Before we begin, let me state that I am not a Beautycounter ambassador. I was honestly just curious to try their products because I like their ingredient lists and I’ve heard great things. The products listed were samples I got to try for a period before purchasing my own.
Up until last year, the most advanced thing I did for my face was use Clinique’s 3-step program (I use Type 3). I’d been using it for two years and I finally felt like diving into the oil, serum, moisturizer, mask world.
Before investing in an expensive oil, I wanted to see how my skin would do with adding one into my routine. My skin is sensitive and lies right down the middle of the road in terms of oiliness/dryness.
So, I first tried out No.7’s Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, which comes out to be around $23. I used it after my 2nd step (toner) and before my moisturizer. I started using it in the winter and I felt like my face soaked it all up and looked plumper and brighter because of it. I would still recommend this for an inexpensive oil option but I wasn’t a huge fan of the ingredients (like Alcohol Denat and fragrance…WHYYYYYY).
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not living a “clean” lifestyle in terms of what I put on my skin or in my body. I gravitate toward what’s affordable, convenient, and does the job. The first time I started to really look into ingredients was after I had chemical or allergic reactions from products. I’m still learning but I remembered seeing people promote Beautycounter as a clean ingredient brand.
I’m the world’s biggest skeptic and critic of MLMs (Multi-level marketing companies). Why would I buy something from someone who is trying to make a buck off of my purchase? How can I ever trust these people are being honest? There are so many MLMs that have ruined all MLMs for me (I won’t name names) and it takes two seconds to google honest reviews to see the truth behind them. I reached out to my friend and Beautycounter ambassador Devin Manning to honestly chat about the products and asked if I could sample them.
Originally, I asked to sample their Vitamin C oil (No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil), but she generously ended up sending the following products home for me to try for a few weeks:
- No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil – helps dull, uneven skin tone.
- No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil – helps dry skin, loss of elasticity, and fine lines.
- No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil – helps with skin clarity, calming, and balancing.
- No. 2 Plumping Face Mask – deeply cleansing kaolin clay, instantly gives skin a firm, toned look and more youthful appearance.
- No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist – revitalizing mist preps skin, sets makeup, and refreshes throughout the day.
My thoughts on each product:
- No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil – I first tested the No. 1 oil and I was impressed that it didn’t cause any chemical or allergic reaction. I think as I was testing these items, I realized evening my skintone wasn’t a priority for me as I thought it was. I did have a small breakout while using this oil, but I wasn’t being consistent so I’m interested in trying this one again and keeping with it for weeks to see if it’s effective. Sometimes, Vitamin C oils and serums just aren’t for certain people.
- No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil – I ended up using this on my neck each night and really loved it. Will I buy an entirely separate high-end bottle of oil for my neck? Not right now. But maybe as a gift idea. I also used this on the backs of my hands before putting sunscreen on them.
- No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil – This is the one that won my heart: Even though my main focus was on Vitamin C, I found myself gravitating toward this oil. “Balancing” sounds so vague, and I was skeptical, but I liked the idea of something that would hydrate my skin and keep my blemishes at bay. I ended up using this one every night on my face. I could even use this on my forehead (as opposed to skipping it entirely when using No7’s Youthful oil) without being oily the next day. I have fallen in love with this product! I didn’t realize how much my skin would love this oil.
- No. 2 Plumping Face Mask – I tried the Plumping Face Mask a couple times after cleansing and steaming my face and liked how it made my skin feel but wasn’t wowed. To be fair, I didn’t use it to it’s full potential so really see any results. I already have a few masks from Glamglow (which I am a huge fan of), so I’m not in the market for another mask right now. I’ll definitely reconsider once I run out.
- No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist – I carried this facial mist around with me just like I do with my Mario Badescu mist and tried it throughout the day. Honestly, my sensitive skin wasn’t a fan and I had some minor burning sensations (I really, realyl, sensitive skin though). At 5x the cost of my current facial mist, I didn’t feel the need to purchase it. It just isn’t for me.
After three weeks, I can say their No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil has really helped my skin stay hydrated but most importantly calm, especially when my hormones flare up, which normally causes several pimples or deep cystic bumps. Side note: I did learn that you still can’t pick at your skin no matter what you’re using!
It didn’t rid my skin of blackheads (and I don’t think it’s supposed to) but after using it for the last month, my skin has looked significantly better. I loved it so much, I wasn’t willing to part with it and ended up purchasing my own bottle.
Have I converted all of my products to Beautycounter? No, not yet. I’m sticking with my 3-Step Clinique program and my current make up for now. But I do feel confident about what’s going into my skin when I use BC and I’d love to eventually addother products from them into my routine! If you’re prioritizing your budge for quality, clean skincare, I would definitely consider Beautycounter.
Are you all about Beautycounter? What’s your experience with their products? What holy grail products have you discovered?
I’m no Beautycounter expert but my friend Devin is! If you have any questions, want to sample a product or buy one, reach out to her and she’ll be able to help you out!
For questions, send her a dm on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/devincmanning
FYI – Clinique has a great skin diagnostic tool if you’re curious to see what your skin type is here.