Peter Thomas Roth
Illuminating High Definition Moisturizer (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.07.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
This moisturizer is packaged in a squeeze tube outfitted with a wide, synthetic brush applicator. The idea is to brush on illumination so your skin looks perfect in minutes. Roth claims that the shine (and there’s a lot of it in this product) obscures imperfections…a-a-a-h, if only that were true, glitter and lamé would be the fountain of youth. You’re supposed to believe that everything from wrinkles to large pores will be blurred because the shine is supposed to collect light and redirect its focus to adjacent (presumably flawless) skin—talk about smoke and mirrors! And, of course, they claim that this visual trickery will work in any light, including dim restaurant or club lighting.

No matter how they spin it, shine doesn’t work in the manner described. You can easily test this yourself with a small sample of this moisturizer. Apply a dab of it to your wrinkles or blemishes on one half of the face and leave the other half bare or apply your regular moisturizer (one that doesn’t contain shine). Examine your face in various types of light and see which side looks better. It won’t be the side where you applied shine over large pores, acne, or wrinkles because shine magnifies flaws. I’ve seen this many times watching celebrities on the red carpet. The wrinkles around their eyes jump off the television screen because the shine makes them much more apparent. From a distance (or with a soft-focus lens), the effect can be flattering, but up close it’s painfully obvious you’re not fooling anyone. Even if this moisturizer’s light show made skin ready for its high-definition close-up, the formula contains several irritating ingredients, including high amounts of eucalyptus and arnica. That’s a shame, because if you didn’t mind high shine, this moisturizer would have had a lot going for it in terms of proven beneficial ingredients.
Hydrate and perfect your skin for healthy, red-carpet-worthy results, in one step. An advanced, oil-free complex of smart moisturizers provides both immediate and lasting benefits, preventing natural water loss and helping to help restore the skin's lipid barrier. Light-controlling spheres instantly create a sheer veil, obscuring imperfections, wrinkles, lines, and pores for a smooth, luminous appearance. By collecting ambient light and redirecting its focus to adjacent skin, the spheres adaptively deliver a perfectly glowing look, in any lighting.
Water, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Polysorbate 40, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Urea, Sodium Pca, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Triolein, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Glycosphingolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Triacetin, Allantoin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polyurethane-40, Terephthalic Acid/Isophthalic Acid/Sodium Isophthalic Acid Sulfonate/Glycol Copolymer, Silica Silylate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Alcohol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 33, Iron Oxides
Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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