L'Oreal Paris

Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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L'Oreal Paris takes a cue from East Asian skincare brands with its Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer—but unfortunately its star ingredient barely makes an appearance! That, along with some other issues, mean this isn't the best choice when shopping for facial moisturizers.

The product packaging looks great, a sleek squeeze tube with red accents. Inside is a somewhat thick cream that smooths out nicely as you spread it across skin. It feels hydrating, though is best for normal to slightly dry or combination skin (it's a bit too emollient for oily skin, but not moisturizing enough for dry skin).

As for the ingredients, they're okay, but not anything to write home about. There are some good emollients, and some antioxidants. The fragrance ingredient methyldihydrojasmonate is above many of these in the ingredient list, and fragrance isn't skincare (in fact, it can irritate skin).

What of the centella asiatica extract that this product is name for? "Cica" is an abbreviation of sorts for centella asiatica (also known as tiger grass or gotu kola), and has become a central ingredient of some East Asian skincare products. High concentrations have been shown to improve skin's moisture content and it can also help firm skin.

The problem here is that there's barely any of the ingredient present! For something that's so heavily advertised, you would think it would be more prominently featured. Instead, it's fourth from the bottom of the ingredient list, meaning you're not getting nearly enough to make a difference.

Don't believe the hype on this product, and instead opt for a superior option (some of which also include centella asiatica) on our list of Best Moisturizers.

One more comment: Even when an ingredient has an impressive amount of research behind it, skincare is never a simple as one great ingredient, in much the same way a healthy diet doesn't revolve around only eating one nutritious food.

  • Feels hydrating.
  • Contains some good emollients and antioxidants.
  • Packaged in a tube to keep beneficial ingredients stable.
  • Contains a fragrance ingredient that can irritate skin.
  • The star ingredient is barely present in this formula.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Lightweight, protective cream is formulated with Pro-Retinol, a powerful wrinkle-fighting ingredient and Centella Asiatica, an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine. Strengthens and repairs skin barrier to help resist visible lines, loss of firmness, and other signs of aging that weakened skin barrier can accentuate.

Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carpylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sesamum Incidum Seed Oil/Sesame Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Retinyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Madecassoside, Myristic Acid, Faex Extract/ Yeast Extract, Dimethiconol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, BHT, Citric Acid.

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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