This powerful serum is the next step in your retinol journey

Here’s what our Review Crew® had to say about this line-plumping formula

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / September 09 2022

The product

Ready to take the next step in your retinol journey?

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum is a no-brainer option for such a task. Formulated with 0.5 per cent retinol and an innovative new ingredient called anti-wrinkle booster neocitriate, this stuff wastes no time in firming skin and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. Sounds good right? 

You know what’s even better? The fact that this stuff is less irritating than traditional retinol formulas. Yep, you read that right. No peeling, just soft, moisturised skin. *chefs kiss*. 

Here’s what our panel of Review Crew® testers had to say about this powerful retinol serum.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum to a panel of women aged 18 and older; experienced retinol users who wanted to minimise the appearance of their fine and wrinkles.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum.

It left their skin looking brighter: Reviewers loved the way it improved the overall tone of their skin, minimising blemishes and promoting an overall brighter complexion. 

It plumped fine lines and wrinkles: Members said the serum helped to plump and firm skin, and subsequently minimised the depth of their fine lines and wrinkles.

It left skin feeling soft and moisturised: Unlike traditional retinol serums, members said they didn’t experience irritation and instead found their skin soft and moisturised after using the serum. 

The verdict

“This was an amazing serum. I've tried this retinol pro+ 0.5% retinol serum over the past 2 weeks and I am pleasantly surprised how easy it was to apply and the feel and look of my skin after using. I applied after first cleansing then toning and before moisturising during my bedtime routine. It was easy to use with the applicator. Just 4 drops was enough for my whole face. It was non-oily and quickly absorbed. It does make your face a little shiny however as it is designed and stated on the instructions to be used at night time this wasn't an issue at all. My face feels softer and more hydrated with it looking brighter. I also found my breakouts have cleared slightly while using this product as well.”
Penny C
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I have been using prescription tretinoin (retinoid) on a regular basis but I temporarily replaced it with this retinol serum to see the contrast. I was so impressed! Instead of getting that dry stripping effect on my skin that I usually get with tretinoin retinoid, my skin felt hydrated and soft even with the first use. I could definitely feel the skin-nourishing emollients used in this Neutrogena retinol serum, which resulted in less irritation and fast results. After 4 weeks I can see clearer brighter skin, and I feel like my fine lines are softer and less visible. It definitely produced excellent results for this price point. This power serum gets a strong yes from me!”
Annelise D
REVIEWcrew® Member
“After using this product for 3 weeks now all I can say is wow! Because it’s packed with ingredients that support the skin barrier, the product feels less like an active serum and more like an evening treatment. The texture is creamy and quite thick, sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t have any scent. The packaging looks great but is also easy to use. No messy droppers, and I like the fact it keeps the formula sterile. Even though the brand says you can use it daily, I decided to start slow and use it every second night for three weeks. After about a fortnight, I did feel as if it had subtly brightened my complexion. Nothing crazy noticeable, but overall, my skin was calmer and clearer than it had been previously.”
Melissa M
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sound of this high-strength pure retinol? Read more Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum reviews

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

*This combined average star rating for Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum is based on a combined total of 50 reviews submitted and is correct as of 09/09/2022. 

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).