The 15 Most Reviewed Skin Care, Makeup and Hair Products on Dermstore

BY Christina Heiser · December 21, 2018

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If you buy beauty products on the regular, then sometimes you know that the process can be hit or miss. A mascara might claim to offer insane volume but could very well leave your lashes dry and flaky. That’s why it’s always a good idea to read reviews before turning over any of your hard-earned dough.

Here at Dermstore, we sell products that shoppers keep purchasing again and again, from brands that are otherwise only sold at dermatologist offices to lines that are exclusive to spas and salons to indie brands that are about to be the next big thing. Some are such cult favorites that shoppers consistently give them a whopping 5-star mark. Want to know which beauty products got the top scores this year? Here are our 15 most-reviewed products (at the time of publication)—and why Dermstore shoppers think you should give them a spot in your beauty routine.

SKIN

1. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

With 1,400+ reviews, this sunscreen is beloved by Dermstore shoppers—and for good reason. Some sunscreens are greasy—but not this one, which was specially designed for acne-prone skin. This clear SPF protects against UVA and UVB rays and is formulated with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and pore-clearing lactic acid.

“Wears great on its own or under makeup. Even though it is very emollient and moisturizing it does not cause excess oil, and I often find myself skipping or not needing foundation since I started using this sunscreen,” writes one Dermstore shopper. Another customer calls this product “the best sunscreen I have ever used” and love the fact that “it’s lightweight, absorbs really well and does not leave an obvious white layer on the skin.”

2. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Antioxidants like vitamin C are a skin care must. After all, they protect your skin from free radicals, which can damage skin and lead to wrinkles. Enter this super-potent antioxidant serum which showcases vitamin C to brighten and protect skin, vitamin E to boost skin’s moisture barrier and ferulic acid to boost the effects of both vitamins. With 1,050+ reviews, this serum has a huge following.

As one Dermstore shopper puts it: “This is everything you want in a vitamin C serum ingredients wise.” Another Dermstore shopper calls this serum “magic in a bottle,” and writes: “I was skeptical in the beginning due to the high cost but I was ready to do anything to fix my skin! I’ve been using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic for a week now and I’ve seen a DRASTIC fading of acne spots.” Another review even says, “I love this! I use it every day and when I don’t, I notice a difference. It brightens my skin and I always get compliments on it.”

3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are all the rage these days and DHC’s version is one of the most popular. In fact, it’s been reviewed 590+ times! With olive oil and vitamin E, this cleansing oil removes makeup, dirt and other impurities without leaving skin greasy. “I love this cleansing oil. It works really well to remove any makeup and dirt and even unclogs pores,” says one Dermstore shopper. “My face feels hydrated and super clean after using this.”

Many Dermstore reviewers say they use this cleansing oil as the first step in a double cleanse. One such reviewer writes about this cleansing oil: “It is the first step in my 2-step cleansing process. It does a great job removing my makeup and sunscreen. It is gentle on my sensitive skin, leaving no residue after using my cleanser. Highly recommend this product.”

4. Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser

When you’re dealing with both acne and signs of aging, it might feel like there’s no one product that addresses both. The thing is, this cleanser does exactly that, so it makes sense that 570+ Dermstore shoppers have left reviews. Formulated with glycolic acid, this cleanser resurfaces skin for a clearer, smoother complexion.

“I have used this cleanser exclusively for the past year,” writes one Dermstore customer. “It is mild, not drying, and leaves my skin clear. I have never been prone to breakouts, but do have the occasional whitehead and those have basically disappeared.” Another Dermstore shopper shares, “This cleanser is great for sensitive skin. It works really well without irritation. It thoroughly cleanses and moisturizes.”

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Most exfoliators aren’t gentle enough for daily use, but this one is, so it makes sense that it gets a ton of love from Dermstore customers. In fact, it’s been reviewed 400+ times. There aren’t any harsh granules in this product. Instead, it utilizes a rice-based enzyme powder to gently exfoliate skin and leave it looking brighter and feeling smoother. The daily exfoliator is activated when you add water to it and salicylic acid is released to do the job of exfoliating. There are also brightening ingredients like grapefruit and soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal in the formula.

“I’ve used this almost daily for over ten years as a follow-up to my regular face-washing routine,” writes one Dermstore customer. “It’s great for removing any residual dirt and especially for soap-resistant sunscreen. Important product at home and on the road!” Another shopper adds, “Love, love, love the product! Very effective yet mild. My skin feels clean, smooth and soft after use.”

HAIR

1. Harry Josh® Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Aside from its gorgeous mint-green exterior and quick-drying power? This award-winning masterpiece was created by Harry Josh, one of the most sought-after editorial hairstylists in the world and the hairstylist behind some of the most famous manes on the runway and the red carpet. And because it’s been featured several times on magazines and on A-list celebrities’ Instagram feeds, it’s no wonder it’s been reviewed more than 380 times.

“Best hair dryer by far!” raves one Dermstore reviewer. “Definitely an investment piece but one that pays off. It dries my long layered hair in 10 to 15 minutes at most while keeping each individual fine and delicate strand healthy and shiny.” Another Dermstore shopper says, “The speed of this dryer is fantastic, but what really got me what the ionizing feature, which made my hair noticeably shinier and smoother.”

2. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - Aerosol

Clocking in at 175+ reviews, this dry shampoo spray is a hair care fave among Dermstore shoppers. It sops up grease in a flash, imparting a soft touch to roots. Plus, the oat milk in the formula smooths hair.

“I’ve used many dry shampoos and this is among the best,” writes one Dermstore reviewer. “It leaves my hair looking, feeling and smelling clean those days in between washes. It doesn’t leave my hair with a gritty residue and it doesn’t weigh it down.” Another Dermstore reviewer has this to say: “I have tried a few dry shampoos but this is definitely the BEST one. It doesn’t irritate my dry scalp and it really helps turn my hair from an oily mess to soft and clean-feeling.”

3. Nick Chavez Amazon Hair Body Building Spray

If you’re looking to build volume, look no further than this styling spray, which has been reviewed more than a 119 times. Bonus: It’s packed with good-for-your-hair ingredients like panthenol to moisturize your mane while locking in style. (No stiff crunchiness here!)

“Great volumizer for my fine, limp hair,” writes one Dermstore customer. “Holds my hair in place and stays soft and movable all day!” Another Dermstore customer says this has been their go-to hairspray for years. “I have found that it holds my hairstyle as long as I need it to and my hair remains soft,” writes the customer.

4. DHS Clear Shampoo

For those with uber-sensitive skin, turn your attention to this gentle shampoo, which has been reviewed 103 times. Designed for the most sensitive scalps, this shampoo is free of harsh detergents that can cause irritation.

“Although a bit skeptical about [the] product at first, this has turned out to be [the] best shampoo I have ever used,” writes one Dermstore customer. Another customer elaborates on why they’ll keep recommending this shampoo: “No more fear of shampoo chemicals causing skin eruptions. I am thrilled to have found a comfortable and affordable solution.”

5. DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Heat tools often cause damage, but not this one. That’s why it’s been reviewed nearly 80 times. Simply brush dry hair slowly to straighten it without causing damage. Whether you have wavy, curly or frizzy hair, you’ll see results, say Dermstore customers.

“I have enormous curly, frizzy hair,” writes one Dermstore customer. “I have used [a] blow dryer and round brush, flat irons, curling irons, heated brushes, all kind of hair-straightening contraptions and nothing has ever beaten my hair into soft, shiny, straight submission until DAFNI! This brush is the most incredible invention ever.” Adds another Dermstore shopper, “I have extremely thick, wavy hair, so I have always hated straightening it due to the time it takes. This brush has made straightening my hair so much faster and easier! I love it!”

MAKEUP

1. SmartFX The Original SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer

To get the lashes of their dreams, Dermstore customers opt for this lash enhancer that works to lengthen and strengthen their fringe, thanks to the biotin, peptides and panthenol in the formula. And what really sets this apart from other lash enhancers, according to 3,730 Dermstore shoppers, is the non-irritating formula and affordable price point.

“I have very sensitive skin and every other eyelash enhancer that I have tried would leave my eyes red, raw and burning,” writes one reviewer. “This gave results within two weeks and does not irritate my eyes at all.” Another Dermstore customer says they don’t have to use mascara because of this product. “I apply it morning and night and it keeps my [eyelashes] healthy and thick and long,” they write. “I don’t wear mascara and I never have and this product ensures that I can continue that trend!”

2. Colorescience Skin Perfector Brightening Primer SPF 20

If you want your foundation to look its best, applying a primer underneath is a must. This primer, which 223 Dermstore customers have reviewed, not only smooths skin but also brightens, calms and protects against UV damage and offers sun protection. Talk about a multitasker!

“I have oily skin and have a very hard time finding anything that does not break me out,” explains one Dermstore reviewer. “This primer is wonderful. It does not break me out and has improved my skin tone. Absorbs completely without leaving an oily feel to your skin.” Adds another, “This is a wonderful alternative to tinted sunscreen! I use this all over and then brush on the loose powder sunscreen! Clean formula. I have problematic skin and this product does not cause any irritation or breakouts.”

3. DHC Velvet Skin Coat

With 190+ reviews, this is another primer that our shoppers can’t get enough of. Its gel texture smooths fine lines and pores and also keeps oiliness at bay. Plus, it’s formulated with skin-softening olive oil.

One Dermstore customer raves, “It’s true! Makeup glides on and stays. There is NO drying effect. It seems to fill the fine lines so the makeup doesn’t cake.” Another Dermstore shopper writes, “Velvet Skin Coat keeps my face looking matte without looking or feeling dry. It also evens tone and minimizes pores. I use this over my moisturizer and [my] skin feels totally comfortable. Also, this has no fragrance and washes off easily. Totally recommend.”

4. jane iredale PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation Refill SPF 20

Racking up more than 188 reviews, this foundation/concealer/powder/sunscreen is chock-full of antioxidants and offers buildable coverage while feeling extremely comfortable on the skin.

This Dermstore customer’s review says it all: “For years I have been plagued with scarring on my face left by a burn accident. This foundation is the only makeup that both hides and heals my skin imperfections. I’m finally willing to show my face again.” Another reviewer adds, “I have been using this powder for years and I will not use any other powder. I have acne-prone skin and this powder is perfect for light daily use. It does not feel thick and does not clog pores.”

 

5. beautyblender beautyblender original

beautyblender is a favorite of makeup artists and Dermstore customers alike, with more than 139+ reviews. This egg-shaped sponge makes applying foundation a cinch (seriously, no streaks!). Use the pointy tip to apply foundation easily around creases of your nose, mouth and eyes; use the rounded edge to blend foundation onto your forehead, cheeks and chin.

“The best makeup applicator out there!” raves one Dermstore customer. “It does not soak up and waste product and helps to put [the] product on smooth!” Another adds, “I’ve really love my beautyblender. It helps avoid the streakiness that you sometimes get when using a traditional makeup brush. Plus it’s easy to clean, which is another positive.”

Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the offi... Read More >

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