L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum

Have you heard? L’Oreal has a new retinol serum out.

It’s called L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum and it features the highest concentration of retinol the brand has ever used. 0.2% to be exact.

Should you give it a go or is that still too small to make a dent in your wrinkles? I’ve put it to the test to find out:

What’s In L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum?


Retinol (a form of vitamin A) is an anti-aging superstar. It fights wrinkles in three ways:

  • It has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals.
  • It boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm
  • It speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process)

FYI, speeding up cellular turnover allows retinol to do another important job: fade away dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum contains 0.2% retinol. It’s high enough to work and low enough not to cause irritations.

If you’re just getting started on your retinol journey, this is made just for right for you.

Related: What Strength Of Retinol Do YOU Need?


Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture magnet on steroids. It attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water!

All that moisture makes your skin super happy: it plumps it up, so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; it makes it softer to the touch; and it gives it a dewy glow.

P.S. Hyaluronic acid isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing (on a smaller scale).

Related: Why You Need To Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine


Alcohol Denat is one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skincare. Word on the street is that it’s terribly drying and irritating.

To an extent, that’s true. The reason you feel so bad after you gulp down one too many cocktails is that alcohol is drying out every cell in your body, giving you a bad case of dehydration.

Does the same thing apply to skin when you slather alcohol on it? It depends. If alcohol’s all you’re slathering on, then yes, it will dry out your skin.

But if you use alcohol together with moisturizing ingredients, they’ll counteract its drying effects. Science confirms this. Recent studies show that alcohol isn’t as drying as we once thought.

Having said this, everyone’s skin is different. If your skin is particularly sensitive to alcohol denat and doesn’t tolerate it well, this serum isn’t for you.

But what does alcohol do here? It’s a volatile carrier that helps create a thinner solution and texture.

Related: The Truth About Alcohol-Free Skincare: What Does It Really Mean? (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

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A very lightweight, white lotion that sinks immediately into your skin.


Floral and perfumey. It’s strong when you first apply it, but quickly fades away.

How To Use It

Every other night, after cleansing. Don’t use on days you’re exfoliating.

Performance & Personal Opinion

L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum has quickly become one of my fave drugstore retinol serums. Here’s why:

The lightweight texture makes the serum a pleasure to use. It’s slightly hydrating and absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind.

When I woke up the morning after my first use, I already saw a difference: my skin looked plumper, my crow’s feet a little smaller, my texture smoother. Overall, my skin just looked better.

Retinol is good, but it doesn’t work this quickly! I believe all these benefits have more to do with the extra hydration this serum provides than with the retinol. For that to work, I need to wait a bit more time. But it’ll work. The science here is solid.

I don’t know about you, but I appreciate an anti-aging serum that makes my skin look better in the short run while fighting and reducing wrinkles in the long term. Makes me feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds.

I’m also not experiencing any kind of dryness, peeling, or irritation with this serum. It’s very gentle and suitable for most skin types.

The only thing I could do without is the scent. It’s a bit too perfumey for my taste. Plus, scents can irritate sensitive skin. Luckily, mine isn’t, so it’s not causing any issues.

Related: Is Fragrance In Skincare As Bad As Paula Begoun Says?

l'oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum review

Who Is This For?

Retinol newbies.

Who Is This NOT For?

If you’re using 0.5% or a higher concentration of retinol already, this’d be a step back.


A dark blue bottle with red accents and a dropper applicator. It keeps the retinol inside safe from light and air that would slowly make it ineffective.

Does L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Night Serum Live Up To Its Claims?

Our highest concentration of pure Retinol, delivers 3X more pure retinol to the skin.  It’s true it’s the highest % of retinol L’Oreal has ever used. But it’s still a low % suitable only for beginners.
So effective, it reduced wrinkles for 100% of women. Retinol has been scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles. But, it works slowly. Don’t expect results overnight, especially at low concentrations.

Price & Availability

£24.99 at Asos and Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for your first retinol serum, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Propylene Glycol, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citric Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Retinol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Isostearate, Ppg-6-Decyltetradeceth-30, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance. (F.I.L. B264237/1).