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Revolution Skincare

0.5% Retinol with Rosehip Seed Oil Super Strength Formula Conditioning & Fine Line Serum

1.01 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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We love finding an anti-aging product that delivers a proven ingredient (in this case, retinol) along with an impressive, if short, list of supporting ingredients. That’s what we have with Revolution Skincare’s 0.5% Retinol with Rosehip Seed Oil Super Strength Formula Conditioning & Fine Line Serum. This fragrance-free retinol serum is highly recommended for dry to very dry skin!

Essentially a stronger version of Revolution’s 0.2% Retinol Serum, this is another non-aqueous formula whose triglyceride and oil blend is wonderfully smoothing and emollient, yet fluid, silky, and capable of giving skin an instant radiance boost, minus shimmer. And it almost goes without saying but the plant oils are good source of antioxidants, including non-fragrant vitamin C-rich rosehip seed oil (listed by its Latin name of Rosa canina).

The only drawback is the transparent brown glass bottle packaging, as this lets light in and natural light degrades retinol. If you opt to try this, make sure you store it in dark place to protect the retinol and plant oils from light exposure.

In use, we found this was best applied at night, after your moisturizer, meaning it’s the final step in your evening routine. On the other hand, if you also like using oil-based formulas during the day, this can work well under makeup, assuming you have dry skin.

A quick note on skin type recommendation: Those with normal to slightly dry skin can use this serum, but its high coconut oil content makes it iffy for breakout-prone skin, and the oil-rich formula is a lot for already-oily skin to take on.

  • Great amount of retinol to target wrinkles and loss of firmness.
  • Smooths and softens skin with natural triglycerides and plant oils.
  • The plant oils are good sources of antioxidants, including vitamin C.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Transparent brown bottle must be stored away from natural light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

The Retinol Super Serum is here. You loved our 0.2% Retinol Fine Line Correcting Serum for softening and clearing the appearance of skin, so now we’re introducing an even stronger dose. We’re talking 0.5% of Retinol, the ingredient known for encouraging the natural cell turnover of your skin to reveal a smoother complexion and more even skin tone. And we’ve combined it with Rosehip Seed Oil, for its skin conditioning and hydrating properties.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olus (Vegetable) Oil, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, BHT, BHA.

United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.

This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.

Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.

Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at


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