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Revolution Skincare

Granactive Retinoid 2% Skin Tone Correcting Solution

1.05 fl. oz. for $ 11.00
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Revolution Skincare’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Skin Tone Correction Solution is an interesting product, featuring a next-generation retinoid that has promising research showing its various benefits for skin.

Like most of the brand’s products, this comes in a frosted bottle with a dropper dispenser. It also features the same blend of non-fragrant plant oils – coconut, grape, sweet almond, and sunflower – as many of its sister products. In this case that’s a good thing, since all have moisturizing and antioxidant properties that will help skin look and feel better.

While this does have an oily, but not greasy texture, it’s best for those with normal, dry, and combination skin. Those with oilier skin might find this emphasizes shine.

The star of the show here is a form of retinoid known as hydryoxypinacolone retinoate (or HPR). This is one of an emerging group of “next-generation” retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) that’s an ester of retinoic acid, or tretinoin. Some research shows that this might bind directly to skin’s retinoid receptors instead of being metabolized into retinoic acid, as is the case with retinol.

What does this all mean? It can improve skin’s tone as claimed and help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Does this mean it’s superior to retinol? No; retinol has more than 40 years of research proving its effectiveness in skin care, so while this development is exciting, it’s not a replacement for good old-fashioned retinol; rather, it’s an intriguing alternative.

That aside, the only drawback of this product is that because of its frosted packaging, it’s best to store this out of light, which can diminish the effectiveness of its antioxidant ingredients.

Still, for the price, it’s a great product to consider, especially as an adjunct to the rest of your skin care routine.

  • Next-generation retinoid likely to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Contains a good blend of non-fragrant plant oils.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Needs to be stored out of direct light to preserve its ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Helps improve uneven skin tone. Encourages a healthy complexion.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydryoxypinacolone Retinoate.

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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