Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series Skin Perfecting Serum - review


Yesterday I posted on the chemical exfoliant/toner that's in this kit (see here) and today I'm back to review this serum.

I finished the toner this morning and I probably have one application left of this serum, which is about what you'd expect because I've been using the 15ml sample for around five weeks now.

Long story short, it's ok but I wouldn't rush out and buy it. It's not that it's terrible, it's just that it hasn't done much for me and it would want to, considering the $132 AUD price-tag. Yikes.

Perricone MD claims/product details:

  • The ultimate all-rounder, this preventative skin solution tackles the first signs of ageing to protect skin's youthful, glowing appearance
  • Target fine lines, uneven skin texture, visible pores, dryness and dullness with this oil-free, antioxidant-packed serum
  • Formulated with the highest concentration of Dr Perricone's Nrf2 Antioxidant Support Complex for optimum defence against free radicals, and DMAE to tighten pores and soften the appearance of fine lines
  • Also contains vitamin c ester to brighten, alpha lipoic acid to smooth and age-defying peptides
  • RRP $132 AUD for 29ml


This serum is ok but it's not the best thing I've put on my face, and considering the huge price-tag, I was expecting more from it.

It's a relatively thick serum with a soft, sweet scent that's not super strong but it's definitely there. Please note that the fourth-last listed ingredient is parfum, so that's something to keep in mind if you don't like potentially irritating fragrances in your skincare.

For the first few weeks I was applying this twice-daily, but since I was missing my Lancome serum and this one wasn't doing much for me, I switched to applying it in the evenings alone and the only thing that changed was that my skin looked better after reintroducing the Lancome (it always does: I've reviewed that serum here).

The main thing I notice after using this Perricone serum is that it always turns my face red. My skin doesn't feel uncomfortable and I'm not feeling that familiar tingling that indicates the presence of active ingredients, but my face always looks bright red for ten minutes after use. I'm guessing that's the vitamin c it contains because vitamin c has never agreed with me, but of course I can't be sure.

The other thing I notice is that this serum tends to dry my skin out a little so my fine lines look more pronounced, which of course isn't a good thing. This means that I need to apply an oil over it (rather than a moisturiser), in an effort to get some juice back into my face. The oil does help, but my skin has been drier than usual ever since I introduced this product so I'm looking forward to finishing it.

Overall I don't love this product and the only claims it meets, in my experience, are that it does make my skin look a little brighter and feel a bit smoother. Otherwise all it does is dry me out and something in it obviously doesn't agree with me, given that it turns my skin red after use.

Not terrible, but not for me and also overpriced.

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