I'll keep this short, as there are plenty of other reviews describing various attributes of the product. I used an entire bottle and didn't notice enough difference in lines, brightness or sun damage to want to run out and repurchase.
Good points were: silky consistency, sinks in quickly, didn't burn, irritate or break me out as some other retinol products have, no flaking or dryness. Bad points: nothing terrible -- the annoying eye dropper delivery system and glass bottle, maybe. But mostly just that, for the money, I didn't notice any "wow" factor or improvement superior to what my Neutrogena anti-wrinkle night cream gives me. I did check on Paula's site and see that it's best for normal to dry skin and sometimes I can slide into the oily zone, so maybe that's why I noticed less effect. I suppose some day I'll splurge again because it's an intriguing product, but for now the cost is too high vs. the results.
I got this in a kit from QVC with the Laser Free stuff, unwrinkle pads, face wash etc
I was really impressed with this.
I used it nightly and noticed positive results right away.
I've always been a fan of the Unwrinkle Peel Pads and I am just impressed with everything I've tried so far from PTR. I am planning on buying the full size asap.
It does make my skin smooth and have a glow.
I had zero redness or irritation and use nightly.
Amazing! Another product in the PTR kit I got from QVC...Great value!!
The consistency is very thin--like water. This is very different from the heavy, gloopy serums I'm used to (I'm talking to you Philosophy). I love that it's so light and absorbs so quickly. You don't need alot to cover your entire face...because it's so liquid it really spreads well with a little gentle buffing.
What was really shocking was that it wasn't burny to my very sensitive skin. When I hear "retinol" I think old-school ones I tried a few years ago that could eat the paint off your wall (Think "Retin A"). But this is really nicely balanced and gentle...but effective.
I noticed after my night application of this and other PTR products, that my skin was smooth, plump yet firm/taught, and my fine lines were temporarily diminished. There was no redness or irritation(except for the PTR eye serum)....overall, my skin looked nice, well-rested and well-cared for...and I hadn't even gotten to bed yet.lol
I'm kind of on the fence still about the products all being so light-weight. My skin is very dry so I need moisture...and it's different to have these so effectively absorbed but actually doing their job. I've tried heavy Korean 'sleep packs' that feel like grease and I can feel on my skin all night...And as effective as they are, most of them ultimately make me break out...So far, PTR has not caused any breakouts and my skin seems to be tolerating them well (except for the eye serum unfortunately).
I'm looking forward to continuing to use this serum, and for future auto deliveries :)
I love PTR products, and this retinol is no exception.
Over the last few years, my skin has made the transition from chaotic, unbalanced 20-something skin to more even-but-older 30's skin. This product is what has helped with the next phase of whatever my skin is going into.
I have dry skin, am very slightly acne prone, with maybe a couple breakouts a year, but extremely prone to blackheads and clogged pores. I have slightly enlarged pores on my T-zone, with clogged pores on my chin and cheeks. In addition, I have fine lines cropping up on my forehead, under eye, and smile lines. I also have some sun damage.
I started using this three times a week about a month ago. On alternating nights, I use a mild glycol moisturizer (PTR) or a thick moisturizer. In a short time, I have noticed my skin has leveled out as far as dryness, retains moisture better in the day, and reduced the number of blackheads. Furthermore, stubborn blackheads that I have had for years are finally "freeing" themselves. I even had one nasty pimple on my chin about the time that I started using it. The mark left from it has almost entirely disappeared in 2 weeks time, something that would have normally taken a month at least, given my fair skin. Sun spots haven't faded drastically, but will update in a couple months time. I have yet to see an effect on existing fine lines, but I receive compliments on how young I look all the time and noticed that no new ones have cropped up. I'm a teacher and I am very expressive with my face all day. This is the first time in years that I haven't noticed new wrinkles pop up within the first couple months of school.
This has completely changed my skincare routine. I use less "lotions and potions" now, as I don't really need them. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT.
It is CRUCIAL you use an SPF along side any retinol or glycolic, as they have a tendency to thin out skin and make it more susceptible to sun damage. In my case, I use PTR SPF 30 cream as my base, with Hourglass No. 28 primer and tinted moisturizer.
I will only use this product from October to April, as the shortened winter days from my Boston location protect my skin. The risk of more sun damage from using retinol frightens me too much to use it during the long days of summer.
I have been using this nightly for quite some time and have found that it doesn't make too much of a difference in my skin.
The product itself is very watery and I have no idea of how much I should really be applying. I use one dropper initially then see if I have missed any areas, then use another few drops if I feel that I haven't covered everything. This does sink in fast in some areas of my face, so I am probably using way more than is necessary.
I have noticed an odd smell to this...almost like cinnamon. I wonder if I have a bad batch or whether this is normal! I haven't broken out from this which is a good thing but I also haven't seen any miraculous changes to my skin. For reference I have a very oily nose and chin, slightly oily forehead and very dry cheeks. This product sunk into my skin really well on my oily areas but my dry places were left with a strange film on top.
I wouldn't buy this again as I haven't seen any improvement at all (only an increase in softness which could be attributed to other products I am using alongside this), and I had to add another moisturizer on top in order to make my skin feel comfortable.
So I have been using this for about 3 months and I do notice a diffrence, my skin seems smoother, when I put my makeup on it looks better. However it took about 3 months to see anything..I will buy this again.
I was excited to buy my first retinol product thinking that it would give my skin that extra glow. The first couple of days showed wonderful results but after that the pimples starting showing up. They weren't the blackhead kind or the whiteheads but the kind that creates small bumps everywhere on your face. At first I thought it was my new foundation but after discontinuing use of that the bumps persisted. I paired down my products to only my clarisonic, facial cleaner and normal moisturizer/foundation (removing the PTR) and after two weeks my skin cleared up. Not sure why it broke me out so badly but I would not recommend it to anybody else.
I started using this product Jun of this year. I had to discontinue use of retin-a as I was noticing excess hair growth on my face. I bought this after checking Paula B's rave review and was also attracted to higher the concentration of retinol. Previously, I had been using skinceuticals 1% retinol which was drying out my skin like never before. But, retinol fusion is a charmer! No dryness and no peeling. My skin is definitely looking a lot better and thanks to CDLM I have been able to use it nightly. My only complaint is the packaging and the fear of spilling if I am not careful enough. While it is expensive buying during sales makes more sense.
I am almost through my first bottle. I had done toms of research on MUA and really wanted to try this. I love it. I notice a difference in my skin. It's brighter and provides clarity and evening out. It contains not just Retinol but also Vitamin c and other aspects that hit your skin at different angles
Absolutely lovely product
I am not a fan of the packaging, and that is the worst thing I have to say about this product. It is difficult to dispense and there's always a risk I'll knock the bottle over while I'm using the bottle. Having said that, I can't conceive of a better container. I've gotten into a very nice routine of spending some extra time with my Clarisonic Mia 2 nights a week and then applying this just before bed. The extra cleansing seems to help the product absorb better. On the other nights, I clean my face with Tend Skin (yes, I know it's meant for after shaving and waxing, but it's cheap). Mornings, I clean with the Mia again and apply PTR with a 15 SPF. On days after the Retinol application, my skin is a bit extra oily.
The bottle has lasted me over six months of this routine. My skin is noticeably brighter and there is a very minor improvement in the appearance of scars. I have more blackheads, but this may be due to not washing my bandanna every time I skate in it.
Be careful to avoid getting this product on your lips. The first few times I applied it, I massaged it into the outer edges of my lips and regretted it for a week.