Hanley.
One of the first impressions I had about Tiege Hanley was that it’s pretty convenient. They follow a model that’s become increasingly popular with grooming products, whereby you can sign up to have your preferred order sent directly to you each month.
If you’re committed to taking care of your skin and you already planned/budgeted to buy some kind of product each month, this can save you some time and spare you an extra trip to the pharmacy.
It can also keep you from falling into the trap that I often find myself in when my grooming supplies run out. That’s the one in which I basically just put off styling my hair, cleaning my skin, or shaving (which is to say, I put off looking like a put together man) until I stop procrastinating and finally drag my ass to the drug store.
Fresh Faced Mornings
In terms of the effect that the products had on my skin, I have to say, I was pretty happy. Fortunately my days of being acne-plagued are behind me, so I’m not looking for skin cream that’s going to work miracles, just something that’s going to make me look less wrinkly, protect me from the sun and keep me relatively free of red spots and blotches.
The sample size of just 30 days was admittedly short, but from my observations, Tiege’s products succeeded on all fronts. Just as importantly as the fact that they made me look good, the skin care routine made me feel good, especially in the morning, when it gave me an extra jolt that helped me shake off the cob webs in the morning and start the day feeling fresh.
Full Skin Care Spectrum
Another thing I liked about Tiege right off the top was the fact that they provide a wide range of products, not just a lotion or a sunscreen.
The kit they sent me, which was their “Level 3” product, included face wash, a scrub, lotion with SPF and under eye cream. This was definitely a step up from my previous skincare process of slathering on as much no-name sunscreen as my skin could absorb and going about my day.
I also appreciate the fact that they provided step-by-step instructions for how and when to use each product, and which order to use them in. And while I was doing some research on Tiege, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one who appreciated their instructions:
Quick and Easy
Tiege Hanley refers to their skin care products as a “system,” which to my mind sounds a little high-minded for a variety of face creams, but don’t let that word intimidate you.
The Level 3 product line I tried is their most involved and included multiple steps each morning and evening, but the steps were very easy to follow and the whole process took less than two minutes. After the first few days, it became an automatic part of my morning routine.
Does that qualify it as a “system”? Not sure, but it definitely qualifies it as convenient.
Come to think of it, calling it a skin care “system” actually does have one pretty big advantage: it makes it easier to turn your skin care regimen into a daily habit.
Willpower is notoriously fickle and can be hard to summon, especially at night when your energy is low and you’re more susceptible to temptation. One big advantage of starting the Tiege system, even if you ultimately decide you want to switch to a different product, is that it trains you to make skin care a regular part of your morning and/or evening routine, without having to think about it or force yourself to do it.
It’s Quick, But It’s Not Nothing
I was pretty impressed with how quick the whole process is, especially considering how many different elements it entails, but it’s worth noting that using all the products in the Level 3 kit takes a little longer than just slathering on sunscreen and running out the door – which is my usual move.
There were a few days when I was running late in the morning and skipped the routine altogether.
In all honesty I probably could have squeezed it in, but because it requires a few steps I had the perception that it would take too long, so I didn’t bother. This is obviously more of a “me” thing than a Tiege Hanley thing, but it’s good to note, especially if your current morning schedule doesn’t leave you a lot of extra time.
No Nightly Difference
One other thought on the length of time it takes: I kind of expected the morning routine to be quick and the night time one, when there’s less reason to rush, to be longer.
But it turns out they were pretty much the same. You swap out one of the products for the nightly version of the routine, but otherwise it’s the exact same routine and it takes about the same time.
I really enjoyed the way the process left me feeling refreshed and ready to go in the morning, but at night I’m obviously not looking for a pick me up.
Great Product, Good Price
My minor quibbles aside, overall I really enjoyed the Tiege Hanley experience.
Using their various skin care products left me both looking and feeling better, which for me is the foundation of confident style.
As a morning person, I particularly liked the way the Level 3 regime made me feel fresh and helped me wake up, shake off the slumber and get ready to tackle the day.
In the future I may consider varying from their instructions a little and just using their products in the morning (which fits better with my habits, and would also have the excellent side benefit of making it last twice as long).
I definitely recommend that you pick up the Level 3 regimen and try it out for yourself as a one-time purchase.
If you’re totally hooked you can then sign up to have it sent to you directly each month. Or, if you like it but aren’t sure you want a new kit every month, you can just head back to their website and buy it as needed (I think this is what I’ll be doing).
And if you don’t think you need – or need to pay for – all of the various products in the Level 3 package, you could save a few bucks and pick up Level 1 or Level 2 instead.
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As the founder of Irreverent Gent, Dave shares smart style advice that makes guys stand out, and smart-ass jokes that make them wish he’d just stick to advice. When not blogging, he loves working out, obsessing over the MCU (#ILoveYou3000) and pretending to know about wine when his wife takes him somewhere fancy.