Beautycounter is a clean beauty brand currently taking the world by storm. Launched in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew, Beautycounter is dedicated to setting the cleanest standards in beauty through makeup, skincare, and bath and body products! It all started with their creation of a robust Never List which details over 1800 toxic chemicals that will never be used in their formulations, despite the actual banned list and standards being much lower than 1800 in the U.S., Canada, and all over Europe.
If that’s still not enough to sell you on this amazing brand, this week we will be testing out seven of their best seller products and giving you a full review to let you know if each one is truly worth the hype! As someone with normal to oily skin, I was sent the entire Countercontrol collection, along with three other best seller products. All Countercontrol products feature base ingredients of wintergreen and rosebay willow to help mattify skin, purify pores, and reduce the appearance of redness while keeping skin in balance.
Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser
This clear pore cleanser removes oil, makeup, and other impurities without harsh surfactants that can strip skin of moisture. What I love about this formula are the added aloe vera and jojoba beads! Together these two ingredients help purify pores, soothe skin, and gently slough away dead skin cells. The texture felt amazing on my skin and it was interesting to see the jojoba beads in action with this cleanser. This normally wouldn’t be a product I would find myself gravitating towards but I loved that it left my complexion feeling refreshed without any dryness or irritation! Overall this product felt great on the skin and performed beautifully.
Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner
While I have never been a big fan of toners in my personal skincare routine, this one was a game-changer for me! The instant matte toner reduces shine in seconds and is alcohol-free. It was designed with the intention to mattify the skin, remove residual impurities, and minimize the appearance of pores without stripping moisture. The formula helps purify the skin while preserving ideal moisture levels for a refreshed, comfortable complexion. Since I can’t compare it to many other toners from personal experience, what I will say is that the formula was really gentle on the skin and the scent wasn’t overwhelming at all! I always felt like I didn’t need a toner, but I saw such great results with this one that I am glad it’s on my skincare radar.
Countercontrol All Over Acne Treatment
In the past year, I have struggled a lot more with acne thanks to wearing masks more frequently, so I was really excited to try this product from the Countercontrol collection! This daily all-over treatment helps clear existing blemishes and prevent new breakouts from forming. The formula features salicylic acid which helps reduce blemishes while promoting healthier-looking skin. I’ve tried my fair share of spot treatments, but never an all-over acne treatment, so to me, this product felt really unique. I love that this is designed to prevent blemishes from reoccurring and not just help treat existing ones! This product was really gentle on the skin, had a great texture, and wasn’t overly sticky like other acne treatments I’ve used in the past. Overall this product was a big hit for me!
Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream
This product was interesting to me because I rarely gravitate towards mattifying products, especially with something like a moisturizer. However, I am glad I got to try it out! The matte effect gel cream provides all the necessary hydration without the overpowering shine. It helps mattify the skin for up to eight hours and is especially great for oily and blemish-prone skin. This oil-free, non-greasy hydrator improves skin’s texture without ingredients that can clog pores. I did not know what to expect from this product, but I actually think it gave me a really nice glow from within once applied! It settled into the skin nicely for a mattifying product, and I definitely felt the hydration benefits. This is definitely one of my favorite products from the Countercontrol collection and I absolutely loved the way it performed on my skin!
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
This award-winning product is no joke! The mineral sunscreen lotion guards against the sun’s damaging rays with its amazing formula of non-nano zinc and California Poppy. With SPF 30, this sunscreen provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB. Plus, it is incredibly gentle on the skin and great for kids. The application was incredibly smooth for me, as it blended evenly into my skin without the common white residue seen in other sunscreen lotions! I love that it is water-resistant and reef-friendly, making it perfect for summer and any type of trip where you plan on getting some sun. Even though summer is almost over, it’s been proven that we should be using some form of sun protection daily in our skincare routines, so this just might be the year-round product for you! Overall this product is a cult favorite, feels amazing on the skin, and has a great performance no matter what type of summer activities you are doing.
Counter+ All Bright C Serum
This was a product I was really excited to try! I have become a huge fan of serums, and this Beautycounter one is a beloved classic. The all bright c serum brightens up the skin with two forms of vitamin C. Together they help reduce the appearance of existing dark spots, while the additional antioxidant-rich turmeric and camu camu extracts help protect against new ones! The formula also helps defend skin from the damaging effects of environmental stressors—revealing a more youthful-looking complexion. I struggle with dark spots under my eyes and I have a few dark spots from acne scars, so I definitely put this product to the test. I loved that it was fast absorbing, gave me a radiant boost, and the appearance of a move even skin tone! This is definitely a great product if you struggle with tired-looking skin like myself. The natural ingredients like turmeric and camu camu extra felt great on the skin, and I have to say that this might be my all-time favorite product out of everything I tried!
Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask
Finally, the last thing I got to try was the infamous charcoal facial mask! In just ten minutes, this mask is designed to purify the complexion. Formulated with nutrient-rich kaolin clay and activated charcoal, this mask was made with the intention to help purify, balance, absorb excess oil and draw out impurities. Plus it includes ingredients like salicylic and lactic acids to create a gentle exfoliation effect, resulting in a smooth, polished look with a minimized appearance of pores. This mask is perfect for those concerned with pore congestion and oily skin. What I loved about this product was how calm and refined it made my skin feel! Sometimes with charcoal and clay masks, I find it can feel really rough on the skin with their detoxifying and exfoliating qualities, but this one by Beautycounter hits all the marks. I saw great results in this mask and if you don’t want to apply it all over, you can use it as a spot treatment as well in just your problem-prone areas.
When put to the test, all of these products definitely surpassed my expectations! Beautycounter is not your average skincare brand, and I love that they are so focused on clean beauty initiatives. Not only did I see amazing results with each of these unique products, but I know my skin will thank me in the long run for using safe and clean ingredients. Be sure to check out these best seller products and let us know which one is your favorite!