Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex Review – the hydration hero!

I was saying recently to a friend that I wish I knew about gel-creams when I was a teenager. To me, skin creams were always thick, creamy and when you woke up in the morning your t-zone was oily. Granted, I knew a LOT less about skincare then and was probably using incorrect products – but I actually needed an oil-free product. And, I always thought my skin was dry but actually it was rather dehydrated. So last year when I started using gel-creams, it was like I was revolutionized. Recently I encountered another bottle of goodness – the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex. My skin has been LOVING this product and has managed to stay hydrated and smooth this winter.

Introducing the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex!

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The formula

This little guy is a refreshing, oil-free water gel. The Visible Difference Replenishing Hydragel Complex has a unique gel cream formula that absorbs quickly like a gel but moisturizes deeply like a cream to restore balance and promote hydration. It is formulated to plump skin with 24-hour hydration and refine the look of pores. It is extremely lightweight and sinks into your skin immediately. You’ll actually notice instantly that your skin feels hydrated. Within a few minutes, if I touch my skin it feels really soft and smooth to the touch. It’s also not dry or tight at all!

The formula is completely oil-free so it’s suitable for those of you who tend to stay away from oily products. I think what I love about this most is my skin feel does stay hydrated throughout the day. It doesn’t dry out or tighten, and my foundation looks really good when I apply the HydraGel underneath!

The problems our skin faces today

Dry air, frigid temperatures (including cold air from the aircon!), diet and hormones can all deprive your complexion of moisture and wreak havoc on your skin. Because of these issues, many people struggle with dry skin that craves moisture and hydration. Utilizing a cream with hyaluronic acid can really help with this!

What are the key ingredients in the HydraGel Complex?

  • Hyaluronic Acid – Deeply and intensely hydrates to help skin retain moisture.
  • Vitamin E – This nutrient-rich antioxidant softens skin and helps combat free radicals and environmental aggressors.
  • Tree Mushroom Extract – Contains astringent properties that help refine pores and tighten skin’s texture.

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What is Hyalauronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is actually a molecule that occurs naturally in many parts of our body and helps to increase the tissues’ ability to bind water. When we are younger, our bodies are very rich in natural Hyaluronic Acid and are able to replenish it daily. This is why young people have such firm and hydrated skin! (Pfftt..they don’t realise what how lucky they are!!) However, as we grow older we lose the ability to produce enough Hyaluronic Acid. This leads to a loss of water in the skin as well as a loss of volume, ultimately leading to fine lines and wrinkles.


When I look at the bottle and feel the formula, I feel like the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex should retail for around R500 or R600. But rather, its retail price is R295. I actually feel like this is very reasonable for a moisturizer. We all know the feeling of seeing a fabulous product advertised, only to see the price tag being around R1500. Don’t worry ladies – this is not the case with this product. I feel like it is very well priced for a moisturizer of this quality.


I personally find it hard to find moisturizers that I really love. Maybe it’s because I find a lot of them leave my skin oily after a few hours because of the formulas being very thick and heavy. I absolutely love the texture of this gelcream. It absorbs straight away and leaves your skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. It leaves the texture looking smooth and dewy, which I really love too. When I consider the price point and how lovely this cream is, I can definitely recommend it to fellow gelcream lovers or people in need of hydration!

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On my Instagram, I am running a giveaway for not only the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex but also the Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex. Just look for the photo of the HydraGel on my feed and follow the instructions in the caption.

As always, bonus entries for commenting on this blog post! Tell me one of the key ingridients in the HydraGel complex in the comment section below!

The competition will run for two weeks, the winner will be chosen at random and needs to have a physical daytime delivery address. 


READ MORE: What’s new from Elizabeth Arden 



  1. Sara
    September 17, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Hylaronic Acid is one of the key ingredients! I absolutely love this ingredient because of my dry skin, these products look absolutely amazing!

  2. Carien Dippenaar
    September 17, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Tree Mushroom Extract

  3. Karla
    September 17, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Hyaluronic Acid and vitamen E for the win ? I have a feeling that I really need to try these creams.

  4. September 17, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Hylaronic Acid is one of the key ingredients. Have had THE worst winter with my skin and then going on acne treatment which left my skin completely dehydrated. Looking for a products that i can use now and way into the hot summer months without having to switch products.

  5. Linda J Graskie
    September 17, 2018 / 9:46 am

    One of the key ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid, this is an amazing giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to win

  6. Rajshree
    September 17, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Wow, such a good price point and it sounds amazing! Vitamin E

  7. Jenita
    September 17, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Hyaluronic Acid- Deeply and intensely hydrates to help skin retain moisture. This is one of my favorite ingredients to use on my skin.

  8. Cindy Kotze
    September 17, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Thanks for this post, very informative.
    Vitamin E is a key ingredient

  9. September 17, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Would love to try this. My skin is in dire need of a boost, its been highly neglected and the Hylaronic Acid in this product is exactly what my skin needs!!

  10. Jackie K
    September 17, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Hyaluronic Acid

  11. Michelle
    September 17, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I’m a big fan of anything oil free and containing hyaluronic acid, like this product! I’ve been eyeing it for a while, hoping for some reviews ?

  12. Thurishini
    September 17, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Hyaluronic acid

  13. Thurishini
    September 17, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Vitamin E

  14. Thurishini
    September 17, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Tree mushroom extract. Love EA…holding thumbs i win.

  15. Jade
    September 17, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid

  16. Henriette
    September 17, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    This looks amazing! One of the key ingredients are Vitamen E!

  17. Carolyn Augustus
    September 17, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid

  18. Anchuane
    September 17, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Vitamin E

  19. Marsy
    September 18, 2018 / 1:36 am

    One of the ingredients are Tree Mushroom Extract. Keeping fingers crossed! Sounds like an amazing product

  20. Marsy
    September 18, 2018 / 1:40 am

    Vitamin E. Thanks for the amazing opportunity to win this INCREDIBLE giveaway

  21. Marsy
    September 18, 2018 / 1:43 am

    Hyaluronic Acid. Good luck to all the entrees

  22. Nicola Meyer
    September 18, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Vitamin E

  23. Fatima Moolla
    September 18, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Hyaluronic acid

  24. Raeesa Setar
    September 18, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    One of my favourite ingredients ever… Hyaluronic Acid! I ALWAYS look for this in moisturisers, it’s what my dry skin needs… I get what you mean about hating thick creams when you were younger. I had eczema as a kid and I absolutely loathed using creams coz they were so sticky and uncomfortable on my skin! Saying I had crocodile skin is an understatement ?

  25. Leanne Hartwig
    September 19, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Hyaluronic acid. Fingers crossed so tightly for these products. I absolutely love Elizabeth Arden ???

  26. Kirstin Scott
    September 19, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid

    I have slight oily skin and feel like this would be great for it ??

  27. Sumaya
    September 19, 2018 / 11:45 pm

    Tree Mushroom Extract & Hyaluronic Acid

  28. Joslyn
    September 20, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Vitamin E and this sounds like exactly what my skin needs.??

  29. Anu Naidoo
    September 20, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid

    I absolutely loved reading the review interesting and enlightening thank you.

  30. Zoleka
    September 20, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Tree mushroom extract

  31. Zoleka
    September 20, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Tree mushroom extract

  32. Landi
    September 20, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    I’m most excited about the Hyaluronic Acid in the Visible Difference for maximum hydration (which my skin soooo needs after the harsh Cape Town Winter)

  33. Tracy Jacobs
    September 20, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid ?

  34. September 20, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Tree Mushroom Extract amazing

  35. September 24, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I REALLY want to buy this after hearing you rave about it but I’m really worried it will leave my pores clogged like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost one. I loved that moisturiser but after a while it made my blackheads worse 🙁 Should I risk it?

  36. September 25, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Hyaluronic Acid!

  37. mamello
    September 25, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Hyaluronic acid is the key ingredient. Ehich hydrates the skin and thus making it look radiant….this certainly sounds like a moisturizer I should be using.

  38. Laikin
    September 25, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    So cool. the Hyaluronic Acid – hydrates to retain moisture.

  39. Sally
    September 26, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    The hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient.

  40. Sarah Bibi Essa
    September 27, 2018 / 12:08 am

    One of the key ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient I’ve come to love since using the Neutrogena Hydroboost Cleanser. It has helped with my eternally dry skin and I must say that your review has me excited for the Visible Difference product.

    Sarah Bibi

  41. Nicky Nimtz
    September 29, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I’m honestly so intrigued by tree mushroom extract ? the idea of tightening skin but also having hyaluronic acid that is so good to have in a moisturizer for… moisture ??
    This is definitely a must try

  42. Kristin Swan
    September 30, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Hyaluronic Acid and vitamen E!! This article is written nicely ??? you go girl!

  43. Kim
    September 30, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Hyalauronic acid! ?

  44. Zanri
    October 1, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Hyaluronic Acid Is one of my must have ingredients in a beauty product! It makes my skin feel incredible.

  45. October 2, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Vitamin E! And this sounds like an amazing cream. Going to need to try it…

  46. Preetha Rajkumar
    December 18, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Vitamin E – This nutrient-rich antioxidant softens skin and helps combat free radicals and environmental aggressors.

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