How We Review Sets Us Apart

Welcome to the beauty review party that never ends. Wondering if that sunscreen will make you break out? Or maybe you’re curious if that mascara will really grow your eyelashes three times their size. With more reviews coming every week and thousands to search from, you’re sure to find the answer and a whole lot more.

Who We Are

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally continues the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn’t—and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula’s Choice or another brand.

What We Do

From major name brands to small boutique lines and everything in between, we provide detailed, scientifically validated critiques that help you save money and find the best products for your skin.

How We Do It

We assign products a rating of one to five stars.

  • Five stars: Superior. These are top recommended, world-class products.
  • Four stars: Excellent. These are some of the best products around.
  • Three stars: Good—not perfect, but still worth your consideration.
  • Two stars: Fair. These are better than having nothing at all (but not by much).
  • One star: Poor.

Our skincare review ratings are based on published medical and scientific research—not our personal opinions (whereas makeup is, by its nature, more subjective). While each type of product has its own unique criteria that determine its final rating, here are the general questions we try to answer for each review.

  • Who is this best for, and how easy is it to use?
  • Given its ingredient list & formula, can the product live up to all of its claims?
  • If it makes skin-improving claims, does it actually contain ingredients that can help skin (and at effective levels)?
  • Does the product contain any potentially irritating ingredients? How much?
  • How does the product differ from similar types of products, including price?
  • Is the product tested on animals? See animal testing report card.