Perricone MD Oil-Free Hydrating Cream - review


As you may know, I unboxed this Perricone MD skincare set around 1.5 months ago (see unboxing post here), although the photos went up late so it was around two months ago that I started using the products. 

While I do have some good things to say about the three products I've reviewed so far from this kit (a serum, a toner and an eye cream), they don't work that well for me so I wouldn't buy them for myself.

Last up for review is this face cream. I quite like it in theory and it's the only item in the set that I've really enjoyed using, but I still don't think it's great and I certainly wouldn't go out and spend $110 on the full size. More on that below.

Perricone MD claims/product details:
  • Send dryness, dullness, fine lines and uneven skin texture packing with this oil-free cream, designed to tackle the first signs of ageing
  • Preserve your youthful complexion with this hydrating moisturiser, perfect for those seeking preventative ageing solutions
  • Formulated with Dr Perricone's Nrf2 Antioxidant Support Complex™ to support antioxidant pathways, vitamin c ester to brighten, pro-vitamin B5 to soften and smooth, and hyaluronic acid to boost moisture levels
  • This powerful blend of skin-loving ingredients prevents dullness from becoming discolouration, pores from enlarging further and fine lines from transforming into deep creases
  • The result is a supple, even complexion with a youthful glow
  • Free from alcohol, gluten, oil, parabens, sulfates and phthalates
  • RRP $110 AUD for 59ml


This cream is nice and I've been enjoying using it, but I personally don't think it's worth the $110 AUD price-tag and it's not one I would buy.

It's a lightweight, bone-coloured cream that's more like a hybrid gel/cream in texture. It has a soft, perfume-like scent and do note that it contains artificial fragrance so that's something to keep in mind if you're sensitive to parfum in your skincare.

I use mine in the morning and I really like how refreshing and cooling it feels on the skin - it's a pleasure to apply. While that's a good thing, I don't find it to be hydrating and it's one of those products that forms a tacky film over the skin, rather than sinking in and delivering nourishment - so I wasn't surprised to see glycerin as the third-listed ingredient.

Indeed, I think this product would be better-suited to those who don't have dry skin and who just want something that feels nice and offers a slightly dewy finish (again, that'd be the glycerin) - but I don't think it's right for those who need some really deep nourishment. This is why I never use it at night: it just doesn't do enough for my parched face.

While it does work better for me when I apply it over a hydrating serum or an oil (because it seals in my other products), I don't want to spend $110 on something that does that and nothing more. I'd be better off buying something cheap from the pharmacy and spending my money elsewhere.

On the claims: no I don't think this targets dryness, fine lines or uneven skin texture; yes I do think it helps with dullness by temporarily brightening the skin (again, that's the glycerin); no I don't think it's particularly hydrating; no I don't think it softens or smooths the skin; and no I don't think it does anything for my pores either.

Overall I think this is an enjoyable product to use because it feels so beautifully soothing and cooling when applied (it'd be a great for summer), but I don't think it's worth the money and it hasn't done anything special for me so it's not one I can recommend.


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