|These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.|
Regular readers will know that I'm a
bit (lot) of a skincare snob, so I hadn't tried any Revolution skincare products until I received the fabulous P.R. package of Sali Hughes' collaboration with them. I was asked if I would like to try the products and I love when this happens, as it means there is no waste and it's a bugbear of mine to see bloggers/influencers etc receiving huge PR bundles, which they never actually show again. I had read some good reviews on some skincare products from the brand, but with Sali involved, I knew that these are products I would have spent my own money on anyway. They're not just products that she put her name on, but she did her research, tested formulas, and came up with a simple 4 step routine, which is refreshing in the world of single ingredient products, which require you to have a science degree to figure out which might suit your skin. With people leading increasingly busier lives, a 4 step in 4 minutes routine will appeal to many. The range is vegan, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and made with recycled packaging. The range is also affordable, with all products priced at less than £15. So, how have I found the products to work on my dry skin? Read on to find out...
One thing that I need to mention first is that all of the products contain hyaluronic acid. I only know one person who is sensitive to this ingredient (I'm sure there are many more!), but for most people, this will be a welcome addition. Also, all of the products contain fragrance, which also won't suit some people. I do sometimes find fragrance in my skincare to be irritating, but I haven't had any issues in that regard with these products. Finally, I love the pastel colours that Sali has chosen for her packaging.
Clean Sheet Morning Cleanser: This can be used either as a morning cleanse, or second cleanse in the evening. It contains a gentle exfoliant, in the form of pineapple extract, and humectants, anti-oxidants, and nourishing ingredients, so it leaves the skin feeling clean, but very comfortable - not at all stripped. It also doesn't leave it feeling like there is a film left on the skin. It has a creamy gel formula, which you massage directly into dry skin, add some water to emulsify, and then wash away. Will I buy it again? Probably.
Butter Cream Cleansing Balm: This is the product that I was most excited to try, because you know that I love a good balm! This is a balm-to oil-to milk cleanser, which is very soft and buttery in texture. It contains squalane, jojoba oil, shea butter, glycerin, sunflower seed oil, castor oil, and an array or really nourishing ingredients. This is a joy to massage into the skin, breaking down all makeup and SPF in an instant. It has a great slip to it, so a little goes a long way, and even waterproof liquid liner disappears with a gentle massage. Adding water makes everything turn to milk, which you can then wipe away. This doesn't leave eyes cloudy, doesn't leave skin feeling greasy, yet it does a fantastic job at removing everything, to leave skin feeling soft and comfortable! Will I buy it again? Yes.
Placid - 5 Acid Daily Liquid Exfoliant: Given that there are five acids in this exfoliant (Lactic, Malic, Glycolic, Salicylic and Tranexamic), you might expect that this would give a strong tingle, or that you might experience some redness, but I actually find this to be a very gentle exfoliant. My skin is very accustomed to acids at this stage, but that's not to say that just because it's gentle, that it isn't effective. It contains hyaluronic acid, which balances the acids (thereby eliminating the need for a separate mist if you wish). Will I buy again? I have stronger exfoliators, however I will decide when I finish the bottle.
Must-C - Anytime Daily Serum: The only serum in the collection, this contains Vitamins C and E, both of which protect the skin against environmental damage, with Vitamin C also helping to brighten the skin, and reducing pigmentation. It also contains niacinamide, which helps to minimise the appearance of pores, brighten the skin, create an even skin tone, and reduce fine lines, glycerin and hyaluronic acid - so it pretty much has all bases covered in the one product. I like that it absorbs easily, doesn't pill, and I can use it daily, which isn't always the case with Vitamin C products. Will I buy again? I need to use it for longer before deciding if it can replace a few serums in the long term, but I certainly wouldn't say no at this stage.
Cream Drench - Rich Anytime Moisturiser (a lighter gel version is coming soon): I was so excited to try this product, as it sounded perfect for my skin- rich and drenching. The ingredient lineup is very promising, with hyaluronic acid, squalane, glycerin, niacinamide, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter - all very hydrating and nourishing ingredients. The first time I used it, I used far too much and I looked like Casper the ghost for a while, as I couldn't really massage it into my skin well enough. It almost felt cloying. The next time I used it, I used a lot less (I do have a bad habit of using too much moisturiser), and this time it absorbed much more quickly, and my skin felt very soft and plump. My issue with it is that this feeling doesn't last on my skin. After a few hours, my skin feels thirsty again. It's fine if I'm at home, as I can just re-apply (albeit on top of my SPF, which I then re-apply), but on days where I am not in a position to re-apply, I find myself itching to do my skincare routine and just use a more nourishing product - actually, a moisturiser that will give longer-lasting results. Now, you must remember that I have been using these four products, and no others, therefore it may work better with my usual skincare routine, but I wanted to test the four products in the manner in which they are supposed to be used. Will I buy again? No.
I think this collaboration is brilliant for those who want to look after their skin, but in a no fuss way, those who are short on time, and on a budget, or just have other things that they prefer to spend their money on. Also, the many of us who trust Sali's opinion, from reading her books and columns, will be delighted to get our hands on products, which she has formulated. As you can tell, I'm a big fan of the cleansers, and will decide on repurchasing the exfoliant and serum when I have finished them. The moisturiser is a bit of a disappointment for me, but my skin is notoriously awkward, plus I'm ill and on a lot of meds, so possibly without those factors, it would work beautifully for me.
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried the range? If not, which product(s) appeal to you the most?
Thanks for reading!
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