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Good Molecules

Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Good Molecules’ Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer nicely sets the stage for makeup application – we just wish it had a little more oomph, considering its lofty claims.

Packaged in a clear bottle with a pump dispenser, this lotion has a silky texture that immediately enhances skin. A little goes a long way – if you pump out too much, it will take more time for it to absorb (though it will do so eventually, it just takes a couple of minutes). It sets to a demi-matte finish that works well for normal, combination, and dry skin; those with very oily skin will likely find this is still a bit too emollient for them.

The finish allows for smooth makeup application, and helps make it last a bit longer (not a huge increase in wear time, but about a half-hour over what you might get out of your foundation normally). It contains antioxidant and hydrating shea butter and macadamia oil, as well as some vitamin E and green tea extract.

While those are good ingredients, we’d like to see more antioxidants to fully back the claims Good Molecules makes about “protecting skin from environmental stress”. Also, because of the clear container this is in, it needs to be stored out of natural light for the antioxidants it does contain to stay effective.

Still, this is a good hydrating primer, and works well under an antioxidant-packed daytime moisturizer with sunscreen!

Pros:
  • Lotion formula works well for normal, combination, and dry skin.
  • Provides a smooth canvas for makeup application.
  • Contains hydrating and antioxidant shea butter and green tea extracts.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional antioxidants.
  • Clear packaging means this needs to be stored away from natural light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

 

Smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup with Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules. Formulated with macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and a naturally derived silicone alternative, this lightweight daily moisturizer works to strengthen, condition, and protect skin from environmental stress—all while creating a smooth, plumped-up canvas for flawless makeup application.

Water / Aqua / Eau, Propanediol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Water, Citric Acid.

Good Molecules is the house skin care brand of online retailer Beautylish. Beautylish got its start in 2010 in San Francisco and features articles on makeup and skin care topics, community reviews and feedback, and of course sells beauty products from a variety of brands.

Good Molecules launched in 2019 because the team behind Beautylish wanted to create a skin care company that focused on effective ingredients with a bargain price, not unlike the line’s most direct competitor, The Ordinary, which Beautylish also sells.

To that end, Good Molecules focuses on a small core of booster and treatment-like products, some being notably better than others. Just like The Ordinary, some of the formulas are one-note (focusing on a single ingredient or a pair of ingredients, instead of offering a more well-rounded option). This isn’t what research has shown is best for skin any more than eating only one healthy food would be a wise dietary choice; however, at these prices, some of these one-note products can make a nice addition to a great skin care routine.

Another concern is that almost all of the packaging is in bottles that need to be stored out of light to protect their ingredients. And we’re not thrilled that one or two products include citrus ingredients known to be irritating and the drying type of alcohol. Unlike many of the options from The Ordinary, however, the textures of the Good Molecules products are generally quite nice and layer well.

Still, the line’s philosophy is solid and there are some worthy entries, as long as you keep your expectations realistic (a single ingredient isn’t the solution to any skin concern). For more information about Good Molecules, visit https://www.beautylish.com/b/good-molecules.

 

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