dupe the ordinary revolution matrixyl

If there’s a peptide that may really fight wrinkles, it’s Matrixyl.

With most peptides, you have to take the manufacturer’s word they work. I’m not saying they’re lying, but they do have an interest in hyping up their anti-aging properties.

Matrixyl has some independent research backing up its anti-wrinkle claims. We just don’t how well it compares to tried and tested powerhouses like retinol. Could be just as good. Could be way less powerful.

That’s why I’m not investing the big bucks in a peptide serum. I like to try the cheapest option first and, IF it works, upgrade to a more complete formula (budget serums are great on your wallet, but they’re one-trick ponies).

The two most popular options at the drugstore are The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA and Revolution Skincare 10% Matrixyl.

Are they dupes and which one is better?

What Ingredients Do The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA And Revolution Skincare 10% Matrixyl Have In Common?


Hands up if you think both serums contain 10% of ONE peptide, Matrixyl? That’s what the name implies.

But, there are several types of Matrixyl and they’re all a little different (is it me or are they making skincare unnecessarily complicated?!).

Both serums contain the same two types of Matrixyl:

  • Matrixyl 3000: Made up of palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, it helps stimulate the production of collagen to firm skin, strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and soothe sensitive skin.
  • Matrixyl Synthe’6: A.k.a. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, it’s designed to boost collagen production by stimulating the 6 major constituents of the skin matrix (collagen I, III, IV, Hyaluronic Acid, Fibronectin A and Laminin-5). Unlike Matrixyl 3000, we don’t have independent studies showing it works yet. But I guess it’s good to have it in there, anyway (you know, in case it turns out to work).

Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?

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What Else Is In These Matrixyl Serums?

Revolution Skincare 10% Matrixyl uses Propanediol, a type of fatty alcohol that enhances the penetration of active ingredients into your skin. Enhanced penetration = better results (unless you have sensitive skin. Then, it could mean more irritation).

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA has Sodium Hyaluronate, a form of Hyaluronic Acid that better penetrates skin. It’s super hydrating: it attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water!

All that extra moisture plumps up your skin, so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller. It gives skin a dewy glow. And, it makes it softer to the touch.

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

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What’s The Texture Like?

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA is a thin, clear gel that sinks in nicely into your skin.

Revolution Skincare 10% Matrixyl has a silky and hydrating texture that glides on like a dream and sinks in quickly.

What’s The Packaging Like?

They both come in a white dropper applicator for ease of use.

How To Use Them

Morning and/or night, after cleansing and exfoliation. Unless they’re in an oily-base, apply them after Vitamin C and retinol serums.

Which Of The Two Should You Go For?

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA is 40 pennies cheaper. Not a biggie, but there really isn’t too much of a difference between the two.

If The Ordinary serum is out of stock, switch to Revolution. Otherwise, why fix what isn’t broken?

Price & Availability

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50/£9.60): Available at Asos, Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, Escentual, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, Sephora, and Ulta

Revolution Skincare 10% Matrixyl ($12.00/£10.00): Available at Asos, Beauty Bay, Feel Unique, and Ulta

Is The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA A Dupe For Revolution Skincare Matrixyl 10%?

Yes, these two are almost identical dupes. Whichever one you pick, you can’t go wrong.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Revolution Skincare Matrixyl 10% Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.