L’Oreal is not known for producing state-of-the-art anti-aging serums, and this entry doesn’t change their average to disappointing track record. Don’t mistake this for a concentrated anti-aging treatment, because it’s not; instead, it’s mostly water with slip agent and a good moisture-binding agent. Nice, but hardly unique or “triple power”.
It’s disappointing that this serum contains more alcohol than beneficial anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid. As for antioxidants, they’re not in here at all, which is a big letdown because research supporting antioxidant for younger-looking skin is plentiful. The titanium dioxide and mica are mineral pigments that cosmetically brighten and add shine to skin, yet that has nothing to do with improving volume loss—an enticing claims this serum makes, even though skin care cannot successfully address this concern (we wish that weren’t the case, but it’s the truth).
Last, this serum contain several fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Their combined amounts isn’t much, but ideally you should be using fragrance-free products because irritation from fragrance hurts skin’s ability to look and act younger. That may not be a problem from this one product, but consider if you’re applying multiple fragrant products to your skin every day!
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift presents the next-generation of skincare, RevitaLift Triple Power Concentrated Serum, a powerful, luxurious serum that goes beyond a simple anti-aging treatment to address 3 dimensions that visibly age skin. 1. Fight Wrinkles 2. Replenish Volume 3. Resurface Skin texture.
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Diemthicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance
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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