Testing Revolution Skincare | Revolution vs The Ordinary

Hi guys, today we’re going to be talking about the new Revolution Skincare line. This launch slipped under my radar completely. I was browsing the Superdrug website one afternoon and happened to see this in the new in section. After some further research, I discovered that ‘slipped under my radar’ meant it had launched two days ago. I looked at the prices, then took a look at the product names and packaging and couldn’t help but notice the similarities to The Ordinary. I picked up a few things and today I’m going to be comparing those products to their counterparts from The Ordinary.  

I’ll be honest upfront, I am not a fan of The Ordinary overall. I know most people love them, but there’s something about their formulas that my skin struggles with. Most of their products make my skin very dry and I can’t pinpoint what’s in them that causes it. My original order from The Ordinary contained five products. Of those five things, there’s one I use regularly, one I use occasionally and the others live in my drawer and come out occasionally for photos.  

Brand Overview  

First of all, all products in the Revolution Skincare line are cruelty free and vegan, as well as fragrance free. Their prices start at £6 (£5.99 from Superdrug) and stop at £10.  All products are made in the UK, which makes me very happy (The Ordinary products are made in Canada). 

revolution beauty

Their line currently consists mainly of serums, although they also do a couple of oils and a hydrating moisturiser. In my opinion, they’ve launched with a pretty strong product line although there’s still plenty of room for expansion.  


I love the packaging for so many different reasons. On a purely aesthetic level, the matte black boxes are very sleek and the product bottles are a frosted glass with a hint of rose gold. It’s quite basic and fuss free, but it still looks more expensive than the price tag.  

One of the first things I noticed about the packaging was the product names. Much like The Ordinary, the products are labelled by their active ingredients, not a fancy name. When I first reviewed The Ordinary I was slightly concerned that this would make the products hard to use for beginners who weren’t aware of what the individual ingredients did. The Revolution packaging, however, seems very beginner friendly.  

Everything is labelled so clearly. Underneath the active ingredients, it tells you what it should do for your skin and there’s a very easy to see key on the side of the boxes that tells you when best to use the product. The top of each box also says ‘Better Skincare. Better Makeup’. As the skincare lover I am, that makes me very happy. But what made me even happier was to see that on the label of a company whose main focus is makeup. 

revolution skincare

revolution skincare


In order to give this range a fair test, I wanted to pick up products I could integrate straight into my routine and already had a lot to compare it to. It will come as no shock to those of you who are regular readers that every single product I bought contains hyaluronic acid.  

I got:  

revolution skincare

All of the above were either £5.99 or £6 and all came in 30ml glass bottles.  Even the eye product, £5.99 for 30ml of eye serum is practically unheard of as eye creams are usually around the 15ml mark. I won’t be talking about the packaging for each product individually as they all come in the same style bottle.  

Lactic acid is my favourite acid for exfoliation and I use a hyaluronic acid-based serum every day without fail, so when I say I was a tough critic on these products, I want you to know I mean it. I’m comparing them not only to their The Ordinary counterparts, but to the very best products that cost 10x as much as these ones do. To make it into my product rotation in either of these categories, the product has to be excellent.  

I have the HA serum from The Ordinary and I don’t have their 5% lactic acid, but I do have their 10% lactic acid which is what I’ll be comparing them to today. Sadly, I don’t have their caffeine solution, so I’ll be comparing that to the caffeine-based eye serum I have from Clinique.  

I’ve been testing these products for about two weeks now. And I know that isn’t very long for skincare, but as I have lots of similar products to compare them to, I felt as though I could judge them quickly.  

Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid  

Revolution 30ml, £6 

The Ordinary 30ml, £5.90 

revolution skincare

For my hyaluronic acid serums, I want them to be instantly hydrating but have quick absorption. Like my skin is nicely hydrated from within, without any of the surface tackiness. This product does that beautifully. 

My experience with the HA from The Ordinary was less than fantastic. It absorbs quickly and completely, but to a point it made my skin feel dry and tight. Although it felt hydrated on to the touch, my face always feels very uncomfortable if I use this. I always thought that was due to the lack of added extras in the basic formula, but the version from Revolution has even fewer ingredients than the one from The Ordinary and feels much more comfortable on the skin.  

I was so pleasantly surprised that I decided to test it with a matte foundation. The foundation still managed to hold up for about 10 hours before it started looking dry. Usually, I have to do major prep for a matte foundation to last the day on my skin, so this serum well and truly passed the test. 


Revolution HA 

Aqua, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. 

The Ordinary HA 

Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. 

My winner here is the one from Revolution. Although I think those of you looking for hydration who have oily skin may like the one from The Ordinary a lot more than I did. Dry girls, get the one from Revolution.   

For the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, refer to this post. 

Revolution Skincare 5% Lactic Acid + HA 

Revolution 5% Lactic Acid – 30ml, £5.99  

The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid and 10% Lactic Acid – 30ml, £5.80  

revolution skincare

Disclaimer: although I have extremely sensitive skin, I’ve never suffered any kind of irritation or reaction from a lactic acid product. That’s partially why I love them so much. Glycolic, on the other hand, is an absolute bitch for sensitivity. But that’s another post entirely. If you have sensitive skin and have suffered when using lactic acid before, please be aware you may have a different experience.  

So, I love this. The 5% formula is described as a mild exfoliator but it does the job well for me. I’ve been using this every other night for about two weeks and haven’t seen any dry patches appear in that time. My skin is visibly smoother and feels so soft right now. The formula is alcohol free, which I really appreciate from an exfoliator.  

I don’t know what it is about The Ordinary and my skin, but their lactic acid makes my skin feel incredibly dry too. The formula I have is stronger than the Revolution one, but I have stronger acids which feel very comfortable on the skin. I don’t get any form of glow from this product and with regular use, it makes my skin slightly flaky. Not ideal for something that’s supposed to improve texture.  


Revolution 5% Lactic Acid  

Aqua, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin. 

The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid  

Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isoceteth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Revolution Skincare Caffeine Solution + HA 

revolution skincare

I have to say this is the only product I picked up that I’m not very impressed with. Caffeine is an ingredient I really love in eye serums in general. However, all of the times I’ve used it previously, it has been in the form of a rollerball. And I think it’s the rollerball that makes the difference. Caffeine is supposed to help de-puff your eyes and I think the cooling sensation of the rollerball really helps with that. Spreading this on with a finger doesn’t feel bad, but it is lacking something. I also find the packaging a bit tricky. Having the increased amount of product is great, but in that style of packaging, it’s really hard to get out an amount small enough to only cover your under-eye area. It constantly feels like I’m wasting product.  


I’m in love with Revolution skincare, and I’m excited to try more. The HA product and the lactic acid perform just as well as the products I own from premium brands. And I can safely say that both of them will be entering my product rotation. I’m looking forward to trying more from them as their line expands.

Am I ditching my high-end products to just use these? No. There’s something about the added extras in those products like the oats and aloe for calming skin that I really appreciate. And I think my skin needs that extra boost sometimes. However, these products have certainly earned their place for calmer skin days. I think Revolution Skincare is a great brand if you’re on a budget or are just getting into skincare. These products would also be great to travel with if you want great performance but are worried about those pricier items leaking or breaking in your case.  

Will I repurchase? 

The caffeine solution, no. I’ll be sticking with my Clinique eye rollerball. I will, however, be repurchasing the other two items as soon as I’ve used more than half. I’m really enjoying using them and I wasn’t expecting to love them anywhere near as much as I do.  

Have you tried Revolution Skincare yet? What are your thoughts?  

Until next time,  


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  1. Leticia Collins
    6th September 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I’ve been seeing so much hype over the ordinary recently and really wanted to try them out so it’s a shame you’re not a massive fan!

    Tish | http://thesundaydiary.co.uk

  2. Roxie Watt
    6th September 2018 / 5:09 pm

    You’ve got me so excited to try this new collection! I’m actually a huge fan of The Ordinary but don’t talk about their products often because of the controversy and brand ethics. I’m so glad that there is now a slightly cheaper alternative!

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

    • Sophie
      7th September 2018 / 11:50 pm

      I think you’ll love it! I think The Ordinary hype has died down a little bit now but I’ve always felt like I’m missing out because I’m not in love with their stuff. Glad there’s something new now. Thanks for reading! x

  3. 6th September 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I have not tried Revolution Skincare no. My skincare routine is very minimal anyway. I don’t think I could use acid on my face. Even though I know it is safe the word “acid” disturbs me ahah. But glad to read you are so happy with the products!

  4. 6th September 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I had no idea Revolution brought out their own skincare line! Will definitely be checking this out! Lovely post!

  5. 6th September 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Revolution Skincare since they announced it! I love how you’ve compared it to The Ordinary, so I’m definitely going to be picking some up asap!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  6. Julia
    6th September 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I was completely unaware Revolution did skincare until reading this post and I have to say I’m already browsing the Superdrug site to put some of the products in my basket! I love that there’s more explanation on the packaging than the ordinary and they sound amazing. Definitely get your money’s worth and they look amazing in your photos! Great post x


  7. 6th September 2018 / 5:28 pm

    This is super helpful! Thank you so much! I’ve been interested in the range since hearing about it, I also haven’t tried the ordinary yet so I think I’ll give Revolution’s a try first!

  8. 6th September 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I love the packaging, it’s so sleek and stylish! I especially love that there is information on what everything should do for the skin under the active ingredients. That’s really handy and interesting. The lactic acid sounds like a great product, especially as it makes your skin softer and smoother in just two weeks! Great review and gorgeous photos Sophie <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  9. 6th September 2018 / 5:31 pm

    This is a very detailed review! I have never tried anything from this brand before but the anything Hyralournic acid is fab for me! its great how the packaging is so easy to read and understand, thank you for sharing I will have to check out this brand next time I’m in Superdrug xo

    Pinar | http://www.beautybakingbella.com

  10. 6th September 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Oh dear, I haven’t tried anything from either brand yet! It’s interesting what you say about hyaluronic and lactic acids though. Have you tried anything with mandelic acid? I’ve got a Wishtrend toner with mandelic acid and it’s sooooo gentle but incredibly effective too, I love it and I’m nervous about trying anything else now. And I agree with you about rollerballs for eye serum, patting it on with my finger just doesn’t feel the same. Fab review, Sophie, so detailed and informative, thank you! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  11. 6th September 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I’ve never used revolution skincare. I didn’t even know their products were vegan, I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in their range.

    Molly | http://www.mollyeez.co.uk

  12. 6th September 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I have never tried any of these type of products before bit I admit to being curious about them! Thanks for your review. Now I have a better idea of what to look for!

  13. 6th September 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Oooh these slipped under my radar too, I’m not noticed these before so thank you for the introduction! I love that the Revolution ones actually tell you what the ingredients are supposed to do because I find the Ordinary products need a little researching before use. I’ll have to pick some of these up, they look great in general!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  14. Joy abou zeid
    6th September 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Very nice review!! I love the packaging of these products!!

  15. 6th September 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I loved reading this post, I’ve noticed that revolution have been bringing out some fabulous products lately and also couldn’t help but compare these to The Ordinary! I love how you’ve reviewed them against each other in such great detail, I have oily skin so I may have to try out The Ordinary one. Thanks for such an honest review! Love your blog x

  16. 6th September 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Ooh I love how in depth you went with this post! I’m trying to sort of develop more of a skincare routine (since I basically just cleanse and moisturize at the moment) so posts like this are so helpful! xx

  17. 7th September 2018 / 6:30 am

    I love how the product is vegan and cruelty-free. This is a great way to hit the market! Big plus that it’s super affordable as well. I love how the packaging looks. They kept it simple without overwhelming the customers. I like how the bottles look! Oh man, you get a bang for your buck there. Glad you enjoyed the products from Revolution Skincare! I nee to check them out.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  18. 7th September 2018 / 11:25 am

    I haven’t tried revolutions skincare but my goodness it sounds amazing with its uses and also the packaging looks great too. They have so much amazing makeup that I am tempted to try them.

    Melissa | http://www.moonlightmel.co.uk

  19. 7th September 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I’ve bought a crap ton of makeup recently so I can’t justify spending any more money on beauty items anytime soon 🙁
    Revolution has been my favourite for makeup for a long time now and I can’t wait to try their skincare line. They’re killing the game right now!
    Also, the packaging is super super cute! xx

    Angela | DreamsAndLashes.com

  20. 7th September 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I like the packaging so simple and elegant, I have seen a few posts and photographs about these products. Such an in-depth review and so helpful if people are thinking of purchasing! Thank you for sharing!

  21. 7th September 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I like how you much depth you went into the post and how you compared prices too.
    Prices are often avoided or missed out, so I think that’s good to see the different/ lack thereof.

    I’ve never actually heard of Revolution, but I like how it’s made in the UK and it’s vegan.
    Definitely something to consider in future xx

    Annelies | https://thefrugalfrenchie.co.uk

  22. 7th September 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I didn’t even know Makeup Revolution where doing these! Must check them out.

  23. 7th September 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your opinion! X

  24. 7th September 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE THERE’S FINALLY A LIKE BOX ON YOUR POSTS!! Haha. I got on with The Ordinary initially but it just burned out for me and stopped working after 2-3 weeks which was so odd. When I stopped using it, my skin didn’t change either so it’s obvious it wasn’t even maintaining it. These revolution products sound really promising from your experience so far and I’ve got my eye on one or two of them. I think there’s one called gold elixir or something that I was intrigued by! I’ve just ordered their new foundation and super size concealer though so I need to pace myself with the spending…
    Alice Xx

    • Sophie
      7th September 2018 / 11:09 pm

      So fun story, I’m an idiot and only realised there was a Jetpack setting to turn likes on about 6 hours ago . Almost a year after starting my blog…
      They’re coming out with so much promising looking stuff right now! I had to hold back a little and not buy the entire collection…

  25. 8th September 2018 / 10:44 am

    I had no idea Revolution had released a line like this! I’ve been using three of The Ordinary skincare products for a while now and honestly they’ve worked wonders for my skin. But, I agree it can be slightly overwhelming considering how many different products there are, and some won’t be for everyone. Definitely going to consider purchasing these Revolution products though, especially since I’m running low on my 5% Lactic Acid from The Ordinary. Thanks for sharing Sophie ✨

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

  26. 8th September 2018 / 2:34 pm

    This looks so good! I’m a bit disappointed (for you and for me) about the under eye serum, when I first started reading this post, that was the one I was most excited for. I don’t have any under eye serums or creams, just a watery, almost toner like treatment from Liz Earle. I think I’ll be looking into that Clinique roller ball though, that sounds good!

    Everything else sounds great, and I love that Revolution expanding and really reinventing their brand right now. I hope they bring out more skincare products, I’d love to try them! Great review, Sophie

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  27. 9th September 2018 / 9:12 am

    I have never tried anything from ‘The Ordinary’, I’m really not all that up to speed (shall we say) with beauty products! But I am sooo happy that these are cruelty free and vegan. Also good to hear that the lactic acid is not too harsh on sensitive skin – maybe I should give that one a try! Thank you for sharing x


  28. 9th September 2018 / 11:43 am

    I’m so glad I found this! Just the other day I was looking for The Ordinary products but ended up getting La Roche-Posay instead but I think I’m definitely gonna try Revolution when I go into town as I’m not seeing the results I want.
    Beth x

  29. 9th September 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Great post! I agree about glycolic acid and sensitivity. I have never tried lactic acid. Will give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. 9th September 2018 / 1:28 pm

    I haven’t tried any of the Revolution skincare range yet, I’m quite lazy when it comes to a skincare routine but this review was so detailed you’ve definitely encouraged me to pick up some of the products to try! I’ll go and browse the Superdrug website to see what they have and which products are going to be best for my skin. Thanks for sharing!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  31. 9th September 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Like many I also didn’t know revolution did skincare products! I really love your review, lots or detail and really honest. When it come to skincare I’ve always stuck to the basically because I’ve never really understood products like this but after reading your review I feel confident enough to know revolution skincare products may be a great way to begin my journey to better skin care!
    Thanks for sharing! P.s love your photography!!

  32. Clare Wade
    10th September 2018 / 11:49 am

    I had no idea about this range! I need to check it out now. This was such an amazing and informative post! Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

  33. 11th September 2018 / 8:14 am

    I’ve never tried anything from Revolution but they sound great and I love the packaging too. I’ve tried one product from The Ordinary before but tbh I didn’t really know how to use it and I mean, I wasn’t wowed? xxx

  34. 14th September 2018 / 8:20 pm

    OMG I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEY DID SKINCARE!! It looks exactly like the Ordinary, and same price point as well so I guess they really are direct competitors! I had the Caffeine solution but the Ordinary version and I found that it did nothing for my skin. However, the other products from the Ordinary do work for me!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  35. 23rd September 2018 / 1:50 am

    This is my first time hearing about this brand! I am absolutely in love with their packaging though!

    cabin twenty-four

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