Colourpop Lilac You a Lot–the Perfect Pop of Purple for Spring Eye Looks

Colourpop Lilac You a LotBig eyeshadow palettes with a wide array of colors can be a lot of fun to use, but they can also be overwhelming. It’s not always easy to know which shades will work well together. Smaller eyeshadow palettes, especially ones that are monochromatic, take the guesswork out of the equation. If there is a certain color you enjoy wearing on your eyes often, you may love monochromatic eyeshadow palettes! 

Colourpop offers several 9-pan monochromatic eyeshadow palettes, in just about every color you can imagine. I have a couple of them, but my favorite of the two is the Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette. It’s one of two purple-themed palettes Colourpop offers (the other one is “It’s My Pleasure”), but this one is more subtle and cool-toned overall.

Purple (especially lilac) is one of my favorite shades to wear on my eyes. Some purples are too intense for me, but the shades in the Lilac You a Lot palette are perfect. It’s also great for spring! Really it’s fun to use any time of year, but I plan on pulling this palette out more often than usual this season.

Colourpop Lilac You a Lot product claims directly from Colourpop.com

A whole lotta lilac in our dreamiest palette yet. Create your best looks with our lilac monochromatic palette that features buttery matte shadows and eye catching metallics. One swatch is all it takes to fall in love.

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Other product details

  • Price: $14.00 on Colourpop.com or $18.86 from Amazon.com 
    • Colourpop.com ships internationally, but doesn’t ship to Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, Guatemala, North Korea, the Crimean region of Ukraine, Sudan, or Syria. Due to government regulations, there is also a temporary hold on shipments to several countries. You can find the list of those countries here.
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  • Net weight: 0.36 oz. | 9 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • 9 shades (Colourpop was kind enough to provide these lovely shade descriptions:
    • Cloud: icy lavender with a golden flip (metallic)
    • Imagine That: pastel lavender (matte)
    • Ghostin’: vibrant pinky lilac (matte)
    • Wake Me: orchid with duochrome hot pink flip (metallic)
    • Fluff: icy metallic violet with gold and silver accent (metallic)
    • Trainwreck: soft lavender with a pink duochrome flip (metallic)
    • Zoned Out: dusty pinky mauve (matte)
    • Iffy: cool-toned purple (matte)
    • Filtered: red plum (matte)
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Texture: 7/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Colourpop has a wide variety of eyeshadow palettes, from subtle and neutral to bold and colorful. There is something for every preference! The Lilac You a Lot palette is not one of the boldest, but it’s definitely colorful. One thing I like about this palette very much is that its shades will work for people with many different skin tones. 

Three eye looks created with Colourpop Lilac You a Lot paletteI have fair skin, and every shade in this palette works for me. The two deepest shades are Iffy and Filtered. I have to be careful with those, but they are not so bold that I’m unable to use them. I created a few different eye looks this week using the Lilac You a Lot palette. In the bottom photo, I used the shade Filtered in my outer corners and blended it into the crease. In the middle photo, I used the shade Iffy to deepen my crease. In all three looks, I used shimmers on my eyelids. I tried to use most or all of the shades in this palette so you can have a good idea of what these eyeshadows can do.

The eyeshadows in a lot of palettes are too light to show up well on medium to deep skin tones, but that’s not the case with these. There are a couple that may take significant building to be visible on darker skin tones, but I believe the others would work well for everyone. Colourpop actually provides arm swatches of every shade on light, medium, and dark skin. If you’re unsure of any of the shades, I encourage you to take a look! 🙂

Texture

There are five matte and four metallic shades in this palette. I’ve found that both the mattes and metallics are inconsistent in texture. I’m not saying any of them are bad, but some are definitely better than others!

There are some specific things to keep in mind with certain shades:

  • Imagine That and Ghostin’ (mattes) are very powdery, so it’s important to tap off excess before applying with a brush.
  • Fluff (metallic) is flaky, so it should be patted on carefully to avoid fallout.
  • Filtered (matte) is patchy which can make it difficult to work with. I use this shade in moderation, and blended with other shades it works well enough.

Overall, the mattes are smooth and blend easily. While the mattes aren’t bad, the metallics are really the shades that stand out most. All of the metallics are gorgeous and apply smoothly with a finger. I sometimes use a brush to apply them, but I’m always happier with the result when I use a finger instead of a brush.

Pigmentation

The pigmentation of most of the eyeshadows in the Lilac You a Lot palette is great. In fact, with most shades, “what you see is what you get.” However, there are a couple of shades that have lower than average pigmentation and one that is too pigmented.

Looking at the mattes first, the shades Imagine That and Zoned Out are not very pigmented. These two shades may not work well on medium to deep skin tones. However, on my skin they are buildable and can look very pretty. If you use this palette alone for an eye look, Imagine That is the perfect crease/transition shade! 

The one shade I mentioned that is actually too pigmented is Filtered. That shade stains my skin every time I use it (even when applied over my trusty Milani Eyeshadow Primer), so I don’t use it often. I also plan ahead to wear eyeshadow again the next day when I use it, to cover the pink stain that’s left behind.

Moving on to the shimmers! All four shimmer shades are perfectly pigmented to build quickly. I love these because they take so little effort (except for Fluff, due to the chunky texture) to apply. With these, you don’t have to keep dipping back into the pans for more product because you only need a little for perfect coverage.

Staying power

Many beautiful eye looks can be created with the Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette, and it would be a shame if they faded or smudged! Fortunately, I’ve never had that problem with any of these eyeshadows. The most common problem I have with longevity of eyeshadows is creasing, but I never experience that with this palette as long as I use it with eyeshadow primer.

The one shade in this palette that may not stay in place as well as the others is Fluff. That one is prone to fallout, but the risk is greatly minimized if very little is used and applied carefully.

Price

The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette (and the other 9-pan eyeshadow palettes) is a bargain at only $14.00 (or $18.86 from Amazon, but there’s a convenience factor there to consider)! This probably comes as no surprise as Colourpop is always affordable. Since this is a 9-pan palette, each eyeshadow shade is $1.56. That’s a great deal, especially for the quality of these eyeshadows!

Some of Colourpop’s larger palettes are a better value on a per eyeshadow basis, but I enjoy the small size of the 9-pan palettes. The limited shade options make it easy to put together beautiful cohesive eye looks.

Eyeshadow palettes, including both drugstore and high-end, vary greatly in price. At the drugstore, there are definitely some palettes similar in size to Lilac You a Lot offered at lower prices. However, I don’t think most of them are as high-quality as this or other Colourpop palettes. I prefer Colourpop’s formulas over some high-end ones I’ve tried. Speaking of high-end, those brands will never be able to compete with Colourpop on price! 

Packaging

I’m not factoring the packaging of this palette into its overall rating, but I usually like to mention it. Some people are swayed to buy or not buy a product based on many aspects of a product’s packaging, so I think it’s nice to include this information.

The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette packaging is plastic with a snap-closure. There is a large mirror that takes up the inside of the lid. I don’t usually use mirrors in palettes, but this one is great for those that do!

While this palette isn’t the sturdiest I’ve ever seen, I think it’s great for travel. The closure is secure and the eyeshadows are well-protected. The size is quite small (about 4 x 4 inches, or 9.5 x 9.5 centimeters), so it would be very easy to slip this palette into almost any bag, including a purse. 

Lastly, shade names. They are clearly labeled, found printed next to each of the pans. For checking shade names when the palette is closed, they are also printed on a sticker on the back of the palette. I appreciate that Colourpop made it so easy to find and identify shade names.


The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette quickly became one of my favorite colorful palettes when I bought it last year. I love purples, so I have a lot of fun playing with these shades. The shimmers especially are absolutely gorgeous!

I can’t keep track of Colourpop’s monochromatic eyeshadow palettes anymore since there are so many now, but Lilac You a Lot remains my favorite of the bunch. If you enjoy lilacs and other purple shades, I can almost guarantee that you’d enjoy this palette. While the colors are all in the same family, this palette can be used for both bold and subtle looks.

Have you tried any of Colourpop’s monochromatic eyeshadow palettes? What about other Colourpop products? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick–the $3 Creamy Lipstick with Rich Pigmentation

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin LipstickI watch a lot of beauty-related YouTube videos, so I see a lot of beauty-related ads on YouTube as well! One that seemed to play over and over for quite some time was for e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick (silly as it may be, yes, that’s really the product name). If you also enjoy watching beauty-related content, it’s likely you’ve seen this ad from e.l.f., too!

That ad never really convinced me to buy SRSLY Satin Lipstick because I haven’t been wearing lipstick nearly as much since I started wearing a mask last year. What made me decide to try it is the fact that I enjoy makeup and I hadn’t bought any lipsticks in a long time. I started to miss wearing them, even though the only people that see me are usually myself and my husband! This lipstick was hyped so much, I decided to see what the fuss was about.

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Talk about lip service. This lush, creamy lipstick saturates lips with decadent color for a pout that makes a statement. The nutrient-rich formula applies and wears like silk, hugging the curves of your lips while delivering deep moisturizing benefits. Choose from 10 color-rich shades.

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Other product details

  • Price: $3.00
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Special ingredients:
    • Macadamia seed oil is nourishing and contains antioxidants
    • Jojoba oil locks in moisture and softens lips
    • Meadowfoam seed oil soothes and protects dry lips while also keeping them moisturized longer
  • 10 shades (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe these shades accurately based on lip swatches)
    • Nectar: orangey nude
    • Crème: pale pinky nude
    • Taffy: mid-toned pink
    • Cider: rosy brown
    • Sugarplum: deep plum
    • Cherry: true red
    • Pepper: orangey red
    • Persimmon: orange
    • Raspberry: berry
    • Cocoa: mid-toned brown 
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Shade range: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 7/10
    • Staying Power: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range

E.l.f. offers a decent shade range in the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. There are ten shades that include nudes, pinks, reds, browns, and also a berry, plum, and orange. I think most people will be able to find at least one shade they like in this shade range.

Now I’ll explain how I think this shade range could be improved. I noticed that most or all of the shades in this range are warm-toned. There isn’t anything wrong with warm-toned shades, but I think it would be a good idea to add some cool-toned shades. Those that have cool-toned skin may feel that warm-toned lipstick would clash with their coloring.

I also think it would be a fun addition if e.l.f. created some unusual shades like teal and blue. I’ve noticed that a lot of lipsticks with large shade ranges include a few of those unusual shades. This would be a great choice for e.l.f. since e.l.f. aims to be as inclusive as possible.

Speaking of inclusivity, I’d like to briefly touch on the pigmentation of this formula since some lip products aren’t pigmented enough for deep skin tones. I only have one shade, Nectar, but judging by the swatches on e.l.f.’s website, it appears that all the shades are quite pigmented. Most of the shades look great on both light and dark skin tones, but some look even better on dark/deep skin (in my opinion).

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick is a traditional bullet-style lipstick. It comes in a clear plastic tube. In the product details, e.l.f. calls it “luxe clear packaging,” but honestly I think it looks and feels very cheap. Given the price of this product, I don’t think that’s unreasonable! Despite the very basic packaging, it is as effective as any twist-up bullet lipstick design I’ve ever seen. 

While this packaging works, I’m a bit concerned about its durability. It’s fine for everyday use at home, but I’m not sure if it would hold up in a purse or luggage. The plastic feels like it may crack easily, so this one may be best left at home.

Now that we’ve got that unpleasantness out of the way, I can tell you about the lipstick itself. It has a very smooth creamy texture that glides over the lips. This lipstick is so easy to apply! There is no tugging, and the angle makes it easy to apply with precision. A lip liner helps, but isn’t necessary.

In the last section, I mentioned the pigmentation of this lipstick. Since it is quite pigmented, it takes very little effort to build up color on the lips. I just apply it so my lips are completely covered, and that always gives me the perfect color intensity.

Hydration

The name of this product is “SRSLY Satin Lipstick” and e.l.f. states that the formula is “smooth-as-satin.” While the formula is smooth and feels satiny, I think it’s actually somewhere between a satin and matte formula. Once it’s applied, it slowly “dries down” to look like more of a matte lipstick with no shine.

I wanted to make that distinction because I think of satin lipsticks as looking somewhat shiny. This one does not, especially once it’s been on for a while. While the finish of a lipstick doesn’t always determine its level of hydration, I thought this would be the best place to mention it. That’s partly because satin lipsticks are usually quite hydrating compared to matte lipsticks.

While this lipstick does look more matte on the lips, it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable. You can feel the oils in the smoothness of this lipstick as it’s applied, and for a good amount of time while wearing it as well. I appreciate that e.l.f. formulated this lipstick with macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil, and meadowfoam seed oil to keep lips happy!

I am pleased with the hydration this lipstick provides, but I want to provide another perspective for those with more mature skin. My mom also bought one of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks and she thought it was drying. I’m not certain that she thought it felt drying, but she definitely thought it made her lips look dry and accentuated lines.

Staying power

E.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the staying power of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. Since it’s meant to be a satin formula, most wouldn’t expect it to have very good staying power. Earlier in the review, I mentioned that I think this formula is somewhere between satin and matte. That holds true for staying power as well (when assuming that matte formulas are long-wearing)!

While this lipstick isn’t transfer-proof and won’t last all day, I think its staying power is pretty great! It stays put (or at least most of it does) when I drink water and tea, but a significant amount does rub off when I eat food. If I’m just having a light snack, I find that this lipstick stays intact surprisingly well.

If you wanted to wear this lipstick all day, you would probably only need to reapply a couple of times. I think that’s really good for a “satin” lipstick!

Price

THREE DOLLARS. That’s hard to beat! E.l.f. products are almost always very affordable, but I think this is one of the best values you can find from the brand. E.l.f. offers several lipstick formulas, and SRSLY Satin Lipsticks have the lowest price of them all! 

I did a quick search for affordable lipsticks and there are a lot of them! However, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks seem to be the least expensive of the cruelty-free options. “SRSLY” great job, e.l.f.! 🙂


I cannot get over what a good value this lipstick is. I don’t wear lipsticks all that often these days, so I don’t like spending very much money on them. E.l.f. makes it easy to try new lip products without breaking the bank!

To be honest, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick isn’t my favorite, but that is partially because the shade I have isn’t quite right for my coloring. There are other lipsticks I’ve got my eye on, but I may try other shades of this one in the future. I think the formula is great and I appreciate how comfortable it is!

I was disappointed when my mom told me she was unhappy with her SRSLY Satin Lipstick. I think most people will enjoy it, but if you feel that your lips are dry and/or have a lot of lines, you may want to try a different formula (or apply a hydrating gloss on top). Thankfully, e.l.f. has several options!

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments! 🙂

Lauren

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Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream–Hydrate and Brighten Aging Under-Eyes

Skin around the eyes is often one of the first places to show signs of aging. That skin is quite thin and delicate compared to the rest of the skin on the face, which means fine lines are likely to appear at a fairly young age. I started to notice fine lines around my eyes in my late twenties. Sometimes I wonder if I could’ve delayed them if I’d started a good skincare routine in my late teens or early twenties, but in reality I don’t think it would’ve made very much difference.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye CreamTo keep my under-eyes looking as healthy as possible, I always have at least one good eye cream in my skincare routine. I’m currently using Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream as my nighttime eye cream. I was happy to try this eye cream since I enjoyed Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask so much.

I don’t expect any eye cream to perform miracles, like making my fine lines disappear. However, I do expect my eye creams to provide sufficient hydration to keep my under-eyes from looking crepey. With proper hydration, fine lines aren’t nearly as obvious! 

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packed with hydrating ingredients, as well as a peptide blend for anti-aging. To learn more about this innovative eye cream, keep reading for a full product review which includes an in-depth look at the ingredients list.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Fight back against gravity with a little pot of peach perfection dedicated to the very area that starts to show those signs of aging first: your eyes. Made with line-smoothing algae extract, firming peptides, and deeply moisturizing olive oil, this eye cream applies like butter and works overtime to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. It leaves a soft-focus finish with an illuminating effect (hello, instant brightening), thanks to mica (ethically sourced, of course). 

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Best suited for aging skin (but I think it would work for all ages)
  • Free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, mineral oil, fragrance, and dyes
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packaged in a small opaque plastic jar. If you’ve read many of my skincare reviews, you probably already know what I’m going to say next! While this type of packaging feels convenient, it puts the integrity of certain ingredients at risk. That’s because every time the lid is removed, the product is exposed to air and light. Many active ingredients in skincare products will degrade more quickly after being exposed to air and/or light. Thankfully, the jar does protect the product from light while the jar is closed.

The other Versed eye creams are packaged in squeeze tubes which is more effective packaging for protecting ingredients. I’m guessing this one was packaged in a jar instead because the texture is a little too thick for a squeeze tube. I think a small pump would be the ideal packaging for this eye cream, but that would likely result in more waste.

Speaking of packaging waste, there is a bright side to this product’s packaging. According to Versed, this product’s waste is only 0.58 oz., while similar products’ waste is 1.12 oz. I appreciate that Versed values sustainability and makes an effort to reduce waste when possible.

The eye cream itself is easy to apply. It has a bouncy jelly-like texture that has a medium thickness. It’s much more lightweight than the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask that I mentioned in the intro, but it’s heavier than eye creams that I usually use in my morning routine, like the e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. Once this eye cream is applied to the eye area, it takes on a thinner gel consistency that melts into the skin quickly.

Hydration

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream feels very hydrating around the eyes. It is not as thick as the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but I think that is to be expected since this product is an eye cream instead of an eye mask. I definitely feel like this eye cream is more hydrating than a lot of the lightweight eye creams or eye gels in squeeze tubes.

This eye cream may not be quite hydrating enough for those with very dry skin. It is neither the most or the least hydrating of the eye creams that I’ve tried through the years. This product is meant to be used “PM and/or AM” according to Versed, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be too light or too heavily moisturizing. For night time, I think I liked the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask a little bit better. With that being said, if you have normal to oily skin and don’t want separate AM and PM eye creams, I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is a great choice.

Team player

The primary thing I look for in new skincare products is a good list of ingredients. Once I start using a new product, the next priority for me is that it should work together with my other skincare without pilling or flaking. When products pill or flake, I feel like most of what I’ve applied is coming off and therefore my skin is not getting the benefits that it should. 

This eye cream absorbs into the skin quickly without any pilling or flaking when applied over other skincare products. I also have no problem applying moisturizer over it (I like to apply moisturizer around my eyes as well for even more hydration).

The instructions for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream state that it should be applied after cleanser and serum but before moisturizer. I think it was wise for Versed to specify that since this eye cream contains mica, which leaves a soft sheen on the skin. That sheen looks much more natural once moisturizer has also been applied. I’ve noticed that the illuminating effect from the mica is slightly visible through my tinted sunscreen, but I don’t see it when I apply foundation and/or concealer around my eyes. If the illumination factor is important to you, you may want to skip coverage products when using this eye cream.

Since this eye cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t have a heavy texture, it works really well with makeup (besides the note above) just like it does with skincare. Makeup applies smoothly over this product and again, does not pill or flake!

Ingredients

I have to admit that while I usually check ingredients before selecting new skincare products, I pretty much ignored them in this case! I was sucked in by the product name and description because I’m always excited about skincare that may help with the fine lines around my eyes. I was surprised to find that Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 36 ingredients, including several I’d never heard of. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

Water, C13-15 alkane, Glycerin, PEG-100 stearate, Behenyl alcohol, Butylene glycol, Cetyl ricinoleate, Olive oil, Nannochloropsis oculata extract, Pullulan, Sodium benzoate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Tribehenin, Cetyl alcohol, Sodium carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hesperidin methyl chalcone, Steareth-20, Diepeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Mica, Caprylyl glycol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Chlorhexidine digluconate, Sodium citrate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hexylene glycol, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491)

I was a bit disappointed to find that 23 of these ingredients are what I consider to be “neutral.” There are several emollients, thickeners, and preservatives in this product. Those ingredients aren’t harmful, but they’re worth considering. There are also 12 “good” ingredients, and lastly, one that is questionable. I’ll provide descriptions of all the skin-loving ingredients in this product since they are the most important parts of the formula:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Olive oil
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
    • Contains antioxidant polyphenols
  • Nannochloropsis oculata extract
    • Algae extract
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Pullulan
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
    • Has a skin-tightening effect
  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diepeptide-2
    • Increases lymphatic circulation to treat puffy under-eyes
    • Skin conditioner
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation, which slows degradation of collagen
  • Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-softening agent
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Hydrogenated lecithin
    • Emollient
    • Humectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

Of these 12 ingredients, I am most impressed by pullulan and the two peptides, since they actively work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes. The hydrating ingredients also play a big role, but those are more common.

When looking at the list of ingredients as a whole, one thing that really catches my attention is that there is only one “good” ingredient in the top five (ingredients with highest concentrations are listed first). Looking a little further down the list, there are four “good” ingredients in the top ten. That isn’t bad, but I’d like to see more skin-loving ingredients closer to the top since this is an anti-aging product.

The one questionable ingredient I mentioned earlier is the arnica montana flower extract. That ingredient is used as an anti-inflammatory, but it can cause skin irritation. I’ve seen this ingredient in a few products now, so it might not be a very common irritant. Still, I think those with very sensitive skin should avoid this product.

This product definitely doesn’t have one of the most impressive ingredient lists I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not a bad one. It contains several good ingredients, many of which are perfect to address the product’s claims. Hopefully the concentrations of all the “good” ingredients are high enough to be effective. 🙂

Price

All three Versed eye products, including this one, are priced at $17.99. A jar of Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 0.5 oz. of product which means it is $35.98/oz. That may seem high for a drugstore eye cream, but eye creams in general are notorious for being quite expensive on a “per ounce” basis.

Looking through a wide variety of drugstore eye creams, I found that this one is priced higher than many others, but definitely not the highest. Most drugstore eye creams also don’t contain anti-aging ingredients, instead focusing on hydration alone. I like that Versed included a wide variety of good skincare ingredients instead of just hydrators.

The last thing to mention in regards to price is the fact that a little goes a long way with this eye cream. Honestly, that’s true of many eye creams, but it’s still an important factor! I’m not sure when I started using this product, but it feels like it’s been a while and it barely looks like I’ve used any of it.


The claims for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream are that it moisturizes, smooths lines, and illuminates the eye area. I can confirm that it definitely moisturizes without feeling too heavy. It also effectively illuminates the eye area (as long as makeup isn’t applied over it). I’m not sure if everyone will like that illuminating effect, but I believe the intention is that the reflective property makes dark circles less noticeable. 

I’m not able to confirm or deny the line-smoothing claim since anti-aging ingredients take a long time to work. I think there is definitely potential, but the product would need to be used consistently, probably for several months, to see visible improvement.

While I haven’t noticed a visible difference in my under-eyes while using this eye cream, I have been enjoying it. It feels very nice on my skin and I appreciate all the great ingredients it contains. I may repurchase it at some point, but I’m unsure since there is a lot of good skincare out there and I love trying new things to review!

I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream would work very well for a lot of people. The only people that would probably need to avoid it are those with very very sensitive skin (due to the arnica montana flower extract) or dry skin. I may be wrong on the dry skin front since I have combination skin, but I have a feeling this may not be quite hydrating enough for dry skin.

I’ve liked almost every product I’ve tried from Versed so far and I look forward to trying more in the future! Have you tried anything from this young skincare brand yet? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder–Gently Exfoliate and Brighten with Pineapple Enzymes

I am very excited to be writing a new Good Molecules product review today! Good Molecules makes some of the best affordable skincare with innovative formulas. I previously reviewed the Niacinamide Brightening Toner and Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. I recently added a new product into my skincare routine:Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. This product intrigued me from the first time I heard of it because I’ve used both scrubs and chemical exfoliants (in liquid/gel form) to exfoliate the skin on my face, but I’d never used an exfoliating powder. This powder combines both physical and chemical exfoliation.

The chemical exfoliants I’ve used before are AHAs and BHAs, but this product uses a different type of ingredient for chemical exfoliation: fruit enzymes! People with sensitive skin or skin that is not accustomed to exfoliation may not be able to tolerate AHA or BHA products. Those types of exfoliants have the potential to irritate skin after dead skin cells are cleared away. Fruit enzymes generally break down dead skin cells without affecting the fresh healthy skin underneath, therefore avoiding irritation. 🙂

This is a really interesting product, so I encourage you to continue reading for my full product review!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder product claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Encourage gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin. 

Other product details

  • Price: $16.00
  • Net weight: 2.1 oz. | 60 g
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Does not contain silicones, mineral oil, alcohol, or PEGs
  • Shelf-life: 18 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com 
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Ease of use: 8/10
    • Exfoliation: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Good Molecules made great choices when designing the packaging for the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. First, and most noticeably, this product is packaged in an amber glass bottle. I like glass packaging because the weight of it makes it feel more luxurious. Beyond that, the color is important to note. The amber color of the glass provides UV protection which is very helpful in preserving the integrity of the active ingredients.

Since this is a powder product, it is dispensed through a hole that’s a little over a quarter of an inch (8 mm) wide. I like this simple yet effective design; it’s easy to pour out the desired amount of product and if a little too much comes out, you can put some back without much difficulty. The one potentially problematic thing about this opening is that it allows air to reach the product every time the cap is removed. Air, just like light, can cause ingredients to degrade more quickly. However, since this is a powder instead of a liquid, I’m not sure that’s actually a concern.

Ease of use

If you’ve never used a product like this Pineapple Exfoliating Powder, you might be confused about how to use it correctly. The directions on the bottle state:

“Dispense a teaspoon of powder into palms. Mix with a few drops of water to form a creamy foam. Use more water for gentler exfoliation. Massage into skin with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.”

I think an additional step should be added. I find that wetting my face before using this exfoliating powder makes it easier to massage into my skin. After adding water to the powder and rubbing my palms together, it can dry out quickly. Having water already on my face helps it to remain easily spreadable over the skin.

This is my order of operations when using this product:

  1. Spray a small amount of water (using a spray bottle) on my face to dampen skin.
  2. Pour Pineapple Exfoliating Powder into my palm.
  3. Turn on the faucet, wet fingers, and let some water drip onto the powder.
  4. Rub palms together until all the powder has combined with the water to produce creamy foam.
  5. Massage foam into the skin, focusing on any rough patches.
  6. Rinse!

Good Molecules recommends using a teaspoon of this product, but I find that to be excessive. I’m not sure if that’s just my personal preference or if it’s because my face is a little smaller than average. I’d recommend using maybe a half teaspoon the first time using this product to determine how much you really need. The same applies to the amount of water needed; start with a good amount of water mixed in (for the gentlest exfoliation), and reduce the water going forward until you reach your ideal level of exfoliation.

Exfoliation

As I mentioned in the previous section, Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is a very customizable exfoliating product. Those with sensitive skin may want the lightest possible exfoliation and this product is perfect for that! More water can be added to it until it’s properly “diluted.” For those that need a little more intense exfoliation, this powder can be mixed with a very small amount of water to soften rough patches and clear away dead skin.

While this product can feel more intense than you might expect, it’s definitely not as exfoliating as a face scrub. Some people may not like that, but I appreciate its gentleness. The flexibility of this exfoliating powder makes it a great choice for nearly every skin type.

I like using this exfoliating powder a lot of mornings because I feel that it gives my skin the perfect fresh start before applying my morning skincare products. I think I mix about five drops of water in with it so I don’t get the lightest exfoliation, but not the strongest either. I don’t want to over-exfoliate since I also use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant most nights.

Ingredients

There are so many things I like about Good Molecules, but one in particular is that they recently became transparent about the concentrations of all ingredients in their products (I’ve not heard of any other companies doing this). Unfortunately, I purchased the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder before the packaging was changed so I don’t have that detailed breakdown. I just wanted to share that information for those of you that are considering purchasing this product!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder contains 17 ingredients, including several that are new to me (like pineapple extract!). It was very interesting researching these ingredients to find out what makes this product work. Here is the full list of ingredients for this exfoliating powder:

Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Diglycerin, Silk Powder, Calamine, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Papain, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Water, Butylene Glycol

I had to keep an open mind when researching these ingredients since this is a unique product. This is the only product I’ve ever used that both physically and chemically exfoliates the skin. Some of the ingredients are rather controversial, but I know Good Molecules strives to make products that are safe for its customers.

A good number of the ingredients are what I’d call “neutral” because they create the right texture, foaming ability, etc., without directly helping or hurting the skin. There are several “good” ingredients too, as well as a few ingredients that I am unsure of. I’ll start by describing all the ingredients that help to exfoliate or contribute to healthy skin in other ways:

  • Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch
    • Physical exfoliant
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract
    • Skin conditioner
    • Contains ferulic acid, a potent antioxidant
  • Diglycerin
    • Moisturizer that minimizes water evaporation from the upper layer of skin to keep it well-hydrated
  • Silk Powder
    • Physical exfoliant
  • Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
    • Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
    • Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
  • Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract
    • Great source of antioxidants including vitamin C and polyphenols
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
    • Very stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

These ingredients come together to promote healthy, bright, soft skin. I was especially impressed by the pineapple extract, which seems to be quite the superstar skincare ingredient!

Some may be surprised that I didn’t include calamine, papain, or arnica montana flower extract in that list of “good” ingredients. These are the controversial ingredients that I previously mentioned. 

Calamine is used to treat itchy skin, but ironically it can also cause skin irritation! Papain is a fruit enzyme extracted from papayas, but unlike pineapple extract, it is a potential skin irritant. Lastly, arnica montana flower extract…some sources state that it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it can cause skin irritation. I fortunately have not experienced any irritation from this product, but I do have these ingredients marked as “bad” on my list since they are likely to cause irritation on very sensitive skin.

I’m really surprised that Good Molecules included three ingredients that are known irritants for some people. Other than those few, I’m very pleased with the ingredients in this product. They are definitely effective! I’m also happy that there is no fragrance (which would be another potential irritant) because I know other brands would be tempted to add pineapple fragrance (if you’re wondering, no it does not smell like pineapple at all).

Price

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is $16.00 ($7.62/oz.), which I believe is an amazing price! There are very few products similar to this one, and the amount of product in the bottle is very generous. Since most people won’t use this exfoliating powder every day (Good Molecules advises up to four times per week), the 2.1 ounces of product will last a very long time. 

Some people compare Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator (please note that Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, which is not cruelty-free), a much more expensive product at $59.00 ($22.69/oz.). I’ve never tried that product, but even if it’s not an exact dupe, the Good Molecules product is definitely a steal by comparison!


I still use micellar water for my morning cleansing on days that I’m short on time or feeling lazy, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder most other mornings. It makes my skin feel very smooth, fresh, and ready to absorb my leave-on skincare products. It is a shame that it doesn’t smell like pineapple, but I’m happy to sacrifice fragrance since I know that would be irritating for a lot of people.

I think Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder would be a great addition to almost every skincare routine. The only people that I think should avoid this product would be those that have very sensitive skin. While there are a few possible irritants, I don’t think they’ll cause problems for most people since this is not a leave-on product.

Good Molecules is a fairly young brand, but they’re also innovative. I’m always on the lookout for new Good Molecules products. I look forward to trying more from them in the future! Have you tried anything from Good Molecules yet? If so, which product is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette–Add a Flush of Color Infused with Rose Quartz

Did you catch my product review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette a couple of weeks ago? It’s a beautiful palette with 12 versatile eyeshadow shades infused with real rose quartz. That palette is one of my all-time favorites and it can be used to create a variety of soft neutral looks. If that eye palette appeals to you, you may also be interested in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek PaletteThe Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is infused with rose quartz, just like the corresponding eye palette. As I mentioned in the review of the eye palette, rose quartz is an interesting skincare ingredient because it is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. For that reason, I think we can all agree that rose quartz is a great addition to any skincare or makeup product!

While I’m excited about the rose quartz and some of the other ingredients in this product, they aren’t the reason I purchased this cheek palette. I just thought it was gorgeous! I love blushes, but I think it was the highlighter that really pulled me in. I’m not usually a big highlighter girl, but this shade is perfect for my skin tone and different from anything else I’ve ever tried.

To learn more about this cheek palette, please keep reading for a full product review!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused cheek palette with two soft-focus blushes and one luminous highlighter. High-payoff, pigment-packed formulas. Velvety pressed powders that build effortlessly and blend seamlessly. Organic skincare oils that boost collagen and brighten skin, provide antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. Harnessing the power of Rose Quartz, these radiant powders help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness. Can be worn on the face, eyes, lips and body.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $44.00
  • Net weight: 0.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
    • Jojoba seed oil moisturizes and reduces inflammation
    • Indian sappanwood bark extract contains antioxidants
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • Three shades
    • Heart icy pink highlighter
    • Compassion peachy-pink matte blush
    • Self-love rose pink matte blush
  • 1% of sales donated to charity
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com 
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

There are actually three Aether Beauty cheek palettes: Rose Quartz, Ruby, and Amber. Of the three, Rose Quartz is the most appropriate for fair to light skin tones. Since I have quite fair skin, I thought it would be the best option for me. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette is ideal for medium to deep skin tones since the blushes aren’t very pigmented and the highlighter is very light. In these arm swatches, I swiped the blushes on several times to build up the color. The highlighter is quite pigmented, but again, it is very light!

If Rose Quartz was the only cheek palette option from Aether Beauty, I would be more bothered by its lack of usability for a variety of skin tones. Thankfully, the Amber cheek palette would be a good choice for many skin tones. It’s light enough that it could be used with a light hand on fair to light skin, yet deep enough to also work for medium to deep skin tones. 

I actually had a hard time deciding between the Amber and Rose Quartz palettes, but I thought I’d probably get more use out of the Rose Quartz palette. The Ruby palette is beautiful, and also the deepest of the three palettes. It is best suited for medium to deep skin tones.

As for inclusivity as preferences go, again I think it’s great that Aether Beauty offers more than one colorway. I think the Rose Quartz palette might be the most approachable of the three options (if these shades work for your skin tone) and is great for everyday wear. Each of the shades can be worn individually, mixed, or layered, to achieve the desired finish and color intensity.

Packaging/ease of application

If you read my review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette, the packaging portion of this review will be redundant because the eye and cheek palettes have very similar packaging. Feel free to skip down to the ease of application portion of this section. 😉

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with an elastic band. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of product, but Aether Beauty took a different approach. There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can sometimes be helpful, especially if you want to create a tutorial.

The pan sizes in this palette are very generous, making it easy to dip a brush in and pick up a sufficient amount of product. For the blushes, I dip my fluffy Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush in and swirl it around a couple of times because these are not overly powdery blushes. Since these blushes aren’t highly pigmented, they are very easy to apply without looking “over-blushed.” I like to apply the Compassion shade first and then a little bit of Self-love on top for a bright pop of color.

I apply the highlighter, Heart, with my little Real Techniques Setting Brush. This highlighter isn’t the most intense I’ve ever seen, but it would be easy to go overboard with it if you’re not careful. The RT setting brush makes it easy to only apply this highlighter exactly where I want it. It blends into the skin seamlessly and looks even better with setting spray because that helps it to “melt” into the skin!

Texture

The two blushes in this palette are very matte, but they both work beautifully with the highlighter. For those that prefer shimmery blushes, a little or a lot of the highlighter could be mixed with one or both of the blushes. I really like how customizable these shades are!

The blushes don’t feel very soft to the touch in the pan, but they apply very smoothly and easily. They don’t catch and stick to look patchy like some blushes do. I appreciate that they aren’t too powdery, so when you dip a brush into these blushes, there isn’t any “kick-up.” They also aren’t pressed in the pan too hard, so it’s easy to pick up product on a brush.

The highlighter formula feels much different from the blushes, but that makes sense since it is a shimmery product. The highlighter is so smooth, it feels buttery. Much less product is needed with the highlighter compared to the blushes since it is a softer formula.

Aether Beauty states in the product description that this cheek palette can be used on the face, eyes, lips and body. I have never felt inclined to put powder on my lips so I’m not sure how well that would work (maybe tap a bit of the highlighter over a regular lip product for extra shine?). The highlighter could also be used on the body, but I don’t put any makeup on my body (and I’m not sure how anyone would use blush on the body).

I have, however, used the blushes and highlighter on my eyes. Both formulas work well as eyeshadows! It’s nice that this palette can be used for multitasking, especially if you want to travel and pack lightly. In this photo, I’m wearing Self-love (blush) and Heart (highlighter) on my cheeks, and all three shades on my eyes. 🙂

Staying power

The blushes in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette aren’t the most long-wearing blushes. I might be a harsh judge since I have an e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush in my collection! That one lasts all day long with zero fading. While the Aether Beauty blushes don’t have the greatest staying power I’ve seen, they also stay on reasonably well. My skin seems to absorb some blush formulas, but not this one so much. The color lasts all day, but there is some fading after several hours. I’m not bothered by this since almost every blush I’ve tried fades some throughout the day.

I’ve found that the highlighter’s staying power is better than that of the blushes. Once it’s blended into the skin, it doesn’t seem to lose its color or luster. I still notice that beautiful subtle glow at the very end of the day right before removing my makeup.

Price

I admit, it’s difficult for me to judge the price of this cheek palette since it’s the first cheek palette I’ve ever owned. I usually buy products individually instead of in a palette format (except for eyeshadow palettes!). 

The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is $44.00, which means each shade is $14.67. That is expensive, but Aether Beauty is not a “drugstore” or affordable brand. It’s a high-end clean beauty brand with very high standards that cost money to maintain.

This cheek palette is unique and special, making it worth the high price tag. It is formulated with excellent natural clean ingredients (including ethically-sourced mica), the packaging is recyclable, and all three shades are wearable and versatile to be worn individually, mixed, or layered. I also really appreciate that Aether Beauty donates 1% of every sale to charity. Aether Beauty is a great company to support!


I’ve had the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette in my collection for a few months now and it’s become one of my most used makeup products! These shades go with just about every outfit and makeup look I create. It also helps that the palette itself is so pretty! It’s hard to reach for other cheek products when this one calls my name every time I see it. 🙂

I think anyone close to my skin tone or a little bit darker would enjoy the blushes and highlighter in this palette. If you have a medium to deep skin tone, I’d definitely recommend the Amber or Ruby cheek palettes. All three colorways are beautiful!

Do you prefer individual cheek products, or cheek palettes like this one? There are definitely merits to both product formats. Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick–Natural Portable Sun Protection

Spring has sprung and many of us are itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Personally, I’m looking forward to taking more walks in my neighborhood and hiking with my husband and dogs. No matter what type of outdoor activities you enjoy, sun protection is a must! My favorite sunscreen is Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen, but it’s not the best option for on-the-go protection. My top pick for portable sun protection is the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen StickReapplication of sunscreen is very important to ensure sufficient protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, or being in the sun for 80 minutes (that time may vary with other sunscreens). There are a few convenient options for reapplying sunscreen while out and about, but I think sunscreen sticks are the most reliable one for thorough coverage. 

I chose the tinted sunscreen stick from Beauty by Earth because it was one of few sunscreen sticks I’d found that’s tinted, and it’s formulated with natural ingredients! The ingredients in a lot of sunscreens are questionable, but you won’t find any of that junk in this product. Please continue reading for a full review of the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com

Natural sun protection and just a hint of color: it’s a match made in heaven. Lightweight, easy, and just the right amount of coverage color. Our sunstick gives you SPF 30 protection for your face and neck without any muss or fuss. This sunscreen is made for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin! Once rubbed into your skin, this sunscreen is ready for daylight! 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $15.99
  • Net weight: 0.49 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of chemical sunscreens, soy, gluten, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrance
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Available in three shades (plus an untinted version)
    • Creme for light skin tones
    • Latte for medium skin tones
    • Chestnut for dark skin tones
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy:
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Sun protection: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of use

The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is packaged just like every other sunscreen stick that I’ve seen through the years. It comes in a plastic tube that twists up from the bottom; it looks very similar to deodorant, but much smaller. The size of this product makes it perfect for carrying it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or beach tote with ease.

The sunscreen itself is very creamy and smooth. Because of that nice texture, it glides easily over the skin with very little tugging. Once sunscreen is applied all over the face directly from the stick, it’s very important to blend it in to make sure every bit of skin is covered. I find it very easy to blend this sunscreen with my fingers, even though it is quite thick.

As I mentioned in the intro, reapplication of sunscreen is very important, especially when spending extended periods of time outside. This sunscreen works great for reapplication. It goes on just as easily when reapplying as it does for the first layer.

Ease of application is an important consideration, but so is ease of removal. Some sunscreens, especially water-resistant ones, can be quite difficult to wash off at the end of the day with a simple face wash. Since this sunscreen is water-resistant, that was a concern of mine. Fortunately, this one is much easier to remove than other water-resistant sunscreens I’ve used.

None of my rating categories are directly related to inclusivity/shade range, so I’m going to lump that in here. Most of the sunscreen sticks I’ve seen are not tinted. That isn’t usually a problem with chemical sunscreens, but it commonly is for mineral sunscreens like this one. That’s because mineral sunscreens, especially those formulated with zinc oxide, tend to leave an unattractive white cast on the skin that’s especially obvious on deeper skin tones. 

I think it’s great that Beauty by Earth offers a sunscreen stick that comes in options for light, medium, and dark skin tones, as well as an untinted version. I have this sunscreen stick in the shade “Creme” for light skin tones. In the this arm swatch photo, I swiped a few times to show as much of the color as possible on my fair skin. I’ve found that this sunscreen doesn’t contain very much pigment, so each shade will be flexible. For example, my shade is meant for light skin tones but the color blends perfectly into my fair complexion.

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!

The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower). 

Lastly, if you plan on sweating a lot or spending time in water, it’s important to look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Otherwise, it will quickly wash away leaving your skin unprotected. This Beauty by Earth sunscreen is water-resistant, so you can feel confident that you’ll be protected while swimming or sweating outdoors.

Ingredients

Beauty by Earth almost exclusively uses natural ingredients in its formulas, and this sunscreen stick is no exception! The active ingredient is non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, which is considered to be the safest sunscreen available. It is a mineral/physical sunscreen, which means that it reflects UV rays instead of absorbing them. All inactive ingredients are completely natural and several are very good for the skin! In total, there are 15 ingredients in this product (please note that I’m including each iron oxide as a separate ingredient), which really is not very many at all for a sunscreen!

Inactive ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Derived), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) Powder*, Mica (CI:77019), Iron Oxides (CI:77492) (CI:77491) (CI:77499) 

*Certified Organic Ingredients

Please note that the untinted version of this sunscreen stick contains coconut oil in place of the caprylic/capric triglyceride. It also does not contain mica or iron oxides.

This product’s inactive ingredient list consists of both “good” skin-loving ingredients, and also several “neutral” ingredients. Those “neutral” ingredients are necessary for making the sunscreen stick hold its form and glide smoothly over the skin. The mica and iron oxides, which I also consider to be “neutral,” provide the tint to the three tinted options.

Let’s get into the good stuff, the ingredients that skin loves (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!

  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Shea butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Rich in antioxidants
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Cocoa seed butter
    • Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
    • Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols
  • Aloe vera juice powder
    • Dried version of aloe leaf juice
    • Skin-soothing
    • Moisturizing

While this isn’t the most extensive list of skin-loving ingredients, it’s quite good for a sunscreen! I’m very happy with the ingredients Beauty by Earth chose for this formula. They’re simple, yet effective!

Team player

This sunscreen is not the type that will soak into the skin and “dry down” to a matte finish. It is quite thick and emollient, and stays a bit tacky on the skin. This formula does not lend itself to being the greatest “team player” compared to some other sunscreens.

Sunscreen should be the final step in every morning skincare routine. In some cases, like mine, that means it’s being applied over a few other products. My current morning skincare routine (after cleansing) consists of toner, serum, a treatment cream, eye cream, and moisturizer. That’s quite a bit of product already sitting on my skin before I apply my sunscreen. When I blend this sunscreen into my skin, it does pill up. However, I’ve noticed that the pilling is minimal when I use my lightweight Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream instead of heavier moisturizers.

I think this sunscreen stick is best worn without makeup, partly because it is designed with the idea of easy reapplication in mind (and you wouldn’t want to apply this sunscreen stick over makeup). For the sake of this review, I tested this sunscreen with a tinted moisturizer and powder foundation. I was able to make both work, but the tinted moisturizer looked best. The powder foundation looked a bit cakey, probably due to the thickness of this sunscreen’s texture. I wouldn’t recommend liquid or cream foundations with this sunscreen either because I think they would also look cakey on the skin.

Price

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is $15.99 for a small amount of product, only 0.49 oz. ($32.63/oz.). I admit, that is very expensive compared to the price per ounce of a lot of other sunscreens, particularly at the drugstore. 

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the fairness of this product’s price. First off, most people aren’t going to use a sunscreen stick for daily sun protection unless they work outdoors or spend more time outdoors than the average person. People like me, that wear sunscreen daily but don’t necessarily spend time outside every day, are more likely to use a traditional sunscreen more often than a sunscreen stick. I think of sunscreen sticks as my “on the go” sun protection, but not for everyday use. That means this little stick will last me quite a while.

I’m picky with sunscreens and it was tough for me to find a sunscreen stick that checked all my boxes; this one gets pretty close! It provides sufficient sun protection, it’s tinted to hide the white cast from the zinc oxide, doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients, and it glides over the skin effortlessly. I also think it should get bonus points for having a short list of ingredients (some of which are really good for the skin) and three shade options for different skin tones.

When looking at other sunscreen sticks, this one seems to be priced somewhere in the middle. There are some options that are less expensive, but some that are considerably more expensive. I’ve tried at least a couple that are less expensive than this one and they weren’t nearly as high quality. For that reason, I think $15.99 is definitely a fair price!


Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is not my perfect sunscreen, but I do think it’s as perfect as a sunscreen stick can get! It’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen sticks have to be formulated differently in order to stay in stick form. That means that they are going to feel different than most other sunscreen formulas, and that’s OK!

I would highly recommend the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Sticks to anyone looking for a product to provide portable sun protection. Everyone needs sun protection, and reapplication of sun protection, when spending time outdoors. I think this sunscreen stick is perfect for every type of activity whether you plan to hit the beach, hiking trails, or a baseball game. 

Do you ever use sunscreen sticks? Do you use them daily, or only for reapplication when you’re out and about? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo–Instant Hair Refresh with Charcoal

I stopped washing my hair daily a few years ago when I noticed that my scalp was flaky and itchy. The bad part of that transition is that my hair starts looking oily after just one day. I can’t stand the way my hair looks when it’s not clean, so I started using dry shampoo more regularly. A lot of them didn’t quite cut it for my oily hair until I discovered IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. That dry shampoo was my favorite for a very long time! The one thing I really don’t like about it is the price…it is expensive for someone on a budget. Eventually I realized that I needed to find a more affordableMane Club Let's Cheat Dry Shampoo alternative, and I finally have: Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo.

I’ve found that Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is very similar to IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Shampoo in many ways. In fact, I’d even call it a dupe, though there are some minor differences between the two products. In this post, I’m going to do a full review of Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo so you can decide if it might be a good product for you.

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo product claims directly from ManeClubNYC.com

A charcoal-infused dry shampoo that instantly removes excess oil and unwanted odor, leaving hair looking and feeling freshly washed (even if it isn’t). Adds body.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 4.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Free of aluminum, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial colors
  • Where to buy: ManeClubNYC.com 
    • Mane Club ships internationally
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Oil absorption: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Packaging/ease of use

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is packaged similarly to most aerosol dry shampoos. The spray can is metal and the cap is plastic. I’m not sure if you can see them very well in this photo, but there are little donuts all over the can. Isn’t it so cute?

It’s very easy to apply this product since it comes in an aerosol spray can. Mane Club recommends spraying it onto roots from 6-10 inches away and then massaging it in or using a brush to distribute through the hair. I like to wait at least 30 seconds after spraying dry shampoo on my hair, to make sure it’s had a chance to absorb as much excess oil and odor as possible. Then I use my fingers to distribute the product through my hair because I think it looks more natural that way. It also makes hair look more voluminous!

One of the most common problems people have with dry shampoos is the white or dull cast left behind once the product is worked through the hair. I’ve experienced this with most of the dry shampoos I’ve tried! Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo does look white when it’s applied, but that disappears very quickly once it’s worked through with fingers or a brush. This dry shampoo may leave hair looking even more natural than IGK First Class!

Oil absorption

The primary reason most of us use dry shampoo is to absorb excess oil between washes, so it’s very important for dry shampoos to be effective at that job! Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is very effective at absorbing excess oil and making hair look clean, but I find that I need to use more of it compared to IGK First Class Dry Shampoo to get the same results.

In these photos, I was on day four after the last time I’d washed my hair. I used Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo on my roots to the right of my part (left side in photos) and IGK First Class Dry Shampoo on the left side of my part (right side in photos) so you can see how they compare. I would say they are equally effective when a little extra of the Mane Club product is used. 

While there is a huge improvement in the appearance of my hair between the “before” and “after” photos, my hair didn’t look perfectly clean after using either of the dry shampoos that day. However, that’s only because I went so long between washes. Normally I only skip one or two days between washes and both of these dry shampoos are able to work better with that level of oiliness. 

Ingredients

As I explained in my review of the IGK First Class Dry Shampoo, I normally rate a product’s ingredients based on whether they are beneficial/”good,” neutral, or bad for the skin or hair. I had to look at this product’s ingredient list a bit differently because dry shampoo is not designed to directly benefit the hair; it’s simply made to extend the time between washings. I looked at these ingredients in terms of their contribution to the product’s effectiveness.

When looking at the ingredient list for Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo, the first thing I noticed was how few ingredients are in this product. There are only eleven ingredients! I am shocked because IGK First Class Dry Shampoo contains a whopping 24 ingredients. I expected the formulas to be more similar since these two products perform very similarly to one another. 

Here is the full list of ingredients in the Mane Club dry shampoo:

Butane, Propane, Alcohol denat., Oryza sativa (rice) starch, Charcoal powder, Citronellyl methylcrotonate, Disteardimonium hectorite, Isobutane, Parfum/Fragrance, Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool

Only two of these ingredients are responsible for the oil-absorbing property of this dry shampoo: rice starch and charcoal powder. Charcoal in particular is highly effective at absorbing odor, oil, and sweat. I was actually drawn to this Mane Club dry shampoo because of the charcoal powder it contains. The IGK dry shampoo also contains charcoal powder, and I thought that might be the ingredient that makes it so effective. Now that I’ve used both dry shampoos many times, I think I was right!

The remaining nine ingredients are split between ingredients that I consider to be “neutral,” supporting the overall formula, and some “bad” ingredients that could cause skin to become dry or irritated. The neutral ingredients are propellants and a thickener. The propellants can be dangerous if inhaled, but if used with caution there is very little risk from those. I simply walk out of the bathroom after spraying dry shampoo on my hair to let the fumes disperse. 

The “bad” ingredients are alcohol denat., citronellyl methylcrotonate, parfum/fragrance, hexyl cinnamal, and linalool. The alcohol denat. is used as a solvent, but it can be drying and sometimes damage the skin barrier. The other “bad” ingredients I mentioned are all added as fragrance and fragrance ingredients are common skin irritants. The good news about these five ingredients is that they aren’t likely to affect the skin as long as the dry shampoo is only being applied to the hair instead of the scalp.

Ease of removal

Like most aerosol dry shampoos I’ve tried, Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo does leave residue behind on my hair that takes a little extra effort to wash out. The more product is used, or if it’s used more than once between washings, the more difficult it is to wash out of the hair. I would say this dry shampoo behaves identically to IGK First Class Dry Shampoo as far as ease of removal. 

If I’ve only used a small amount of this product, I can wash it out completely with any regular shampoo. When I’ve used more of this dry shampoo than usual, or I’ve used it more than once between washings, I use Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo to get my hair completely clean. That product is my go-to for removing any amount of stubborn buildup. 

Price

It was easy to give this product 10/10 for its price, especially when you consider how similar it is to the much more expensive IGK dry shampoo. Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is only $8.00 for 4.3 oz. ($1.86/oz.) while IGK First Class Dry Shampoo is $27.00 for 6.3 oz. ($4.29/oz.)! 

It’s also important to note that most affordable dry shampoos are not cruelty-free, or at least not by IntegriBeauty standards (by my standards, a company AND its parent company must be cruelty-free). Mane Club is 100% cruelty-free! Among the very limited cruelty-free options, Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is priced near or lower than the competition. I’m very happy paying only $8.00 for this product!

Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo

I couldn’t finish this product review without letting you know that “Let’s Cheat” isn’t Mane Club’s only dry shampoo! There is one other dry shampoo in Mane Club’s collection and it’s called “Going Viral.” The product claims for Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo are that it absorbs excess oil, instantly volumizes, and also texturizes hair. 

Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo is formulated with rice starch for oil absorption and moonstone extract (instead of charcoal powder, the standout ingredient in “Let’s Cheat”), which adds moisture into the hair and strengthens it against breakage. This dry shampoo would be a better choice for people with dry hair that doesn’t get too oily. I’ve never tried this one since my hair does get quite oily, but it sounds like a product that would be exciting for a lot of people!


I’ll definitely use up the rest of my IGK First Class Dry Shampoo, but once that’s finished I plan on sticking with Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo. While it’s not a perfect dupe, it is very close and works so well! I really like how clean it makes my hair look. 

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is a great choice for anyone like me with hair that gets very oily. Like Mane Club says on the front of this product: “Let’s Cheat–it’ll be our dirty little secret!” This product will get you out the door quickly on no-wash days and no one will ever know. 😉

Do you like to use dry shampoo on your “no wash” days? Have you tried one that contains charcoal? It seems to make a big difference! Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer–Hydrate and Smooth Skin with Scientifically Proven Ingredients

One of my favorite skincare products that I tried in 2020 was Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream. That moisturizer is extremely hydrating and packed full of wonderful skincare ingredients including several peptides which can go a long way in preserving skin’s youthfulness. The one thing I didn’t really care for about it is the extra thick texture which makes it somewhat difficult to blend into the skin and layer with other skincare products. That led me to search for an alternative moisturizer that would provide similar benefits without having such a rich texture. I landed on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer which I’ve now been using as my night cream for about two or three months.

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen MoisturizerThe most impressive thing about this product (in my opinion) is the multi-peptides. I’m surprised I haven’t seen peptides included in more skincare formulations I’ve reviewed because they are very useful in maintaining skin’s smoothness. There are many types of peptides, but generally they are used to improve skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles by producing collagen.

Please continue reading for a full review of this product, including more information about ingredients!

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer product claims directly from DermaE.com

Restores a more youthful appearance to skin by diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. A highly advanced formulation packed with the peptides and collagen needed for healthy-looking skin makes this the best moisturizer for wrinkles. We use the powerful multi-peptides Matrixyl®synthe’6® and Argireline®, as well as Pycnogenol®, an amazing antioxidant that is thought to support healthy collagen, which is the protein essential for vibrant skin that has a wonderful smoothness and elasticity. With Vitamin C and Green Tea for extra anti-aging antioxidants, the Advanced Peptides and Collagen Moisturizer intensely hydrates while creating a renewed, radiant complexion. 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $21.00 from Amazon.com or $35.00 from DermaE.com
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
  • Net weight: 2 oz. | 56 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and artificial fragrance
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team Player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This moisturizer is packaged in a nice glass jar with a plastic lid. It’s pretty and feels like a luxury product because of the weight of the glass. Unfortunately, a jar is not the ideal type of packaging for this moisturizer since it contains active ingredients that will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. To protect actives’ potency, it’s best for packaging to be opaque and air-restrictive.

The moisturizer itself is very easy to apply. The texture is a bit heavier than the moisturizers I usually use in my morning routine, but more lightweight than a lot of night creams (this is marketed as a moisturizer that can be used in the morning and/or night). It has a very smooth texture that blends into the skin effortlessly. 

One thing about this moisturizer that may make it unpleasant for some to use, is the scent. It has a very strong floral scent, which some people will enjoy while others won’t. As someone that doesn’t usually like floral scents, I wish Derma E had opted not to add any fragrance to this product. However, I don’t notice the floral smell once I’ve had this moisturizer on for a while. 

Hydration

I purchased this moisturizer to use as my night cream. Since I use lightweight moisturizers in the daytime, I like to use a little bit heavier, very hydrating moisturizers at night. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I ordered the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer, but as I mentioned in the previous section, it actually isn’t very heavy. That isn’t a bad thing, though!

While the texture of this moisturizer is what I’d call “middle of the road,” I still find it to be very hydrating. It quenches my skin’s thirst without making it feel greasy. I’ve actually found that I really enjoy using this moisturizer both morning and night, though I primarily use it at night since I’m still enjoying the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream as my morning moisturizer.

Team Player

Since I’ve used this moisturizer in my morning and night time skincare routines, I can confidently say that it is an excellent team player! On the rare mornings that I use it, I’ve found that it layers well with my skincare products and both sunscreen and makeup apply beautifully over it.

My night time skincare routine has been quite varied recently, but this moisturizer layers well with every type of product I’ve paired with it. I’m even able to mix my Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder with it and it still applies smoothly without ever pilling up.

Ingredients

I briefly touched on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer ingredients in the intro, but there are so many more to discuss! While ingredients don’t tell the whole story for any given skincare product, they are the most important thing to consider when deciding which products to purchase. Let’s start with the full list of all 30 ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen), Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Like most skincare products I’ve reviewed, there are good, bad, and neutral ingredients in this formula. Fortunately, sixteen of the ingredients are good ones that provide actual benefits to the skin. There are only two that are potentially harmful, and the rest are neutral ingredients that support the formula. First let’s go over the good stuff!

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Emollient
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
    • Famous peptide a.k.a. Argireline or “botox in a jar”
    • Smooths wrinkles
    • Moisturizes skin
  • Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Wound-healing
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (most common version of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-strengthening
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Panthenol (Provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38
    • Another well-known peptide a.k.a. Matrixyl synthe’6
    • Boosts production of major components of the extracellular matrix (including collagen)
    • Decreases wrinkles, particularly in the forehead and crow’s feet
  • Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract
    • Contains potent antioxidants
    • Increases skin hydration and elasticity
    • May increase synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules, hyaluronic acid and collagen
  • Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin
    • Moisturizer
    • Has a lifting effect on skin
  • Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Retinyl Palmitate
    • Retinoid (retinol paired with palmitic acid)
    • Must be converted to retinoic acid by the skin to be effective
    • Antioxidant
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

That’s quite the list, right? I’m impressed by how many great ingredients Derma E was able to pack into this product. I do wish that more of these ingredients were closer to the top (higher concentrations), but it’s possible that some of them are more effective at lower concentrations. 

I was especially excited to see the multi-peptides in this product. I’ve never used a product with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) or Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl synthe’6). These seem to be even more effective for anti-aging than other peptides I’ve researched in other products!

While it does moisturize the skin, I’m a bit confused about the Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (collagen) being included in this product. I think Derma E may have included it so they could include the word “collagen” in the product’s name. This isn’t an uncommon practice since people associate collagen with youthful skin. The thing is, applying collagen topically doesn’t translate to more collagen within the skin. The peptides and Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, however, do increase production of collagen in the skin.

Now for the “bad” ingredients in this moisturizer. The first one is controversial because many people swear by it: witch hazel. Witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, but one of the antioxidants in it (tannin) can also make it sensitizing. Additionally, witch hazel contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing. The only other ingredient that may be problematic for some people is Lavandula Hybrida Oil which is an essential oil that can be sensitizing.

The remaining “neutral” ingredients are all quite innocuous: things like emollients and thickeners. There is one ingredient that I view as neutral that some people might want to avoid. This product contains dimethicone, which is a common silicone used to make skin feel smooth. I don’t personally feel that dimethicone affects the performance of the other ingredients or harms the skin.

Price

If you read through the “other product details” section, you probably noticed that there’s quite a large price difference when purchasing from Amazon instead of from DermaE.com. On Amazon, Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer is only $21.00 ($10.50/ounce). If purchasing this moisturizer directly from Derma E, it is $35.00 ($17.50/ounce)!

I’m going to be reviewing Amazon’s price for this product since I don’t think many people would choose to pay so much more to purchase from Derma E (unless Derma E has a good sale going, which they sometimes do!). This is a really good quality moisturizer with unusual and effective anti-aging ingredients, so I think $21.00 is a very fair price for it.


I’m really glad that I stumbled on Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer! Despite the flowery scent, I really enjoy using it. This moisturizer is a great finishing touch on my skincare routine every night. It makes my skin feel great and I’m happy knowing that I’m applying so many anti-aging ingredients that will help preserve my youthfulness.

Even though this moisturizer was formulated with anti-aging in mind, I think it would be beneficial for all age groups. As far as skin types go, it would probably work best for normal to oily skin types. I have combination skin and it’s perfect for me, but I feel as though it may not be quite hydrating enough for someone with dry skin. Those with sensitive skin may also need to skip this one due to the strong fragrance.

Derma E makes several different moisturizers, but this is the first one I’ve ever tried. Have you tried any Derma E moisturizers? Or are there other products from Derma E that you’ve enjoyed? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette–Create Gorgeous Eye Looks with Real Rose Quartz

Crystals are beautiful and commonly used in both jewelry and home décor. Did you know they’ve also been used for thousands of years to heal the mind, body, and soul? There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of crystals, but many still believe in their powers. One of the most popular crystals is rose quartz, a stunning pink gemstone. Rose quartz is linked to love and is thought to encourage respect, trust, and confidence.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone PaletteAs crystals become increasingly more popular in the modern age, they are now being used in beauty tools, skincare, and makeup. Rose quartz in particular is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette harnesses the power of real rose quartz. I think this is a brilliant use for rose quartz since the skin around the eyes is very thin and prone to wrinkles.

Unfamiliar with Aether Beauty? It is a sustainable clean indie beauty brand founded by the former head of product development at Sephora, Tiila Abbitt. All Aether products are cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and packaging is recyclable. That’s not all! Aether Beauty donates a portion of all sales to environmental charities. I love supporting companies that strive to make the world a better place, and that’s exactly what Aether Beauty does every day!

Please continue reading for a full product review of the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused eyeshadow palette that offers a variety of 12 radiant warm shades in shimmer, metallic and matte finishes. This bestselling palette is designed to illuminate the skin with extraordinary luster, these high-payoff, pigment-packed formulas are made with skin-loving ingredients that offer a buttery-like texture for an easy one-swipe application.

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Other product details

  • Price: $58.00
  • Net weight: 0.56 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic coconut oil calms, protects, and hydrates the skin
    • Organic shea butter infuses antioxidants and soothes skin
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • 12 shades (there are shade descriptions on AetherBeautyCo.com; I copied most of those here but tweaked some that I thought weren’t quite accurate):
    • Rose Quartz antique rose shimmer
    • Sandstone light beige matte
    • Stardust icy pink shimmer
    • Heartstone rose pink shimmer
    • Scorpio rose brown matte
    • Aphrodite violet gray matte
    • Grounding charcoal matte
    • Crystalline silver shimmer
    • Reawakening pink to gold duo-chrome
    • Divine gold to silver duo-chrome
    • Aura purple to blue duo-chrome
    • Astarte lavender to silver blue duo-chrome
  • 1% of sales are donated to The Water Project
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Texture: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

As a fairly new indie brand, Aether Beauty currently only offers four full sized palettes (there are also two quads and two single shadows available, however): Rose Quartz, Amethyst Crystal, Summer Solstice, and Joshua Tree. There is a good amount of variety among these options. Of the four, Rose Quartz is probably the most approachable for everyday wear. For the most part, the shades in this palette are very soft and neutral. Many of them can even be worn as “one and done” eyeshadows for quick eye looks.

I am writing this review from the perspective of someone with fair skin. You can find swatches of all the shades in this palette on AetherBeautyCo.com, and they’re shown on fair, light, and medium skin tones (you can find photos of my own arm swatches coming up in the next section). I think it’s very helpful that they showed those side-by-side comparisons. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette will work as well on medium to deep skin tones as it does on fair to light skin tones.

The photos below are of a recent eye look I created using the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. Most of the looks I do with this palette look very similar to this one. If these soft neutral shades speak to you and would work well on your skin tone, I think you’d enjoy this palette very much!

I only took a few points away in this category for a couple of reasons. First off, it is such a reliable approachable palette that’s good for any occasion. This would be the perfect everyday palette for a lot of people. Secondly, while the shades in this palette aren’t ideal for every skin tone, there are other Aether Beauty eyeshadow palettes (especially Amethyst Crystal and Joshua Tree) that would be more fitting for deeper skin tones.

Texture

This palette is the perfect mix of mattes, shimmers, and duo-chromes, as there are four of each. Duo-chrome shades aren’t very common and I have very few in my collection, so I was excited to see four duo-chrome shades in this palette! If you’re not familiar with duo-chrome eyeshadows, they shift between two colors.

I enjoy every shade in this palette, but I have to say that the shimmers perform best. They are all buttery smooth and easy to blend. I haven’t experienced any fallout with these shimmers and they look perfect on the eyes with very little effort. 

The matte shades don’t swatch well as you can see in the photo on the left, but they do actually blend easily and look beautiful on the eyes. Scorpio is the perfect crease/transition shade! My only complaint about the matte shades is that Aphrodite and Grounding are quite powdery so they require a little more caution during application. With those shades, I always tap the excess off my brush before applying and that helps a lot! 

The duo-chrome shades are some of the most beautiful in this palette, but they are the most difficult to work with. It’s hard to pick them up with a brush and when applying with a brush, there is a lot of fallout. I’ve had the best luck applying these duo-chrome shades with my fingers to prevent fallout.

Pigmentation

You can probably tell from the swatches above that this is not the most pigmented palette. While that sounds like a con, for many people it isn’t. Lower pigmentation means that you don’t have to be very careful with this palette. These shades are very forgiving. Also, they do build well!

I want to make note of the pigmentation of certain shades. The deepest shade in this palette is Grounding (matte charcoal), and it is quite pigmented. Those with fair skin like me should be careful with this shade because it is easy to apply too much. I always start out with a very small amount and build it up slowly.

I hate to pick on the lovely duo-chrome shades again, but I’m a little disappointed that they aren’t more pigmented. I expected them to have strong pigmentation and apply similarly to the shimmers, but they’re actually quite different. They take effort to build up and even then they never look nearly as intense on the eyes as they do in the pan.

Staying power

Since this eyeshadow palette has a very clean formula, I wasn’t sure if it would wear as well as most powder eyeshadows. Turns out, I didn’t need to worry at all! Every shade in this palette looks good on my eyes all day long. There is no fading, creasing (with the help of Milani Eyeshadow Primer on my oily eyelids), or smudging. I always hate to wash it off at the end of the day because it still looks so good!

While these eyeshadows have great staying power, they never stain my skin. They’re also easy to wash off, even with regular face wash vs. cleansing balm.

Price

Aether Beauty is not an affordable brand. I would consider Aether Beauty products to be high-end, but not quite luxury, if that makes sense. The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is $58.00 and I recognize that that is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette. It’s one of the most expensive ones in my collection. With that being said, I do think it’s worth the price! 

Since I received this palette, it’s been rare that I’ve reached for any of my other palettes. It’s just so versatile and easy to work with. Plus, it has a good mix of textures so I never need to bring in other palettes when I’m creating an eye look with this one. Lastly, companies like Aether Beauty are some of my favorites to support. Aether Beauty has high ethical standards and is working to make the world a better place. Those things cost money, so it makes sense that Aether Beauty products would be a little more expensive.

Packaging

I chose not to add a sixth rating category for packaging, but I couldn’t finish this review without mentioning it. The packaging for the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is quite beautiful unique! 

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with the elastic band shown in this photo. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some eyeshadow palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of eyeshadow, but Aether Beauty took a different approach (probably because of this palette’s layout). There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can be very helpful when instructing others on which shades to use to recreate an eye look.


When I first received this palette, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. At first glance, it looks kind of boring. Over the past few months, I’ve come to enjoy it and appreciate its versatility. I could use this palette every single day if I wanted to! I’m especially impressed with this palette because it is formulated with very few ingredients and is completely clean. I honestly think these eyeshadows perform just as well as traditional (non-clean) powder eyeshadow formulas.

I wish I could say this palette is for everyone, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s ideal for those with medium to deep skin tones. I think anyone with fair to light skin that enjoys subtle but elegant eyeshadow palettes, would be very happy with this one. Those with deeper skin tones should check out some of the other Aether Beauty palettes I mentioned. I’ve heard nothing but good things about all Aether Beauty products!

Aether Beauty has a small collection of products at this time, and I can’t wait to see what they release next. Have you tried any products from Aether Beauty? If you have, please let me know in the comments. 🙂

Lauren

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Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser–Supergreens Blend Nourishes and Hydrates Thirsty Skin

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice CleanserWe’ve all heard of superfoods: nutrient-rich foods with numerous health benefits. Usually superfoods are thought of as just that–food. But why stop there? Many foods that are touted as “superfoods” are also quite beneficial to the skin, even when applied topically. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is a great product to incorporate into even the most basic skincare routine to nourish and hydrate thirsty skin with superfoods.

Some of the most popular superfoods are dark leafy greens, berries, and mushrooms. All of those and more can be found in Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. Keep reading to learn more about this product’s ingredients and performance!

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser product claims directly from Acure.com

Supergreens smoothie for your face? Yes please. This purifying greens creamy smoothie-to-foam cleanser utilizes adaptogenic ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi, turmeric and a supergreens blend of kale, spinach, neem, and spirulina to deep clean and refresh.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 4 oz. | 118 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Texture/ease of application: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is packaged in a plastic squeeze bottle. The cap flips open and there’s something about it that I really like. It’s hard to explain, but this cap flips open and easily stays open until you want it closed. Then, it snaps closed very securely. It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of product.

I’m happy with this packaging, but I’d like it even better if it was a pump instead of a squeeze bottle. That’s only because a pump is the most fuss-free type of packaging (for a face wash), especially in the shower when hands are wet (and sometimes soapy).

This product’s packaging is made partially with recycled materials, which is great! Additionally, the bottle is recyclable. Acure actually has a free recycling program with Terracycle! I appreciate that Acure is taking steps like this to be more environmentally friendly.

Cleansing

Acure doesn’t make any big claims about the cleansing ability of its Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. The product description simply states that it will deep clean and refresh. I agree with that! My skin does feel very clean and fresh after I’ve washed my face with this cleanser. It’s perfect for removing oil, sweat, and sunscreen.

This face wash isn’t the most effective product for removing makeup. It does get most of it off, but it leaves behind some stubborn eye makeup. This product is ideal for a morning cleanse or as the second step of a double cleanse with a cleansing balm or oil.

Texture/ease of application

This cleanser has a very creamy texture and comes out of the bottle looking pearly white. It always leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Also, it foams up to make it easier to smooth all over the face and cleanse more thoroughly, but it doesn’t create the sort of lather that you find with some other products, like body washes. 

This product is completely smooth and non-abrasive, but it can be irritating around the eye area. I only find this to be a problem when I actually use this cleanser to remove eye makeup. If I use my Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm or baby shampoo to remove eye makeup before washing my face, I don’t experience any eye irritation.

Ingredients

I couldn’t wait to dig into the ingredient list for Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser! I could tell by the product’s name that it would be quite interesting. I was not disappointed! Here is the full list of all 40 (that’s right, FORTY) ingredients:

WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL OLEATE, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT, SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT*, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ANIBA ROSODORA (ROSEWOOD) WOOD OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (ROSE GERANIUM) FLOWER OIL, JOJOBA ESTERS, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, SCLEROTIUM GUM, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DISODIUM COCO-GLUCOSIDE CITRATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL

*certified organic ingredient

Like most ingredient lists, this one includes what I consider to be good, bad, and neutral ingredients. There are a couple of unique things I notice when looking at the list in this broad sense. Twenty-one ingredients, just over half the list, are “good” which is more than most formulas. Usually the “good” ingredients make up about a third of the list. There are also five “bad” ingredients which is more than I’m used to seeing in most skincare products.

I’m going to dive right into the “good” ingredients. I know there are a lot, but I try to keep ingredient descriptions brief, so stay with me!:

  • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • GLYCERIN
    • Natural moisturizer
  • WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Calms skin
    • Powerful antioxidant
  • OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Hydrates and softens skin
  • GANODERMA LUCIDUM (REISHI MUSHROOM) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • May reduce discoloration
    • Calms skin
    • Contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
  • CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Brightens skin
  • CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
  • BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Fortifies skin barrier
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Contains vitamin E
  • RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent antioxidant
  • CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent source of antioxidants
  • ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
  • ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Soothes skin
  • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS
    • Contains essential fatty acids
    • Retains moisture in skin

Whew, that was a lot! I am very impressed by how many great ingredients Acure was able to pack into this product. My main takeaway is the number of antioxidants. I always like seeing lots of antioxidants because they protect the skin from free radical damage that’s caused by things like sun exposure and pollution. Products rich in antioxidants are also great for anti-aging because they can soften the appearance of wrinkles.

Next up: the “bad” ingredients. This product unfortunately contains five fragrance ingredients: orange flower oil, orange peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, jasmine oil, and rose geranium flower oil. Fragrance ingredients are some of the most common culprits of skin sensitization, so it’s best to avoid them when possible. These five ingredients are also a little higher on the list than I’d like to see. They’re about two thirds of the way down the list. These would be much lower risk if they were at the very bottom of the list, which is where the ingredients with the lowest concentrations can be found.

The remaining 14 ingredients in this product are things like cleansing agents, emulsifiers, and thickeners. These are safe, but also don’t provide any skincare benefits. 

Price

Acure never ceases to amaze me with its elegant formulas and affordable drugstore prices. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is only $12.99 for 4 ounces ($3.25/oz.) of product. That’s a little more expensive than cleansers from some other drugstore skincare brands, but most drugstore skincare products don’t contain unusual ingredients like ashwagandha, kale, and rooibos. This face wash is exceptional, especially at such a low price!

It’s important to also note that only a small amount of this product is needed. A little goes a long way, which means this face wash will last longer than some others, making it an even better value.


Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is an excellent skincare product that I’ve enjoyed having in my collection as we finish out winter in the Midwest. It helps keep my skin hydrated, comes in quality packaging, cleanses effectively, has a pleasant texture that’s easy to work with, is formulated with a lot of impressive ingredients, and it’s affordable! The only thing I’d really like to see changed in this product is the fragrance ingredients. They may be included purely to mask the scent of some of the natural ingredients, but it’s not a leave-on product so I don’t think the product’s scent should matter very much.

This cleanser is marketed to “thirsty skin types” but I think it would work well for all skin types, including oily skin. Dry skin is obviously “thirsty,” but all types of skin require hydration to remain as balanced as possible. The only people that may want to avoid this product are those that are sensitive to fragrance ingredients.

It seems like Acure is underrated, considering the quality and affordability of its products. Have you tried any Acure products? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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