Un-Wrinkle Illuminator Instant Brightening Moisturizer (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $68
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This moisturizer marries the concept of anti-aging ingredients with multi-colored shiny pigments meant to add a radiant glow to skin. The glow from these “optical diffusers” is supposed to blur deep wrinkles and expression lines, but it really doesn’t work that way. Unless it’s really subtle, shine tends to magnify wrinkles and fine lines. The sheer but noticeable shine this moisturizer provides isn’t going to fool anyone into thinking you look younger, though the pigment blend helps enliven a dull or sallow complexion.

It terms of this product’s merit as a moisturizer, it is only for those with normal to combination or minimally dry skin. Those with dry skin or markedly dry areas will find this lacks the moisture their skin needs. Anti-aging ingredients include peptides, vitamin C, niacinamide, and a bounty of antioxidant plant extracts. All in all, there are quite a few beneficial ingredients which makes it all the more disappointing that Roth included irritants such as eucalyptus and arnica. Also disappointing is that there is more alcohol in this moisturizer than state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients.

Ultimately, the problematic ingredients in this moisturizer make it not worth strong consideration.


Create the illusion of a flawless, radiant complexion instantly with optical diffusers while fighting deep wrinkles, expression lines and fine lines.


Water, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Mica, Nylon-12, Polysorbate 40, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Silk, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Allantoin, Algae Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Alcohol, Urea, Sodium PCA, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isohexadecane, Phytostearyl Canola Glycerides, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, Polyurethane-40, Triolein, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Polyester-1, Propylparaben, Triacetin, Boron Nitride, Phospholipids, Corn (Zea Mays) Starch, Terephthalic Acid/Isophthalic Acid/Sodiumisophthalic Acid Sulfonate/ Glycol, Copolymer, Silica Silylate, Polyquaternium-51, Maltodextrin, Sodium Lactate, Polysorbate 20, Titanium Dioxide, 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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I loved this product! I have been using it for about two years and was very disappointed to find out that it is no longer available.

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