Shortlist Beauty Introduces A New Skin Care Concept

This post is part of a #Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™ – I received these products complimentary for testing and evaluation purposes. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Less is more shortlist skincare

I’m often asked what order to apply various skin care products and which ones should be used in the morning or night.  It’s not uncommon for a skin care routine to include six or more products and the average skin care product has over 30 ingredients.  It’s not always possible to analyze ingredients in all the products and determine if they are safe.  Women are often looking for a simple yet, high quality and comprehensive routine.  Shortlist Beauty has introduced a new skin care system that delivers just that:  A comprehensive solution made from a few of the finest ingredients presented in a serum and cream.  Just two products.  The concept of less is more has finally arrived in a high performance skin care system designed for all skin types and ethnicities.

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What is Shortlist Beauty?

Shortlist Beauty is a new premium skin care brand created for women.  They have taken a less is more approach.  Their objective is to simplify the complex skin care routines many women follow and deliver high performing, premium products minimizing the ingredients in the formulas.  They aren’t using fillers, fragrance, sulfates, mineral oils, parabens, or other ingredients found in many other premium products on the market.  They started with a blank slate and added only what they believed to be essential to make effective products.  Through their innovation, they created a serum and smoothing cream for women who want luxury skin care without the complexity or unnecessary ingredients other products may have.  The Shortlist products help repair damaged skin and rejuvenate the skin for a healthy and more youthful appearance.

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Introducing the Shortlist Beauty Serum (30 ml/$94US)

The first product in the new skin care duo is the Shortlist Serum.  It is applied to the skin first after cleansing in the morning and at night.  The serum moisturizes the skin and repairs existing dry and damaged skin.  With long term use, the skin’s moisture barrier is strengthened and the Serum helps regenerate the surface of the skin.  The benefit of using the Serum in conjunction with the Shortlist Cream is that it prepares the skin to respond better to the retinoid in the Cream.

Less is more shortlist serum

The Shortlist Beauty Serum key ingredients are:

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – Helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Glycerin – Provides long lasting moisture
  • Hyaluronic Acid – An intense hydrating ingredient that can hold more than 1000 times its weight in water

Complete ingredient list:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Tapioca Starch, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Shortlist serum swatch

Introducing the Shortlist Beauty Cream (48 g/$94US)

The Shortlist Cream is applied in the morning and at night after applying the Serum.  It contains a retinoid and it’s recommended to use sunscreen with the product.  But of course!  You already use sunscreen every day, right?  The Cream rejuvenates skin by increasing cell turnover.  With long term use women should notice fine lines and wrinkles are diminished.  This is a Pro-retinol cream and I have a post that explains retinol in more detail that you can read here.  This is  a unique product as it only contains nine ingredients!

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The Shortlist Beauty Cream key ingredients are:

  • Retinyl Propionate – Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone
  • Glycerin – Provides long lasting moisture

Complete ingredient list:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Retinyl Propionate (Vitamin A), Ceteraryl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid

Shortlist Beauty Cream

This post is as simple as the products!  Less is more remains the focus.   I’m going to be using this skin care system and I’ll keep you posted on what my experience is like.  My only concern is there are some specific ingredients I look for in products such as caffeine in my eye cream to address my morning puffiness.  I also use the most potent form of tretinoin acid which is stronger than retinol.  I would say my skin care regimen is extremely aggressive and likely more aggressive than the norm.   I always use a very potent form of pure vitamin C serum too.  But we’ll see!  As you can imagine, I’m one of those women with a very complex skin care routine.  It would be nice to simplify it!

Stay tuned for updates!  Have you heard about Shortlist Beauty and does this sound like something you would like to try?  How many products do you use each day as part of your skin care routine?  I typically use about nine and some are twice a day!

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6 thoughts on “Shortlist Beauty Introduces A New Skin Care Concept

    1. I haven’t actually used the product yet so I can’t say whether or not it would be really effective for those concerns. I would recommend contacting their support team and asking that question as I can’t articulate my personal experience yet not having used it.

  1. Gorgeous product shots! It looks very pretty but it lacks a VitaminC serum in the routine. I know you use one and love it and I started using the same one after reading your post and I cannot part with it! I would have to modify a little bit but I think the less products would be appealing to some.

    1. I do love vitamin C – yes. There’s no rule that says you can’t apply vitamin C before the Shortlist serum and cream. If there’s something you love and want to incorporate, why not? You could take your routine from 5, 6, 7 or whatever number of products down to 2 or 3 (if you used a C-serum like I do). It still simplifies and that’s the objective with these products. Some sunscreens have added skin benefits as well that may have an ingredient you want to keep in your routine.

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