Superfruit Extract Antioxidant-Rich Serum and Primer
Revolution Skincare’s Superfruit Extract Antioxidant-Rich Serum and Primer disappoints as a wise way to “infuse your makeup routine with skincare benefits” because you’re getting far more fragrance than anything super. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products like this isn’t good for anyone’s skin.
Packaged in a frosted glass bottle just like many of Revolution’s other serums, this silky, gel glides over skin, feeling almost as slippery as classic silicone-based primers (this formula is silicone-free). But wow, the vanilla cupcake-like fragrance is strong from the get-go and lingers on skin, posing an ongoing risk of irritation. The packaging demands storage away from light since it contains light-sensitive ingredients.
This sets to a non-greasy, smooth finish that does help makeup go on better, but no more than lots of lightweight serums and moisturizers. There isn’t anything all that “priming” about this primer, although it does provide a sheer, opalescent pink glow to skin to enliven its tone.
As for the superfruits, you get blueberry, acai palm (Euterpe oleracea), and elderberry. All are antioxidant-rich nutritional powerhouses, but here you’re not only getting low amounts, they’re competing with irritating fragrance. In short, although this serum primer has nice aesthetics, you’ll find better options on our lists of best serums and best foundation primers.
- Silky gel texture doesn’t feel greasy.
- Works well under makeup.
- Adds a sheer pink glow.
- Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
- The fragrance lingers once this product absorbs.
- The superfruits are used in disappointingly low amounts.
- Packaging exposes delicate natural ingredients to light.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
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Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Supercharge your makeup routine with Revolution Skincare Superfruit Extract. The perfect way to infuse your makeup routine with skincare benefits. Formulated with antioxidant-rich blueberry extract to help fight environmental damage and support the skin’s barrier, this two-in-one lightweight serum and primer leaves skin feeling soft, while subtle iridescent shimmer creates unbeatable glow.
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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