Beautycounter is a brand of beauty products designed to be “safe” for everyone. According to their website, “At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our “Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.”
Kimberly, a Beautycounter consultant, contacted me through Instagram. She sent me a few samples of Beautycounter skincare, and I wanted to share them with you.
Here is my face with full makeup, before using any of the products (note that I used the Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover to remove my eye and lip makeup before using any of the Beautycounter products):
I used the Charcoal Cleansing Bar before doing anything else. I’m not a huge fan of cleansing bars. It’s made with green tea and organic coconut oil, which I love using to hydrate my skin. It worked pretty well. I liked that you can see the cleanser on the skin, and it did a good job of removing my makeup. The downside for me is that I don’t really want to use it around my eye area – and I really like a cleanser that works for the face and eye area. It did make my skin feel clean and smooth, which is great.
I am a maskaholic. I love face masks, and try to do one a few times a week. I was really excited when I saw the No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. This clay mask purifies and balances. Activated charcoal is one of the ingredients, and I LOVE masks with activated charcoal. It is so good for your skin. This mask “minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation.”
I really enjoyed using this mask. I liked that I could see the mask working into my pores while I was using it. Some masks just stay on the surface of the skin, but I could visibly see the Beautycounter mask seeping into my pores to work (see the close up image below).
I love that the mask is quick-drying. Some masks seem like they take forever, and are still even partially wet even after the recommended drying time. This one only took a few minutes to dry, which is really nice. I loved that there was a slight gritty feeling, because it really makes it feel like it’s exfoliating and cleansing.
The mask had a minty smell to me, and I think Remus agreed that the smell was nice, because he wouldn’t stop sniffing my face after I used it. My skin felt softer after the application, and my pores seemed smaller. I really liked this one.
Another mask I sampled was the No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask. In the container, I thought this was going to be a clear, gel-type mask. Wrong! It’s actually a white clay mask. This is supposed to be a cleansing mask that leaves the skin revitalized and renewed.
Again, I like that you can see these masks going into the pores to work. I didn’t notice much of a smell with this one, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one (smell is probably my weakest sense, so I don’t notice many smells unless they’re pretty powerful). I did notice a difference in my skin after using it. My skin looked brighter and healthier. I really liked the results even after one use.
The Nourishing Day Cream is a hydrating face cream that locks in moisture. It is lightweight and non-greasy. I loved that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It absorbs quickly, and definitely does a good job of hydrating throughout the day. I have very dry skin, and this keeps my dry patches from showing through.
The Nourishing Eye Cream is a lightweight, soothing eye cream. It’s a hydrating, cooling cream that feels really nice. I light that it absorbs quickly. Sometimes when I use eye creams, I have a hard time putting concealer under my eyes, because they sit on top of the skin. I didn’t notice that with this one. I also like that there’s no scent to it, so it doesn’t irritate the eye area. The downside for this one with me is that it doesn’t depuff. I have bags under my eyes and like to conceal those as much as possible, and they still looked a little puffy to me after using it.
The No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil hydrates and evens skin tones. I did notice a citrus smell with this one, and I’m not a big fan of that, so this wasn’t my favorite. It does absorb quickly, but I prefer to use oils on my face at night, because I feel like my makeup doesn’t apply as easily over oils as it does over regular moisturizers. This wasn’t my favorite product.
The Nourishing Rosewater Mist is a toning spray with rose essence. It’s a hydrating spray, so you’re supposed to spray it on to set makeup or as a refresher throughout the day. It’s a couple of dollars more than the Smashbox Primer Water, about $10 more than the Mac Fix +, and is essentially the same thing. The smell is nice, and it does hydrate. But is it worth $10 more? If you like natural ingredients, yes. If that’s not really important to you, I’d say save your money and go with one of the cheaper versions.
The Hydrating Body Lotion hydrates to leave skin smooth all day. This is nice, but I couldn’t get past the scent. Again, I’m not a huge fan of citrus, so I wasn’t a fan of this. The lotion worked and my skin felt nice throughout the day, but the smell killed it for me, unfortunately.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with these products. Since I’ve been using them, my face has seemed brighter and more hydrated. I love both of the masks and the day cream, and would definitely recommend them.
The brand is on the pricey side, but it does work and is really nice. I really like that they use natural, safe ingredients, and they list all of their ingredients on the site so you know what you’re getting before you purchase your items.
If you want to check out these products and others (and trust me, they have quite a few others), check out Kimberly’s Instagram here or the Beautycounter site here. She was very helpful when assisting me with choosing products that would work for me. She had some recommendations for how to use the product that weren’t on the site and they were definitely helpful. Check this great brand out! I can’t wait to try more!