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Best & Worst Skincare Products: July 2015

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The Beautypedia Research Team looked at many new skincare products during the month of July—and there was quite a variety! We’re happy to say we saw a lot of good options, including two from makeup giant M.A.C.

Not everything was great though, as a number of heavily fragranced-products wound up earning our lowest rating. Here are this July’s Best and Worst Skincare products!

The Best New Skincare Products Reviewed: Four-Stars!

Not one, but two vitamin C products from M.A.C. made the grade, as well as a new spray designed to fight bacne, and a cream designed to soothe dry, parched hands.

  • M.A.C. Lightful C Tinted Cream with Radiance Booster Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35) – This lightweight tinted moisturizer is available in a wide shade range, includes multiple beneficial antioxidants, anti-irritants, and reparative ingredients. That’s not to mention that it also has reliable broad spectrum SPF 30 (and is fragrance-free)!
  • M.A.C. Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream ($35) – This eye cream comes packaged in a container that will keep its potent array of antioxidants and reparative ingredients stable, is fragrance-free, and is the same product as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating Undereye Primer—except it’s $15 cheaper!
  • Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray ($24) – If you have bacne or body breakouts, this is the product for you! Housed in a convenient spray bottle to treat hard-to-reach areas, this gentle, fragrance-free formula contains 2% salicylic acid, which fights acne and helps reduce skin inflammation.
  • Skinfix Hand Repair Cream ($17.99) – Designed for dry skin, including for those with eczema, this fragrance-free balm contains a host of anti-irritants as well as emollients and antioxidants for a free radical-fighting boost.

The Not-So-Great New Skincare Products Reviewed: Two Stars (or Lower)

There’s one key element among all the products that ended up on this month’s worst list: Fragrance! Though these formulas might smell good, fragrance can actually wind up damaging skin (not what you want in a skincare product).

  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil ($105) – While this does contain some beneficial plant oils, they’re included alongside multiple fragrant citrus oils that have potent ability to sensitize skin.
  • Kate Somerville Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist ($48) – The container for this mist will keep its good ingredients (like antioxidants) stable, but it falls short of nourishing due to its mix of lavender and citrus oils (both of which can irritate and damage skin). PS: This also can’t detoxify pores as claimed.
  • Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary SPF 50 ($28) – Despite making claims as an anti-aging product, this contains a high amount of potentially skin-damaging alcohol and several potentially irritating essential oils. (Not to mention this is actually an ordinary spray sunscreen.)
  • Bobbi Brown Face Mist ($32) – This is yet another face mist with an identity crisis: It contains some good ingredients, but also includes far too many irritants to recommend.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic ($35) – Though the brand declares this is a “breakthrough anti-ageing balm,” it’s really a pretty standard emollient lip moisturizer, only it includes a strong floral honey fragrance that lingers for hours, and is packaged in a jar (meaning its beneficial ingredients won’t stay stable in the presence of light and air).

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