Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum: ($55/$80/$135 for 1.0 oz/1.7 oz/3.4 oz)
Positives: There are high amounts of the antioxidants skullcap, black mulberry, and grape extracts. Due to its arbutin and therefore hydroquinone content, the black mulberry extract can theoretically inhibit melanin production, which can result in a more even complexion. However, you aren’t going to get anywhere near the results you’d get with hydroquinone alone. There are also high to moderate amounts of the anti-inflammatories chamomile, corn, licorice, lady’s thistle (which also acts as an antioxidant), and soybean, as well as several epidermal barrier components such as squalane, sodium PCA, glycerin, cholesterol, and linoleic acid. Finally it contains tiny amounts of vitamins E and C, as aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate, and palmitoyl oligopeptide, the latter which has been shown to increase collegen production in fibroblasts. Whether or not the peptide can actually penetrate from the stratum corneum to the fibroblasts is unknown and dependent on vehicular base among other things. However, like most peptides, it will function as a water-binding agent.
Neutrals: Interspersed between these positive ingredients are ones that have no proven or studied benefits for the skin like St. Paul’s Wort, clary, barley, and fish collagen. Estee Lauder most likely includes them to encourage consumers to think that more beneficial ingredients are included than the amount actually present. It’s just a marketing technique. Thankfully, even with the inclusion these “neutral” ingredients, this product is still excellent.
Negatives: None, as expected from Estee Lauder. There is a tiny amount of fragrance, but probably not enough to cause irritation.
Packaging: This is housed in a semi-opaque bottle with a pump. Just make sure to store it away from sunlight.
Overall: This very silky serum is a fantastic product that I recommend wholeheartedly for all skin types. I’m not saying there aren’t equally good products for less money, but looking at the labyrinth of options out there, this one takes the cake, or at least a part of it! This does contain mineral pigments that cast a soft glow, but nothing as intense as a liquid highlighter.
PS = [[[PIS - 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%
PS = [[9.5/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%
PS = [19/30 + 3/9] x 100%
PS = [57/90 + 30/90] x 100%
PS = 87/90 x 100%
PS = .967 x 100%
PS = 96.7%
AS = A
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Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Polysorbate 40, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Pentylene Glycol, Whey Protein, Pantethine, Creatine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Glycerin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Pca, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Polyquaternium-51, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine Phosphate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Peg-8, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Disodium Nadh, Caprylyl Glycol, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Fragrance, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.