I received these 2 products from L’Oreal – it’s from their Revitalift collection – Website Link
In this post I’ll be discussing the products and providing my first impressions!
1. Filler Renew Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Serum
Price: £16.66 on Boots.com
Packaging: A glass bottle with a dropper
What is it: A Serum that aims to hydrate + plump the skin, containing 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid.
What should it do: Plump the look of the skin + plump up fine lines.
Hyaluronic Acid?: Loreal describe this as having 1.5% Hyaluronic acid and that this serum contains ‘Macro’ Hyaluronic Acid (sit on top of the skin + hydrate) – and ‘Micro’ Hyaluronic Acid (penetrate deeper into the skin + hydrate). In my head this reads as two different molecular types of HA in this product, but the only Hyaluronic Acid I see listen in the ingredients is Sodium Hyaluronate? However this contains 1.5% which seems to be a high-enough amount to claim that this aids with plumping up the skin and visibly reducing the look of fine lines.
Note: This is described as a non-sticky, non-greasy formula that can absorb quickly and can be layered with your AM or PM routine.
Directions: Twice daily apply 2-3 drops to a clean face and neck. Loreal suggest you use the Revitalift Filler Day Cream after using this (Of course any moisturiser can do).
Key Ingredients: 1.5% HA – both Micro + Macro (hydrating) Sodium Hyaluronate. Also contains Glycerin (moisturising / humectant). Ascorbyl Glucoside is used as an antioxidant + brightener.
AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID • SODIUM HYALURONATE • DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE • DISODIUM EDTA • SECALE CEREALE SEED EXTRACT / RYE SEED EXTRACT • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE • PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • BENZYL ALCOHOL • BENZYL BENZOATE • BENZYL SALICYLATE • CITRONELLOL • LINALOOL • CHLORPHENESINCHLORPHENESIN (Chlorphenesin acts as a preserving agent by inhibiting the development of micro-organisms in cosmetic products) • PHENOXYETHANOL • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE. (F.I.L. B242753/1).
NOTE: The Incidecoder have an Ingredient list breakdown HERE
I personally don’t like Citronellol or Linalool or the addition of fragrance in my products, simply because I don’t like the smell.
- You can see this has a watery-like texture. The liquid is basically transparent.
This definitely has that typical hyaluronic acid serum texture. It reminds me of the Ordinary’s HA serum WITHOUT the balling up.
How it feels on the face: I squeezed this into the palms and was hit with fragrance – to some, this could be quite pleasant. It smells like soap. In terms of texture, I was surprised by how lightweight the serum feels. It’s definitely on the thinner side. i.e. as soon as I dispensed this and applied onto the skin, it took less than 30 seconds for the product to absorb and dry down. So I think that’s great for people in a rush.
Is it sticky?: NO. This was not sticky. Tapping my face after the product has absorbed, my hand didn’t stick to my cheek It does have that sort of ‘tightening’ effect on the skin which isn’t terrible, and people may enjoy that effect.
Hydrating?: Yes this is hydrating, not as hydrating to me as something like the Niod MMHC or the Hada Labo Premium Lotion – but just as hydrating as the Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid serum (review HERE). Of course this has that kind of texture where you would need to apply a moisturiser on top to hold that hydration in.
Price: £13.33 on Boots.com
What is it: An Eye + Face Cream
What does it do: A Hydrating / Moisturising cream aimed at both the eyes and face – it is meant ot improve the look of fine lines and ‘the loss of plumpness’ by hydrating the skin (supposedly high in Hyaluronic acid – but I don’t know the %)
Additional: Can be used on all types of lines on the face (meant to plump up the skin). Also, this is fragrance-free.
Directions: Apply as a moisturiser (i.e. face + neck) and dab around the eyes. Loreal state that you can apply ”on the areas most marked by lines.”
Key Ingredients: Antioxidants – Caffeine (should also help with dark circles), Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C derivative – brightening) + Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E acetate). Glycerin (conditioning). Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant). Jojoba Esters (Soothing).
Note: I don’t know how much HA is in here. But I’m not excited by the fact that there is only one type of HA molecule – sodium hyaluronate. It’s not like the Niod MMHC or any of the Hada Labo Products that contain Multiple Hyaluronic acid compounds. So this will sit on top of the skin and do a good job at hydrating the top of the skin, but may not really penetrate and hydrate deep within the skin. But I like the addition of some brightening ingredients.
Ingredients (Note: alcohol-free + fragrance & Essential oil-free)
AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE • SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT • PROPANEDIOL • DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • BETAINE • DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER • POLYGLYCERYL-6 DISTEARATE • HYDROXYPROPYL TETRAHYDROPYRANTRIOL • CETYL ALCOHOL • MYRISTYL MYRISTATE • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/STEARETH-25 METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • JOJOBA ESTERS • SODIUM HYALURONATE • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • BEHENYL ALCOHOL • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • PHENOXYETHANOL • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • XANTHAN GUM • POLYGLYCERYL-3 BEESWAX • DIMETHICONOL • CAFFEINE • ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE • CHLORPHENESIN • DISODIUM EDTA • HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SODIUM CITRATE • CITRIC ACID • SECALE CEREALE SEED EXTRACT / RYE SEED EXTRACT • POTASSIUM SORBATE • BIOTIN • DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full Ingredient Breakdown HERE
My Thoughts: I like peptides because they’re good humectants. Shea butter will mean the viscosity of this product is a little on the thicker side. Also I like Betaine as it’s both hydrating + Moisturising. Some silicones will mean this product comes on smoothly + makes the skin feel a bit softer (also gives a bit more of a matte finish).
Do you see this has a creamy texture when swiping?
Do you see that the cream holds its shape? This is one pump which is enough for the eyes. But two pumps would be needed for the face.
I have tried this on the face: Immediately I was hit by the smell of this. Firstly I’ll say as a personal preference – I like products that don’t contain fragrance – but wow this smells so strongly of SPF. It doesn’t fully disappear once rubbed in either. In terms of the texture – yes this is a cream, yes it has more of a matte finish but it definitely feels moisturising. It gives the skin a soft feeling / finish.
The Packaging: Very easy to apply as this comes with a cap and A PUMP LID. I love that it’s a pump. About two pumps cover the face. Another pump is needed for the neck.
I also received the Loreal Hand Sanitiser – My First Impressions + Swatches are HERE
My Overall Thoughts:
Both products are absolutely fine for me in terms of texture and how they make the skin feel! My skin didn’t feel like it was suffocating, it was easy to spread and absorb. But in terms of which one was my favourite – I’m not a huge fan of that soapy smell from the serum which didn’t seem to leave, so I don’t think I would continue using it – especially because I have unscented HA serums I can use.
But I did like the eye cream for the face and I liked that it was unscented, and also I recently used this and mixed it in with my Axis-y Moisturising cream and it didn’t cause any issues i.e. balling up or layering issues.
Also I think due to the matte/shea butter texture of this cream – it was nice mixing this in with a water-based cream, improving the texture by thinning / spreading it out. So I think I will continue to use the cream. I do think dry skins may prefer it over oily skins but if you live in dry weather, it could also be nice. I also like that the cream had some brightening ingredients so that’s a simple added bonus as the main reason I would use this cream is for simple moisturisation / hydration.
Dupes?: In Terms of the Serum – I think the Hada Labo Premium Lotion (review HERE) could be a nice Multiple HA toner / serum (if you like thicker textures) or the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus (Review HERE). OR: if you want a lighter texture, the Niod MMHC Serum is always a fav of mine (although quite pricey) Review HERE.
I think the AHC Eye Cream for Face (they keep updating this cream) Could be a good dupe but it is much more expensive.
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.