Today I’m talking all about my experience with a new(ish) skincare line in this unpaid, honest Dime Beauty review. After spending my own money to buy these products and using them for six months, I asked Dime if they’d give us a discount code to use. Click here to use ELISABETH for 20% off your order. This post contains affiliate links.
Spoiler: I have been impressed with almost all the Dime Beauty products I have been using over the last 6 months. I will re-order some of them. The biggest win for me is the clean perfumes – DO NOT skip those. More info on specific products and changes I’ve seen in my skin below.
Looking for a great skincare revamp
How many tiny serum bottles do you need on your shelf to call yourself a product junkie? Does 15 count?
I have been on the hunt to find a cohesive skincare regimen that actually works for a while.
I buy A LOT of individual, one-off products. Many of them are fantastic but they don’t always work well together. I love trying the latest serum or a cult-favorite moisturizer (usually when it comes in my IPSY box each month).
After trying Rodan and Fields a few years ago, I learned about the benefits of using products that are designed to be used together. I really liked the Rodan and Fields system I was using but it ended up being too harsh for my skin.
Is Dime Beauty Legit?
I have spent the last year seeing half a dozen influencers on my Instagram feed talking about Dime Beauty each month. You, too?
When I decided to get serious about simplifying my morning and evening skincare routine, I looked into the brand a little bit more. This was easy because once I did an initial Google search I got social media ads continuously 😛 Before I share my experience with the individual products, what I ordered, what I love, what I don’t, let’s take a look at Dime Beauty as a company.
History of Dime Beauty
Ashley and Tyler Griffin are the co-founders of Dime Beauty. They married Ashley’s skincare expertise as a licensed esthetician and Tyler’s experience in e-commerce and digital marketing, to launch their own skincare line.
They started Dime in 2018 with the launch of their first product, the Dime Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum. This serum quickly gained popularity and positive reviews from beauty enthusiasts. Encouraged by their initial success, Ashley and Tyler expanded their product line, focusing on creating affordable yet effective skincare solutions. They now have over 50 products and continue to expand.
A clean beauty company
The brand gained recognition for its commitment to using clean ingredients and science-backed formulations. The brand actively seeks ways to minimize its environmental impact, from using recyclable packaging materials to sourcing sustainable ingredients. Dime Beauty also avoids harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. I also found it interesting that they don’t use any essential oils in their products.
Dime Beauty claims to offer products that deliver visible results without breaking the bank. I wanted to test how these products actually worked for my skin. Are they worth the hype?
Dime Beauty Review: My Experience with Dime Beauty
Determining Which Products to Buy
The hardest thing about shopping Dime Beauty products is NOT getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. There are a lot of options and it is hard to know where to start.
I started with their Skincare Quiz which asked me a few questions about skin types and goals. I could choose from oily skin, dry skin, sensitive or combination skin. I scrolled through the recommendations and then browsed the site on my own for a bit.
Eventually, I decided on “The Ultimate” bundle (I paid $217) along with the Wonderscreen. The Ultimate bundle includes Dime’s best-selling serums, a cleanser, toner, and day and night moisturizer. It also includes the mascara and the Dime eyelash boost serum.
A friend asked about Dime perfumes on our girl’s trip to Scottsdale last month so I also added the perfume sampler to my order. I got free shipping because my order was over $65 and my order arrived 4 days later.
How I use my Dime Products
To keep myself accountable I committed to three products each morning and three products each night. I try and let each product absorb into the skin for 30-60 seconds before applying another one. Here is how I’m using my products:
- Hyper Glow serum
- Dewy Day Cream
- eye cream OR wonderscreen
- Gentle Jelly cleanser (one of my favorite products!)
- Hyaluronic acid serum (Dime’s first product and, if I could only have one, this would be it)
- Restorative Night Cream (a solid moisturizer, nothing spectacular but nothing to complain about)
Other Non-dime Products I am Still Using:
- prescription retinoid: I am still using my prescription retinoid from Dear Brightly a couple of times a week
- Kiehl’s ferulic acid facial essence: I use this 1-2 times a week
- When I am wearing a full face of makeup, I use Merit’s Foundation and their Better Skin Serum
Does Dime Beauty really work? What I noticed after using the products
After using the products for the last two months I am happy with the full Dime Beauty regimen. I LOVE the way my skin feels using Dime products and the overall experience of using them (a skincare routine I generally look forward to).
update: Almost 4 months in and I’m really starting to see the benefits of using a cohesive skincare system! My skin is tighter, more hydrated, and smoother. I have noticed less redness and a more even skin tone. I also got my second postpartum period which usually wreaks havoc on my skin and the only clue that my period was coming was a small pimple on my neck (my neck! nothing on my face. this is unusual, in the best way, for me).
What I love about Dime Beauty:
- The Jelly Cleanser: I love that this jelly cleanser foams up during use and is so effective. It also smells great. It is gentle enough I could use it morning and night but I just wash my face in the evening.
- The serums: I understand the hype behind the hyaluronic acid serum now. A lot of serums I’ve tried struggle to get the right consistency. These ones (both the hyaluronic acid and the hyper glow vitamin c serum) are viscous enough to easily spread/rub in over my whole face without being TOO runny. They’re lightweight, absorb quickly, and aren’t oily. They are still VERY moisturizing and layer well under my makeup.
- The packaging: I was looking for a cohesive skincare system for my SKIN but LOVE how this also gives me a cohesive look in my bathroom. The packaging is high-end (glass over plastic for sustainability) and so pretty.
- Relatively clean skincare: This ISN’T a deal breaker for me when it comes to beauty products but, the more I read about it, the more convinced I am that this is the way to go.
What I don’t love about Dime Beauty:
- The super skin toner is too harsh for my sensitive skin. I only used it a handful of times before I was reading up on rosacea (redness of the skin). The article said to avoid all toners. I was a little frustrated that my skin quiz on Dime’s site gave me the results for “sensitive skin” and the toner was still included in my recommended products. I’m going to try using it once a week and see how my skin tolerates it but if you have sensitive skin, I would skip the toner altogether.
- The daytime moisturizer doesn’t have any SPF in it. This means you do need to layer on sunscreen. I understand it’s more effective to use a moisturizer and a sunscreen separately but I appreciate getting SPF coverage in my moisturizer if I never get around to a sunscreen or makeup.
- I would love the option of an oil cleanser. I’ve had great experiences using oil cleansers over the last five years and they’re very hydrating for my skin. I’m hoping Dime introduces one of them soon. I would use an oil cleanser in the morning (when I don’t use any cleanser at the moment). I also like using an oil cleanser as a double cleanse when washing off a full face of makeup.
Will I order from Dime again?
Yes! I’ve already placed my order for a few full bottles of perfume after trying out the sampler. I wrote a full review of Dime Perfume but the short answer is, I’m obsessed with this clean beauty brand.
Next products I want to try:
- Tinted Wonderscreen: I’m a fan of the Wonderscreen and love the idea of replacing my bb cream with a tinted sunscreen for the summer (currently I use and love the bare rescue from Bare Minerals). (update 8/10/23 – ordered this and I like it for days I’m not wearing any other foundation)
- Blue Facial Oil: This is supposed to be great for blemishes and redness. (update 9/22/23 – ordered this and LOVE IT)
- TBT (antiaging) Serum: My favorite things from Dime have been their serums so this sounds fantastic.
Should you order from Dime?
If you’re looking for great products at an affordable price point (in comparison to high-end, high-quality skincare brands), then yes. If you’re just getting started I recommend picking one of their bundles to get the best value. “The Works” gets you most of their staples and is the most popular starter set.
Dime Beauty FAQ
No, Dime Beauty products are primarily sold online through their official website and authorized retailers. Currently, you cannot purchase Dime Beauty products in stores. For example, you can order Dime Beauty products through Ulta but they are marked as “online only” and you can’t shop them in-store.
Here is a list of places you can buy Dime Beauty online:
Dime Beauty’s website: Use the discount code ELISABETH for 20% off, making this the cheapest option.
Amazon: Amazon has the same prices as Dime’s website (but you can’t use coupons). You can sign up for “subscribe and save” to get a discount when shopping on Amazon. If you are ordering through the Dime storefront on Amazon you are getting authentic Dime products.
Ulta: There are a select number of products for sale on Ulta.com
Dermstore: Similar to Ulta, you can get a couple of Dime’s products at Dermstore.com
Yes, Dime Beauty strives to adhere to clean beauty practices and sells clean products. They formulate their products without harmful ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. However, there is no set definition of “clean” beauty and the label is not regulated here in the United States.
Yes, Dime Beauty is a cruelty-free brand. They do not test their products on animals, and they are committed to providing ethical skincare options. If supporting cruelty-free brands is important to you, Dime Beauty is a suitable choice.
No, Dime Beauty is not a multi-level marketing (MLM) company. It operates as a direct-to-consumer brand and focuses on providing high-quality skincare products to its customers. They do have an affiliate program (like most brands) which means affiliates make a small commission when people order from their links.
Yes, Dime Beauty is great. Some of its products are fantastic and all of the ones I’ve tried are solid. I have heard mixed reviews about the eyelash serum and I haven’t used it regularly, yet. I’ll keep you posted.
Dime Beauty offers a range of affordable skincare products that have garnered positive feedback from customers. If you’re seeking effective and budget-friendly options, Dime Beauty may be worth considering. Remember to assess your skincare needs and preferences before making a purchase.
The controversy surrounding Dime Beauty primarily stemmed from allegations of false advertising. Some individuals raised concerns about the brand’s claim of being a clean beauty company. Critics argued that certain Dime Beauty products contained ingredients that did not align with their clean beauty branding.
It’s crucial to note that the term “clean beauty” lacks a universally accepted definition. This ambiguity makes it challenging to determine whether a brand fully adheres to clean beauty standards.
Dime Beauty has been transparent about their commitment to ingredient transparency and formulating products without harmful substances such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.
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