December 6, 2018

L’Oreal Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review & Swatches

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2 stars out of 5

L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($29.99) is a new facial serum that promises to plump skin while restoring bounce and helping it to retain more moisture. Hyaluronic Acid has become the crème de la crème ingredient in most skincare for the past five or so years. It’s a popular ingredient that aids in keeping skin looking youthful not to mention it also allows aging skin to retain a good deal of moisture which gives the complexion a more youthful, smoother look.

It’s an ingredient that’s heavily featured in my own daily night routine as I really do feel like it keeps my drier skin much more hydrated and moist. And I do hope, as the years past, it’ll also keep my skin looking smooth and youthful.

I was happy to see L’Oreal embracing it in such a major way but also, had some concerns since L’Oreal is notorious for introducing what I call, “great skincare ideas” but proceeding to ruin them with crappy ingredients like heavy fragrances and alcohol. I’m happy to report L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum actually has zero fragrance. I feel like I said that in a crowded room of people and suddenly everything got quiet and a pin could be heard dropping to the floor. Yes, zero fragrance. Who knew that was even possible? L’Oreal is very, very, very fond of putting a good deal of fragrance in their skincare! I think it’s great they finally got the notice that many people don’t like nor want it in their skincare. I can’t say I mind fragrance, I find it adds to my skincare experience! It makes me feel dare I say, feel fancy? However, I also realize fragrance can also be potentially damaging to my skin as well. So, it is nice to see they left it out of this launch.

Actually, they left a lot out. The ingredients here are fairly basic. There’s no alcohol, no fragrance, not a ton of unnecessary fillers, it’s fairly simple and to the point but sadly, not exactly an ideal pick.

First off, it does depend heavily on both water and glycerine as the main ingredients. Those are the first two ingredients followed by Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid and after that Sodium Hyaluronate aka Hyaluronic Acid. They probably would have really killed it if Hyaluronic Acid followed right after the water and glycerin but sadly the addition of HEPES may or may not be an issue. I’m not a chemist, I am ever learning about skincare and understanding it. According to Beautypedia, although not tested, HEPES actually causes free radical damage in the presence of oxygen which sort of blew my kind. The point is to protect my skin against free radical damage not actually wear a product that will aid in creating it. It actually acts as pH and considering it is third on the list of ingredients that’s an awful lot inside this serum to take a chance on my skin. The question is, am I doing more harm or good when using this? As I said, no studies have been performed but why risk it when I have a slew of other skincare that contains Hyaluronic Acid minus anything that might cause free radical damage?

That being said, I still tested this out and thankfully enough I didn’t love it so much that I felt robbed not using it due to the addition of HEPES. The formula is just not that great and isn’t exactly my ideal Hyaluronic Acid experience.

Here’s the thing.

This actually a truer form of Hyaluronic Acid which means you’ll be getting that weird, tacky, dry feeling that Hyaluronic Acid is known for. I hate that. When I started using Hyaluronic Acid I was sorely disappointed how weird, tacky, and dry my skin felt after application. It’s actually a pretty standard feeling with serums that have a high level of Hyaluronic Acid but being as dry as I am it isn’t always a pleasant one. I have since learned there are a number of fantastic products out there that don’t give me that weird tacky dry feeling but sometimes you will still run across products that have this type of set.

It’s weird because initial application is great. This has a light water gel texture that absorbs very easily into my skin however, after a few minutes my skin feels very tight and a bit tacky. I’d call it a dry feeling. I had this same reaction when I used Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum.

Anyway, I did carry on testing this for four weeks and thus far I can’t say I’ve noticed any visible changes in my skin. But changes could take years when it comes to skincare. I might wake up in twenty years and say thank god I used L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum daily because I still look 19. I will say I had no averse reactions to it but I didn’t feel terribly hydrated or like my skin was retaining more moisture. I was hoping that my skin would appear brighter and less dull due to the addition of such a large helping of Hyaluronic Acid but I still felt fairly dry. I get better results from using my beloved Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence in regards to hydration and moisture retention.

I think the packaging is also a problem. The serum is housed in a beautiful 1 oz clear glass dropper bottle which is vanity worthy however, the clear bottle won’t keep light from spoiling the contents. You’ll want to make sure to keep it in a dark area.

I think L’Oreal really has something here. The lack of fillers like mineral oil and fragrance is a step in the right direction. I just think they missed the mark in a few areas such as packaging and potential harmful ingredients. I like where L’Oreal is going lately with their skincare and I hope they perfect their drugstore line soon.

L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum has potential but didn’t quite meet the mark.

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L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum arrives in a 1 oz clear glass dropper bottle that will set you back $23-$30. This is actually a great change from L’Oreal’s typically skincare offering since it lacks a lot of fillers, doesn’t contain alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, nor fragrance. I think it’s fantastic they really slimmed down what was included in the serum and tried to present to the consumer a formula without a ton of unnecessary potentially skin harming ingredients. Sadly, it might have one ingredient that may or may not cause free radical damage which is one reason I wasn’t concerned about using it (see my more detailed thoughts above) plus the formula simply was to my liking since it was quite tacky and left my skin feeling dry which is a pretty standard feeling with some Hyaluronic Acid products but not always a comfortable one!

Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Secale Cereale Seed Extract/Rye Seed Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Clorphenesin.


  • Nice water gel texture that absorbs easily into skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • No mineral oil or parabens.


  • Clear glass jar might be an issue keeping ingredients staple.
  • Makes skin feel tacky and tight.
  • Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid which may cause free radical damage when exposed to oxygen however, no studies have been done on this so the topic is debatable.


L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum may be right for you if you you’re used to wearing a more traditional Hyaluronic Acid serum in the past and don’t mind the tacky, dryness associated with such a formula.

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

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  • Carol G

    This is basically for the average consumer who knows nothing and honestly it’s a shame. They are producing a product, like you said, that needs to be kept from light so why put it in a clear bottle? A lot of people keep their skincare out in the open. I guess I’m just getting tired of cosmetic companies being deceptive. Like the mascara adds that, in tiny print, say they are using lash inserts. Let’s face it, this product is marketed towards the average consumer who sees it in the grocery store and thinks, It costs $30 so it must work! I just hate the deceptiveness to all of it…

  • Jen

    I got this about 3 weeks ago and I like it. For the price point, I think it’s good. I have fairly good skin anyway, with the help of facials and Botox (don’t judge), so I can’t really see much of difference. It does feel nice under my moisturizer. I’d say try it out and see if it works for you. Jmo

      • Jen

        Thank you sweetie. . I also use this at night, under my moisturizer. It’s too much for a day ritual. I like to wake up and shower and get all the gunk off me. But my routine is a bit odd. I work out after work, so when I come home I shower and wash from head to toe. And in the morning I repeat. It’s just me. I don’t feel clean otherwise.
        But, any product that makes you feel better about yourself, I say go for it. And I have been with you long enough to know you feel the same.

        • Isabella Muse

          <3! Awesome! I'm glad it is working out for you! Absolutely agreed! ;-D if it works for you that's all that matters! xo!

    • Lori Davies

      I love the product. I noticed a big difference,the wrinkle between my eyes is just about gone, forehead wrinkles diminished my face is very soft I’ve been using it ever since Christmas. I got a compliment from my mother on my skin she had no idea what I was using I give it an A +

  • Angie Clementine

    This seems really overpriced. I got the Hylamide Low Molecular HA for only $20. I don’t expect drugstore brands to make top-notch skincare, but I do expect them to make affordable products.

  • Gia Flannery

    I’m very confused about this product!! I was about to purchase it and I was very excited to. I watched the episode of Dr Ox about this product . They made it seem legit! Now I’m reading all these bad comments about it so I really don’t know what to do! I’m so sick of wasting money on products that don’t work!! Please give me more insight! Thank you

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Gia! I reviewed in the post above. All my insight, thoughts, and how I felt about the product and how it worked are within this post! Hope this helps.

  • Sandi

    The thing that bothers me, is when Dr. Oz has a L’Oreal rep on his show and his own people didn’t do any research on the product but they readily take the word of the L’Oreal Rep on hyaluronic acid in a clear bottle.

    It wouldn’t take much time for his people to read up on this either. I learned a long time ago these serums should not be in clear bottles.

    The serums sold in brown or bottles that you can’t see through will keep the integrity of the product loger as well. That’s a good thing since it’s costing you money and a serum gone bad isn’t good for the skin. A dark or no-see-through bottle is so important for Vit C serums.

    I didn’t know about HEPES thanks for the info.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh lawd! And I feel like Dr Oz is trustworthy! what a shame! Absolutely! And stored out of the light even when in a brown bottle. My pleasure! It’s an interesting product but I do question if I am doing better or worst by adding it to my routine! I ended up going back to my cosrx HA! At least I know what I am getting with that!

  • Lora Cobb

    Why worry about sticky you wearing it mostly at night anyway but I am going to see why they put suporic acid in this product thanks for telling me

    • Isabella Muse

      Because it’s uncomfortable, skincare should be uncomfortable to wear be it nightly or daily 🙂 my pleasure.