Something in this gave me instant blackheads. I know because when I stopped using this serum I had much fewer blackheads form. I wouldn't buy this I you are blackhead prone. Also it does not travel on the plane well. The high altitude turned the serum into this runny liquid.
This product was just okay for me. It smelled wonderful, but the consistency was odd and kind of watery. I also used this serum twice a day and just didn't notice much of a difference in my skin. Don't get me wrong, there isn't a PTR product that I won't try because I L.O.V.E. PTR, but this one just didn't do much for me. I would 100% try it again, but there is another serum that I have loved and used for quite some time- I just wanted to try something from PTR. Brighter skin: No, no difference. More even skin: No. Skin felt firmer: I would say yes. Fine lines and wrinkles: N/a. If you are looking for a brightening serum, I would say to try another
This antioxidant serum is a very good option for oily, combo or acne prone skin. It has a very fluid formula so it absorbs into skin almost immediately and leaves no sticky residue. As with all good antioxidant products it delivers brightening effects and that "glow" everyone always wants but without feeling to heavy for daytime use. Which is good because they are meant to be used during the day along with SPF and moisturizer to protect the skin. The packaging is airtight and opaque which is mandatory for antioxidants or else they will deteriorate in quality. It has a strong citrus smell but it's not unpleasant just strong. I started using this when my prevage was getting just a little too heavy for daytime use for me and it's been comparable. Thankfully the price is better too as I was paying $165 for prevage and this is $85, still expensive but def easier on my wallet.
Over the course of 4-5 weeks, I went to various Sephora stores in my area to get samples of this product. Having fallen into and OUT OF love with a number of PTR products in the past I wanted to be sure I liked this before I handed over my hard earned cashola. I like this serum so much it's unreal. My skin looks brighter and the texture is improving. I apply to dry skin immediately after cleansing. It absorbs super quickly and feels like there is nothing on my skin at all... and that is exactly what I wanted. I hate vitamin C serums (or serums of any kind for that matter) that leave my face feeling sticky or slimy or coated or anything of the sort. The scent is pleasant, kind of citrusy but doesn't not linger. Yes, the packaging could be improved - it isn't the best but it's far from being the worst or even anything worth complaining about. I purchased the full size finally since I was (and continue to be) very happy with this serum. I'm picky about my skincare products and this one, for me, is an absolute winner.
I don't like the smell. It makes my feel dry,and tight, even after moisturizing. Too expensive to continue buying for lack of results.
I'm a ho for Peter Thomas Roth skincare, I skimp and save to afford Mega Rich moisturizer and Unwrinkle Peel pads but this product is a joke.
I use The Body Shop Vitamin C Boost - costs pennies compared to this, has stabilized - and ethically sourced! - camu camu, works better and has good slip.
I am returning this product ASAP. I wanted a serum to use under makeup/sunscreen/night moisturizer. I usually use Clarins, which run about the same price as this ($85), except this is a 1.7oz size versus a 1.0oz. I thought I was getting a deal, with almost double the product. It comes out as a very thin liquid, like an oil, except there's no oil in this product. It doesn't irritate, feels good on the skin & smells fantastic but there's absolutely no moisturizing properties to it. It's similar to splashing toner on the face. I can't comment on any of the "brightening effects" because I won't be using it long enough. The ingredients make it sound like a great serum, but the product itself is disappointing. Get a sample to take home & try before you purchase. If your skin is very OILY and you're looking for a super light serum, this is for you. Sadly, it's not me. I need a serum to moisturize a bit, as well as contain anti-oxidants & brightening ingredients, this doesn't hit that mark for me.
I've tried a variety of Vitamin C Serums on the market including my own home-made recipes using health food store quality Vitamin C that I've been using for over a dozen years now. Why do I still try ones on the market? Out of curiosity. Or I'll receive gratis, or I'll buy one of those packages that contain a sampling of products and it contains a Vitamin C product in it from a particular line. With that said, Peter Thomas Roth's Camu Camu is a dud.
The Camu Camu is a wild jungle berry that grows in the Amazon jungle and is supposed to yield about 30 times the Vitamin C content of oranges or lemons. I wondered what it was. It also has reputed astringent, antioxidant and emollient properties, as well.
The smell will remind you of perhaps fresh oranges of course, that's the idea. But unfortunately fragrance is added to this product. Not a good idea for your face. But it's more of a sickly orange smell, not a good one to me. After it dries, it remains and I didn't appreciate the fragrance.
The serum goes on both smooth and tacky, it's a bit hard to explain. It took a few minutes to dry but once it did, my face felt smooth. No tackiness remained.
With other Vitamin C serums, I would see a slight redness or brightening appear to my skin. Not so with this product. Absolutely nothing happened. With others I've used, I've always seen some type of brightening effect. My skin has always appeared more radiant. That's what Vitamin C serums will do or are supposed to do for your skin. They're also good for premature aging, fighting skin cancer and a host of other good things. But as far as brightening and giving my skin a healthy shot of radiance, PTR's Camu Camu just didn't have that effect for my skin.
As far as firming, tightening and wrinkle improvement with Camu Camu, again, the product just was not effective for me in the short run.
WATER/AQUA/EAU, MYRCIARIA DUBIA (CAMU CAMU) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, POLYACRYLAMIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, ZEA MAYS (CORN) OIL, CHOLECALCIFEROL, TOCOPHEROL, RETINYL PALMITATE, POLYSORBATE 80, SODIUM PCA, LAURETH-7, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, MICA (CI 77019), FRAGRANCE (PARFUM).
I got a sample of this from Sephora. I was not really planning on even trying this sample, but I am so glad I did. This did no do much brightening that I noticed, but my acne started to improve. I was so shocked and was not expecting to see a difference. I only used this for a few days so I would love to try this longer and see how much more it helps my acne.