Review: SVR Hydracid C50 masque eclat

I love a good mask and vitamin C is one (of my many) fave actives so when SVR Hydracid C50 masque eclat (R595, Clicks) crossed my path I knew we’d become friends.

Packaged in an aerosol pump, it’s a foam that contains a super high concentration of vitamin C, a great antioxidant collagen-encourager with brightening properties. But that’s not all. It also contains 4% gluconalactone, a polyhydroxacid that works a lot like other AHA’s in that it exfoliates, but does it gently, so it’s less likely to irritate those with sensitive skin.

Hello new friend!

Other goodies in the mix? Brightening, soothing niacinimide and hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid!

Foam party at my place!

SVR suggests you leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off and that’s great but if you really want to get bang for your buck you can leave it on for longer or, do what I do, which is apply it before bed, rub it in (the foam eventually sinks in so it just feels like you’re wearing a lotion) and sleep in it*. If you’ve got sensitive skin I wouldn’t advise it but as it stands my face is super used to all the aforementioned actives in the same, if not higher, concentrations and I get to wake up to softer, smoother-looking skin.

And now it’s a lotion.

In a way, SVR’s new mask reminds me a lot of Exuviance’s Bionic Oxygen facial mask (R1 054) in that it also contains loads of gluconalactone but it costs almost half the price and serves up a lot more bang for your buck thanks to the vitamin C, niacinimide and hyaluronic acid. Sure, you’re not getting the ‘oxygen’ effect and it doesn’t contain the ingredients that cause it to bubble (perfluorocarbons, in case you were wondering) but, for me, the jury is still out as to how beneficial that is for your skin.

Love, love


*Like I said, I’m very used to high concentrations of AHAs, which are even stronger than a PHA, so if you try this and your face melts off please don’t drive past my house and throw a rock through my window.

9 thoughts on “Review: SVR Hydracid C50 masque eclat

  1. Hey Leigh:)
    Hope you are well,
    Love Vit C as well, has this launched in Clicks?
    I don’t see it on their online shop


    1. Hi hun! I actually also looked this morning and couldn’t find it either so I’ve asked the PR to confirm. Sometimes when something’s very new it takes a while to make it onto Clicks’ site. Will let you know what she says x

      1. Sorry for the slow turnaround – things have been crazy this side. If it’s not in store now it should arrive soon. Still, I was given this e-mail addie you can use to order online as well as find out which store near you will be a stockist – info@labo-

  2. Hey Leigh. Can you recommend a few acid toners? I cannot seem to find Nip+fab in Clicks anymore. They made a great glycolic acid-soaked pads product.

    1. Hi Ayesha

      I’m not Leigh or an expert, but I have been using The Ordinary 7% Glycolic toner, another good one is the Clarins Gentle Exfolitator Brightening toner…hope this helps:)


      1. Hi girls! Apologies for the slow reply! Ayesha, your comment got lost in a bunch of comp entries. Eeek! Fortunately, Shaunees’ given you some good advice. A 7% glycolic toner will definitely do the trick.

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