I recently received some products from Revolution Skincare (website link HERE) and am slowly working my way through them in terms of providing my first impressions – This is their Vitamin C Face Collection. Some contain derivatives of vitamin C (more suited to sensitive skins) and actual Ascorbic Acid.
I will put the information down below with my first impressions.
I will say 2 things:
- All of these are Vegan + Cruelty Free
- All of these contain Fragrance and/or Essential oils – this does mean that the products smell very much of candied orange – That might be delicious for some of you and off-putting for others. (I have been trying their Vitamin C Body Cleanser and it’s the same sort of smell, but I can understand if it’s off-putting for the face!)
Once again – the Revolution Skincare Website is HERE if you are interested. Although currently the website doesn’t make it easy to find the whole vitamin C collection. So I would suggest you simply type in vitamin C in the search bar and see what products come up.
– If you would like to see the post on the the Vitamin C Body Care, then click on the Instagram Post Below! – This includes Body Lotion / Shimmer / Body Butter and Body Cleanser!
The collection has that whole orange-theme going on!
What is it?: It is an under eye cream that is meant to brighten the look of the under eyes. It’s a moisturiser.
What it does?: Uses Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a Vitamin C derivative – so less ”potent”) Also we don’t know the % used.
Directions: ”Apply under the eye and along the orbital bone with a fingertip and tap instead of pulling the skin. ” – From the Revolution Skincare Website.
Packaging: It’s a plastic bottle with a lid and a simple pump mechanism. Doesn’t dispense too much product which is good.
Key Ingredients: Using Vitamin C, Avocado Oil + Squalane (to moisturise) as well as Niacinamide to help brighten the skin and reduce the look of fine lines. This also contains Hyaluronic acid + Glycerin to hydrate the skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Alcohol, Tris (Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40).
Thoughts: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – the vitamin C derivative aimed at brightening one’s skin. Niacinamide is a nice addition to help even + brighten the skin. I like Glycerin and avocado oil. Not quite sure why alcohol is in here and I don’t think colourants were necessary (a white cream would have been fine for me, I didn’t need it yellow tinted) – and I see squalane in there too, a nice oil – as well as Sodium Hyaluronate which is a humectant/NMF. So overall a hydrating and moisturising formula.
As you can see, this has a yellow-ish tint to it! The Cream itself isn’t too thick but it definitely is directed at dry eyes.
My Thoughts: It’s a nice cream. Probably on par with the Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream in terms of thickness. Of course when spreading this, this smells a lot of candied orange, but this doesn’t seem to ball or pill up.
Revolution Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Polisher: LINK
What is it: An exfoliating cream meant to buff away dead skin cells.
What it does: Meant to even the skin’s tone and reduce the look of pigmentation…
How to use: ”Apply to dry skin. Add a little water and massage in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.” – From the Revolution Skincare Website.
Key Ingredients: ”Ultra-fine” Bamboo particles (this is the part that buff the skin). Also contains Grape Seed, Avocado, Peach Kernel and Sweet Almond Oils – these are supposed to help keep the skin feeling ‘nourished’. And glycerin helps keep the skin moisturised. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C derivative) – used for skin brightening.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Oil, Olus Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dehydroacetic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alcohol, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40).
Not sure why there’s alcohol, but it’s low down the list. And ofc colourants ARE NOT dangerous, I just find them unnecessary. The Vitamin C used here is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – a derivative.
As you can see, this has a yellow-ish tint to it. You can see it looks lightweight and near-watery. when spreading, I do get a texture to it i.e. I do feel little small granules. NOW I must say that these little granules are not rough, they don’t feel like walnut shell and they don’t feel like a harsh scrub. I.e. there is more gel in this than there are beads. If you would like to use this polisher because you like gentle scrubs, then by all means, go for it.
You can see the little bits of bamboo. This isn’t scratchy or painful on the skin I must say.
My Overall thoughts: Probably my least-favourite from the selection as I really don’t like the idea of face scrubs and have a bad relationship with them (Thanks Zo Polish). But there are people that like a little, delicate light scrub and I must say that this definitely doesn’t feel as harsh as regular scrubs. I could see myself using this on my elbows + knees for some mild exfoliation. I do like the idea of adding vitamin C to this kind of thing (preferably for the body) because of course that should – long term, help brighten the skin. Once again this smells of candied orange which I’m not a huge fan of (unless it’s a sorbet). I must say this is one of the softest face scrubs I’ve tested.
Revolution Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Cream Cleanser: LINK
What is it: A Cream cleanser meant to improve the look of the skin’s tone.
Directions: ”Apply to dry skin. Add a little water and massage in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.” (from the Revolution skincare website).
Key Ingredients: This contains a vitamin C derivative – Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. Aiming to brighten the skin. Contains Grape Seed, Avocado, Peach Kernel and Sweet Almond Oils and glycerin – meant to help break down makeup + dirt while keeping the skin hydrated/moisturised.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Oil, Olus Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Dehydroacetic Acid, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alcohol, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40).
Not quite sure why alcohol was needed, but at least it is at the bottom of the list! Fragrance and colourants once again – but it’s a bit more forgiving when it’s in a cleanser.
This has a thin texture! spreads far and easily.
My Thoughts: I don’t think cleansers with actives in them do much as you wash them off. But this seems to be a decent cleanser (have not tried with makeup removal). But of course, smells like candied orange – so if you like an orange, smelling cleanser – you may enjoy this!
Do you see how smooth, buttery and lightweight this looks?
What is it?: Moisturising cream containing Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (derivative) to brighten the look of the skin.
What does it do?: brighten the skin tone, reduce the look of dark spots + pigmentation
Directions: Apply to face, morning and night for best results.
Key Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil + Shea Butter (soften the skin). Niacinamide – even and brighten the skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid – hydrate and Glycerin to help moisturise.
Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Carbomer, Parfum (Fragrance), Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hyaluronate (LMW), Laureth-7, Alcohol, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, CI 19140, CI 16035
Quite surprised how it looks like the whole range contains alcohol – but once again it’s low down the list so the % should be very low. Fragrance – not a fan. Also I do wish Sodium Hyaluronate was higher up the list. The Vitamin C derivative – Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is high up, and who doesn’t like Niacinamide.
My Thoughts: Not a bad cream. Not a fan of the smell, but in terms of texture; not so aggressively thick as I would have expected.
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Revolution Skincare 20% Vitamin C Radiance Serum: LINK
What is it: Vitamin C Serum meant to improve the tone of one’s skin.
What does it do: Containing 20% Vitamin C – this is a high-strength, creamy serum meant to improve skin brightness and fade dark spots / pigmentation as well as acting as an antioxidant.
Key Ingredients: As well as vitamin C, this also has Grape Seed Oil (a light oil meant to moisturise the skin) + Glycerin (humectant).
Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Potassium Sorbate Laureth-7, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool.
(I’m not a fan of essential oils but it does make this have that candied orange smell).
Directions: ”Shake well before use. Apply to face, morning and night for best results. Rinse hands after use.” (from the Revolution Website).
Key Ingredients: 20% Ascorbic Acid – Antioxidant + Skin brightener
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Potassium Sorbate Laureth-7, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool.
As you can see this has a yellow-ish tint! There’s no grainy-ness.
Thoughts: You can see it’s quite an emollient serum! It’s moisturising. I do think 20% is very high – but some people want a really potent serum. I think definitely this would suit dry skins over oily skins, as oily skins tend to go for more watery serums whereas as you can see, this is more fatty/emollient. Of course this smells like candied orange once again. I like the pump packaging as well. Didn’t seem to sting or irritate my hand – but I think this could be stingy on those with acneic skin.
My Thoughts Overall: Overall, for the price of the products – I think this isn’t a bad collection! I’m not a fan of unnecessary ingredients like colourants + essential oils / fragrance so personally, I would stick to unscented products BUT I think for those who particularly like the smell of orange, these products may be nice for you! I say that because they have some genuine skin-beneficial ingredients (i.e. Niacinamide, Squalane, Glycerin + Sodium hyaluronate etc). We don’t know the % of vitamin C of most of the products (except for the 20% vitamin C serum which – results should be quicker to see due to the potency), so I can’t say for sure how effective the products would be at brightening the skin, but I’m sure there would be some change with continued, long period use.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.