There are so many skincare products on the market that sometimes the easiest thing to do is just to buy the stuff you’ve heard of a million times. But are super-hyped products always worth it? As a beauty editor, I’ve tried so many moisturizers, serums, toners, and masks (rough life, I know) that I’ve become pretty desensitized to what’s buzzy and try my best to pay attention to what really works.
Sometimes the trendy stuff really does live up to its reputation, but often there are sleeper hits hiding on less-visible shelves that are either cheaper or have higher-quality ingredients. In an effort to help you get the most out of your purchases, I’ve put together this very honest list of eight products you’ve likely bought due to how much air time they get, plus eight swaps to consider instead next time you shop.
Keep scrolling to take my beauty editors’ take on overrated versus underrated skincare.