Niacinamide Clarifying Essence Spray
Revolution Skincare’s Niacinamide Clarifying Essence Spray contains niacinamide, one of our favorite ingredients for normalizing pores – but this mist is not the best way to get its benefits.
Packaged in a clear bottle with a spray pump that needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its beneficial ingredients, we appreciate that this liquid comes out as a light, fine mist instead of in large droplets. It absorbs into skin instantly without a sticky or tacky feel, meaning it works well both over and under other skin care products. It has a light pink color, the result of artificial colorant red 40.
As advertised, this contains a good amount of niacinamide, or vitamin B3, which research shows can refine pores, brighten skin, and protect skin’s moisture barrier. While it cannot control oil production as claimed, it can reduce inflammation, which can result in less stimulation of oil glands and a reduction of oiliness. This formula also includes a small amount of chamomile, which has skin-soothing properties.
But… that’s the extent of its positive traits. This mist is light on additional beneficial ingredients, and has a floral fragrance, thanks to its inclusion of fragrance and fragrance ingredients (in fact, the fragrance is more prevalent here than the chamomile).
It’s certainly not the most irritating formula, it’s just that the fragrance, along with the relatively small amount of good ingredients, make this a mostly “why bother?” product. There are far more compelling formulas on our list of best toners and face mists.
- Spray bottle produces a fine mist instead of large droplets.
- Includes a good amount of skin-brightening, pore-refining niacinamide.
- Contains skin-calming chamomile.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Clear packaging means it must be stored out of direct light.
Enriched with calming Camomile and Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 which controls oil production, this clarifying formula is designed to rescue complexions in crisis thanks to ability to clear congestion, diminish blemishes and reduce the appearance of pores – 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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