When a product has over 1300 reviews, no one can be expected to pore through them all. But in the name of better beauty shopping, we came pretty close here at Byrdie. We scoured the review section of the top drugstore websites and carefully reviewed the ratings of the top moisturizers found across the board.
It's not just the near-perfect ratings that have us wanting to add these hardworking, hydrating formulas to our carts, but also the stellar reviews left by happy customers. What have customers decided are the best drugstore moisturizers? It's clear from the comments that the six products below have won over the hearts of thousands of dedicated skincare lovers.
So what formulations are inspiring women to leave such glowing reviews? We cut out the busywork of comparing ratings for you so you can get straight to the good stuff. Scroll through to see what everyone is saying about the best of the best drugstore moisturizers.
The Rating: 4.5 stars out of 2566 reviews on Amazon
"I've been using Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream for a few years, and it has really helped with the wrinkles. I use it every morning before apply makeup. I'm 45 years old, but most people think I'm 35. I really love this stuff. This product has reduced my fine lines with just one week's use. I love the texture—so smooth. I absolutely love the cool, refreshing feel of this product. It applies smoothly and is perfect for nighttime application and under your makeup in the morning. I love the way it feels on my skin.
Not sticky at all. I saw results in no time. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone!" — Oudonsy
"Having now reached well past 'middle age,' I have tried most types and brands of moisturizers and anti-aging products on the market, and the Olay Regenerist line is by far the very best I've used with the very best results—and at an incredibly affordable price. I've been a customer for many years, with no plans of ever changing!!" — Kaycee123
The Rating: 4.6 stars out of 1248 reviews on Target.com
"I'm a woman of color, and at first I didn't think this would work for me, given the way it's advertised and everything. I decided I give it a try because I needed something with an SPF of 30 or higher. It claims to even out the skin tone, so I just picked it up. Anything that claims to improve my complexion and has great reviews I'll try. Now my face is brighter, softer, and looks more even toned. I highly recommend it to all women of color. It works for us, too." — Anonymous
"I love this moisturizer! My skin actually looks great after using it. It targets age spots and gives my skin a healthy glow. I'm in my thirties, but after using this product, my skin has a radiance that I have not seen since my 20s. This product also improved the texture of my skin. Great product for ages 30+!" — Anonymous
The Rating: 4.5 stars out of 4,423 reviews on Amazon
"This is one of my holy-grail skin items. I have been using this for about a year, and it's amazing. Great for sensitive skin, helps with dry patches, you can use it on face and body, and a little goes a long way." — Heather
"My dermatologist recommended CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I am amazed at how effective it is. After showering, I get mostly dry, and then I apply this. I could see a dramatic difference in two days. I leave the container in the shower. Very glad to have this." — Rosie
The Rating: 4.3 stars out of 3299 reviews on Target.com
"I never give in to products like these, but I received the first for free, and I loved it so much that I ordered it again. Besides the amazing results, I love the fact that it lasts a really long time. I look like I have permanently blurred skin, which minimizes my pores, moisturizes my skin without it being oily, and it creates a smooth surface before I put on makeup if I choose to that day. I've gone out after just washing my face and applying this product, and I received multiple compliments in the day on my skin.
I will continue to buy this, and it is officially a staple of my skincare routine. Not to mention it's quite affordable." — NickiJ
"I received this product for free in return for an honest review. Bottom line, I really like this product. Let me tell you why. First, the jar it comes in is glass, not plastic, very, very nice. Easy to open and replace the cap. Light, airy, not greasy, and it blends in very easily. Even on hot days (I used this for two weeks in late June/early July), my face never felt weighed down or greasy or oily. Very little scent, but what scent there is, it is nice and light. A little goes a long way so I believe this jar will last a long time.
I am 90% sure I will buy L'Oréal Revitalift when I need a new jar." — pcomsec
The Rating: 4.7 stars out of 470 reviews on Walmart.com
"I have super-duper-dry skin. I have tried multiple products that were supposed to help my skin. I didn't try a lot of the cheaper brands like Neutrogena just because when I was a teenager, I had a lot of problems such as breakouts, rashes, etc. from cheaper brands due to the quality of the product. Needless to say, I have wasted a lot of money on expensive brands that did not work for my skin. I saw this product on Kerry Washington's Instagram (she had an obsession and bought an entire box). And I thought, you know what, I admire you—I'm going to just give it a shot and see how it goes.
Holy guacamole!!! Thanks, Kerry Washington, for the recommendation, because I am beyond impressed with this product!! This blew my mind away! You do not need a lot. I just put some on the tip of my finger. That's all you really need because a little goes a long way with this product!! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with dry skin or anyone who wants their face to feel as smooth as butter!!" — Morganrae
"This stuff is great. I have pretty oily skin, so I was looking for a light moisturizer to use at night to combat fine lines and dry spots. It is very light and does not leave my skin greasy. I wake up with a smooth complexion and have even started to notice a difference in texture after one week. It smells nice and is inexpensive, especially considering that it contains hyaluronic acid." — Jennieftb
The Rating: 4.5 stars out of 339 reviews on Target.com
"I love love, love this! I'm in my late 30s, and I've been pretty blessed with good skin over the years, but I've noticed lately that I'm starting to wrinkle on my forehead and around my eyes a little, and I am not okay with that! I wanted something to moisturize and soften my skin, as well as help reduce the look of aging (wrinkles). I've always heard Olay was the best, so I thought I'd try it. I'm not sure if it's the best, as I've only tried one other brand, but this is the best that I have used.
Before bedtime, I use Dove unscented bar soap to wash my face, and then I apply the Olay, and my skin just feels soft and rejuvenated right away. I even received compliments on how glowing my skin was after only one use. I'm already hooked!" — daburghbabe
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The Rating: 4 stars out of 17,526 reviews on Walmart.com
"I'm very happy with the moisturizer. It left my skin soft and supple, it didn't cause any breakouts and the light scent was overpowering. I used it for seven days and noticed a difference half way through the week. My pores and over skin health had a (non-shiny) great (almost) look and wasn't shiny at all. I'm adding this to my beauty routine for summer. I do wish it had a higher SPF, but my face powder and foundation have SPF, so it evens out where I'm not worried about the SoCal sun." — CherryLA
"Throughout the course of three weeks using this product I noticed my skin was firm and moisturized without producing excessive oils and keeping whatever existing oiliness at bay. I was thoroughly surprised that some of my blemishes from acne were less pigmented and I dare say my overall complexion was more radiant and even in pigmentation after 3 weeks. I recommend this product for anyone who wants a balance of the factors I mentioned above and for all of those like myself who trust Garnier!" — AnjelicaG
The Rating: 4.5 stars out of 115 reviews on CVS.com
“Love the light, smooth texture of this product. A little goes a long way, which is always appreciated. After the first week I really noticed that my skin was looking healthy and bright. Usually with no makeup it can look pretty dull and tired. I even left he house without any makeup, and that is a rare occurrence.” — Tired Mommy
"“This product is light, fluffy and airy. Perfect for summer but thick enough barrier cream to wear in the winter. I've always loved your products and have been using them since I was stationed in Germany in 1989.” — Cathyd
"This stuff is amazing! I am 60; when I opened the mailing package and saw how small this bottle was, I felt ripped off. I also had deep crow's feet, furrows on my forehead, and lines around my mouth and eyes. Well, after just three weeks of using this stuff religiously, I look around 47 or 49 (I have grey hair). The wrinkles are mere whispers of their former selves, and I am confident that with continued use of this wonderful night cream (as well as the day cream), I will be able to hold the wrinkles at bay.
Until then I'll keep buying this magic elixir!" — Vic60
“I have been using Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night for about two years and my skin has never been better. I have extremely sensitive skin and cannot tolerate any prescription retinoids no matter how slowly I start. I am in the healthcare field (an NP) and recommended this to the physician I work with—s he has sensitive skin and is prone to breakouts. She started using it twice a week at first (as I did), and now uses it every night. She loves it too. My skin is is smooth and glowing with less wrinkles!
It really does begin to improve your skin within one week.” — Layla
“Ladies, I am 44 years old, my only child will be 25 years old this year, and people have told me I look like I am in my early 30s. Even my daughter tells me I am a vampire (she means I look like I never age). I have been using this face cream for years. I do not have any lines on my face, and I do not have crow's feet. Enough said.” — ChiHoney
“Step away from that expensive moisturizer and try St. Ives! I have sensitive, combination skin, so finding a moisturizer with the right balance was always a struggle for me. I found myself getting more and more annoyed every time I dropped a small fortune on a tiny bottle of facial moisturizer only to have it it stick or flake on my skin like a chemical peel. Then St. Ives saved my skin and my bank account. This stuff soaks into your skin. It's not sticky. It has a light, pleasant scent. It makes your skin super-soft and doesn't cause break-outs.
Also? It comes in a small tub. A TUB. Nice work, Unilever. I seek out more products in your family just because of this amazing gem.” — shootingstarz
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.