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A Closer Look at Robin McGraw Revelation

Reviewed by Marta May 1, 2014 80 Comments

Dr. Phil’s wife and a daily presence on his show, Robin McGraw, has launched her own anti-aging skin care line called Robin McGraw Revelation. The four-piece 30-day kit costs $89.90 and is a fairly basic regimen of cleanser, scrub, serum/moisturizer and oral supplements. I really don’t like the business model, which puts any takers on an automatic monthly renewal program. But leaving that aside, Mrs. Dr. Phil has come up with products that bear some scrutiny.

What's In Robin McGraw Revelation?

The four Robin McGraw Revelation skin care products are Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser, Total Renewal Micro Polishing Scrub, Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment and Jewel Drops Anti-Aging Serum Capsules. Personally, I don’t regard scrubs and supplements as essential to a daily anti-aging skin care regimen, and for this reason alone, I would not commit to the kit. Unfortunately, only the supplements can be bought separately. Nevertheless, I thought it worth taking a closer look at the Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser and the Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment to see if they pass muster.

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The short answer is they mostly do. The good ingredients outweigh the bad, and there are even a few interesting ones among the good. Don’t expect cutting-edge peptides, but there are some useful actives and botanical extracts.

Robin McGraw Revelation Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser has been formulated to exfoliate and lighten skin tone (another reason not to bother with a scrub) with sugar cane, from whence glycolic is typically derived, and bilberry extract, a source of skin whitening arbutin.  Edelweiss extract is included, as it is in the Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment, and at least one study demonstrates that it is an anti-inflammatory. Another good ingredient is moisture-retaining phospholipids.

The surfactant (which makes suds) is coco betaine. This is generally considered safe, although there have been reports of allergic reactions (thought to be due to it being contaminated with amidoamine and dimethylaminopropylamine, two impurities commonly associated with skin sensitization and irritation. Other ingredients to be aware of are PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, as PEGs should be avoided on damaged skin, and the potential neurotoxin, phenoxyethanol.

Robin McGraw Revelation Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment also has some ingredients to be leery of. Adipic acid/neopentyl glycol crosspolymer is an anti-caking agent that can be a skin irritant and cause environmental damage. There are several silicones, chemical fragrance and potentially irritating preservatives, such as ethylhexylglycerin. But I have to admit, I have seen far worse in much more expensive department store potions and lotions. There are also a couple of ingredients in Robin McGraw Revelation Vital Hydration Serum that are worth a call out. Lentil extract is supposed to control sebum and eliminate nucleated cells from around the pores for a more refined complexion. Watermelon extract is also included — reminding me of Cindy Crawford’s signature “rare melon” ingredient in her much inferior line.

The Lowdown on Robin McGraw Revelation Skin Care

While I’m not going to sign up for a regular monthly kit, mostly because I don’t regard the scrub or supplements as necessary to my life, I do think that the two core products in Robin McGraw Revelation — the cleanser and moisturizer serum — are decent. Not remarkable, but certainly decent.

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  • March 19, 2017

    by Daria L.

    Where do I start? This "product" put up warning signs to me when I saw her on tv gloating about how wonderful the FRAGRANCE was! You do NOT put fragrance of any kind in skin care due to allergic issues. My best friend wasted her money, which she, too, will never get back, and it burned her face, made it bright red, the so called moisturizer was greasy, just like Cindy Crawfords is, and I think it is time for the celebs to stay the hell out of the "beauty' biz. Which leads me to the 2nd issue; Mrs. McGraw's face has very obviously been tilted back in the chair many a time for MULTIPLE procedures. Every time I have a chance to tune in, I cannot believe the very obvious plastic surgeon visits she has had since I last saw her. No, ladies, this is NOT from this gunk with pore clogging items in it and it makes me wonder what beauty products are on her expensive make up table? Oh, while you are at it, someone give her a sandwich while you are at it too.. She is irritating, I don't know how Dr. Phil can stand her. She has money now so she is the "Belle of the Ball" Anyone see her and the family on "Family Feud"?! OMG! She would not shut up and would not let anyone, including Dr. Phil, who is much smarter, get a word in sideways. This is a NO GO for this terrible smelly product.

  • March 17, 2017

    by Marly

    Do not waste your money on these products. They are completely ineffective, very expensive and you will never get your money back. I requested a return authorization well within the 30 day money back guarantee time period numerous times, but no one got back to me until 3 1/2 weeks later when I was told it was past the 30 day period and therefore there would be no refund. It wasn't my fault , but they certainly made it my problem. The products are terrible and the customer service is horrible. Whether it is company policy to stone-wall or it is due to inept, poorly trained staff, either way, you will not get your money back. This is a very unethical company and I can't believe Robin actually endorses it and puts her name on it.

  • March 17, 2017

    by Marly

    I am completely unhappy with the OMG is this really me product because it dried my skin out terribly. I contacted the company well within the 30 day money back guarantee period and requested a return authorization. I heard nothing, so I contacted them numerous more times over the next few weeks. Still no contact from them. Finally, after 3 1/2 weeks of stone-walling, they contacted me and said they couldn't give me my money back because it was over the 30 days!!! Even after giving them a timeline of all the times I tried to contact them, it didn't matter. So I am just out my money. My original order prior to that for the basic skin care products took 11 days to ship out and another 7 days to get it. So there was 18 days of THAT 30 day money back guarantee! 12 days is not enough time to honestly test a product so that pretty much precluded my getting a refund on those, too. All of those products are ineffective and totally worthless, also, so I would have wanted to return them, too. This is a very unethical company with terrible products and horrible customer service, and I cannot believe that Robin actually puts her name on it and puts these kinds of policies in effect. Do not waste your money on these products because you will see no benefits and you will not get your money back because they will find a way to make sure they don't have to. It's a big scam.

  • March 11, 2017

    by Diana

    I ordered a product 28 days ago. I called today to check on my order. They had no clue of an order. Put me on hold forever. I called back. Wow my. Order showed up today. I canceled & asked for a refund. Sorry service. Disappointed? Good luck on getting your order.

  • March 10, 2017

    by Darla

    Just curious robin McGraw, how do people who can't afford your skin care products get samples of your merchandise. We live by day to day paychecks and could never afford these products. I would love to be able to purchase the product especially being a fifty one year old woman and to have a chance to look younger. Just curious. Thank you for your time.

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