It is hard to find a moisturizer that does not cause breakouts on my combination skin. I have both the Hada Labo Gel Cream and the serum. They both work very well at keeping my skin hydrated without causeing acne. It is an interesting product in that it contains three different types of hyaluronic acid. Great product at an affordable price.
I've tried dozens and dozens of high-end and drugstore moisturizers on my extremely dry and sensitive skin, and nothing has worked as well as the skin plumping gel cream. I use quite a heavy layer at night, patting it in as recommended on the website, and when I wake up my face actually looks plumped and hydrated. I was honestly shocked by how well it worked the first time I tried it. It also doesn't break me out or have any objectionable smell, and I love the beautiful packing. I use a beauty spatula to remove it from the jar.
A little background: normal/sensitive skin that is usually very dehydrated due to the super dry climate I live in. I have been using skin care and cosmetics for 25+ years so I've "been there, done that" and don't usually get too excited about the claims made by skin care companies. I tried the sample of this that came in a magazine, used it at night after washing my face, and it lasted for 2 applications. I did like the texture and the lack of fragrance very much but I wasn't expecting anything special in terms of results. Well... the morning after each application, when I was washing my face, I noticed how extremely soft and smooth my face felt! It was definitely due to this product as nothing else changed in my routine. So now I'm dying to get the full size of this, but I live in Canada and it seems they don't sell this here, at least not yet, and the US online retailers don't ship to Canada (boo! C'mon people. There's money to be spent here!).
My skin: dehydrated, dry, acne-prone
I love this moisturizer and it is my HG. It's hard to find a deeply hydrating moisturizer that doesn't break me out/include fatty alcohols while also addressing my dehydrated skin issues. I use this under avocado oil for extra moisturization. My skin definitely looks and feels healthier and plump after a bout of dryness and breakouts from trying out other moisturizers. I am not a fan of the jar packaging, but whatever.
Note: Do not use this alone under makeup as it might pill. You need to layer something over this like primer or sunscreen.
I am very disappointed in this product. I applied it during the day as a light moisturizer, because I did not want to have a lot of layers on my face. Lo and behold, when I went to apply my makeup, the gel starting pilling and caused the makeup to come off with it. I spent fifteen minutes trying to get rid of what looked like dead skin all over my face. I did not apply the product generously, so I have no idea why it did that, but I am not interested in further experimentation.
This stuff is great, IMO. I use it before bed, and fine lines/wrinkles really are lessened by morning. I can absolutely see the difference if I skip a night. Recommend!
Should have patch tested. Sigh. In the hopes of finding a new HG moisturizer, I slathered this all over my face - and immediately began to itch. Should have washed it all off but I was too sleepy and I thought, the ingredient list looks so harmless! Woke up the next morning with raised red itchy patches of inflammation all around my lower face. :-/ Worst of all, I've lost the receipt so I can't return it! ARGH. I'd also give it a low rating for packaging - a jar just isn't hygienic nor is it great for keeping the contents fresh.
I am in my 20s and my skin is drier than the Sahara. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. Lightweight, but HYDRATING. And it can go under my makeup. HG for now. Ulta better not stop selling this stuff.
FYI -- if you have oily skin -- it will still be great --- just use very LITTLE --- (I would apply it like a serum --- one drop for your whole face.
You won't be disappointed.
Ok well let me give u some brief history on my skin.. It was always oily to combo and now that I'm getting older I noticed it changing a lot. Suddenly within the last year, my skin type changed to dry, very dry with a semi oily t-zone but that's only in the summer or after several hours. This winter I've been suffering from extreme dry patches, which isn't pretty under makeup. I exfoliate daily and have been using some very expensive products to help but I wasn't having to much luck.. Then recently I had a severe allergic reaction which made my face swell(my eyes big time) and when it was all over with, for some reason my eyelids were unbelievably dry! I tried everything on this planet and nothing helped. I started getting desperate and ripped threw all of my sephora, Ulta samples hoping something would help.... And then THIS!! Hallelujah!!! This is the BEST moisturizer I have ever tried! It's literally my savior! Idk if it's the hyaluranic acid and other ingredients combined but it's amazing. It helped clear up my dry eyes from my allergic reaction and has helped w/my dry patches from this winter season. Compared to my almost $200 face cream, this stuff is the winner. I've been using it now for prolly about two months and it's great for my sensitive skin. Great price too, not overly expensive which is great! I'm not sure about the plumping but all I know is it's an amazing intense moisturizer..thin lightweight formula that feels nice on my skin. I pray they always make this because I will always buy it!
Sorry for the extra long review..lol! I had to make it clear that I had been dealing with some extreme skin issues & this amazing product saved my skin! :-)
I admit I'm a sucker for anything "plumping" as I stay up way too late, deal with the worst winter weather, probably drink too much and in general want to keep my skin looking plump and healthy. After seeing a Walgreen's display with a $3.00 off coupon, I took the leap of faith.
I will say that nothing on this planet (and I have tried LOADS of products) has made my skin feel this soft, like a baby's butt. I thought it was soft before, but this goes beyond. Feels so soft and smooth. This is a clear product, the consistency somewhere between a gel and cream, and it's virtually fragrance-free. It's not so thin it feels watery, and it's not so thick it sits on the skin. I used it alone at night before bed, and during the day under my regular sunscreen moisturizer.
The container is kind of a pain in the ass when new. The lid doesn't want to screw on straight, and the little plastic topper thing that's meant to seal in the product is hard to seat properly without a little product squooshing out the sides, and at this product's cost, who wants to waste a fraction of a gram. As for the plumping, I haven't seen a noticeable effect, but I've been using the superior--but oh so pricey--Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Turbo with all the crazy peptides.
SO, is this going to plump out all your fine lines? Nah, I'd opt for the PTR instead. Is this going to make your face look very clear and feel like satin? Yep, probably. Give it a shot, and save the receipt if you aren't impressed.