the inkey list - a cup of owl
the inkey list – a cup of owl

The Brand

One thing I struggle with is recommending a skincare product that works great for me but with a hefty price tag. The price point is a huge factor for many when deciding on which skincare products to purchase, and it is a big deal for me too. I find that my drugstore recommendations turn out to be the most popular among my readers and followers, because even if it doesn’t work out for them at the end of the day, it wasn’t a huge investment to begin with. So I bring you this review today. To combat all your wallet concerns, there’s The Inkey List.

the inkey list - a cup of owl

The Inkey List is a fairly new brand in the skincare market that checks off the list for a skincare newbie, if you want to do a better job at taking care of the skin but are not willing to spend a lot of money, or if you’re a frequent traveler. When it comes to The Inkey List, you just need to remember two key points:

  • These products have a simple ingredient list. In fact, all of the products are based on single-ingredient led formulas; and
  • All products are extremely wallet-friendly. They are literally all under $15!

I don’t own all the products from The Inkey List, but the brand generously sent me the following products to test out. This is not a sponsored post, but I’m happily reviewing the products on my own and sharing my honest thoughts!

What I’ve Tried & My Thoughts
(Price from lowest to highest)

Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($7.99) – My favorite serum that visibly hydrates my skin instantly. This is also a clear, gel formula that is lightweight and if you have dry skin, know that hyaluronic acid is such a key ingredient for your routine because it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. I like to mix this in with some other ingredients for my routine, but we can chat more about that later! I think the price point is amazing and is one of the most effective HA serums I’ve tried.

Vitamin C Cream ($9.99) – If you follow me on Instagram, I’m a huge vitamin C fan. I’ve only tried vitamin C powders and have quite a collection of vitamin C serums, but I’ve never tried a cream-based formula. This cream contains 30% of pure L-Ascorbic Acid, which targets brightening the skin. The rich cream formula surprised me at first because it was actually too matte and almost drying for my skin. It gives me an instant smoothing and velvety finish. I did end up mixing in the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and that combination works for my skin much better.

Caffeine Eye Cream ($9.99) – I’ve only been using any type of eye cream at night but I am trying to get into a habit of applying it in the morning. A key ingredient that really grabbed my attention is Beautifeye™ (, which is an ingredient manufactured by a French company. This new ingredient targets the skin of the upper eye with antioxidants and supports healthier skin by supporting collagen and elastin production. You can find more information on this ingredient here ( Eye creams are one of those products you really have to use consistently and daily to see results- you definitely won’t see magic happen overnight. The texture is lightweight, hydrating, and is a cream formula that applies and absorbs easily for my under-eye area. I always use a pea-sized amount for each eye and gently swipe around my eye in a full circle with my ring finger.

Collagen Serum ($10.99) – A clear, lightweight gel serum that targets fine lines, wrinkles, and supports natural collagen production. I’ve been using a generous amount daily on my neck and have not only seen a difference in fine lines but also have noticed that my neck is so soft. The formula sinks in well when combined with other serums and moisturizers I use. I also have had some irritation with collagen-targeted products in the past, and I will say this is the first I haven’t seen any irritation. I love mixing it in with a hydrating moisturizer at night and using it almost as a spot treatment for my face targeting wrinkles or areas I want to prevent.

Polyglutamic Acid ($14.99) – Another clear serum but is thicker than the Hylauronic Acid Serum and Collagen Serum. I was probably intrigued by this one the most because I had never heard of this ingredient but I’m glad I know now. If hyaluronic acid is the master of hydrating ingredients, polyglutamic acid is the KING. It holds 4x more moisture than hyaluronic acid, so super, super hydrating and a serum that will retain the hydration level in your skin for the entire day. This one comes in a pump and 1 pump is all I need for each routine. The texture is heavier than the other serums but is easy to spread and I use this instead of my Hyaluronic Acid Serum on days I need more hydration.

What I love about The Inkey List is obviously the price point, but these are all key ingredients that target major skin concerns and can be a fit for anybody/any skin. I strongly encourage you to check out this brand, and you can shop below! I’ve linked some that I also want to try, such as the Turmeric Moisturizer, Retinol, and Salicylic Acid Cleanser.

As always, thank you for reading!

A Cup of Owl