Anti-Aging Serum Pep Up Gel (Discontinued)

$49 - 1 fl. oz.
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This gel moisturizer with a sheer bronze tint is said to offer “a multitude of benefits,” but at best it provides light hydration and a shiny finish. Shine isn’t skin care—it’s makeup—and this product is surprisingly short on the beneficial skin-care ingredients you need if your goal is anti-aging.

This product also doesn’t deserve your attention because it contains menthol and a range of fragrant plants that cause irritation. Don’t mistake the tingle you’ll feel during application as your skin being pepped up. What’s happening is irritation, and it’s hurting your skin’s ability to look and act younger.

  • Provides light hydration without feeling slick or greasy.
  • Falls short on providing a range of beneficial anti-aging ingredients to help your skin look and act younger.
  • Contains the potent irritating ingredient menthol, along with several irritating fragrant plant extracts.
  • The sheer bronze tint and shiny finish isn’t a workable option for use all over your face.
  • Not “an ideal base for foundation,” as claimed, because the bronze tint can alter how the color of your foundation looks.
Offers a multitude of benefits, delivering age-defying peptides and antioxidants into the skin. Hyaluronic acid instantly plumps fine lines and creates a supple appearance. The sheer bronze shade is perfect for all skin tones, producing a pretty glow on the skin and an ideal base for foundation.
Water PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid, Pearl Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta Carotene, Menthol, Sandalwood, Neroli, Lavender, Cypress

Colorescience PRO was founded by "the mother of mineral makeup" Diane Ranger, who bestowed that title on herself based on her role as founder of the mineral makeup behemoth Bare Escentuals in 1976. (Ranger subsequently parted ways with Bare Escentuals in 1991). Taking a cue from her Bare Escentuals days, Ranger designed Colorescience PRO to be all about "natural" loose-powder mineral makeup. Her goal was to offer medium- to full-coverage "healthy makeup" that is ideal for sensitive skin, with the added benefit of all-mineral, broad-spectrum sunscreen protection.

Ranger's concept has its strong points, but not all of the formulas jibe with the ideal of being great for sensitive skin. In fact, with the exception of only a handful of products, most include volatile fragrant oils and irritating ingredients, which are the last things that anyone's skin needs to stay healthy, whether sensitivity is an issue or not. This type of needless irritation hurts skin's healing process and disrupts its ability to produce healthy collagen.

Although Colorscience PRO offers some skin-care products, most of our readers' interest is on their color line, primers, and setting mists, so we concentrated our reviews on those products. What we found was that, except for the loose-mineral foundation and some of the brand's Sunforgettable products, this line falls short in terms of performance and value. To make matters worse, it's difficult to shop because it has opaque packaging, confusing shade names, and odd categories.

It's clear that Colorescience PRO knows how to make finely milled, silky powders packed with mineral sunscreens, but beyond that, there's not much to distinguish this line from lots of others that have capitalized on the runaway success of mineral makeup, despite the fact that mineral makeup really isn't anything new or all that wonderful.

The gem of this line is the loose-mineral foundation with sunscreen, and it indeed performs beautifully without irritating. The problem with this product is its price tag—$60—for a loose powder with sunscreen. That's ludicrous! Besides, all SPF-rated products must be applied liberally to get the stated level of sun protection, and how liberally are you going to apply a product that is this expensive?

Speaking of high prices, most of Colorescience's line is overpriced, despite the fact that there are a few worthwhile products. Just because high prices have become the norm for spa- and dermatologist-exclusive lines doesn't mean that the products are any better for you. Another notable frustration with this line is that not all of the products have been tested for their SPF rating, which means that you cannot rely on some of  them for sun protection.

For more information about Colorescience PRO visit or call (866) 426-5673.

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  1. Joanie W
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Love this stuff!
    • I have been using this product for at least 4 years now. It gives a subtle glow as well as a smooth finish. I don't wear foundation. This is a great replacement if you want glowing skin but don't care for the slick feeling foundation gives. This product was recomended by an esthetician to aid in healing after a CO2 laser resurfacing. I have been hooked ever sense. I love the scent and the look. I apply before I moisturize each morning. I cannot say enough good things about Pep Up Gel.

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