I received these two products from L’Oreal Paris – the Re-plumping Gel Wash and Replumping Micellar water from their Revitalift Line.
I wanted to provide my first impressions of the products in case you wanted to see the texture AND I also do makeup removal tests so you can see the makeup dissolving power of these products.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler [+ Hyaluronic Acid] Cleansing Micellar Water
Packaging: Plastic Bottle with a flip top cap. A lot of product can tip out so be careful when dispensing!
Description: This Micellar water (+ Toner) contains Hyaluronic acid and is meant to ”plump” the skin with moisture. It is a makeup remover first and foremost. The skin is meant to feel softer over time.
Directions: ”Apply Morning and evening with a cotton pad as the first step of one’s cleansing routine. No need to rinse.
My Thoughts: I always wash of a micellar water as I don’t like the idea of surfactants sitting on the skin for long periods of time.
Ingredients: 909149 2 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER • GLYCERIN • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DISODIUM EDTA • SODIUM HYALURONATE • DISODIUM COCOAMPHO- DIACETATE • POLOXAMER 184 • MYRTRIMONIUM BROMIDE. (F.I.L. B240692/0).
My Thoughts: As you can see, there is sodium hyaluronate there (hyaluronic acid) to help moisturise the skin.
- As you can see, this is a typical watery micellar water. Literally feels like water. No stinging or apparent irritation and not really a strong smell.
You can see there are some bubbles too on the skin.
Also, as this dries down, it doesn’t feel sticky or tacky either. Kind of just reminds me of the Muji Toners.
Makeup Removal Test:
So for this test – I used a liquid lipstick from Urban Decay (left), A Mac regular lipstick (Middle) and an Eyeshadow pencil (Right).
Makeup removing Rules: I fully saturated a cotton pad with product and then gently wiped 10 times. Then I took a picture.
So this is after gently wiping the skin 10 times. As you can see the Mac Lipstick has pretty much disappeared and the other two products are lifting.
Now I did 10 more gentle swipes on the hand with the saturated cotton pad.
As you can see, the products are really disappearing.
Now 10 more swipes.
The Eye Pencil and the Mac Lipstick have disappeared. The Urban Decay Liquid Lip is still fighting to be present. Will it disappear? 10 more light swipes (no rubbing!)-
And this is the final result with gentle swiping. I didn’t rub – if I did rub harder, I predict the Urban decay liquid lip would disappear. The product didn’t sting or irritate my skin either.
IMAGE COMPARISON – MAKEUP REMOVAL BEFORE AND AFTER SWIPING
You can see this did a decent job overall! I think I would have needed far less swipes if I had rubbed or pressed harder, but I really wanted to see how much makeup would be removed with the least amount of effort. Also because we hope to remove makeup quite gently rather than aggressively and tugging on the skin.
My Overall Thoughts and First Impressions: Not a bad makeup remover! I will certainly use it, although – I still wouldn’t’ leave a micellar water on the skin. I’m aso pleased that this doesn’t have fragrance or essential oils.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler [+ Hyaluronic Acid] Gel Face Wash Cleanser
Packaging: Plastic squeezy tube with a flip-top cap. Definitely easy to dispense a lot of product.
Description: ”A re-plumping and anti-ageing gel face wash cleanser”. Containing Hyaluronic acid, this is meant to plump the skin and hydrate it.
Directions: Apply morning and evening. Can be applied both on the face and the neck. Rinse off with water after gently massaging. The brand recommend that for full adequate cleansing / makeup removal – the micellar water (also called a toner on the website) should be used (but I don’t like to apply micellar waters as toners personally).
Ingredients: 2050504 4 – INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER • COCO-BETAINE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • GLYCERIN • PPG-5-CETETH-20 • SODIUM HYALURONATE • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • CITRIC ACID • PANTHENOL • POLYQUATERNIUM-7 • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SODIUM BENZOATE • SALICYLIC ACID • LINALOOL • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE. (F.I.L. C260728/1).
My Thoughts: Not totally happy with the addition of linalool and fragrance (just a personal preference). I think it’s a bit more acceptable to have fragrance in a cleanser as it gets washed off. I like the addition of sodium hyaluronate and salicylic acid (pore care) as well as soothing panthenol.
Texture: This has a gel-like texture. it doesn’t tug the skin when massaging. Of course the texture becomes smoother and glides when water. As this contains fragrance, linalool – this has a very pleasant smell (like a spa, soapy scent).
You can see it almost looks like a serum! But this is a thick-ish gel texture.
Makeup Removal Test: Rub the product 10 times with my finger. THEN use water to rinse the product off, while RUBBING AGAIN 10 times. THEN repeat the process one more time (rub 10 times and wash off, rubbing 10 times).
This is the result after rubbing the hand (with a finger) 10 times with the cleanser.
YOU CAN SEE – this product doesn’t really foam up when rubbing, let’s see when water is added.
Below is the result after running my hand under a tap (and rubbing 10 times with my finger):
You can see that the Mac Lipstick has gone and the Eyeshadow pencil is also lifting. The Urban Decay Lipstick is lifting slightly.
Below is when I added the gel again with water:
I also wanted to show how this cleanser emulsifies when water is added (turns a bit milky). It’s not incredibly milky, but you can see some emulsion. Also this doesn’t really foam up.
As you can see after the second cleanse – a lot of the makeup has gone now. Only the remnants of the Urban Decay Liquid lipstick remain. This is where the Micellar Water would come in handy I think!
I think it’s a pretty decent cleanser after second cleansing! The skin doesn’t feel squeaky clean tight either. And I don’t feel a remnant of cleanser on the skin after washing. The emulsification means that this is easier to wash off.
Makeup Removal Comparison – Before and after!
Overall: I think the Gel Cleanser is pretty decent! As you can see, it’s also good at removing makeup (especially if you end up pairing it with a micellar water). I’m not a fan of fragrance, but as said previously – one does end up washing off a cleanser so at least it doesn’t linger on the skin. I like that it doesn’t really foam up (less stripping) and that it emulsifies (easier to wash off). And I also like the addition of Panthenol and Salicylic acid.
Conclusion: I think in terms of my L’Oreal product ratings from what I’ve enjoyed the most to the least, it would probably be: Antibacterial Hand Gel (the packaging is lovely too) –> Micellar Water (good makeup removal and fragrance free) –> Gel Wash (pretty decent but fragrance) –> Eye cream for face (too thick) –> Retinol (fragrance) —> Revitalift Serum (fragrance).
I do have 2 more moisturisers I will be comparing and contrasting along with my first impressions so please stay tuned for that!
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.
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