February 20, 2019

Revolution Skincare by Makeup Revolution Could be the Next The Ordinary!

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Revolution Skincare is a new line of affordable skincare from Makeup Revolution along the same lines as the Ordinary! Apparently, creating skincare lines that are a lot like the Ordinary is the new hip and trendy thing to do. As you know Beautylish also created a new line called Good Molecules! Who’s next to get on board with cheap, budget friendly skincare? Which brand would you like to see create a line like this?

Revolution Skincare contains 13 pieces at the moment all of which are $10 to $14 each and address a variety of different skincare concerns such as dry skin, aging, brightening, and more that’s available online only at Ulta.com.

I just glanced at the ingredients quickly but I saw some alcohol here which isn’t good! And there’s also a few adds on to some products like “gold flecks” and shimmer which really takes away from the value a little for me as it starts to become a little more gimmicky than the Ordinary if that makes sense! I’ll have to do a bit more research!

Here’s a look!

Revolution Skincare Wrinkle & Fine Line Reducing Serum – 10% Matrixyl $12
A gentle serum which a powerful peptide called Matrixyl that helps stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

Revolution Skin Firming Solution – Stabilised Active Collagen Serum $10
A lightweight solution formulated with collagen that acts to hydrate and firm.

Aqua/Water, Propanediol, Soluble Collagen, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben.

Revolution Skin Skin Exfoliant Peel – 30% AHA + BHA Peeling Solution $10
A fruit exfoliating serum that contains from lemons, grapes, carrots and pineapple which acts to clear pores and improve the skin’s tone and texture for a brighter, smoother appearance.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Flower) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Pepper Tree) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Sodium Bisulfite.

Revolution Rosehip Seed Oil $14
A nourishing blend that contains rosehip oil and essential fatty acids that hydrate skin as well a subtle gold flecks to give skin a hit of radiance!

Rosa Rubiginosa (Eglantine) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limonene, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Colloidal Gold, Silica, Citral, Linalool, Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Revolution Skincare Blemish And Pore Refining Serum 10% Niacinaminde + 1% Zinc $7
A combination of niacinamide and zin that treats blemishes and minimizes the appearance of large pores.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.

Revolution Skincare Superfruit Extract Antioxidant Rich Serum & Primer $14
A dual purpose serum and primer that helps protect the skin against enviroment damage while leaving it hydrated and adds an iridescent shimmer to your complexion!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Polysaccharide, Sodium Benzoate, Mica (CI 77019), Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Silica, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Cabbage Palm) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense (Lycium) Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Fruit Extract, Glucose, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Revolution Skin Mild Skin Exfoliator – 5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid $7
A liquid exfoliant to help even out texture and tone while hydrating and plumpking skin!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Pepper Tree) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Revolution Skincare Skin Tone Correcting Serum – Granactive Retinoid 2% $10
A serum that softens, clears and treats fine lines with retinol.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.

Revolution Skincare Skin Conditioning Serum – EGF Serum $14
A lightweight and versatile serum that contains hydrating ingredients to plump skin while softening the appearance of fine lines.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phospholipids, Disodium EDTA, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, rh-Oligopeptide-1.

Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost – Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream $10
A lightweight gel cream that contains Hyaluronic Acid to plump skin as it helps it to retain moisture!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Shorea Stenoptera (Borneo Tallow Nut) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid.

Revolution Skincare Fine Line Correcting Serum 0.2% Retinol $8
A serum that encourages the natural cell turnover of your skin to reveal a smoother complexion while softening fine lines.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, BHT, BHA.

Revolution Skincare Gentle Night Peeling Serum – Quinoa Night Peel $10
A gentle exfoliating treatment that lifts away dead skin cells and boosts the skin’s natural cell turnover as you sleep for softer skin when you wake.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, BHT, BHA.

Revolution Skincare Multi Targeting & Firming Serum – Multi Peptide Serum $12
A Firming & Peptide Serum packed with skin-boosting peptides to treat lacklustre skin showing signs of aging.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

What do you think of Revolution Skincare?

Think it might be worth a purchase?

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  • Kelly

    Most of the products have propanediol as a second ingredient, which can be irritating to skin. This line looked so promising until I read the ingredients. I’m definitely passing on these.

    • Isabella Muse

      It looks VERY promise but once you start glancing through the ingredients things become very questionable!

  • Dee

    I keep looking at the 30% AHA BHA Peeling Solution and wonder…is that even safe? The prices are great so some of these might be worth a try.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol! I was sipping tea when I read this and spit some out when I snorted. I’m no expert on AHA/BHA but I thought the acids and the essentials seemed sort of scary!

      • kjh

        Yeah, read that and thought one big pain in the face. Let’s do a heavy exfoliation with lemon right up there, alcohol midlist, and pepper tree bringing up the rear. Oy, Vay .5 msec tolerance on that one. Bet they get neg reviews on it.

      • Paige

        They seem terrifying to me. That’s a LOT of citrus there. Everything I’ve read about citrus in skin products is that that’s not at all good for the skin. I don’t think it can possibly be a healthy thing.

  • kjh

    It’s worth the research, anyway. Thanks for posting ingredients. Some of these are direct knock-offs, not surprising for Revolution. It’s what they are known for. The ordinary shattered the myth of pricey skincare and proved that products could be both effective and cost effective. So, natch Revolution et al would jump in. The Ordinary usually had actives in different bases, which for me was brilliant. Water based C, matrixyl + HA, Argiriline. That variable base for actives isn’t here yet for either Revolution or the Beautylish product. Reading Good molecules did not impress me, but i’m outside the norm for skin needs. I hope that does not mean B will abandon the Ordinary in favor of their products.

  • Kimmyyy

    I do not understand WHY brands feel the need to add fragrance, alcohol, shimmer, or any other unnecessary things like that to skincare. Like, why? I don’t need my skincare to smell good, or dry my skin out, and I certainly don’t need shimmer in it (unless it’s labeled “luminizing” or something). Adding that junk can’t possibly make it any cheaper to produce, so why can’t they just leave it out? No idea.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think ten years ago I would flip if my serum had gold flecks in it but nowadays it’s like, “REALLY?!” But why though…!

  • Randi Macdonald

    If its made in China( like the makeup), that would be a NO for me. I don’t put products made in China on my face or body.

    • Marina S

      It is actually NOT made in China, the label clearly states “Made in the UK”

  • Marina S

    In Europe they launched some time ago and I’ve been trying the caffeine eye serum for three months now and it is great, I clearly see how my undereyes bags have decreased. I really love it and the price is amazing. For Chritmas I got my mum the same eye serum plus the Wrinkle & Fine Line Reducing Serum and she is loving both.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah back in August you got them right? I don’t think we got the caffeine eye serum as of yet!

  • Anne Freeman

    My thoughts, unedited, off the cuff:

    10% Matrixyl: water-based, boring, more preservative (sodium benzoate) than actual promised peptides. SKIP

    Stabilised Active Collagen Serum: water-based, pointless. Slapping collagen, “soluble” or not, on top on your skin doesn’t do anything. It’s like placing chicken fat on your ass hoping to gain an inch. You lose collagen as you age (that’s what a wrinkle is); to actually repair or grow collagen, use a retinoid (the only FDA approved anti-aging ingredient) to stab it into yourself via injections. SKIP

    30% AHA + BHA Peeling Solution: I like the actual acids, but I hate the inclusion of irritating lemon. The alcohol is actually preferably to water; without water, there’s actually NO pH, and less stinging, but since they include water in the ingredients, what is the pH? Is it in an effective range? Ultimately, the lemon says SKIP.

    Rosehip Seed Oil: the fuck is this? Lemon and orange peel oil? Gold flakes? All of which are known skin irritants? SKIP AND RUN AWAY

    Blemish And Pore Refining Serum 10% Niacinaminde + 1% Zinc: Water-based, inclusion of the active ingredients, zero irritants. If you want to very, very gently inhibit the melanin production process in your skin via niacin, this would work. APPROVE

    Superfruit Extract Antioxidant Rich Serum & Primer: this has silica and mica to smooth and add shine. Otherwise, what a waste of effort and money. This has more perfume, shimmer and preservative than any “superfruits” (with the exception of a sugar derived from tamarinds). SKIP

    5% Lactic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid: intriguing blend containing no irritants, with the same Tasmannia Lanceolata (pepperberry extract) as The Ordinary. APPROVE

    Granactive Retinoid 2%: I am FASCINATED. This is an entirely OIL based serum, “thinned out” with the inclusion of a plant-based fatty acid. The retinoid is hydroxypinacolone retinoate (pronounced “high drox ee pin AH cologne reh TIN oh ate”) and is derived directly from retinoic ACID. You may know it as Tretinoin (brand name). Basically, hydroxypinacolone retinoate is “buffered,” gentler form of retinoic acid (RX), but delivers the same results. This formula looks great: moisturizing, irritant free, really, really good. APPROVE, AND I WILL BUY.

    Skin Conditioning Serum – EGF Serum: I straight up don’t get this. Revolution can say whatever they wanta bout this product, but the ingredients are full of filler crap, a plant extract, and a peptide. Worthless and a waste of money. SKIP

    Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream: boring, basic moisturizer without antioxidants, but a crosspolymer ingredient that will act like a primer under your makeup. No irritants. If you have normal to dry-ish skin and layer your skincare, you may like it. Otherwise: SKIP

    Fine Line Correcting Serum 0.2% Retinol: Another oil-based retinoid product. This one contains a retinol derived from ALCOHOL. Remember chemistry 101 and look at the word “retinol.” It ends in -ol, like ethanol and methanol (hence it’s alcohol roots!). The other retinoid product (Granactive Retinoid 2%) is derived from an ACID (remember retinoic acid!). But one is not better than the other!! Technically retinol is “stronger” (hence why it’s 0.2% versus 2.0% active ingredient), but stronger doesn’t mean better. Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) work by “melting the glue” that hold old, dead skin to your face/body and building up collagen/elastin. They also improve circulation, giving you a rosy glow. So you get less breakouts, smoother skin w/less lines and wrinkles, less dark marks, and even tone. Pick this product if you’re more oily or have acne or hyperpigmentation. Start 2x a week at night, build up to nightly. APPROVE, AND I WILL BUY.

    Gentle Night Peeling Serum – Quinoa Night Peel: I must have missed something. This contains retinol and not a speck of quinoa. I guess all the quinoa was snatched by hippies and consumed in artisan bowls with warm kale. SKIP?

    Multi Targeting & Firming Serum – Multi Peptide Serum: Yay, another water-based serum packed with preservatives and a seaweed-based thickener with a little smattering of peptides that will do jack-all for your skin. There are no irritants, at least. Waste of your time, effort, and cash. Go buy a nail polish instead. SKIP

    That’s all, folks. I’ve got a frozen pizza in the oven with my name on it.

    • Isabella Muse

      YOU ARE MY QUEEN AND HERO! LOL That was amazing! I honestly didn’t take a sec to go over all of it yet as I’ve been busy but I saw a few ingredients and was doing a nope, nope, nope…you pretty much dove deep ;D

      • Anne Freeman

        Your comment means a lot since I read you daily and you’ve inspired a lot of my purchases. A “deep dive” would be breaking down each product, ingredient by ingredient, and proving my claims via scientific evidence (journal articles, etc). This was quick and dirty.

        • Isabella Muse

          girl, if that as quick and dirty I want to see you when you break it down! That was EPIC on so many levels haha ;-D Thanks for doing it because it is going to be so helpful to readers!!!!!!!!! aw and thank you! <3! I'm FLATTERED!

    • Paige

      That was utterly remarkable. Are you in the biz or just a skincare enthusiast? Either way, this is like a primer of skincare dos and don’ts and I for one appreciate the full breakdown. Wow, if this is your “off the cuff,” I’d love to see what happens when you’re concentrating!

      • Anne Freeman

        Thank you so much for your compliment, dude. I used to be “in the biz” professionally, and now I’m a health care provider (totally unaffiliated with the beauty industry).
        I think it’s fascinating that women will rely on random online reviews, advertisements, pinterest and mlm schemes for their skin care information. Whatever happened to peer-reviewed data and evidence-based science? That is where I get my facts and how I make my purchases. I love skin care and anti-aging, anti-acne, and brightening products, but hate the marketing and bullshit claims. I utilize my chemistry and biology knowledge to cut through the nonsense and get to the truth.

    • Candace Hollins

      This is my favorite comment EVER!! Read through your entire comment and I just want to say THANK YOU!! I am completely dumb when it comes to skin care and makeup so you quickly breaking this down for us IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I really appreciate you!! You rock!! Thank you again!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Oh and like the commenter below said, you should totally have a blog! Your FANTASTIC! ❤️

    • Jennifer F

      Anne Freeman, I think I love you! Please write a blog! You had me dying. Tell it like it is, girl! Thank you, thank you for your review! (I’m in the biz but not a chemist so thank you for confirming my thoughts about the ILs.)