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.
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).
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.
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.
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 30ml, £6
The Ordinary 30ml, £5.90
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.
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 5% Lactic Acid – 30ml, £5.99
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.
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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