January 31, 2017

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum Review

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

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum ($65) is a new, intense serum that contains over 75% hyaluronic acid complex to hydrate and help skin to retain moisture. We’ve all heard that hyaluronic acid attracts and retains over 1,000 times its weight and water. You’ve likely heard this on more than one occasion if you’re a Japanese skincare user as one of their most popular products, Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion drives the point home many times over in their commercials and promotions.

Over the last several years, hyaluronic acid has become a highly popular ingredient in the skincare world and why shouldn’t it? It’s an excellent way to hydrate your skin and allow your skin to retain that moisture.

When I heard about Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum I was instantly overjoyed to check this product out for myself.

Here’s my thoughts and review.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is 1 oz in size and $65. Ouch! Expensive right? But I’ve never been one to skimp on good skincare so, I bit the bullet and purchased this as soon as I launched.

And the verdict is in and I think it’s too expensive for what you get. Like I said, I’m not one to cringe at a hefty price tag on skincare but this really wasn’t worth the price I paid for it. Why? Because you can turn to Japan or Korea for far superior products that offer a lot more moisture for a lot less of a price. Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is as little as $10 and nearly 6 oz in size and the results and hydration are much, much better than the new Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum in my opinion.

I think the idea of Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is a good one, it’s just implemented in a way that isn’t very beneficial to your skin in my experience with it. This formula is a light gel-like consistency and is meant to be smoothed on skin. It’s a bit tacky and a little sticky but if you’ve used Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion you completely understand that feeling which disappears as the product absorbs into skin. I didn’t really feel like it deliver intense hydration to my drier skin. Sure, it provided moisture enough that it acted as an essence of sorts in preparation for my moisturizer and allowed said moisturizer to absorb a lot easier into my skin. But as far as actually providing long term hydration retention, mmm, that’s debatable. I didn’t feel like my skin was terribly hydrated after use nor did I feel like it was plumped or smoother after use. To me it felt more like a lightweight essence with the sticker, tackier feel of a Hyaluronic Acid serum or lotion.

The idea of the product behind Hyaluronic Acid is it should plump skin and visibly hydrate it. It’s has an impact over time with continued use as you’ll notice your makeup will appear smoother, your moisturizer will absorb a lot more easier, and your skin will feel a lot smoother and softer because it’s aiding and helping your skin to retain moisture. This didn’t really do that. I’m actually half way through the bottle I purchased and aside from working like a standard essence-style product I didn’t really experience any major changes in my skin or added moisture. I felt compelled to try to use more of it to see if that helped but honestly, dime size, quarter size, or more didn’t seem to really produce any visible difference in moisture.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is a product that will capture the attention and eye of drier skin tones. It’s also a product that will intrigue skincare users that haven’t been subjected to Asian skincare. You can probably get a better review out of this from someone who isn’t jaded or as spoiled as I am when it comes to Asian skincare. You’ll likely hear raving about it from those who haven’t used products like Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. But once you have been subjected to Asian skincare, it’s a little hard raving a product that’s 1 oz in size and $65 and doesn’t do half the things a simple bottle of Hada Labo formula does which is larger and much, much cheaper.

I wanted to love this one but sadly, I couldn’t.

Have you tried it?

What are your thoughts?

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum is available now at nordstrom.com, ulta.com, and sephora.com.

Water, Saccharide Isomerate, Sorbitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Olive Leaf Ferment Extract, Opuntia Tuna Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Algae Extract, Eriodictyon Crassifolium Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Urea, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Triacetin, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.


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

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sarah

    Thanks for the review Muse. I immediately put this on my “loves” list at Sephora when it first came out and was hoping to learn a little more about it before dishing out the $65. Now I know it’s not worth it. Was curious about the cream, but I’ll probably pass on that too.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure. I was hoping for something more :-/ I’ll let you know about the cream soon!

  • Lulle

    I haven’t tried the serum, but I got a deluxe sample of the cream, and I really like it! It’s nicely moisturizing yet absorbs completely without leaving any greasy or sticky residue on my skin. And I feel like it hydrates better than the gel moisturizers I usually go for in the summer. So I’m waiting for a Dermstore sale to buy the full size!
    One thing that annoys me is how the packaging is made to trick you into thinking that this new range contains 75% hyaluronic acid… and then there’s a line break before it says “complex”. That’s stupid, 75% HA would be absurd, and I think the products are well formulated, so it’s really a failed attempt at making the product look more spectacular if you ask me!

  • Kristin

    I bought the cream. Absolutely love it, though it is pricey! A dab will do, at least. I use it as a layer to hold in all the lighter serum/moisture type layers, but before sunscreen. It leaves a nice feel and smoothness to the skin too. I use it both morning and night, especially helpful with winter weather.

  • genevieve

    I think some of those really expensive skincare brands are a tad fake. I am so glad you did this very honest and valuable review Isabella, because lots of people can easily get sucked into their claims.
    There is always something in skincare that is better and definitely cheaper around. The Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion sounds perfect to me.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks 😀 xoxo! The Hada Labo is def one that’s worth trying imho!

  • lauren

    Good review and thanks for the heads up.
    It’s actually not a new product. It’s just new Packaging, it’s the viz 1000 serum in a new package & name.