Product Review: Reviva Labs

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I was recently introduced to Reviva Labs skin care items, as two products were sent to me for review.  I have had several weeks to try these out and would like to share my thoughts with you.
First off, it is refreshing to be sent something that would not cost a fortune to repurchase.  It seems as though some things I have been sent lately are extremely overpriced and the price point of the Reviva Labs items is on par for what you’d find on the shelves of the skin care aisle at Target. What is wonderful though, is the fact that these products feature three potent skin care ingredients–DMAE, Vitamin C Ester, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
I would like to also draw some parallels to a popular and very expensive skin care line featuring those same three ingredients:  Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals. This brand is very high end and boasts these wonderful ingredients.
Through the course of my blogging, I have been fortunate enough to be able to try several of the Perricone products and would like to give you my thoughts on how the high end compares to the low end.
I was sent an eye product and facial serum to review.



The Eye Firming Serum from Reviva is quite nice.  It features olive oil, whole wheat protein, mulberry extract, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, and more. There is also cyclomethicone, a silicone, so I won’t call this a completely natural product.  That said, this ingredient makes for a beautiful undereye primer so your concealer stays put.
After a couple weeks of use, I can say that this is particularly helpful at targeting fine lines under the eyes.  I am actually a DMAE fan.  I know many are unsure of whether this ingredient is a great one or not for anti-aging, but I dosee results when I use it in skin care products. The Ester C also makes my undereye area brighter.
This eye serum is non-irritating, absorbs quickly, contains no artificial fragrance, and lives up to its claims.
I find this eye serum quite similar to the Perricone Advanced Eye Area Therapy, which is the same size for $95.  The Reviva Labs product is $19.
Both make similar claims when it comes to helping with dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness.  The Reviva Labs product features fewer ingredients.  This is not bad, though.  There is more hyaluronic acid in the Reviva product. There is also more DMAE. There are silicones and water in both.  There is Alpha Lipoic Acid in both.  In fact, the products feel nearly identical when it comes to texture. This is case of the less costly product being just as good as the expensive one.

Ingredients Grade: B
Product Results/Experience Grade: A+



The second product I am reviewing is the DMAE Firming Fluid.  I really like this serum.  For 3/4 of the year, my skin is dry. This time of year, though, it’s combination with a more oily t-zone.  My typical creams are too heavy for this time of year, especially when you add more mineral sunscreen than normal to the routine.
This feels fabulous on my skin and is lightweight and silky. If you have oily skin, I could see this one working brilliantly for you.
Again, it features DMAE and after continued use, I do see a minor difference–but still a difference I can see.  Like I said, it’s been a couple weeks of regular use, so I am curious to see the effects long term.
About DMAE–this is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help to give a firmer and more youthful appearance to the skin.
As with the eye serum above, there are great similarities between this product from Reviva Labs and the $95 Perricone High Potency Evening Repair. While there are fewer ingredients in the Reviva Labs (again, this isn’t a negative), this formulation is better for the skin and will be much less irritating.
The essential ingredients are the same. Again, there is DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid listed near the top of the ingredients list in both.  A silicone ingredient is also present in both for the smooth texture and ease of application.  The Perricone, though, contains palm oil (which is an unethical trade), a bunch of questionable chemicals, and artificial fragrance.
For the money, you will see very comparable results using the much less expensive product.
Ingredients Grade: B
Product Grade: A

The C & G Bottom Line
Like I have said before, you can find fantabulous skin care products out there without breaking the bank. There is NO NEED to spend almost $200 on two skin care products when there are two equally as lovely products available for under $40 total with very similar ingredients.
These are the only two products I have tried so far from  Reviva Labs, but I can recommend these if anti-aging is a main concern.

*I was sent these products at no cost for review.  This in no way has impacted the outcome of my review and all opinions are my own.
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