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June 27, 2017

We Tried It: The Drugstore Moisturizer That Beat Out a $440 Face Cream

Today we’re here to answer the age-old question: Is there really a difference between drugstore face moisturizer and ones that cost hundreds of dollars? If it costs that much money, it has to be worth the investment, right?


I’ve been convinced for many years that for a beauty product to work, it has to be a splurge. I’ve saved up for trendy serums, lip plumpers that celebs swear by, and even face masks that are made of actual gold. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve probably spent on products that were just so-so, even though they promised to be the fountain of youth. I probably could have bought that designer bag I’ve been dreaming of for years (at least a few times!) if I had kept myself from pressing the “buy” button on my skincare shopping cart too many times.

In an attempt to be more mindful with my beauty spending without sacrificing my skin, I decided to do a little more research on what products are affordable and actually work. And I found that when it comes to anti-aging creams, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams (including one that’s a whopping $440!) according to a recent study by the Good Housekeeping Institute. I was completely floored. Olay’s cream only costs $26.99 so I knew I had to give it a try. Guess what?

The hype was totally justified.

I could see a difference immediately with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. My skin looks plumped and dewy every time I use it. It definitely hydrates better than most anti-aging creams I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tested my fair share over the past few years!). I’m not alone: In Good Housekeeping Institute’s test, participants saw that Olay’s cream moisturized 400% better than a cream almost 18 times it’s price.

As for fighting wrinkles and fine lines, I can already see them beginning to soften. I’ve been integrating Olay Regenerist Mico-Sculpting Cream into my daily beauty routine both AM and PM, putting on a thick layer before bed to treat my fine lines and apply under my makeup each morning to keep my complexion hydrated and fresh. My skin is usually crazy dry, but Olay’s Regenerist cream doesn’t seem to quit!

Clearly, I’m a big fan of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and had to share. It just goes to show that you don’t always need to spend the big bucks to find a product that actually works…and one that works better than you ever imagined!

I partnered with Olay on this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own #ageless #ad.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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