vichy liftactiv supreme ha epidermic filler review

What’s the quickest way to reduce wrinkles?

Moisture. The more moisture your skin has, the plumper it looks. This trick alone makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller and takes a few wrinkles off your face.

Granted, it’s not a permanent solution. But, retinoids take their sweet time to work. In the meantime, you want to bombard your skin with moisture to keep up that fresh, glowy look.

Enter Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Epidermic Filler. Loaded with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, it infuses your skin with all the moisture it needs (and more):

What’s In Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Epidermic Filler?


Part of the glue that holds skin cells together, hyaluronic acid is a humectant.

That’s a fancy way of saying “moisture magnet”. This acid attracts and binds moisture from the environment into the skin, pumping up its hydration levels.

Other ingredients do this. Glycerin (which is in here, too) and Urea spring to mind immediately. But Hyaluronic Acid goes the extra mile: it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! That’s a waterfall of moisture!

When skin has all the moisture it needs, it his softer to the touch; it’s all plumped up, which in turn makes wrinkles look smaller; and has that beautiful dewy glow that makes it look like it’s lit from within.

Hydration is Hyaluronic Acid’s main job, but this superhero has other tricks up its sleeve. It also:

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Epidermic Filler contains a whopping 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid. Can you imagine how much moisture that is for skin?!

Related: What Are Humectants And Why Do You Need Them In Your Skincare Routine?

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The Rest Of The Formula

NOTE: The colours indicate the effectiveness of an ingredient. It is ILLEGAL to put toxic and harmful ingredients in skincare products.

  • Green: It’s effective, proven to work, and helps the product do the best possible job for your skin.
  • Yellow: There’s not much proof it works (at least, yet).
  • Red: What is this doing here?!
  • Aqua/Water: The base of this (and most) skincare products.
  • Glycerin: A powerful humectant that attracts and binds water to the skin, helping to keep it softer and suppler.
  • Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid: Also known as HEPES, it’s a buffering agent used to establish a neutral pH in water-based solutions. The verdict is still out there on whether it causes free radical damage in the present of oxygen, so I wish L’Oreal had used as an alternative (just in case).
  • PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: Derived from castor oil, it allows the watery and oily parts of a formula to mix together, preventing the texture from separating into two layers.
  • Scale Cereale Seed Extract / Rye Seed Extract: An extract of the seeds of rye, it makes skin softer to the touch.
  • Calcium Pantothenate: Another ingredient that makes skin softer to the touch.
  • Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate: A neuro-peptide that’s believed to relax facial muscles so they can’t move and cause wrinkles. It’s highly unlikely it works topically – especially in such a small concentration.
  • Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that kills any bacteria that dares enter into the product, keeping it safe to use for longer.
  • Chlorphenesin: A synthetic preservative that prevents bacteria contamination.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside: A derivative of the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C, it helps fight free radicals – in higher concentrations. In the small amount used here, it doesn’t really do much of anything.
  • Disodium EDTA: A chelating agent, it binds and remove the metal ions in your skincare products that can spoil them.
  • Pentylene Glycol: Here, it’s used as a preservative to keep the formula last longer.


The serum has a clear, slightly thick texture that takes a minute or so to absorb into your skin. A bit too long for my taste, I hate waiting for products to absorb before applying the next. On the positive side, once it’s fully absorbed, it leaves no tacky residue behind.


The serum is fragrance-free. For me, it’s great news. Fragrance has no space in skincare. It has no benefits for skin AND it’s one of the most irritating ingredients out there. If you’re allergic to a product, 9 times out of 10, fragrance is the culprit. So I’m glad they left it out.

On the other hand, without a fragrance, the product doesn’t smell as good. All you’re smelling is the real smell of the raw ingredients and formula. And that doesn’t smell like much of anything here.

How To Use It

You can use this serum both in the morning and/or evening. In the morning, it goes after your Vitamin C serum and before your sunscreen. At night, it goes after your exfoliant or retinol and before moisturiser. If you don’t use exfoliants or anti-aging serum, then apply it in between cleaning and moisturiser.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Epidermic Filler is one of those products that gives you an INSTANT plumping effect.

As soon as I gently massage it into my skin, I feel my skin getting softer already. The fine lines around my eyes get all plumped up, so they look smaller to the naked eye. And my whole complexion glows as if lit from within.

I can’t tell you how many compliments I got since I started using this. It just gives you that fresh, rested, my-skin-but-better look.

Granted, like with all hydrating products, the effects are only temporary. Once your skin uses up that extra burst of hydration, your wrinkles are still there. Hydration doesn’t reduce wrinkles, just their appearance.

Think of it like eating your vegs. It’s great for health – IF you’re consistent with it. Moisture is the same. Your skin needs its fix every day to stay healthy, soft, and supple.

vichy liftactiv supreme ha filler

Who Is This For?

Everyone can use this, but it’s most suitable for dry and sensitive skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

Unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients, there’s no reason not to give it a try.


This is the only thing I don’t like about this serum. The see-through bottle looks stylish and professional, but the plastic pointed applicator you attach on it is a pain to use. It took me a few tries before it released any product at all, and even then, only a drop or two at the time.

Vichy says this type of packaging makes the serum more sanitary, but I’ve used serums with similar, in-built applicators before and never had any issues with germs. I’m not a fan of sacrificing a beautiful design and ease of use for (mostly) imaginary threats.

Does Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Epidermic Filler Live Up To Its Claims?

Introducing Liftactiv Supreme HA Epidermic Filler, an intensive Hyaluronic Acid serum that reduces the signs of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. It reduces their appearance by plumping up skin. Once the plumping effect runs out, your wrinkles and fine lines are still there.
Formulated with dermatological active ingredients such as Vitamin CG and B5, the serum plumps skin with moisture and helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a filling effect.It barely contains any Vitamin C at all, but the rest is true.
Leaves the skin feeling smooth, plumped and youthful with a health-looking glow.True.
Enriched with 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid . Helps to plump, smooth and intensely hydrate skin.True.
Offers up to 24-Hour Hydration.It didn’t last that long for me.
Highly concentrated anti-wrinkle serum.Very generic claim. If it means it can reduce wrinkles, it’s not true. If it claims it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping up skin, then yes, it contains enough Hyaluronic Acid to do the job.
Clinically proven to strengthen the barrier function.Hyaluronic Acid can do this.

Price & Availability

$30.00/£28.50 at Feel Unique and Ulta

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for a super hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, this is well worth a try.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Scale Cereale Seed Extract / Rye Seed Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol