L'Oreal Paris

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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L’Oreal’s Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a product whose ingredients work exactly as claimed, but whose aesthetics might discourage you from wanting to use it.

This serum comes in clear glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Because it is clear, and the formula contains ingredients that can break down in the presence of light, you’ll need to store it in a dark place to make sure those ingredients stay potent over time.

As for the serum itself, it’s fragrance free and has a slightly viscous texture that’s easy to smooth over skin. As advertised, this contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient well-known for its ability to hydrate and plump up skin. Some skin-conditioning ingredients are also included.

While this isn’t as robust a formula as similar serums, the real issue is with how it performs on skin. We love that this sinks into skin relatively quickly, but it leaves a tacky, almost film-like feel that’s unappealing. It also pills excessively, even if you haven’t put anything over or under it. It’s very strange, getting to the point where it looks like you’re shedding skin.

Another note: this also contains the buffering ingredient hydroxyethylpiperazine (HEPES). Though there isn’t any direct research on its impact on skin, some studies show it can generate free radical damage in the presence of oxygen. With so many alternative buffering ingredients available without this potential concern, there’s just no reason to select a product with this one. There are many better serum alternatives with better aesthetics.

  • Formula includes hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid.
  • Contains some skin-conditioning ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Has a tacky, unappealing texture that pills a lot, even when applied on its own.
  • Packaged in a clear container, meaning it must be stored away from direct light.
  • HEPES ingredient is questionable for skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Validated in partnership with dermatologists, 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum absorbs quickly to immediately replenish and reduce wrinkles for visibly plumped, youthful looking skin.

Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Secale Cereale Seed Extract/Rye Seed Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Clorphenesin.

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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