Finding a mascara you love or a lip color you’re committed to can be tough, but the most difficult thing in beauty may be finding the best face cream for you. It generally involves a lot of Goldilocks-esque trial and errorthis one breaks you out, this one isn’t moisturizing enoughand it’s rare that we find one we’re absolutely crazy about rather than one that just gets the job done. Those days are over: Whether you’re looking to spend $200 or $20, we’ve narrowed it down to the best face cream formulas in each price range.
Fresh Crme Ancienne Soft Cream ($280, fresh.com)
If you’re of the mind that “crazy hydrating” and “weightless” are mutually exclusive terms to describe skin care, this formula will prove you wrong. Its nourishing whipped texture is as lightweight as it gets, and the claim of 24-hour moisture is not an empty promise.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream ($158, caudalie.com)
Firming, hydrating, anti-aging, and radiance-enhancing, there’s nothing this luxurious cream can’t do. The smoothing formula is rich in the brand’s three signature patentsresveratrol lifts and firms, viniferine brightens, and polyphenols provide a heavy dose of antioxidants.
Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer ($65, katesomerville.com)
If you really just don’t know where to start with investing in a moisturizer, start here. It doesn’t matter which skin type you haveeveryone from the very oily and acne-prone to the super sensitive and dry will find success in this creamy, gentle moisturizer. You just can’t go wrong.
Este Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Moisture Creme ($60, esteelauder.com)
For skin that seriously craves both intense moisture as well as brightening power, this vitamin-rich creme will suit you well: It addresses everything from dullness to dehydration.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($30, sephora.com)
This formula goes above and beyond, soothing and hydrating every skin type from the sensitive and acne-prone to the extremely dry, scaly-skinned who suffer from certain skin conditions. If eczema is a problem for you, then you’ll love the FDA-approved concentration of colloidal oatmeal.
Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Moisturizer ($41, origins.com)
This quenching moisturizer is much lauded for its ability to prevent the skin’s natural moisture from escaping the epidermis. Better still, the lightweight texture makes it a good fit for everyone, even oily and combination skin types.
Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream ($12.99, ulta.com)
As far as inexpensive drugstore brands go, Neutrogena is always a solid choicetheir gentle formulas and large variety mean there’s something for everyone. This rich cream has a super hydrating feel that sinks in easily without leaving greasy residue behind, and
Mario Badescu Orange Protective Cream ($18, mariobadescu.com)
For such a relatively low price, this versatile, non-comedogenic face cream cannot be beat. It contains high quality ingredients like a gently exfoliating orange peel extract that prevents flakiness, along with beeswax for long-lasting moisture that won’t clog pores.
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