A few months ago, my boyfriend's mom confessed to me her love for the L'Oreal Laser Renew Serum I had passed on to her. To be honest, as much as I was glad she enjoyed it, I was slightly envious that L'Oreal had developed such a good product for the earlier generations, whilst leaving us hanging with only the basic cleansing products (although I think a lot of us can sing our praises about their fantastic Micellar Water).
Lo and behold, out comes the Skin Perfection range you've probably seen advertised by Cheryl Cole (not a fan, but I let it pass). With my critical hat on and a slight grudge for the delay in their offerings for us 20's and 30's girls, I tried the Advanced Correcting Serum. I'm sorry L'Oreal for all my bad thoughts - I've fallen in love.
First of all - who doesn't love pink packaging? OMBRE pink packaging? That's what I thought.
I also love the pump - for a drugstore product, it's a surprisingly sturdy and well-made pump. It's controllable, and one pump and a half is enough for a full face.
L'Oreal claims this serum will do three things: refine skin texture, tighten pores and even and brighten skintone.
The consistency is what you would expect - a gel-like liquid. However, once you apply it on your face, it has a slight silicone-y effect which I feel makes your skin look smoother and preps it well for foundation. This is why this is my day-time serum! This definitely does refine skin texture in that sense - my skin and make-up look smoother and more refined!
It also doesn't leave a dewy, wet finish or anything so it's okay for the oily-skinned. Also, I tend to break out if my skin isn't hydrated enough, but adding this to my day-time routine and keeping my hydrating serum for the evening doesn't seem to have affected anything.
In terms of pores? I really didn't notice too much but I never do.. the formula apparently contains a plant-derived sugar compound that has been found to reduce the appearance of pores.
The point I was most impressed with, however, was how it evens and brightens skintone. Since using this, I have seen a significant brightening of my acne scarring! I used to have a few constellation-like acne scars on the right side of my lip and I started noticing that I use less and less concealer there (and on my chin where most of my spots are), and progressively, that I could cover it with foundation. This is what sold me - I was so amazed!
The serum boasts two ingredients that are aimed at having effects like these: PERLINE-P, which is the combination of the aforementioned plant-derived sugar compound, HEPES (hydroxy ethyl piperazine ethane sulfonic acid...?!) and Eperua Falcata. HEPES has exfoliating and moisturising properties, and the latter has skin soothing and healing properties. Eperua Falcata, combined with the other two, can reduce redness. The serum also has LR2412 - which is from jasmonic acid and encourages cell regeneration.
So yes, while I have always been skeptical of drugstore skincare, this L'Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum gets my seal of approval. I highly recommend this for people who are getting over their acne and want to complete the final stages to perfect skin. The range also has a primer, BB cream, day moisturiser and an eye cream.
The serum retails for £19.99 in Boots but currently on sale for £13.33 here.