When shopping for cosmetics, we are often surrounded by products that have beautiful designs, mesmerizing packaging, flowery claims, and hypnotic advertisements. With such products around, we are bound to be attracted to at least one particular product. We know nothing about this product, but it seems to look really promising outwardly. How can we not be confused when deciding if the skincare or cosmetic is truly beneficial? At this point, you might be thinking of whether or not you have time to look up its reviews. Still, let’s be realistic. 9 out of 10 times we don’t have the luxury to stop at a counter and quickly research about a product online.
But worry not! We’re here to share with you an alternative to this, which is the Beautypedia app. All you need to do in this situation is to open the Beautypedia app, scan the product’s bar code, and you’ll instantly be given expert reviews on the product you’re considering to buy. Reading the honest reviews from other verified shoppers who have used the product for some time can be helpful and the critical reviews from certified skincare experts who have personally tried and professionally analysed the products, is even more worthwhile.
In this post, we will be sharing with you about the Beautypedia application which is operated by a group of experts with years of experience in the cosmetic industry and has effectively guided numerous people in selecting the best products for their skin!
Beautypedia is a great source for reliable and well-researched reviews on cosmetics and skincare products in the market. The Beautypedia Research Team pursues and relies on published scientific studies to back up their reviews, just so you have unbiased information on what works, what doesn’t, as well as the sneaky ways you’ll probably be making your skin worse and not better.
The Beautypedia Research Team assigns products a star rating ranging from one to four stars as shown below:
- ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ EXCELLENT
- ☆☆☆☆ GOOD
- ☆☆☆ AVERAGE
- ☆☆ POOR
- ☆ BAD
Their standards of assigning the ratings are:
- How far-fetched are the product’s claims?
- Given the ingredient list, can the product live up to all of its claims?
- How much of a “special ingredient” is actually in the product and how special is it?
- Does the product contain any problematic ingredients?
- How does the product differ from other similar types of products, including price?
- Is the product safe?
- Is the product tested on animals?
How it works
I (Qaph) discovered the Beautypedia App a year ago. Since then, I always make sure to get the advice from Beautypedia before spending money on a skincare product. I often ask people, how do you know if this product is good? The answer- because the beautician says it is good, the salesperson says it suits my skin, or the product description says it does this and that. Depressingly, these sources can be hardly reliable because of the existence of conflict in interests. They want to earn your money, so of course they are going to say good things about the product! Therefore, it is always better if you refer to many online reviews from shoppers first before paying for a product. And now, with technology, the expert advice about a product is at your fingertips.
One thing I absolutely love about the Beautypedia App is that you can instantly get expert reviews on a product by simply scanning the bar-code of a product. Below are a few of the star ratings of products:
- Egyptian Magic Cream has a rating of AVERAGE - ☆☆☆ stars
- OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer has a rating of AVERAGE - ☆☆☆ stars
- PAULA’S CHOICE Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid has a rating of EXCELLENT- ☆☆☆☆☆ stars
Not only does the review come with a rating from one to four stars, but it also includes understandable scientific justifications and analyses on why these skincare experts assign such a rating for a product. So, if you have referred to Beautypedia for a product and your friend asks you why you think a particular product is terrible, you can then reasonably and righteously explain why (because it contains some irritating ingredients, its pH is not right, it doesn’t contain ingredients that uphold its claims, or the packaging is not unstable-ingredient-friendly etc).
Extra Notes on Using Beautypedia
The Beautypedia Research Team only reviews products sold in the US. We tried using the bar-code scanner in the app to scan for products in Watsons and Guardians. Some brands, although they can be found in the US like Avene and L’oreal, they didn’t respond to the scanner because the products have been repackaged in Malaysia, with different bar-codes. But when I tried scanning products directly imported from the US, such as Clinique and Kiehl’s, the scanner worked perfectly.
However, repackaged products only have their bar-codes changed while its ingredients and formula shall remain the same. So, without using the scanner, you can still type in the name of product and find its review in the app. For example, you can’t scan the OLAY Total Effects series products in Malaysia, even when they are sold in the US and exist in the Beautypedia database. In that case you, can still type in the name of the OLAY Total Effects product you are looking for, and the expert reviews of the product will appear. This applies to many products in Malaysia that can’t be scanned, but are sold in the US.
Download Beautypedia App by Scanning the QR Codes Below
- For iOS
- For Android
The great news is, you can check for the same reviews of a product in the Beautypedia App as well as in the wonderful Beautypedia website.
Remember that buying a bad skincare product not only makes you lose money, but also months of your time for which you could have spent using a good product that truly beautifies your skin. I hope Beautypedia can be one of your sources for reliable reviews on the products you are considering buying!
Your Sharing: Have you tried using Beautypedia as a guidance before buying a product? What other sources do you religiously refer to before buying a product?