Renee Rouleau Skin Drink Serum Review, Photos

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink
Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

There is something to be said about trying a multitude of products from a variety of brands, because it gives you a better appreciation for the qualities that make products great, good, just okay, and skippable. I originally reviewed Renee Rouleau’s Skin Drink ($33.50 for 0.50 oz.) back in 2008, but I’m reviewing it again here today after recently testing it. Skin Drink is a serum with hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to hydrate the skin. This is actually a product I keep in my carry-on for flying, because I find it so lightweight, refreshing, and effective in a short period that it works well for traveling. It also includes allantoin, which is a botanical extract with supposed calming properties.

It feels like a cross between water and a gel; it’s nowhere near as thick as a gel, but it’s not quite like water. I use two pumps for my face, and depending on how dry my skin is, I might use it in the morning or evening. I use it before and after traveling, and I find that my skin reacts much less to changes in climate since adding this to my travel routine. The serum smoothes across the skin easily and absorbs instantly–no greasiness, burning or stinging sensations. It’s gentle and soothing, and it helps my skin get through winter when a moisturizer I’m testing out isn’t cutting it.

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink
Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink
Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Kate Sommerville’s stuff is expensive….I’m happy with Santa Maria Novella after using it for one month…the serum takes away the undereye brown circles.

Santa Maria Novella is from Venice, Italy. I buy it from the NYC store, Laftco and they have mailed me all the products. You should be able to find the # on the website. Santa Maria Novella is not cheap…but it is so worth it. I use the regenerative serum and noni night cream for the brown circles/puffiness undereye. I use the calendula cream for the day. The regenerative serum/and the noni night cream is for the brown circles. I used to use La Mer creme for 15 years which has kept the wrinkles away, but not the puffiness beneath my eyes. But I dont smoke or drink either so that helps. If I live in NYC, I would buy EVERY product from Santa Maria Novella, because my skin is so so soft, smooth and now firm.

I have never tried Renee Rouleau products. Currently I am using Origins Checks and Balances for a cleanser. What are your favorite products from this brand?

Triple Berry Peel, AHA/BHA Cleanser, Anti-Cyst Treatment, Elderberry Toner, Skin Drink!

I haven’t had any bad experiences with the brand – my boyfriend loves the Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, too.

wahts ur rating on it. IS it good for oily ance prone skin C? I think i overdo it with products trying to keep face oil and sticky free and trying to zap the breakouts

I don’t rate skincare, sorry! If you have oily skin, I don’t think you’d really need a hydrating serum. It’s best for drier skin that needs extra moisturization 🙂

Actually oily skin is often dehydrated – lacking water. The best thing for oily skin is hydrating serums like this one that give instant hydration (water) without adding oil or clogging pores. I have oily skin, and the only routine that keeps oil at bay for me is cleansig with a gentle cleanser and using a hydrating toner and serum – look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid & sodium PCA. (serums similar to this one I’ll recommend are Arcona Hydrating Serum, Devita hyaluronic serugel, and Mychelle Ultra hydrating serum). If my skin is dehydrated, my skin produces more oil. Moisturizers often provide oil to the skin and maybe a little hydration – but it’s wonderful to use a product that mainly improves hydration without adding oil!

I know oily skin needs hydration, but everything I’ve read has said not to overdo it – don’t skip because you do need it, but lighter products are better than heavier ones (e.g. a heavy night cream!). Thanks for sharing!

Hmmmm… I’ve tried Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000. It has 75% hyaluronic acid and costs about the same as this one by weight. I like it a lot, I find that I need less than one pump. I use a small amount morning and night and I’ve barely made a dent in it, the bottle is about 3 weeks old. Really helpful if you use retin-a, I alternate nights between straight retin-a and PTR with moisturizer, PTR and sunscreeen every morning.

I have a # of products similar that I keep for warm days when I need a refresh of face, nape of neck too & also have tiny bottle of it on plane trips (trips of any kind really)…My fav is by WEN – Replenishing Mist – various ‘flavors’ – right now like Lavender and Pomegranate best. It has Jojoba oil, pure water and some other things that work on the entire body, including refreshing of hair between cleansing days. Not a fan of Renee’s product here because of the preservative (sodium PCA) and the methyparaben – I avoid things with parabens in them best I possibly can.

I never find refreshing sprays at all refreshing – wish I did, though. I just feel drier after using them! 🙁

Sodium PCA is not a preservative – it keeps the skin more hydrated (attracts water I believe) so it is in a lot of hydrating serums & toners. I purposefully look for a toner with this ingredient. The parabens aren’t great but are safer than a lot of other preservatives “natural” companies use.

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