Rhode skincare review: Is the brand worth the hype? We put it to the test

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Is Rhode skincare worth the hype?Rhode Skincare - Hearst Owned

To say that we've been admiring Hailey Bieber's skin from afar for a while now would be an understatement. Mrs Bieb's knows how to get the glazed doughnut glow, on her nails and her skin. So, when she launched her namesake brand, Rhode Skin, I was desperate to get my hands on it.

It would be another understatement to say there was some hype around the brand. Before it even launched, the Peptide Glazing Fluid (dubbed the star product in the range by most) had a 100,000 people waiting list. Hail's wasn't messing around.

I'd managed to get my hands on the entire set from the range almost two months before Rhode dropped the news that it would be officially launching in the UK.

Here's everything you need to know about the entire Rhode Skin range, including the brand's latest product: the Pineapple Refresh Daily Cleanser. Plus, my honest thoughts on trialling all the products for six weeks. Strap yourselves in, people.

Can you buy Rhode Skin in the UK?

The answer is, yes. Rhode Skin officially launched in the UK on May 17th 2023. If you haven't made an order yet, now would be the chance. This stuff flies off the skincare shelves at record speed, so grab it now while it's still in stock.

Where can you buy Rhode Skin?

As in the US, Rhode Skin is exclusive to the rhodeskin.com website and offers free shipping to the UK when you spend over £95.

Speaking of prices...

How much does Rhode Skin cost?

The cheapest product from the range is the brand's iconic Peptide Lip Treatment, which will set you back £16 and comes in a range of scents (read: flavours, as you will be licking them off constantly. What? They taste insanely good): watermelon, salted caramel, unscented, vanilla – which tastes like a fancy birthday cake from an East London bakery (if you know, you know). Not to mention, the sell-out Peptide Lip Tints; the same formula, but with a sheer wash of colour.

The famous Peptide Glazing Fluid (AKA, a doughnut glaze in a bottle), the Barrier Restore Cream and the Glazing Milk all come in at £30, with the entire kit priced at £109. Meanwhile, the new Pineapple Refresh Daily Cleanser will set you back £28.

My review of Rhode Skin

I managed to get my grubby little mitts on some samples before it launched, and in the name of beauty, tried the entire range out diligently every day (often twice a day) for six weeks (you can thank me later).

Spoiler: I really wouldn't skip on any of them, but here's my review breakdown of each product:

Rhode Skin Pineapple Refresh Daily Cleanser, £28

Considering Hailey is all about flawless skin, I was shocked to see a cleanser wasn't in the line-up when Rhode first launched (you can't get clear skin without properly cleansing, after all), but thankfully, she's now rectified that situation.

This is described as a 'balm-to-lather' cleanser and contains brightening pineapple, soothing green tea extracts, as well as polyglutamic acid, which helps draw moisture to the skin and leave it silky-smooth. As someone with rosacea, the word 'lather' makes me shiver, so I went in cautiously. It's advised to apply a dollop of cleanser to wet hands and then get massaging into the skin. Despite the many brand images for the launch featuring a bubble bath-worthy amount of lather, I found this wasn't too soapy for my skin and I didn't experience any tightness after cleansing either.

I've tried this with my go-to Foreo Luna cleansing device and they played nicely, but I think I prefer using this one with my hands, as this seemed to result in fewer bubbles. As a second cleanse, this is great; it's fragrance-free, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and soft, without causing sensitivity. In fact, it's one of the only exfoliating daily cleansers that I've found I can actually use daily without sparking irritation. Well done, Hailey. However, you do need another cleanser to remove makeup – I wouldn't want those fruity acids near my eyes.

Rhode Skin Glazing Milk, £30

This lightweight essence caused such a splash, that we've since seen 'skin milks' take over our shelves and our social media feeds. This dew-giver is meant to be used after cleansing to hydrate and prep skin before serum application. As with the rest of the brand, this is jam-packed with ceramides, as well as magnesium, zinc and a copper blend, which supposedly plumps skin whilst protecting against free radical damage. I’ve seen Hailey liberally apply this to add a glossy sheen to her toned décolletage and also to help treat an inflamed skin rash, so to say it's multipurpose would be an understatement.

I immediately understand where it got its name from; it does look like I’ve poured oat milk directly into my palm. The milky texture felt like it immediately smoothed and plumped while rescuing my hungover skin with its instant hit of hydration, all with zero tackiness. After a month of using it, I’ll put my hands up and say it’s a great addition to my routine, especially if you aren’t already using a toner or essence. Juicy skin in a couple of mins? I’m sold.

After one finished bottle, I'm confident in awarding it the honour of being my favourite Rhode product. The silkiness it leaves my skin with is undeniable and it gives an impressive boost of hydration without breaking me out. I actually noticed it soothed my spots and shortened their lifespan. If you have oily skin that only needs a tiny bit of nourishment, this might be a better choice than going in with the hard-hitting Barrier Cream, especially in summertime when skin is on the greasier side.

Rhode Skin Peptide Glazing Fluid, £30

Let's face it, we all came here for this. The whole range has revolved around this one product, dubbed "The Dewy Hydration Layer" by the brand. It involved a trio of ingredients which caught my eye: niacinamide, peptides and hyaluronic acid. It sounds like a winning team to me.

It also contains marula oil, which I was a bit nervous about. In the past, any oil coming in contact with my skin has resulted in a blooming patch of spots, but when I tell you this serum is lightweight, I'm not kidding around.

Its water-like texture had me wondering if my skin was even soaking it in, but the glow it delivered was undeniable. I was so dewy, that I probably could have camouflaged into a case of Krispy Kreme doughnuts without causing chaos in Tesco (well, almost).

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Here’s my bare face with the Glazing Fluid and Barrier Cream applied Hearst Owned

It delivered a glow, without being greasy and didn't feel like I was coating my combination skin in oil. Due to its lightweight feel, I tried layering it after my morning vitamin C serum and it worked a charm – with no pilling in sight. It was a team player with all the cocktail of serums I tried it with.

While I would happily use it on its own at night, I feel like the glow is somewhat wasted whilst I'm snoozing, so I began saving it for AM use only. At the same time, it doesn't contain my top antioxidant, vitamin C, so I don't feel like I could ditch my whole routine altogether, but considering how well it layered with other products, it works as a great addition to my skincare arsenal.

Rhode Skin Barrier Restore Cream, £30

This buttery cream was a dark horse for me. Amongst the hype for the Lip Treatment and the Glazing Fluid, this seemed to have been left out of the mix, but it's one of my favourite products of the lot.

Described as a "rich recovery layer", this features top hydrating ingredients: shea butter, squalane, peptides, niacinamide and açaí (to help in the antioxidant department). My god, did this leave my skin as soft as an Andrex puppy.

Again, I was surprised at how grease-free, yet hydrated my skin felt after using this, leaving my face with a healthy-looking glow. It also passed the pilling test and played well with both my SPF and foundation. It felt cooling on my rosacea-prone skin and didn't cause any upset or sensitivity. A winner, if you ask me.

Rhode Skin Peptide Lip Treatment, £16

Aiming to give you pillowy-soft lips by morning, this blends shea butter and peptides, as well as babassu (a source of nourishing lauric acid) to help replenish and restore any chapped skin in sight.

It did a great job of hydrating my parched pout and left a glossy finish just shy of a Fenty Gloss Bomb (if you know, you know), making it a handbag staple for during the day. As for a nighttime replenisher, my lips were still left with some residue product when my morning alarm went off.

The scented options are quite pungent, so if you're sensitive I would opt for the fragrance-free version, but otherwise, I'm just a little bit addicted to the watermelon flavour; it honestly tastes like watermelon Millions (again, if you know, you know).

A great option for a minimalist lip lover, that still looks after your lips, too.

My final thoughts

As someone with serious celebrity brand fatigue, I was honestly shocked by how much I didn't hate this line. I would definitely purchase every single one in the future. As I said before, my combination skin has never been this soft.

I would say the aim of the brand seems to be healthy skin – as shown in the peptide-rich formulas – so I think if you're after anything specialised, this wouldn't be the one.

Although none of it broke me out or sparked sensitivity (a win-win), I think if you've got an active acne situation, these wouldn't necessarily be up for the job. There are better-targeted products for that. But, if you have dry or combination skin, I think this minimalist routine (all of which are £30 and under) will really deliver the glass skin effect it promises.

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