When Beautycounter launched their new anti-aging line, so many of you reached out to me asking if I had tried it that I decided to do a (completely NOT SPONSORED) review of the anti aging rejuvenating line for myself. As you know, full transparency, I am a long time fan of Beautycounter. I am not a rep and I buy the products directly off their site (not through a rep) and have also done two sponsored posts with them.
While I do not typically support MLM’s, I make an exception for Beautycounter. As a company, they are doing great things. They’re a certified B corporation, and I love that they are working to improve legislation in the beauty industry… right now, there are so few regulations which is quite scary. You can read more about their certifications and the work they’re doing here. I love their commitment to creating high performing products that also happen to be safer products. All of the Beautycounter products I’ve tried are really high quality. Besides skin care and cosmetics, they also make fantastic personal care products. (The citrus mimosa body wash is an absolute FAV. The fragrance is incredible and it comes from essential oils as opposed to synthetic fragrance.)
Beautycounter Countertime Review
I used the full Countertime regime of products for over a month as my full skincare routine. The full range; morning and night. The only time I didn’t use them was while I was home on Cape Cod (didn’t want to lug all of those glass bottles with me!)
Before I get into each of the products, I want to say that I love that this is a full regime. I get a lot of messages from readers looking for a full routine. It’s hard for me to recommend exact product recommendations without knowing you and your skin types personally. It’s also hard to tell if different products will work together. This takes the guesswork out.
Beautycounter Countertime Products
The collection consists of six products. A cleansing oil, an essence, a serum, an eye cream, a night cream, and a day cream. All of the products contain the brand’s plant derived retinatural complex, which is a combination of Bakuchiol (a plant based retinol alternative that we discussed in this blog post) and Swiss Alpine Rose which boosts the skin’s antioxidant defense. I’ve reviewed the full Countertime line, my thoughts on each product are below!
I really like the Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil. It’s a really hydrating, soothing face wash which makes it great for sensitive skin types too. Cleansing oils are great for dry, mature or aging skin as they work at improving skin hydration as they cleanse. This one is silky and glides on very smoothly. Plus, it is lightweight and takes off all of your makeup. A lot of cleansing balms and oils won’t fully remove makeup but this one will. It’s packed with vitamin E and it’s SUPER hydrating. That being said, cleanser is cleanser. I’m not one for fancy cleansers as they’re not on your skin for very long. This one is $49. I thought it was interesting that it’s $30 less than the brand’s original cleansing balm (which I also love but is pretty pricy at $72). It’s not the most expensive cleanser I’ve tried, but it’s not cheap either. (Although the bottle is HUGE – 5 weeks of testing and I’m not even 25% of the way through with it.) My personal all time favorite cleanser is Farmacy’s Green Clean, which is less expensive at $34.
I love an essence and this one is a new favorite. We have talked a lot about the correct order to apply your skincare products. The general rule is to apply them from thinnest to thickest and essence is your first step after cleansing. Essences are typically very lightweight, almost watery… like toner but more effective. I look at toner as a final step in the cleansing process, whereas essence begins your anti-aging/hydration routine. At $59, it’s much more affordable than any of the essences I usually use and it’s a safer alternative. This is milky and really boosts hydration. Pour a few drops into your hand and pat it into your skin until your skin is dry to the touch before serum and moisturizer. In addition to the Retinatural complex it also features fermented sugars which help soothe skin and optimize hydration.
If you buy one product from the range, it should be this one. I LOVE this serum and am more than halfway through the bottle. In the short term, skin is definitely brighter and more radiant but long term, I definitely saw a noticeable difference in firmness and the look of fine lines. It’s packed with peptides, amino acids, and the Retinatural Complex that I mentioned above which is amazing for improving skin tone and texture and can also increase skin elasticity.
This is the night cream! It’s SUPER hydrating and rich. When I use the hydrating essence, serum, + this, I can tell an immediate difference the next day – my skin looks less tired and is smoother and more even. In a study done by the brand, 91% of women said they woke up to glowing skin and 90% reported that skin looked and felt firmer. I definitely agree with these statements. Besides the retinatural complex and fermented sugars, this contains Tetrapeptide which helps to increase elasticity and minimize the appearance of fine lines while smoothing and boosting firmness. THis is a great night cream, and it’s under $100 which is hard to find for a high end, luxury night cream.
This is the Countertime day cream. I really like it. It sinks in immediately and you definitely notice an instantly plumped up, firmer look. It’s also hydrating but not at all greasy which was a godsend during the summer. It features the retinatural complex + fermented sugars (like the essence) and also nasturtium flower extract which helps further defend skin against environmental stressors.
I will just say that sadly this one is not for me! However, I do have very sensitive eyes so this may not be the case for everyone but it was really irritating to my eyes. I used it before bed and had irritation every time. Again, my eyes are sensitive so you may have a different experience. My favorite eye cream for day is the banana bright one, and for night I love this one from Tatcha.
Beautycounter Countertime Collection Results
This collection works. I think it’s a fantastic skincare routine for anyone with really dry skin, or someone who is starting to see the signs of aging (me on both counts!) and wants to increase skin cell turnover without using retinol. And as I mentioned above, it’s great for sensitive skin types, too.
It’s expensive though. Not as expensive as Dr. Bader and some of the other fancy potions I’m inclined to, but not cheap. If you can afford it and are looking for a great routine that you know will work and get results, I recommend would definitely recommend the Countertime regime. And I like knowing that all the products are meant to work together.
My take on the collection // what to buy!
Like I said above, I really like that this is a full regime. The products work together. My skin was hydrated and soft, my skin tone was more even, and fine lines are definitely less noticeable. The standout product of the Countertime line for me is the serum. I also really love the countertime lipid defense cleansing oil. I have nothing bad to say about the collection as a whole (except the eye cream but I do think that could just be me) and think it’s great.
For someone who can afford the whole routine, I say that you should absolutely go for it and splurge on the whole Countertime line. You can order the entire collection for $382 (a $424 value), or (my personal recommendation) go for the regimen set which excludes the eye cream for $267 – a $297 value/
If you are on more of a budget but still looking to upgrade your routine I’d get the essence and the serum (and maybe the night cream) and then use a less expensive cleanser and moisturizer. That’s my take!
Beautycounter Countertime Sample Set
I have gotten some questions about sample sets for this line. It seems like they may have been made available at the launch and are no longer available. If you know, let me know, so that I can update the post. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s possible to order a sample set at this point in time.
photography by Carter Fish