Beautycounter Reviews: A Biochemist’s Take - The Dermatology Review

Beautycounter Reviews: A Biochemist’s Take

SKIN CARE REVIEWS

03.22.21DISCLAIMER

Beautycounter Review

Beautycounter cosmetics and skin care products have enjoyed growing popularity in recent years, as the brand continues to promote “safe,” “clean” beauty. Reviews are fairly mixed online, however. Consumers, beauty bloggers, and influencers have a variety of opinions on the company and the products themselves.

At The Derm Review, our priority and focus is always the science behind the products. We asked our team of biochemists to review the most popular Beautycounter products, in order to get beyond anecdotes, to the facts.

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9 Best Beautycounter Products Reviewed

Beautycounter produces more than 150 products for skin and hair. Our lab looked at the most popular Beautycounter products:

  1. Countersun sunscreen
  2. All Bright Vitamin C Serum
  3. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
  4. Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm
  5. Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel
  6. Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
  7. Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream
  8. Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
  9. Lip Gloss

Beautycounter Sunscreen: Countersun

Sunscreen is one of the most essential pieces of a skincare routine, but it can also be one of the most difficult. There are different types of sunscreen, with different SPF ratings, ingredients, etc. Beautycounter’s Countersun is known for being light on the skin and blending easily, but does it work?

Countersun checks all the boxes for a good sunscreen. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It offers 30 SPF, which protects against 97% of damaging UV rays.

Additionally, Countersun is a mineral sunscreen, rather than a chemical one. Mineral sunscreens are also known as “physical” sunscreens, because they sit on top of the skin to block UV rays from contacting skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays instead. Mineral sunscreens are safer for long-term use and for sensitive skin—like the face.

As a mineral sunscreen, zinc oxide is the active ingredient in Beautycounter’s sunscreen, at 19% of the formula. The rest is primarily synthetic emollients for keeping skin hydrated.

Beautycounter Vitamin C: All Bright Vitamin C Serum

There’s a reason that so many “anti-aging” serums and creams are promoted for their vitamin C content: It’s a safe, natural ingredient with a wide variety of skin care benefits. Vitamin C:

  • Boosts collagen production, which helps smooth fine lines and prevent or tighten sagging skin. 
  • Inhibits melanin production, evening skin tone and lightening under-eye circles.
  • Hydrates.
  • Protects against, and heals, sunburn. 
  • Protects the skin from free radical damage.

A topical vitamin C is important in any skin care routine, and Beautycounter’s All Bright Vitamin C Serum is an effective solution. The Beautycounter vitamin C serum contains a 10% blend of two stable forms of vitamin C: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and bis-glyceryl ascorbate. 

Other key ingredients include:

  • Coconut oil for hydration.
  • Turmeric root extract (an antioxidant) for UV protection and healing, as well as evening skin tone and enhancing brightness.
  • Camu Camu extract for protection against UV rays as well as other environmental stressors. 

Vitamin C serums are generally considered safe for all skin types. Some individuals with adverse reactions to coconut oil, should exercise caution with Beautycounter’s vitamin C serum.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

Beautycounter’s Dew Skin is a facial moisturizer, available in six shades, that makes a lot of claims. This moisturizer is said to protect against UV rays, create a more youthful appearance, and moisturize skin.

  • UV protection — The Dew Skin moisturizers, like Countersun, are mineral sunscreens using non-nano zinc oxide. Although the Dew Skin only offers 20 SPF.
  • Youthful appearance — This formula includes vitamin c, peony extract, and black currant seed oil, which are all powerful antioxidants to help even skin tone and enhance brightness.
  • Moisturize — The rest of the Dew Skin formula mostly consists of silicones and emollients. The majority of the emollients are synthetic, however, there are some natural emollients like beeswax and hydrogenated castor oil.

    The right ingredients exist to make Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer a powerful product. It’s also worth mentioning, however, that quite a few reviews for the product mention that the texture is sticky and that the shades don’t match skin tones very well.

    Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: Counter+ Lotus Glow

    The Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm is marketed as a dual-purpose product: It can be used as a facial cleanser and/or as a hydrating overnight mask.

    The Beautycounter cleansing balm formula includes a long list of natural oils and butters:

    • Apricot kernel oil
    • Shea butter
    • Avocado oil
    • Jojoba seed oil
    • Lotus extract
    • Mango seed butter
    • Sunflower seed oil
    • Bergamot fruit oil
    • Lemon peel oil
    • And more

        As a facial cleanser, Lotus Glow is both effective and gentle, because substances with a similar type of bonding will dissolve one another. Chemists say that, “like dissolves like,” which means that these natural oils can easily dissolve most makeups without stripping moisture from the skin.

        As an overnight mask, the Beautycounter cleansing balm also deeply moisturizes skin because of the same long list of natural oils. It also contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a stable, lipid-soluble form of vitamin C, to increase skin firmness, brighten skin tone, and reduce the appearance of dark spots while you sleep.

        One problem that our chemists identified with the Beautycounter Lotus Glow Balm is the packaging, which may render the antioxidant capability of its ingredients unstable due to exposure to light and air.

        Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel

        The Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel is promoted as, “a proprietary multi-acid complex” that naturally dissolves surface cells overnight, revealing the fresh, healthy skin below. Those botanical acids include:

        • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as lactic, glycolic, citric, malic, and tartaric acid. AHAs break down dead skin cells (called corneocytes) in the outermost layer of skin, in a process called corneocyte desquamation. This increases the separation of skin cells, increasing the rate of cell turnover. That means the skin is refreshed faster, leading to a smoother, brighter complexion.
        • Gluconic acid is a poly-hydroxy acid (PHA) that functions like AHAs, but is known to cause less irritation. It is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
        • Phytic acid is derived from legumes and seeds, and is another anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, though it is also known for being gentle on sensitive skin. It also inhibits melanin production by blocking the entrance of iron and copper to prevent the formation of dark spots.
        • Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that softens and dissolves keratin—a protein in the skin that acts as a “glue” to hold cells together. This makes salicylic acid a powerful exfoliator, and enables it to penetrate deep into pores, where it can loosen clogs.

            In addition to a menu of exfoliators, Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel contains essential fatty acids, like linoleic and linolenic acid, to soothe and nourish fresh skin cells.

            Beautycounter Charcoal Facial Mask

            Charcoal masks have been used for years to help with problematic skin, detoxification, and congestion. Scientific research on activated charcoal for skin care is extremely limited, so any list of benefits is based largely on anecdotal evidence. 

            That may be why the Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask attempts to take the classic charcoal mask to the next level. Even without the charcoal powder, there are several powerful ingredients in this mask:

            • Fruit acids gently exfoliate.
            • Salicylic acid is an exfoliating BHA that helps to clean deep into pores.
            • Natural antioxidants—green tea, ginger, and licorice root—scavenge for free radicals.
            • Kaolin is a naturally derived clay powder that helps absorb excess moisture and oil.
            • Illite is another naturally derived clay that absorbs excess oil and calms irritated skin, reducing redness.

              Beautycounter Eye Cream: Ultra Renewal

                  Eye creams are very commonly used by people, starting in their 30s. Beautcounter’s most popular eye cream is the Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream. A consumer perception study concluded that, after four weeks of use, more than 90% of participants noticed reduced under-eye shadows and reduced appearance of crow’s feet. 

                  The ingredients list on the Ultra Renewal Eye Cream explains the results:

                  • Albizia Julibrissin (silk tree) bark extract can counteract the noxious effect of glycation. Glycation occurs when sugars enter the circulation and attach themselves to the amino groups of tissue proteins, such as collagen, rearranging their structure into advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs cause once healthy collagen and elastin fibers to lose their elasticity, thereby becoming rigid, more brittle, and prone to breakage. Albizia Julibrissin bark extract can also neutralize or detoxify the products as they are leading up to glycation, resulting in a reparative effect on tired skin, correcting a loss of radiance and suppleness.
                  • Coco-caprylate is naturally derived from coconut oil and useful as a moisturizer.
                  • Bakuchiol is a retinol alternative that is naturally derived, which makes it much more gentle on sensitive skin and ideal for eye creams. It comes from the “babchi” plant and has proven antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
                  • Alpine rose extract is a skin care multitasker. It has been proven to reduce redness, improve elasticity, reduce the number of old skin cells, protect against photo aging, and protect skin from oxidative stress.

                          More than 90% of survey participants for the Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream also reporter brighter eye areas and improved hydration.

                          Beautycounter Foundation: Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

                          Many beauty routines start with a foundation. Nothing else spends more time on delicate facial skin, so finding a safe, effective product is important. Beautycounter’s Hydrating Foundation comes in ten shades, from Porcelain to Espresso, and claims to moisturize while it conceals. 

                          The recipe on Beautycounter’s foundation supports its claims:

                          • Sodium hyaluronate is a derivative of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occuring substance in skin. It attracts, and mixes easily with, water (a property known as “hydrophilic”), and its low molecular weight allows it to penetrate the top layer of skin. That means sodium hyaluronate provides advanced moisturizing care below the surface, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines. It’s also been proven to reduce redness and irritation.
                          • Jojoba esters are a natural emollient, produced via the hydrogenation of jojoba seed oils. 

                            The Beautycounter foundation also includes a long list of fruit and flower oil extracts for even more natural moisturizing, including:

                            • Sweet almond oil
                            • Bergamot fruit oil
                            • Orange peel oil
                            • Rose flower oil
                            • Clary sage oil
                            • Orange flower oil
                            • Vanilla fruit

                            Some reviewers report that tint options don’t match their skin tone well, but those who do find a match can use Beautycounter’s foundation for moisturizing as well as concealing.

                            Beautycounter Lip Gloss

                            Skin on the lips is much thinner than skin over the rest of the body, which makes lips dry easier and age faster. They are also exposed to natural stressors almost constantly, so protecting and healing the lips is a crucial (but often overlooked) part of any skin care routine.

                            Keeping lips hydrated goes a long way in slowing and reducing signs of aging. Beautycounter lip gloss comes in three shades, and is known for its appearance, flavor, and unique applicator. But does it moisturize well? The ingredients tell us:

                            • Castor seed oil is a natural humectant, which helps prevent moisture loss.
                            • Ethylhexyl palmitate is a naturally occurring emollient (but can also be produced synthetically).
                            • Beeswax is naturally moisturizing and also protects against UV rays and other environmental stressors.
                            • Candelilla wax is similar to beeswax, but naturally derived from the candelilla plant. It is rich in vitamin A and another great moisturizer.

                                It’s also important to note that the primary ingredient in Beautycounter’s lip gloss is polybutene. Polybutene is commonly used in lip glosses, because it is non-drying, binding, and viscous, but it’s safety is sometimes debated. The Environment Canada Domestic Substance List classifies polybutene as “medium human health priority, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful.” The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) notes that it, “may cause skin irritation.” In the U.S., however, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel determined that it is, “safe as presently used in cosmetics and personal care products.”

                                What is Beautycounter?

                                Beautycounter is a U.S.-based, direct-to-consumer company founded in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew after she learned that the ingredients used in personal care products are not regulated, and most contain toxic ingredients that can lead to a variety of health problems. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.

                                The Beautycounter Never List

                                The Beautycounter Never List is a list of over 1,800 chemicals and additives that Beautycounter is committed to never using in their products. Many of the chemicals on the list are legal to use in the U.S., but are banned in other countries and regions for their questionable health or environmental impact. Still more are chemicals that are not banned anywhere, but that Beautycounter’s research team has found concerning.

                                Is Beautycounter Cruelty-Free?

                                Beautycounter products are 100% cruelty-free. They are never tested on animals. Beautycounter is certified cruelty-free through the Leaping Bunny Program—a project of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC).

                                The Leaping Bunny certification requires annual renewal and is a guarantee that a company is not testing their products on animals, is not using ingredients that have been tested on animals (including implementation of a supplier monitoring system), and more.

                                Beautycounter reviews

                                Everyone’s skin and body chemistry is a little bit different. It’s important to remember that each individual may react differently to product ingredients, especially those that are unfamiliar. 

                                Beautycounter reviews across the internet are mostly positive, but they are mixed. There are plenty of negative reviews, from customers who had adverse reactions or did not see the results they expected. 

                                Anytime you are considering a new skin care product, it’s important to review the list of ingredients for any substance that is a known allergen or irritant for you. Then, start small and slow, and increase usage and product adoption gradually.

                                What are some alternatives to Beautycounter?

                                Overall, we like that Beautycounter is creating safer skincare products that can help customers reduce the toxic burden in their lives. One problem with Beautycounter skincare products is that many are packed with fragrant plant oils. While these are better than synthetic fragrances, they can still cause skin irritation for some people. If you’re looking for a brand of fragrance free, anti-aging skin care products, we’d like to recommend Formulyst

                                One Formulyst product that we particularly love is the Nourishing Oil, an anti-aging face oil made with 100% pure ingredients. This facial oil contains numerous non-fragrant botanical oils that can help to nourish, moisturize, and protect the skin. For example, Formulyst Nourishing Oil includes plenty of omega-rich oils – including amaranth, olive, macadamia and avocado – which provide the skin with omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. Additional moisturizing oils include safflower seed oil, argan oil, jojoba seed oil, and coconut oil, just to name a few.

                                There’s no need to compromise when it comes to finding skincare that is effective and safe. Carrot & Stick takes a tough love approach to skincare, perfectly balancing the power of plants with cutting edge science. Not only is Carrot & Stick good for your skin, it is also good for the environment as the formulas skip harmful chemicals as well as the preservatives, emulsifiers and thickeners commonly found in skincare products.

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                                BeautyCounter Countersun Sunscreen Review

                                Sunscreen is often one of the most essential, yet easily confusing parts of your skincare routine. between filters, ingredients, SPF and different ranking systems, finding the right one can seem overwhelming. But with a little information and background on sunscreen and their different formulations, you can make an informed decision based on your preferences. For example, looking at products like the Beauty Counter CounterSun Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, there are a number of things you can learn just for the name alone. Broad Spectrum means that the sun protection in this product protects against UVA and UVB rays. The SPF 30 rating isn’t quite as straightforward, but is still worth understanding fully. SPF 30 means that it protects the skin against 97% of UV rays from damaging your skin, making it a great choice for daily use. Its also worth noting that this specific formula utilizes non-nano sized mineral filters which are great options for those with sensitive skin.

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                                Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Review

                                Beautycounter Cleansing Balm is a nourishing daily cleanser, a melting makeup-removing balm, and a deeply replenishing overnight mask in one product. When this balm is applied to dry skin, it is able to break down oils, dirt, and other impurities, which can then be rinsed away with water. For use as an overnight mask, Beautycounter Cleansing Balm can be massaged into clean skin and rinsed away in the morning. There are many types of emollients in this balm, such as apricot kernel oil, shea butter, mango seed butter, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, and more. Emollients help the skin to feel soft and smooth, while also improving skin hydration.

                                Beautycounter Cleansing Balm is also said to promote a brighter complexion because it contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a stable, lipid-soluble form of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can protect the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Vitamin C also has the ability to increase skin firmness, brighten skin tone, and reduce the appearance of dark spots. One problem with the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm is the jar packaging, which may render the antioxidant capability of its ingredients unstable due to exposure to light and air.

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                                Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion Review

                                Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion is a lightweight lotion that is designed to help skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of modern life. It is said to provide up to 24 hours of hydration, as well as adjust hydration levels throughout the day. This lotion is created with Bio-Mimic Technology, which means the botanical ingredients in this formula exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

                                One key ingredient in the Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion is phytic acid, a natural antioxidant compound found in rice and other plant seeds. Phytic acid provides chemical exfoliation to restore the natural radiance of skin. This lotion also contains squalane, a highly-refined botanical lipid derived from olives with a high affinity for skin. Squalane helps to replenish the skin’s barrier function, keeping it soft, supple, and moisturized. Prunus domestica seed extract, or plum extract, is another ingredient that helps to replenish the skin’s barrier due to its rich composition of phytosterols. These are just a few of the many plant-derived ingredients found within the Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, which all work together to hydrate and protect skin all day long.

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                                Beautycounter Charcoal Mask Review

                                One of the most commonly used and well loved masks is the classic charcoal mask. These masks have been used for years to help with problematic skin, detoxification and congestion. But the Beautycounter Charcoal Mask takes the principles of a classic charcoal mask and builds on it considerably. In addition to charcoal this mask contains fruit acids which gently exfoliate the skin, salicylic acid which is an exfoliating BHA that helps to get deeply into the pores. Alongside these ingredients, there is also green tea, ginger and licorice root. All of these act as potent antioxidants that help to scavenge for free radicals. Additionally, some of these ingredients have anti-acne benefits as well, so you can help to minimize breakouts and acne marks even more so. Unfortunately, this product is currently out of stalk and may be getting discontinued, so you may have to do some digging in order to find this product.

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                                Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream Review

                                Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream is an anti-aging eye cream that is said to diminish the appearance of fine lines and reduce puffiness. One of the key ingredients in this eye cream is Spilanthes Acmella (Para Cress) flower extract, which is commonly referred to as jambu extract. When applied to the skin, jambu extract functions as a fast-acting muscle relaxant that can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also stimulates, reorganizes, and strengthens the collagen network in the skin, which helps to promote firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

                                Another key ingredient in the Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream is caffeine. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that causes vasoconstriction (constriction of the blood vessels) when applied to the skin. This helps to reduce the amount of blood that accumulates under the eyes (a major factor that contributes to dark circles). Additionally, vasoconstriction can firm the skin due to the removal of excess fluids and possible stimulation of the lymphatic drainage system. Thus, the caffeine in Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream may help to reduce dark circles and puffiness. Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream also contains several types of nourishing botanical oils and extracts, such as apricot kernel oil, raspberry seed oil, cranberry fruit extract, and grape seed oil, which should help to soften and moisturize the delicate skin around the eye area.

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                                Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel Review

                                Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel is a gentle leave-on AHA/BHA peel that is said to improve skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. It is formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, including the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) lactic, glycolic, citric, malic, and tartaric acid. AHAs exfoliate the skin by targeting corneocytes (dead skin cells that make up the stratum corneum) in a process called corneocyte desquamation. By enhancing their breakdown and increasing the separation of skin cells, the rate of cell turnover is increased, leading to smoother, more radiant skin.

                                Another type of acid in this formula is gluconic acid, which is classified as a poly-hydroxy acid (PHA). Gluconic acid functions the same as the AHAs, but it is known to cause less irritation. Phytic acid can also be found in this peel. It works to inhibit melanin production by blocking the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin, which helps to prevent the formation of dark spots. Both phytic and gluconic acid also provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel also features salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that works by softening and dissolving keratin, a protein found in the skin that acts as a “glue” to keep cells together. This allows salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells. Salicylic acid also has the ability to penetrate deep into pores, where it helps to loosen clogs and allows oil to flow out more freely. Lastly, Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel provides you with essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acid), which soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.

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                              • TDR Original review: Mar 04, 2021. Reply

                                Tula markets a range of skincare products, including face serums, eye creams, body lotions, moisturisers and cleansers. Here’s a thorough list of Tula Skincare products

                                purifying face cleanser
                                hydrating day & night cream
                                blurring & moisturizing primer
                                cooling & brightening eye balm
                                daily sunscreen gel broad spectrum spf 30
                                detoxing & toning face mask stick
                                triple vitamin c serum
                                resurfacing & brightening fruit enzyme mask
                                smoothing primer gel
                                illuminating serum
                                purifying & ph balancing biodegradable toner pads
                                pro-glycolic 10% resurfacing toner
                                acne clearing + tone correcting gel
                                brightening & neutralizing eye balm
                                acne spot treatment
                                exfoliating sugar scrub
                                deep exfoliating blackhead scrub
                                oil-free gel cream
                                blurring & moisturizing primer (supersize)
                                daily probiotic & skin health complex
                                exfoliating treatment mask
                                revitalizing eye cream
                                retinol alternative serum
                                overnight repair treatment
                                eye renewal serum
                                calming vitamin b serum
                                calming sensitive skin moisturizer
                                gentle sensitive skin cleansing milk
                                replenishing cleansing oil
                                travel size purifying face cleanser
                                dual-phase skin reviving treatment pads
                                acne foam cleanser
                                refreshing & brightening face mist
                                deep wrinkle serum
                                nourishing & brightening hydrogel mask
                                gummy vitamins for strong hair, skin & nails plus probiotics (60 count)
                                oil-free acne moisturizer
                                cleanser + moisturizer for sensitive skin routine
                                firming & hydrating face moisturizer
                                nourishing face mask
                                cooling & brightening hydrogel eye mask
                                makeup removing balm

                              • TDR Original review: Mar 04, 2021. Reply

                                BeautyCounter markets a range of skincare products include moisturisers, eye creams, serums, body lotions and cleansers.

                                Here’s a comprehensive list of products:

                                Counter+ All Bright C Serum
                                Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
                                Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser
                                Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream
                                Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel
                                Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum
                                Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream
                                Countermatch Refresh Foaming Cleanser
                                Countermatch Hydra-Gel Radiance Toner
                                Counterstart Cocoboost Moisturizer
                                Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
                                Counterstart Cococream Cleanser
                                Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
                                Counter+ No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil
                                Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Bar
                                Counter+ No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
                                Countersun Daily Sheer Defense For Face – SPF 25
                                Counter+ No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil
                                Counter+ Eye Revive Cooling Masks
                                Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil
                                Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
                                Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
                                One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes
                                Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
                                Countercontrol Regimen Set
                                Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm
                                Countertime Antioxidant Soft Cream
                                Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream
                                Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum
                                Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner
                                Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment
                                Countercontrol SOS Acne Spot Treatment
                                Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream
                                Instant Eye Makeup Remover
                                Lip Conditioner in Peppermint
                                Lip Conditioner in Calendula
                                Counterman Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
                                Counterman Oil-Free Face Lotion
                                Counterman Smoothing Shave Cream
                                Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
                                Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30
                                Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30
                                Countersun After Sun Cooling Gel

                              • Diana Boone Original review: Mar 01, 2021. Reply

                                Hi. I’ve been using the BEAUTYCOUNTER line for over 3 months. I’m a real skeptic about this kind of thing…I mean I’m a real skeptic….I love beauty products and in my past have hopped around….Until now…
                                I am SOLD OUT on the BEAUTYCOUNTER line. I’ve been using the countertime line and the cleansing balm and couldn’t be more amazed. My skin has become healthier looking…’I love it so much, I’ve registered and signed up to sell it….

                              • Kristin Original review: Feb 01, 2021. Reply

                                Ann, I’ve used Countertime (Rejuvenating line) products for over a year and seen tremendous improvement in my skins tone and appearance as well as have used the face oils to balance out my skin as I had dry patches and oily zones as well. I’ve tried nearly everything on the market from high end department store brands to buying products from Italy and Australia and this brand has performed the best. I worked in cancer healthcare for years so safety and toxicity ratings was very important to me and my family. Their commitment to safety along with high performance is stellar and I loved their mission so much I joined the movement for better beauty. Have a look at their full line for the whole family with many products being GF and Vegan.

                              • Shelley Original review: Dec 29, 2020. Reply

                                Beautycounter has been a game changer for me. The ingredients are excellent and my skin has never been better. The research done on these ingredients is amazing. The fact that they never test on animals, package products that won’t harm the earth and are sustainable, never test on animals and are continually improving on their products is incredible. I’ve used all the department store brands and nothing comes close to Beautycounter. I have extremely sensitive skin and BC products has been very kind to my skin.

                              • Marian Jacobs Original review: Jul 10, 2018. Reply

                                I am 53, very active, med tantone skin, t-zone and have endured skin troubles most of my life.
                                I’ve tried so many things. First of all, I really have been using Beautycounter since they first started and seen them evolve quite a bit. My facial skin has never been better and I’m starting to use the charcoal bar on my troubled skin on my arms to clear up excema and psoriasis. I love the new facial wipes (One step makeup remover wipes). I love the kids body wash and use it all over my house. It smells like a citrus Margherita, yum. I love all 3 of the facial masks. They are fantastic. I use the makeup, Dew Skin is an awesome product. I love the thick body butter, excellent stuff. Some of the facial oils are just amazing. I love the white illuminating cream highlighter stick. You gotta try it. There are so many good things in the line, both in the skincare and the makeup. You need to test things out and see how they work for you. ❤️

                              • Liz Original review: May 12, 2018. Reply

                                Used for 2 years. Perfect for first few months. Started to notice red bumps on forehead and cheeks, which later formed a rash. Had a terrible reaction to rejuvenating line. This included the eye cream that burned my outer eye area and left my eye area red, bumpy and sensitive for 3 weeks. I was unable to apply makeup during this time because I was trying to heal the area. I also had a reaction with both the cream sunscreen and the bar sunscreen. The cream sunscreen made my skin painfully dry and scaled and the bar caused an awful reaction on my neck and face. My consultant couldn’t help me because the window to return had passed. I get one product not working, but significant reactions should be considered at a higher level than consultant. I can’t help but feel the company is having complaints overlooked by consultants who are too scared to return s product at the risk of loosing income.

                              • Krissy Original review: Mar 21, 2018. Reply

                                I love the charcoal products. I have always had issues with extreme dry skin. I use the charcoal bar and #3 charcoal face mask, and the daily moisturizer.

                              • Kristin Original review: Mar 08, 2018. Reply

                                I just began using Beautycounter, so I don’t have a rating for it. So far I have only used the body wash, lotion and scrub. I am wondering if all the people who experienced problems with the products are sensitive to coconut oil. Coconut oil and other coconut derivatives are in several of the products. I have found that coconut oil dries out my skin, so I will be avoiding those products. I did this research when my sister was thinking of becoming a consultant as she is allergic to coconut. I think, as with everything, some products work for som and not so well for others. I do think the products are rather pricey, but I know that is is because it is an MLM company and the cost is higher in order to pay commission to all the distributors.

                              • Lauren Original review: Dec 10, 2017. Reply

                                Can you help educate a curious reader? How would I know if BeautyCounter is bogus? I’ve been searching for reviews etc on this company.

                              • Melissa Gupta Original review: Aug 14, 2017. Reply

                                Using what you’ve been using throughout past years has been filled with chemicals etc, the skin isn’t balanced, good oils in your face are congested. When switching to ANY kind of natural based product, especially Beautycounter the skin will go through a short ‘detox’ per say. BC’s products are completely natural, those ingredients work towards reconditioning the skin to its natural state. The same thing happened to mine too and I had already been using decent so called natural products. This small example is what makes their products worth using. BTW I’d suggest purchasing the charcoal bar and mask. (I am a consultant for BC however my words above come from my experience with the products) Could explain more but am sure you understand:)

                              • MD Original review: Jul 29, 2017. Reply

                                Like Katie, I also had to do food eliminations under advise of licensed nutritionist: wheat, soy, onions (top 3) and number of other offending foods. I also switched to BeautyCounter. My face has cleared up within 6-8 weeks. No more burned look, redness, age-spots, dark and varying peeling skin colors.

                                Started with sample products. Upgraded to Daily DayCream, charcoal bar, and peppermint lip balm. So far no breakouts or “sunburned” look.

                              • KJ Original review: Mar 10, 2017. Reply

                                I really wanted to like this product line. I love the simple elegance of product content and packaging, and as someone who works in natural healthcare I was hopeful I’d found “the answer” for my clients looking for clean, effective skin care. I purchased a starter kit for $289 that contained Day Cream, Night Cream, a cream cleanser, an exfoliating cleanser, three face oil combos (Hydrating, Soothing and Balancing) and eye cream. I also bought their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. After the first couple of days, I realized my skin wouldn’t tolerate the Balancing and Soothing oils for some reason. They seemed to dry my skin out in a way I hadn’t experienced before, and to do the exact opposite of balance and soothe. No problem, I just stopped using them and figured not all their products can be right for everyone. I continued using the remaining products – including the Hydrating Oil – for about six weeks. By the end of the six weeks, my skin was extremely dry to the point of flaking AND I was starting to break out. My skin has always been on the dry side but never flaked and I’ve never had breakouts in my life. My skin was irritated and felt inflamed, and the final straw was waking one morning feeling as if I’d been sleeping all night in a clay mask – my skin actually felt and looked shriveled, desiccated. So now I’m in the process of trying to repair skin that is hyper-sensitive and constantly burning, flaking and dry and that appears dull and even kind of grey in places. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. I AM, however, glad I tried these products out on my own skin before selling them to my friends, family and clients as I had considered. I was a little hesitant originally anyway because they seem very expensive, and now I know for certain there’s no way I can sell them after the experience I had.

                              • Amalan Original review: Mar 04, 2017. Reply

                                These products should be considered similar to other high end department store products…overpriced, but if you find a perfect shade of blush and it’s in your budget, fine.
                                *The problem is this: Their health claims are mostly bogus. Only a basic understanding of science and dermatology is needed to get this. Put on your skeptic hats, ladies, and their many claims are easily refuted.
                                Its unethical to fearmonger women into purchasing products based on false or overstated health claims.

                              • Allison Original review: Oct 24, 2016. Reply

                                I had to comment on this topic. I am 45 and have had Hereditary Milia my entire life. I have spent thousands of dollars to try to help my skin. I started using the Charcoal Cleansing Bar in April and my skin has totally changed. My dermatologist could not believe it. I get bad reactions to ALL retinol products. In addition to the bar, I have also started using the Purifying Charcoal Mask at least 3x a week, the Cleansing Balm and the entire Rejuvenating Line. I now use all of the Makeup – my skin has never looked better in my life! My daughter is 10 and also has the Milia, she uses the charcoal mask and soap – I hope that she will not have to go through what I have my entire life.

                              • Mary Ellen Original review: Sep 29, 2016. Reply

                                Samantha,
                                I’ve been using some beauty counter products for a few months now, and was specifically interested in products that would help with my cystic acne. I use the charcoal cleansing bar, charcoal mask, and cleansing balm. I’ve seen a phenomenal change, and can honestly say that my cystic acne is nearly obsolete. Harsh chemicals in my pharmaceutical grade acne products left my skin with burns and no relief.

                              • Cindy Original review: Sep 12, 2016. Reply

                                I love the idea of healthier cosmetics. I also love the way the Beauty Counter skin tint and brush on blush look on me. However, I have been having trouble with my skin breaking out since I switched to Beauty Counter, which is a problem I had not experienced for many years.

                                I would like to know if others have had this problem?

                              • andrea price-johnson Original review: Sep 09, 2016. Reply

                                I became a consultant with Beautycounter after my mother’s early onset alzheimers got worse (and soon after my father diagnosed/died from cancer.) I began examining what chemicals I can prevent in my family. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the skincare, charcoal soap/mask and so on. Safe and high quality! I’ve been giving charcoal samples to my daughter’s tween friends and they have been sending photos/texts of their vast improvement. I love to educate them about the importance of knowing what’s in their products. To see their posts check out Beautycounter for You on facebook. I will never give them up!

                              • JCarter Original review: Aug 19, 2016. Reply

                                I love the Countertime line and the Calendula face oil (as well as Jasmine Oil). My skin has never been better! My rosacea is gone and I don’t even need to wear makeup now!!!!

                              • JCarter Original review: Aug 19, 2016. Reply

                                My rosacea was better after one use! Getting rid of the chemicals cured my skin! I don’t even have to wear makeup anymore. I’m using the Countertime line, Rose Water and the Calendula face oil! The Sunscreen is also phenomenal, it is not white or pasty and it smells divine. I really love this line and my skin has never been better!!!!

                              • Cheryl Original review: Aug 12, 2016. Reply

                                Good to read Katie’s comment. I have learned that many skin issues are a result of gut issues. Nutrition is THE key to overall good health, including skin issues. I am using the beauty counter foundation and found it to give good smooth coverage. I have other skin care products I prefer.

                              • Samantha Original review: Aug 08, 2016. Reply

                                Katie, which products do you use for your cystic acne? I have struggles with it for years and am now pregnant and need a more natural approach to cleaning my skin bc I can’t use what I am currently using. Thanks.

                              • Kirsten Doody Original review: Jul 31, 2016. Reply

                                Hey Everyone,

                                I started using Beautycounter products a few months ago and they are amazing. They are very gentle on my skin and have made it the softest and healthiest it has ever been. The countertime products are awesome, but I’ve only used the sample size of those so I want to get the full set. I use the face collection everyday and the face oils are some of the nicest I’ve ever used. They absorb really quickly and smell really nice. I’ve tried using a lot of “all natural” products in the past but they all smell like tea tree oil and hippies and don’t really work.

                              • Katie Original review: Feb 25, 2016. Reply

                                I came across this post while looking for reviews of beauty counter and couldn’t help but add a comment. As someone who has very much struggled with cystic acne, I agree that these products alone probably wouldn’t cure the problem. However, as someone who spent three years with dermatologist and being prescribed harsh medications, I can truly say that the cystic issues became worse. It was only when I switched to a more natural & gentle approach (as well as eliminating dairy, specifically milk) that my skin improved dramatically. I wholeheartedly disagree that harsh (and even potentially harmful!) chemicals are ever the answer, no matter the issue.

                              • ann Original review: Oct 12, 2015. Reply

                                Can anyone vouch for the effectiveness of Beauty Counter, specifically the Countertime and oil products in the line?

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