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 Good Molecules
There’s no shortage of affordable skincare brands, from The Ordinary to The Inkey List to your regular drugstore brands, we certainly have a lot of options. I’m personally biased towards GM for the following reasons:
- Research-proven ingredients – Not unique to GM but a key factor 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 useless 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 it’s nice to see brands put effort into their aesthetics as well.
- 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 them, which defeats the purpose of the product.
- Cruelty-free – I’ll admit I’m not a stickler for this, but I do try to use CF products when I can, so this is a bonus point for sure.
I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of their products and honestly they’re all fantastic. But if I had to pick a few to recommend, it would be these:
My Good Molecule Favorites
Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches
My past experiences with eye patches have been pretty negative, so I had low hopes for this one. Except it actually did hydrate and depuff my eye area thanks to its essence-soaked hydrogel patches. Despite how juicy they are, they did not slide around my face and have been perfect for use during my nuFace sessions. If you’re overwhelmed with the variety of kbeauty eye patches, skip those (most of them are crap anyway) and get these instead!
→ $18 for 60 patches at Beautylish
Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
I’m a huge fan of enzyme-based exfoliating powders! They gently remove dead skin without the harshness of acids or physical scrubs and instantly leave me with softer skin. My old favorite was the AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder, which is divine but expensive af. While this feels a bit grittier, the results are comparable, and the price is so much more reasonable! A great option if you want a gentler alternative to the conventional exfoliants.
→ $16/60g at Beautylish
Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer
I was initially underwhelmed by this as a moisturizer as I didn’t find it moisturizing for my dry winter skin. However, it works wonderfully as a primer to keep my foundation from creasing or sliding, and I don’t need to worry about pilling because it’s silicone-free! I did test this again as a moisturizer in Taiwan where it’s much more humid, and it worked wonderfully there. As a primer, it should work for all except really oily skin types, and as a moisturizer, it’ll work for all but dry skin!
→ $14/50ml at Beautylish
Any of their face oils
Good Molecules has a Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil($10), Squalane Oil ($8), and Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil ($10), which is a blend of camellia oil and sea buckthorn oil. I personally love the Squalane for how light yet moisturizing it feels, and it’s the one I use the most to mix with my moisturizers. The Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil is thicc, but my skin drinks it up in the wintertime. I’ve also been mixing it with the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos and lemme tell you, the concoction is incredible. Plus, smaller bottles are travel friendly and keeps the oils from going rancid before you finish them!
→ $8-$10 each, or $28 for all 3 at Beautylish
Instant Cleansing Balm
If you just want something gentle that removes makeup well and doesn’t sting your eyes or leave a film, definitely give this one a try. It reminds me a lot of the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm but slightly less balmy and at a fraction of the price. FYI it does contain polyethylene, so those avoiding microplastic in skincare will want to skip this one.
→ $15/75g at Beautylish
I’ve also tried some of their serums, and while nice, I think it’s worth the extra $$ to buy ones that deliver better results. As for their famous Niacinamide Brightening Toner, sadly I have not tried it yet, but every review I’ve seen so far has been positive. So for those that don’t want to spend a ton on toners (and you really shouldn’t), I do think it’s worth checking out!