Caffeine Essence Spray
Revolution Skincare’s Caffeine Essence Spray is a lot like the other offerings in the brand’s collection of essence sprays – it certainly makes skin feel refreshed but is light on what it takes to really make a difference in its look and feel.
Housed in a clear plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this yellow liquid comes out in a fine mist instead of large droplets, making for convenient application on the go. It feels lightly hydrating and dries quickly. One note: because the bottle is clear, it must be stored out of direct light to protect is light-sensitive ingredients.
But that’s about all there is to like about this product. It contains green tea and, of course its namesake caffeine, which both have antioxidant properties. But caffeine’s ability to “wake up” skin is largely theoretical (there isn’t much research proving it works this way). Aside from those two entries, this is incredibly light on skin-beneficial ingredients.
What is does contain is fragrance, and additional fragrance ingredients limonene, linalool, and citronellol that put skin at risk for irritation, even though the scent itself isn’t very strong. It also contains lemon extract – not lemon oil as claimed - which the brand says delivers nutrients and antioxidants, but despite the helpful components this citrus contains (for example, it offers vitamin C), lemon is an irritant, meaning your skin is put at even more risk by its inclusion.
In short, there’s just not enough here that’s compelling to make it worth your time or money. You’ll find far better options on our list of best toners and face mists.
- Spray action results in a fine mist instead of large droplets.
- Includes antioxidants caffeine and green tea extract.
- Formula is light on skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Includes lemon extract, which can irritate skin.
- Clear packaging compromises some of this product’s beneficial ingredients.
Thirsty? Let your skin drink up our Caffeine Essence Spray – one of five new hydrating facial mists, each specially formulated with its own active ingredients to deliver targeted results in just one spritz. Infused with citrus lemon oil which delivers an invigorating cocktail of nutrients and antioxidants, this energising formula is an essential early-morning tonic that instantly awakens and brightens sleepy skin in one portable pick-me-up.
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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