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The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, Review

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum Review

keeping the skin hydrated and young


As The Inkey List review series continues, it is time for us to finally chat about the brand’s best-selling product. Yes, as the title suggests, this post is dedicated to the one and only Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

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My Skin: dry, sensitive

About the Product

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum (9 USD; Made in the USA) – is described as a serum with a two-percent Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate and plump the skin.

Packaging: dainty little plastic bottle in the brand’s iconic black and white color palette. You are working with 30 ml/ 1 oz worth of actual product, which is less than what you normally get from a bottle of serum, yet at the same time, the price is a lot more budget-friendly compared to what is available on the market.

Source: The Inkey List

Formula: the brand put an emphasis on the 2% Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Acid as well as Matrixyl 3000 (which you might have read about in my Collagen Booster review, linked here). Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is water-based and rich in Glycerin. You also get a Radish Root Extract, which is known as a hydrating, probiotic preservative agent.

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Texture: this is what I enjoy the most about the Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum – its watery gel texture that glides easily on the skin and feels weightless. My gripe about serums of this kind is usually their sticky consistency or finish, none of which can be applied to The Inkey List. This formula is especially friendly when it comes to diluting other products, the brand’s Vitamin C Brightening Cream in particular.

Scent: none.

Application: now, this must be the most important part of the review, since many of us [drum roll] are using our Hyaluronic Acid serums wrong.

The Inkey List suggest layering the Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum on top of a damp skin (think right after you have applied a hydrating mist/toner/essence) and locking it in right away with another occlusive layer of skincare (serums/creams). Learning to sandwich my serum like that made the biggest change in my experience with Hyaluronic Acid as a whole, because before it would give me adverse results where my skin would feel drier.

Ideally, this serum should be used twice a day. I use about a pea-sized amount, which is more than enough. I enjoy mine in the morning, together with the Vitamin C Brightening Cream and extra hydrating moisturizers.

Initial Results: skin looks dewy and feels hydrated, soothed. With the right product layering technique, the sensation lasts well throughout the day.

Long-term Results: little to no sensation of dryness or signs of dehydration. Skin looks nourished and I have also noticed that I break out less ever since I have started using this serum religiously.

Who is going to like it

It might come as a surprise, but not everyone is keen on using Hyaluronic Acid. Just like anything in skincare, one size does not fit all.

I think Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum should work for all skin types, however, it will be best for beauties with dry or dehydrated skin. Hydration is where this product shines.


This product does what it says and when you use it correctly, you will see the results in no time. In the past, I made the biggest mistake of not layering my Hyaluronic Acid correctly, which I know many people still do. It is not about “the more product I use, the more hydrated my skin will be”, but more so “the smarter my order of layering products is, the better results I will get”. Having said that, I have gone through multiple bottles of Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum and don’t see myself replacing it with anything else in the near future and for that reason, I give it a solid A.

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