Looking for a budget Hyaluronic Acid in the UK? I’ve tried them all, so I’ve got you covered. Here’s my honest Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid review.
As I’ve got a little older and eased out of my oily-skinned, acne-prone days (read my acne story and guide to clearing acne), I’ve had one thing on my mind when it comes to skincare: hydration. And for hydration, nothing tops Hyaluronic acid (I mean, I could be wrong, but I bloody well love this stuff regardless).
Hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water and is essentially a big ol’ drink for your skin. Think plumped up skin, faded fine lines and a healthier, rejuvenated glow, instantly. I’d literally bathe in this stuff if I could. The bad part is that I’m not actually joking.
Despite being a hydration hero, hyaluronic acid doesn’t have to break the bank. There are so many affordable, lightweight serums available on the UK market, from The Ordinary to the newbie skincare line Q&A. Today, I’m going to be focusing on one of my budget HA faves; the Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid. I get through a bottle of this every other month (and no, that’s not from pouring it into my bath).
Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Review
If you’re wondering how it compares to The Ordinary and what it can do for your skin, read on for my complete Revolution Hyaluronic Acid Review.
Key product benefits & claims
Product: Revolution Skincare Plumping & Hydrating Solution 2% Hyaluronic Acid
Price: Around £6 for 100ml
Key benefits & claims: “The ultimate ingredient for dehydrated skin, Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture to the skin’s surface, helping to smooth the complexion and ease tight-feeling skin. Ideal for use before foundation, this lightweight, oil-free solution sinks in quickly for lasting hydration that plumps up dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and looking healthier.” – Revolution
Suitable for: All skin types
I love how this serum makes my skin look. My skin can get quite dehydrated and dull, but if I apply this to damp skin and seal it with a moisturiser, it instantly looks brighter and plumper. I have a few faint fine lines under my eyes (I’m well on my way to 30, FYI) and they seem to almost fill out once I’ve applied the Revolution Hyaluronic Acid to them.
Hydration and moisturisation are two different things entirely, so don’t expect this serum to make your skin feel moisturised (as in, oily and a little sticky). It sinks in quickly and, once dry, the skin is left feeling dry to the touch but looking a whole lot healthier. Just apply a moisturiser on top to seal in all that plumping water. It has a really great plumping effect and, paired with moisturiser, you won’t find a better hydration duo.
I notice a real difference in the overall hydration and condition of my skin when I use a Hyaluronic Acid serum (including this one) consistently. I’d say it’s well worth adding to your routine, and of all the budget brands I’ve tried, this one is my favourite so far.
The texture of the Revolution 2% Hyaluronic Acid serum is quite thin, watery and runny. If that sounds kinda gross, note that most HA serums are this way—it’s just the nature of the product! You have to rub them in quickly or they’ll quite literally drip off your face. It’s just like water, really—that’s the best way I can describe it.
The Revolution HA absorbs super quickly once applied, so you need to apply a moisturiser pronto to seal in all the moisture. If you don’t apply anything on top, it completely sinks into the skin with no residue. I’ve found that other HA serums (especially The Ordinary’s) leave a sticky feeling to the skin, but I’m pleased to say that this one doesn’t. It’s super light and not sticky or greasy in the slightest.
Oh; and a little goes a long way. You only need a couple of drops to cover your entire face.
The Revolution Hyaluronic Acid comes in a frosted glass bottle with a glass pipette applicator. The bottle itself is almost identical to the shape, size and feel of The Ordinary’s products. However, I do feel like Revolution’s packaging looks a little more luxe and fun.
My one gripe is that it can be kinda difficult to get the solution out with the pipette once you’re near the bottom of the bottle. It’s no big deal though, as I just tip the bottle upside down and pour a small amount straight into my hands. I think the bottle is fully recyclable, but I’m going to message Revolution to double-check—watch this space! If it is recyclable, that’s an extra thumbs up from me.
The bottle comes in a small, recyclable black and rose gold cardboard box, which has all the ingredients and product information on.
The Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid costs £6 per 30ml, which in my opinion is a really good deal. For 6 quid, you get a product that has an instant plumping effect and can seriously increase your skin’s hydration over time. I use it AM and PM and I find that a bottle lasts me around 2 months or so. I do have a bad habit of using a little too much, so you’ll probably be able to make it last longer.
Good for, bad for…
I honestly think that this product, along with most Hyaluronic Acid serums, is a good product for most skin types. There’s no doubt that HA is a huge benefit for dry and dehydrated skin types, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go if you’re on the oilier side. It’s a light and non-greasy way to add some hydration to your skin—which might actually help to balance out oil production! I am very acne-prone and I haven’t had any problems with this product.
How to apply Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid
How you apply Hyaluronic Acid can literally make or break your experience. I’d recommend applying this product straight after a shower or cleansing, while your skin is still slightly damp. Alternatively, give your face a quick spritz with a mist before applying it (I love the Avene Thermale Spring Water). Follow with the rest of your skincare routine and always lock-in with a moisturiser.
Why? Hyaluronic Acid works by holding onto water in your skin. But for it to hold onto water, the water has to be there in the first place. If you apply HA to dry skin, it’ll actually suck all the moisture out of the deeper layers of your skin and have the opposite effect. No thank you! By giving it more water to hold onto (by applying to a damp face), you’ll be trapping extra hydration into your skin.
Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid ingredients
Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin
The Revolution Skincare 2% Hyaluronic Acid contains two types of Hyaluronic Acid:
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer
Sodium Hyaluronate is a salt form of Hyaluronic Acid, which has a lower molecular weight than HA and hydrolyzed HA (which you’ll find in some skincare products), which means it’s more easily absorbed into pores and can penetrate the skin at a deeper level. Yep, that’s a good thing.
I put the ingredients through cosdna and all the ingredients are non-comedogenic (won’t block your pores), so I’d say this is a safe bet for the acne-prone amongst you. I’m certainly still quite acne-prone and I’ve had no problems with this product.
Revolution Hyaluronic Acid review: Overall thoughts
If you’re looking for a budget Hyaluronic Acid, this is a good’un and well worth the money. I prefer it to The Ordinary’s similarly-priced Hyaluronic Acid, as it’s far less sticky and a nicer consistency.
I truly feel that Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that every skincare-junkie should be adding to their routine. It’s gentle, it’s hydrating and it gives that super sought-after plumping effect instantly. The great thing about the Revolution Hyaluronic Acid is that it’ll give you a chance to try out HA and see if it can work for your skin. If you don’t enjoy it, it didn’t exactly break the bank.