Today I will be discussing my new-found skincare buddy L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence. I am not used to any light skin liquid other than toner. I was quite curious to try out some essence to see what an essence actually is. Essences are quick absorbing toner like liquids prepared to take care of certain skin issues. This Crystal Micro Essence is for accelerating skin renewal. This is basically a salicylic acid-based mild exfoliator with added benefits of Centella and vitamins. Salicylic acid is extremely skin-friendly. It is a gentle chemical exfoliator that peels away dead skin and helps revealing fresh skin from within. It is also a great ingredient to clear out clogged pores. My skin performs well with this ingredient in general. Let’s check out how this crystal essence worked on me.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is the latest skincare innovation enriched with micronized technology to reveal your crystal clear bright skin. Its active ingredients like brightening salicylic acid accelerate skin renewal and mildly exfoliates to refine pores and skin texture. Packed in skin refining droplets Revitalift Micro-Essence penetrates up to 10 skin layers* to reveal your bright, glowing and youthful skin. A few drops of Micro-Essence daily will give you a radiant, hydrated and glowing look.
Price: Rs.250 for 22ml
Where to Buy? This essence is available worldwide both online and offline. You will get this in all leading beauty stores and grocery stores. Look for this on amazon, nykaa, flipkartetc. for online purchase. This new launch product is currently on the introductory offer. Do check out for good discount offers.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Review
Packaging: This essence comes in a transparent colourless bottle of square shape. Most of L’Oreal’s serums and essences have this kind of packaging; just the colour codes are different. This Crystal Micro-essence comes in 3 sizes; 22ml, 65ml and standard 120ml. The essence bottle comes packed in a silver cardboard box. Both the outer box and the bottle label mentions all essential details like ingredients list and usage guide. If you lose the outer pack, you won’t lose the expiry date and other details.
Color & Texture: This is a transparent and colourless watery liquid. The consistency is very thin and runny. You won’t be able to tell the difference between a drop of water and a drop of this micro-essence. That is the reason, it gets absorbed into the skin quickly. It does not leave a sticky residue behind.
Fragrance: The crystal micro essence has a faint floral fragrance. The fragrance is so light that it wears completely off within seconds of application. I don’t like heavy fragrance in toners and serums. So, I really enjoy this almost fragrance-free essence.
Revitalift range by L’Oreal is slightly on the expensive side for a common drug-store skincare person. Generally, L’Oreal serums come in 120ml size only. But this particular essence has been launched in three sizes. The one I bought is the travel size. I really appreciate L’Oreal’s effort on making this small pack. This way budget-beauty lovers like me can try it too.
Before digging deeper into the essence, let me tell you my current skin condition. I have combination skin which stays on the oily side. My skin is also very acne-prone skin but I do not consider it sensitive. I used to use regular scrubs quite frequently. This habit worsened my acne situation. I have shifted completely to the Neutrogena’s salicylic acid-based Oil-Free Acne Wash and my skin condition improved a lot. L’Oreal’s Crystal Micro Essence is also a salicylic acid-based product. So, I use it once a day through the usage guide mentions two times. I don’t want to over-exfoliate my skin.
This essence comes under the Revitalift anti-ageing range. But, the formula is suitable for every age group. I am using it continuously for 3 weeks now. I apply it on freshly washed skin, taking only 5 drops of it and gently pat it into my skin. My skin is familiar with salicylic acid so it does not cause any irritation or redness as such. If you have never used any skincare acid ever, you should start with just 2-3 drops. Then increase the amount as per the skin condition.
Regarding the performance of this serum I would like to say, it does work but very slowly. For the first two weeks, I could see no change in my skin. But, from the third week, my skin feels smoother. I have textured skin due to clogged pores. It has helped to smoothen it out to some extent. I still have plenty of bumps and zits. I’ll keep on applying this. I love how gentle the formula is. Salicylic acid products cause flaky dry skin sometimes. I follow it up with a moisturizer to avoid that.
- Gentle exfoliating essence with salicylic acid.
- Light on the skin.
- Does not irritate my skin.
- Faint fragrance.
- Unclogs pores and smoothens skin with regular use.
- Reduces dullness to some extent.
- Contains alcohol.
- Might cause lots of pimples for the initial few weeks for some. After that, the skin improves a lot.
Would I Recommend? I would definitely recommend this skin-friendly and budget-friendly salicylic acid-based essence to everyone. People with oily, acne-prone skin will love this even more.