CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser vs. Equate Beauty Hydrating Cleanser

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We’ve found an unexpected gift in the Brandefy archives today!  CeraVe products have been among our most requested and most popular reviews, so we are always looking to add as much of the popular brand to our database as soon as we can procure product and get it in the hands of testers. So, while looking through our database today while prepping for our upcoming app launch, we were stoked to find that we’d had a test panel review CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser this summer, but had never gotten the results posted. The dupe we compared it to was Walmart’s Equate Beauty version.

Right off the bat, our testers had a hard time with the Equate because of shoddy plastic packaging. Normally the name brand packaging is a little better, but in this case we could barely get the container to pump out the product.

The formulations of the two products were reasonably similar, with the CeraVe version containing parabens and the equate version paraben-free. We’ve posted the ingredients side-by-side, with the overlapping ingredients highlighted in green.

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CeraVe was a sort of translucent white, while Equate was a solid opaque white. Neither product had a strong smell, but our test panel preferred the CeraVe scent slightly.

Despite the difference in color, the consistency of the products was quite similar. Both products washed off nicely, and neither left any kind of residue.

Overall similarity score: 73.0%.  Functionally, these products were quite similar, and the equate version was an effective copy. But the shoddy packaging and differences in color and smell led to the relatively lower rating. If you don’t mind that and are just looking for value, the Equate version can save you some money. Otherwise, go with the CeraVe.