Hydrating skincare from NIOD and Hylamide

April 20, 2018
NIOD hydration skincare

When it comes to DECIEM skincare, I’ve explored a lot of the affordable options from The Ordinary but it took me a while to try out any of their other product lines. To get started, I jumped on one of the Black Friday bundles that they offered, which was this four-piece hydration skincare set from NIOD. It included the Hydration Vaccine, Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, Survival 0, and Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. Later on, I added a couple more things from DECIEM to my collection, including the Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist, and I thought it’d make sense to talk about all five of those products at one time.

NIOD Hydration Vaccine

In general, I think the NIOD range is really interesting but a little complicated to understand if you’re casually browsing the website trying to figure out what would be best suited for your concerns. In comparison, Hylamide looks much more straightforward, and yet there aren’t as many options and it just seems less … ambitious, I guess.

The DECIEM websites go into great detail about the ingredients and technologies employed in their products, so I’m not going to include all of that information here. Check out the individual product pages for a wealth of information about how it’s supposed to work.

The NIOD product packaging involves a lot of dark glass jars and droppers that look like they’d be at home in a lab. It’s reminiscent of The Ordinary, but with even more of the science vibes. The boxes are quite nice and kind of open like a drawer.

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (click to enlarge)

Let’s start with the Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate ($68 for 15ml), which has some fancy vocab in the name but a pretty straightforward purpose. It’s an eye serum. Specifically, NIOD says that it “combines 28 clinical technologies to target many signs of under-eye and above-eye aging in one treatment—borrowing from advanced biotechnology, polyphenol technology, next-generation cyclic peptide technologies, marine science and modern drone delivery mechanics.” Alright, then.

It’s a super watery-thin liquid in a small bottle with a dropper. I pat it in around my entire eye area twice a day as the first step after toner. I don’t have to use very much of it, so it’s lasted me a really long time. I really like the effect it’s had on my skin. My eye area in particular is really prone to getting tight and dry which can emphasize fine lines, but I’ve been in really good shape for the time that I’ve used this. It sinks in quickly, doesn’t leave any sticky or greasy finish, and I believe in its magic. Creams and makeup will layer on top without issue.

This, in combination with my other skincare, has helped the fine lines underneath my eye to a noticeable degree. It isn’t earth-shattering, but it’s nice, and it’s something I imagine would be worthwhile in the long run. My eyes also aren’t experiencing springtime allerg-related puffiness. I think that literally the only complaint I have is that the label fully covers the sides of the bottle so I don’t have a window to see exactly how much of the serum I have left.

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (click to enlarge)

The Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex ($35 for 15ml, $60 for 30ml) is part of NIODs core series of products, and is another one that’s fairly easy to understand. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin, and NIOD says that this serum combines “15 forms of hyaluronic compounds, hyaluronic precursors and a hyaluronic support technology in a peptide-charged delivery system. It offers water-based hydration and helps skin surface look plump, elastic, comfortable and uniform.” As I understand it, combining different forms and different molecular weights of something like hyaluronic acid helps ensure that it really absorbs and provides maximum benefit.

This serum is also super watery and thin, and sinks into skin quickly. I absolutely loved this while I had it, and I saw a difference in how plump my skin looked after the first night I used it, and the difference was particularly visible under my eyes. I think this is a really fantastic product. There’s one huge downside, though, which is that for some reason, they offer this small 15ml bottle that’s the same size as the eye serum, despite it being intended for the whole face. That’s the one I received in the bundle, and so I absolutely flew through it. But you can buy the 30ml for $60. I’m just kind of mystified about why the small bottle is an option.

NIOD Survival 0 (click to enlarge)

Moving through the skin routine, now we come to Survival 0 ($25 for 30ml). This is a couple notches thicker than the previous two serums, but still feels really thin and light on the skin, and kind of comforting. It also has a rusty sort of orange color to it from carotenoids, which NIOD warns can stain linens, but I think it’d basically have to be dripping from your skin in order for that to be an issue, so have no fear. It’s never affected me.

NIOD offers Survival 0, 10, 20, and 30–the ones with numbers have UVA and UVB protection in them, whereas 0 has no SPF and is indicated for use in the evenings. Also note that it looks like 10, 20, and 30 are currently shipping within Europe they need a little more time before they can ship within the US, Canada, and Australia due to something involving sun protection regulations.

NIOD says that the Survival serums “offer a broad selection of advanced technologies to target the effects of oxygen radicals including the superoxide radical, nitrogen radicals, carbonyl radicals, glycation and advanced glycation end-products (AGE), pollution, smog, stress, infrared and blue light.” In my head, I understand it as basically an antioxidant serum, though the web page lists a lot more going on than just a handful of antioxidants that most serums in that category will provide.

Survival 0 can also be used during the day alongside separate sun protection, and I’ve tried it both at night and during the day. I really like this, and I’m not even entirely sure what concrete benefits it’s providing me. But it’s a great texture with a lightly hydrating effect and, like the previous two serums, absorbs quickly into the skin. As a 30-something without massive skincare needs, I think this seems like a perfect everyday kind of product to stick in the routine without breaking the bank. Also, the bottle is lasting me a surprisingly long time.

NIOD Hydration Vaccine (click to enlarge)

The Hydration Vaccine ($55 for 50ml) was the product that stood out to me in the Black Friday bundle because it was the product name that was easiest to understand and remember, and a hydration vaccine just seemed like it would be a perfect product for my skin. However, I didn’t really read the brand information and once it came in the mail I saw it was very different from what I was expecting. To me, “vaccine” sounded like a serum that completely sinks into the skin, plumping it from the inside out. Kind of like what the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex ended up being! This one is not that. It’s more of a substantial layer that provides a barrier and seals in moisture.

It had an air bubble in it when I first opened the jar, making it seem like it was completely full to the brim (which wasn’t totally the case, in reality) so you can get a little peek of the product. It’s a silicone-based formula that’s meant to be used after liquid serums but before moisturizing creams and sun protection. NIOD calls that silicone component an “adaptive flexo-silicone mesh complex.”

NIOD Hydration Vaccine (click to enlarge)

This was my least favorite piece of the hydration set, and I don’t think the effect matches the price point. I’m sure that this is more beneficial than most silicone products, but I really couldn’t tell when it came to how my skin reacted. Once I got my skincare and makeup on and done for the day, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you whether I used this product or not based on how my skin was feeling and, well, I really kind of feel like I should be able to tell. Like, I can tell if I somehow forgot to use eye cream because that area will feel tighter and noticeably less elastic. You know?

I also just do not love the actual texture of the product. It does kind of feel like a primer, except maybe a touch … wetter? But it doesn’t slide around super smoothly on the skin, so I end up doing a combination of massaging and patting it in around my face, and I’m never completely confident that I get it in an even layer on all of my dry areas. And then, like I said, I can’t really tell that it’s making a difference. I used about half of the jar and the rest of it has just been sitting in my cabinet for a couple of months now because I kind of can’t be bothered to keep trying.

NIOD, Hylamide, and The Ordinary

After I bought the Black Friday bundle I noticed that NIOD actually sold a stainless steel spoon ($2.50) to be used with their glass jars like the one the Hydration Vaccine is housed in, so the next time I was shopping DECIEM I picked one up. I also bought the Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist ($18 for 120ml), and restocked my Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane from The Ordinary ($9.60 for 30ml, review). All of DECIEM’s brands can be shopped and shipped together, which I love, so I could buy some more affordable stuff alongside the NIOD spoon and reach the threshold for free shipping.

NIOD Spoon

I think this spoon is super cool, I really love that they have an option that isn’t a disposable piece of plastic and that is able to withstand a thorough cleaning.

Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist (click to enlarge)

The Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist just seemed like a fitting addition to this review, but it is certainly simpler and involves less intense-sounding information. It is described as an “advanced treatment to support dermal water density for intense lightweight hydration and comfort.” I think this is pretty great. It’s a hydrating spritz that makes a difference in my skin without being heavy, oily, or otherwise annoying on any level (though I personally don’t mind oils, I know a lot of people do).

The description online says it’s good for sensitive skin, and highlights include marine exopolysaccharides with glucuronic acid (which they say has an even higher water-retaining capacity than hyaluronic acid), green tea polyphenols, golden eye grass root, and Tasmanian pepperberry. It’s not the kind of mist that will remind you of a spa, in that it has a very, erm, functional smell (no fragrance and no obviously botanic smell) and the mister kind of spits a little. But that has no effect on how well it works, it’s just not a luxury type of experience–and it definitely doesn’t come with a luxury price tag.


Phew. Have you tried any of these, or do you have any hydration favorites from any of the Deciem product lines? I’d love to hear!

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