Drum roll please! Announcing the results of our first Face-Off Challenge!
In August we announced our first ever Face-Off Challenge to the community as a way to truly test the effectiveness of the claims of two different eye creams. The challenge was blind - so we sent out samples of two different creams repackaged so that our testers didn’t know what was in each. We asked you to apply each twice a day, over the course of 30 days, and upload photos everyday so that we can see real results of each cream.
First, let’s look at who took the challenge, what they felt are their biggest skin care concerns, and a bit more about them:
We asked which creams you wanted to see tested and 131 suggestions came through! You all had incredible suggestions that we’ve documented for future Face-Off Challenges. Ultimately we decided to test two of the most popular and readily available brands out there so that we could find the truth about the brands that most women have access to in the US.
And the winner is…
Without further ado, the winner is… there is no winner! Neither cream had conclusive and significant data to earn it the designation as the winner.
We asked all of our testers to tell us which sample they thought was the most effective:
We also asked a larger group of about 1000 people to weigh in on their thoughts, based on the before and after photo submissions. Their results are below:
(If you’d like to see all of the before and after photos, see this post!)
This might sound anticlimactic, but it’s not a bad thing! It means that you have options out there - that the more expensive option isn’t always the more effective option. But more on that later… let’s learn more about what you thought about each cream.
More respondents said they felt Sample A - Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream - worked better for their skin than Sample B. Respondents quoted that they “saw less depth to wrinkles”, that “this product worked beautifully at reducing fine lines and evening out skin tone”, and that the product was “thick”, “creamy”, and “hydrating”, so they didn’t have to use much product to get maximum results.
Whitney, who reported “Aging” and “dark circles” as her largest skincare concerns reported that Sample A was most effective for her skin. In her own words, “my experience with product ‘A’ was great. The cream itself was light, odorless, went on the skin smoothly and showed fairly quick results compared to product ‘B’.”
Check out the results Whitney got!
Brooke, another fan of Sample A, said, “first, I LOVED the scent of both A and B; however, the consistency of A was thicker and I had to use much less product. I saw a very slight difference between the effectiveness between A and B but my husband and I both agreed that we saw less depth to wrinkles in the mornings upon awakening on the right side with product A.” See for yourself below:
Sample B - Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream - also had plenty of favorites. Twenty-four percent of respondents rated Pond’s as effective, even some of those who ultimately chose Olay as their favorite. The most common feedback was that “both worked, but Sample A worked faster and less product was needed.”
@Freedom said, “Product B also has a clean scent, which I like. Its consistency is thick. It spreads easily, but left a sticky after feeling on my skin. This didn’t bother me, however. I experienced some tightening of my upper eyelid, and a noticeable reduction in under eye puffiness with this cream.” Before and after photos below:
The conclusion - why pay more?
So, what does this mean? What is the point of completing all of these scientific tests, putting our testers through 30 days of applications and photo uploads, to arrive at basically a tie? The point is - sometimes the more expensive product is just as effective as the cheaper one, and the proof is in the testing. Now you know that you can get the same results and save $15, so why not?
So there you have it. One of the great mysteries of life - solved!
We hoped you enjoyed our first Face-Off! Our next Face-Off is coming up quickly - we will be testing Dark Circle creams - and we’d love for you to participate!
If you are passionate about skin care and want to follow important studies like these, or participate in our next one, then click here to read our FAQ and sign up for our next event!