Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series Exfoliating Pore Refining Toner - review


I meant to review this last week but it's been a full-on fortnight so I'm only just working out where I'm up to with everything today.

You may remember that I unboxed a Perricone MD skincare set a while ago (see here), and I'm back today to review my first item from the kit, being this exfoliating toner that I'm about to finish.

Long story short, I do like it but it's not as good as my trusty Alpha-H Liquid Gold (reviewed here) and I used my third-last application this morning so I've gotten through almost 59ml of product in just under five weeks. This tells me that the full-size would be done in around 2.5 months: not a good sign for something that costs $88 AUD.

Perricone MD claims/product details:

  • Preempt the first visible signs of ageing with this non-abrasive, oil-free formulation 
  • Designed to lightly resurface and clarify for a perfectly 'poreless', smooth complexion
  • Powered by Dr Perricone's Nrf2 Antixoidant Support Complex™ to support antioxidant pathways and DMAE to tighten and refine pores
  • Reveals more youthful-looking, radiant skin
  • To use: saturate a cotton pad and sweep across clean, dry skin after cleansing; use twice daily
  • RRP $88 AUD for 118ml


This product is decent however I personally wouldn't recommend it because I feel that it's overpriced for what it is.

It's a standard, liquid toning product with a soft, sweet but noticeable scent. Do note that it does contain fragrance, and while it's the fourth-last listed ingredient (so there shouldn't be much of it), I prefer products containing natural fragrances because added ones are potentially irritating on the skin. I know I'm not the only one in that camp.

The directions suggest soaking a cotton pad when you use this, but I haven't done that because I would have burned through it too quickly.

What I do instead is apply just enough to the pad to do my whole face, then add a few drops of water to the other side of the pad so I can do my neck and dec. I honestly don't notice any difference between using it diluted or otherwise - the results are the same - so if you wanted to ration yours by adding water to the pad first then that's something to try.

What I like about this product is that it does have an exfoliating, resurfacing effect so my face always looks brighter and feels smoother after use. I also like that it's gentle enough to use twice-daily, although I much prefer Alpha-H's approach to a product like this: that is, make it potent enough that the effects of one application last you two full days.

What I don't like about the product is that it's not as strong as my other treatments, which means that it doesn't hold a candle to not only my Alpha-H exfoliating toner, but it's also not as effective for me as my glycolic toner from The Ordinary (reviewed here). 

It's also nowhere near as effective as many of the other chemical exfoliants I've tried from The Ordinary (eg, The Ordinary's Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (reviewed here)), so I wouldn't recommend Perricone MD's offering if you want something that really works.

Overall I think this product is fine but it's overpriced for what it is and plenty of better, cheaper, chemical toners/exfoliants are available on the market so I personally wouldn't buy this one.

Ok but too expensive and not effective enough for me.

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