Trying out the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

The full package with lid in place

A while ago I picked up two mystery boxes from the Glossy Box annual mystery box sale.  At least, they’ve done the sale a couple of years running and I am really hoping it remains an annual sale. Regardless of sale frequency, my premium mystery box ended up being the Limited Edition Rodial box that was released earlier in the year. 

When the box was released, it interested me, but it came out when I was concentrating on my holiday shopping so I put off my personal interests while I conducted my holiday gift buying and by the time I finished shopping for others, it was gone. So I was quite pleased to have it reappear as a mystery box. 

without the lid: the entire red part at the top depressess and product is dispensed through the hole in the top

The reason I was so interested in this box is because I have tried a couple of sheet masks from the brand and always came away with mixed reviews. Essentially the sheet masks had excellent serum, but the material from which the masks were made was too stiff to adhere well to the face.  I was hoping that by trying more products I would get a better feel for the brand.

In my mystery box was a mascara, a bottle of cleansing water, two sets of under eye gel patches, two sets of lip masks and this Sculpting gel, all from the Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood line. The mascara I will be opening soon and the cleansing water makes it Mimsy Skincare Shelf Debut this evening as I emptied a micellar cleansing water this morning, so I will have to get back to you on those.  The under eye gel patches were okay, but not my favorite and the lip masks were similar to the sheet masks; great formula, horrible execution.

This leaves us with the subject of today’s review: the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what a sculpting gel was when the item arrived.  I thought it might actually be a hair styling product and thought it strange that it actually came in what looked like a skin care container.  So I looked it up.

Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is an innovative sculpting gel that helps to define facial contours and add volume to sagging skin. Dragon’s Blood forms a second skin-like protective film, renowned to protect against external aggressions, reducing redness and inflammation.

Gently massage onto a cleansed face and neck and allow to absorb thoroughly. Use morning and evening.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Laureth-4, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Lupinus Albus (White Lupin) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Dehydroacetic Acid, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract.

Rodial Product page

What it breaks down into is that it is sort of like a creamy serum.  You apply it before your moisturizer, let it sit and then apply your moisturizer on top.

Okay, so knowing what to expect, I took the container into the bathroom to add to my skin care shelf and try it out. 

I will say right off that the lid drove me crazy during my use of this product, but I loved the design of the rest of the package.  The lid is just a clear plastic cap with no intents, no ridges, nothing to actually grip and it just pulls off and pushes back on.  It is super simple. 

Until you have anything whatsoever on your hands, from water to other product. Then you become a monkey trying to get an acorn out of a bottle when it won’t fit through the bottleneck. As I wash my face and used other products before reaching for the sculpting gel, it was a morning issue. In the end, I just started taking the lid off before starting anything so it was ready to go, which solved the issue.  I only really mention it because it was the only minor annoyance with the packaging.  The rest of the package was great.

the three parts, the pump mechanism to the left, the main jar in the center and the plastic lid to the right

It was one of those push top pumps where you press down and the product is dispensed on the top of the plastic.  Then you just swipe your finger across, gather the product and apply it to the skin.  There is no contamination of the product and it stays safe from the air.  The only packaging I have seen like this is with the Drunk Elephant Products.

While it is a fantastic design, it does take up space which meant there was less product than I thought there was going to be, which made me a little sad. This is a travel size and it lasted me three weeks. 

I know, I have been trying to list sample sizes that last under a month in the first impressions category instead of giving them a full review and only breaking out full sizes that last at least a month so I could see results, but quite frankly I couldn’t resist talking about this.  While thus far I have been sort of on the fence about how I feel about the Rodial masks, there is nothing on the fence about this Sculpting gel.

It is fantastic.

The scent of the product is slightly citric and quite frankly reminds me of a pack of smarties (the American Kind, I’ve added a picture in case you are confused). The scent is faint and fades almost immediately.

Smarties, and yes that is my skull cookie jar where I keep candy hidden

The texture of the sculpting gel is like a light gel cream, which sort of goes along with its name.  It absorbs rapidly into the skin and makes the skin feel amazingly smooth. I thought that as it sort of looked like a gel cream that moisturizer would feel like too much when placed over it.

It was not. 

Moisturizer went over it well and when using this sculpting gel I found that I liked the moisturizer I was using better.  I used this sculpting gel with a couple of trial sized moisturizers.  There was one I didn’t particularly care for, but when I used the Rodial first, I liked it a lot better. Which more or less just means I liked the Rodial Sculpting gel.  It is one of the reasons I kept having to pause my use of the Rodial.  I needed to get a feel for how other products worked without it along. 

All the cream that was left for the picture

The same applied to the products I used before the sculpting gel.  While the Rodial Sculpting gel may have gone on before my moisturizer, it went on after my serums, toners and other pre moisturizing products. 

And I have to say I really liked using it in conjunction with them as well. The sculpting gel worked well with every product I tried. There were no interaction reactions that I noticed.  While the product did not last long enough for me to see lasting results, during the time I used it, my skin felt absolutely fantastic.

In case you are wondering why my photographs aren’t as illustrative as they usually are, I did not realize the mechanism from the pump took up so much space so I thought there was more product inside then there actually was.  So in using it I thought, ‘Oh I still have time to take product pictures’ and then I ran out of product. It was most upsetting.  There were only 0.3 fl oz listed as being inside the jar so it was a true sample size. The full size contains 1.7 oz of product and costs $108.

Rodial is a pretty pricey brand and I have to say, this is the only product from them that I can see justifying it’s price.  The sheet masks, under eye gels, and lip masks are all pricey for their category and I would give them a pass.  This Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel I would purchase in a full size.  It is actually going on my “Ideal” list.

For most products, skincare, haircare, makeup and so forth, I generally classify products by answering the question: would I buy again or in a full size or would I pass on using this product again?  A few products not only make the repurchase list but make the “Ideal” List.  This is the list of the products that would go into my Ideal Skin Care (or makeup or haircare) bag.

Sometimes a product stays on there for years.  Other times it makes the cut and then is eventually replaced. Partially, it is replaced because of new products that I try and how I feel about them, but sometimes due to my skin’s changing needs.  Occasionally, it is because the product is discontinued. 

I may not always stock my ideal products (because skin care goes bad and I like to try new things) but in my mind the products on the Ideal list are the products I compare other products I try to. With this, it is almost a cheat because I don’t know of any other products specifically in this category.  I know that my skin felt softer and more nourished and there was a slight tightening of the looser skin around my jaw line.

So perhaps the category is broader than I think and encompases more premoisturizing creams. Because quite frankly that was one of the bonus points for this cream. It not only worked well with my skin, but it went over serums and under moisturizers, causing no trouble and enhancing both. 

I do know that if I do come across something similar, the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel is what I will compare it to. I also know that Look Fantastic tends to put different high end skin care brands on sale throughout the year.  Rodial is usually one of them.  While I would definitely purchase this product, given the high price, I will probably wait for the sales. Sale or not, I do know that I definitely want to see this product return to my skincare line up.


Speaking of sales, Look Fantastic has one you might want to look into: 15% off using the code PRESIDENTS plus a free Filorga Best Sellers Sampling kit for orders over $80. Also the Look Fantastic Beauty Box Treasure Edition has been revealed in full on the site if you want to see what is coming in the February box. I know my box is on the way (actually listed as being delivered this afternoon) and I can hardly wait. I know I usually try to avoid spoilers when I can, but when I went on the page, I saw both Elemis and Eyeko pictured and I got very happy.

Also for those shopping Eyeko has a 25% off deal going right now when you buy two or more products and Elemis has a deal going until February 12th.

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Happy Shopping!

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