To me, L’Oréal Paris products are a staple in many mothers’ makeup counters, and that was exactly where I first saw this product. I was later also given a sample of this (which I have photographed for the purpose of this post), which I have found to work in the same way and with the same efficacy as the full-sized product.
Immediately, skin feels smooth and looks radiant. With 3X hydration efficacy of moisturizing, nourishing, and lock-in power, Genius Water hydrates skin intensively day after day, leaving skin soft and dewy.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 22.90
899085 41, AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, DIPHENYLSILOXY PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL / GRAPE SEED OIL, GELLAN GUM, TRIMETHYL PENTAPHENYL TRISILOXANE, MANNOSE, XANTHAN GUM, ETHYLCELLULOSE, TOCOPHEROL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, B172110/1
I’m not sure what 899085 is actually referring to because Google doesn’t really throw up anything useful about it, but I am a bit concerned that alcohol is ranked so high on the list as it is a potential irritant.
Alcohol aside, there are a few ingredients in this list that are worth highlighting for the right reasons. Glycerin is an ingredient reported to lock in moisture, and is something you should look for in your moisturizers.
Packaging: I always believe that product packaging speaks volumes about the product and the brand, so I’m always inclined to buy skincare products that look professional and reflect either a) ingredients used or b) product type. Blue is always a great colour to use in moisturizers, and I also like how it is translucent because it gives the idea of being lightweight and easy to absorb.
Texture: I’m very particular about this when it comes to skincare products because my skin absolutely hates anything thicker than liquid foundations (it currently cannot even take BB creams). However, I have to say that this moisturizer has one of the best textures out of all the ones I have tried before. It is actually so aqueous that you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it is just normal water! (Maybe that’s why they name it ‘Hydrafresh Genius Water’?)
It is so light and easy to absorb that my skin literally soaked up everything in seconds. My pores never feel clogged, and have never shown signs of clogging or acne arising from using this, which is a miracle because a lot of skincare products have really not been great for my skin.
Effectiveness: This product’s main selling point is strengthening skin barrier to prevent moisture loss, while also providing instant hydration. I have to say that it really does as advertised – I made sure to apply this everyday as part of my morning routine so that my skin remains hydrated even in dry air-conditioned spaces.
This moisturizer works almost as well as my favourite belif one, but at just a fraction of the price – if that’s not enough to convince you to buy it, I don’t know what will.
Although I’m always very eager and keen to try new products, I know that this product is one of those that I can always fall back on when I’m tired of torturing my skin with all kinds of new and weird stuff. I believe that this will be great for you too, regardless of skin type, so do give this a try the next time you visit your local drugstore!
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮