If you are anything like me, you are a mixture of annoyed and wary by the unprovoked social media messages asking if you would like to buy Rodan + Fields face cream and wash from someone that you haven’t seen since elementary school and wouldn’t recognize in public if you tried.
Do these products truly do what they say they do or are the consultants just posting filtered pictures to reveal a stunning before and after? Do the consultants believe in the products or are they just out to make a few dollars so they fund their kids dance and soccer lessons? Why is skincare even being sold via direct sales? Is it any better than what I can buy at a local spa or retail store?
So I asked my friend Emily, who is a consultant– What is the deal with this stuff? Is it a cult (joking, a little)? She was really passionate about the products and the results if used correctly over time. 60 days later, here we are with my unfiltered and truthful review of what I think as someone who is in NO way affiliated with the company.
There are four product lines, and after checking out each one, I tried the Redefine Regimen for 30 days. Why Redefine? Because my kids are aging me by light years! I have used no other skin care products during the last 60 days and refrained from wearing makeup.
What I found interesting about the company – founded in 2002 by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the ladies behind Proactiv. In 2003, Rodan + Fields was purchased by Estee Lauder and products were placed in department stores. In 2007, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields bought back the company and switched to a consultant sales business model in which they rely primarily on the Independent Consultants to share/sell the product via social media and the “Before and After” selfie, like the one below. CNBC reported in December 2017 that there were 200,000 consultants and hit 1 billion dollars in sales in 2016.
180$ for the 4 items is a lot – and if you do not postpone your delivery it will charge your card and auto ship. However, the face wash/mask should last 2 months, the toner will likely last you 5 months, and the moisturizer will also last 2 months based on feedback from Emily. I am a firm believer that price doesn’t always equate to quality and have to believe that there is a quality product out there that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
The only complaint I have about product is that my skin burned on week 2-ish after I used toner which was bizarre and I clearly wasn’t a fan of.
Will I purchase again?
I liked the ritual and routine of wash, tone, moisturize 2x a day. I do think my skin tone looks more even than before. My face does feel very soft, but unfortunately I don’t look 21 again (UGH, what a letdown JK!) All in all, its a quick routine that even a busy mom can handle which was nice. I am going to keep hunting for a price point that works with more natural ingredients.