Review – New Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion


I was first introduced to Hada Labo ranges of products (hydrating, whitening and exfoliating) during their first launch event in Singapore that held in May last year.

The superstar of the event was nevertheless the bestselling Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Moisturising Lotion. It has created a storm in Singapore and it is claimed to be the #1 lotion in Japan that sells 1 bottle in every 4 second.


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This year, Hada Labo has launched the newest Retinol Lifting & Firming range in addition to their 3 existing ranges of products. This newest retinol anti-aging range, launched in April 2011 in Singapore, is now exclusively available at Watsons stores nationwide.

The range consists of a lotion, a cream, an essence, a milk and a mask.

Retinol Lifting + Firming Lotion – S$25.90 / 170ml

Retinol Lifting + Firming Cream – S$28.90 / 50g

Retinol Lifting + Firming Essence – S$34.90 / 30g

Retinol Lifting + Firming Milk – S$25.90 / 140ml

Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask – S$23.90 / 4 sheets


I have already known about this latest Retinol Lifting & Firming range way before it was arrived in Singapore. This new range was actually featured on the popular Taiwanese Beauty Variety Show “Nu Ren Wo Zui Da” 女人我最大 a few months back in February. So while I was having a trip in Japan during April, I eventually bought a bottle of the new anti-aging lotion thinking it was not available in Singapore yet. But to my surprise, Hada Labo actually launched this new Retinol Lifting & Firming range just barely a week after I came back from my trip. WTH!!

And anyway, Hada Labo has recently presented me with a complimentary Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion (the left bottle). The one on the right was purchased in Japan.

This anti aging hydrating lotion is claimed to even skin texture with Retinol Vitamin A that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, collagen that improves skin elasticity for firmer and more lift in your skin, and Super Hyaluronic Acid that instantly locks in moisture for intense hydration!



It is free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant. But I’ve noticed that Methylparaben (a common preservative) is listed as 6th ingredient on the list, which means the amount could be moderate. This really puzzle me because paraben (especially) is usually listed as the last few ingredients, which means only minimal amount is required.

The 3 key ingredients (as marketed) are Retinol Vitamin A, Collagen and Super Hyaluronic Acid.

Retinyl Palmitate, a form of vitamin A, is a combination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and palmitic acid. It is a non-prescription (off-the-counter) and is one of the mildest form of Vitamin A. In fact, the amount of this potent ingredient is quite minuscule as it is listed right below on the list (the last 6th ingredient). Even Tocopherol (Vitamin E) appears higher than Vitamin A and therefore contains more amount.



This new anti-aging hydrating lotion (in red bottle) is slightly thicker in texture than the original Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Moisturising Lotion (in white bottle). It can be used as a hydrating eye mask too!

I’ve tested the new Lifting + Firming Lotion for a month as of now. My skin does feel soft and moisture but there isn’t any improvement on the fine lines and wrinkles though. As retinol, the only non-presciption vitamin A, is probably too mild to even eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. The result can also be due to the minuscule amount of this potent ingredient. The retinol seems to help even up my skin tone on the cheek areas but the result is not very significant though.

And also collagen as ingredient does not firm or lift up the skin at all. As the molecules for collagen is too big to even penetrate into the skin, what it only does is to hydrate the skin.

Overall, this lotion is pretty good as it is free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant. Thanks to the Super Hyaluronic Acid, my skin feels more hydrated and supple. I will definitely recommend this new anti-aging lotion. It is suitable to those who want to start anti aging at a young age.




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9 Comments on "Review – New Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion"

  1. Ellie says:

    Hello. May I know actually the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming lotion is toner or really it’s just a lotion? I’m using it as a toner now…wonder 保湿化妆水=收缩水…

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ellie,

    Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming lotion is just a lotion. I usually use this product after a toner actually.

  3. Ellie says:

    Okay. Thank you :)

  4. jolyn says:

    so does it mean that we dont need to apply moisturizer after that?

  5. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jolyn,

    No, we still need to apply moisturizer after that.

  6. Jaz says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    comparing Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA)and the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming lotion, which one provides better hydration and which do you prefer?


  7. Shirleen says:

    Hi Jaz,

    For optimal hydration benefit, Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid will be better. I personally prefer Hada Labo Retinol Lifting Firming Lotion as it contains anti aging ingredients.

  8. KaCie says:

    I’m confused on the products…I am 47 yrs. old and need an excellent skin regiment. I live in Upstate New York and work out-doors year round. After washing my face, I always experience dry skin (look like a shriveled up prune) Which of the Hadalabo ranges would be best for me?

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