Versed Skincare — What to skip & what you can’t miss

Versed Skincare, the affordable and aesthetically pleasing skincare brand, is taking the beauty space by storm. With accessible products (hello Target) and a skin-first approach, the minimalist brand makes it easy to stock your beauty shelf with good-for-you ingredients in chic packaging. As a Versed newcomer, I tried everything in the Haul of Fame (a bundle of best-sellers)—here’s everything I thought that was not-so-worthwhile, worthy of a try, and worth a buy.

Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm

If you haven’t tried a cleansing balm to remove your makeup — like me prior to writing this review — I highly recommend dropping everything to go experience this life-changing skincare step.

This rich, smooth, and eucalyptus-kissed polish truly melts any makeup, sunscreen, and residue in its path. It’s a heavenly first step in any skin-care routine, Versed’s balm in particular removed eye makeup, mascara, and tinted sunscreen with ease, leaving my skin feeling nourished, not stripped. I did feel like I needed to follow up with a cleanser (more on that soon) but overall this is a glorious step that I will happily include in my nightly routine.

Overall rating: BUY

Versed Wash it Out Gel Cleanser

Advertised as the tag team duo with the Day Dissolve Balm, this gel cleanser is worthy of a lather. It feels minty fresh and looks clinically clean, which is welcomed after a decadent balm. Used together as a double cleanser, I’m all about it. Would I use it on its own? Probably not — I’d likely reach for a trusty bottom-shelf cleanser like a CeraVe.

Overall rating: GIVE IT A TRY

Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen

Ah mineral sunscreen, so important to wear . . . so hard to nail. Truth be told, Versed has a great product. At first use, I didn’t think it would hold up in my daily routine. But here I am a week later, using it every AM. It’s creamy — not grainy, glides on smooth, rubs in, and best of all, includes zinc oxide, my no. 1 ingredient when it comes to protecting the face. Plus, the packaging sparks joy every time I reach for it.

Overall rating: GIVE IT A TRY

Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

I’m new to the retinol train, but as a late-twenty-something I know it’s important. Lo and behold this gentle formula is “a retinol serum specifically formulated for sensitive skin types and first-time retinol users” and thus, I feel seen. This gateway retinol is perfect for coming-of-age skin and mild enough to be used daily.

Overall rating: BUY

Versed Dew Point Moisturizer

The good: hydrating. The cool gel formula feels hydrating and nourishing on skin, especially if you’ve been in the sun. Bonus points for its multi-use recipe (aka you can use day and night) I love a versatile moisturizer. The eh: jelly. Granted, this was exactly the purpose of the moisturizer — to provide folks with a feather-light recipe for those who don’t like the traditional cream texture. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m in the milky moisturizer camp, I’ll always reach for something silky soft and creamy. Taken with a grain of salt, but I’m simply not sold on preference alone.

Overall rating: SKIP

Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream

This little pot of peach crème truly “applies like butter” to help lined, bag-accompanied, and tired eyes. As far as eye treatment goes, it’s pleasant, smells great, and is lightweight on the undereye. While it works overtime, I wish it locked in more moisture on the spot (à la a little Vaseline under the eyes).

Overall rating: SKIP

Will I be back? Absolutely. I’m a newly admitted fan who can’t wait to try all the Versed Skin lotions and potions!

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