Sunday, March 6, 2016

Loreal Revitalift Volume Filler Review

Usually it's months and months in between VoxBoxes so I was happily surprised to be chosen for the L'Oreal Revitalift VoxBox at the same time as the Dry Spray box. This box came with four different Revitalift products to be used at different times of the day. The secret ingredient is hyaluronic acid which is supposed to help give skin that youthful looking fullness. Of course skin produces less of this ingredient on its own as we age, so this line of skin care products has been developed to help add some of it back.

I've always been told I look young so it's hard to face the truth that my skin is starting to betray my age. I miss the days when people said I could pass for 20 and now I'm not even getting carded half the time. My main problem is the little horizontal lines that run under my eyes. Where do these things even come from? Do I go around squinting all day without realizing it?

For someone with a 30 second beauty routine that consisted of washing my face and using one moisturizer, it was a bit overwhelming to open up all these products. Why the heck do I need four products that all do the same thing?? I wanted to give it a fair shot and I've learned a lot in the process. I've tried to be a lot more conscious about treating my skin better. I'm trying to be diligent about actually removing leftover eye makeup instead of lazily ignoring it, and patting on products gently instead of rubbing and stretching the skin.

Step 1: Each morning I wash my face. L'Oreal makes a Revitalift Cream Cleanser, but that didn't come with my sample box so I stuck with my normal gentle cleanser. 

Step 2 is the Revitalift Day Cream pictured above. Pro: it absorbs quickly. It seems to leave my skin with an almost powdery feeling finish. I'm not sure what that means or if it matters, but my skin does feel sufficiently hydrated and not at all oily after using it. Con: It's hard for us long nailed girls to get the cream out of the pot. I usually try to scoop it out on the top side of my nail rather than the under side so I don't waste product stuck under my nails. It's not really a big deal now while the pot is full, but I'm a little worried that it will become more of a hassle the farther down I get.

Step 3 is the day-time volume filler eye treatment which is the smallest tube in the top picture. A tiny amount is all you need to dab around the eye area. It absorbs super quickly so I can move right on to applying the rest of my eye makeup

Step 4 is the night cream. It comes in a tube (hooray). When I get home from work I wash my face again and then apply the night cream. I use just a bit more than what I've shown above to cover my whole face. My favorite part: it's tinted slightly lavender. Purple and grey are my two favorite colors so L'Oreal is spot on with the packaging.

Step 5: The volumizing concentrated serum. It comes in this fun syringe-like tube that you dispense by pushing the button at the bottom. Like the other eye treatment, a little bit goes a long way. I dab some around my eyes each night and that finishes up the routine. None of this takes much longer than what I was doing before. After I figured out what each of the products was for, it's actually relaxing to spend a few extra seconds each day pampering myself.

All of the products feel good on my skin and are a good quality. I'm one of those lucky adults who still gets breakouts like a teenager. I can't say that the creams have magically cleared it all up, but they definitely haven't irritated my skin or made it worse.

The most important question is whether or not the Revitalift products really work to volumize skin and fill in stubborn lines. I've taken0 before and after pictures with no makeup and no touch-ups to show my results. It's hard to get exactly the same lighting and angle, but I think these pictures come close enough to show a truthful before and after. The after picture was taken about four weeks after I started using the products and I've used them all as directed each day.

Fun fact: I have a scar in the inner corner of my left eye that I got as a baby when a drunk guy decided to punch through a window. My mom happened to be standing nearby holding me and I was cut by a shard of glass. I never try to cover it up because it isn't very noticeable and even if it was, it's kind of an awesome story.
The lines are still visible to me in the after picture, but I do think the skin around them looks a bit plumper and the lines a bit less deep and creased. Do you think the difference is noticeable enough to justify a purchase?

I always tend look at products through a budget-minded filter. The pricing on Amazon is $15-$25 each depending on which of the four products you're looking at. I know anti-aging products can be quite pricey, so this doesn't actually seem too expensive, especially since I do feel like I've seen some measurable results. I'm going to continue my experiment over the next few months to see if my results become even more pronounced and I'll let you ladies know.

If you want to learn more about these products check out L'Oreal's Website and if you want to join Influenster and test out products for yourself let me know and I'll send an invite your way.

The legal stuff: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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