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Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist

Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

Item #: 2279848 Size: 1.0 oz

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Algenist's Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum is a dual action serum that combines patented alguronic acid + retinol for the very first time. Alguronic acid and retinol work efficiently to deliver dual anti-wrinkle and firming benefits. This powerful serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of skin elasticity. This serum is gentle enough for daily use.

Key Benefits:
  • Visibly firms and lifts skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin texture, smoothness and softness
  • Skin tightness and tone appear restored to impart radiance
Apply 1-2 pumps of Algenist's Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum to the entire face and neck following cleansing. Follow with your favorite Algenist moisturizer as desired. If used in the morning, follow with an SPF. Avoid contact with eyes. Use only as directed. In case of redness, irritation or itching, stop the use of the product.
Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Retinol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide 3, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Laurate, Cetyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Whey Protein, Carbomer, Lactic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lactose, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, CI77891.

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AlgenistRetinol Firming & Lifting Serum
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Effective (6)
  • Soothes skin (5)
  • Non-greasy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (12)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (5)
  • Enlarged pores (3)
  • Sensitive skin (3)
  • Uneven skin tone (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (5), Beauty conscious (3)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (5)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (3)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

Best I've ever used

By Mombear

from South Lake Tahoe, CA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Absorbs immediately
  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Non-Greasy
  • non-irritating
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
    • Redness/ Blotchiness
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

    Most serums containing retinol leave my skin with red, itchy patches. This serum is soothing and doesn't cause red blotches, even if I use it every day. At my age, I don't expect wrinkles to disappear, but this does leave my skin looking smoother and with a better texture. Algenist products are not cheap, but they are effective and a little goes a long way.

    • Skin Type:
    • Dry
    • Age:
    • 60+

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Wish you could tell how much product is still in the bottle

    By smbMarathonMe

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

      This product was one that got excellent reviews & continued to pop up in my own research so I decided to go for it despite the hefty price tag. I'm glad I did as the product works very well! After a week of 2x daily use as directed my skin is overall smoother, small imperfections are disappearing or are hardly noticeable, and my skin tone has very much evened out. It also seems to have kept the oilier parts of my face in check without drying out the rest or irritating at all. I have sensitive/combo skin & have used Roc Daily Retinol Day/Night moisturizers as well as Neutrogena's latest retinol product. These were okay, but no retinol products I've tried thus far have worked so completely with my sensitive/combo skin. For this reason I will continue to use it despite the price point.
      My only complaint is there is no way possible to know how much product is left in the tube/bottle even though the packaging suggests you would be able to see & measure out the appropriate amount. This is UBER frustrating because you just have to guess at the correct amount & hope you don't run out before you're able to purchase your next bottle. For a product offered at over $100 I feel this inconvenience is pretty stupid & should be an easy fix for the company. Yes, I'll shell out the cash for a product that truly works but this one annoyance shouldn't have to be an issue for such an 'upscale' brand as Algenist.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 30-44
       
      5.0

      Amazing moisturizing lifting & firming. Great Value❣️

      By Russel Makeup Studio

      from Canton, OH

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Moisturizes
      • Non-Greasy
      • Smells Great
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Redness/ Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

        Algenist is one of the best and Ulta really hit it out of the park w/ amazing pricing at 50% off on top of the line results delivered skin care. Love it. Thinking of grabbing a back up at this price point.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Shonda

        from San Antonio

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

        Great product line. Look forward to trying others products when they go on sale.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 30-44

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I see results

        By susanb

        from Buffalo, NY

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Smells Great
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

          Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

          I have been using this serum for months and am very happy with the results around my eyes and face, neck and decolette.

          • Skin Type:
          • Normal
          • Age:
          • 60+

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          What is up with outside measuring?

          By Shelby

          from Long Island NY

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • seems to be effective

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles

            Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

            Side of the container has measuring lines so you can use the stated amount but ,,,
            1) container is completely covered with label .....and when scraped off container itself is silver,.
            you cannot see if you received a full bottle , what level you're at ,what amount you are applying or when its empty
            2)cannot open container to see what left or if its even full
            for $100 + I should be able to do all the above ...especially since they have measuring lines on outside to check the product level and make sure you're using the recommended amount,,, I don't even know if the bottle was full to begin with..
            Their QC person must be on vacation

             
            5.0

            expensive but i love it

            By kim

            from 76084

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Effective
            • Lightweight
            • Smells Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

              love the product, it just a little pricey..

              • My Beauty Routine Takes:
              • 30 Minutes

              (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Tough to Tell

              By Marj

              from Bradenton, FL

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

                I appreciate the fact that retinol works over time, so little can be learned if one is given a clear sample jar that contains only one or two applications of a product that should not be exposed to sunlight, but the sales associate at an Ulta store some 40 minutes from my home told me that Ulta doesn't give customers samples of the products it sells. I believe that customers want to know how a product feels when used on a freshly cleansed face and to know whether or not it is irritating in any way (at least in the short term). Although the associate told me that Ulta has a very generous return policy (and I know this to be true), I don't think that a customer should have to pay handsomely for a "test drive" that may include a long trip to return a product that failed to satisfy. I balked and told the associate that I don't like to return products. Finally, with obvious displeasure, the associate offered me some that she pumped from a container of the lauded serum, this although my face had many other products on it including makeup. The associate said that women like to buy the products she recommends, like Algenist, because she's in the same age group that they are. This is probably true, but her face was quite lined, so it didn't persuade me that the lifting and firming serum worked for her, and she didn't say that she uses that particular serum routinely if at all. She did share that she liked the brand a lot. She warned me only to use the serum at night, but I don't use skin products at night. She did not tell me that I could wear the serum during the day with sunscreen. I've read rave reviews, and I use and re-order Algenist's Genius serum, but it's not easy to hanker for a pricey product that is not shared liberally, knowledgeably, and warmly at a skincare venue.

                • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                • 1+ Hour

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great stuff!

                By Daph

                from Frederick MD

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Effective

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

                  I'm 58, and have dry-ish skin. After less than a week, my skin is soft and hydrated. Works better than anything else I've tried. Plan to try more things in this line of products.

                  • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                  • 10 Minutes
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By TerriinCA

                  from Elk Grove, California

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Absorbs quickly
                  • Easy to apply
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Effective
                  • Lightweight
                  • Not at all greasy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Women

                    Comments about Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum:

                    I initially received a free sample of this product. It said that I should see results in as little as 2 weeks. I used it sparsely (as directed), and the sample lasted exactly 2 weeks, and I could hardly wait to purchase more. My face looked and felt great! One thing that I really liked is that the instructions said to apply it, then apply whatever moisturizer I normally use. This is great, because I love my moisturizer, and it's a different brand. Now is time to wait to see if it's worth the cost of this product to keep using it. We'll see.

                    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
                    • 10 Minutes

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                    • Q:

                      I know the serum is applied at night but Do I apply right after I clean my face? and do I wait to apply moisturizer or it is used in place of the moisturizer Please advise
                      thank you
                      Asked on 12/28/2015 by Cookie from Harlingen Tx

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This would be applied to clean, dry skin after cleansing, followed by your moisturizer.

                        Answered on 12/30/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Is this a product to be used by a 70 year old? If not, what do you recommend?
                      Asked on 12/22/2015 by pat from albany, ga

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      Where is the expiration date of the product located?
                      How do you determine the expiration date of Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum?
                      Asked on 5/28/2015 by Ageless looks

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum does not have printed expiration dates on the packaging. Unopened Algenist products have a shelf life of 36 months. Once opened, the product should be used within the number of months indicated on the product packaging within the open container icon. For Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, we recommended the product be used within 6 months of first use.

                        Answered on 6/5/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • Q:

                      what percent retinol is in the firming and lifting serum ?
                      Asked on 3/15/2015 by Tabitha from Chillicothe, ohio

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Algenist does not disclose the percentage of active ingredients in any of their products. However, the retinol in this serum is time-released, so that way you won't experience that flash burst of retinol on the skin all at once, which will help prevent any irritation. Algenist's patented ingredient, Alguronic Acid, is also combined with retinol in this serum, and Alguronic is an anti-inflammatory which also helps to prevent redness or irritation.

                        Answered on 3/23/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      when should someone start using products with retinol? what age? Also, is this to be used every night? do I need to avoid sun exposure or will wearing spf be good enough? Thanks!
                      Asked on 12/21/2014 by queencosmo from United States

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Algenist's Retinol is combined with Alguronic Acid. This combination boosts collagen and repairs damaged cells. Because of this, it will minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve your skin's texture. We would suggest using the Retinol Serum starting around the age of 30 to keep skin looking its best.

                        Algenist's Retinol works best when introduced gradually to your regimen. Start with 2 to 3 times per week at night and once your skin adjusts to this effective ingredient, you'll be able to incorporate it into a nightly skincare regimen. Always use an SPF during the day to protect and prolong results. Hope this helps!

                        Answered on 12/24/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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