10% Matrixyl Wrinkle & Fine Line Reducing Serum
The first thing you need to know about Revolution Skincare’s dropper-dispensed 10% Matrixyl Wrinkle & Fine Line Reducing Serum is that the name is misleading. This all-skin-types, fragrance-free formula almost certainly does not contain 10% Matrixyl, which is the trade name for the peptides palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.
Both peptides are the last ingredients listed in this serum which makes it highly doubtful their concentration is at 10%, unless by that strength the brand means a 10% blend that contains a much lower amount of these peptides. That’s because cosmetic ingredients are required to be listed in order of concentration, so if Revolution followed this guideline (which we don’t doubt), the peptides wouldn’t be listed where they are.
On the upside, you don’t need a high concentration of peptides for skin to benefit; indeed, some work very well in seemingly low amounts. But with this water-based serum, peptides are pretty much all you get, save for some standard slip agents and hydrators like glycerin and propanediol which contribute greatly to the silky glide-on.
All in all, it’s not a bad mix, but skin needs more than just hydrators and a few peptides (by the way, all of the peptides used here have research on their ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles via collagen stimulation and repair).
If peptides are all you want--perhaps to boost the results from an antioxidant-packed serum--then this fits the bill, although if your budget can extend a few dollars, there are better peptide serums out there. However, we can’t fault this one too strongly because even though the peptide amount is VERY likely to be lower than the name suggests, what’s here is likely to have a noticeable effect on wrinkles, including around the eyes.
Note: The frosted glass bottle should be stored away from natural light, as routine exposure may cause the palmitoyl portion of these peptides to break down (which means the peptides will be less likely to reach their targets in skin). It’s possible the glass bottle has a UV coating; we have reached out to Revolution Beauty several times and not received confirmation of this.
- Silky, hydrating texture glides on.
- Contains peptides known to firm and hydrate skin.
- Fragrance free.
- Doesn’t contain 10% Matrixyl as claimed.
- Doesn’t give skin more than peptides and basic hydrators.
This gentle serum contains a powerful peptide called Matrixyl, which helps to stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen. This firming and plumping ingredient helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines to leave skin looking fresher, more toned and youthful looking.
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 https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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