I Tested All 19 Versed Skincare Products So You Don't Have To
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This is Versed. The new affordable skincare line created by the makers of WhoWhatWear. Versed is the answer to the question, “Why is there no affordable, safe, and effective skincare on the market?” The brand’s leader Kathrine Power, co-founder of CliqueMedia, wanted to create skincare that was results driven and uncomplicated while also being clean and environmentally friendly. Versed accomplishes all of this with their science-backed formulas that meet EU standards (some of the strictest in the world!), easy to read packaging with icons that allow you to determine a product’s purpose fast (cactus for dryness, target for problem skin, sun for dullness), and simple packaging that allowed for a lower price point overall and easy recyclability, because no one needs an ornately shaped tub of moisturizer that takes up 1/3 of your medicine cabinet and costs $58. Versed is unfussy but with it’s pastel hues is still ready for it’s #shelfie on IG.
I’d heard about Versed before it’s launch when I participated in a survey through Byrdie’s private FB group The Beauty Line, though I didn’t know what would ever become of it a year later. But when I saw the launch drop at Target two weeks ago I remembered their stunning marketing I had voted on and knew I had to get my hands on everything ASAP. Thanks to Target’s new Drive Up feature, 20 minutes later I was in possession of all 19 products and I got to testing. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on every single product, conveniently grouped with their concern, so you (and me!!) don’t get overwhelmed, and my five products that are my personal faves.
All Skin Types
Wash It Out Gel Cleanser - $12.99
If you were to ask a dermatologist where to save in your skincare routine, they would unanimously say cleanser. All you need is something gentle. Wash It Out is definitely gentle, but it left much to be desired. To get a decent lather at all you had to use over a quarter-sized amount of product and I did feel it was a teensy bit drying. I did like the minty smell, though! It was both refreshing and awakening. Bottom line: Best for oily skin types.
Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm - $17.99
I am a loyal user of Farmacy’s Green Clean Cleansing Balm, so when I went to test out this product I didn’t think I would be impressed at all. Man, oh man, was I wrong! The smallest bit went on ultra smooth and dissolved my waterproof mascara so fast. The texture was like if Vaseline and coconut oil had a baby. Even better, it left absolutely no oily residue on my skin or in my eyes! Like the cleanser it had a minty scent from Eucalyptus oil and it was heavenly. Bottom line: You need this ASAP.
Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream - $14.99
Many people hate using rich cream moisturizers during the day so gel-cream formulas are the way to go. They are lightweight, absorb fast, but still deliver hydration. I personally did not jive with the product. I have normal skin, and felt that it didn’t deliver enough hydration for me at all. Bottom line: Better for oily skin types, pass if you’re normal/dry.
The Fix Emergency Eye Mask - $17.99
From first look and feel of this product I got a Summer Friday Jet Lag Mask vibe. Even the directions are the same! This product is supposed to be just for eyes, but I think if you wanted to, you could easily use this for allover the face as a hydrating overnight mask. It leaves the under-eyes hydrated and plump! Bottom line: Jet Lag Mask dupe alert!!
Silk Slip Conditioning Oil - $9.99
I’ve been on a rollercoaster with this product the last two weeks. I love the immediate slippy feel, but then it gets tacky, but not a sticky gloopy lip gloss type of tacky. This tacky/sticky feeling is great for lipstick to grab on to, but I don’t think the long lasting hydration is there. Bottom line: Love it and hate it, but you can pass on it.
Keep It Supple Body Oil - $14.99
If you’ve been around here long enough I’m sure you are well aware of my passion for moisturizing your body EVERYDAY. I always thought lotion was the best option because oil would be too…well oily. This body oil is like a unicorn. It’s oily and hydrating, but absorbs super fast so pulling on your jeans doesn't require four men and possible belt loop ripping. I also love that it comes in a spray that is fine and doesn’t get all over the bathroom or up your nose. My only con would be the smell. Some reviewers love it, but I’m not the biggest fan. Bottom line: Great way to add moisturizing into your routine without a lot of work.
Anti-Aging + Dryness + Brigthening
On the Rise Firming Serum - $19.99
This serum uses a blend of peptides and resveratol to firm the skin and help build a strong defense to outside polluters. It is a clear serum that has a slight thickness and absorbs quickly into the skin. I personally didn’t see that much change in my skin but that’s probably because I’m only 25. Other reviewers have said they noticed a tighter appearance after two weeks. Bottom line: If anti-aging is something you’re looking for, a $19.99 serum can’t hurt.
The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel - $19.99
This was the product I was looking forward to most. Its goal reminded me of my FAVVEEE Beautycounter Overnight Peel. The difference between the two is that this is a thick creamy consistency that you wear alone overnight, whereas BC’s is more like a serum. I personally like BC’s better because I don’t like that I can’t put on a thick cream at night for ultimate hydration, but it is pricey. Bottom line: Budget friendly Beautycounter Overnight Peel.
This vitamin c serum is a thick consistency that goes on the skin slightly tacky but then fully absorbs. Before trying this serum I was using Beautycounter’s Brightening Oil with vitamin c. BC’s added more hydration but for daytime could sometimes be too much. I like that Versed’s serum added brightness, but didn’t make me oily during the day. I’m still using this and started using my BC oil at night when I don’t use the overnight peel. Bottom line: Good starter vitamin c product to add into your daily routine. (Make sure to add SPF with daytime use!)
Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream - $17.99
Eye cream is tricky because it’s very rare that they show crazy results, so the sooner you can start using one (any one!) the better to prevent fine lines from happening in the first place. I didn’t notice anything revolutionary with this eye cream and would recommend the Emergency Eye Mask instead. Bottom line: Nothing groundbreaking. Pass.
Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel - $17.99
Aside from fine lines, dark circles are the biggest culprit to the under eye. This gel uses vitamin c to brighten and is a gel formula to also tighten the area. Unfortunately this product stung my eyes too much for me to continue use and it didn’t hydrate well enough. Bottom line: Pass. Try Fig + Yarrow’s Eyebright Coffee Eye Cream instead!
This is the most unique vitamin c product I’ve seen. The fine powder makes it easy to mix into just about anything. This vitamin c powder is ideal for travel over serums and oils and it dissolved seamlessly into other moisturizers. Bottom line: Innovative and worth trying out!
Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream - $19.99
This product was great until it wasn’t. I used this solely at night because it is so rich and at first touch it was the perfect texture and thickness and left my skin looking hydrated and plumped. Wow, the perfect PM moisturizer, right? Well come morning I was an oily and greasy mess. And for someone with normal skin this is not normal. Maybe if you are extremely dry this would work but…. Bottom line: Pass.
Hydration Station Booster with HA - $19.99
If you put water in one palm and this in the other I wouldn’t know the difference and that’s not a good thing. I LOVE hyaluronic acid because it is hydration in a bottle but this did nothing for me. I used this both in the day and the night and I didn’t notice a difference at all. Like I said, it was like I just put water on my face. Bottom line: $19.99 small bottle of water? No thanks!
Just Breathe Clarifying Serum - $19.99
I don’t have acne-prone skin but I do deal with redness and uneven tone, most concentrated on my cheeks. I’ve never found a product to help with this but thought maybe this clarifying serum might do the trick. It’s goal and ingredients reminded of Glossier’s Super Pure, and people swear by that to help even out the skin. While at first this reminded me of the Hydration Station Booster (aka $20 water) in feel, when applied to the skin it gave the same immediate effect a toner would give. I’ve been using it after cleansing but before other products and haven’t noticed a huge change in my redness but I’m willing to keep trying it out and see what it does. Bottom line: Still up in the air, needs more than two weeks to notice change or lack thereof.
Nix It Complexion Solution - $12.99
While listening to Katherine Power on the Second Life Podcast, she mentioned that this spot treatment is specifically formulated for underground spots and cystic acne, but without the drying flaky aftermath of usual spot treatments. It is extremely liquid-y, which I did not expect since most acne treatments are gels, but because it’s so wet it didn’t dry out my skin at all!! But after a few days of trying it out on a spot I didn’t notice much change. I’m not sure if this is better for underground spots than standard pimples. Bottom line: If you struggle with cystic acne, it’s worth a try! Reviewers online are raving about it!
I love a brightening and tightening mask so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately it fell short to other masks I’ve used. Bottom line: Pass. Try Glamglow’s Gravitymud.
Everyone needs a hydrating mask in their beauty routine, yes even oily girls! This unfortunately did nothing for me at all. Bottom line: Pass. Try Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask.
Find Clarity Purifying Mask - $9.99
Charcoal masks are great for when you need a deep cleanse and defense against pesky spots. This mask is like any of your standard charcoal masks. Bottom line: Not revolutionary, but does the job for a great price!
My Personal Picks
Obviously not every product is going to work for me, but they may work for you so take all of my reviews with a grain of salt. But regardless of skin type, these five products are the standouts to me. I’ve ditched my usual lotion for post-bathing since I’ve started using this oil. Even though I’m not huge on the scent it’s worth continuing since I love the light moisture it gives me - aka no need to wait an hour to put on pants. I don’t often find greats dupes for luxury skincare at the drugstore, until this Emergency Eye Mask. If you have been dying to try out the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, try this first (tip: to elevate your experience, store it in the fridge!). YOU GUYS. This cleansing balm is INCREDIBLE. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever buy another again (sorry Farmacy Green Clean!). If there is one thing to buy make it this cleansing balm. Vitamin C is one of the few ingredients scientifically proven to change your skin, because of that everyone can benefit from adding it to their skincare routine. This powder is very innovative and super travel friendly. Lastly, even though I haven’t noticed significant changes using the clarifying serum, I love that it acts like a toner and it’s small size makes it super travel friendly and you don’t need cotton pads to apply it!
Have any of you tried out Versed yet? Every time I’m at Target the display is raided (and trashed), so I suggest ordering online for the best chance of trying it out. I know this was a LOOOONG post, so if you’ve made it to the end thank you! What brand or product do you want to see me test out next?!