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A few months ago my skin was looking increasingly dull, and I visited the Health and Glow outlet across the street looking for a solution. As I’ve said before, I have dry to combination skin which is also very sensitive and most products break me out. Except for Lotus. As I was browsing the aisles for Lotus, I was approached by the SA from Revlon. When I explained what I wanted, she suggested Revlon Absolute C Radiance Essence: ‘This will give you a wonderful glowy complexion which will last all day” she said. The packaging was really cute, and I was tempted, but at Rs 710 (Indian Rupees) for 30ml, it was pricey. I hesitated. “Revlon Absolute C Total Radiance Essence is very popular, one of our most fast moving products”, she continued. She went on and on, making it seem like a magic potion of sorts. She also promised me this would not break me out as no one had ever come back to them complaining of break outs. Thinking of it, whenever a product breaks me out I either give it away to my sister( her skin never breaks out no matter what she uses, and I am soooo envious of her great skin.) So I either give them to her, or if it’s something she doesn’t want, I throw it away, but I never thought of going back and telling them it broke me out. Guess I should be doing that now, and guess I’m diverting from the topic here…..
So ok, she told me Revlon Absolute C Total Radiance Essence would not break me out and this is where I gave in. I thought what the heck, if this works it will be worth the money. So, I decided to give it a try. I took it home and religiously applied it to my face every morning, and also applied moisturizer over it so that the product get’s ‘locked in’ and I get the maximum benefit from it. ( I read somewhere that when you apply something on your face and apply a moisturizer over it immediately, the product works better as all the benefits get ‘locked in’. I don’t know if that really works though :-/ )
What Revlon Absolute C Radiance Essence claims: An exceptionally concentrated stable Vitamin C essence that penetrates deeply into skin to revitalize skin cells and activate cell renewal to counter environmental effects. An exquisite radiance enhancer that improves skin texture and reverses signs of dullness to give your skin the radiant glow of 8-hr sleep everyday.
Key Ingredients: Ascorbyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane and Boron Nitride.
Ascorbyl Glucoside, is a form of vitamin C combined with Glucose which works as an antioxidant. Allantoin is used to reduce skin irritation.
Butylene Glycol is used as preservative but considered a toxin by many. So if you have issues with toxins in your skin care product think twice before you try this one.
Boron Nitrate is considered anti bacterial and Squalene is used in cosmetics as a natural moisturizer. It penetrates the skin quickly, does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin and blends well with other oils and vitamins. (source wikipedia)
Suitable for all skin types
How to use Revlon Absolute C Radiance Essence: Take one pump on your finger tips and apply all over your face and neck.
What I like about Revlon Absolute C Radiance Essence: The packaging is very cute, A smart little bottle, with a convenient pump, which dispenses just the right amount of the formula. Shuts tightly with a click, so you can carry it around without any fear of it spilling. It is a lightweight formula, with a delicious scent of fresh oranges. It disappears into the skin without any trace. You need very little of the product as it spreads very well. Doesn’t make the skin oily at all.
That’s just about it. I can’t think of anymore good things to say about this product.
A week into using this so called ‘Vitamin C radiance essence’ the promised radiance was not to be seen. I continued using it, thinking I should give it some more time to work its magic. I stared into the mirror every morning hoping to see the wonderful dewy look. Again, nowhere in sight. My skin looked just the same. It did nothing bad to my skin but did nothing good either. On second thoughts, it probably made my skin a little bit smoother, but then even a humble home-made pack would’ve done that! At one point I even used this twice a day hoping that might help. Nope :(. I continued using it hoping a miracle would happen, and the product might start working all of a sudden. I used up the whole bottle not wanting to throw it away.
I couldn’t believe I paid hard earned money for cute packaging and a lovely aroma 🙁 I couldn’t care less for this product, if it came in a gold case studded with diamonds. This product is at best an oil free moisturizer for oily skin. But then, I am not even sure how much it moisturized my skin as I was using by regular moisturizer over this.
Will I buy Revlon Absolute C Radiance Essence again? Do I really need to answer that! This formula did nothing for me, except make me guilty for throwing away 700 bucks on an impulse. 🙁 :(. I wish I had tried sleeping for 8 hours a day before trying this product. In fact, I wish Revlon would pay me back the money I wasted on their ‘magic potion’.
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