Review: L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid 1.5% HA Serum
When it comes to hydrating serums, the vast majority of them headline Hyaluronic Acid (often referred to as HA) as their superstar ingredient, and for good reason. Hyaluronic Acid has this fantastic ability to grip onto moisture particles and deep dive into the skin with them, which is why you can often visibly see both a surface hydration boost and an overall skin-plumping effect. HA serums have become somewhat of an expected basic when it comes to skincare ranges, with just about every brand offering their take on them, but they can look, feel and perform dramatically differently depending on a number of factors. The molecular weight (the smaller the size of the HA the deeper it can penetrate the skin), the different percentages present, or how they are formulated with additional hydrating ingredients all play instrumental roles in the finished product. You can also find them at *very* varying price points, but in my opinion, it’s most definitely not one of the products that you don’t need to spend a fortune on to get great results; the L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum is definitely proof of that.
What Makes It Special:
The L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains two molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid which combined contribute 1.5% to the entire formulation. One and a half percent might sound minuscule, but when we’re talking skincare you’ll often find really small amounts of potent and high-quality ingredients is all you need, so don’t let that number faze you. Skincare is not the place to apply the ‘a little is good, more must be better‘ logic. This contains 0.5% Macro Hyaluronic Acid (larger molecules – meaning it helps hydrate the surface of the skin) and 1% of Micro Hyaluronic Acid which penetrates deeper into the skin to help lift and plump the skin’s surface from within.
Why I Like It:
I am genuinely surprised by just how much I like this serum, purely because I had pretty low expectations of it before picking it up. I’ve been using this solidly for more than six weeks, and I’m about two-thirds of the way through the bottle. I think because it’s regularly on sale and because I don’t really see many people online talking about it, I was expecting it to be kinda lacklustre and ‘average’, but I’m chuffed to say that the L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a real winner. It well and truly ticks the hydrating box (maybe not *quite* as well as Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum, but pretty darn close), it’s not sticky or tacky at all, the fragrance is strong but doesn’t linger and it works well over toners and under other serums and moisturisers. The serums itself is thin and clear, it’s quite runny and spreads over the skin with ease and then absorbs quickly too, and gives an immediate dewy glow to the skin. The texture has an almost slippery and silky feel on the skin while wet, but dries down to nothing.
Although I really like this serum, my absolute gold standard is still the Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum, purely because I feel like I get a deeper hit of hydration from that, but this comes in at a close second and I wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase this in the future. Another perk of this one is that although the L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Jordan Samuel work out similarly priced (RRP), the L’Oreal is regularly discounted (as much as 50% off) making this a much more purse-friendly option.
What I Don’t Like About It:
I’m not a huge fan of the fragrance, it smells a bit too synthetically floral and almost soapy to me, but the scent only lasts a few seconds and then is gone. It’s the same scent as the rest of the Revitalift range if you’ve smelt anything from that before. Worth noting though, if your skin is particularly sensitive to added fragrance. As I mentioned above, I don’t think this is quite as deeply hydrating as the Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum and I find I’m using more of this (4-6 drops) compared to the 3-4 drops I use of the Jordan Samuel.
I apply 4-6 drops to a damp face after cleansing (and toner if you use one). Let it soak in for 15 seconds and then apply any other serums, moisturiser or facial oil if using. It’s important to apply Hyaluronic Acid products to a damp face because the ingredient grabs on to moisture and travels with it into the skin. If there’s no moisture for it to cling to then it won’t perform at its best, and may even draw moisture from the lower layers of your skin up resulting in your face actually feeling drier, rather than more hydrated.
Rapid absorption – agree
Non-greasy finish – agree
More youthful looking skin – agree, skin is plumped and hydrated
AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, SODIUM HYALURONATE, DIPEPTIDE DIAMINOBUTYROYL BENZYLAMIDE DIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SECALE CEREALE SEED EXTRACT / RYE SEED EXTRACT, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE CITRONELLOL, LINALOOL, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE. (F.I.L. B248253/1).
30ml – $44.95
50ml – $64.95
However, L’Oreal products are almost always on promotion somewhere, regularly as much as 50% off so shop around, I got mine from Woolies during a 40% off promo.
I really would, I’d recommend this to anyone looking for an effective hydrating serum, at an affordable price point that is readily available (this is stocked in supermarkets, chemists and multiple online retailers too) that plays nicely with other products. The L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum would be perfect as a first HA serum too, if your skin isn’t sensitive to added fragrance.