Comparing Biossance and Beauty Counter is a comparison between two skincare brands with a similar vision and business model. Both brands focus on using ethically created and sourced ingredients and a clean, environmentally friendly manufacturing process. They both also make most of their sales direct to the customer, avoiding retail stores for most of their business.
If I had to recommend one of these 2 brands, In my opinion Biossance are better because I like their blend of ingredients and packaging. Biossance feels like a more serious brand which gives me more confidence that it is going to work. I especially love the brands use of Squalene, lipids and ceramides, three innovative skincare ingredients.
In this article I want to show you and compare a few skincare products from the Beauty Counter and Biossance product range. I’ll focus on two creams and two serums that I think are the most exciting and bestselling products these brands produce. If you are in a hurry, the table below compares a few key difference between the 2 brands and scroll down further to see our top choice moisturising creams and vitamin C serums.
- Strong belief in achieving clean beauty.
- Feminine and girly packaging that looks a little cheap.
- Have built a reputation for their popular vitamin C serum that is often seen as a potential dupe for luxury skincare brands products.
- The brands squalene moisturiser is excellent for dry skin.
- The ingredients lists always sounds great but some ingredients effectiveness isn’t proven yet.
- Packaging looks sophisticated and more earth and scientific than Beauty Counters marketing style.
Comparing Biossance and Beauty Counter Moisturising creams.
Choosing the right cream can help to moisturise and hydrate our skin with more intensity than a regular moisturiser. Not only can a cream hydrate dry skin but creams can also help form a protective barrier on your skin and in doing so help to smoothen out the appearance of your wrinkles and potentially offer other anti ageing benefits.
Biossance Squalene & Omega Repair Cream.
First up is the gently aromatic, plant based Biossance Squalane + Omega repair cream. This is a thick moisturising cream that has a blend of ingredients for soothing dry skin, reducing redness and the signs of ageing. I recommend using this as a night cream because a small blob of formula will spread widely across your face with good coverage, but the thick creamy texture won’t blend well with foundation or other thick makeup products. You could comfortably wear this if you plan to spend the day lounging around at home, relaxing and letting your skin recover and soak up some moisture.
Who will like it and why
If you have a dry or combination skin type the Squalane cream is a good choice, but its way too heavy for greasy skin unless you are willing to spread the formula sparingly and avoid the areas of skin that experiences the most grease or acne. Dry skin can benefit from a thick cream because they can provide more hydration than a regular moisturising lotion. The heavy and thick texture is more hydrating, especially when it contain the right emollient ingredients. an emollient can smoothen and soften your skin and hydrate so your skin cells don’t dry out so easily.
Squalene is in the name but a number of other fresh and healthy ingredients are blended into this formula too. Acai Berry sterols have been studied with the belief that they might reduce inflammation, work as an antioxidant and help with your skins immunity and wound fighting ability. A lot of these beliefs are still unproven but traditionally and to a lesser extent in studies it is clear that there berry sterols can have an effect on protecting your skin because they are similar to your skins own natural cholesterol.
However, some studies say that this effect might be reduced when paired with certain other ingredients. This is the case with most skincare product though, we never know for sure if all the goodness in the ingredients list is actually going to be able to penetrate deep into the layers of our skin and work its magic.
This formula also contains ceramides that are becoming more and more widely used in anti-ageing creams. The key benefit of ceramides is that they help reduce skin redness and have some skin healing qualities. There is one ingredient in this formula that is concerning, especially for oily or combination skin types and that is oleic acid. Oleic acid can be a comedogenic which means it is more likely to clog pores.
BeautyCounter Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream
When I first saw this cream I wasn’t impressed but since looking more closely at the ingredients and how it feels to use, it’s grown on me. This supreme cream is a peptide cream. Peptides help stimulate your cells to make proteins. This can stimulate your skins natural collagen production and make your skin appear more elastic and plump as you get older.
Cocoa seed butter is included in this formula and is one of the reasons why the consistency is thick. Cocoa seed butter is high on the comedogenic rating which means it isn’t a good choice for oily skin as it can clog pores, but it’s moisturising qualities are good for dry skin types.
Who Will like it and why
We always associate a slowing down of our skins collagen production with getting old but when we are still young it can benefit us to help support our skin collagen production before it slows down. This might even slow down the signs of ageing if we use it as part of our daily skincare routine.
Peptides have been studied with some good results showing they have an effect on supporting your skins collagen production and can effectively pass your skins barrier with the right concentration. If you have dry skin or ageing skin and you don’t suffer with acne or have an oily skin type then try out this peptide cream and let us know how it feels and affects your skin.
Beauty Counter and Biossance Vitamin C Oil and Serum
Serums and oils usually offer our skin a more intensive dose of ingredients that aim to travel deep into our skin cells and perform miracles. The texture of an oil or serum is usually very thick and highly concentrated which means they can act as a barrier protecting the outermost layer of our skin, softening it and sealing it to stop water loss and dry skin.
Biossance Squalene and Vitamin C Rose oil.
I love the transparent packaging with the rose coloured formula visible. Rose is calming and stress relieving scent but how does it affect our skin? Well, rose extract is known to have anti-inflammatory qualities and is an antioxidant. Squalene, as we’ve mentioned above, is a nice stable oil that occurs naturally in our skin sebum. In this much thinner and richer formula it’s exciting to see a different form of squalene. In the cream it had a heavy texture but in this formula it isn’t heavy or greasy and soaks into your skin well. It’s a top rated moisturising ingredient that’s gaining more and more recognition in the last few years.
Who will like it and why?
Most users of Biossance vitamin C rose oil claim that their skin is smoother, softer and brighter. If you have dry or combination skin then this formula is likely to make your skin feel less flakey and rough and help you feel like your skin is a little more squishy and plump. If you believe in buying cruelty free products then Biossance really go the extra mile to create safe and friendly products. This formula is vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and uses FSC certified wood.
Beauty counter All bright C serum
This popular Vitamin C serum comes in a yellow bottle that is as bright as most vitamin C citrus fruits! Not only is the packaging brightening but the high concentration of vitamin C in this formula can brighten your skin tone. Vitamin C can come under lots of different name and in this formula Beauty Counter use Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate which needs your skin to convert it to pure vitamin C. Your skin has to work a little harder to absorb and make use of this form of vitamin C when compared to the purest form of vitamin C which is know as ascorbic acid.
Beautycounter are transparent about all the ingredient they put into their skincare product which is really refreshing.. It can be difficult to know what you are putting on your skin so more honest ingredient list really help make our choice easier.
Who will like this serum and why?
If you like vitamin c and it’s antioxidant qualities then you’ll enjoy applying this formula. If you have dry or combination skin this formula has some brightening affect, can soften your skin and moisturise well without having to use a lot of product. This serum also has a nice and gentle scent which is really pleasant.
Beauty Counter has a younger style of packaging and feels more feminine and fun when, at the price point these brands charge for their skin care products I really want to look at a bottle and feel like I’m holding something special that I can trust to deliver good results. Biossance sounds and feels like a more serious brand and I really like the simple and sophisticated bottle their Squaline moisturiser comes in.
When it comes to pricing, Biossance offer the lower price across most of their range of products, with some similar products for sale at half the price of Beauty counters alternative. Both brands use a different blend of ingredients in their moisturising creams with Biossance using Squalene and Beauty counter including tetra peptides and thick cocoa butter in the heavy formula.
If you are looking for a moisturising skin cream then Biossance Squalene cream is a great choice for dry skin types. The formula is heavy so might overwhelm greasy skin and could clog pores. Acai berry sterols are also included in this formula and they have a reputation for being anti-inflammatory and calming red skin. In comparison Beauty counters supreme cream contains peptides that can help with collagen production and cocoa seed butter. This formula is really heavy and a great choice for ageing skin or as an intensive moisturiser.
If you prefer to use a serum then both brands sell vitamin C serums. Beauty counter offer their all bright formula which focuses much more on the vitamin C ingredient than Biossance’s squalene rose oil. Both formulas can make your skin feel smoother and look brighter.