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on 8/2/2013 4:44:00 AM
More reviews by 4Bella
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Paula's reviews are somewhat bias. Her own products are not that great. At times outdated and rigid opinion about makeup products.
on 7/7/2013 1:15:00 AM
More reviews by ghostlypale
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
This site is still quite useful, and I've got to give her credit for being the first, if not the only, voice to try to cut through the marketing haze that is the makeup industry. Sure, she has a glaring and obvious conflict of interest--she used the popularity of her consumer reports-styled books (Beauty Bible) to launch her own product line. Understandable. However, she has been pushing it ever since, and when Beautypedia was a separate site from her product line and she called herself the "cosmetics cop", she would have completely unqualified rave reviews of her products alongside the "objective" reviews of products from other lines. That always seemed a little deceptive to me, and irritating. Now she has merged Beautypedia into her Paula's Choice product website. In her reviews of other brands, she will even provide links to purchase her own products when she finds an equivalent product she really likes (and has probably copied). That is certainly more honest and transparent, and is a big improvement. However, when you search "best products", for example, you pretty much get a list of her products. Better to search the site in your own way on the "advanced" function. And in fact, the search function and the website in general have been really been improved--it's much easier to navigate. My issue is with the unreliability of the makeup reviews. Makeup is more a matter of taste than skincare, I know, and she seems to prefer a pretty heavy touch, like some of the department store counter reps, judging by her photos over the years, and is rather militantly anti-shimmer. Even taking that into account, I've found the makeup reviews to be very inconsistent and sometimes confounding. She will flag some items for their prices, fragrances and concentrations of ingredients, while others with the same issues will get a pass and a high rating. You've got to do a lot of your own work to sort it through because of this. And I just flat out have disagreed with her descriptions of the merits of many of her recommended makeup products, to the point of rechecking I got the right one, and ended up with lots of returns and wasted money seeking them out. Ironically, in the area where she should have the most conflict of interest, reviews of skincare products, she is much more helpful, perhaps because she is always trying to keep up with an ever-changing and broadening market. I do have some trust in her research on ingredients and her judgment of their efficacy for that reason. Take it with a grain of salt, as reviewers here have said, and shake on some more with the makeup reviews (MUA is far more reliable for those) but it is not a bad place to go to start a skincare search.
13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.
on 6/16/2013 11:42:00 AM
More reviews by yazmin77
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Paulas choice has a range of excellent products on her skin care line each formulated for different concerns, she had very good aha and bha products which are ph balanced and have great ingredients as well as free of harsh ingredients and chemicals which can trigger irritation, her products are quite pricey but they isn't much products out on the market which are effective and work well, Paula's choice offers a money back guarantee so you can be test assured if you don't like the products you scan easily return them.There is also a beautypedia section on paulas choice website where there are skin care and makeup reviews from brands A to Z , it also offers product recommendations from other brands.I think paulas choice products are worth a try in my opinion and you won't be too disappointed because of the money back guarantee.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/13/2013 11:49:00 AM
More reviews by 4665325
Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure
I find her makeup reviews more of a personal opinion rather than based on ingredients. Although she does mention some foundations with alcohol such as Lancome Teint Idole and Dior Nude foundation as an irritant for the skin. For that reason, I have put off buying these foundations, I don't want to take the risk if it is true, there's too many products out there for me to take that chance on my skin.When it comes to skincare I have stopped using a few things because of her recommendations that I actually loved such as Dove beauty bar, Philosophy Purity cleanser, Aveda toner and Lancome Genifique. She mentions how most of them have skin irritants in them that cause collagen breakdown. All I know is i'm not taking the risk. Most reviews I have read mention that a lot of the skin care she gives a poor rating, that they love the product and it doesn't cause any irritation on their skin. She also mentions that you don't always feel the irritant. For example, going into the sun, initially you don't see the damage, you actually like the result, a beautiful tan..........but in the long run, your damaging your skin, years later, the damage shows.So bottom line, I'm not taking the risk, there's too many other products to choose from. OR, go to your dermatologist for product recommendations.
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 6/13/2013 9:44:00 AM
More reviews by zoestark
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Totally unimpressed by her reviews. I find her reviews very bias. I have tried so many products that I absolutely love that she did not give positive reviews. I prefer looking at reviews from the larger makeup sites like Sephora, Ulta, etc. that sometimes have hundreds of people weighing in on a product. For me that is more helpful, and usually more accurate, than what Paula says. Plus she sells her own products. Sorry but a review from someone like that I can't take seriously. She seems so outdated to me.
14 out of 23 people found this review helpful.
on 5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
More reviews by lilinah
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
I have dry, somewhat sensitive, rosacea prone skin. When i hit 60 i thought maybe i should do more for my skin that just wash it and occasionally use sunscreen. I bought a lot of expensive products at sephora (that was fun). But i wanted to know what ingredients and products actually worked.Then i discovered Paula's Beautypedia. I trust her skin care product reviews because, even though she has her own line of products, she does not hesitate to give high ratings to a wide range of other products, from inexpensive drug store brands to higher end (although it's amazing how many insanely expensive products are nuthin' special). And there definitely can be a certain amount of objectivity when it comes to analysing skin care ingredients - some are well known to be irritating or helpful - it isn't just a matter of personal preference. I can now opt for products with larger amounts of beneficial ingredients and avoid products that promise the moon and have few or no remarkable ingredients, or are actually irritating to the skin.Paula doesn't slam natural ingredients. She just points out which ones have good research to indicate whether they are harmful or helpful to the skin. I was rather surprised to read scientific studies (she has links to them) showing that lavender is skin damaging. Paula also links to studies about the benefits of a number of natural ingredients in skin care products, such as tea and caffeine, just to pick two random examples.However, i am less enamoured of the cosmetics reviews. I do look over those for foundations, since that item covers a lot of skin. But her personal taste intervenes in the reviews of product colors and finishes, something not based on the effect of their ingredients on the skin. This is especially true in relation to eye and lip makeup, and to a lesser extent cheek products. Paula prefers neutral colors and matte finishes and is highly critical of brightly colored eye makeup and shimmery finishes. Me, even at my age and with my crepey eyes, i look better with shimmery eye shadows - i tried neutral matte eyeshadows and looked like a recently exhumed mummy. And i LOVE bright colors on lips and eyes, when used judiciously, of course. So naturally i still come to makeupalley to check out cosmetics.I think that makeup colors and finishes are more a matter of personal taste and thus subjective. Skin care ingredients really can be treated objectively, based on whether the ingredients actually do anything beneficial or are irritating. I'm still giving the Beautypedia a 5 rating because of the vast number of well thought out skin care reviews. Just "caveat" when reading the makeup reviews.
11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
on 4/27/2013 12:23:00 PM
More reviews by mperez14
Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure
I understand everybody has there own opinions, but she's completely biased. Everybody's face is different & half the products she said were "poor" worked really well for some people. Next.
on 4/18/2013 4:07:00 AM
More reviews by littleantlers85
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
I think Beautypedia can be useful... to an extent. However, I don't trust everything that is said on that site. For example, it talks about how sodium hyaluronate (the salt equivalent of hyaluronic acid) is a good ingredient in skincare, but that hyaluronic acid is better. However, when you look at all the research, it shows that the hyaluronic acid molecule is too big to be absorbed into the skin, whereas sodium hyaluronate is a smaller molecule that can be absorbed. So... what's the point of rating hyaluronic acid as a better ingredient if it cannot be absorbed? This makes me skeptical as to the scientific basis of Beautypedia. I think it's far from infallible.
10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
on 2/7/2013 7:35:00 PM
More reviews by kiaboo1980
Skin: Very Oily, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Medium
I have to add my 2 cents here. I have used Paula's Choice and always referenced Beautypedia before I made a purchase. But now, I'm not so sure she's any more of an "expert" than anyone else who knows how to read. All she does is read the ingredient list and makes a judgement solely based on that. For instance, if something contains essential oil, even if it's diluted, she'll give it a poor review. She says it's a "potential" irritant. Well, so is BHA if it isn't diluted properly. I use essential oils all the time and know they are safe when properly diluted. Which brings me to this point. Paula has always been against products based on natural plant ingredients. Well, can somebody please tell me why she created a natural, plant based line of products? MmmHmm, right. She'll put down other companies for making natural products, but turn around and do the same thing. Her products are not the creme de la creme. Believe me, I drank the Paula's Choice kool-aid and used her products for nearly a year. I didn't get any results. I tried sample packets of her cleansers and they all irritated my skin. I decided not to buy the full size. I bought the full sized BHA, Skin Balancing and Resist Toners, Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, and resist serum. I bought 3 or 4 bottles throughout the year. The BHA liquid was okay, but didn't give me the ultra smooth skin I was looking for. I use Mandelic Acid now and it works much better. The Skin Balancing and Resist toners irritated my skin. The Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is really nice. I like it. The serums didn't irritate my skin, but I didn't get any results from them. I went through 4 tubes of the Resist serum with no results. I tried sample packets of the moisture mask, and it's irritating. I tried samples of her retinol serum and it was gross. It was like putting baby oil on my face. Moral of the story is, if you decide to buy her products, get samples first. You might be disappointed. As much trash as she talks about other companies, you'd think her products would be superior but they aren't. She doesn't test her finished products in a lab. She'll use research of various ingredients that do work, like vitamin c for example, but it's not her actual product that's being tested. There's no way of knowing if the vehicle in which the ingredients are suspended will work. Yes, her serums are full of antioxidants, but did they work for me? No. Something about the way her serums are made, make them ineffective. I've always gotten that "glowy" skin from antioxidant serums such as SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, and Jan Marini. These companies test their finished product in the lab and have results to prove their products' effectiveness. They have controlled studies using real people, with real skin issues. Their products may not have 50 different antioxidants in them, but at least they work. Paula's choice doesn't. Bottom line: take her reviews with a HUGE grain of salt. She is totally biased and not any more of an expert than you are. Don't stop using a product you like just because she says so.
43 out of 56 people found this review helpful.
on 1/7/2013 6:56:00 PM
More reviews by Ispania
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I try to use beautipedia every time I need to buy makeup or skin care. Some of her choises did not work for me as ,for example, some of Neutrogena skin care. However I do rely on her site when it comes to ingredients, amount of antioxidant and other skin beneficial staff and UVA protection. When it comes to the feeling of the skin or skin reaction I prefer to choose myself, because as, i said earlier, some of her choises are really not for my skin, despite the best ingredients they contain.
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