Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Alpha Hydroxy Serum Review

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!

Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum 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 Serum

Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal 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 a 10% Alpha Hydroxy (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 esthetician has warned me to never put harsh apricot scrubs on my face!

Fourth Ray Beuty Reveal AHA

There are two types of Chemical Exfoliant:

  1. BHA
  2. AHA

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.

Sun Warning:

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.

Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal

Fourth Ray Reveal AHA


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.

Reveal AHA Serum


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




  1. January 4, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    It always sucks when the results are underwhelming but that’s kinda the hit we gotta take sometimes especially with skincare.

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:24 pm

      Especially when new releases come out so often, it’s hard to sort through the good and the bad. I’m hoping to try some different skincare brands this year so hopefully I’ll find something that works. Thanks for reading!

  2. January 2, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    Oh wow, thank you for including your different experiences with CP & FRB’s customer support– that’s super important to me.

    How interesting that the consistency was gel-like & I wonder if the burning sensation was good or bad for your dry areas? Sometimes I feel like it stings because it’s doing work? But sorry you felt this was completely unneccsary. πŸ™ All the AHA & BHA talk gave me high hopes!

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      I’m glad the information is helpful to you!
      I wondered that too, when you can feel it stinging is that just the product doing it’s thing? I have no way to know πŸ€” I’m definitely looking into more options for AHA and BHA exfoliators. I just placed an order with Paul’s choice and their products have hundreds of 5 star reviews so I have high hopes! I’ll let you know how it goes 😊

      • January 20, 2020 / 4:52 pm

        Cannot wait to hear about your Paula’s Choice products!!

  3. January 2, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Sucks you didn’t get results from this product. I hardly use BHA/AHA products, at most like once a week, currently have the Farmacy one that I got in a boxycharm box.
    Was hoping this would be a good product to try since it’s more affordable. Oh well.
    Great review!

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:21 pm

      Is that the honeymoon glow serum? I’ve heard great things about that one! I decided to splurge a bit on some Paula’s choice skincare, hopefully it works better than FRB! Thank you for reading!

      • January 20, 2020 / 11:38 pm

        Yes, honeymoon glow serum. Couldn’t think of the full name when I wrote you the comment so I skipped it haha.
        And I hope the ones you bought bring you better results! Good luck!

        • January 20, 2020 / 11:45 pm

          I knew what you were talking about! Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. December 31, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Great review as always! Oh dear, sorry to hear this was a disappointment for you! I’ll say it again, I don’t think Fourth Ray is serious skincare. Granted I’ve never tried anything for myself (yet), but it totally gives off that vibe it’s for Instagram only.

    I hope you have a lovely New Years! πŸ₯‚

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:20 pm

      I completely agree! They seem to be all about pushing what’s trending on Instagram but I don’t believe that they’re using the best quality of ingredients. I’m trying out Paula’s choice next, hopefully their products work a little better! Thank you for reading 😊

      • January 21, 2020 / 9:08 am

        I’ve heard they’re amazing. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  5. December 31, 2019 / 7:26 pm

    Yay a FRB review! I appreciate the honest thoughts- I hate when you get underwhelmed by skincare. I do love exfoliating acids though.

    xo J

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you for reading! I think I’m going to try some other ones from different brands, FRB has disappointed me too many times.

  6. December 30, 2019 / 10:51 am

    It sounded great and yet turned out a bit bummer in the end. Excellent post as always!!

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks for reading! 😊 I had high hopes for this, it’s too bad their skincare let me down.

  7. December 30, 2019 / 10:38 am

    You’re reviews are always so well done. You give great info and an honest opinion! The best πŸ™‚

    • January 19, 2020 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much!

  8. December 30, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Darn, it’s too bad you didn’t see results with this! I’ve been using the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow which is amazing, but it’s an AHA/BHA blend. I’m in the market for an inexpensive serum that’s AHA only, and was hoping this would be a good choice.

    I haven’t used FRB extensively, but everything that I’ve tried from them, I’ve ended up decluttering!

    • December 31, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      I remember reading your review of that serum! I’d love to try it, maybe during the spring VIB sale. I think I’m going to stop trying FRB products going forward πŸ™

      I just repurposed one my my oils from them with an old highlighter to make a DIY glow oil, it’s too bad it’s winter so I won’t be using it any time soon πŸ˜‚

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