Every Celeb Swears By Augustinus Bader Skincare, But Is It Worth the Splurge?

When it comes to cult skincare, there are few brands more hyped than Augustinus Bader. Despite only launching in 2018 with just two products—the now-iconic The Cream and The Rich Cream—Augustinus Bader has amassed an impressively devout following of celebrities, makeup artists and beauty editors who all swear by the glow-boosting, skin-smoothing benefits of this covetable moisturiser. It seems almost every A-lister, from Alexa Chung and Naomi Campbell to Hailey Bieber and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, has a bottle of Augustinus Bader in their skincare rotation—and if they don't, then their makeup artist does. But at £225 a pop for a bottle of moisturiser, it's impossible to offer up a truly unbiased review of Augustinus Bader without mentioning the cost. Because, let's be real, skincare with a three-figure price tag just isn't a realistic purchase for the vast majority of us. So what makes Augustinus Bader worth the hype, and is this luxury skincare line really worth the splurge?


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Hailey Bieber took to IG Stories to share her favourite skincare products and revealed that she's on her third bottle of Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream.

Most notably, while the value of some heritage beauty brands and buzzy skincare products might be debatable, there is no denying that the sheer amount of science behind Augustinus Bader's products—and I'm talking proper science, not just marketing spiel—makes them true investment buys. In fact, before segueing into skincare, founder and professor Augustinus Bader actually spent decades as the head of stem cell research at the University of Leipzig, where he intensely studied the skin's natural healing process in a quest to find ways to aid burn victims and improve our body's capacity for renewal.

His research led to the creation of Bader's now-renowned Trigger Factor Complex, or TFC8. This patented technology, which powers all of Bader's formulations, is unique in its ability to not only support and optimise your skin's capacity for cellular renewal but also make Augustinus Bader skincare "smarter" by helping the products adapt to individual skincare concerns, whether that be fine lines, pigmentation or scarring. Essentially, it helps to deliver what your specific skin needs. Pretty clever, right?


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Both Augustinus Bader's cleansing gel and moisturiser are staples in Priyanka Chopra Jonas's skincare routine, she told Vogue.

As a beauty editor, I'm endlessly fascinated by the products that makeup artists genuinely keep in their kits, so it's of huge interest to me that Augustinus Bader is continually name-checked as a skincare staple by some of the industry's biggest experts. After all, these people have access to the very best products in the world. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff, whose client list includes the likes of Chopra Jonas, Margot Robbie and Kate Bosworth, swears by Augustinus Bader's products, which, to me, speaks volumes about the efficacy of Bader's skincare offering. In fact, it's so good that Dubroff told me that she not only uses The Rich Cream to prep her celebrity client's skin but also uses it in her personal skincare routine. That's a real seal of approval.


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Facialist Melanie Grant shared Victoria Beckham's full skincare routine on Instagram, revealing that she uses Augustinus Bader's The Cream morning and night.

Finally, it would be more than fair to say that I'll try any skincare product that Victoria Beckham approves, and it turns out that VB swears by Augustinus Bader. Heck, Beckham is such a fan that she collaborated with Bader himself to launch her own skincare products—the Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer (£140) and Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum (£184). And surely a full-on skincare collaboration is the highest praise there is.


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Of course, there's really only one way to decide if a product is truly worth the hype and that's to try it. So in the interest of research, I tried every product from Augustinus Bader to give you my honest opinion on whether it's truly worth the money. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it, right? Keep scrolling to discuss the products that I think are worth the splurge and the ones that I think are worth skipping.

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Mica Ricketts