Hyaluronic Hydrating Essence Spray
Revolution Skincare’s Hyaluronic Hydrating Essence Spray has a few aspects we love – but not enough to make it a must-have product to add to your skin care repertoire.
Housed in a clear plastic bottle, this pink liquid (the pink comes from artificial colorants) is lightweight, sinking into skin within moments. The spray action on the bottle is great – it’s a fine mist that doesn’t result in large droplets on skin, which is always appreciated! One note: because it is clear, it’s best stored out of direct light to protect its beneficial ingredients.
We also appreciate that this contains the salt form of hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) an ingredient that plumps skin and helps it retain moisture, along with a small amount of aloe. But outside of that – this is a very, very basic formula that doesn’t have much else going on as far as skin-beneficial ingredients – it’s certainly not “packed with nutrients” as claimed.
In fact, this contains a couple of not-great-for-skin ingredients. They include fragrance (this mist has a very prominent fruity smell), linalool, limonene, and grapefruit extract, all of which put skin at risk for irritation.
While we like the concept of an on-the-go hyaluronic acid boost, there are far more potent – and less problematic – options on our list of best toners and face mists.
- Spray action results in a fine mist instead of large droplets.
- Contains skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
- Formula isn’t “packed with nutrients” as claimed.
- Includes grapefruit extract, which can irritate skin.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that put skin at additional risk for irritation.
- Clear packaging compromises its beneficial ingredients.
Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, which enables your skin to retain moisture, and Grapefruit Extract, packed with nutrients that protect and nourish, this hydrating formula helps to transform that troublesome tight feeling into skin that’s soft to the touch – all 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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