Facial Moisturizers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentIn this online database, author Paula Begoun reviews and rates hundreds of makeup and skin-care products. Begoun, who includes medical journals, cosmetic industry reports and the Food and Drug Administration among her research sources, provides comprehensive information on the common ingredients found in moisturizers and other skin-care products. In her reviews, she discusses effectiveness, possible risks (such as skin irritation) and value. She lists dozens of top picks for every skin type.
2014 TotalBeauty.com Awards
by Editors of TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentEditors of TotalBeauty.com test thousands of beauty products to find the best new products of 2014, while readers weigh in to name the Readers' Choice winners. Several products are chosen in Face, Body, Makeup and Hair categories. Each category includes an overall Editor's Pick, a Reader's Choice winner, and Honorable Mentions for both winners. Each product gets a brief review.
2014 Readers' Choice Awards
by Elizabeth Siegel
Our AssessmentA total of 39,439 readers voted on the top beauty products, and 53 are detailed here. The products included are listed under makeup, skin, hair and body categories and include a high-end and a drugstore option. Many of these winning products have been chosen as winners for several years in a row.
8 Best Face Moisturizers for Under $15
by Dawn Wilder
Our AssessmentWriter Dawn Wilder consulted with dermatologists to compile this list of eight top facial moisturizers under $15. Reviews are fairly brief, but the fact that each product was recommended by a dermatologist gives them more credibility than most roundups. Reviews include an explanation of why each product is one that will work and it's also broken down by best for various skin types, such as sensitive, oily, etc.
10 Under $20: Facial Moisturizers
by Amy Montminy
Our AssessmentAmy Montminy rounds up 10 of the best facial moisturizers under $20. Reviews are brief and there is no mention of testing, however, many of the products are found on other "best of" lists, so have built a reputation that is reinforced here.
13 Best Tinted Moisturizers
by Jane Chung
Our AssessmentChung rounds up 13 of the best tinted moisturizers, based upon ratings from TotalBeauty.com members. Each product's overview is made up of comments from members, and include both positives and negatives.
The Best Moisturizers Under $40
by Lacey Gattis
Our AssessmentEditors of IntoTheGloss.com asked readers, "What's your favorite moisturizer under $40?" More than 300 replied, resulting I this list of eight top over-the-counter facial creams, gels and lotions, as well as some suggestions for do-it-yourself oil blends. Each product receives a brief write-up, along with comments that readers made about that product.
by Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Our AssessmentThousands of facial moisturizers are reviewed by members of this website and are rated on a "lipsticks" scale, with 5 lipsticks being the best. Product reviews can be sorted in a multitude of ways, making it easy for users to find the highest consumer rated products as well as those that are reviewed most often. Many products receive hundreds of reviews, with very passionate and detailed input into each item.
by Contributors to Sephora.com
Our AssessmentThis retail beauty-products website has hundreds of facial moisturizers, some of which get hundreds -- even thousands -- of reviews. Customers rank products on a 5-star scale and each product has a breakdown by attribute at the top of each review showing how many customers, say it's lightweight, moisturizing, great coverage, etc. Reviewers also detail their location, skin type, age and eye color. Reviews tend to be very, very thorough and informative.
by Contributors to Ulta.com
Our AssessmentUlta.com sells hundreds of facial moisturizers that can be sorted a number of ways; such as top-rated or best-sellers. Each product is ranked on a 5-star scale. The header for each review has a list of pros and cons, as well as best uses for the product, which makes it easy to get a good overview of customer consensus. There are not quite as many total reviews here as at other beauty sites, but they are thorough and detailed.
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentTotalBeauty.com is a good place to find reviews of products once you have a specific product you are researching, as it's difficult to sort by customer reviews. A search of "facial moisturizers" brings up all products with either of those words in the review, even if it's not relevant or has no member input. However, once you've narrowed down a specific moisturizer, the reviews are thorough and detailed. Products are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 scale and give a good overview of the long-term effectiveness of the moisturizer.
by Contributors to Allure.com
Our AssessmentAllure.com does not have as many total reviews of facial moisturizing products, however, what they do have that we found very informative is editorial overviews of each product. These include an explanation of the product, its claims, its ingredients, how it feels smells and looks, and a "why we like it" blurb that give an overview by testers. This includes any cons as well, although they're generally parenthetical.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com has hundreds of pages of facial moisturizer reviews, and many of them have hundreds of reviews. These reviews can be very helpful, but we found them less targeted and thorough than those on beauty product websites. There are also many products reviewed and rated here that can't be found on beauty products websites, perhaps because they're too obscure or are not well-known enough. Many of them are very highly rated.
by Contributors to BeautyBar.com
Our AssessmentThere are not as many product reviews overall at BeautyBar.com, but they tend to be thorough. This is a good site to get additional information about a beauty care product that may not get as many reviews in general, to round out the consensus.