Drugstore Beauty: L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal.

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A lot of products (drugstore, prestige) come across my desk and I am a tough crowd… especially when it comes to my skincare. A couple months ago, I got to preview L’Oreal Paris’s latest and greatest skincare launches… the first being the brand’s new Revitalift Bright Reveal Collection. The presentation started like any other, and then they asked us to guess women’s top two skin concerns. I guessed immediately (naturally). Wrinkles and uneven skintone. Bright Reveal was developed with these two concerns in mind. A collection that exfoliates and renews to reveal brighter, glowy skin… but also hydrates and protects against future damage. My interest was piqued and I began testing the line the second I got home to my apartment.

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brightening daily scrub cleanser


The cleanser is amazing as it also gently exfoliates both manually (with volcanic particles) and chemically (with glycolic acid). The brand recommends using it morning and night but my skin is sensitive so when I tested the products, I only used it at night. I like to double cleanse… I’ll use an oil to take off all my makeup, and this. You could totally just use this, but I find that doing a pre-cleanse helps the glycolic acid in this penetrate more deeply. (I actually don’t like to wash my face in the morning… I have dry skin and find that if I give my skin a good cleanse the night before, splashing with water is just fine). That being said, if dullness is a big skin concern for you (it is for me) it’s good to mildly exfoliate every day. I should mention that it’s only $6.99. I may be jaded from trying so many products (high-end and low-end) but that seems like a complete steal for such a good product!

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brightening peel pads


The brightening peel pads are the next step, and also my favorite item from the collection… the hero, if you will. I mean, by now you know that I love a good peel… but also… as we age, our skin’s natural ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines… so it’s important to give it a little help where we can. They are effective but gentle enough to use morning and night. They contain 10% glycolic acid to help dissolve dead skin cells… reducing the visibility of uneven skin tone and wrinkles.


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brightening moisturizer


And then, there are two moisturizers…  a day cream and a night cream.

We’ll talk about the brightening moisturizer (for day) first. This is, in effect, your perfect day cream. I have been using this every day as I love that it has anti-aging, brightening benefits and ingredients (glycolic acid, Vitamin C, Pro-Retinol) but also a solid SPF 30. I have said it before but anytime you use a peel or glycolic acid, you NEED broad spectrum sunscreen… no excuses. These ingredients exfoliate and dissolve dead skin, leaving your skin at its most vulnerable state. And so sunscreen is imperative… no excuses. That makes this cream your perfect multi-tasker.

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brightening dual overnight moisturizer


And we’ll end with the night cream… the brightening dual overnight moisturizer. This treatment combines two treatments in one pump. You’ll notice that there are two chambers. The red chamber contains glycolic acid and the white chamber contains Vitamin C and Pro-Retinol. Together, this mighty (potent) combination helps to brighten, enhance clarity, and reduce the visibility of dark spots, uneven tone and wrinkles. When I used this, I woke up with crazy smooth skin. The first time I used it, my skin felt a little bit tight and dry the next day (again, I have really dry skin). So what I did to remedy this was let it sink in for a few minutes (while I brushed my teeth) and then I applied a thin layer of face oil over it to lock in moisture. Boom… same results, with more hydration.

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  1. Lyn:

    This all sounds very good but I have a question before running to the drugstore : from what age do they recommend using this? Starting at early twenties, late twenties, thirties, fourties,..? It sounds so good but I want to use the right things for my age (22y, turning 23 in December)
    Thanks in advance 🙂
    xox Lyn

    6.17.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Hi Lyn!
      Let me check in with the brand. My gut says that this line would be great for you… it’s never too early to start exfoliating, and SPF is so important. I know the line is targeted to a slightly older demo as once you hit your thirties, the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down… that being said, I’m all for starting preventative measures early!

      Have an email into the L’Oreal team and will get back to you!

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. xx

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      • Lyn:

        Yes, I want to prevent as well that’s why I’m so curious 🙂
        And wow, you’re going to contact L’Oréal? What a service!
        Thanks a lot Grace 🙂
        xox Lyn

        6.19.16 Reply
        • graceatwood:

          Hi Lyn,

          I heard back from the brand.

          “The Bright Reveal collection was tested and is safe on all skin types (even sensitive) and ethnicities ranging from ages 25-65.”

          My take is this – it was tested on people a bit older than you, but it can’t hurt. The products aren’t irritating, so why not? I hope this is helpful!


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  2. caitlin leary:

    ooh! Dying to try these!!

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  3. I have always had good luck with Loreal for the price point as far as make-up, hair, and skin care! This looks like a must try!

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  4. kim:

    Hi Grace – do you get a reaction from the glycolic acid? I know it can increase the risk of sunburn. Thanks.

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    • graceatwood:

      Hi Kim,
      No I did not experience any irritation or redness (I assume that’s what you mean by a reaction). I found that the products were pretty gentle all things considered. The only thing I would say is that I found that using the cleanser 2x a day was too harsh… I prefer to use it at bedtime only. But yes, as I mentioned you definitely need a broad spectrum sunscreen ANY time you use a product that chemically exfoliates (be it glycolic acid, retin-a, vitamin c, and so on and so forth) as they leave your skin in a more vulnerable state by sloughing off dead cells.

      Hope that is helpful! xx

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  5. Terri Martin:

    Just picked up the peel pads – so excited to try!

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  6. Jo:

    Do these products contain perfumes or chemical scents

    7.31.16 Reply
  7. Victoria:

    Hi Lynn! How you doing? I have a question – do I have to use the entire line or can I just use the day moisturizer? I’m 52 years old and like you – I have dry skin. Thanks so much!

    8.29.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Hi Victoria,
      I’m not sure if you meant this comment for Lyn (previous commenter) or for me (I’m Grace, the author of this blog). You aren’t obligated to use the entire line… the products complement each other and work best as a regime but it certainly. The day cream is great on dry skin (I am younger than you but have very dry skin!) and I know the brand tested it on ages 25-65 so you should be totally fine!!!

      Thanks for popping by! xo

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  8. alisha:

    for what age it’s good

    11.9.16 Reply
  9. Which is better for mature skin -bright reveal line or revitalift for deep set wrinkles?

    11.14.16 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      I am honestly not sure! I haven’t tried Revitalift for Deep Set Wrinkles but I adore Bright Reveal!!

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  10. pam:

    How much retinol is actually in this cream? I don’t understand what “pro-retinol”
    is. I have added 0.5% retinol from PCA to my evening cleaning per a skin specialist. The skin specialist that said there’s very little retinol in over the counter creams. I use a different cream at night and one of your previous revitalift creams in the morning. This skin care gets so complicated. I’m 62 and don’t want to waste my time using things without effect. Please help

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