Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose - review

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If you read this blog, you'll know how much I love Alpha-H and in particular Alpha-H's Liquid Gold (reviewed here), so it should be no surprise to anyone that when the brand came out with a limited edition rose version, I made sure to get my hands on it.

I can't remember exactly how long I've been using mine but I suspect it's been open since the beginning of the year because I've almost finished it now and it's not a product I get through quickly. Certainly I've been using it long enough to know exactly how I feel about it.

Long story short, I love it. But do I love it as much (or more) as the original? Not sure about that. More on why below.


If you're familiar with Alpha-H then you'll know that the brand recently updated its packaging, and this product is in the new style. It's simple and it looks good, but it doesn't make you feel as though more time has been spent on the packaging than it has on the product itself. I like that.

The bottle is the same design as the old one: it comes with a lid, then the container itself has a flip-top cap with a small hole underneath, through which you dispense product onto your makeup round. Simple simple. Functional simple.


Alpha-H claims/product details:
  • A special, rose-infused edition of our bestselling and world-renowned Liquid Gold formulation
  • A concentrated, active skin treatment with the perfect balance of performance ingredients
  • Combining aromatic botanicals rose, lotus and orchid petal extracts as well as moisture-binding ingredients
  • Offers instant, weightless hydration while still possessing the unparalleled resurfacing and smoothing effects of the classic Liquid Gold formula
  • Uses a state-of-the-art delivery system with the perfect pH to effectively diminish surface roughness (open pores, scarring), pigmentation and sun damage
  • Includes hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin
  • Leaves skin toned and refined
  • Clarifies and brightens the complexion
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Leaves skin looking more youthful, firm, plump and energised
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-redness
  • Works as a toner, exfoliator, serum and moisturiser in one
  • RRP $62 AUD for 100ml, but do shop around


I haven't seen many reviews of this product yet but it does have a five-star rating on Adore Beauty (see here).

What I've noticed in the few reviews I've seen so far, is that everyone agrees that this product is different enough from the original Liquid Gold that it's worth trying both. I've also seen quite a few people say that they like this even better than the original, so it's certainly one to consider if you like the original formula.


Verdict

I'm really enjoying this product and I recommend it. I've tossed up whether or not it's worthy of an HG tag, but I've decided that I still prefer the original formula - only just! - so I'll leave that as my HG and this one is a close second. I do love them both enough, though, to want to own both. Which tells you something.

Like the original, this is a liquid product that looks and feels like water in texture. You apply it to a cotton pad and run it over your face every second evening. You can use a serum afterwards (not a moisturiser) if you want to, or for a more intensive treatment, you can just leave it to work on its own.

I can't remember how long I've been using my bottle, but it's been a long time. At least six months. When I first introduced it, I still had some Liquid Gold on the go so I was able to compare them side-by-side.

In my experience, the difference between the two is subtle but it's definitely there. This rose version does smell floral and the scent is quite strong, so it took some getting used to because I prefer skincare that smells very slightly or doesn't smell at all. This scent is potent.

This is marketed as a more hydrating version of the original and I agree with that. My skin does feel more hydrated after use and I think this is the better alternative for winter, when my skin is drier and generally more sensitive because this feels like the 'lighter' product.

I do think, though, that the original Liquid Gold does a little more for resurfacing my skin, plumping up lines and making me look younger and healthier. This one still does those things, it's just that I think the hydrating aspect diminishes the other benefits very slightly. I personally would rather rely on my other products for hydration and get the full brightening and smoothing effects of the original formula, but others have said they prefer this so as always it comes down to personal preference.

On the claims: yes this hydrates, resurfaces and smooths; yes it diminishes surface roughness, pigmentation and sun damage; yes it leaves my skin toned, brightened, clarified and refined; yes it helps with fine lines and wrinkles; and yes it leaves my skin looking more youthful, firm, plump and energised.

Overall this is an excellent product that meets its claims and I love it. While it won't replace the original Liquid Gold - at least for me - this is certainly a product that has a place in my skincare routine and I hope Alpha-H decides to make it permanent.

Recommended.


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