Forget queuing up for prescription retinol – this budget pick is just as good

Here’s what our Review Crew® had to say about this potent serum formula

Beauty Editor / April 26 2021

The product

Retinol is the OG ingredient to have in your skin care routine when it comes to ageing gracefully, but it’s had a revamp in recent years.

No longer do you have to cue up at the pharmacy to receive a prescription dose of retinol. No – we can now look forward to budget-friendly retinol picks lining the aisles of our local supermarkets.

Case and point: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Pure Retinol Night Serum. Delivering a potent concentration of pure retinol (we’re talking a whopping triple dose here people) straight to where you need it. This new offering from L’Oréal is dermatologist-approved and tackles wrinkles (even the really deep ones), as well as age spots and uneven skin texture for your best skin yet. Plus, thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and lightweight oils that soothe skin, this pick is gentle enough for even a retinol novice – though we do recommend easing yourself in. Rome wasn’t built in a day after all.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Pure Retinol Night Serum to a panel of women aged 30 to 55 who regularly use serums and retinol in their skin care routine.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Pure Retinol Night Serum.

How potent the formula was: Those of our members who are seasoned retinol users said they were highly impressed by the potency of the budget-friendly formula, which they found to be comparable to prescription formulas they’d used.

How gentle it was on skin: Some of our reviewers who were new to retinol found that although the serum was potent, it was still gentle enough that they didn’t experience any unsightly peeling, uncomfortability or dryness.

The improvement to the complexion: Our reviewers said they were able to notice a considerable change to skin tone and texture, as well as a minimisation to the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles with continued use.

The verdict

"A delightfully easy to use serum that is fantastic for newbies to retinol as well as seasoned users of the ingredient! It does take some time of regular use to see the results, but it definitely made my skin feel smoother and softer as well as my pores appearing smaller. Worth the investment and regular usage - would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a retinol. It’s not super harsh and best of all - easy to purchase! I use it twice a week in the PM, however I have read that you can also use it in the AM too. Please make sure you wear SPF after using!”
Kristina L
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I received L’Oréal Revitalift Pure Retinol Deep Wrinkle Night Serum to trial and it is the closest non-prescription retinol I have tried. And the bonus is that you get the benefits of a prescription regional without the side effects! It has a very pleasant smell and absorbs really well. I found it gentle on my skin when I introduced it gradually. After a week I noticed an improvement in wrinkles and dark spots. And my skin keeps improving the longer I keep using this serum. I will certainly buy it again and I recommend it to friends and family.”
Margaret K
REVIEWcrew® Member
“After having used Retinol products in the past, I gave up due to getting constant breakouts and dry skin. Then BAM! Along comes RevitaLift Laser by Loreal. My skin has never felt more smoother, even textured and glowing. Lines appear to be less prominent and I have received compliments from family and friends about my skin. The product glides on easily like silk and doesn't sting or feel heavy like other Retinol products I have used in the past. Thank you L'Oreal you have yourself a RevitaLift Laser fan!”
Lori T
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sound of this highly-concentrated retinol serum? Read more L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Pure Retinol Night Serum reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by L’Oréal Paris to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Pure Retinol Night Serum is based on a combined total of 100 reviews submitted and is correct as of 12/04/2021.

Main image credit: Are Media

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).