Beauty Test Drive

3 editors, 4 weeks,
1 innovative skincare line

Three Harper’s Bazaar editors were excited to trial a new routine using a selection of Augustinus Bader heroes. Read how their complexions changed over the course of the four-week experiment, and why they all now agree, ours is #TheCreamThatWorks.
Three Harper’s Bazaar editors were excited to trial a new routine using a selection of Augustinus Bader heroes. Read how their complexions changed over the course of the four-week experiment, and why they all now agree, ours is #TheCreamThatWorks.

Jenna Rosenstein, Digital Beauty Director


Skin Type: Dry combination
Problem Areas: I have been dealing with some redness and maskne around my chin and jawline
Goal For This Beauty Test Drive: I hope my skin looks soothed and plumped and my fine lines and discoloration are faded


WEEK 1


How does your skin feel and look going into this Beauty Test Drive?
My skin has been all over the place, with irritation and maskne as well as some dry spots. I am excited to stick to one suite of products for a few weeks.

First impressions of the Augustinus Bader products?
I love that the products are simple yet effective. There is minimal fragrance, yet the formula still feels luxe.

There are only three steps in this routine, how does this differ from your current routine?
I am a Beauty Director, so my routine consists of dozens of products that I am currently testing. It’s my job, but that can also mean my skin reacts wildly due to the exposure. I love keeping my routine simple when I can, so this is ideal.

WEEK 2

 

What is your favorite product thus far?
I love all three products but I feel like The Essence is making the biggest difference for my acne-prone skin right now. I notice a difference right away.

Walk us through the products in your routine.
The Cream Cleansing Gel: Thick and luxurious, it cleans skin well without making it feel dry or stripped.

The Essence: I use this right after I get out of the shower and before I moisturize. It’s really helping to fade some of my acne spots and dark marks, but it doesn’t feel like it’s stripping my skin or making it raw and red. It’s a truly gentle exfoliation.

The Cream: What else can I say about this iconic moisturizer that hasn’t already been said? It’s incredible. It’s lightweight, but still coddles the skin.

WEEK 3

 

Any insider tips for using the products?
Let The Cream sink in for a few minutes before applying makeup to prevent your foundation from sliding around.

Biggest difference you've noticed in your skin?
My skin feels calmer and brighter overall.

How effective do you feel are the ingredients and formulations?
I trust the science behind Augustinus Bader’s products so much that I have recommended the line to all my friends and family members (and Instagram followers!).

WEEK 4

 

Please give a before and after review of your skin.
Before I started using the Augustinus Bader products, my skin was dry, flaky, irritated, and breaking out. Now my skin is calm and clear, and it looks more vibrant and plump. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Is it worth it?
It’s 100% worth it. Add the whole line to all your holiday wish lists.


Shop Jenna's Selection

The Cream

The Cream

Ultra-lightweight and hydrating. Supports cellular renewal and leaves skin looking fresh, plump, even, and more radiant.

Ideal for combination to oily skin types, blemish-prone skin, and to refresh skin in more humid climates.

The Cream

The Essence Exfoliating Toner

3-in-1 formula - combines the properties of a gentle exfoliant, purifying toner, and renewing essence. For smoother, softer, vibrant skin.

Formulated for all skin types.

The Cream Cleansing Gel

The Cream Cleansing Gel

A gentle cleanser that combines our exclusive skincare technology with powerful active botanicals to purify, revitalize, calm and refresh.

Non-foaming and formulated for all skin types.


Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion & Features Director


Skin Type: Normal to Dry
Problem Areas: Dryness and clogged t-zone
Goal For This Beauty Test Drive: To diminish fine lines and restore glow


WEEK 1

 

How does your skin look and feel going into this Beauty Test Drive?
Generally good, but a little dry with some fine lines and light spots.

First impressions of the Augustinus Bader products?
The packaging is super luxe and the products feel great to the touch and don’t have any strong smells, which I appreciate.

There are only three steps in this routine, how does this differ from your current routine?
I like to keep my routine streamlined, so it’s pretty similar. Less is more, especially with these products.

WEEK 2

 

What is your favorite product thus far?
The Rich Cream: is my favorite, it feels so nice going on and instantly makes my skin look plump and glow-y.

Walk us through the products in your routine.
The Cream Cleansing Gel: Super simple and effective, I like it a lot.

The Essence: Feels great going on the skin.

The Rich Cream: Instantly smoothes and plumps, like you just left a facial.

WEEK 3

 

Any insider tips for using the products?
I’ve taken to spraying The Essence on my face from a spray bottle because that’s how I usually use toner and it feels so nice that way.

Biggest difference you've noticed in your skin?
The dryness has improved so much.

How effective do you feel are the ingredients and formulations?
I think the ingredients and formulations are effective, my skin looks better and it’s a very easy system.

WEEK 4

 

Please give a before and after review of your skin.
My skin is firmer and plumper and my husband told me I looked glow-y. I’m not wearing makeup during the day at all, so that’s a very big compliment.

Is it worth it?
It’s very worth it in my opinion.


Shop Kerry's Selection

The Rich Cream

The Rich Cream

Ultra-lightweight and hydrating. Supports cellular renewal and leaves skin looking fresh, plump, even, and more radiant.

Ideal for combination to oily skin types, blemish-prone skin, and to refresh skin in more humid climates.

The Cream

The Essence Exfoliating Toner

3-in-1 formula - combines the properties of a gentle exfoliant, purifying toner, and renewing essence. For smoother, softer, vibrant skin.

Formulated for all skin types.

The Cream Cleansing Gel

The Cream Cleansing Gel

A gentle cleanser that combines our exclusive skincare technology with powerful active botanicals to purify, revitalize, calm and refresh.

Non-foaming and formulated for all skin types.


Bianca Betancourt, Assistant News Editor


Skin Type: Normal
Problem Areas: Dry with the occasional hormonal breakouts
Goal For This Beauty Test Drive: Slim down my skincare routine and find the most effective daily skincare products for my skin type


WEEK 1

 

How does your skin look and feel going into this Beauty Test Drive?
My skin has stayed in relatively good shape this season, but I’m always battling dry skin, some flaking, and staying hydrated no matter the season.

First impressions of the Augustinus Bader products?
I love the silky texture and appreciate that nothing is heavily scented. Rather than appearing overly dewy or oily, my skin looks healthy, refreshed, and awakened.

There are only three steps in this routine, how does this differ from your current routine?
Using these three Augustinus Bader products has cut my daily skincare routine in half. Normally I’m fumbling through a myriad of products on a daily basis to achieve the hydration and glow I want my skin to have

WEEK 2

 

What is your favorite product thus far?
The Face Oil: hands down. Just a few drops instantly brightens and hydrates my skin, making me look awake, flushed, and ready for the day.

Walk us through the products in your routine.
The Cream Cleansing Gel: It does what it says it will do—and that’s clean. It easily removes makeup come the end of the day without instantly drying out my skin or causing irritation. The velvety texture of the gel itself is soothing to the face and makes me look forward to my nighttime routine.

The Essence: So many essences and toners can sting or have too potent of a smell, but this essence is gentle without sacrificing its effectiveness in removing excess dirt and achieving brighter, smoother skin.

The Face Oil: Instantly smoothes and plumps, like you just left a facial.

WEEK 3

 

Any insider tips for using the products?
Add a drop or two of The Face Oil to your moisturizer to give your skin an extra boost of hydration, especially if your skin tends to be on the dryer side. Also, after applying specifically The Face Oil,I love following up with a gold face roller tool to really help the moisturizer penetrate my skin.

Biggest difference you've noticed in your skin?
It stays soft and hydrated all day long. I don’t feel as if my skin is screaming out of thirst come midday.

How effective do you feel are the ingredients and formulations?
Extremely effective. The ingredients do their job without irritating the skin.

WEEK 4

 

Please give a before and after review of your skin.
My skin is now consistently smooth, hydrated, and bright and I’ve had zero breakouts or irritation due to trying out the new routine.

Is it worth it?
Yes! Especially for those who want to adopt a shorter skincare routine—this is for you!


Shop Bianca's Selection

The Face Oil

The Face Oil

Ultra-lightweight and hydrating. Supports cellular renewal and leaves skin looking fresh, plump, even, and more radiant.

Ideal for combination to oily skin types, blemish-prone skin, and to refresh skin in more humid climates.

The Cream

The Essence Exfoliating Toner

3-in-1 formula - combines the properties of a gentle exfoliant, purifying toner, and renewing essence. For smoother, softer, vibrant skin.

Formulated for all skin types.

The Cream Cleansing Gel

The Cream Cleansing Gel

A gentle cleanser that combines our exclusive skincare technology with powerful active botanicals to purify, revitalize, calm and refresh.

Non-foaming and formulated for all skin types.