The Beautypedia app is your No.1 source for reliable, well-researched reviews on more cosmetics and skincare products than you can imagine.
From major name brands to small boutique lines and everything in between, we provide detailed, scientifically-validated critiques that help you save money and find the best products for your skin.
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For the past three decades Beautypedia founder, Paula Begoun, and her team of experts have written unbiased reviews of the biggest names in the beauty industry so you can go to the cosmetics counter with confidence.
This version of Beautypedia features a brand new platform with updated content.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs attention ASAP to make it useable
There are so many “bugs” and problems with this app it’s hard to know which one is worse than the next. It constantly freezes up flashing the “time out” application within one minute of use and no matter if one is continuously using it. It is so slow to open a topic and you can forget about signing in to your account to save favorites because it’s never once worked while I’ve tried using it. It just does that circle ring over and over no matter what WiFi or cell service one is using. You have to then close out the app and open it back up to continue reading reviews tho you still can’t add any to favs. The search option is also slow to respond often missing items that I know are indeed reviewed on the site. There are repetitions in reviews and far too many reviews do not have any item picture which makes me skeptical that they were reviewed using the actual product instead having a review written based on ingredient labels and “guesses” for feel, performance, etc. don’t review an item if you don’t actually have the product in your hand and use/feel/observe it. There’s more issues with the app but it’s pointless to note them since the app is overall pointless no matter what I can note about the problems. The website is far and away a better means to get into the good info from Beautypedia so just go there instead of wasting your time on the app. Hoping they work out these issues soon.
The Beautypedia can be an excellent source for some good info on efficacy and warnings on the thousands of beauty products people comb through. However, there is a high degree of inconsistencies (a very bad rating for an item with a small amount of fragrance; a perfect rating for something with “a small amount of fragrance that won’t be harmful”), bias (giving every Paula’s Choice product a perfect rating), and disorganization (its maddening that reviews aren’t dated). Also frustrating is that even in the “new reviews” section where dates do appear, the same item/review is listed multiple times, with different dates! It doesn’t make sense. Finally, new content is extremely slow to publication. It’s as if it’s a side thought, and not an often utilized offshoot of a successful company.
Use the website, skip the app
I'm a long long time follower of Paula's Choice, and Beautypedia (formerly Cosmetic's Cop). From way back when it was just a book with occasional new editions (can you imagine)?
My understanding is Paula Begoin is no longer reviewing products, she has the Beautypedia team doing that (she focuses on developing product for the Paula's Choice line) and they are quite separate. Still it seems they follow many of her standards, loosening some in a realistic way.
The website doesn't function perfectly and the app is 1000 times worse. It's filter and sort buttons don't do what they should, and it's nearly impossible to use it to help with shopping. I have better luck using the mobile website on my phone. It's still lacking, so realistically I research on the computer at home then write a shopping list.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.