BeautycounterCountertime Radiance Firming Complex
1 fl. oz. for $60
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This creamy serum comes with the promise that it will "work overtime" to fight both wrinkles and discolorations. While it certainly has ingredients to do both, we can't rate it highly because there are also ingredients that can do more harm than good to skin.

For the positives: This absolutely feels moisturizing thanks to its mix of emollients and plant oils. Another high mark is the antioxidant-packed formula, which can help prevent—perhaps even repair—free-radical damage.

When it comes to fading discolorations, this doesn't contain the gold standard hydroquinone, although it does contain tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a form of vitamin C that can aid in lightening dark spots and reducing wrinkle depth. This also comes in a container that will keep its beneficial ingredients protected from light and air degradation.

This does not get a higher rating because of ingredients near the bottom of the ingredient list. Though not present in high amounts, orange and lemon extracts, ginger root extract, and jasmine and rose oils all pose a risk of irritation, which is pro-aging. They make this serum smell nice, but as we've said many times before, fragrance is not skincare!

Give this one a pass—you'll find much better options on our list of Best Serums.


  • Creamy serum will moisturize skin.
  • Contains a variety of antioxidants to help protect against free-radical damage.
  • Contains a form of vitamin C that can help reduce wrinkle depth and dark spots.


  • Contains fragrant skin irritants orange, lemon, and ginger root, plus jasmine and rose oils, which is a problem for skin.
Last Updated:02.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Radiance Firming Complex is like a serum, but richer and creamier. It hydrates skin while working overtime to combat the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Sclerotium Gum, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Palmitate/Succinate, Propanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Trehalose, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sucrose, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sea Water, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Artemisia Pallens Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
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Beautycounter At-A-Glance

Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.

For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.

Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.

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