Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 claims to "help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles." The good news is that the formula includes antioxidants vitamin C and retinyl palmitate, which can potentially help with those with issues. The bad news it that it also contains skin-aggravating fragrance in even greater concentration—shame! See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is not the path to healthier, younger, or brighter-looking skin.
Were it not for that issue, we'd applaud Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 for its broad-spectrum sun protection and cream texture that absorbs pleasantly for normal to combination (slightly oily or slightly dry) skin. The nearly imperceptible non-greasy finish is another nice attribute of the synthetic sunscreen formula.
As for the highly touted glycolic acid and its ability to help reveal brighter skin, the pH is outside the range needed for this effective leave-on exfoliant to work so don't expect much help there. The benefit looks good on paper, but doesn't translate to visible results.
Considering that this moisturizer's noticeably fragrant formula is questionable from the perspective of great skincare and its superstar ingredients won't be able to function all that effectively in this blend (due to the lower than optimal concentration and higher than optimal pH), we're suggesting you pass on this one.
See More Info to learn how fragrance negatively affects skin and check out our Best Daytime Moisturizers with Sunscreen for alternative products that earn our highest praise.
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 leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps 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 the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has 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 always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
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Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
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, issue 11, pages 789-798
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Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%. Other: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Steareth-100, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Retinyl Palmitate, Limonene, Myristic Acid, T-Butyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Citral
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 minor—if 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'Oreal’s 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 drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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