Many moons ago I worked in the beauty industry. Firstly as a model, then for Charles Of The Ritz (a wonderful brand that’s sadly no longer with us) followed hotly by Estee Lauder and finally working as an Area Manager for Wella. So from the age of 17 I’ve always used great quality skincare. I do know my hyaluronic acid from my salicylic acid! I also worked for a pharmaceutical company and have a thorough knowledge of biology.I know how the skin works and when a claim is false or vastly exaggerated. I’ve grown tired of paying for the luxury brands charging vastly inflated prices. So now I’m on the hunt for affordable alternatives. Here’s the first brand I tried on my journey to finding skincare that doesn’t break the bank and delivers what it says on the tin. Part of The Ordinary skincare group, here’s my Hylamide skincare review.
I first came across The Ordinary on Instagram. And after seeing it a few times I was intrigued. Browsing their website I came across the sister brand Hylamide which is aimed at more mature skin and I thought why not give it a whirl. So I ordered six products which I felt gave a regime that would meet my needs. In total I spent just under £130 which I suppose equates to the prices you would find on the shelves of Boots. Hylamide is describes on the website as ”Technologically advanced daily treatments with SubQ multi-depth delivery mechanism”. Hmmm, let’s see shall we!
What did you buy I hear you asking! So I have very fine, sensitive skin with a tendency to be on the dry side. I was looking to cleanse, moisturise, firm, refine and most importantly reduce my wrinkles! So I choose their Hi-Efficiency Cleanser, Sub Q Anti-Age, Sub Q Eyes, Low Molecular HA, C25 and HA Blur. I was like a child in a sweet shop waiting for them to arrive which they duly did within a few days. First impressions? Don’t expect the packaging to be all that! The boxes are quite flimsy to be honest which was a little disappointing. Having said that, this company is all about putting their money into the product so you can forgive the box as long as what’s inside actually works. I’ve been using the regime for around 4 months now so I thought it about time for a Hylamide skincare review.
Hi-Efficiency Cleanser Hylamide Skincare Review
All good skincare regimes start with cleanser. It’s the foundation of a good routine. Hylamide describes their cleanser as ”A highly-efficient, crystal-clear micro-emulsion brings together oils, esters and water-compatible cleaners into one advanced formula that works like an oil cleaner but acts like a water-based one and rinses off effectively”. Firstly the packaging is quite annoying! The bottle itself is flimsy and the mechanism to open and close it is annoying to say the least. Do not whatever you do knock it over if you’ve forgotten to close it. You will lose half a bottle in seconds! The cleanser itself is literally like water. You can’t pour it on your fingertips as it’ll disappear down the plug hole. Instead pour it into the palm of your hand.
This cleanser is rinses away with water. If you aren’t wearing make up apply it to wet skin. And if you are then apply it to dry skin. Just massage on and rinse off! Once you get over how fiddly it is to use it’s actually not bad. My eyes are extremely sensitive this hasn’t caused any reactions at all. It leaves your skin feeling soft. And it does take off all your makeup even mascara. Would I buy it again, I’m not sure I will. It doesn’t feel particularly luxurious and I can’t say it’s made any improvement to my skin either.
SubQ Anti-Age Hylamide Skincare Review
So this serum is the foundation of this skincare regime. It promises ‘A highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration, while improving the look of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage’. Oh yes, bring it on mama!! The instructions are to apply to the entire face AM and PM after cleansing. Ideally following it with an application of SubQ Eyes and specific Hylamide Boosters.
It’s very easy to apply. Just use the pippet to dispense a couple of drops onto your fingertips and massage over the entire face and neck. It’s absorbs quickly and that’s about all I can say about it. Has it improved the look of my lines, wrinkles, sagging skin or textural damage? Nope! Not one jot. Nothing, nada! I’m persevering and will continue to the end of the bottles but as far as I’m concerned it’s the Emperors new clothing of the skincare world.
SubQ Eyes Hylamide Skincare Review
After you apply SubQ Anti-Age it’s time to apply SubQ Eyes. Again it’s easy to use, just dispense a single drop which is more than ample for both eyes. Smooth around the socket and if there’s a tad left over apply it to your lips. waste not want not and all that! This is what hylamide have to say about it. It promises that this ‘high-strength serum concentrate uses a wide array of peptides, plant saccharides and active technologies to rehydrate the fragile eye area. Whilst technologies target to improve the look of fine lines, crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles’.
Well if anything my eyes look much worse than 4 months ago! In fact although it doesn’t sting I would say it’s actually made my eyes puffier. The fine lines at the corners of my eye are still there. In fact more prominent than 4 months ago too. I don’t tend to suffer from dark circles so I can’t comment on that aspect but on the whole what a waste of money!
C25 Hylamide Skincare Review
C25 is part of the range of Boosters to go with the basic regime. Basically you pick and choose from different treatments that match issues your particular skin has. It claims to be a ‘concentrated and completely stable 25% Ethylated Vitamin C booster offering a fast-tracked approach to a visibly radiant, healthy-looking skin tone’. Again it’s simple and easy to use. Just massage on a couple of drops after applying SubQ Anti-Age.
Now this product I really love. It’s smells lovely, goes on evenly and does immediately make the skin appear brighter. I wouldn’t say it makes my skin feels tingly but for a few seconds it does feel warm. The only issue is that although initially my skin looks brighter straight after application it doesn’t see to have a lasting effect. By the end of the day you can’t tell I’ve used it. The other thing I should point out is that by this stage my skin feels tight and crying out for moisture.
Low Molecular HA Hylamide Skincare Review
As I just mentioned by this point my face is screaming out for moisture and this is where Low Molecular HA comes in. Described as ‘Hyper-strength rehydration serum with 5 forms of hyaluronic compounds with varying molecular weights’. It allegedly offers short and longer-term below-surface and surface rehydration for a plump, youthful and comfortable skin appearance. The instructions say to apply this once or twice a day.
Initially I tried one drop of this but my skin still felt very tight and calling out with thirst. In the end after playing around with it I settled on 3 drops which is just enough to stop the tight feeling. Does it feel luxurious? Does it give me a plump, youthful appearance? You know where I’m going with this by now don’t you? Nope! None of the above. It sinks straight in, I mean my skin literally drinks it and although the feeling of tautness disappears I’m definitely not feeling particularly comfortable.
HA Blur Hyalmide Skincare Review
So this is the final product I bought. I’m not entirely sure you can call this skincare, it’s more of a make up slash skincare hybrid. It’s a blurring product, in fact its so good at blurring that I wonder if that’s why people think the rest of the products are great. Massage all over the face and eyes and instantly look five years younger! This one literally does what it says on the tin. you can use it under or over foundation or in fact mix it into it. You can even use it on it’s own. This product I will definitely buy again, it’s like wearing a photo filter all the time and I thoroughly recommend it.
All in all I have to say I’m seriously disappointed for two reasons. Or is it three? Firstly, how can there be so many positive reviews? I can’t be the only one who feels they’ve thrown their money away. The only thing I can think is that the people who’ve raved about it have never used skincare before! Secondly, I’m so cross that I fell for the hype! I should have done some independent research before going ahead with the purchase. OK. my skin hasn’t got any worse, but it hasn’t got any better either. So there you have it, my totally honest Hylamide skincare review, I can’t wait to finish the stuff as I’m moving on to Beauty Pie next to see if they actually live up to the social media buzz they’ve created.