December 12, 2016

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.


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.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care is launching now at drugstores and should be available soon at and is available no at and


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Heidi

    I like a lot of the ingredients, but yeah, the denat. alcohol is not good. And I’m not a fan of L’Oreal using fragrance in its skin care. That’s the main reason I never buy any of their skin care.

    • Jane

      Me too. Which is annoying, because that’s a lot of drugstore skincare real estate!

  • Christina

    Why why why do companies put alcohol in “hydrating” and “moisturizing” products??? Such a waste!

  • kimkats

    Sigh… Oh, L’Oreal…. so close and yet so far…. Why… WHY put alcohol in skincare for dry skin? And why put fragrance in ANY skincare, let alone as much as you use? This would be a slamdunk if you had skipped these two ingredients, but as it is, it is a no go for me…

  • Britni

    I think they also missed the mark by not adding spf in this. I’ll stick to the neutrogena Hydroboost water gel with spf 15. Something is better than nothing!

    • Valerie Griffin

      My dermatologist has told me more tan 2x’s – “ANY day cream that lacks an SPF is a total WASTE of your money and a big minus for your skin. It will speed up the aging process.”

  • Renji Anooj

    I really can’t stand the strong smell of this and I never understand why companies put alcohol in hydrating moisturiers. This product is clearly not for sensitive skin….It gave a burning sensation on my face and I totally hate this product…Also, very bulky to travel with. Glass bottle is not travel friendly at all

  • Jen

    Just wanted to mention that if the fluid weight of a product is less than about 5% alcohol, denat, ethyl, etc. (not fatty ones) then the alcohol serves essentially as a preservative that evaporates moments after being exposed to significant air. Meaning, I’m not sure your understanding of chemistry is great enough for me to take your review seriously. Some applications of alcohols are drying. Your review seems to be tainted by your misunderstanding on what constitutes a drying formula.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Jen thanks for your input! None the less it does contain alcohol which my reader’s are always curious about since some avoid it completely in their skincare not to mention the very heavy amount of fragrance and menthoxypropanediol which could cause irritation. Whether you take my review serious or not the fact is there are ingredients in this formula that could be potentially irritating to users and as a blogger I feel it is my responsible to mention these things so reader’s are aware of what is in the formula.