Two weeks ago, I talked about my luxury skincare picks and mentioned that price ≠ quality. This post, featuring one of my favorite affordable skincare brands, Good Molecules, is proof of that.
Why I’m a fan of Good Molecules Skincare
There’s no shortage of affordable skincare brands, from The Ordinary to The Inkey List to your regular drugstore options, we certainly have a lot to choose from. I’m personally biased towards GM for the following reasons:
🔬 Research-proven ingredients
Not unique to Good Molecules but still important to consider when it comes to skincare. While new ingredients sound fun and exciting, you’re most likely to see results with formulas that have been appropriately tested and researched.
🧪 No-frills formula
Rather than filling their products with unnecessary ingredients like fragrance or fancy-sounding-but-actually-useless botanicals, they stick to the essentials. This minimizes any chances of sensitivities or irritations.
✨ Beautiful packaging
Yes, I know looks aren’t everything, but who doesn’t like pretty things? Good Molecules’ minimal yet colorful packaging really pops when compared to the monochrome palette of similar brands.
🧈 Elegant textures
Can be a hit or miss in lower-priced brands, and when they’re a miss, it makes us less inclined to use the products, which defeats the purpose of buying them in the first place. Everything I’ve tried from Good Molecules has been pleasant on the skin with no discomfort or pilling.
I’ll admit I’m not a stickler for this, but I do try to use cruelty-free products when I can. Cooper and Shelly both approve as well.
I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of Good Molecules skincare products and honestly they’re all great for the price. But if I had to pick a few to recommend, it would be these:
What about Good Molecules serums?
You’ll notice that I haven’t listed any of their serums, and here’s why:
Objectively they’re still decent. For the price you can’t expect them to perform on the level of $$$ but if you’re looking for basic hydration or brightening, Good Molecules won’t disappoint.
Subjectively they’re just not enough for my 30+ dry skin when I’m looking for noticeable antiaging results. That’s why I’m ok spending more money for serums that do, but saving money in other areas by using Good Molecules’ other products!
Want to learn more about serums? Face serums 101: What, when, and how to use them
Good Molecules vs The Ordinary
I haven’t tried too many products from The Ordinary, but from what I’ve tested so far and what I hear from other skincare bloggers, The Ordinary’s product textures can be a hit or miss. Pilling seems to be a major issue, something I’ve never experienced with Good Molecules.
On the other hand, The Ordinary has a HUGE variety of different serums at different %, with some of these options being more potent than what Good Molecules has to offer! TO really dives into the science in their product description as well, so if you’re a skincare pro, you might prefer their offering.
Good Molecules vs The Inkey List
I’ve tested both brands significantly, and I would say The Inkey List is a happy medium between Good Molecules and The Ordinary. It has more potent options (like their Vitamin C 30%) and more products than Good Molecules, but not an overwhelming amount like TO.
The Inkey List’s product textures are also quite elegant, but sadly their packaging is the least attractive of the 3. Both The Ordinary and Good Molecules use mostly glass packaging while Inkey List’s bottles are all plastic.
Which affordable skincare brand is the best one?
Best is obviously subjective, but I think each of the 3 have carved out a niche for themselves and produced some fantastic products. It really comes down to what you’re looking for and your personal preferences, but you can’t go wrong with any of the big 3!