I purchased L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care ($17.99) which is part of the new L’Oreal Hydra Genius Skincare Collection that’s launching for Spring 2017 at drugstores. L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care actually has some releases already available in China and Japan but we are finally get it here in the US. This new skincare launch promises up to 72 hours of instant and contentious moisture as thanks to aloe water and hyaluronic.
I spoke about this earlier last month when I saw a display at my local Walgreens but Walgreens hasn’t stocked it yet but Walmart did! So, I ended up stocking up on a few of the items since 1. I have dry skin! and 2. I love me a good gel moisturizer.
Here are my thoughts and review.
L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care is available in a Normal/Dry Skin formula as well as a Normal/Oily one. The first thing I noticed about this product was the packaging and larger size. This comes in a very elegant ice blue glass bottle that’s 3.04 oz in size. Typically these smaller gel lotions come housed in a smaller bottles but this is quite a generous size. The “frozen”-like packaging might remind you of Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Skincare and really, perhaps that’s what L’Oreal is going for here right?
I’m definitely a fan of this but I have strong reservations about so many aspects of the formula. For one thing, the formula is divine. It’s a gel-like essence that absorbs easily into skin and leaves behind a fresh well hydrated finish. It smooths and softens my skin and helps keep it soft and smooth throughout the day without causing shine or greasiness. My dry skin liked it a lot but I have to admit after application I almost felt like I needed to follow up with my moisturizer as this feels like more of a serum or an essence type product. I wouldn’t say it plumped skin but it added very nice, lightweight hydration to my drier skin.
It has a very heavy fresh aquatic fragrance that I enjoyed it but even I can admit it was too much. Most sensitive users will absolutely hate the scent which does linger a bit after application. Most important of all is though is the fact this contains alcohol. I’m not going to say I don’t use skincare with alcohol because I definitely do. However, it isn’t exactly a good ingredient as it can age your skin over time and also add further dryness.
I’ve been using L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care daily for three weeks and I can’t say it added any unnecessary dryness in that time. If anything at all, it actually does deliver on the promise of smooth, soft skin. But with alcohol denat being so high on the list of ingredients I’ll probably avoid a repurchase and wouldn’t exactly recommend it for purchase.
It’s a shame because the idea behind this is a good one. The essence-like consistency and quick absorbing formula is a joy to use and the product wears well under makeup and provides instant and visible hydration directly after application. But the fragrance and alcohol is probably doing more bad than good for your skin. I wish L’Oreal considered that when creating this.