Saturday, August 13, 2022

Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches & Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer: Review

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Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches & Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer: Review
To be honest, although I'm an avid skincare enthusiast and have tried a lot of different brands, there are still some that elude me. Peter Thomas Roth is one of them. Maybe because of the steep pricing or the somewhat boring and clinical packaging (although the brand does describe itself as "Clinical Skin Care"), I've only ever purchased one item from Peter Thomas Roth - a Mask-A-Holic Kit that includes all the brand's bestselling masks. Thanks to the magic of TikTok, the brand saw a huge soar in popularity in the recent couple of years so I felt compelled to give it another try. So to read my thoughts on the FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches and the Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer, click......
Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches: Review
Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches
Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches (C$85 for 90 Patches):
A quick browse of the Peter Thomas Roth product range tells me that the brand is serious about its hydrogel patches (there are currently five versions to choose from). The newest addition to the family is the FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches. Formulated with 3 types of collagen (marine collagen, plant collagen, hydrolyzed collagen) and 4 collagen-supporting ingredients (hydroxyproline, peptides, collagen amino acids, and fatty acids), these multi-use face and eye hydrogel patches promise to reduce the looks of fine lines around the eye area. The FIRMx® patches come in a simple plastic jar equipped with a handy plastic tweezer. Instead of just a half-moon shape (for the undereye), the patches also come in an oval shape that can be used on the forehead or the nasolabial folds. 
Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches: Review
Peter Thomas Roth | FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches
The patches feel instantly cooling upon application and they definitely provide temporary smoothing of fine lines. For those that get puffy under the eyes, the patches will provide some de-puffing action as well. One of the issues I often have with hydrogel patches is that they leave behind a slight residue that will pill with rubbing and makeup application. Fortunately, though, I've not experienced this with the FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches. Overall, I think these are great hydrogel patches that get the job done. However, I do find the C$85 price tag to be quite hefty for something that you only leave on for 10 to 15 minutes (versus an eye cream that you would leave on all night). If you have the money then by all means splurge, otherwise Pixi offers a lovely de-puffing hydrogel patch for under C$30 (reviewed here).

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Vegetable Collagen, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Caffeine, Squalane, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Hydroxystearic Acid, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tripeptide-1, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Dextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Lactate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Edta, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Titanium/Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Mica/CI 77019, Phenoxyethanol
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer: Review
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer (C$94 for 50 ml):
Given its proven results, vitamin C remains a super popular skincare ingredient so it's no surprise that Peter Thomas Roth has a whole collection featuring vitamin C. The Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer is described as "a vitamin C moisturizer that provides complete anti-aging, firming, and brightening benefits". Formulated with 10% THD ascorbate (a stable, oil-soluble form of vitamin C), 3% vitamin E, and 2% ferulic acid, the moisturizer has a light orange appearance and an interesting whipped consistency that feels rich and luxurious.
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer: Review
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer
A lot of negative reviews on Sephora seem to have a problem with the smell of this moisturizer, which actually doesn't have any added fragrances. Personally, I really don't mind the scent, which is just a mild chemical smell naturally exuded by the ingredients. What I do mind, though, is the weird texture of the cream. With a good moisturizer, the formulation easily blends and melts into the skin. With the Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer, I have a hard time blending it. As you can see in the photo below, the moisturizer almost lathers like a cream facial cleanser. Instead of disappearing, it creates a micro-foam that actually takes quite a bit of effort and time to blend out. I tried using a smaller amount of product and experienced the same issue. I also tried using this over bare skin (just in case the moisturizer was "reacting" with my toner or serum) but again, the same thing happened.
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer: Review
Peter Thomas Roth | Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer
In its defense, I have experienced this problem with a small number of other skincare products I've tried in the past but nevertheless, it's a dealbreaker for me. The micro-foam is not only time-consuming to blend out but also feels straight up unpleasant. Applying a moisturizer shouldn't feel like massaging on a cleanser. Additionally, the moisturizer is a bit greasy after it's fully blended. It's definitely hydrating and nourishing but the formulation feels heavy. Overall, this is a dud for me, for a good vitamin C moisturizer I recommend the Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream from Fresh (reviewed here).

Ingredients
: Water, Propanediol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, C9-12 Alkane, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Oleic Acid, Soy Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Diamond Powder, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Gluconolactone, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Carbomer, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Pca, Disodium Edta, Olus (Vegetable) Oil, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Histidine Hcl, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Calcium Gluconate, Ceramide Np, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Sucrose Stearate, Carnosine, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Wheat Amino Acids, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mica, EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

Availability:
Peter Thomas Roth is available in stores and online at Sephora.
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