Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream vs. Equate Regenerating Micro-Remodeling Cream
Olay makes an excellent regenerating cream, but it is a bit pricey at $25 for a 1.7 oz jar. So when we saw Equate’s for $15.67 we were excited to try it out. We’ll save you the drama: the Equate version was a terrible duplicate.
The ingredients had a lot of overlap, although the Equate product excludes the parabens that were contained in the Olay version. Parabens have come under a lot of scrutiny for adverse health effects, and many manufacturers have removed them from their products, so we’ll count this as a point for Equate. (Here is an FAQ about parabens as preservatives in cosmetics: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm128042.htm)
When we started testing the actual cream was when the problems with Equate became apparent. From the get go, the Olay was a nice cream color, while the Equate was a pure white.
The consistency of the Olay was a fairly standard cream; however, the Equate was a watery mess. In fact, it was so watery that our consumer testers had difficulty getting it out of the jar to apply it.
Our consumers also noted that the Equate version smelled much worse.
Once the cream was actually applied, the effects were similar, but with how difficult it was to get out of the jar the damage was already done.
Overall Similarity Score: 30%. This is just a poor copycat version. Even with the lack of parabens, we can’t recommend you purchase this store brand. If you are looking for a paraben-free regenerating cream, look to a different brand. Otherwise, stick with Olay.