It’s been a while since I last talked about Fourth Ray Beauty, ColourPop’s sister brand, on my blog. Since I placed my first order with FRB their skincare products have become available on ColourPop’s website and it’s now easier than ever to get their products delivered to you. Today I’m reviewing the second of two serums that I’ve been using for a few months now, the Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum.
The Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal serum is a 10% Alpha Hydroxy serum (AHA) which is intended to refine & resurface the skin. It’s basically a more concentrated version of products like the Pixi Glow tonic and the The Ordinary Glycolic Acid toning solution.
Related Reading: Check out my Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir Review!
About Fourth Ray Beauty
We are Fourth Ray Beauty, a brand born from the belief that your skincare should be more than a concoction of potentially harmful and harsh chemicals, more than “magic in a bottle” and free from overpriced, empty promises. — Fourth Ray Beauty
Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand. FRB operates their own website but all of their products are sold at ColourPop as well. When I shared my original Fourth Ray Beauty Haul I mentioned that international shipping was quite expensive to Canada. FRB has since changed their shipping policy — Domestic shipping is free with a $30 purchase and international shipping is free with a $50 purchase.
The shipping cost is now the same from ColourPop and Fourth Ray, but I will say that Fourth Ray beauty has nicer order packaging and their customer service is much better than ColourPop’s online customer support. I had a leaking product and my entire order was replaced from Fourth Ray beauty.
When my Dream St. Palette arrived from ColourPop with a shade completely crumbled all I was offered a coupon… so it might be beneficial to order from FRB instead of ColourPop.
Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal 10% Alpha Hydroxy Serum Review
REVEAL 10% AHA Serum refines and resurfaces to support skin clarity and reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. — FRB
The Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum is an AHA serum containing Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, fruit enzymes and Hyaluronic acid to chemically exfoliate the skin. Reveal retails for $15USD and contains 1oz of product.
It is recommended that AHA’s are used slowly, no more than 1-2 times per week while your skin is getting used to them. Physical exfoliants like facial scrubs can actually be damaging to your skin. They create micro-tears in the epidermis and my aesthetician has warned me to never put harsh apricot scrubs on my face!
There are two types of Chemical Exfoliant:
BHA exfoliants are also known as Beta Hydroxy Acids. You may have also heard of salicylic acid, which is the same thing. According to Paula’s Choice BHA’s are good for dealing with clogged pores, acne, enlarged pores, and even small white bumps on the skin. I love Paula’s Choice for skincare info because they always cite sources in their ingredient glossary. If you want to read more info on how BHA’s work you can learn more Here!
AHA exfoliants, known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids, once again according to Paula’s choice can “smooth wrinkles and fine lines, help with rough, crepey texture, and will leave you with hydrated, supple skin and a healthy glow [Source]. For more reading on AHA’s and how to properly apply them check out this article.
AHA’s are known to make your skin more sensitive to the sun and more susceptible to sunburn. You should always wear an SPF during the day (YES even in the winter!). But you should especially take care to wear SPF while using an AHA in your skincare routine.
Now back to the product itself! Fourth Ray beauty has very obviously branded their bottles. They’re minimal and pretty much the same across all of their products. I thought the Reveal Serum would come in a taller bottle for some reason but it’s actually the same size as the Fourth Ray Beauty Face Milks.
The bottle has a little glass dropper that works pretty well to dispense the serum. The Reveal serum itself is a peachy color.
The Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal 10% AHA serum is gel-like in consistency. I expected it to be more like a liquid given that it’s a serum. I’ve never used a gel serum before!
The hyaluronic acid gives it a bit of a slippery feel but the serum absorbs quickly into the skin. I wouldn’t use this on it’s own. If you have dry skin like mine then I definitely recommend following up with a moisturizer.
Okay… so after all that talk about how the FRB Reveal Serum looks, feels and is supposed to work, did it hold up to my expectations? Well… the testing period worked much better than when I was using FRB’s Vitamin C Elixir. Thankfully I didn’t experience any acne or breakouts while using Reveal.
I would sometimes notice a mild burning sensation when I used this serum, especially if my skin was extra dry and flaky. I didn’t really notice spectacular changes to my skin while using it. At first I started slowly only applying once a week. Later I upped my usage to twice a week, then three times.
Reveal helped only a little bit with texture. I had some strange texture happening on my cheeks when I got back from Hawaii this December, and after a few days of using reveal it was slightly lessened. It didn’t give me groundbreaking results, and I felt like Reveal was really unnecessary in my routine.
I wish it had left me with beautifully soft & smooth skin, but I was rather underwhelmed.
Have you tried Fourth Ray Beauty’s Reveal Serum?
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of FRB. I’m not currently planning on reviewing any more of their products, I’ve been unimpressed so far. Talk Soon! x