Review // Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum

2015.06.02 Pestle And Mortar Serum Review


I recently posted a review of five hyaluronic-acid based serums which are currently on rotation in my skincare regimen, and it contained a ‘first impressions’ review of Pestle and Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Acid.   I’ve finally finished out the bottle so, as promised, I’m back with my final conclusions on the product.   There will be some duplication from the first review, as many of my first impressions still stand.



My typical pale Irish skin is dry and dehydrated, which can result in a dull and ashen complexion.  I’m lucky that I don’t get spots or blemishes, but the trade-off to that is that I am very prone to fine lines.  I manage my skin type by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty (but probably not enough) of water and maintaining a good morning and evening skincare routine.



Pestle and Mortar Cosmetics is an Irish company founded by Sonia Deasy in conjunction with her photographer husband and biochemist sister.  Sonia wanted to develop a skincare booster that would effectively tackle dryness, aging and fine lines, and make skin look plump and luminous both on camera and in real life, and so, in 2014, Pure Hyaluronic Serum was born.



Despite the name perhaps suggesting otherwise, Pure Hyaluronic Acid actually contains a blend of potent skincare ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, aloe barbadensis, vitamin E, lactic acid and more. Click here for a full ingredients listing.   The product is paraben free, propylene glycol free, fragrance free and not tested on animals.

Appearance-wise, its sophisticated packaging is clean, chic and very attractive – certainly befitting of its price-tag.  The serum itself is a clear, fragrance-free, thin liquid that glides beautifully onto the face, absorbs quickly and without trace, and leaves a lasting, supple effect.



Because Pure Hyaluronic Acid is so lightweight, I use it as a morning/day serum.  I feel that it amplifies the effectiveness of my moisturiser, without weighing down my skin or compromising the consistency of my make-up.  (It also apparently doubles as a make-up primer, though I don’t use it for that purpose.)  I don’t use it at night any more as I prefer a heavier, more ‘treatment’ type product for overnight.  Elsewhere, a little goes a very long way; even with daily use, it lasted me over two-and-a-half months.



During the trial, I did notice an improvement in my skin’s tone and moisture levels, though my fine lines haven’t changed (more’s the pity).  While my face does not appear more “plump”, my skin does appear fresher and brighter upon use of the product, which are still much-welcomed effects.

Overall, I have high regard for Pure Hyaluronic Acid and it is has firmly established itself in my daily skincare routine.   The true test of a product, for me, is whether I would repurchase it, and in this instance I have.  (Not many products make that grade!)



Pure Hyaluronic Acid is priced at €43 for 30ml, and is available at and selected stockists including Brown Thomas Dublin



All reviews on are based on my own personal experiences and opinions.  I have not been paid to endorse any of the featured items.  If you have specific skincare concerns or queries, please refer to your GP or dermatologist.  All prices and links are correct at time of publication.

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