Guerlain Super Aqua Serum Review

Guerlain Super-Aqua Serum Review

Hydrating serums seem to have become a non-negotiable part of my skincare routine. I like the intense hit of moisture that they provide, I like that they are (almost always) lightweight and fresh feeling and quick to apply, I like that they can plump and smooth the skin without leaving any residue and I like that they can be slipped on before pretty much any face cream or standalone SPF.

I’ve tested dozens of hydrating serums now, and I wanted to start writing up my reviews before I lose track of which ones work best. I think I’ve already written about quite a few, including the very affordable one from First Aid Beauty* and the great value mini-vials of Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate from Eucerin*, but the latest serum I’ve used to the very last drop is the Super Aqua-Serum from Guerlain.

This is – unusually – an incredibly rich serum. You know how I just said that hydrating serums were lightweight and fresh feeling? This one doesn’t fit that description at all – it has a satisfying heaviness to it and even without a moisturiser layered in top I can feel the moisturising effects eight, ten, even twelve hours after application. I have tested this serum to the nth degree – on its own, beneath loads of different face creams, straight under foundation, as a night treatment – and it works perfectly whichever way you decide to use it. Properly plumped skin, and although there’s more of a residue than you’d get with one of those weightless, watery serums, it’s not greasy or shiny.

Guerlain Super-Aqua Serum Review

On the front of the bottle, two statements: “Intense Hydration” and “Wrinkle Plumper”. Maybe that’s one statement over two different lines of text, I don’t know. Either way it delivers on both of these fronts, to the point that my skin is still looking pretty sweet at the end of a long day, today, and all I have on is Super Aqua-Serum. No moisturiser, because I had to chase Angelica who had the remote control for the Apple TV and was about to drop it into the toilet. Then life took over and I forgot to do the rest of my routine.

So if you’re looking for a very hydrating serum to pop on underneath a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream and don’t want to layer on a standalone moisturiser too, this is a good one. I test so many serums and very few of them still feel this dewy to the touch after a fourteen hour day.

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My only complaint? That the Super Aqua-Serum (note that this is the original version, a white creamy serum, not the “light” one) doesn’t smell of Parma Violets like much of Guerlain’s other skincare. I know we’re not supposed to want scent in our skincare, blah blah naughty naughty, but Guerlain’s stuff usually smells utterly divine. Usually. This one doesn’t really smell of much, but what it does smell of isn’t particularly lovely. When I was pregnant the smell reminded me of Veet, now my nose has calmed down it just smells nothingy. But I’d love a dose of Parma Violets in there!

Most skin types will enjoy the Super Aqua – if you’re extremely dehydrated you can layer it up beneath a nice plumpety moisturiser, if you like to keep things simple then wear it alone. You’ve probably realised that this serum isn’t going to be a budget buy – it’s Guerlain, there’s a clue in there somewhere – but neither is it one of those £200+ products that can rarely ever be justified. (It gets to the point, surely, where you may as well pay for a procedure, invasive or non, and get instant visible results? Thoughts on that?)

The Super Aqua-Serum RRP is £79, but it’s slightly less at Escentual here* – £71.90. And I’ve just realised that my love for this serum is not that surprising, as I have tried the eye patches before and can categorically tell you that they are right up there with the most effective ones on the market. Pricey as hell, but – at the risk of repeating myself – it’s luxury. It’s Guerlain. Etc.

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  1. Sandie
    April 5, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Hi Ruth. Totally agree. The Guerlain Super Aqua range is amazing!! And I usually shy away from moisturisers and serums … Ive seen a dramatic difference with radiance, smoothness, plumpness, youthfulness! Another brilliant product in this range is the Super Aqua Lotion (toner). Same superb result in one quick wipe if you’re in a bit of a rush … (small children needing their mum now!)

  2. April 5, 2017 / 9:57 am

    I think I am going to stick with the lightweight ones, especially come summer.

  3. April 5, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I’m just the same: I try quite a lot of serums but very few of them actually impress me, I’m just very picky with them because I know how important they are on both the short and long run. I don’t mind finishing a moisturizer I don’t particularly like, but I have to love a serum to actually keep using it, otherwise I just come back to my Estée Lauder ANR. This one sounds really lovely, yet the consistency sounds more adapted to my autumn/winter skin, I will probably try it out later this year!

  4. April 5, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Sounds like a good winter choice!

  5. Poorani
    April 6, 2017 / 5:04 am

    A month back I tried the Guerlain Pamplelune EdT and was reminded of Veet too.

    • April 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      No way! Haha. I’ve heard great things about that perfume, must try. x

  6. Hattie
    April 6, 2017 / 9:37 am

    This has been a staple in my routine for years now … it reliably keeps my skin lovely and moist and is the perfect consistency. Well worth the expense, and I always have one on the go and one as back-up. Agreed there’s no Parma Violets smell, which is a shame, but I find the light scent quite pleasant.

    • April 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Do you know, now that someone has said it’s a light rose scent, I sort of get it!! I just had Veet on my brain because it smelt exactly like that when I was pregnant. I mean, it still sort of smells like that to me, but if I think of roses then I can kid myself.. : )

  7. April 6, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Interesting to hear your view! Parma Violets are such a nice smell though!

  8. Niki
    April 6, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I’m wondering how this compares to Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, any thoughts? I’ve tried it (sample) and I’ve used it as a primer before makeup and I loved it, but I haven’t sprung for the bottle yet.

    • April 7, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      That one’s quite gel-like and fresh isn’t it? x

  9. Abbey
    April 7, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I would totally rather have a little Botox or a professional chemical peel than pay $300 for a serum. I know that’s probably not a popular opinion, but the serum won’t last as long or give me the instant gratification. And I can use a quite effective serum that is 1/3 the price! This one looks beautiful, and sounds like exactly the type I would love in the cooler months (I live in Mississippi–it would melt off my face in the summer).

  10. lorraine
    September 28, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    i have only recently begun using Guerlain after a recomendation. Their products do a fabulous job. Yes they are expensive . I will happily go without a handbag or new season clothes to use good quality skincare My skin requires a specialist dermatoligist and they all comment on how good my skin is dispite the condition i have. I owe this to my skin care of which Guerlain is a part

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