Best Amazon Beauty Products Reviewed:
Isn't Amazon usually for purchasing the latest tech products or checking out what new toy to buy your kid for their birthday? Well, if you're like me and you can’t resist getting stuck into the latest beauty products then you'll be pleased to know that Amazon gives us easy access to the best beauty products on the market! Not only can you investigate customer reviews to you hearts content but you never know, you may even stumble across your new 'can't live without' product that you'd never find at your local drug store. Here are 20 products that will persuade you that the world of Amazon Beauty needs to be your latest obsession!
Favorite Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder: Tuxedo Charcoal Teeth Whitening Formula
This product combines activated charcoal and bentonite clay to give you whiter teeth and a more dazzling smile. The all-natural ingredients work together to lift stains without being too harsh on sensitive teeth. In order to use, all you need to do is dip your toothbrush in the powder and brush away! Many of our testers were first time charcoal users and commented that despite how heavy the product looks, it had no taste whatsoever. Testers generally loved this product and some even saw results after just one week. We however would warn users to be careful when opening as it can get a bit messy! Acting as a really great alternative to chemical whitening strips, we would definitely recommend this product to those looking for a whiter grin.
Best Microdermabrasion Crystals: Need Crystals Microdermabrasion Crystals
The best thing about the Needcrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals is that a little goes a long way so you're investing in a product that's great value for money. They come as dry crystals, you scoop them out with the provided spatula and mix them with your favorite cleanser. They rinse off much easier than other exfoliating products we tested and leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Whilst testing, we noticed that this product is definitely better suited for more mature skin. Testers noted a reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and one reviewer even claimed that this product made her skin feel the firmest it has ever felt. Unfortunately, some found the process too tedious and claimed that although the crystals are affordable, they still need to be paired with a good quality cleanser which is an added expense. Nevertheless, the results were so noticeable that most of our older testers stated they would definitely invest in this product.
Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
If you're looking for a sunscreen that provides strong protection and won't clog your pores, try La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen. This oil-free sunscreen is especially for oily faces. It comes in SPF 60 with advanced UVA and UVB protection. It is dermatologist tested and won't cause breakouts. It's recommended that you apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or at least every 2 hours. It is water-resistant.
Best Luxury Brand Product: RoC’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Just a pea sized amount of this product gives the skin a luxurious moisturizing feel and evens skin tone which is why the product was rated highly by testers. The texture when it comes out of the tube is similar to petroleum jelly however it's also sticky and is absorbed almost instantaneously. Unlike other products at a more budget price ($15.35 for 1oz) the cream doesn’t come in a jar but in a tube that protects the product from being damaged by light and oxygen. The only downsides we found were the scent and the lack of SPF. Being a night screan the SPF didn’t bother us too much however some testers found the smell too overbearing to wear at night. Like more expensive products in the market the cream contains retinoids and AHAs and performs just as well as pricier counterparts.
Best Soap Bar: Crabtree & Evelyn Triple Milled Soap Set
Crabtree and Evelyn are known for their gorgeous packaging and clean scents. This set of triple milled soaps are perfect to give as a gift to your mom or your best friend or even keep for yourself to impress guests when you're hosting! Aesthetics aside, we were intrigued to see if the soap was to leave our skin feeling as gorgeous as the gift wrapping looks! Upon testing, not only did our hands smell delicious but the copious amounts of lather ensured out mitts felt clean and moisturized. Moreover, the bars are hard milled making them even longer lasting so they're great value for money. Unsurprisingly, due to their reputation, this was one of the only products that received no negative feedback. There is however no returns on this product so we would recommend this set to fans of bar soap as opposed to liquid.
Best Lip Balm on a Budget: Yu-Be Lip Balm
The small, no fuss packaging reflects the $5 price tag however the quality is far from budget. That’s right, the Yu-Be Lip Balm actually works! It's much thicker than other lip balms on the market meaning that it's more withstanding against wind, eating and drinking, ensuring that your lips remain supple around the clock. It's also great at healing cracked lips without making your lips look glossy or feel sticky so it's also great to wear under lipstick- especially paler shades. One reviewer described the scent as 'medicated' however we found that the smell dissipated after a few minutes and there was no strong taste. Perfect for lip balm addicts, this product will last as you won't be constantly applying like with other lip balms on the market. All in all, a thumbs up from us!
Our Favorite Moisturizer for all Occasions: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Aveeno Daily moisturizing lotion is a cream that ranks top for beauty reviewers time and time again. Why? Because it just works. Fans of Aveeno's lotion enjoy the benefits of its colloidal oatmeal that restores your skins natural barrier. This means that it doesn’t only protect but additionally smooths skin and in addition, it dries well with no greasy film. At $15.51 for 12oz this cream is higher end in terms of budget but doesn’t break the bank. The pump makes it easy to apply and the cream shifts from a solid to a smooth liquid almost instantaneously. The reason why this product didn’t make the top of our list is simply because it's better for people with normal skin as opposed to dry skin. That being said, it is fragrance free which is usually better for people with more irritable skin and has been proven to help with rashes and eczema.
Best Face Mask for Oily Skin: Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask
The Dead Sea minerals are known to have numerous health benefits and be exceptionally good for the skin – why else do you think people travel to the lowest point on earth to slather themselves with the mud? This Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask takes advantage of the Dead Sea minerals and combines them with shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil for a deep cleaning mask. After cleansing your face, apply a thin layer of the mask and let dry over 15-20 minutes. Use warm water to remove the mask.
Best Luxury Lip Salve: Kahina Giving Beauty Lip Balm
For those that are looking for a high-end product to take on the go no matter what the price then the Kahina Giving Beauty Lip and Face Balm is for you! It comes in a gorgeous glass pot that you can easily sling into your bag or makeup pouch without the worry of spilling. The balm melts into your skin as soon as you apply it without leaving any sticky residue behind which we loved. It contains a mix of shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, bees wax and mango nut butter which not only bring about soft skin but prevent future moisture loss. The majority of our reviewers commented that they preferred applying the product to their lips, especially overnight as they woke up with suppler feeling lips. In terms of fragrance, it is scented with geranium and neroli however the smell is notably subtle so it's suited to most (as long as your budget allows!)
Best Splurge: Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, All Skin Types
Clinique is a brand that ranks top time and time again with beauty experts. It’s one of the more affordable high-end brands and as soon as we applied it we remembered why. The silky texture made our skin feel smooth enough to skip a primer and even gave us a subtle, healthy glow. The antiaging ingredients and antioxidants claim to reduce inflammation and prompt collagen production. This product not only repair the skins natural barrier but also reduces damage caused by the sun. We are usually dubious about using products for all skin types but all our testers agreed this product was worth splurging on. The product is fragrance free which is great for sensitive drier skin however the grapefruit peel can could be problematic as it attracts the sun so be sure to add SPF product if using in the day.
Favorite Luxury Toner: Poppy Austin Rose Water
In the world of beauty, you don't always get what you pay for but with the Poppy Austin Rose Water this is certainly the case. It comes at a higher price because it has undergone a distillation process, ensuring you get 100% pure rose water. We love that it gets to work on all skin types and is especially soothing on sensitive skin. Our testers claimed that after use, their skin was more glowing, youthful and plump. In addition, those that suffer from acne scaring claimed a noticeable reduction in uneven skin tone. The only criticism that some of our testers had was the fragrance. The fact that the product is 100% rosewater means that the fragrance isn’t subtle however some claimed that the scent was slightly musty. At just under $20, this is one of the more expensive toners on the market but if you're looking to invest in an organic and cruelty free experience then this is for you!
Our Pay Day Treat: Estee lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
This fragrance free thick gel-serum not only looks luxurious and spoiling but the consistency is dreamy and soaks in quickly. However, we were disappointed with the tacky finish as opposed to the silky smoothness you would expect from the brand (and the price!). Experts at Estee Lauder claim that the formula fights environmental stressors and leaves the user waking up with plumper and more hydrated skin. Wrinkles were much less visible after use and skin was definitely plumper probably sure to the hyaluronic acid. It’s a great If money isn’t an option and you want to treat yourself we have no doubt that your skin will thank you. product but for the price we feel we can get better value for our money elsewhere.
Best Skincare Gift Set: L'occitaine Luxurious Divine Star Gift Set
If only you could purchase all your favorite anti-aging skin care products at once. Well, thanks to L'Occitane this is now an option. The Luxurious Divine Star Gift Set contains the Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream, Immortelle Divine Youth Oil, Immortelle Divine Eyes and Immortelle Divine Cream which are all suitable for normal to dry skin. After using a combination of all four products, testers noted that their skin looked and felt smoother and wrinkles appeared to look finer, particularly around the eye area. At under $200 this gift set doesn’t come cheap however for four super nourishing products it's great value for money if you're a fan or higher end products. The Youth Oil was a favorite amongst testers as it sinks beautifully into the skin without leaving even a hint of grease. Some with oiler skin did claim the products to be slightly rich so we would recommend using at night time in the summer months.
Best Natural Retinol Cream: LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream
The combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Green Tea works really well to hydrate and plump the skin. Our testers really liked that although the product is so thick and creamy, it sinks into your skin nicely and you aren’t left with a tacky feeling after application. What's more, one pump is the perfect amount to cover your face and neck making it convenient and less wasteful. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream is also fragrance free so it's great for sensitive skin. Although the short-term results include reduced redness and increased hydration, you won't find too many long-term results with the product in terms of reduced lines and wrinkles. This cream does have an average price tag however there is no money back guarantee. If you are looking for a cream with a luxurious feel in gorgeous packaging then this is for you!
Favorite Pregnancy Product: Mama Mio The Tummy Rub Butter
Stretch marks. Despite the fact that the majority of us have them doesn’t mean that they are something that the majority aren’t conscious of. This is why there are a number of products on the market that aim to combat and diminish them. The Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter uses a blend of natural ingredients such as shea butter, borage oil, sweet almond oil and more for maximum protection against stretch marks. This product is best for expecting moms as it increases your skin's strength and elasticity meaning that is can expand and contract without being damaged. For optimum results we recommend applying once a day (all over!) in the first half of your pregnancy and twice a day in your second half. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reduce the appearance of stretch marks that are already visible so those looking to combat existing stretch marks should look elsewhere.
Best Overnight Mask: The Crème Shop- Rose Oil Overnight Gel Face Mask
The packaging of this product looks so soothing that it makes us want to pop the mask on and hop straight into bed. The rose oil itself helps reduce puffiness and under eye bags making you appear well rested and ready to tackle a new day. Some testers claimed that this mask worked wonders on their acne scars and greatly reduced bumps and wrinkles. Others loved how hydrated and smooth it made their skin feel. Those with oilier skin felt the product was slightly heavy and left them with shiny skin. On the whole the product is affordable and one jar can last up to 3 months so we could definitely recommend it to those with drier skin. Finally, we love that this product is cruelty free!
Best Organic Clay: Molivera Organics 100% Bentonite Clay
Molivera claim that their product detoxifies and rejuvenates problem skin and dull, lifeless hair and we were excited to see how effective the product really is. In order to use, you simply mix the product with apple cider vinegar or water to create a paste, apply it and then wash it off. Most of our reviewers were satisfied and claimed that after even the first use they both felt and saw results, especially tighter skin and reduced pores. However, some of our testers didn’t like the fact that they had to mix the product themselves as it was more time consuming than pumping a product out of the bottle. In addition, others claimed that it was difficult to remove and really dried out their skin. The mixed reviews are why this Molivera Organics Clay Mask received a lower rating however if you've tried clay masks and enjoyed their results before then this could be for you.
A Great Liquid Soap: DR Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Tea Tree
The ideas behind DR Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap are natural and medicinal. The ingredients are organic and certified fair trade and even the bottle is 100% recycled. Moreover, the product can be used almost anywhere (hair, face and even around the house!) We found this product to be better for those looking to invest in a natural, simpler product as when used on the hair and body, there is no luxurious lathering effect like you get with other products. This is probably down to the fact that it is an all-natural liquid soap without any synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents. Although it may feel less moisturizing if you're comparing it to other products, it doesn't dry out the skin and is great for those that suffer with acne. On the whole, this product is perfect for those looking for a natural cleansing alternative soap however if you don’t like the smell of tea tree then steer clear as the fragrance is rather overbearing.
Best Blackhead Fighter on a Budget: St Ives Blackhead Clearing Face Scrub
Made with 100% natural exfoliants, St Ives Blackhead Clearing Face Scrub effectively unclogs pores without breaking the bank. The green tea scent is subtle and crisp and also helps your skin to feel extra refreshed after use. The tiny beads work well to remove dead skin without causing irritation and some claimed that the scrub actually diminishes redness instead of causing it like some exfoliators. We love that it's 100% natural, oil and sulphate free, and also hypoallergenic so it's perfect for those with sensitive skin. It doesn’t feel as luxurious as other face scrubs however it definitely does the job and at around $7 we can't argue with the price. We would recommend this for those with younger skin as most of our testers with more mature skin found it difficult to see results. Some also claimed that it was difficult to wash off, especially around the hairline which was inconvenient and time consuming which is why the product rated lower.
Top Budget Facemask: Freeman Facial Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask
For under $7 for 175 ml of product, the Freeman Facial Apple Cider Vinegar Mask is perfect for those on a budget looking to say goodbye to dryness. This product works as a cleaner, a mask, an exfoliator and a toner allowing your skin care routine to be cut to a fraction of the time. We loved how soft and creamy the product was when used as a cleanser or toner however when let to dry, it has a clay mask consistency. Apple cider vinegar is renowned for helping problem skin areas however the smell can sometimes be overbearing. With this clay mask, the only smell is fresh apples without a trace of chemical, medical smells. We would recommend this mask to those with oily skin as a number of our reviewers claimed it made their skin feel too tight and dry.
The Bottom Line:
If you didn’t believe us when we said that Amazon is a goldmine for beauty products then you definitely will now. We absolutely loved the Tuxedo Charcoal Teeth Whitening Formula due to its unique and natural ability to make our teeth and gums healthier at a great price. What's more, we know we would never try it out if we were simply browsing in a drugstore. All the products we tested would also be great gifts but we especially loved the Crabtree & Evelyn Triple Milled Soap Set. The smell is fantastic and the packaging is to die for. Now, all that's left it to decide if we really need to give it away or if we can keep it for ourselves…