Product Review: HQ Gel “Effetto Lifting”

by Gio

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Name: Gel “Effetto Lifting”
Brand: HQ
Size: 15ml
Price: €2,80

From the packaging:
Gel “Effetto Lifting” helps to smooth out skin and reduce micro wrinkles, brightening up the complexion.

What I liked:
– hydrating, makes skin soft and smooth
– temporarily, slightly reduces the appearance of wrinkles
– gel texture is just right, and absorbs quickly into the skin
– practical packaging

What I didn’t like:
– basic formula, can only hydrate skin

HQ Crema Idratante Intensa wasn’t the only skincare product I left lying in a drawer for ages, neglected and forgotten. Fellow HQ Gel “Effetto Lifting” suffered the same fate too.

I’m glad that I rediscovered it when the weather is still cold, though, because that’s when my combination skin, which tends to get a bit dryer in winter, appreciates hydrating humectant-based gels like this the most. Humectant is a fancy word to define those ingredients, like Glycerin and Sodium Hylauronate, that have the ability to draw moisture from the environment into the skin.

This added moisture helps keep skin hydrated. And hydrated skin feels softer, and looks plumper and smoother. As long as the hydration lasts, wrinkles and fine lines look slightly smaller, giving your face a more youthful appearance.

I was pleased Sodium Hyaluronate was added to this formula. It’s one of my favourite humectants because it works well both in high and low humidity conditions. And it can hold 1000 times its weight in water! Impressive, isn’t?

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Instead, I was frustrated by the inclusion of Ammonium Acryloyldimethyaqua. Why? Because I have no idea of what it is and what it does. I’ve consulted all my usual sources, but nothing. None mentioned it. My guess is that it’s used to adjust the consistency of gel products, but I can’t be 100% sure about that. If anyone has any information about it, please let me know. 🙂

The rest of the formula is quite boring. It contains a couple of antioxidants, but not in concentrations high enough to do much for the skin. HQ Gel “Effetto Lifting” is a simple humectant treatment that keeps dry skin soft, smooth and well-hydrated when used regularly. Just don’t expect anything more than that.

The gel consistency is just right. Not too runny, not too thick, it spreads easily on the skin, sinking in quickly. Because a little goes a long way (unless your skin is super dry), the gel will last you more than the 10 applications guaranteed by the packaging. The satchel is also convenient to bring on your trips with you. It doesn’t take up much room and, if you go somewhere with a harsh climate that sucks the moisture out of your skin, its contents helps you replenish it.

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyaqua, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Mannitol, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Saccharide Isomerate, Dextran, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Carrageenan, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamol, Limonene, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, CI 16035, Methylsothiazolinone, CI 17200.

HQ Gel “Effetto Lifting” is a humectant-based gel that hydrates skin well. As a result, skin looks softer and plumper, and the appearance of wrinkles is reduced.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Chic Readings February 26, 2015 - 2:16 am

I believe I have read somewhere that this compound is for thickening creams used in cosmetic,some kind of polymer:)
Sounds decent to me:)

Gio February 26, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Helena, thanks for the info. Yes, I think it’s decent too. 🙂

Allison February 26, 2015 - 7:14 pm

I’m actually most interesting in the packaging. I recently tried a deluxe skincare sample of a new brand for me, and it came in that packaging. It looks like it’s eco-friendly. Is it?

Gio February 26, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Allison, you know, I hadn’t thought of that. But I checked the packaging and I don’t think it is. It sports the PI symbol, which means it is made of two different materials, such as plastic and paper, and therefore not recyclable. It’s a shame, isn’t it?

Allison February 27, 2015 - 4:27 am

Then, I guess it’s to save money on packaging. Disappointing!

Gio February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Allison, I agree. It’s a shame cos I think this kind of packaging has a lot of potential. It’s very handy for travelling.


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