The L’oreal Paris Midnight Serum is a relatively new product. I was sent this bottle from Influenster to try out and review. With influenster I was asked to use the product for two weeks and then post a review on their site around the actual launch date of the product. Which I did. As it is a full sized bottle, I continued using it as part of my skin care. Now I have only a few uses left and will end up finishing the bottle either tonight or in the morning. Since it is such a new to the market product, I am going to post all of it’s details below and then I’ll get into my thoughts.
REVEAL MILLIONS OF NEW CELLS, VISIBLY YOUNGER SKIN. Age Perfect Cell Renewal Midnight Serum sets a new standard for luxury serums. In fact, WOMEN PREFER IT OVER THE #1 LUXURY NIGHT SERUM*. Formulated with an exclusive Antioxidant Recovery Complex, this powerhouse anti-aging serum works at night when skin reaches its peak of cell renewal. Millions of new cells are revealed for visibly smoother, more radiant and younger skin. EFFECTIVE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES & TONES, it is made without parabens or mineral oil, and is allergy tested – suitable for even sensitive skin.
WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT RECOVERY COMPLEX? Our exclusive Antioxidant Recovery Complex helps boost skin’s renewal overnight by combining a powerful, L’Oréal patented antioxidant—derived from bitter orange—and Vitamin E to help reinforce skin’s barrier. This breakthrough serum replenishes skin’s antioxidant levels at night when it is most receptive to repair. Our formula also contains Hyaluronic Acid—a powerful hydrating ingredient that helps lock in moisture.
SMOOTH WRINKLES, FIRMER, MORE RADIANT SKIN: After 1 use, skin is refreshed and feels softer, smoother. In 1 week, skin appears brighter, more luminous and younger. Over time, wrinkles are smoothed, skin looks firmer and more radiant. Effective for all skin tones.
INDULGENT, LUXURIOUS FORMULA: Each drop of this lightweight serum provides intense hydration while leaving skin luxuriously soft to the touch. It absorbs quickly with a non-greasy, non-sticky finish and won’t clog pores.
CUSTOM DESIGNED, GLASS BOTTLE: With its sleek, modern design and gold finishes, this serum bottle was meticulously crafted to become an icon! Its beautifully etched glass provides an elevated look and uses recycled and recyclable glass material.
INGREDIENTS AQUA / WATER / EAU DIMETHICONE GLYCERIN ALCOHOL DENAT. PEG-8 DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT PROPYLENE GLYCOL POLYSILICONE-11 BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE TUBER AESTIVUM EXTRACT TUBER MELANOSPORUM EXTRACT ADENOSINE CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID NEOHESPERIDIN DIHYDROCHALCONE SODIUM HYALURONATE TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE TOCOPHEROL OCTYLDODECANOL SQUALANE AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4 BIOTIN CAPRYLYL GLYCOL CITRIC ACID HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE SODIUM CITRATE XANTHAN GUM BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE BENZYL ALCOHOL HEXYL CINNAMAL HYDROXYCITRONELLAL CI 14700 / RED 4 CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE PHENOXYETHANOL POTASSIUM SORBATE SODIUM BENZOATE SODIUM SALICYLATE PARFUM / FRAGRANCE FIL CODE B264962/1L’Oreal Paris
This serum retails for $43.99 and is available only at Walmart.
I had a very interesting time with this product. The bottle is lovely to look at and feels very lux. I really like that the bottle has ridges on it so that it doesn’t matter if your hands are still wet from washing your face, it won’t slip. The lines also make the bottle look a little more expensive, but they are also practical.
The colored class protects the product from light. There is a stopper at the top to limit air intrusion as well and the dropper works perfectly with the formula of the serum. In the paperwork that came with the bottle it recommended both morning and night time use for best results, which is what I did. The bottle lasted about two solid months with this sort of use. If only using at night, it would clearly last four months.
Personally I like knowing how much product there is in a container when trying to figure out if it is worth the purchase price. Of course the real factor in determining if a product is worth it’s price (whether it is $5 or $500) is if the product works.
For the first two weeks I used the product and really loved it. The scent was slightly edging into perfumy for me, but it was light and I was willing to ignore it based on how soft my skin felt. If you are sensitive to scent, this might not be for you. While it is a ‘skin care floral clean scent’ it is still a slightly perfume scent. It disappears after you apply it, but it is noticeable in the hand. I found it pleasant, but strong.
I will say that I agreed with the description in that after one use my skin felt softer and after a week, my skin did feel as though it was glowy. I didn’t really see much change in any of my fine lines, however it generally takes a month or so of steady use for a product to show actual results.
Skincare isn’t magic, it takes time to work.
However at the two week mark I had very high hopes. I loves the way my skin felt an looked while using the serum. Midway through week three I noticed a few drier patches on my skin. It wasn’t major drying, just small spots that looked a little dryer. As I applied my moisturizer after letting the serum sink in, the dry patches were quickly addressed.
They didn’t get any bigger, however I also didn’t see any reduction in the appearance of my fine lines. My skin still felt smooth and I attributed the dryness to the changing weather. We have had a rollercoaster of weather for the past few months and I figured that could be part of the cause.
Then I took a look at the ingredients list. Since the product was sent to me for review, I went ahead and tried it without looking over the ingredients because I didn’t want to bias myself. As I have no major allergies I can generally get away with doing that. If you have any sort of allergies, read the label first.
On eht ingredients list Dimethicone is listed pretty high up on the list. It is also listed pretty high up on the list for many of the primers I favor as they too make my skin feel soft. I am guessing that this is where part of the softness that I liked came from. While I clearly put this ingredient on my face a lot when using primers, I’m not so terribly keen to see it so far up on the label.
I’m also not too thrilled with the denatured alcohol featuring in the top ten ingredients either. It tends to dry my skin out the longer I use it. Paired with the salicylic acid that is also on the list, I think I know why I was getting a bit dried out. Murad and Peter Thomas Roth both make excellent cleansers featuring salicylic acid that I use when my skin starts breaking out. I actually have both of those cleansers in my skin care drawer on standby. They work well if I’ve spent too much of a week in a face mask and need to kind of dry out my skin a bit and tame down the break outs. They (pared with the Peace Out Acne Dots) work well, but I can only use them for a short period of time before they dry out my skin too much. So I will use them a day or two and then put them away for later. And that is mostly due to my skin type.
I think that the denatured alcohol which dries my skin out and the salicylic acid, which also dries my skin out were just too much. They hit the parts of my skin that are usually the driest. The moisturizer following right after took care of it though. In truth if the good ingredients like squalane had done wonders for my fine lines, I could have easily worked around the drying factor.
But it didn’t. I saw no real reduction in the fine lines.
I don’t mind paying $43.99 for a good serum. In fact i have spent a lot more on a good serum before and probably will again. There are also several L’Oreal Paris products I adore and in general, I like the brand. But given the dryness and the lack of fine line reduction, I don’t think this will be a repeat purchase for me. If I had oilier skin or even more acne prone skin, I could see this working a little bit better. It just isn’t for me.