The Moisturizer comes in a baby blue 70ml glass tube with a turquoise pump dispenser. The glass elements give the product a more premium feel and the blue delivers exactly on its main ingredient which is water.
The product comes in two versions: one for normal/combination skin and the other for dry/sensitive skin.
Skin Type Tested On:
The moisturizer was tested on a combination skin with tendency to oil.
Smell & Texture:
The product has a watery gel-like consistency that gives off a cooling sensation upon application and smells lightly of fresh water elevating the base ingredient even higher. The texture is also very lightweight and applies quickly.
To get the most out of the moisturizer, guidelines are to make it part of the regular skincare regimen and apply it to clean skin every morning under makeup, and every night after cleansing and rubbing over the face and neck. The product can be used alone or after your serum, and it replaces the daily moisturizer. For better absorption, we applied the gel with circular motions.
As per the label, the moisturizer claims to be a daily moisturizer with liquid care technology that is formulated with Aloe water and 3 sources of Hyaluronic to provide continuous hydration and mattify the skin, leaving it looking more fresh, healthier and softer over time.
Instantly upon application, the consistency of the product gives off a cooling and invigorating sensation – as if you were splashing ice cold water onto your face. Also, the very lightweight formula allows for quick and complete absorption by the skin. It is pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously – without overloading the skin or feeling heavy. So, when it comes to moisturizing the skin, we can say that after 2 weeks of usage, our skin is infused with moisture that is locked in. this plays a great role in reducing the excess oil that tends to be produced by oily skin types.
An added positive result is that the moisturizer helped in reducing the size of our pores making them almost unnoticeable. This only reinforces the minimization of oil production by the skin. All of the above make the product an excellent replacement to the daily moisturizer we use therefore not adding any extra step to our daily skincare routine.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the mattifying promise of the brand, we did not really see that result. For combination skin types with a tendency to oil, having a moisturizer that can actually mattify the skin would be great, but this specific product did not really deliver – it simply prevented any extra oils since it is water based.
Finally, in instances where our skin felt a little irritated (due to excess sun exposure without sunscreen, a breakout or else) or simply when we wanted to feel even more refreshed, we found that throwing the bottle in the fridge before application will just elevate all the positive results stated previously and make us feel like we had just left the spa after a facial.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Moisturizer retails for 10.95$/70ml which is a very good price point considering that you only need 1 pump of the product twice a day – making it last for at least 6 months use.