Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day review

I know what you’re thinking: “Why is she using a moisturiser in a jar?! Didn’t she always say jars aren’t hygienic and don’t keep the actives inside stable and effective for long?”

Guilty as charged. But Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day doesn’t come in just any jar. This baby is housed in an airless jar: as you press down the lid, only the pea-sized amount cream you need for every application pops out of the opening.

The rest stays well tucked inside, well away from the light and air that could spoil it. If only every jar was this smart…

Jar aside, how does the juice inside fare? Let’s put it to the test:

What’s In Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day?


A from of Vitamin B3, niacinamide is a force to reckon with. Studies show it can do everything your skin needs it to:

  • It hydrates skin: It’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
  • It soothes skin: It alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
  • It lightens skin: It reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
  • It helps treat wrinkles: Preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
  • It treats acne: Its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel

I’m glad Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day slipped it in. Any product that takes advantage of niacinamide gets a thumbs up from me.

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Glycerin is one of the most underrated humectants out there.

FYI, humectant is a fancy way of calling ingredients that hydrates skin by drawing moisture into it from the air. Glycerin is so good at this, you’ll be hard pressed to find a product that doesn’t use it.

Yet, it never gets the recognition it deserves. People think it’s a given. You know what? It’s those underrated ingredients that often give you results and keep your skin soft and hydrated for hours.

Related: What Are Humectants And Why Are There In Your Skincare Products?


Mica plays tricks with the light. Literally.

It’s a shimmery powder that reflects light from the face, so that it looks smoother and brighter. It’s like being blinded by the sun. Instead of seeing wrinkles or large pores, you only see a bright glow.

Let’s get one thing straight: the mica in Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day is so fine, you won’t have any shimmers stuck on your face. It’ll just glow as if lit-from-within.

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Lightweight lotion with a gel-like finish.


The only thing I’m on the fence about is the scent. Fragrance is one of the most irritating ingredients in skincare and a no-no for sensitive skin.

My skin can take it, but I still prefer to opt for fragrance-free products whenever possible. But resisting this one is hard. Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day smells like a bouquet of roses.

It’s absolutely delightful and does make me want to use it again and again and again…

How To Use It

In the AM, in between serum and sunscreen. At night, it’s the last step of your skincare routine.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day has that new kind of gel-cream texture brands are playing around with at the moment. I’m sure it’ll become more mainstream in the upcoming months.

Super hydrating and extra light at the same time, it’s perfect for combination and oily skin that needs a fast-absorbing, non-greasy moisturizer for the daytime.

It’s also a great option for anyone looking for a lighter cream for the summer months when your skin doesn’t need the extra protection from the harsh winds and low temperatures.

Summer hasn’t really arrived here in London so I still need a richer moisturizer to make my dry cheeks happy. My oilier t-zone, on the other hand, lapped it up pronto. There, the cream kept my skin soft and smooth for hours.

I think I’ll keep it for my summer holidays. I can see it working really well when I go back to Italy to visit my family in a couple of months.

I’ve also noticed Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day gives my skin a beautiful glow. It makes my look fresh and awake even when I didn’t get much sleep at night.

rodial pink diamond magic gel day review

Who Is It For?

  • Oily skin
  • Combination skin

Who Is It NOT For?

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin


A pink airless jar that’s pretty, practical, and doesn’t spoil the goodies inside.

Does Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day Live Up To Its Claims?

One pump on the Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Gel Day delivers a synergy of ingredients that work to help your skin appear brightened and refreshed.True.
This weightless gel-cream hybrid sinks effortlessly into the skin, delivering collagen-boosting peptides to help improve its elasticity and firmness, and niacinamide to help even skin tone.True. Although there is no proof peptides really work yet.
Expertly blended with Rodial’s iconic soft-focus diamond powder, the hybrid formula works to scatter ambient light across the surface to help blur imperfections for a flattering filter finish on the skin.True. It works like a highlighter, only it’s in-built in your moisturiser.

Price & Availability

£65.00 at Beauty Bay, Feel Unique, Nordstrom, Selfridges and SpaceNK

Do You Need It?

If you have oily skin and are looking for a moisturiser that makes your skin look brighter and refreshed, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua+(Water), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Xylitylglucoside, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Anhydroxylitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethiconol, Xylitol, Benzyl Alcohol, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glucose, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Polysorbate 60, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tin Oxide, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Decapeptide-22, Oligopeptide-78, Glyceryl Caprylate, Diamond Powder, Phenylpropanol, Trisodium EDTA, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Limonene, CI 17200 (FD&C Red No 33), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).